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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...

Suspected meth lab busted

May 26, 2014 / 11:55 am

After six months of investigation, and a week at the scene, police have cleared up a suspected meth lab near Enderby. North Okanagan RCMP say security ended on Saturday on the Trinity Valley Rd property after the Hazmat team completed their work. “A significant quantity of hazardous...

Full story: Vernon house fire

May 25, 2014 / 10:39 am

A handful of Vernon residents are cleaning up and evaluating the damage today after a fire ripped through their townhouse complex Saturday evening. As Castanet reported last night, Vernon fire crews were called to Mt Revelstoke Place on Middleton Mountain around 7:30 p.m. to fight a fire that...

Blaze under control

May 24, 2014 / 9:41 pm

The housing complex fire at Mt Revelstoke Place is under control. "They're doing mop up and overhaul now," said Vernon fire dispatch. "They're just going to clean for about an hour." Crews have also called for two security guards to watch the scene until the fire...

Prison for gun charges

May 24, 2014 / 7:14 am

The man who led police on a high-speed chase in Cherryville just over a year ago has been sent to prison. Court documents show 24-year-old Travis Keath Alois Blaeser was sentenced to almost two-and-a-half years in a federal penitentiary after pleading guilty on Wednesday to four counts...

Virus sends many kids home

May 23, 2014 / 4:02 pm

An outbreak of some form of virus has a North Okanagan elementary school on high alert after nearly 20 per cent of the kids were home sick. Joe Rogers, Superintendent of the Vernon School District, says the district received a report from Lavington Elementary School that a large number of kids...

Input needed on new ice

May 23, 2014 / 8:00 am

Vernon's Civic Arena is over 80-years-old and in a state of disrepair. In an attempt to bring back the arena to its former glory, a feasibility study was conducted by the city that determined the old building may not be worth fixing. “It indicated that there would be a considerable...

Duke and his piglet Sophie

May 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed - Richard Quiring Photo: Contributed - Richard Quiring Photo: Contributed - Richard Quiring Photo: Contributed - Richard Quiring Photo: Contributed - Richard Quiring Photo: Contributed - Richard Quiring Photo: Contributed - Richard Quiring This is the story of...

Car crushed by rolling tire

May 22, 2014 / 2:31 pm

A free wheeling bouncing wheel and tire caused a motor vehicle accident Tuesday morning. At 7:40 a.m. officers from the Vernon/North Okanagan Detachment were dispatched to a report of an accident on Highway 97 near Bailey Rd. The driver reported that his car was hit by a tire and rim that came...

Rescue beacon saves a life

May 22, 2014 / 1:13 pm

An emergency beacon detected in Texas may have saved the life of an Edmonton man in a remote area east of Vernon. The series of events began on May 7 when a 32-year-old Edmonton man attempted to paraglide from Lumby to Nakusp. At some point he experienced a down draft that forced him to...

Torched boat latest target?

May 21, 2014 / 2:27 pm

Photo: Contributed - Janessa Zubot Photo: Contributed - Janessa Zubot UPDATE 2:30 P.M. The owner of the boat that was torched last night in Vernon says he is shocked someone is setting fires throughout the city. “It is horrible, we need to find out who it is...

Synthetic drug lab bust

May 20, 2014 / 1:49 pm

A reported gunshot spurred police into taking down a suspected drug lab near Enderby. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says RCMP had been conducting an investigation on the rural property located in the 3800 block of Trinity Valley Rd for several months when they received a report of shots fired in...

Multiple fires worry RCMP

May 20, 2014 / 1:04 pm

North Okanagan RCMP and the Vernon Fire Department are concerned after a rash of recent vacant building and dumpster fires in Vernon. On May 19 at 5:24 a.m. the Vernon Fire department requested assistance at 3820 Terrapin Place where they found a ports-potty on fire. One pile of lumber...

Ex-cop's porn trial

May 20, 2014 / 11:22 am

A former Vernon RCMP police officer, accused of possessing child pornography, has a trial date set for March 2015. Ryan Hampton's preliminary hearing wrapped up at the beginning of March 2014 at which time he was ordered to stand trial in BC Supreme Court. The judge determined that there...

College honours past Dean

May 16, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Okanagan College is honouring a retired Dean with the Distinguished Service Award. Acclaimed author and retired Okanagan College Regional Dean John Lent will receive the Distinguished Service award next month during the college’s Vernon Convocation ceremony. Lent is the fourth person in...

Vice-principal caught cheating

May 16, 2014 / 11:00 am

A Vernon vice-principal has had his teaching certificate suspended for one month after admitting to altering students grades. Tony Martin Dolinar, a man with over 20 years of teaching experience, was employed at Vernon Secondary School when he electronically changed a student’s grades in...

Crash victim identified

May 14, 2014 / 8:00 pm

The BC Coroners Service has identified a man killed in a single vehicle crash near Lumby Sunday. Denji Andries Kuraoka, 25, of Lumby was the driver of a pickup truck which rolled on Whitevale Road, a gravel road near Lumby. The crash occurred about 2:20 a.m. The coroners office confirmed...

Landslide endangers lake users

May 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

The massive debris slide that brought huge trees and debris down Cooke Creek the morning of May 2 is now causing a new problem. The landslide debris which left hundreds trapped for days has made its way through the Shuswap River water course and into Mara Lake. The Columbia Shuswap Regional...

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