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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 The 83-year-old man had withdrawn an unspecified amount of cash from the ATM inside the bank on 30 Avenue sometime before 2:30 p.m. on Feb 10.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...

Vernon Mutual Funds dealer fined

Feb 19, 2014 / 5:00 am

A former mutual fund salesman from Vernon will never again be allowed to sell securities, following a ruling by the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MDFA). Robert Bruce Rush was employed by Sun Life Financial Services from 2005-2007, until it was found he was selling interests in two...

Crash victim identified

Feb 18, 2014 / 2:30 pm

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a women killed in a wintery crash near Chase earlier this month. Carley Rosaline Kennedy, 27, was the sole occupant of a car that collided with a pickup truck Feb. 10 on Highway 1. Kennedy, who was from the small Shuswap community of Mara,...

Distracted drivers nabbed in Vernon

Feb 18, 2014 / 2:04 pm

North Okanagan RCMP Traffic Services spent Valentines Day ensuring motorists were driving safely and getting home to their loved ones as part of their Distracted Driving Campaign. On Feb. 14th, officers from North Okanagan Traffic Services and the Integrated Road Safety Unit were out looking for...

Feedback needed from Vernon business

Feb 17, 2014 / 7:35 pm

Vernon business owners are being asked to review and provide feedback to the City’s proposed business license bylaw and fee structures. In September, 2013, Council asked staff to review the business license bylaw and fee structure. City staff report the existing bylaw has been in place...

Coroner's report on Kal Lake drownings

Feb 17, 2014 / 4:08 pm

Many months have passed since the bodies of two men were pulled from Kal Lake, now the BC Coroner is painting a better picture on what went wrong. We did learn of the men's identity last spring, but little had come forward on the exact cause of death. BC Coroner Margaret Janzen has...

Snowpack levels above normal

Feb 15, 2014 / 6:00 am

Greater Vernon Water (GVW) is tracking the latest climate information to help predict water supply levels for the coming year. Snowpack plays an important role in supplying water to fill our reservoirs during spring melt. Snow pack readings were taken by GVW Feb 3, at three monitoring...

Victim shot in home invasion

Feb 13, 2014 / 3:25 pm

Update 3:25 p.m.: The Kamloops Major Crime Unit and the Sicamous RCMP continue to investigate a home invasion that occurred in the Malakwa area, east of Sicamous BC. Sicamous RCMP were called to a residence in the small community of Malakwa on February 12, 2014 at approximately 5pm. RCMP...

Gold star GM leaves Silver Star

Feb 12, 2014 / 6:19 pm

One of Canada’s top winter destinations, Silver Star Mountain Resort, has said good bye to its long standing General Manager Michael Sherwood who resigned earlier this week. For 12 years, Sherwood has been at the helm of the resort, leading the management team and working with its owner...

Broken pipe dampens library

Feb 12, 2014 / 6:17 pm

The Okanagan Regional Library in Vernon found itself in some cold water on Monday after a pipe burst and flooded a portion of the building. It happened around 6:30 p.m., near the outdoor book return bins. The break sent gallons of water spilling into various sections of the...

Happy Valentines Day, here's your ticket

Feb 12, 2014 / 1:26 pm

RCMP in Vernon and around the province will be focusing their attention on distracted drivers Friday. Vernon RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says the one day blitz, 'Get Your Loved Ones Home Safe,' is a perfect tie-in with Valentine's Day. Photo: Contributed - Make-up...

Bomb threat scribbled on wall

Feb 12, 2014 / 11:35 am

The Jackson campus of Salmon Arm Secondary was evacuated on Tuesday after a possible bomb threat. A passerby noticed a note scrawled on the wall of a pedestrian underpass near the school and police were alerted. The note itself made no mention of specific people or places and it is unknown...

Car crashes into 7-11

Feb 12, 2014 / 7:53 am

There has been yet another case of a vehicle unable to stop and crashing into a building. This time it happened at a 7-11 convenience store in Vernon. Doug Imrich of the Vernon Fire Department says there were a few people in the store at the time of the crash, but no one was...

Drivers lead foot a prosthetic

Feb 11, 2014 / 3:25 pm

The driver of a large truck that crashed into an Armstrong business last week may have had a medical problem – he’s still getting use to his new leg. Gord Molendyk of the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP says the man recently received a prosthetic leg due to medical complications, and that...

Shoppers Drug Mart windows smashed

Feb 11, 2014 / 11:53 am

Two men are suspected after a Family Day break-in at the Shoppers Drug Mart on 31st Avenue in Vernon. On Feb 10, at about 5 a.m., the Vernon RCMP responded to a glass break alarm at the drug store. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says entry was made into the business by knocking out the front...

Elderly man robbed at CIBC

Feb 11, 2014 / 11:48 am

An 83-year-old Vernon was allegedly robbed inside the CIBC bank on 30th Avenue in Vernon. The man told police that around 2:25 p.m. on Monday he entered the bank to withdraw cash from the bank machine. Before he was able to retrieve his money, an unknown female came up from behind and...

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