Firefighters feed homeless

Kamloops Professional Firefighters, Local 913 will be helping to feed the less fortunate this Christmastime.

The union is sponsoring a meal at New Life Community Mission, 181 Victoria Street West, on Dec. 12th, from 6-8 p.m.

A few members of City Council will also be serving meals.

“This is a good opportunity for us to meet in a social setting and to spread some holiday cheer to those less fortunate,” said Kris Krutop, Local 913 president. “We are hoping to share the needs of the mission with the public over the holiday season.”


Brazen smash and dash

Kamloops RCMP are on the hunt for two brazen jewellery store robbers.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said on Dec. 11 at approximately 5 p.m., two men with their faces covered entered Danielle’s Silver & Gold jewelry store in Sahali Mall and smashed glass display cases and stole jewelry.

The two suspects then left the mall via the Fox and Hound exit and fled on foot towards Sahali Terrace.

Suspect 1 is described as wearing a light grey or white hoody with the hood up, dark grey pants, white runners, white balaclava with black markings and white gloves with black on the knuckles. He was carrying a green recycling bag.

Suspect 2 was wearing a white parka-type jacket with a fur-lined hood.

The hood was up and his face was covered. He was carrying a pack.

“One suspect used a wrench to the break the glass in the cases, while the other used a ratchet,” said Shelkie.

“If you have any information about the suspects or the stolen jewelry please contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.”

Keep fighting those mussels

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District Board is united in its battle against invasive mussels.

At the Dec. 7 board meeting, directors voted unanimously to send a letter to the Federal Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans Canada outlining support for a study to examine funding for programs dedicated to preventing and eliminating aquatic invasive species.

The board also asked for an examination of whether federal funds for these types of programs are distributed in an equitable way around the country.

Electoral Area C Director Paul Demenok said 80 per cent of the federal funding to fight aquatic invasive species is spent in the Great Lakes area.

"I think this is a terrific idea, we need to keep the pressure on. It is a very timely issue,” said Demenok.

Western provinces are currently free of invasive mussels, however, an infestation can happen rapidly should mussels ever be introduced to local lakes.

Mussels can be transported on boats from one water body to another, spreading the infestation. They have no natural predators and can dramatically alter the ecosystem.

The Shuswap Watershed Council notes the potential economic impact of aquatic invasive mussels to BC is estimated at $43 million in annual maintenance and remediation costs.


Don't leave valuables in car

Kamloops RCMP are happy to announce more drivers have finally started to lock their unattended vehicles.

On Dec. 7, RCMP Crime Prevention volunteers and Auxiliary Constables went through many neighbourhoods in Kamloops to check parked vehicles.

Out of the hundreds of vehicles that were inspected, only one was unlocked.  

This is a huge improvement over previous months.  

“These numbers reflect the reports Kamloops RCMP has been receiving over the past few months,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.  “The number of reports of Theft from Vehicles has remained the same."

"However, the number of thefts that include having the vehicle’s window broken has increased substantially.”

Unfortunately, 59 of these locked vehicles were found to have valuables in plain view.  

The volunteers said some of the items inside the vehicles were wallets, purses, computers and other electronics.                    

Motorists are reminded that locking a vehicle is not enough if valuable items are left inside.  

After parking your vehicle, take all items with you and then lock the doors.

Hampers a little more full

Kamloops RCMP are thanking the public for its generosity after five police cruisers full of toys and other Christmas items along with $1,125.00 cash were collected for the hampers at Christmas Amalgamated.

Last Saturday afternoon Kamloops RCMP officers, Auxiliaries and volunteers greeted the public and accepted donations at Walmart and Toys R Us which were then placed the hands of the capable hands of the volunteers at Christmas Amalgamated who make the holidays brighter for the less fortunate in our city.

A wine lover's paradise

It was wine lover's paradise at Sun Peaks Resort over the weekend as more than a dozen wineries from Oliver and Osoyoos were on hand to share their vino.

Over the course of three events, winemakers dazzled wine lovers with not only their most popular wines, but also many very rare and select gems.

The inaugural  'Savour the Sun' event was a partnership between the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and Sun Peaks.

"We couldn’t be happier with the inaugural Savour the Sun wine festival, and we can’t wait for next year," said Jennifer Busmann, executive director of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. 

"We wanted to uncork the sun of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country in one of the leading mountain destinations in B.C. and the Sun Peaks Resort team came to the table with superb culinary experiences, to pair with our boutique wineries."

Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country is well known for its spring and summer events, which include the Half Corked Marathon, Festival of the Grape and Pig Out.

Pipeline protesters arrested

RCMP in Kamloops have confirmed that three protesters were arrested during a demonstration today at the Activity Centre at Thompson Rivers University.

The protesters gathered at the centre to oppose what they call a "Transmountain Pipeline roundtable meeting."

Two women and one man were arrested. 

Activist Kanahus Manuel took to Twitter to share the news that her sister, Snutetkwe Manuel, was one of the protestors arrested. 

According to RCMP, officers were requested to attend when members of the campus security were assaulted. 

It is also alleged that the protesters damaged property by pouring paint over the sidewalk and walls outside of the Activity Centre.
"The RCMP fully support the right to peaceful and safe protest, but businesses also have the right to conduct meetings," stated Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. "No one has the right to damage property or to put someone else at risk. As soon as we see a situation where property is getting damaged or the public is at risk then we must step in."

Police are still in the process of confirming the identity of the three who were arrested.

After the arrest of the three individuals, the other demonstrators left the area peacefully.

Charges have not been formally laid but an investigation of Mischief and Assault is underway.

Retirement came early

Retirement came quicker than anticipated for a Kimberley man.

Ronald Rossi says he had a sleepless couple of nights since finding out he won $1 M after matching all 10 numbers in the Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed Prize draw on Nov. 7.                                                                                                  
“I’ve been buying tickets since the lottery started,” said Rossi. “I’ve always said to myself that I would retire if I won and that’s what I’ve done.”
B.C.’s newest millionaire was checking his tickets at the Tamarack Centre Mall in Cranbrook when he found out he won.

“On the second last ticket I was checking I saw a bunch of zeros, but I didn’t see the one in front of them. I took it to the clerk and the sign said $1,000,004, I was in utter disbelief,” he said.
He went back to his car to call his wife, Christie, who didn’t believe her husband at first.

“I could tell by the sound of his voice that he was, in fact, telling the truth,” she said. “My first thought was for him to hurry up and get home, and I told him to drive safe.”
The couple held a small celebration with a bottle of champagne on the shores of Kootenay Lake where Rossi now plans on doing a lot more fishing.

He's already planning his first big purchase.

“I’ve always wanted a 57 Chevy,” he said. “Now I can retire and drive around in style. It’s so nice to have the security. It’s a happy feeling.”

Rossi is one of 11 British Columbians to win a Guaranteed Prize Draw so far in 2018.

Bomb suspect surrenders

One of the two men wanted in connection to a suspected bomb-making operation in Kamloops has turned himself in.

On Thursday, the Kamloops RCMP searched a home on Lorne Street and found firearms, bomb-making materials, cash and drugs inside. Neighbours were evacuated during the search after devices were found that were believed to be explosives. 

The search stemmed from a January incident on Badger Drive, when police responded to a home invasion and found evidence of criminal activity.

Three days later, police raided a home in Kamloops' Westsyde and found additional evidence. Cameron Cole, 35, used both residences.

Friday night, Cole turned himself into police. He remains in custody and faces the following charges:

  • Three counts of possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Possession of a prohibited firearm, restricted firearm, or non-restricted firearm without a licence 
  • Storing a firearm illegally 
  • Possession of ammunition for the purposes of committing an offence 
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Two counts of possession of an improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life 
  • Two counts of possession of an improvised explosive device
  • Possession of a weapon/device/firearm while prohibited 

Charles Gerald Patrick, 62, was also charged in connection to the three raids. He remains at large.

High five for food

For 19 years and counting, Sun Peaks Resort and it's guests have rallied in support of the Kamloops Food Bank. 

On Dec. 3, the slopes filled with visitors shredding for a great cause during the annual High Five Day.

This year, the event raised $10,309 in cash donations and over 3,500 pounds of non-perishable food for the Kamloops Food Bank, up from 3,094 pounds in 2017.

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