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Crash killed Enderby woman not fire

Mar 5, 2014 / 3:14 pm

The BC Coroner has determined the accident itself killed a grandmother last summer before her vehicle burst into flames. The coroner has now determined that 49-year-old Peggy (Margaret) Irene Ann Armstrong died before the fire and therefore the rescuers could not have changed the outcome if they...

Ex-cop's child porn case goes to trial

Mar 5, 2014 / 10:56 am

A former Vernon RCMP police officer, accused of possessing child pornography, has been ordered to stand trial in BC Supreme Court. Ryan Hampton's preliminary hearing wrapped up Tuesday. The judge determined there is enough evidence to go through with the charges and ordered the 35-year-old...

Students bear sprayed

Mar 3, 2014 / 7:32 pm

Three international students were bear sprayed outside Clarence Fulton Secondary School on Saturday. RCMP say that on March 1 at about 10 p.m. the students, all in their teens, were walking along a path in front of the school when they were harassed by four teenage males. The three were...

Police standoff ends peacefully

Mar 3, 2014 / 12:52 pm

Police were at a standoff Sunday evening after a 28-year-old man barricaded himself in his apartment. Around 5:30 p.m. RCMP were called to the scene by neighbours who reported the man had stabbed himself in the leg and was threatening to further harm himself. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says...

Slippery roads and sloppy drivers

Mar 3, 2014 / 12:20 pm

It was a busy weekend for Salmon Arm police as they dealt with slippery road conditions and sloppy drivers. On Friday they arrested a man at the Greyhound Bus Depot for public intoxication. He was taken into custody until he was sober enough to ride the bus. Later that same evening,...

Body found near school

Mar 3, 2014 / 11:38 am

UPDATE MARCH 5, 3:20 P.M. The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a male who was found unresponsive in Vernon on Feb. 27. He was Michael William Steward Kalinouski, aged 36, of Vernon. Mr. Kalinouski was found unresponsive in an outdoor area near the intersection of Okanagan...

Info centre info

Feb 28, 2014 / 3:18 pm

At the public meeting held in City of Vernon Council Chambers on Monday, February 24, residents raised a number of questions or concerns regarding the proposed centralization and relocation of Vernon’s two Visitor Information Centres. The following represents some of those questions and...

Dial-a-dope disconnected

Feb 28, 2014 / 3:05 pm

On February 25, members of Vernon North Okanagan Targeted Policing unit completed another investigation into a dial-a-dope drug trafficking operation in Vernon. This investigation led to the arrest of two men in a vehicle parked in the area of 27 Street and 43 Avenue. The 40-year-old suspect...

Coach pleads not guilty in porn case

Feb 26, 2014 / 2:07 pm

An American cross-country ski coach accused of voyeurism and making child porn stemming from a hidden video camera at a ski resort in Vernon, has pleaded not guilty to 10 charges. Jason Paur appeared in provincial court via video link. He has been in custody since December and was denied bail...

Three-legged cougar put down

Feb 25, 2014 / 3:34 pm

An injured cougar, seen near a Coldstream elementary school this morning, has been put down. The cat did not proactively approach any of the children, but concerned parents called conservation officers, with at least one person saying the animal appeared to be limping. Officers tracked...

Vernon boy killed in crash

Feb 25, 2014 / 2:49 pm

A young boy from Vernon has been identified as the youth who died in a traffic accident near Lytton last week. Dante Tiberius Darkazanli, 15, was a passenger in an SUV on Feb. 21 that was part of a four-vehicle crash on Highway 1. The accident happened around 11:30 a.m., approximately 25...

Eye in the sky finds snowmobilers

Feb 25, 2014 / 1:17 pm

Volunteers from Vernon Search and Rescue assisted RCMP from the North Okanagan in locating two overdue snowmobilers on Feb. 16. The experienced sledders were part of a larger group that returned to their vehicles the previous night. When the pair didn’t show by 9:45 p.m. that night,...

Valentine's Day safe crackers

Feb 25, 2014 / 1:11 pm

Thieves broke into the Quonset hut at the Lumby landfill during the Valentine's weekend and walked away with a small wall safe. RCMP believe the theft occurred sometime overnight between Feb. 14-15. The suspects pried open an exterior door and then cut the lock off an inside door to gain...

Raid nets bounty of stolen vehicles

Feb 24, 2014 / 1:16 pm

RCMP in the North Okanagan have recovered nearly a dozen stolen vehicles on a property north of Vernon. Police raided the home in the 2200 block of Highway 97 in Spallumcheen last Monday during an investigation related to stolen vehicles. On the property, police recovered 11 stolen vehicles,...

RCMP investigate possible kidnapping

Feb 24, 2014 / 1:11 pm

RCMP in Vernon are investigating a case involving assault, forcible confinement and threats. Police say the incident unraveled in two separate locations - in the area of 35 Avenue and 34 Street then in the 3700 block of Pleasant Valley Road sometime between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb...

83-year-old fingers robber

Feb 24, 2014 / 12:00 pm

RCMP in Vernon have made an arrest after an elderly man was robbed at the CIBC bank earlier this month. The 83-year-old man had withdrawn an unspecified amount of cash from the ATM inside the bank on 30 Avenue sometime before 2:30 p.m. on Feb 10. However, before he could take the money a...

A new chapter as Vernon library reopens

Feb 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will be reopening on Monday, Feb. 24 following a flood earlier this month. Although staff are calling it a ‘modified’ reopening, things will be getting back to normal in the near future. The majority of the main floor is still...

No bail for coach accused of taping girls

Feb 21, 2014 / 4:05 pm

An American cross country ski coach accused of secretly videotaping young girls at a ski resort in Vernon, has been denied bail in provincial court. Forty-three-year-old Jason Paur showed no reaction to the decision, based on the judge's belief that he is a flight risk. The teacher, from...

Courageous boy takes a stand

Feb 20, 2014 / 9:15 am

Matthew Marotta is being lauded as a hero and a shining example of courage and sportsmanship. You have probably never heard of him but his story should be inspiring for every parent, every coach and every player whatever sport they happen to play. Matthew just happens to play hockey - pee wee...

Vernon RCMP - are these your keys?

Feb 19, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The North Okanagan RCMP has a collection of stolen keys they found on a Vernon man, and now they're hoping to return them to their rightful owners. On Feb. 18, members of the Vernon RCMP Task Force arrested a 29-year-old male suspect who is well known to them. He had an outstanding...

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