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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...

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...

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