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Chance to rant on Stickle Rd

Jul 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

North Okanagan residents will have another opportunity to give their input on the contentious Stickle Road issue. An open house is planned for July 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Prestige Inn. The open house was originally scheduled for July 30, but because of the long weekend, the Ministry of...

Accused cop takes stand

Jul 16, 2015 / 4:36 pm

A former RCMP officer accused of possessing child pornography took the stand in Kelowna court, Thursday. Ryan Hampton faces nine counts, including two of possessing and accessing child pornography, six counts of breach of undertaking for contacting his ex-wife when ordered not to, and one count...

More police testify

Jul 16, 2015 / 11:58 am

More RCMP officers are on the stand today, as a child porn trial continues for a former Mountie. Ryan Hampton faces nine counts, including two of possessing and accessing child pornography, six counts of breach of undertaking for contacting his ex-wife when ordered not to, and one count of...

Feeding the masses

Jul 16, 2015 / 5:00 am

Now serving breakfast: 2,000 eggs, 3,000 strips of bacon, 2,000 sausage links, 6,000 pancakes/waffles/French toast, several kilograms of oatmeal and a lot of toast. Add several gallons of milk and juice and you will have the average breakfast at the Vernon Army Cadet Training Centre. Now...

Aerial emergency planning

Jul 16, 2015 / 5:00 am

North Okanagan emergency officials will take to the sky today to get a bird's eye view of the Silver Star area as part of emergency planning for the region. Two members of the RCMP, Leigh Pearson with Vernon Search and Rescue and BX/Swan Lake Fire Chief Bill Wacey, plus a member of the...

Blackout causes accident

Jul 15, 2015 / 5:12 pm

A Vernon senior was taken to hospital after his Honda truck struck a concrete air-valve chamber at the intersection of Tronson and Okanagan Landing roads. Police said the man was westbound on Okanagan Landing Road when he blacked out and struck the heavy concrete chamber, causing front-end...

Fellow cop questioned

Jul 15, 2015 / 4:40 pm

A fellow police officer was cross-examined Wednesday in Kelowna court in the trial of a former Vernon Mountie accused of downloading child porn. Ryan Hampton faces nine counts, including two of possessing and accessing child pornography, six counts of breach of undertaking for contacting his...

Surfing a piece of pie

Jul 15, 2015 / 12:03 pm

When you need pie, you need pie – even of you are in the middle of the lake. Calgary resident Troy Delf has posted a video that is eating up FaceBook, showing him downing a Davison Orchards peach pie while surfing on Kalamalka Lake. Delf opens the video floating in the...

Driving the message home

Jul 15, 2015 / 9:30 am

Duncan Gillespie wants people to know how much damage they are doing to the environment every time they start their car. The 18-year-old Coldstream youth is so passionate about the fight against climate change, he approached Vernon city officials to enlist their aid. Gillespie was in council...

HETS to the rescue

Jul 14, 2015 / 7:29 pm

A woman who was in medical distress had to be airlifted from the Enderby Cliffs area Tuesday afternoon. Shortly after 3 p.m., Penticton and District Search and Rescue received a request from Vernon RCMP to assist in evacuation of the female from the popular hiking and climbing area. A ground...

Ex-wife peppered on stand

Jul 14, 2015 / 3:57 pm

The question of whether a former Vernon RCMP officer downloaded and possessed child porn versus whether his wife, a fellow officer, put it there to frame him, continued in Kelowna court, Tuesday. Defence counsel completed cross-examination of the Crown's first witness – the...

Smart Car hits scooter

Jul 14, 2015 / 11:22 am

There is no word on the severity of injuries following a collision between a Smart Car and a motorized scooter. The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on 25th Avenue, in front of the Landing Plaza. An elderly man on a scooter was hit by the Smart Car while he was in the...

Road debate rages on

Jul 14, 2015 / 6:00 am

The City of Vernon and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure continues to be at odds over what to do with Stickle Road. The road that enters onto Highway 97 at the north end of the city just past the 27th Street overpass has long been a subject of debate due to the high volume of traffic...

Guilty plea in fraud case

Jul 13, 2015 / 8:20 pm

Jeffery Donald White made a brief appearance in a Vernon courtroom Monday morning, where he entered a guilty plea on 25 counts of fraud. Provincial court officials said they will now wait for a pre-sentencing report that is expected to take up to 10 weeks. Once the report is complete, White...

Porky pet prompts debate

Jul 13, 2015 / 8:00 pm

Vernon city council has saved the bacon of one local pet owner by allowing her to keep her potbellied pig. Brenda Quint approached council earlier this year looking for permission to keep her pet pig following a complaint from a neighbour. Under city bylaws, no farm animals – except...

Bypass debate keeps going

Jul 13, 2015 / 7:30 pm

The controversial bypass issue in the city's 25 year master transportation plan just won't go away. Vernon city council once again spent a portion of Monday's meeting debating whether to include provisions for a future city bypass in the long-range plan. The latest version of the...

Child porn divorce drama

Jul 13, 2015 / 3:28 pm

Did a former Vernon police officer download and keep child porn on his computer? Or, was it placed there by his wife in a ploy to fare better in their imminent divorce? That is the case before the court as former RCMP officer Ryan David Victor Hampton stands trial on charges of possession of...

Accident under investigation

Jul 13, 2015 / 1:11 pm

The BC Coroners Service has identified the victims of a highway collision in Vernon over the weekend. Chantel Diane Bazin, 22, and Kayla Elizabeth Cartwright, aged 26, both of Kelowna were both killed in the two-vehicle collision just after midnight Sunday. Bazin was the driver, and...

Charges likely in lake crash

Jul 13, 2015 / 12:40 pm

Charges are likely in the wake of a collision between two personal watercraft on Kalamalka Lake, Thursday. Police say two of the four people involved are lucky to be alive after the late-night crash. Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said police are trying to determine if alcohol was a...

Military pageantry

Jul 13, 2015 / 5:00 am

Military pomp and pageantry will come to the North Okanagan later this month with two distinct events. On Friday July 24, the Lord Strathcona's Horse musical ride will be held at IPE Fairgrounds in Armstrong. The Strathcona Mounted troop is a volunteer display unit that is reminiscent of...

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