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Gas leak contained

Jul 9, 2014 / 4:18 pm

UPDATE 4:00 P.M. The City of Vernon is now reporting that power has been restored to all residents affected by the gas line break earlier today. Evacuated residents of the Ukrainian Village Apartments are also returning to their homes. Fortis BC is continuing repairs on the line and...

Med students get new digs

Jul 8, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Vernon Jubilee Hospital will soon be home to a a group of eager, bright and dedicated medical students from the University of B.C.’s Faculty of Medicine’s Southern Medical Program. A recently announced $983,000 construction project, funded by the Ministry of Health, will provide a...

300 years of tradition

Jul 8, 2014 / 3:57 pm

A 300 year tradition is coming to Vernon and it is going to be a bonnie big show. The Okanagan Military Tattoo 2014 will feature over 400 performers including dozens of dancers, drums, bands, bagpipes and kilts all on stage August 1 and 2 at Kal Tire Place. Photo: Contributed -...

Truck combusts downtown

Jul 7, 2014 / 2:56 pm

Photo: Contributed - Vernon Fire Services Vernon Fire crews rushed to the scene of a truck on fire early Monday afternoon in Vernon. Fire Captain Doug Imrich says the truck owner's wife had gone shopping and got back in the vehicle shortly after. When she started the...

Pot legal, stealing power not

Jul 7, 2014 / 2:39 pm

A search warrant at a home in Spallumcheen turned up a legal grow op breaking an entirely different law. On July 2, Armstrong RCMP with the assistance of BC Hydro executed a Criminal Code Search Warrant on Simons Rd., Spallumcheen, to investigate 'Theft of Hydro.' What they found was...

Hikers rescued

Jul 7, 2014 / 1:34 pm

Four hikers were rescued near Cherryville Sunday evening. At about 5:50 p.m. the Vernon/North Okanagan detachment received a call about missing hikers in the area of North Fork Road. RCMP say that the group of four managed to find a spot with weak cell service where they called a family...

Guilty plea in child porn case

Jul 7, 2014 / 10:55 am

A Vernon man facing charges related to child pornography has pleaded guilty to all 25 charges. In November 2013, 39-year-old David Willerth of Vernon pleaded guilty to two of the then 19 charges he was then facing. On Monday he pleaded guilty to the remaining 17, plus the additional six charges...

Boy gives life to others

Jul 5, 2014 / 12:50 am

12:50 a.m. update: In a message on Facebook the family of Miles Douglas Caston Wohlford says the youngster passed away at 8:52 p.m. Friday. The post states, "He honourably gave life to a minimum of six people through organ donation." 8 p.m. update: The family of Miles Wohlford has...

Warning after near drowning

Jul 4, 2014 / 4:54 pm

Last month a two-year-old boy nearly drowned at the Vernon Aquatic Centre and now his family is speaking up about the importance of water safety. The family, whose names are being withheld to protect their privacy, are sharing their terrifying story of almost losing their son in the hopes of...

Skier killed on Sugar Lake

Jul 4, 2014 / 4:37 pm

UPDATE 4:30 JULY 4: The BC Coroner has identified the woman who died following a water-skiing incident on Sugar Lake near Cherryville on July 1. 46-year-old Brenda Lee Roine of Coldstream was water-skiing with family members on the afternoon of July 1 when she fell. She was found...

Home struck by lightning

Jul 4, 2014 / 5:00 am

An Armstrong family is still buzzing after their home was the target of a lightning strike Wednesday night. Mom of three Chancee Aeichele was winding down for the night and had put the TV on for the kids before bed. “I put a movie on for the kids in the living room and I went to read a...

Teen still in critical condition

Jul 2, 2014 / 4:10 pm

UPDATE WEDNESDAY JULY 2 4:00 P.M. North Okanagan RCMP say the young boy struck by a boat on Okanagan Lake Saturday remains in critical condition in hospital. Constable Gerry Kovacs says they are continuing to investigate the incident and are now asking for anyone who may have witnessed it to...

Killer highway gets median

Jul 2, 2014 / 2:30 pm

A now infamous stretch of Hwy. 97 between Oyama and Vernon is getting much needed attention from the BC Government. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone announced Wednesday the province will install concrete median barriers on approximately 11 kilometres of the highway...

Tire pile fire

Jul 2, 2014 / 8:59 am

It was another call-out to a suspicious fire for the Vernon fire department early Wednesday morning. This time it was a pile of tires that was apparently set on fire. The suspicious fire was reported at 12:48 a.m., the pile was fully engulfed by the time crews arrived. The firefighters were able...

Feds asked to buy railway

Jun 30, 2014 / 9:05 pm

Days after a ground breaking Supreme Court decision to allow aboriginal title, the Okanagan Indian Band is requesting the Government of Canada buy the defunct Kelowna Pacific Railway Line between Kelowna and Vernon. Chief Byron Louis says on the heels of last weeks decision the Okanagan Indian...

Paraglider clings to cliff

Jun 30, 2014 / 3:48 pm

Update: 5:40 p..m.: Search manager Leigh Pearson tells Castanet the man trapped on the side of the cliff has been rescued. A helicopter flown in from Penticton was used to save the man. Pearson says the paraglider was brought by helicopter to the staging area where he was transported by...

Canada Day fun in Vernon

Jun 30, 2014 / 1:11 pm

Polson Park is the place to be in the North Okanagan on July 1 as the Greater Vernon area celebrates Canada's 147th birthday. Canada Day events runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with formal ceremonies beginning at 1 p.m., including the unveiling of Vernon Councillor Patrick Nicol's memorial....

Car crash cuts deer in half

Jun 30, 2014 / 10:39 am

A Victoria man had to catch a bus home after crashing into a deer with enough force to cut the animal in half. On June 28, Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a motor vehicle incident on Highway 1 in Blind Bay. The driver of the vehicle had struck a deer that was crossing the highway. The head...

Police takedown in Vernon

Jun 29, 2014 / 11:41 am

UPDATED 11:35 a.m. Vernon RCMP have confirmed that they arrested a 44-year-old male yesterday in connection with this incident. Just before 6 p.m. RCMP received a complaint of a male with a hand gun at the Shell gas station on the 3200 block of 32 Ave in Vernon. Police arrested the man who...

Suspicious fire at Vernon Rona

Jun 28, 2014 / 9:39 am

There was yet another suspicious fire in Vernon last night. This time the late-night blaze was in Rona Home Centre's lumber yard. Captain Dan Walker with the Vernon Fire Department said it was a late night for his team. Two trucks responded and crews had some issues gaining access to...

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