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3 arrested at suspected drug lab

Aug 16, 2014 / 10:03 am

Two men and one woman have been arrested after police busted their suspected drug lab in Vernon Friday afternoon. Around 3 p.m. Vernon RCMP entered a house on the 1700 block of 41st Ave in Vernon. The three occupants were apparently arrested without incident. Sgt Gord Molendyk with Vernon...

Driver not guilty in fatal crash

Aug 15, 2014 / 3:10 pm

A Lavington man has been found not guilty in Vernon Supreme Court Friday on two charges stemming from a fatal crash Two charges of Dangerous Driving Causing Death and Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm were laid in 2012, a year after a crash took the life of Randy Duncan in April 2011 just...

Coldstream Lumber fire

Aug 14, 2014 / 9:45 pm

Coldstream fire department has determined that the lumber mill fire was electrical in nature. "There was a catastrophic failure in the fuse box in an older part of the building," said fire chief Shane Code. "It created a significant amount of arcing." Due to the loss of a...

Runaway school bus

Aug 14, 2014 / 1:03 pm

A runaway school bus crashed into two cars when its brakes failed Wednesday afternoon in Vernon. The driver, a 35-year-old Saskatchewan woman, was with six children in the bus at the parking lot above Kal Beach when it began rolling backwards. The rolling bus struck a F350 truck and then...

Coach's porn trial set

Aug 14, 2014 / 12:20 pm

A two-day trial for an American cross-country ski coach, accused of voyeurism and making child porn from a hidden camera, has finally been set. The trial is set for Jan 15, 2015 and is expected to last two days. 43-year-old Jason Paur, from a private school in Seattle was arrested after a...

Thank you First Responders

Aug 14, 2014 / 11:17 am

An early morning crash just south of Vernon two weeks ago left little to the imagination as to the damage inflicted upon both vehicles and their occupants, as car parts were strewn across Highway 97. A red SUV had crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a truck carrying three family...

Manhunt suspects released

Aug 13, 2014 / 3:27 pm

All four individuals arrested in Tuesday’s manhunt have been released without any charges filed. Spokesperson Gord Molendyk of the Vernon RCMP says charges may be filed in the future, and that possibility will be reassessed in the coming days. “The investigators want to get all of...

A dark past unearthed

Aug 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

A dark part of Canadian history, and Vernon's history, is hiding in a forgotten corner of the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. In that corner lay the crumbled remains of several headstones, a reminder of a time in history when Canada interned thousands of its citizens -- deemed enemy aliens just by...

Manhunt on after shots fired

Aug 12, 2014 / 10:40 am

UPDATE 10:30 A.M. A manhunt is still ongoing in the area in and around Polson Park in Vernon this morning (Tuesday) after police received a report of shots fired shortly before 8 a.m. RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says police received the report of shots fired near the Fruit Union Plaza and...

Smoked fish smokes shed

Aug 11, 2014 / 6:00 pm

A fish smoker is being blamed for an early morning fire that damaged a backyard shed. Fire crews received the call at 2:10 a.m. Monday in the 2600 block of 32 Avenue, just moments after responding to a playhouse fire in Coldstream. Deputy Fire Chief Lawrie Skolrood was on the scene Monday...

Weekend accidents

Aug 11, 2014 / 2:12 pm

A couple of accidents kept Salmon Arm RCMP busy over the weekend. Early Friday morning, Aug 8, RCMP were told about a vehicle down an embankment off Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road. Police arrived on the scene at 8 a.m. and were able to climb down to the vehicle. “No one was found...

Arsonist destroys playhouse

Aug 11, 2014 / 2:03 pm

A child’s playhouse was destroyed in a suspicious early morning fire. The fire was called in just before 2 a.m. Monday morning in the 800 block of Mt. Bulman Place when an astute neighbour noticed a smell of smoke. Barbara Keith says she woke up about 1:45 to go to the bathroom,...

Programs for the disabled

Aug 9, 2014 / 2:34 pm

The City of Vernon is expanding discount programs for children and youth with disabilities. Over the past year, Recreation Services staff have been working with Bren Currie, the team leader for Children and Youth with Special Needs, and Annette Sharkey from the Social Planning Council. Their...

Chief response to mine spill

Aug 7, 2014 / 1:15 pm

The chief and council of the Okanagan Indian Band are sharing their deep concerns, anger and fear about the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach, and how it affects us right here at home. “This is very sad news,” said Chief Byron Louis, “Our hearts go out to the affected...

Man lost under river, named

Aug 5, 2014 / 5:20 pm

UPDATE AUGUST 5, 2014 The body of a missing Lumby man recovered from the Shuswap River has now been identified. Kenneth Fisher, 69, slipped beneath the roaring waters of the Shuswap River after his car went over the edge on June 14, 2014. Due to the dangerous river conditions, rescue crews...

Military Tattoo in pictures

Aug 5, 2014 / 2:02 pm

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Nakusp woman dies in crash

Aug 5, 2014 / 10:59 am

A 52-year-old Nakusp woman has lost her life in a tragic one vehicle rollover Sunday morning. North Okanagan RCMP says speed is likely the culprit that sent her car into a roll at 9 a.m., 41-kilometres east of Lumby, near Angel Falls. The driver died at the scene. Her passenger, a 15-year-old...

Vehicle fire

Aug 4, 2014 / 8:34 am

Vernon fire and rescue were called to a report of a vehicle on fire just after 4 a.m. Monday morning. When crews arrived they found an extended cab pick-up truck fully engulfed in flames. The fire department contained the blaze to the truck, stopping it from spreading along the ground. The...

Bridge jumper identified

Aug 4, 2014 / 8:00 am

8 a.m. Aug. 4: The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a bridge-jumping incident near Revelstoke on July 30. He was Kody Skye Greveling, aged 28, from Coldstream. Greveling was with a group of friends at the Laforme Creek Bridge about 20 km north of...

House fire in Armstrong

Aug 1, 2014 / 9:16 pm

A house in Armstrong was engulfed in flames Friday night. The blaze destroyed the house on Otter Lake Cross Road and a garage in the back of the property. The house next door was partly damaged, but was otherwise saved from the flames. Everyone escaped unharmed, BC Ambulance, RCMP and the...

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