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Police dog nabs suspect

Jan 16, 2015 / 2:20 pm

One suspect is in custody and another is on the loose after a break-in in Vernon. At about 3:30 a.m. Friday morning, the Vernon RCMP were called to a report of a break and enter in progress at the construction site of a new townhouse complex in the 4000 block of 28th St. in Vernon. The...

Hundreds of snow plow complaints

Jan 15, 2015 / 7:31 pm

It has been 10 days since most of the Central and North Okanagan was pummelled by a record-setting snowfall. More than 30 centimetres of snow left many stranded in their homes for hours or even days as crews worked to clear the streets. After the initial shock, City of Vernon crews have...

New grace period for meters

Jan 14, 2015 / 5:00 am

If you've forgotten to plug your meter in Vernon, you will now have a few more minutes to rush back to your car. The new five-minute grace period instituted by city council this week will now give drivers a little more leeway when it comes to avoiding those pesky parking tickets. This new...

Arrest made in standoff

Jan 13, 2015 / 3:38 pm

A man finally gave himself up early Tuesday morning after a five-hour standoff with police in Vernon. The call came in at about 10:15 p.m. on Monday night. A man was said to be destroying a basement in the 3900 block of 21st Ave. When officers responded they found three people outside the...

BX Road closing for upgrade

Jan 13, 2015 / 1:16 pm

Starting Wednesday, BX Road in Vernon will be closed to traffic for up to two days between Pleasant Valley Road and East Vernon Road for the installation of utility services. The City of Vernon advises traffic will be rerouted to Silver Star Road and 39th Ave., and the BX dog park can be...

Gun seizure linked to gangs

Jan 11, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A known firearms trafficker in Vernon is behind bars after being arrested and charged. According to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia, the man, who is said to have significant gang ties, 21-year-old Daniel Penton, was charged with four gun-related charges. The...

Missing woman found

Jan 11, 2015 / 10:06 am

UPDATE JAN 11 RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says Johanna Frouws has been found safe and sound. ORIGINAL JAN 9 Vernon RCMP are looking for public help to locate a missing woman. On Jan. 8, shortly after 6 p.m., a man contacted the Vernon RCMP saying his wife had gone...

Public input 'welcomed'

Jan 10, 2015 / 10:03 am

The City of Vernon is asking for public input on the next five years of financial planning. Three special meetings open to the public will be held from January 14 to 16 - each meeting opens at 9 a.m. The meetings will be held in council chambers at City Hall, with opportunity for public input...

Construction reroutes patients

Jan 10, 2015 / 8:27 am

Construction at Vernon Jubilee hospital will close the emergency drop-off area for a few days next week. From Tuesday, Jan. 13 to Thursday, Jan. 15 the main emergency drop-off area will be replaced by a temporary entrance, indicated on the map. A flagger will be on-site to direct traffic to...

Local man feels Muslim backlash

Jan 9, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Iftkhar Ahmed considers himself collateral damage in the fallout from the recent terrorist attacks in France. The three suspected gunmen who attacked a satirical newspaper in France – killing 12 people – have been linked to al-Qaeda and were said to have shouted Islamist slogans...

Arrest made in gas bar robbery

Jan 9, 2015 / 9:12 am

Vernon RCMP have arrested a suspect in Tuesday's robbery at the Safeway gas bar. A man said to have been carrying a gun entered the gas bar about 10:25 p.m. and made off with cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash. A police dog was unable to track the suspect at the scene, but...

Man struck by SUV in Coldstream

Jan 9, 2015 / 9:05 am

A 69-year-old man is in stable condition after being struck by a vehicle in Coldstream Thursday night. The man was allegedly hit by a red SUV as he was walking along Kalamalka Lake Road, just north of its intersection with Husband Road. The driver then left the scene before police...

Snow clearing slow progress

Jan 8, 2015 / 1:54 pm

City crews in Vernon are making progress on snow removal in that city, but some mechanical difficulties have hampered their efforts. Communications Co-ordinator Tanya Laing Gahr says snow removal on 27th Street was delayed Wednesday after mechanical difficulties with the city’s large...

21 face charges after drug sting

Jan 7, 2015 / 4:13 pm

Several Vernon residents are facing charges after a drug sting. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says the Vernon detachment Targeted Policing Unit conducted a four-day investigation that utilized undercover operators to target drug traffickers. “A total of 25 street-level-quantity drug...

Lazar Vernon's golden boy

Jan 7, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Life may be 'back to normal' for parents of Team Canada's Captain Curtis Lazar but the smiles and pride on their faces are hard to miss. Dave and Karen Lazar flew back to the Okanagan yesterday, after a riveting gold-medal final that saw Vernon's own lift the 2015 World Junior...

Vernon gas bar robbed

Jan 7, 2015 / 11:59 am

Vernon RCMP are investigating the city's second robbery of the year. The Safeway gas bar at 4300 32nd St. was held up Monday night about 10:25 p.m. when a man with a handgun demanded cash from the till and cigarettes. He ordered the attendant to place them in a bag and fled westbound on 43rd...

Robbery at Vernon Mac's

Jan 6, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Vernon police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed the Mac’s Convenience store Monday night. They say a man entered the store and approached the clerk about 7:30 p.m., pepper sprayed him, grabbed cigarettes and left the store. He is described as a male, possibly in his 20s, with...

Cops still looking for bank robber

Jan 6, 2015 / 9:43 am

The Vernon Serious Crimes unit continues to investigate last month’s robbery at the Interior Savings Credit Union. Police have followed up on several leads that were provided by the public following the robbery on Dec. 9, but none have led to an arrest. The suspect is believed to be...

VCS closed Tuesday

Jan 5, 2015 / 9:15 pm

Vernon Christian School has made the decision to give students a second straight snow day. The school made the announcement Monday evening. "We are making this decision tonight to allow our parents more time to make arrangements for tomorrow," the school stated in a news...

Snowmobilers rescued

Jan 5, 2015 / 5:30 pm

A search team from Vernon Search and Rescue have located three men missing in the Park Nelson area. A 16-member team left about 5 p.m. Sunday evening to look for the three men who were lost and stuck. Once base camp was set up, four of the members headed out on snowmobiles in horrendous...

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