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Police abuzz over bee theft

Jul 21, 2014 / 2:00 pm

North Okanagan RCMP are buzzing over the theft of five beehives in the Coldstream area. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says on Friday July 18, police received a report that five beehives had been lifted from a property in the 7900 block of McClounie Road. Molendyk says the owner had left the...

Runaway tug boat

Jul 19, 2014 / 10:03 pm

A reader has told Castanet the name of the tugboat is the MV Okanagan. It was being restored when it broke away from its mooring. Check back for updates in the morning. Windy conditions in the Central Okanagan Saturday may have caused a tugboat to break free of its mooring and go for a...

Arson arrest in Vernon fire

Jul 18, 2014 / 9:57 am

Update July 18 A 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged with arson in relation to the fire. It broke out Thursday morning around 7:30 a.m. and was mainly contained to one bedroom. He is expected to appear in court later today to face charges of Arson with disregard for human...

Vernon's Mayor will not run

Jul 17, 2014 / 10:59 am

The Mayor of Vernon has decided not to run in the upcoming municipal election. In an announcement made Thursday morning, Mayor Rob Sawatzky says he made the tough decision after discussions with his family. “While I very much appreciate the chance I have had to serve the community, I...

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...
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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...
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