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Hail storm floods Vernon

Jun 3, 2014 / 4:51 pm

The skies opened above Vernon Tuesday afternoon unleashing a wrath of rain and hail. Castanet readers are telling us the hail caused damage and several intersections in downtown Vernon are flooded. The storm started shortly after 3 p.m. and the rain continued well past 4 p.m. Witnesses...

Cleaver carrying teen

Jun 2, 2014 / 2:17 pm

A Penticton teen had reasons for acting suspiciously in downtown Vernon early Monday morning. It turns out he was out past his curfew and he was carrying weapons. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says just after midnight Monday morning police were doing patrols in the area near Safeway when they...

Car impound #s pile up

Jun 2, 2014 / 1:35 pm

It is only the first week of June and already North Okanagan RCMP say the amount of cars impounded for excessive speeding will break 2013’s numbers, by a lot. For all of 2013 the North Okanagan RCMP impounded 25 cars for excessive speeding. This year 22 vehicles have already been...

Alleged arsonists caught

Jun 2, 2014 / 12:49 pm

Photo: Contributed - David Goodman Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Two alleged arsonists behind a fire last week have been arrested, but RCMP say they do not believe they are connected with the other suspicious fires in the Vernon area. The...

Another boat set ablaze

Jun 2, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Photo: Contributed - Vernon Fire Services Photo: Contributed - Janessa Zubot Photo: Contributed - Janessa Zubot As the list of suspicious fires in the North Okanagan grows, a boat fire north of Vernon has police investigators stretching their work north. RCMP...

Drunk and driving at noon

Jun 2, 2014 / 12:36 pm

Police in Salmon Arm responded to a crash in the parking lot of Wendy’s on Friday afternoon and found a 59-year-old woman drunk behind the wheel. No one was injured and there was no damage caused by the crash, but the female driver from Eagle Bay was relieved of her driving privileges and her...

Scooter driver hit by car

Jun 1, 2014 / 7:06 pm

The driver of a scooter was hit by a car with enough force to separate the seat from the scooter in Vernon Sunday afternoon. Around 3:45 p.m. emergency crews responded to 39th Avenue near Pleasant Valley Road where a 59-year-old woman had been hit by a car. She was taken to hospital with...

$60,000 theft from business

Jun 1, 2014 / 9:52 am

Someone has stolen $60,000 worth of equipment from a small business in the North Shuswap area. Sometime on the night of May 29, an unknown number of people broke into Unique Adventure Tours in Scotch Creek, BC. The thieves broke into the business pick up truck, destroyed the ignition and...

Salmon Arm flood warning

May 31, 2014 / 9:39 am

The Shuswap emergency program is monitoring a higher-than-average snowpack, which could result in flooding around Salmon Arm and Vernon. With the approach of hotter weather, the snowpack could melt quickly and create a high stream and lake situation which could result in flooding. Shuswap...

Joy ride ends in arrest

May 30, 2014 / 4:59 pm

Two teens from Lumby may have had a fun night joyriding in a stolen car, but it ended in handcuffs. On May 29 at about 6:00 a.m. North Okanagan RCMP received a call that the truck had been stolen from the Lumby Arena parking lot overnight. Earlier in the night, RCMP received a report the same...

Vernon wants MMA ban

May 30, 2014 / 4:57 pm

Vernon City Council is taking a punch out of MMA fighting and proposing a potential ban of the sports events throughout the city. Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky said council directed staff to propose the bylaw after a closed door meeting with RCMP. “It came out of the information RCMP gave...

Fire sends one to hospital

May 30, 2014 / 11:26 am

Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt One person was sent to hospital after a fire destroyed a mobile home in the Kalview trailer park near Vernon Friday morning. Fire services said the lone female occupant was alerted to the fire by a smoke...

Arson map

May 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

The list of suspicious fires in Vernon has now grown to double digits. “When you have this many suspicious fires in the area you have to believe someone is behind it for sure,” says RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk. Molendyk says RCMP are not saying there is an arsonist in the North...

Fire destroys logging vehicle

May 29, 2014 / 4:02 pm

A large piece of lumber equipment was destroyed by a fire in Lumby Thursday morning. Lumby Fire Chief Tony Clayton says his crews were called to the Tolko Industries White Valley Mill at 6 a.m. Clayton says when fire crews arrived there was, “a piece of heavy equipment working out in...

More suspicious fires

May 29, 2014 / 10:03 am

Fire crews were called to two more suspicious fires early Thursday morning. At about 2:40 the Vernon Fire Dept. was called to a small fire in the back alley behind the 3200 block of 31st Ave. The fire appeared to be in some trash. A short time later at about 3:50 RCMP officers were...

Feds ignore derelict boat

May 28, 2014 / 11:08 am

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed A pesky half-sunk boat in Okanagan Lake near Vernon has one City Councillor seeing red. “I know the response is that it is in the waterways and thus it is not our jurisdiction but it is an issue that there is an abandoned...

Councillor's memorial

May 27, 2014 / 1:46 pm

In remembrance of Patrick Nicol, a well loved Vernon city councillor who was committed to Vernon parks and bringing people together, a memorial area will be built in Polson Park. The park was Nicol's favourite. Vernon City Council voted Monday to provide up to $10,000 for the memorial after...

Driver runs from sunken car

May 26, 2014 / 8:37 pm

The driver could not be located after a sunken vehicle was discovered off Hwy. 6 over the weekend. On May 24, at about 7:20 p.m., the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a call about of a single vehicle accident in the area of Highway 6 at McIntyre Lake. “The vehicle was described as...

Fast and furious North OK

May 26, 2014 / 3:40 pm

Warning after warning after warning does little to stop people from driving too fast and it’s a continual problem for North Okanagan RCMP. North Okanagan Traffic services says last year they stopped 25 drivers for excessive speeding while this year in comparison they have already stopped...

Suspicious fires list grows

May 26, 2014 / 3:18 pm

Photo: Contributed - David Goodman Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Three more recent fires in the North Okanagan have police and fire on high alert. They add to the growing list of suspicious fires. On Thursday May 22 a pile of burning pallets...

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