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Messages for longboard victim

Jul 16, 2014 / 2:27 pm

Christopher Mitchell had just graduated high school. The Vernon teen who died tragically Sunday while longboarding in the area of 39th Street and Okanagan Avenue shortly after 11 p.m., graduated from Clarence Fulton Secondary last month. Mitchell apparently failed to stop for a stop sign when...

Race track fire was arson

Jul 15, 2014 / 1:54 pm

Fire investigators and the Vernon RCMP have determined that the raging inferno last week at the Kin Race Track fire was an act of arson. “After several days of combing through the debris that remained after the fire at the Kin Racetrack grandstands, their investigation had determined that...

Who's running in Vernon

Jul 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

BC's Mayors and Councillors still have a few months to decide whether they will throw their hat back in the ring for the fall municipal election. In Vernon, Mayor Rob Sawatzky has kept quiet as to whether he will run again noting the four-year-term and the commitment may be too much to do...

Longboarder killed in crash

Jul 14, 2014 / 4:45 pm

UPDATE 4:45 P.M. - Neighbours on Okanagan Avenue in Vernon are still in shock after a young man died in front of their homes Sunday night. Several residents tell Castanet that the entire area was blocked off with tape and investigators were there until 5 a.m. – nearly 6 hours after the...

Coach's porn trial delayed

Jul 14, 2014 / 1:00 pm

A three-day trial for an American cross-country ski coach accused of voyeurism and making child porn, stemming from a hidden camera, has been delayed for unknown reasons. According to the Vernon Court House the trial was cancelled on June 30 and the lawyers are expected back in front of a...

Fire ruins wedding plans

Jul 14, 2014 / 12:25 pm

An early morning fire has gutted an Armstrong home just weeks before its occupants were set to marry in the backyard. “The owner of the house was woken up to flames on his deck,” says Deputy Chief Alastair Crick. “By the time they got everybody out and tried to get hoses on...

Wildfire near Sugar Lake

Jul 13, 2014 / 1:55 pm

Photo: Contributed - Joel van der Molen Photo: Contributed - Joel van der Molen Photo: Contributed - Joel van der Molen Sunday update: 6 p.m. update: The fire near Sugar Lake is estimated at 25 hectares in size. A ground attack crew is on site...


Motorboat blocks road in Vernon

Jul 11, 2014 / 10:15 pm

A single vehicle incident in Vernon Friday evening ended with a damaged trailer and a boat on the road. Cpl Joe Leeson with the Vernon RCMP said just before 6 p.m. the 20-foot-long boat apparently shifted and caused the trailer to begin fishtailing. The driver was unable to recover control...

Fire dept. burns down house

Jul 10, 2014 / 7:45 pm

The massive house fire seen burning near Enderby was set intentionally, by the local Fire Department. Rick Wilson at the Enderby fire hall said the owner of the property "wanted the house removed, and asked us to burn it down." They obliged. By 7:30 p.m. ash was settling on...

Kin Race Track fire

Jul 10, 2014 / 3:57 pm

UPDATE 10 A.M. - It could be several days before fire investigators are able to determine the cause of a blaze that destroyed the grandstand at Vernon's Kin Race Track. The fire was reported about 11 p.m. Wednesday evening just hours after KISS-FM reported racing this month had been...

Missing patient located

Jul 10, 2014 / 1:31 pm

1:30 p.m. Update July 10: Jessica Rosie has been located, she is safe and back in care. RCMP in Vernon are looking for missing patient. On July 8 Jessica Rosie left a medical facility without completing her treatment. Police are requesting assistance in locating Rosie so that she can...

Retired Mountie dies in crash

Jul 10, 2014 / 6:59 am

A recently retired RCMP officer from Coldstream has been killed in a motorcycle crash in northern California. Sixty-two-year-old Blair Imrie died after losing control of his Kawasaki motorcycle on a curve. A report from the California Highway Patrol says Imrie was travelling too fast for the...

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...



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