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Suspected car thieves arrested

Sep 16, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Over the past weekend Vernon RCMP arrested two local men in relation to a number of theft of vehicles and possession of stolen property investigations. Twenty-year-old Tim Ross has been charged with four counts of theft over $5,000.00, and one count of theft under $5,000.00, as well as one...

40 years without parole

Sep 16, 2014 / 1:02 pm

The Member of Parliament for Okanagan Shuswap is wrapping up his last year in office and plans to leave political life having made an impact on crime. MP Colin Mayes is adamant that his 'tough on crime' bill will go through before his time is done. The private members bill, Bill...

Suspicious fire overnight

Sep 12, 2014 / 11:24 am

Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Contributed The streak of 'no' suspicious fires in Vernon has ended. A suspicious fire was called in shortly after midnight Friday and was in the same abandoned residence of another suspicious fire that occurred in June. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk...

Three in race for mayor's chair

Sep 12, 2014 / 11:00 am

The race for Vernon's city council and mayoral seat is starting to heat up as more residents throw their hat into the ring. Those bidding for the mayor's chair now sits at three; current Mayor Rob Sawatzky announced in July he would not seek re-election. Most recently, second-term...

Drug bust in Salmon Arm

Sep 12, 2014 / 8:00 am

Police in Salmon Arm believe they have stopped some drug dealing in that community. An investigation led them to a residence in the 1300 block of Highway 97B where they found large quantities of cocaine, morphine, and MDMA. All of the drugs were packaged for sale, but it is unknown exactly...

RCMP ring up dial-a-dope

Sep 11, 2014 / 3:10 pm

On Wednesday members of Vernon's Targeted Policing group shut down a suspected dial-a-dope drug trafficker. The investigation led to the arrest of a 21-year-old Vernon male and the seizure of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The male was released from custody for a future court date...

Ice cream thief turns himself in

Sep 11, 2014 / 11:03 am

Several hours after robbing the Marble Slab Creamery, a Vernon man decided to turn himself in. According to Vernon RCMP police were called to the scene of the Marble Slab Creamery located in the Fruit Union Plaza, by an employee who reported a theft at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday. “The employee...

Vernon bans pro MMA events

Sep 9, 2014 / 5:00 am

Despite some seemingly vocal opposition in the months leading up to the decision, only one person spoke out against the City of Vernon’s Mixed Martial Arts ban. And, without any real opposition to the ban, council voted unanimously to enact the new bylaw that now prevents any future...

Speeding bikes impounded

Sep 8, 2014 / 6:30 pm

A North Okanagan traffic officer is getting a pat on the back for putting the brakes on back-to-back excessive speeders. The officer first noticed a motorcycle whipping through Falkland on Hwy. 97 at 160 km/h in a 90 zone, seconds later a second motorcycle was clocked in excess of 170...

Driver runs while impaled

Sep 8, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed A young Vernon man is lucky to be alive after driving his truck off a steep 100-metre embankment Sunday night. The 21-year-old man was driving along Cosens Bay Road around the four-kilometer mark at 5:40 p.m....

Nomination papers available

Sep 7, 2014 / 2:16 pm

Now is the time to fulfil your dreams of becoming the mayor or a city councillor of Vernon. Potential candidates in the November 15 local election will be able to pick up nomination documents for the offices of mayor and councillor from Vernon City Hall beginning September 2. Nomination...

One arrested for truck theft

Sep 4, 2014 / 8:50 pm

One man has been arrested after a truck was stolen in Falkland Thursday night. Sgt Greg Dickie with the Vernon RCMP said police were involved in a short chase after trying to pull a man over in a pickup truck near Vernon. The man had apparently stolen the truck from a currently unknown...

ATV smashes library window

Sep 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

An ATV driven by two women smashed through a plate glass window at the Okanagan Regional Library in Enderby Sunday night. Cpl. Leeson with the Vernon RCMP said two officers were on Cliff Avenue dealing with an unrelated incident just after 11 p.m. when they saw the women, both in their...

Fire destroys house

Sep 1, 2014 / 3:05 pm

A fire destroyed a house near Westside Road Monday morning. Emergency crews responded around 9:30 a.m. to smoke and flames coming from a home on Pinecrest Road west of Vernon. Firefighters on the scene said they did not yet know what caused the fire. A fire inspector has yet to complete a...

2 crashes hospitalize 3

Aug 31, 2014 / 1:02 pm

A five-year-old child is safe after two separate crashes sent three people to hospital with serious injuries Saturday afternoon. Around 11:40 a.m. emergency crews responded to a collision on Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm. A pickup truck towing a trailer crashed into the rear of a semi-truck...

Charged with manslaughter

Aug 29, 2014 / 9:00 am

A Salmon Arm man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter nearly one year after a woman was found dead in Armstrong. Logan Scott, 31, was arrested on August 27 after an exhaustive investigation into the death of 27-year-old Jillian McKinty. The mother of two was found deceased in her...

Calling all municipal candidates

Aug 29, 2014 / 6:50 am

Potential candidates in the Nov 15 local election will be able to pick up nomination documents for the offices of Mayor (one vacancy) and Councillor (six vacancies) from Vernon City Hall beginning September 2. Nomination papers must be filed between 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept 30, and 4 p.m. on...

Vernon Rec expanding programs

Aug 26, 2014 / 7:00 am

There is now another option for parents in the Vernon area in the event the teachers dispute drags into the new school year. Greater Vernon Recreation Services will continue to offer many of its summer camp options, and expand them to include experiential, educational and/or physical activity...

Aggressive driver targets cop

Aug 25, 2014 / 2:00 pm

RCMP in Vernon had to deal with an aggressive driver following reports of a stolen truck. After a tip from a resident they spotted the vehicle speeding on Hartnell Road on Saturday. "The driver tried to run one of our officers off the road, but (the officer) pulled over onto the...

Equal fault in boat crash

Aug 25, 2014 / 12:28 pm

UPDATE AUG 25 12:20 P.M. Vernon RCMP have determined both drivers are responsible for a mid-day crash on Okanagan Lake. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says the crash happened Sunday, just before noon, when a Seadoo boat collided with a fishing boat sending one to hospital. “One of our...

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