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Gun seizure linked to gangs

Jan 11, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A known firearms trafficker in Vernon is behind bars after being arrested and charged. According to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia, the man, who is said to have significant gang ties, 21-year-old Daniel Penton, was charged with four gun-related charges. The...

Missing woman found

Jan 11, 2015 / 10:06 am

UPDATE JAN 11 RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says Johanna Frouws has been found safe and sound. ORIGINAL JAN 9 Vernon RCMP are looking for public help to locate a missing woman. On Jan. 8, shortly after 6 p.m., a man contacted the Vernon RCMP saying his wife had gone...

Public input 'welcomed'

Jan 10, 2015 / 10:03 am

The City of Vernon is asking for public input on the next five years of financial planning. Three special meetings open to the public will be held from January 14 to 16 - each meeting opens at 9 a.m. The meetings will be held in council chambers at City Hall, with opportunity for public input...

Construction reroutes patients

Jan 10, 2015 / 8:27 am

Construction at Vernon Jubilee hospital will close the emergency drop-off area for a few days next week. From Tuesday, Jan. 13 to Thursday, Jan. 15 the main emergency drop-off area will be replaced by a temporary entrance, indicated on the map. A flagger will be on-site to direct traffic to...

Local man feels Muslim backlash

Jan 9, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Iftkhar Ahmed considers himself collateral damage in the fallout from the recent terrorist attacks in France. The three suspected gunmen who attacked a satirical newspaper in France – killing 12 people – have been linked to al-Qaeda and were said to have shouted Islamist slogans...

Arrest made in gas bar robbery

Jan 9, 2015 / 9:12 am

Vernon RCMP have arrested a suspect in Tuesday's robbery at the Safeway gas bar. A man said to have been carrying a gun entered the gas bar about 10:25 p.m. and made off with cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash. A police dog was unable to track the suspect at the scene, but...

Man struck by SUV in Coldstream

Jan 9, 2015 / 9:05 am

A 69-year-old man is in stable condition after being struck by a vehicle in Coldstream Thursday night. The man was allegedly hit by a red SUV as he was walking along Kalamalka Lake Road, just north of its intersection with Husband Road. The driver then left the scene before police...

Snow clearing slow progress

Jan 8, 2015 / 1:54 pm

City crews in Vernon are making progress on snow removal in that city, but some mechanical difficulties have hampered their efforts. Communications Co-ordinator Tanya Laing Gahr says snow removal on 27th Street was delayed Wednesday after mechanical difficulties with the city’s large...

21 face charges after drug sting

Jan 7, 2015 / 4:13 pm

Several Vernon residents are facing charges after a drug sting. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says the Vernon detachment Targeted Policing Unit conducted a four-day investigation that utilized undercover operators to target drug traffickers. “A total of 25 street-level-quantity drug...

Lazar Vernon's golden boy

Jan 7, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Life may be 'back to normal' for parents of Team Canada's Captain Curtis Lazar but the smiles and pride on their faces are hard to miss. Dave and Karen Lazar flew back to the Okanagan yesterday, after a riveting gold-medal final that saw Vernon's own lift the 2015 World Junior...

Vernon gas bar robbed

Jan 7, 2015 / 11:59 am

Vernon RCMP are investigating the city's second robbery of the year. The Safeway gas bar at 4300 32nd St. was held up Monday night about 10:25 p.m. when a man with a handgun demanded cash from the till and cigarettes. He ordered the attendant to place them in a bag and fled westbound on 43rd...

Robbery at Vernon Mac's

Jan 6, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Vernon police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed the Mac’s Convenience store Monday night. They say a man entered the store and approached the clerk about 7:30 p.m., pepper sprayed him, grabbed cigarettes and left the store. He is described as a male, possibly in his 20s, with...

Cops still looking for bank robber

Jan 6, 2015 / 9:43 am

The Vernon Serious Crimes unit continues to investigate last month’s robbery at the Interior Savings Credit Union. Police have followed up on several leads that were provided by the public following the robbery on Dec. 9, but none have led to an arrest. The suspect is believed to be...

VCS closed Tuesday

Jan 5, 2015 / 9:15 pm

Vernon Christian School has made the decision to give students a second straight snow day. The school made the announcement Monday evening. "We are making this decision tonight to allow our parents more time to make arrangements for tomorrow," the school stated in a news...

Snowmobilers rescued

Jan 5, 2015 / 5:30 pm

A search team from Vernon Search and Rescue have located three men missing in the Park Nelson area. A 16-member team left about 5 p.m. Sunday evening to look for the three men who were lost and stuck. Once base camp was set up, four of the members headed out on snowmobiles in horrendous...

Bad batch of drugs hit Vernon

Jan 5, 2015 / 2:54 pm

RCMP in the North Okanagan believe a potent batch of street drugs may be the cause for a number of drug overdoses over the past week. According to spokesman, Gord Molendyk, two people have died and four others have been admitted to hospital since Dec 30. On Dec 30, a 49-year-old man, who was...

Snow clearing to take 36-hours

Jan 5, 2015 / 10:15 am

Vernon city crews are warning residents it could take up to 36 hours, after the snow stops, to clear all city roads. The Vernon area has received over 35 centimetres of snow during in the last 24 hours which has resulted in extremely difficult road conditions. “Currently, all available...

Vernon woman found

Dec 31, 2014 / 9:03 am

UPDATE 9:00 A.M Dec 31. According to RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk, Brandy Hauser was located safely Tuesday evening. ORIGINAL: RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Vernon woman. On Dec. 26 at about 1:30 p.m., RCMP received a report from a concerned...

Gas thieves arrested

Dec 29, 2014 / 3:09 pm

A pair of Kelowna men are appearing in court Monday after being caught stealing gas near Vernon. At about 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 27, Vernon North Okanagan Rural RCMP were called to the Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club. Alarms were going off at the outdoor gas tanks where someone had stolen gas...

Teenager arrested with gun

Dec 29, 2014 / 10:57 am

A Vernon-area teenager spent Christmas in jail after being arrested with drugs and an unloaded pistol in his pocket. On Dec. 25 at about 9 p.m. the Vernon RCMP responded to a report of an intoxicated man holding up traffic in the area of Highway 6 and Pottery Road. The 16-year-old boy was...

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