Crash slows highway

Jun 25, 2016 / 1:25 pm
Traffic is backing up in both directions along Highway 97, south of Gorman Bros. Lumber Mill in West Kelowna, after a vehicle crash knocked the cement median into the northbound lanes. The crash occurred at 1 p.m. Saturday, when a red SUV and purple SUV, both travelling southbound, collided on...

Fire out in W. Kelowna

Jun 24, 2016 / 2:15 pm
UPDATE: 2:11 p.m. A West Kelowna fire crew has doused a "stubborn fire" that may have started in the electrical panel box of a house on the 3000 block of McGinnis Road in Glenrosa, according to assistant fire chief Brent Watson. Four residents and a pet in the house were evacuated...

Despicable dumpers

Jun 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Regional District of Central Okanagan is fed up with those dumping their garbage in the woods and fed up with those not reporting it. Castanet received a tip about an abandoned motorhome and garbage pile up Bear Creek Road and phoned the Regional Waste Reduction Office for answers. The...

Summer camp saved

Jun 22, 2016 / 6:46 pm
Waking up with toothpaste on your face, singing songs, and playing capture the flag are just some of the fondest memories of summer camp. Now thanks to the hard work of some local residents, the distant dream of camp won’t be so far off. Silver Lake Camp has been saved. It was at risk...

One injured in accident

Jun 21, 2016 / 5:51 pm
Traffic on Highway 97 was disrupted Tuesday afternoon because of a two-vehicle accident on the Westside. Witnesses tell Castanet one person was taken away in an ambulance with undetermined injuries following the 5 p.m. crash between two SUVs. The southbound lane was closed briefly while...

Moose caused semi roll

Jun 21, 2016 / 2:48 pm
UPDATED: 2:48 p.m. The driver of the semi-truck that rolled over on the Okanagan Connector Tuesday morning said he was swerving out of the way of a moose that had walked onto the road. The crash occurred just after 3 a.m., and the 29-year-old driver suffered minor injuries. He was taken to...

Rear-ender backs up bridge

Jun 21, 2016 / 2:47 pm
Traffic is backed up on the William R. Bennett Bridge after a two-car crash Tuesday afternoon. Emergency officials were working at about 2 p.m. to clear the scene, as traffic reportedly backed up past Ross Road heading into Kelowna. It's unclear whether there were injuries in the...

Pit bull deemed 'aggressive'

Jun 21, 2016 / 12:03 pm
A pit bull that attacked the dog belonging to the mayor of Peachland has been deemed "aggressive." Bruce Smith, spokesman for the Regional District of Central Okanagan, says the animal is now considered aggressive under the Responsible Dog Ownership bylaw. “Once a dog is...

Early morning balcony fire

Jun 21, 2016 / 6:50 am
A resident was able to suppress a balcony fire before crews even arrived, early this morning in West Kelowna. According to West Kelowna Fire Rescue, at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, crews responded to a report of a fire on a balcony of an apartment in the 2700 block of Riffington...

Punched and robbed

Jun 20, 2016 / 8:16 pm
Police are looking for three men who attacked and robbed a person early Monday morning. Const. Jesse O'Donaghey says West Kelowna RCMP were called to the area of Old Okanagan Highway and Apollo Road just after 3 a.m. “The victim was confronted by the three unknown male suspects, one...

Pit bull attacks mayor's dog

Jun 20, 2016 / 12:06 pm
There’s been a high-profile dog attack in the Okanagan involving a pit bull. A husky belonging to Peachland’s mayor is recovering from the attack, in which it had its face ripped by another dog’s powerful jaws. Mayor Cindy Fortin says she was walking her dog, Nanook, when...

Car hits crane

Jun 20, 2016 / 11:12 am
Traffic is backed up through West Kelowna this morning after a car hit a flat-deck-crane truck. The car rear-ended the truck in the northbound lanes just before Butt Road at about 10:15 a.m. Monday morning. Traffic is merging into one lane around the accident and is reportedly backed up to...

West Kelowna teen missing

Jun 19, 2016 / 6:18 pm
RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing West Kelowna resident. Logan Wolff was last seen June 15, 2016. “There is nothing to indicate foul play at this time and police believe he is either in Kelowna or Vernon,” said Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey....

Accident slows traffic

Jun 19, 2016 / 5:08 pm
Traffic was backed up on Highway 97 following an accident near Horizon Road on the Westside Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said at around 4:20 p.m. a car and an SUV crashed going southbound on Highway 97. It is believed no one was injured in the minor accident, but traffic was slowed. There...

Towing company slammed

Jun 18, 2016 / 8:29 am
Friends and family are speaking out against a West Kelowna towing company after they say the company showed no compassion to a mother who had just lost her son. Cory Lee Harasivich, 36, of West Kelowna, died when his Jeep Cherokee was involved in a single-vehicle rollover early Sunday...

Fire was accidental

Jun 17, 2016 / 4:30 pm
UPDATED: 7:33 p.m. The wildfire that took place this afternoon in West Kelowna has been deemed accidental, according to West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund. However the ignition source was not able to be conclusively determined by investigators or from residents and bystanders'...

Evacuations lifted

Jun 17, 2016 / 3:00 pm
UPDATE 3 P.M. All evacuations resulting from the Scott Crescent fire have now been rescinded. According to the Emergency Operations Centre, the fire that started late this morning is now out. The fire grew to about two hectares in size below Scott Crescent, prompting initial evacuation...

Thieves target lake homes

Jun 17, 2016 / 2:43 pm
Police have arrested four people after a suspected robbery spree of homes along the western shore of Okanagan Lake. Events began unfolding shortly before 5 a.m. Friday when police in West Kelowna were notified a paddle boat was being stolen from a home in the 1000 block of Westside Road. Two...

Wildfire: your images

Jun 17, 2016 / 12:54 pm
Photo: - Claire Savege Photo: - Claire Savege Photo: - Claire Savege Photo: - Steve Berry Photo: - Steve Berry Photo: - Steve Berry Photo: - David Ogilvie Photo: - 5by5 Photo: Jennifer Zielinski A fast-moving wildfire burning on the Westside has resulted in some dramatic shots from...

Bust nets crack, fentanyl

Jun 17, 2016 / 12:52 pm
Two people have been charged following the seizure of large amounts of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl in West Kelowna. An investigation that began in April led to a search warrant this week. Tuesday afternoon, the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Team and West Kelowna officers raided a home on...

Grass fire doused

Jun 17, 2016 / 8:29 am
Update: 8:50 a.m. Fire Chief Jason Brolund says crews responded to what appeared to be an out-of-control campfire near Nancee Way, early Friday morning. He says it appears the blaze spread to nearby grass but did not grow to any substantial size. An investigation was conducted, however the...

Pedestrian falls in crosswalk

Jun 16, 2016 / 6:22 pm
UPDATED: 8 p.m. Highway 97 has fully reopened in West Kelowna this evening after a pedestrian fell at Butt Road. Despite previous reports that the pedestrian was struck, emergency personnel who were on scene say the woman tripped on uneven pavement and hit the ground. Paramedics were seen...

Polite robber found guilty

Jun 16, 2016 / 1:26 pm
Brandon Oswald was found guilty Thursday on three of the four charges he was facing over a drug store robbery in March of 2014. The 12-member jury found Oswald guilty of robbery, using an imitation firearm while committing an offence and disguising one’s face while committing an...

Hydro outlines options

Jun 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
West Kelowna council got a better understanding of the options available to BC Hydro, as they prepare to bring a second power line into the region. Hydro officials briefed council Tuesday on the four options available, including a line from Vernon along the west side of Okanagan Lake, a second...

First male youth ambassador

Jun 15, 2016 / 12:56 pm
West Kelowna has crowned its first male youth ambassador. Mount Boucherie Secondary School student Carson Bidewell was named ambassador during the West Kelowna Youth Ambassador Program pageant at Westbank Lions Community Hall. Bronwyn Shardelow, 14, will serve as female...

High risk to reoffend

Jun 15, 2016 / 7:04 am
A man involved in the infamous Westside Shooter car chase in 2012 is a high risk to reoffend violently, according to a forensic psychologist at a long-term offender hearing on Tuesday. Michael Edward Ellis was back in Supreme Court after he was found guilty of 17 charges in February, for his...

City hall off to referendum

Jun 15, 2016 / 6:00 am
If the Province gives its approval, West Kelowna voters will go to the ballot boxes Sept. 17. The electorate will get a chance to decide whether the city can borrow the funds necessary to construct a new city hall, part of a larger civic centre, on Elliott Road. Council avoided the temptation...

Multi-car crash on Westside

Jun 14, 2016 / 5:31 pm
Emergency crews were scrambling Tuesday after multi-car accidents on Boucherie Road. Witnesses report five vehicles were involved in mishaps a block apart. One accident was near Ogden Road and the other was reported to be a block south. Boucherie Road has been reduced to single-lane traffic...

Jury deciding Oswald's fate

Jun 14, 2016 / 2:19 pm
Closing arguments have been made and the 12-person jury has begun to deliberate on the fate of Brandon Oswald, the man accused of robbing a West Kelowna Shopper’s Drug Mart at gunpoint. Oswald’s trial, where he faces charges of robbery, disguising one’s face to commit an...

Controversial billboard stays

Jun 14, 2016 / 12:20 pm
While some find the billboard offensive and complaints have been lodged, the Kelowna Right to Life Society gets to keep its sign along Highway 97. The pro-life billboard was put up in West Kelowna in March, and immediately met with negative feedback. The billboard compares the killing of a...

Rollover victim ID'd

Jun 14, 2016 / 11:03 am
The B.C. Coroners Service has released the identity of a man killed early Sunday on the Highway 97-Okanagan Connector off-ramp. Cory Lee Harasivich, 36, of West Kelowna, died when his Jeep Cherokee was involved in a single-vehicle rollover about 1:25 a.m. “Police have determined that a...

End run around referendum

Jun 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of West Kelowna may not have to go to referendum to get the funds needed to construct a new city hall after all. They may be able to use direct taxation to accomplish the task. The city used the provincially mandated Alternative Approval Process to obtain voter assent to borrow up to...

Van fire on Westside Road

Jun 12, 2016 / 7:04 pm
The Wilson Landing Fire Department were called to a van fire on Westside Road Sunday evening. Witnesses said the VW van caught fire while a man was driving it, but he was able to steer the van into a pull-out before exiting the vehicle. The incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. “A...

Fatal rollover

Jun 12, 2016 / 8:37 am
The RCMP and the BC Coroner's Service continue to investigate an early morning single-vehicle rollover that killed one man. Early Sunday morning at approximately 1:25 a.m., West Kelowna RCMP attended a single-vehicle rollover collision on Highway 97 and the Highway 97C off-ramp in...

Murder trial date set

Jun 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
A West Kelowna man facing a second-degree murder charge will have to wait until next year to face trial – two years after the alleged crime. Jose Amestica, 50, will face a jury selection and trial in Kelowna B.C. Supreme Court beginning May 29, 2017. Amestica was originally charged with...

Fentanyl charges laid

Jun 10, 2016 / 4:49 pm
A West Kelowna couple are facing charges for production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking in connection with an RCMP fentanyl bust in March. Leslie John McCulloch, 38, and Rebekka Rae White, 27, are facing charges, after police raided a West Kelowna...

Peachland bypass planned

Jun 10, 2016 / 1:35 pm
Peachland residents are being asked to weigh in on proposals to improve the Highway 97 corridor through the municipality. A public open house will be held at the Peachland Community Centre Tuesday, June 21, from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Over the past six months, the Ministry of Transportation...

Injuries in Westside crash

Jun 10, 2016 / 12:34 pm
A two-vehicle crash tied up traffic on the Westside Friday. It happened at 11:40 a.m.at the the intersection of Elk Road and Carrington Road. Emergency crews responded. There appeared to be minor injuries at the scene.

An adventuresome pet pair?

Jun 8, 2016 / 8:27 pm
A Peachland woman has found a little bit of hope after a man may have spotted her missing cat and dog in Winfield, walking along the railroad tracks together. Emma Oliver discovered her cat Milo and dog Bambi had gone missing from her Peachland home last Friday. "So I just got a call and...

Food truck rally rolls along

Jun 8, 2016 / 7:15 pm
The Okanagan's next food-truck rally is setting up shop this month in West Kelowna. The popular foodie event will see a dozen local food trucks parked side by side to provide guests an abundance of dining options. “It is a really good way for new people to come out and try the range...
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