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Fatal crash - charges pending

Nov 4, 2014 / 4:14 pm

A Vernon woman is still waiting to find out her fate after the fatal early morning crash Oct 23, that claimed the life of a young nurse. Erin Smith, 33, of Kelowna was killed by an alleged drunk driver while fellow nurse and passenger Lindsay Hauck of Vernon was critically injured. Shortly...

Man pleads to child porn charges

Nov 4, 2014 / 2:53 pm

Update -- 2:30 p.m. A Okanagan man will find out Friday how long he will spend behind bars, after being charged with 25 counts related to child porn, including luring children over the computer and possession of child pornography. Tuesday morning in a Vernon courtroom, David Clayton Willerth,...

Multiple firearms stolen

Nov 4, 2014 / 2:39 pm

North Okanagan RCMP are concerned, and on the lookout, after brazen thieves stole a gun safe with 22 firearms inside. According to cops, the entire safe -- which would require multiple people to move -- was lifted from a home in the 9500 block of Highway 97. Spokesman Gord Molendyk says the...

More drunk drivers caught

Nov 3, 2014 / 6:00 pm

More and more officers have been hired in the North Okanagan in recent years and that is relating to more enforcement on North Okanagan roads. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says enforcement in the outlying areas surrounding Vernon has picked up significantly and the numbers are showing...

Catch me if you can

Nov 3, 2014 / 4:54 pm

A 21-year-old Vernon man is back in jail after running from police over and over again. Police first tried to nab Zack Bradley on Oct. 28, when an off-duty officer was stopped in traffic by a pedestrian who said they had just been assaulted, with bear spray, by a man across the street. The...

Halloween police files

Nov 3, 2014 / 3:06 pm

It was a quiet Halloween weekend for police in Salmon Arm, but they still managed to find a number of drunk or distracted drivers. A 50-year-old man was found to be intoxicated during a check stop in Silver Creek, south of Salmon Arm. The man was removed from the road around 9:30 p.m. and his...

Raising cash for medical gear

Nov 2, 2014 / 9:11 am

The 27th annual Light a Bulb event kicks off at Vernon Jubilee Hospital this Wednesday. The Christmas campaign will be co-chaired by Dr. Chris Cunningham and Richard Finn, Vice President of VJH Foundation. “All proceeds from this year’s Light a Bulb will support the Tower of Care...

Parents don't blame Mountie

Oct 31, 2014 / 9:30 am

Two Cherryville parents continue to grieve the loss of their daughter, but are relieved they no longer have to deal with a dangerous driving trial for an RCMP officer. Salmon Arm Cst. Micah Chan was acquitted on Thursday, and found not guilty on a single charge of dangerous driving. Chan was...

RCMP education on the water

Oct 31, 2014 / 7:37 am

North Okanagan RCMP were out on the water this summer, with the goal to educate and ensure boaters safety. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk notes that over 1,000 vessels were checked by the North Okanagan RCMP Marine Patrol on both the North Okanagan and Shuswap Lakes last summer. According...

Afternoon crash in Vernon

Oct 30, 2014 / 7:45 am

Photo: Contributed - Wil Munton A two-vehicle crash is believed to have sent at least one person to hospital in Vernon yesterday. It occurred Wednesday afternoon, around 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Highway 6 and Middleton Way. According to witnesses on the scene, the...

Halloween in Greater Vernon

Oct 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Greater Vernon area is gearing up for Halloween Friday night and making sure residents have all the info they need for a safe and fun Halloween. First, on the fun side of things, residents are all invited to the Halloween Treat Trail Friday afternoon. Over 80 businesses in the downtown...

Water rates over par

Oct 29, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Vernon’s golf courses are calling 'fore' over water rates they say are way out of bounds and critically hurting their businesses. A delegation from Predator Ridge, The Rise, Vernon Golf & Country Club and Hillview Golf spoke to City Council this week, pleading their case of...

Employees take down suspect

Oct 29, 2014 / 2:56 pm

Two employees saved their company property and took care of business, conducting a citizen’s arrest Wednesday morning. According to North Okanagan RCMP, just before 8:00 a.m. officers were called to a report that two employees had caught a man in a staff vehicle in the 900 block of...

NDP slams MP's comments

Oct 29, 2014 / 2:09 pm

The NDP candidate in the federal riding of North Okanagan-Shuswap has taken exception to MP Colin Mayes' comments about homelessness, calling them disrespectful. Jacqui Gingras made the comment after remarks made by the Conservative MP during the unveiling of a homeless memorial in Polson...

Vernon mayor blasts MP

Oct 28, 2014 / 3:43 pm

Vernon's mayor is blasting Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes over comments the mayor calls disturbing. Rob Sawatzky used Monday's city council meeting as a place to air his grievances with Mayes over comments Sawatzky says the MP made at the recent unveiling of a homeless memorial in...

Storage locker arrest

Oct 27, 2014 / 7:38 pm

Two Vernon residents are wishing they had followed the rules after breaking one got them in much bigger trouble. The duo caught security's attention after they decided to sneak into a gated storage facility right behind a vehicle that had properly entered their code to get in. This...

Friends rally for injured nurse

Oct 27, 2014 / 3:40 pm

A young Vernon nurse is still in hospital after being struck by an alleged drunk driver last week in Vernon. The young mother, Lindsey Hauck, was on a break with her friend and co-worker Erin Rae Smith when RCMP say a suspected drunk driver ran a red light and crashed into the vehicle the women...

Suspicious fires spark speculation

Oct 27, 2014 / 3:21 pm

(Map has been updated to include suspicious fires up to October 27, 2014) Three suspicious fires in less than three weeks has Vernon residents concerned the arsonist that plagued the area this summer may be back, but RCMP say there is no reason to believe that. “With many of the fires...

Diners splattered with blood

Oct 27, 2014 / 11:54 am

A young Vernon man is in custody after splattering unsuspecting Tim Hortons' patrons with his blood. According to RCMP they received a call at 1:37 p.m on Saturday about the incident at Tim Hortons Restaurant (across from Walmart) at 2501 58th Ave. By the time RCMP arrived, the...

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...

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