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Arrest in Sonic assault

Police in West Kelowna now have a man in custody in connection with an assault at a car wash early Tuesday morning.

Alberto Danny Rocuant, 33, of Kelowna was arrested later in the day.

RCMP were called to the Sonic Car Wash on Hudson Road about 3:30 a.m. after a man was injured during a violent assault in the south parking lot near the vacuums.

The victim remains in Kelowna General Hospital, recovering from injuries sustained in the attack.

Rocuant has been formally charged with aggravated assault. He is currently in custody, and he's scheduled to appear in court next week. 



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Fawn's life on the line

A West Kelowna vet hopes to save a fawn's life after it was found with a broken leg on the side of the road in the North Okanagan.

On Tuesday, a person brought the young deer to the Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital. While the BC Conservation Officer Service is concerned about the deer continuing to suffer, Dr. Moshe Oz says he'd like to try and save it – but he has to find it a home first.

“He has a fractured front leg, and we have two options. It's either to put him down, which is the practical and common decision to make, or try to do something not commonly done and try to save its life,” said Oz.

For him to legally perform the surgery, Oz says he needs to find a licensed animal sanctuary that would be willing to take the fawn for the remainder of its life.

“We are allowing some time for him to try and find a place for this deer to go if it's successfully treated, but recognizing that there's not a lot of places for this deer to go,” said Sgt. Jeff Hanratty, with the Conservation Officer Service.

“It's wildlife, it's not a pet, it's not a domestic animal. As such, the options for treatment are somewhat more limited, and one thing that we don't want to see is that animal continuing to suffer unnecessarily if at the end of the day, the animal is going to have to be put down.”

The fawn, nicknamed Gilbert, is currently medicated, but there isn't much time to find a sanctuary. Hanratty says they're working with a 48-hour time limit.

“What I need from people is some kind of connection, some kind of an idea, any lead for a licensed sanctuary for wildlife that Gilbert can call home,” Oz said.



'Significant damage' in fire

UPDATE 9:03 p.m.

Peachland Fire Rescue Services Chief Dennis Craig said no one was injured in the fire, but the home sustained significant damage.

Crews were called just before 7 p.m. for a structure fire on a deck that quickly spread to the house.

Several pieces of equipment and more than 20 firefighters responded to the blaze.

“First arriving crews noted the fire had already spread to the interior of the structure and was actually through the roof,” said Craig. “Being in the attic space and the roof space did make for a difficult knock down.”

Craig said all of the occupants got out safely along with their pets and they did have insurance.

“At this time we don't believe the fire to be suspicious,” said Craig, adding investigators will be on scene Wednesday looking for a cause.

Investigators will be focussing on the deck to see if they can pinpoint a cause.

“There is significant damage to the home so sometimes that can hinder in determining the exact cause,” he said.


UPDATE 8:43 p.m.

Witnesses tell Castanet crews have put the fire out and are in the mop up stage.


UPDATE 7:31 p.m.

Witnesses tell Castanet the back of the home has been damaged and that fire crews are continuing to battle flames on the roof.


ORIGINAL

Emergency crews have been called to a structure fire in Peachland.

Few details are available, but it is believed a house is on fire in the Desert Pines Avenue area.

Castanet will have more details as soon as they become available.





Assault at car wash

Police in West Kelowna are looking for a suspect responsible for an assault at Sonic Car Wash early Tuesday.

Cpl. Meghan Foster says the assault took place in the south parking lot near the vacuums about 3:30 a.m.

She says when police arrived, they found a male victim suffering from serious injuries. He continues to be treated at Kelowna General Hospital.

"It is early in the investigation, but investigators believe that the assault on the male victim was not random," said Foster. "Investigators are working to identify the suspect and what events transpired leading up to the assault."

Police are asking anyone with information to contact West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.crimestoppers.net.



Blackmun battle continues

The troops are rallying on both sides of West Kelowna’s Blackmun Bay Village battle as a public hearing date for the major development draws near.

Calgary’s Landstar Development Corporation invited members of the business community to Two Eagles Golf Course on Monday night for an information session about its massive Campbell Road project, which is slated to feature 260 apartments, 40 townhomes, a 100-room hotel and a 241-slip marina.

Members of the Casa Loma neighbourhood, which is located at the end of Campbell Road and would be affected by the six-year building process and then the development’s presence after that, responded Tuesday morning by launching a petition encouraging all West Kelowna residents to rally against Blackmun Bay Village.

For more on this story, visit Okanagan Edge.



No parking at cemetery

The parking lot at the Westbank Cemetery and access roads around the memorial gardens will be closed for a few days.

The City of West Kelowna says closures Tuesday and Wednesday are necessary to complete paving work.

This will be the fourth improvement project at the cemetery during the past six years.

In 2016, the cemetery was expanded to the east to include garden pathways, a memorial wall, ossuary and additional resting places.

Two years earlier, crews planted trees, shrubs and grass to transform the once dry, gravel cemetery into a more park like setting.

Earlier that year, the city also had columbaria and mausoleums installed and created a wheelchair accessible courtyard with benches and a concrete deck and railings, taking advantage of sweeping Lake Okanagan views.

West Kelowna assumed operations at the cemetery in 2011 under the terms of incorporation. The following year, council adopted the Westbank Cemetery Strategy, to create a self-sustaining operation and enhance the facility.



Hwy 97 crash snarls traffic

Traffic is backing up on Highway 97 in Peachland after a collision at Clements Crescent.

A Kia Soul SUV suffered heavy front-end damage in what appears to be a rear-end accident at the intersection by the strip mall and gas station there.

Firefighters, RCMP and paramedics are on scene.

The severity of any injuries is not known at this time.

Northbound traffic is backed up all the way through Peachland, witnesses report.



Hwy 97 motorhome vs car

Crews are cleaning up what appears to be a head-on crash on Highway 97 in West Kelowna.

Emergency crews were called to the crash near the Westside Road overpass at about 9:30 p.m. Several police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances were dispatched.

First responders were not able to speak at the scene, but it appears a black sedan collided with a large motorhome in the southbound lanes. Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage. It’s not known how the black car ended up facing the wrong way on the divided highway.

The crash resulted in the closure of two southbound lanes.

Castanet will reach out to RCMP for more information.



Parade wows thousands

Young and old alike, people in West Kelowna came out early to catch a glimpse of one of the longest parades in B.C.

The annual Westside Daze Parade lacked in marching bands, but more than made up for it with colourful floats and colourful costumes.

The City of Kelowna's parade float, which recently won best overall entry at the Calgary Stampede Parade, was named best visiting float, while the bright and imaginative float from Westbank First Nation was named best local community float.

Hainle Winery won for best commercial float, the Telemark best musical entry and Taneda Karate Dojo best novelty entry.

The parade kicked off festivities on the first full day of Westside Daze.

Kids Day activities and Okanagan Day celebrating First Nations in the Okanagan, take over Memorial Park Saturday afternoon.

Evening entertainment features local country star Ben Klick Saturday evening, before the annual fireworks at Gellatly Bay closes out the evening.

Sunday features the annual Westside Daze Car Show, the Community Worship Celebration at 9:30 a.m. and the Lions Club pancake breakfast.



Poor water quality

A water quality advisory has been issued for West Kelowna.

The City of West Kelowna, in consultation with Interior Health, issued the advisory, until further notice, for the West Kelowna Estates System due to increased turbidity at the Okanagan Lake intake.

The advisory means some risk is associated with consuming drinking water for children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and anyone else seeking added protection should use boiled water, or an alternate, safe source, for drinking, brushing teeth, washing fruits and vegetables, preparing food, making beverages and ice and mixing baby formula.

The City of West Kelowna will advise the public of changes to the Water Quality Advisory through its website.

To receive notifications of the start and end of water quality advisories, click here.

 



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