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Parachutist hits house

Jul 28, 2014 / 6:47 pm

An unidentified man was taken to hospital Monday afternoon after a parachute jump went wrong. The man was apparently scheduled to land at the Vernon airport. However he missed his mark and hit a house. RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says the man apparently hit the side of a house somewhere...

Man arrested for sex assault

Jul 28, 2014 / 11:59 am

Charges have now been laid after a lengthy sexual assault investigation in Armstrong. Forty-five year old Joseph Vance Caron of Armstrong has been charged with sexual assault, unlawful confinement, uttering threats and attempt to choke while committing a sexual offence. The sex assault took...

Speeding cars impounded

Jul 28, 2014 / 11:57 am

It was a need for speed kind of weekend in the North Okanagan, as the RCMP impounded six vehicles on Highway 97 near Vernon. Each of the cars pulled off the road were clocked at speeds ranging between 48-83 km over the posted speed limit. Five of the vehicles were licensed to BC drivers, says...

Booze on Vernon sidewalk patios

Jul 26, 2014 / 2:53 pm

Sidewalk patios in Vernon can now serve alcohol. The City of Vernon has updated its bylaws to allow liquor service on sidewalk patios following a request from the soon-to-be-opened Naked Pig BBQ and Smokehouse. In April, the restaurant owned by Marten Brewing Company Ltd., requested that...

Crime and the news

Jul 25, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Photo: Contributed - Andrew S. Photo: Contributed - Frank K. Photo: Contributed - Andrew S. Photo: Contributed - Andrew S. Photo: Contributed - Frank K. Photo: Contributed - Greg L. Photo: Contributed - Greg L. Photo: Contributed - Frank K. As the Vernon arsonist or arsonists continue to...

MV Okanagan gets hung up

Jul 25, 2014 / 3:00 pm

An unmanned tugboat is causing problems on the northern edge of Okanagan Lake. Residents say the MV Okanagan had already broken free of its mooring before it wound up stuck in the mud, out front of several homes. The boat is believed to have ran aground following Wednesday night’s...

Man killed by horned cow

Jul 24, 2014 / 5:00 pm

In an bizarre story out of Cherryville, Castanet news has learned that a man lost his life after being struck by a cow. According to the Lumby RCMP and the BC Coroner the man was working on a cattle farm on Campbell Road in Cherryville corralling the herd, when a mother cow turned on him and...


Prolific offender

Jul 24, 2014 / 11:30 am

Vernon RCMP have a prolific offender behind bars. David McIntosh, 22, was arrested earlier this week following a lengthy pursuit that resulted in damage to three vehicles. According to police, McIntosh was wanted on an outstanding warrant for three counts of Possession for the Purpose of...

Fruit processing plant fire

Jul 22, 2014 / 10:10 am

Update -- July 22, 10 a.m. Fire crews in Vernon were hard at work once again after another suspicious fire broke out overnight. This latest blaze was called in around 11:15 p.m. Monday night, at the BC Fruit Growers’ processing plant on Waddington Drive in Vernon. Fire Chief Keith...

Minor injuries in rollover

Jul 21, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A visitor from Italy kept emergency crews busy Sunday night after her rental car struck a another vehicle. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says officers were called to the accident at 27th Street and 53rd Avenue around 10:00 p.m. “A Kia rental car, driven by a 47-year-old woman from Italy,...

Anonymous cards make day

Jul 21, 2014 / 4:12 pm

Vernon RCMP officers have their heads held high and smiles on their faces today after several thank you cards were randomly left on their cruisers. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says the officers and staff of the Vernon Detachment would like to thank the 'anonymous grateful citizens of...

Suspicious fires on hiatus

Jul 21, 2014 / 4:11 pm

Photo: Contributed - Shaye Cmcic Photo: Contributed - Paul Cousins Photo: Contributed - Paul Cousins Photo: Contributed - Joe Sengotta Photo: Contributed - Tabitha Dickau No one has been arrested and nothing has been solved, but for over two weeks the suspicious fires have stopped. For...

Police abuzz over bee theft

Jul 21, 2014 / 2:00 pm

North Okanagan RCMP are buzzing over the theft of five beehives in the Coldstream area. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says on Friday July 18, police received a report that five beehives had been lifted from a property in the 7900 block of McClounie Road. Molendyk says the owner had left the...

Runaway tug boat

Jul 19, 2014 / 10:03 pm

A reader has told Castanet the name of the tugboat is the MV Okanagan. It was being restored when it broke away from its mooring. Check back for updates in the morning. Windy conditions in the Central Okanagan Saturday may have caused a tugboat to break free of its mooring and go for a...

Arson arrest in Vernon fire

Jul 18, 2014 / 9:57 am

Update July 18 A 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged with arson in relation to the fire. It broke out Thursday morning around 7:30 a.m. and was mainly contained to one bedroom. He is expected to appear in court later today to face charges of Arson with disregard for human...

Vernon's Mayor will not run

Jul 17, 2014 / 10:59 am

The Mayor of Vernon has decided not to run in the upcoming municipal election. In an announcement made Thursday morning, Mayor Rob Sawatzky says he made the tough decision after discussions with his family. “While I very much appreciate the chance I have had to serve the community, I...

Messages for longboard victim

Jul 16, 2014 / 2:27 pm

Christopher Mitchell had just graduated high school. The Vernon teen who died tragically Sunday while longboarding in the area of 39th Street and Okanagan Avenue shortly after 11 p.m., graduated from Clarence Fulton Secondary last month. Mitchell apparently failed to stop for a stop sign when...

Race track fire was arson

Jul 15, 2014 / 1:54 pm

Fire investigators and the Vernon RCMP have determined that the raging inferno last week at the Kin Race Track fire was an act of arson. “After several days of combing through the debris that remained after the fire at the Kin Racetrack grandstands, their investigation had determined that...

Who's running in Vernon

Jul 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

BC's Mayors and Councillors still have a few months to decide whether they will throw their hat back in the ring for the fall municipal election. In Vernon, Mayor Rob Sawatzky has kept quiet as to whether he will run again noting the four-year-term and the commitment may be too much to do...

Longboarder killed in crash

Jul 14, 2014 / 4:45 pm

UPDATE 4:45 P.M. - Neighbours on Okanagan Avenue in Vernon are still in shock after a young man died in front of their homes Sunday night. Several residents tell Castanet that the entire area was blocked off with tape and investigators were there until 5 a.m. – nearly 6 hours after the...
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