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Drug smuggler - 18 years is enough

Jan 15, 2014 / 11:10 am

A Saskatchewan court has ruled 18 years is enough for a British Columbia man convicted in a major international drug operation. Brock Palfrey of Vernon, was originally sentenced to 18 years in prison for his part in smuggling $200 million of cocaine and ecstasy into Canada, but the Crown asked...

Vernon council ponder 2014 budget

Jan 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Taxpayers in Vernon will find out by Friday afternoon just how much more they will have to shell out in municipal taxes in 2014. Vernon Council will spend the next three days going over the budget, line by line to determine how much each department will get to spend and where those funds will be...

Rec centre rave

Jan 13, 2014 / 4:56 pm

A ‘teen dance’ gone bad kept Vernon RCMP officers busy early Sunday morning. Photo: Twitter A group of teenagers from the lower mainland were up in Kelowna for a ski trip and attended a privately organized dance at the Vernon Rec Centre. According to Director of...

Never return to the scene of the crime

Jan 13, 2014 / 1:53 pm

RCMP were able to track down a car and identity thief last Friday by simply waiting for him to come back. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says that on Friday Jan. 10 officers from the Vernon office were able locate a stolen F150 pick-up truck. Once they had the truck in their sights they sat and...

Foerster senior retains lawyer

Jan 13, 2014 / 12:03 pm

The father of the man accused of killing an Armstrong teenager still doesn’t know when he will stand trial, but he has found a lawyer. Stephen Foerster sat silently behind his lawyer in a Vernon courtroom Monday morning. Foerster is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and...

Lumby RCMP looking for volunteers

Jan 12, 2014 / 3:47 pm

Lumby RCMP is looking for community minded volunteers to assist with its new Citizens on Patrol program. An information session will be held on Wednesday January 22 at 7 p.m. at the Lumby Community Centre located at 2250 Shields Ave. Volunteers in the Citizens on Patrol program assist the...

Highway 6 'a sheet of ice'

Jan 12, 2014 / 8:40 am

DriveBC weather report for Highway 6 - Vernon region. Black Ice 7 km east of Vernon to 7.5 km east of Lumby (25.7 km) Water Pooling from Junction with Highway 97, in Vernon to 7 km east of Vernon (7.2 km) Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 97, in Vernon to 7 km east of Vernon...

Darth Vader invades Silver Star

Jan 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

Silver Star Mountain Resort is calling all filmmakers and photographers to reveal a side of the resort never seen before, with its 'Through the Eyes Of' photo and video contest. The contest is seeking submissions on what Silver Star might be like through the eyes of a person’s...

Thieves take flat-screen TV and beer

Jan 9, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Hockey game nights are saved at one Lumby household after RCMP caught the thief that made off with the victim's flat screen TV and beer. On Jan 3 at 2:30 a.m. police responded to a residential break and enter in the 2000 block of Park Ave. RCMP say two men forced their way into a house,...

400 marijuana plant seized in bust

Jan 9, 2014 / 3:00 pm

A police executed search warrant on a home in Lumby has resulted in the seizure of 409 marijuana plants. RCMP went in on Jan 7 to a building in the 100 block of Rawlings Lake Road. Lumby RCMP say they received information that the residents there had a license to grow marijuana but that...

Lumby's last drunk driver of 2013

Jan 9, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Lumby RCMP officers dealt with their last impaired driver of the year at 10:30 PM on New Year’s Eve Dec 31, 2013. The 47-year-old man was pulled over after driving through downtown Lumby. The man, a resident of Lumby, ‘failed’ on a roadside screening device. He will not...

Truck and new snowmobiles stolen

Jan 7, 2014 / 3:18 pm

A brown truck carrying two expensive snowmobiles was stolen Monday evening in Salmon Arm. RCMP say the truck was taken from Shuswap Xtreme Recreation on 4th Avenue SW between 5 and 8 p.m. They are asking for the public's help locating the brown 2001 Ford F350 pickup truck with license...

Two cougars shot, one on the loose

Jan 6, 2014 / 4:30 pm

In the last week two cougars have been shot and killed in the Greater Vernon area and now a trap is set to catch a third, just blocks away from an elementary school and Kal Beach. After BC Conservation received four to five calls about this particular cougar Sunday morning, it was Kahla...

Hot meat and a punch to the chest

Jan 6, 2014 / 4:07 pm

If you didn’t know stolen meat was a common problem in the North Okanagan, you are not alone, neither did we. According to RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk it is not rare for them to receive a call of meat being stolen from the local grocery store as well as a call of ‘hot’ meat...

Targeted attack

Jan 6, 2014 / 2:00 pm

RCMP are trying to piece together just what happened - and why- at a home on Commonage Crescent in Vernon Sunday evening. Police were summoned to the residence in the 3700 block by a caller who said a group of men entered the home with a gun. The caller further stated people were also seen...

Motorcycle stolen during break-in

Jan 6, 2014 / 12:37 pm

Thieves made off with a motorcycle during a break-in at 4 Seasons Motor Sports in Vernon early last Friday morning. Police responded after an alarm sounded at the business on 25 Avenue shortly before 5 a.m. A pick-up truck, which had apparently been stolen, was used to rip open the doors to...

More cougar sightings in Coldstream

Jan 6, 2014 / 10:40 am

Conservation Officers will be at Coldstream Elementary school on Monday morning, to warn students and teachers of a cougar that has been sighted in the area. The cat was seen walking along a fence approximately 100 yards from the school on Sunday and Conservation believes it may have killed a...

Polar bear swim video and gallery

Jan 5, 2014 / 10:34 am

Fun photos and video from Vernon's polar bear swim. Video by: Ginger Watton (Husband Pete is seen in the blue, white and red shorts near the end) Photo gallery provided by: Samantha Pohl - Sample Photography Samantha Pohl - Sample Photography Photo:...

Trailer fire on Highway 97

Jan 4, 2014 / 2:26 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue responded to a trailer fire early Saturday morning. A trailer carrying four snowmobiles caught ablaze traveling on Highway 97 towards Vernon. The driver pulled over when he was notified by people passing by that there were flames coming from his trailer. The owner...

Cougar captured in Coldstream

Jan 3, 2014 / 9:24 am

Update: Conservation Officer Josh Lockwood says the cougar was captured by officers, Thursday night, in Coldstream. The cougar was a three-year-old female in good condition, according to Lockwood. "There was no need for the cougar to be in a residential area, it was not sick...

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