Closure for avalanche work

A section of Highway 1 near Glacier National Park will be closed on Sunday for avalanche control.

An 11 kilometre stretch from Rogers Pass to Beaver Valley Road will be closed for one hour.

No detour is available while work is done. For updates check this link


Tear gas in police takedown

Tear gas was deployed as police defused a dangerous situation in Kamloops early Sunday.

The Emergency Response Team was first called in after police responded to a possible domestic just before 8 p.m. Saturday on the 2000 block of Robson Place. 

Upon police arrival, a male exited the residence with a handgun, says Staff Sgt. Edward Preto. 

When challenged, the man went back inside, closed the door and refused to surrender to police, despite negotiations by telephone. 
The Emergency Response Team successfully took the 59-year-old man into custody in the early hours of Sunday after tear gas was deployed. 

Police recovered several air pistols from the home. 

The investigation continues, and the scene has been released, says Preto.

High-risk man on the loose

Kamloops RCMP are seeking Justin Robert Joseph Ferrier, a high-risk offender.

He was last seen on the north shore of Kamloops on Thursday, Feb. 14 riding a black cruiser bicycle equipped with a custom gasoline engine.

Ferrier is 6'4", 187 pounds, with blue eyes, black hair and tattoos on his arms, torso, back and calf. 

"Given his personal associations, lifestyle and other investigative information the Serious Crimes Unit is engaged in this case and treating it as high risk," said Sgt. Simon Pillay. 

If you have any information about Ferrier's whereabouts, contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.


One year since he vanished

Scott and Heather Shtuka started the long trek to Sun Peaks Resort from Beaumont, Alberta on Thursday. It’s a familiar drive they have made dozens of times this past year.

The last year has been the hardest their family has ever had; Sunday marks one year since their 20-year-old son Ryan Shtuka vanished without a trace.

“February 17 will be the most traumatic and tragic thing that has happened to us,” said Heather.

The family has not stopped searching for Ryan and Sun Peaks Resort has become like a second home to the Shtukas.

Ryan was last seen leaving a house party on Burfield Drive early in the morning on Feb. 17. His residence was just a short one kilometre away but he vanished, never to be seen again.

“We don’t know what direction Ryan went, we don’t know if he went with anybody or what happened after that party,” said Heather.

He had only just moved to the area in December and was working as a lift operator at Sun Peaks Resort. He was supposed to return home in April.

“Ryan was happy there, he loved it,” she said. “He landed his first backflip there, he was on the hill and boarded for 36 days straight, the very last day he enjoyed those slopes was February 16.”

On the anniversary of him going missing, his parents want to treasure and preserve Ryan's legacy.

Friday morning they had, for the first time, a joint press conference with Kamloops RCMP asking people to keep searching and pleading with anyone who has information to come forward.

“I am sure Ryan would describe us in a lot of ways but he came into two pretty stubborn people,” said Heather. “We’ll never give up searching, we will never give up looking for him.”

Friends of Ryan’s, family friends, and strangers who have become like family will all convene at Sun Peak Resort this weekend to create new memories together.

“We don’t always want to associate it with him going missing. We wanted to have some memories of going up there and remembering and honouring Ryan,” she said.

Heather plans to have her very first snowboard lesson, which is something Ryan loved to do.

“I’ve had it on my bucket list so I am going to try to knock it off,” she said with a chuckle.

At the end of the day on Saturday, everyone will take the last run down the mountain on Five Mile in memory of Ryan. A candlelight vigil will start at 5:40 p.m. on Sunday at the top of the village and is open to the public to attend.

And while it is hard to return to Sun Peaks Resort, Heather says they will continue to come back here and do whatever they can to find their son.

“We won’t be giving up on Ryan,” she said.

Shooting, targeted attack

UPDATE:7:35 p.m.

RCMP have confirmed two people were shot Friday afternoon in what appears to be a targeted attack.

Kamloops RCMP were called to a residence in the 1900 block of Tranquille Road for shots fired just before 4 p.m. When officers arrived they found that a male and a female had been shot.  

The area was immediately secured by police and the injured were transported to hospital. 

Police are currently on scene gathering evidence. 

“Currently we have numerous police resources, both uniform and plain clothes officers investigating this incident.  We are asking the public to remain vigilant and mindful of any suspicious activity they may see in the community and report it to police,” stated Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.

If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.

Two people have been sent to hospital after a daylight shooting took place just before 4 p.m. Friday afternoon along Tranquille Road and Southill Street in Kamloops.

"We got a call at 3:54 p.m. this afternoon of shots fired and we responded with four paramedic units. One patient was transferred to hospital in serious condition and one patient was taken to hospital in critical condition," said Shannon Miller, Communications for BC Emergency Health Services. 

The situation has been handed over to Kamloops RCMP who are investigating. 

ORIGINAL: 5:55 p.m.

Over a dozen RCMP cruisers are stationed along Southill in Kamloops. 

A photo posted to twitter shows several marked and unmarked cruisers as well as emergency vehicles on the scene. 

Interior Health tweeted just after 5:30 p.m. that Royal Inland Hospital is currently on restricted access due to an RCMP incident.

The emergency department remains open and other services continue, but enhanced security is in place as a precaution.

Castanet will have more details as they become available. 

Send your photos and video to [email protected].

One arrest in stabbing

UPDATE: 7:15 p.m.

Kamloops RCMP have arrested a 21 year old in connection with a stabbing that occurred Thursday afternoon. 

Just after 4:30 p.m. Kamloops RCMP were called to a residence in Rayleigh for a report of a stabbing.

Officers attended the home and found that a male had been stabbed. The victim was rushed to a local medical facility with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect fled the residence, but was located by police a short time later and arrested without incident.

The suspect, a Kamloops resident, was previously known to police.

All investigative information will be forwarded to the BC Prosecution Office, which will determine charges.

ORIGINAL: 9:15 a.m.

A large police action is currently taking place at several locations around Kamloops.

“Kamloops RCMP is investigating an unfolding situation. Officers are at numerous locations throughout Kamloops,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. “It is not believed that there is any risk to the public.:”

An eye witness tells Castanet “several cops, cars, a dog, and officers brandishing what appear to be assault rifles were present on Dallas Drive in Kamloops this morning. They entered a private residence.”

Castanet will have more information as soon as it becomes available.

Don't junk it, fix it

Don't turf it, fix it at the Repair Cafe.

Bicycles, clothing, electrical appliances, electronics, furniture, household items, small engines, textiles are all welcome at the upcoming Repair Cafe Saturday Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Kamloops.

Skilled volunteers will be available to help make possible repairs and advise on how to fix items free of charge.

Tools and materials will also be on hand.

Everyone is welcome to visit the Repair Cafe and bring along broken items from home. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery - anything that is broken (except computers) is welcome.

The Repair Cafe specialists almost always have the know-how.

By promoting repairs, Transition Kamloops wants to help reduce mountains of waste. This is absolutely necessary, according to Jennifer Ste. Marie.

"We throw away piles of stuff in Canada. It is surprising that some broken items have practically nothing wrong with them, and could easily be used again after a simple repair. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Repair Cafe wants to change that,” said Ste. Marie.

"If you repair a bike, a CD player or a pair of trousers together with a previously unfamiliar person, you look at that person in a different light the next time you run into them on the street. Jointly making repairs can lead to pleasant contacts in the city."

Freeze breaks water mains

City crews in Kamloops worked overnight to isolate a water main break off Columbia Street.

The break happened about 5 p.m. between Ponderosa Lodge and Front Counter BC, underneath a sidewalk.

Heavy frost hampered efforts Thursday night, the city says, making excavation difficult.

About 8:30 a.m. Friday, crews located the break and began removing and replacing the pipe. 
As of mid-day, Glenfair Estates remained without water, and nearby BC Government offices were shut down for the day. 
Overnight, water from the break flooded Columbia Street, 3rd and 4th avenues. 

Crews remain on site to keep the roads as clear as possible. 

Another water main break also happened on Greenstone Drive, between Bestwick Drive and Pyramid Court. Crews are currently at that scene, too.

About 20 homes in the area are affected, with periodic water service interruptions today.
The city says both breaks are likely the result of recent extreme weather. They are expected to be repaired by the end of the day.

Streets flood in Kamloops

Several blocks in Kamloops have been flooded after a city water main froze and broke Thursday afternoon.

At about 5 p.m., the water main broke under the sidewalk at the northeast corner of 441 Columbia Street.

Columbia Street along with 3rd and 4th avenues were impacted by the breakage.

“City Streets crews have been working on clearing the water and ice from these streets and will continue to monitor the roads throughout the night,” said Greg Wightman, utilities services manager with the City of Kamloops.

In addition to the flooded streets, Ponderosa Lodge, a short-term adult care facility, has also been flooded.

“City crews are working through the night and the City estimates the situation will be resolved by Friday morning,” Wightman said.

Teacher's licence stripped

An elementary school teacher north of Kamloops has been stripped of his licence after exchanging “inappropriate messages” with young former students.

Bryan Edmund Cederholm was issued a teaching certificate in 2014, and two years later began teaching at a small elementary school about two hours north of Kamloops.

Cederholm had grown up in the small community, and attended the very same school when he was a child. He graduated high school in 2008 before attending Thompson Rivers University.

In a recent Consent Resolution Summary from B.C.'s Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, Cederholm agreed his actions during the 2016-17 school year constituted professional misconduct, and his teaching certification was cancelled.

The Kamloops/Thompson School District first made made a report to the commissioner in March 2017, relating to inappropriate messages Cederholm sent to a 12-year-old former student. Cederholm was reprimanded and suspended for two days without pay.

He had been warned by the district in early 2016 not to have “inappropriate contact with students,” but the ruling doesn't elaborate on the circumstances that led to that warning.

Less than a month after the first reprimand, the school district fired Cederholm after learning he had exchanged inappropriate messages through Instagram with a 14-year-old former student, before she blocked him.

The school district then learned Cederholm had also exchanged messages with a 16-year-old former student during the 2016-17 school year. The teen also blocked Cederholm on social media.

The following year, in January 2018, the district learned Cederholm had been communicating inappropriately with a 13-year-old former female student, between October 2016 and January 2017.

The nature of the "inappropriate messages" was never elaborated on in the ruling.

“Cederholm used multiple contact points with students, including some outside the classroom, which were used to blur boundaries,” the ruling states.

In addition to losing his teaching licence, Cederholm is also banned from ever reapplying for a licence.

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