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Bad batch of drugs hit Vernon

Jan 5, 2015 / 2:54 pm

RCMP in the North Okanagan believe a potent batch of street drugs may be the cause for a number of drug overdoses over the past week. According to spokesman, Gord Molendyk, two people have died and four others have been admitted to hospital since Dec 30. On Dec 30, a 49-year-old man, who was...

Snow clearing to take 36-hours

Jan 5, 2015 / 10:15 am

Vernon city crews are warning residents it could take up to 36 hours, after the snow stops, to clear all city roads. The Vernon area has received over 35 centimetres of snow during in the last 24 hours which has resulted in extremely difficult road conditions. “Currently, all available...

Vernon woman found

Dec 31, 2014 / 9:03 am

UPDATE 9:00 A.M Dec 31. According to RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk, Brandy Hauser was located safely Tuesday evening. ORIGINAL: RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Vernon woman. On Dec. 26 at about 1:30 p.m., RCMP received a report from a concerned...

Gas thieves arrested

Dec 29, 2014 / 3:09 pm

A pair of Kelowna men are appearing in court Monday after being caught stealing gas near Vernon. At about 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 27, Vernon North Okanagan Rural RCMP were called to the Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club. Alarms were going off at the outdoor gas tanks where someone had stolen gas...

Teenager arrested with gun

Dec 29, 2014 / 10:57 am

A Vernon-area teenager spent Christmas in jail after being arrested with drugs and an unloaded pistol in his pocket. On Dec. 25 at about 9 p.m. the Vernon RCMP responded to a report of an intoxicated man holding up traffic in the area of Highway 6 and Pottery Road. The 16-year-old boy was...

Power back on

Dec 27, 2014 / 8:11 pm

UPDATE 8:08 P.M. Power was turned back on shortly before 8 p.m. to 1,500 Vernon residents. According to BC Hydro, power went out at 5:45 p.m after a tree fell on the lines, knocking out power for over two hours. ORIGINAL Over 1,500 customers are without power in Vernon, after lights...

Ex-butcher gets prison time

Dec 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

A Vernon man was sentenced to four years in jail Friday for sexually interfering with a minor. Charles James Stewart Taylor, also known as Jim Taylor, 63, was convicted on two charges under section 151 of the criminal code, sexually touching a person under the age of 16. Taylor was convicted...

RCMP dress up for service

Dec 22, 2014 / 7:38 pm

North Okanagan Mounties in the red serge put on a small show for some seniors in Vernon. Officers from the Vernon North Okanagan detachment dressed up in the red serge for a special lunch service in Enderby and at a Vernon community centre for seniors. "In Vernon at the Schubert Centre,...

Preventing sidewalk slips

Dec 19, 2014 / 9:04 pm

The City of Vernon is trying something new this winter, and they hope residents will help out and spread the news. It’s a one-year pilot program aimed at improving sidewalk safety and assisting pedestrians during the winter months. There will be 10 yellow grit boxes in key locations...

Seatbelt tickets a plenty

Dec 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

It seems Vernon residents are not fond of their seat-belts as for the third time this year, Vernon RCMP are sharing disbelief in the number of seatbelt tickets they are handing out. Last week, an officer with the North Okanagan Traffic Services noticed a number of people driving by the police...

Dog alerts owner to prowler

Dec 15, 2014 / 7:30 pm

A 20-year-old man, well known to police, is back in custody after he allegedly attempted to break into a home on Larson Avenue in Enderby. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says the owner was sleeping last Friday night at 11:00 p.m., when her dog's barking woke her up. “The motion light...

Horses killed in accident

Dec 15, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Three horses were fatally injured after an accident with a truck early Saturday morning, North Okanagan RCMP say members of their rural detachment were called to an accident between a truck and the horses Saturday morning, just after midnight. The truck apparently struck the horses in the...

16 horses seized by SPCA

Dec 14, 2014 / 4:58 pm

Sixteen horses were seized and another 100 are being watched, after SPCA officials went onto a farm near Armstrong Thursday. North Okanagan SPCA protection officer Kathy Woodward says her office issued a warrant on the property following a lengthy investigation. She says officials noticed a...

Lumby victims identified

Dec 10, 2014 / 4:45 pm

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of two persons who died following a motor vehicle incident near Lumby on Dec. 6. They were Diedre Naomi-Ann Hughes, aged 57, of Vernon, and her daughter, Emma Maria Danielle Froh, aged 22, of Lumby. Froh was the driver of, and Ms. Hughes the...

Armed robbery connection

Dec 10, 2014 / 12:10 pm

It would appear RCMP in Vernon and Princeton are looking for the same man, wanted in connection with recent bank robberies in those communities. The CIBC in Princeton was robbed at gunpoint Monday, Dec 1 while the Interior Savings Credit Union branch in Vernon was also robbed at gunpoint...

Okanagan man killed near Tahsis

Dec 10, 2014 / 11:30 am

A 47-year-old Coldstream man has been identified as the person killed in a workplace accident on Vancouver Island Sunday. David Thompson Kennedy died Dec. 7 while working on a heli-logging operation near Tahsis. Kennedy was employed as a tree-faller when he sustained critical injuries late...

Credit Union robbed at gunpoint

Dec 10, 2014 / 9:00 am

Police in Vernon are on the lookout for a lone male after the Interior Savings Credit Union on 32nd Street was robbed at gunpoint. Photo: Contributed - RCMP RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says police were called to the credit union shortly after 4:30 Tuesday afternoon after reports...

Suspicious fire at restaurant

Dec 9, 2014 / 2:20 pm

RCMP in Vernon are investigating another suspicious fire in the city. The latest blaze broke out at the New Delhi Restaurant on 29th Street, shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. Police spokesman Gord Molendyk says investigators from both the RCMP and the local fire department are working...

Jail time for arsonist

Dec 9, 2014 / 12:00 pm

When Pedro’s Fruit Stand burnt to the ground in September 2013, it took owner Dale Ruth and his family months to recover. Now the man responsible for that fire has been found guilty of arson and theft over $5,000. Adam Michael Schultz, 39, appeared in a Salmon Arm Court Room for trial...

Multiple robberies, same suspect

Dec 8, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Salmon Arm RCMP are looking for someone they believe committed two robberies, last week. The first incident happened Dec. 5 around 6:30 a.m., when an employee of M&M Meat Shop discovered a break and enter in progress. The employee had been working in the back of the store and heard the sound...

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