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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...

Bambi saved from slippery lake

Feb 10, 2014 / 11:14 am

UPDATE 11:15 A.M. Reminiscent of the classic Disney movie, Bambi, a young deer could not get its legs under itself, requiring rescue on North Okanagan Lake Sunday afternoon. Vernon Fire Captain Doug Imrich says his team worked with Conservation Officer Ken Owens to get the slipping and...

Up! in Vernon takes only 30 seconds

Feb 9, 2014 / 8:01 pm

Joel van der Molen's timelapse shot of the balloons taking off from Swan Lake in Vernon. For more Vernon Winter Carnival events check their website.
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Balloons light up the night

Feb 8, 2014 / 8:01 am

Photo: Contributed - Jenifer L. Zofchak Photo: Contributed - Jenifer L. Zofchak Photo: Contributed - Robert Verigin Photo: Contributed - Jenifer L. Zofchak Photo: Contributed - Robert Verigin Photo: Contributed - Robert Verigin Photo: Contributed -...

Carnival Parade

Feb 7, 2014 / 9:13 pm

Here is a different view of the hot air balloon light up from Friday Feb. 7. The biggest event of Vernon’s 54th annual Winter Carnival is the parade. Come out and enjoy this wonderful community event. This year’s theme is “Superheroes” so be prepared for your...

Hot Air Balloon Glow

Feb 7, 2014 / 3:29 pm

It’s a highlight of the Vernon Winter Carnival’s opening ceremonies. Plan to be part of this exciting launch of the 54th Vernon Winter Carnival. The balloonists come from miles away to entertain our Carnival participants. Don’t miss this magical evening. Dress warmly and...

Top German skier training at Silver Star

Feb 7, 2014 / 2:47 pm

The German National Telemark Champion has chosen Silver Star as his training ground during final preparations for the Colorado World Cup race. Tobias Mueller arrived at the resort from Germany on February 3rd and is taking advantage of ideal Telemark training conditions at Silver Star this...

Truck plows into store

Feb 6, 2014 / 2:49 pm

It was a scary situation at a popular Armstrong business when a large truck barreled through the front door and came to a rest against a table in the back. The incident happened earlier today (Thursday) around noon at Armstrong Computer Service and The Source location. Store owner Ian...

Cops hang up on dial a dope operators

Feb 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

RCMP in Vernon have shut down what they believe to be a dial a dope operation in the city. Spokesman Gord Molendyk says officers with the Targeted Policing Unit conducted an investigation Tuesday into a suspected heroin trafficker. He says that investigation led to officers stopping a vehicle...

North OK reaches garbage targets

Feb 5, 2014 / 4:51 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) is pleased to announce that North Okanagan residents met the provincially mandated target of less than 0.55 tonnes disposed per capita annually in both 2011 and 2012 (0.52 and 0.49 tonnes disposed per capita respectively) with preliminary results from...

Air rage - Vernon man to the rescue

Feb 5, 2014 / 12:35 pm

A Vernon man is being hailed as a hero after single-handedly subduing a drunken passenger on a flight from China to Vancouver this past weekend. James Leigh is a former military man who was startled when a fellow passenger on his China Southern Airlines flight 329 started causing the...

Man nearly frozen to death had options

Feb 5, 2014 / 11:40 am

Last Friday evening a homeless man was found extremely intoxicated and slowly freezing to death in Polson Park, a situation that could have been prevented. There are two shelters in Vernon available to the homeless, plus an extreme weather shelter open during this week's cold snap. Staff...

Patrick Nicol memorial service

Feb 4, 2014 / 10:30 am

Over a thousand people gather to celebrate the life of City Councillor Patrick Nicol on Monday. The memorial service was held at Trinity United Church, with satellite services at Kal Tire Place and The Schubert Centre. The two-hour service was planned exclusively by Nicol himself who wanted...

Coldstream fire

Feb 4, 2014 / 10:13 am

UPDATE 10:00 A.M. FEB 4 Coldstream Fire Chief Shane Code confirms that the fire was caused by a backyard campfire that wasn't entirely put out. Code says investigators finalized their work this morning. Fire Investigator in this case Lawrie Skolrood spoke with Castanet on Monday...

Pressure washing van burns to ground

Feb 4, 2014 / 8:15 am

A cube van burst into flames Sunday afternoon in Vernon, destroying the entire vehicle. The van was used as part of a pressure washing business and was working at the Regional Compost Facility on Commonage Road. The driver was outside the vehicle at the time, washing one of the loaders and...

Good Samaritans chase purse snatcher

Feb 3, 2014 / 1:21 pm

Last Thursday evening two Vernon residents went above and beyond the call of duty to track down and stop a purse snatcher. RCMP say that on Jan 29 at about 5:20 p.m. a Vernon woman was dropping her children off at the Boys and Girls Club when she witnessed a man in the passenger side door of her...
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