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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...

Traffic stop payout

Oct 20, 2014 / 12:17 pm

One traffic stop has a Fort St. John man in a lot of trouble after he was found in a stolen car, under the influence and without a valid driver’s license. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says officers were conducting routine traffic stops on Saturday evening when they caught the man. They...

Search for guns yields drugs

Oct 20, 2014 / 12:11 pm

North Okanagan RCMP who were on a search for stolen firearms found more than they were looking for. Last Friday, RCMP executed a search warrant on an Enderby home with the hope of recovering stolen firearms taken earlier in the month. Instead of guns, says RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk, cops...

Inquest into workplace death

Oct 20, 2014 / 8:08 am

A public inquest into the death of Bradley Michael Thomas Haslam is scheduled to begin today in Vernon. The 18-year-old Lumby man died in June of 2013, after a workplace incident at the Tolko planer mill in Lavington. T.E. Chico Newell will preside over the inquest as a jury will hear from...

$70 million for water projects

Oct 19, 2014 / 1:07 pm

The municipal election is not the only vote Vernon area residents will be casting on Nov. 15. The Regional District of the North Okanagan is asking the public to approve a $70 million loan for water infrastructure improvements. The loan would be paid off over 20 years, similar to a...

#redbagchallenge blood drive

Oct 18, 2014 / 10:00 am

Inspired by a young boy with cancer and the ALS ice bucket challenge, a Vernon couple are trying to create a social media furor around donating blood. Glenn and Lisa Gallie are encouraging everyone they know to donate blood on camera and to nominate their own friends and family to do the same....

Pumpkin festival kicks off

Oct 18, 2014 / 9:07 am

The Davison Orchards Family Pumpkin Festival is on this weekend and next, bringing families to Vernon for a full day of activities. The festival includes pumpkin picking, story time and face painting. It runs Oct. 18/19 and 24/25. Activities include U-Pick Pumpkins, where families can ride...

Visitors to Vernon up 26.9%

Oct 17, 2014 / 4:22 pm

The City of Vernon has seen a dramatic increase in tourists this summer. "We collect a 2 per cent hotel tax and that has increased 26.9 per cent this year so far (compared to the same time frame in 2013). In 2013 we were only up 7.8 per cent, so we're seeing really strong growth,”...

Motorhome goes up in flames

Oct 16, 2014 / 2:47 pm

A motor home in Lake Country burst into flames Wednesday night. The fire began around 9:30 p.m. on Nighthawk Road, but Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor does not believe it is suspicious. The owner of the motorhome was inside at the time, but was able to get out with her dog. However...

Election signs staying up

Oct 16, 2014 / 9:44 am

There is a bylaw in Vernon that states election signs cannot be placed on public property, but one quick look around the city will show you that no one is following that law. As it turns out, the bylaw itself is one of debate among city councillors who rely on the signage to get their own faces...

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