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Halloween in Greater Vernon

Oct 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Greater Vernon area is gearing up for Halloween Friday night and making sure residents have all the info they need for a safe and fun Halloween. First, on the fun side of things, residents are all invited to the Halloween Treat Trail Friday afternoon. Over 80 businesses in the downtown...

Water rates over par

Oct 29, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Vernon’s golf courses are calling 'fore' over water rates they say are way out of bounds and critically hurting their businesses. A delegation from Predator Ridge, The Rise, Vernon Golf & Country Club and Hillview Golf spoke to City Council this week, pleading their case of...

Employees take down suspect

Oct 29, 2014 / 2:56 pm

Two employees saved their company property and took care of business, conducting a citizen’s arrest Wednesday morning. According to North Okanagan RCMP, just before 8:00 a.m. officers were called to a report that two employees had caught a man in a staff vehicle in the 900 block of...

NDP slams MP's comments

Oct 29, 2014 / 2:09 pm

The NDP candidate in the federal riding of North Okanagan-Shuswap has taken exception to MP Colin Mayes' comments about homelessness, calling them disrespectful. Jacqui Gingras made the comment after remarks made by the Conservative MP during the unveiling of a homeless memorial in Polson...

Vernon mayor blasts MP

Oct 28, 2014 / 3:43 pm

Vernon's mayor is blasting Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes over comments the mayor calls disturbing. Rob Sawatzky used Monday's city council meeting as a place to air his grievances with Mayes over comments Sawatzky says the MP made at the recent unveiling of a homeless memorial in...

Storage locker arrest

Oct 27, 2014 / 7:38 pm

Two Vernon residents are wishing they had followed the rules after breaking one got them in much bigger trouble. The duo caught security's attention after they decided to sneak into a gated storage facility right behind a vehicle that had properly entered their code to get in. This...

Friends rally for injured nurse

Oct 27, 2014 / 3:40 pm

A young Vernon nurse is still in hospital after being struck by an alleged drunk driver last week in Vernon. The young mother, Lindsey Hauck, was on a break with her friend and co-worker Erin Rae Smith when RCMP say a suspected drunk driver ran a red light and crashed into the vehicle the women...

Suspicious fires spark speculation

Oct 27, 2014 / 3:21 pm

(Map has been updated to include suspicious fires up to October 27, 2014) Three suspicious fires in less than three weeks has Vernon residents concerned the arsonist that plagued the area this summer may be back, but RCMP say there is no reason to believe that. “With many of the fires...

Diners splattered with blood

Oct 27, 2014 / 11:54 am

A young Vernon man is in custody after splattering unsuspecting Tim Hortons' patrons with his blood. According to RCMP they received a call at 1:37 p.m on Saturday about the incident at Tim Hortons Restaurant (across from Walmart) at 2501 58th Ave. By the time RCMP arrived, the...

RCMP deal with drugs & booze

Oct 27, 2014 / 11:47 am

RCMP in Salmon Arm were kept busy over the last several days dealing with issues arising from drugs and alcohol. At approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, police watched a male trafficking drugs in the downtown area of Salmon Arm. Police subsequently conducted a search of the man and...

Suspicious fire in Vernon

Oct 26, 2014 / 3:51 pm

A fire at a vacant house in Vernon Saturday night has been deemed suspicious by RCMP. Vernon Fire department responded to the blaze in the 100 block of Kalamalka Lake Road around 10:45 p.m. Saturday. No one was inside the building at the time and no one was injured in the incident. Vernon...

Teen's death - inquest findings

Oct 24, 2014 / 2:54 pm

The Coroner's Inquest about the death of a young Lumby man wrapped up this week in Vernon. Bradley Michael Thomas Haslam, 18, died June 15, 2013 after getting caught in a conveyer belt at Tolko’s mill in Lavington. Haslam had recently graduated high school and was working the...

Crash victim a nurse

Oct 24, 2014 / 10:13 am

UPDATE 10:30 A.M. OCT 24, 2014 Vernon RCMP have now named the woman who lost her life after an alleged drunk driver crashed into her car, early Thursday morning. 33-year-old Erin Rae Smith of Kelowna was driving her car when she was struck by a 37-year-old Vernon woman police say was drunk...

Firefighter's death an accident

Oct 23, 2014 / 5:10 pm

The death of well-loved 25-year-old volunteer firefighter, Daniel Joseph Botkin, has been ruled accidental. Botkin died while working with the Enderby Fire Department on a fire at a log-home construction site in December, 2011. The fire department was called to the fire at 3:51 a.m. on Dec....

Officer on trial for fatal crash

Oct 23, 2014 / 10:00 am

The RCMP officer involved in a fatal crash that killed a 21-year-old woman, sits before a judge this week in Salmon Arm, facing a charge of dangerous driving. RCMP officer, Micah Chan, was charged in 2013 after he was involved in a high-speed chase that ended in the death of a Cherryville...

Citizens patrol Halloween

Oct 23, 2014 / 5:29 am

The new citizens on patrol unit in Lumby will get its start as the eyes and ears for RCMP on Halloween night. The City of Vernon's Safe Communities Unit, the Village of Lumby and the Lumby RCMP Detachment are pleased to announce the first official duties of the new Lumby Citizens...

Ghostly tour returns to Vernon

Oct 22, 2014 / 7:30 pm

The Ghost Tours of Vernon are back for only three evenings this Halloween season. Catch host/storyteller/paranormal scholar, Gabriel David Sumegi Newman, on Oct 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. if you want your season’s fill of local ghost stories and macabre historical oddities. “The...

Suspicious fires start again

Oct 21, 2014 / 1:09 pm

Fire Investigators and RCMP are dealing with two new suspicious fire, in less than a week, in Vernon. Last Thursday Oct 16, just before 10 p.m., crews were called to a three-storey building under construction in the 2700 block of 41st Avenue. The building was still in the framing stage of...

Chef serves up surprise meal

Oct 21, 2014 / 5:28 am

Guests at the Upper Room Mission in Vernon were pleasantly surprised by a three-course meal on Friday, offered up by Vince Van Wieringen, Executive Chef of Vernon Golf & Country Club. The mission was transformed into a “restaurant”, named Chez Charlotte, after a special guest who...

Inquest into teen's Mill death

Oct 20, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The coroner’s inquest into the tragic workplace death of a Lumby teenager began Monday in Vernon. The inquest surrounds the death of 18-year-old Bradley Michael Thomas Haslam, who died June 15, 2013 after getting caught in a conveyer belt at Tolko’s mill in Lavington. Haslam...

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