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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...

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...
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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...

Scooter driver hit by car

Jun 1, 2014 / 7:06 pm

The driver of a scooter was hit by a car with enough force to separate the seat from the scooter in Vernon Sunday afternoon. Around 3:45 p.m. emergency crews responded to 39th Avenue near Pleasant Valley Road where a 59-year-old woman had been hit by a car. She was taken to hospital with...

$60,000 theft from business

Jun 1, 2014 / 9:52 am

Someone has stolen $60,000 worth of equipment from a small business in the North Shuswap area. Sometime on the night of May 29, an unknown number of people broke into Unique Adventure Tours in Scotch Creek, BC. The thieves broke into the business pick up truck, destroyed the ignition and...

Salmon Arm flood warning

May 31, 2014 / 9:39 am

The Shuswap emergency program is monitoring a higher-than-average snowpack, which could result in flooding around Salmon Arm and Vernon. With the approach of hotter weather, the snowpack could melt quickly and create a high stream and lake situation which could result in flooding. Shuswap...

Joy ride ends in arrest

May 30, 2014 / 4:59 pm

Two teens from Lumby may have had a fun night joyriding in a stolen car, but it ended in handcuffs. On May 29 at about 6:00 a.m. North Okanagan RCMP received a call that the truck had been stolen from the Lumby Arena parking lot overnight. Earlier in the night, RCMP received a report the same...

Vernon wants MMA ban

May 30, 2014 / 4:57 pm

Vernon City Council is taking a punch out of MMA fighting and proposing a potential ban of the sports events throughout the city. Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky said council directed staff to propose the bylaw after a closed door meeting with RCMP. “It came out of the information RCMP gave...

Fire sends one to hospital

May 30, 2014 / 11:26 am

Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt One person was sent to hospital after a fire destroyed a mobile home in the Kalview trailer park near Vernon Friday morning. Fire services said the lone female occupant was alerted to the fire by a smoke...
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