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SAR assists with rescue

Jun 12, 2014 / 12:35 pm

Several members of Vernon's Search and Rescue team were called out for what Search Manager, Leigh Pearson, termed a routing rescue. Pearson says SAR was called out by the BC Ambulance Service shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday to rescue a man with medical issues in Kalamalka Park. The man...

RCMP phones down

Jun 11, 2014 / 7:11 pm

The North Okanagan RCMP are experiencing issues with their phone lines. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says for those requiring police assistance to please call 9-1-1.

Dumpster torched

Jun 11, 2014 / 1:46 pm

Another dumpster fire may be added to the growing list of suspicious fires in the North Okanagan as Coldstream fires crews battled the 20-foot flames late Tuesday night. Coldstream Fire Chief Shane Code says they received the call at 11:30 p.m. and were able to respond quickly, despite the time...

A memorial for the homeless

Jun 10, 2014 / 1:40 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed The idea of creating a memorial to remember the homeless who lost their lives on Vernon's streets has been brought forward for city council consideration. Chuck Harper, Community Chaplain for the First Baptist Church is asking...

Mabel Lake Resort thanked

Jun 10, 2014 / 7:03 am

RCMP VIPs took time to thank the owners of the Mabel Lake resort on Friday. North Okanagan RCMP Superintendent Burgess along with Inspector McNamara and Cpl. Leeson teamed up to thank the couple for their assistance during the wash out in May. The officers presented owners Terry Laursen and...

Locals give thanks to RCMP

Jun 9, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Last week, three RCMP officers lost their lives in the line of duty when a gunman opened fire in Moncton, NB. The following day, North Okanagan RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk shared his own words and feelings on...

More arsons in Vernon

Jun 9, 2014 / 12:24 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Two more suspicious fires over the weekend in Vernon brings the arson list to 14, as RCMP scramble to find the person or persons behind the ongoing arsons. On Saturday night...
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Public response to killer highway

Jun 8, 2014 / 2:17 pm

On Friday Castanet ran a story about a killer stretch of highway between Vernon and Oyama and asked for your response. The piece of highway runs between Oyama and Bailey Road and has claimed nearly 10 lives in the past five years - most recently on Wednesday of last week. These crashes seem...

Longboarding for cash in Vernon

Jun 8, 2014 / 8:54 am

Vernon's 10th annual downhill longboard race brought competitors from around the world to the Okanagan this weekend. More than 100 competitors came from as far as New Zealand and Australia to race through the hilly streets of Vernon on Saturday and Sunday. The one kilometre course winds...

Recovered and ready for a home

Jun 7, 2014 / 6:00 am

She’s all healed and ready for a good home. Several months ago Castanet told you about Skully, the English mastiff-shepherd cross, who needed cruciate surgery on one of her legs. Now thanks to the generous help of Dr. Oz at Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital, who performed the operation...

Car fire at restaurant

Jun 6, 2014 / 8:45 pm

A car has been engulfed in flames at a Chinese restaurant in Vernon. Details are limited at this time, but the fire appears to involve a single vehicle in the parking lot of Temptasian restaurant in Vernon. Vernon Fire Dispatch confirmed that crews have been at the scene for a short time....

64 yr. old dies in crash

Jun 6, 2014 / 12:00 pm

UPDATE JUNE 6 11:30 A.M. - The BC Coroners Service have identified the man killed in Wednesday's head-on collision on Highway 97 near the Predator Ridge turnoff. Brian Victor Dolman, 64, of Oyama died at the scene when his Subaru failed to completely negotiate a right turn in the road and...

Killer highway

Jun 6, 2014 / 6:31 am

A stretch of Highway 97 between Oyama and Bailey Road has claimed another victim and, at least two people are questioning why. A 64-year-old Lake Country man was killed Wednesday afternoon as a result of a head-on collision just south of Bailey Road. Nine people have been killed on this...

1,446 plants seized in bust

Jun 4, 2014 / 5:37 pm

Two Spallumcheen resident's grow-op was busted Tuesday seizing over 1,400 marijuana plants. Investigation on the pair began in October 2012 with Armstrong police became suspicious of a possible grow-op in the 3300 block of Hope Drive. On Tuesday, a search warrant was issued and North...

Hail storm floods Vernon

Jun 3, 2014 / 4:51 pm

The skies opened above Vernon Tuesday afternoon unleashing a wrath of rain and hail. Castanet readers are telling us the hail caused damage and several intersections in downtown Vernon are flooded. The storm started shortly after 3 p.m. and the rain continued well past 4 p.m. Witnesses...

Cleaver carrying teen

Jun 2, 2014 / 2:17 pm

A Penticton teen had reasons for acting suspiciously in downtown Vernon early Monday morning. It turns out he was out past his curfew and he was carrying weapons. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says just after midnight Monday morning police were doing patrols in the area near Safeway when they...

Car impound #s pile up

Jun 2, 2014 / 1:35 pm

It is only the first week of June and already North Okanagan RCMP say the amount of cars impounded for excessive speeding will break 2013’s numbers, by a lot. For all of 2013 the North Okanagan RCMP impounded 25 cars for excessive speeding. This year 22 vehicles have already been...

Alleged arsonists caught

Jun 2, 2014 / 12:49 pm

Photo: Contributed - David Goodman Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Two alleged arsonists behind a fire last week have been arrested, but RCMP say they do not believe they are connected with the other suspicious fires in the Vernon area. The...

Another boat set ablaze

Jun 2, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Photo: Contributed - Vernon Fire Services Photo: Contributed - Janessa Zubot Photo: Contributed - Janessa Zubot As the list of suspicious fires in the North Okanagan grows, a boat fire north of Vernon has police investigators stretching their work north. RCMP...

Drunk and driving at noon

Jun 2, 2014 / 12:36 pm

Police in Salmon Arm responded to a crash in the parking lot of Wendy’s on Friday afternoon and found a 59-year-old woman drunk behind the wheel. No one was injured and there was no damage caused by the crash, but the female driver from Eagle Bay was relieved of her driving privileges and her...
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