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Would-be thief collared

Feb 16, 2015 / 11:48 am

A bumbling thief was collared by RCMP after unsuccessfully trying to steal a trailer from a parking lot at Silver Star Mountain Resort. About 6:30 p.m. Thursday, a police service dog unit was called to the E parking lot at Silver Star, on a report of a possible theft in progress. The...

Meat bandits nabbed

Feb 16, 2015 / 11:25 am

A couple of crooks chose the wrong time and the wrong place to attempt to use a fraudulent or stolen credit card. Vernon RCMP Insp. Jim McNamara was in M&M Meats on Saturday when a 31-year-old Penticton resident was attempting to make a large purchase. McNamara noticed the individual...

Driver beaten with pipe

Feb 16, 2015 / 11:19 am

Vernon RCMP are on the lookout for two suspects after a driver was beaten after getting out of his truck. About 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, RCMP were called to a fight on 25th Avenue, in front of the Green Valley Motel. Three people involved. A 26-year-old Salmon Arm man stopped his pickup...

US ski coach pleads guilty

Feb 15, 2015 / 9:00 am

A former cross-country ski coach at a private school in Washington State pleaded guilty to three counts of porn related charges in Vernon Provincial Court last month. Jason Christopher Paur, 44, is accused of secretly filming female students while on a school sponsored field trip to Silver...

Police seek bike assailant

Feb 13, 2015 / 10:27 am

Vernon RCMP are asking for help finding a person of interest in an assault Thursday afternoon. RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says the assault happened just before 2 p.m. “An 83-year-old male was walking on the east sidewalk between Coldstream Avenue and 30th Avenue on 34th...

Abusive pastor sentenced

Feb 12, 2015 / 5:01 pm

An Armstrong father will spend 4 1/2 years behind bars after he beat his family in the name of God. The 42-year-old man, called L.I. to protect the identity of the victims, was convicted of seven counts against his 30-year-old wife and children in 2009 and 2010. These include six counts of...

Ex-cop faces further charges

Feb 12, 2015 / 4:24 pm

A former Vernon RCMP officer awaiting trial for nine child porn charges is in hot water again. Ryan Hampton, 37, was pulled over in Alberta last week after Strathmore RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver. “RCMP located the suspect vehicle on Highway 817 south of...

City's Good Citizen named

Feb 12, 2015 / 11:34 am

Bernie Strachan is Vernon's Good Citizen of the Year. Strachan was recognized with the honour at the Vernon Winter Carnival Breakout Luncheon on Wednesday. Nominated by Dr. Terri Mckay, Strachan served 40 years with the Vernon Swim Club, 15 years with Community Policing in addition to...

Fire at Silver Star hotel

Feb 12, 2015 / 11:11 am

The Silver Star Fire Department responded to a fire in the ski resort village early this morning. The fire was in the 1609 Restaurant at Vance Creek Hotel and was reported at 4:30 a.m. Fire broke out in a dryer in the laundry room, sending thick smoke into the restaurant and kitchen. It...

Horses herded to good homes

Feb 11, 2015 / 3:31 pm

By all accounts, it was a successful sale at Valley Auctions in the North Okanagan. Roughly 85 horses were part of a court-ordered sale last weekend to buyers from all over Western Canada. Auction owner Peter Raffan says it was a very good turnout – more than expected. “It was...

Watch for pothole patrols

Feb 11, 2015 / 3:14 pm

The City of Vernon is warning drivers to be on the look out for potholes and crews out fixing them. The thaw and freeze cycle with the current warm weather is hard on asphalt, opening up dozens of holes on North Okanagan roads. “Hitting one can cause bent rims, destroy sidewalls and...

True Leaf goes public

Feb 11, 2015 / 2:20 pm

A company hoping to bring the healing and nutritional power of cannabis to humans – and the animal kingdom – has gone public. True Leaf Medicine International, based in Lumby, made the announcement Feb. 9 and is trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol MJ....

Top financial award for city

Feb 11, 2015 / 11:07 am

The City of Vernon knows how to keep good books. City Hall has earned a fifth-straight Canadian Award for Financial Reporting from the Government Financial Officers Association. The program encourages local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting...

Bridge safety focus of study

Feb 11, 2015 / 10:52 am

The City of Vernon is concerned about the stability of some of the more than 50 creek crossings within city boundaries. A $25,000 study will assess the infrastructure and potential risk. Two of the crossings have had recent issues, one by the highway in Polson Park and the other in downtown...

Vernon tax hike approved

Feb 11, 2015 / 10:40 am

Vernon city council has approved an overall 3.4 per cent tax hike, after weeks of deliberation including a couple of marathon budget sessions. The budget addresses a strong demand for beginning to fix some of Vernon’s infrastructure, with a 1.9 per cent increase in infrastructure spending,...

Top cop stepping down

Feb 10, 2015 / 8:45 pm

The City of Vernon is on the hunt for a new chief constable. The officer in charge of the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP has announced his resignation. Supt. Reg Burgess told Vernon City Council Tuesday that his last day will be March 19th. He describes his last five years in Vernon as among...

Parade pleases all

Feb 7, 2015 / 3:10 pm

Thousands of people lined the streets of Vernon Saturday for the biggest event of the Vernon Winter Carnival – the parade. A little bit of light rain didn't deter the crowd or the parade participants, many of whom got into carnival's rock 'n' roll theme. More than a few...

A year without tap water

Feb 7, 2015 / 5:00 am

Imagine not being able to drink the water out of your kitchen tap for an entire year. Having to rely on bottled water for months on end with no idea when the water will be safe again. That's the situation for over 300 Spallumcheen residents whose water was deemed unsafe last March. Nearly...

Auction horses 'unsafe to eat'

Feb 6, 2015 / 3:46 pm

About 100 horses that formerly belonged to an Armstrong man charged with animal cruelty will be put up for auction this weekend. Although interest in the auction has been high, there is concern many of the horses will be bought by so-called kill buyers, those who will have the horses sold for...

Balloon Fiesta fills Vernon sky

Feb 6, 2015 / 12:49 pm

The majestic sight of balloons floating over Vernon coincided with the first day of Vernon Winter Carnival, Friday. The official opening of carnival will take place at 5 p.m. in Polson Park, with the Balloon Glow following directly after. If it's raining, the balloons will not inflate, but...

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