5 teens hurt in rollover

A carload of teens were lucky to escape a rollover with non-life-threatening injuries.

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said speed is believed to be a factor in the crash of an SUV with five teen-aged occupants Thursday morning.

At 11:45 a.m., police responded to a single-vehicle collision on Tranquille Road, east of the turnoff to Tranquille Farms.

“The SUV was travelling eastbound, towards Kamloops, when the driver failed to negotiate a corner and the vehicle went into the ditch, rolling several times,” said Shelkie. “There were five teenagers in the vehicle, four were able to exit the vehicle on their own, one had to be extracted by Kamloops Fire Rescue.”

All occupants went to a local medical facility to be assessed. The injuries are non-life-threatening.

Shelkie did not say if charges are expected in the crash.


Can't escape the law

It took more than two years, but Kamloops RCMP got their man.

Joshua Joseph Pooli, 29, previously from Kamloops was arrested in Prince George Wednesday morning as the suspect in a pedestrian hit and run from 2016.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the morning of Aug. 28, 2016, a female jogger was struck by a vehicle on West

Athabasca Street.

“The driver of the vehicle sped away without stopping or rendering assistance.

The jogger suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. RCMP searched the area extensively and the suspect vehicle was found later that same day near the Halston Overpass. It had been stolen earlier in the morning,” said Shelkie, adding the suspect’s DNA was found inside of the vehicle but it did not match any of the samples within the National DNA Data Bank. Recently, the DNA was matched with a suspect who was from Kamloops but currently living in Prince George.

“We are very pleased that a suspect has been identified. This is a case where modern police investigative techniques, and patience, has paid off,” said Shelkie.

Pooli will be transported to Kamloops to face charges of fail to stop at scene of accident causing bodily harm, possession of stolen property and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

Man dies in RCMP cells

A man died while in custody at the Kamloops RCMP cells Tuesday night.

At about 9:30 p.m., police responded to the 100-block of Victoria Street after a business in the area reported that a drunk man who'd been barred from the business had returned.

Officers found the man in a nearby parking lot and arrested him under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act.

An RCMP press release says he was placed in the Kamloops RCMP cells for the night.

“Just before 6 a.m. this morning, March 13, the man was found unresponsive in his cell and has since been pronounced deceased,” the press release states.

The investigation into the death has been turned over to the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia, to determine whether the death was linked to police action, or inaction.

The IIO investigates all deaths that may involve police.


B&E duo caught on cam

A male and female duo is believed behind a pair of break and enters in Kamloops, Tuesday.

Two businesses were broken into about 4 a.m., police say. 

A third business had its front lock broken, but it appears the suspects did not enter the business, says RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.

Wine Kitz and West Coast Beauty Supply, located in the same building at 1150 Hillside Drive, had their front doors compromised and entry was gained. Some cash was taken from both businesses. 

Changes Hair Studio had the lock on its front door broken.

The suspects were caught on surveillance video. Both were wearing dark clothing, and they were driving a dark-coloured SUV. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police standoff resolved

UPDATE: 2 p.m.

A man who had barricaded himself in a Kamloops home Saturday with threats to harm himself has been successfully and safely removed. 

Kamloops RCMP negotiators and the Southeast District Emergency Response Team got the man out of his residence and transported him to a medical facility for further assessment. 

Traffic has been re-opened in the area. The Kamloops RCMP wish to thank local residents for their patience and understanding. 

"The safety of the public, and the safety of our police officers is our main priority. We are very thankful for the positive resolution of this situation," said staff sergeant Van Laer. 

ORIGINAL: 12:15 p.m.

A man has barricaded himself inside a home in Kamloops Saturday and has threatened to harm himself.

At about 7:45 a.m., police responded to a home on Dakota Road and established a perimeter around the rural home.

RCMP negotiators have made contact with the man and the situation is still ongoing. Police have asked neighbours in the area to remain inside their homes.

The Southeast District Emergency Response Team is attending the scene. Police have not said if they believe the man is armed.

Castanet will update this story as it becomes available.

Crash closes highway exit

A crash has closed a Trans-Canada Highway exit in Kamloops this morning.

RCMP advise the eastbound exit at Columbia Street was closed as of 5:45 a.m. and was to remain closed for some time.

The westbound exit off Columbia is open to regular traffic.

Knives, drugs, money seized

Police work by officers specializing in gang violence has resulted in 10's of thousands of dollars being seized along with drugs and 19 weapons.

Since February, the Uniform Gang Enforcement Team has provided additional gang violence suppression to Kamloops RCMP.

UGET mitigation, disruption and suppression of local gang members and associates prevented further violence in Kamloops.

In addition to their dedicated gang suppression efforts, members were responsible for arresting several individuals on outstanding warrants. 

Over nine days, 144 vehicles were stopped and 173 people were checked.

A variety of substances, believed to be methamphetamine, crack cocaine and fentanyl were seized. Over $48,000 in cash associated to the drug trade has been seized and over 19 weapons were taken off the streets. 

“Providing operational, overt suppression and disruption support of gang violence to Kamloops RCMP is an example of the integral role of our UGET officers in fulfilling the CSFEU-BC mandate and commitment to the communities of B.C.,” says Sgt. Brenda Winpenny. 

Weapons that were seized include a .357 magnum pellet gun, several knives, brass knuckles and bear spray. 

UGET also allowed Kamloops RCMP the opportunity to focus on their priority investigations and arrest key suspects responsible for recent violence.

Suspicious fire at hotel

RCMP say a suspicious fire at the Tournament Inn in Kamloops was likely human caused.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in a press release the fire broke out at the hotel on the Trans-Canada Highway about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night.

The fire appeared to have started outside the building, on the northeast end of the hotel.

Evidence was seized at what appears to be the point of origin of the fire and has been sent for analysis. 

No one was hurt in the fire, however, three units in the hotel were damaged.

Any witnesses to suspicious activity at the hotel are urged to call police at 250-828-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477

Robbed at knife point

Kamloops RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect.

On March 4 at 2 a.m., a man entered the 7-11 on Summit Drive brandishing a knife.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the suspect had the clerk open the cash register, taking what was inside before fleeing westbound on foot.

The clerk was not injured in the robbery.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, wearing a brown jacket, red shirt, blue jeans, a black and white bandana, black gloves and running shoes.

“This 7-11 store was previously robbed on Jan. 8. At this time there is no evidence linking this suspect to the previous robbery or to any of the any other robberies that have occurred over the past month,” said Shelkie.

If you have any information about this robbery, contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Murder suspect arrested

UPDATE 2:08 p.m.

A man wanted for murder has been arrested in Kamloops.

Gordie Wayne Braaten was arrested this afternoon at a residence on Cree Drive on Tk’emlups reserve.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said Braaten was wanted for the murder of Jason Glover on Feb. 15 on Tranquille Road. Hugh Alexander McIntosh, also wanted for the murder of Glover, was arrested last week in Langley.

“Investigation led Kamloops RCMP to Braaten’s location on Cree Drive earlier today. Braaten was believed to be armed and dangerous so the Southeast District Emergency Team was called in to assist. Braaten was arrested without incident,” said Shelkie.

“Cree Drive still has limited access as police complete their investigation. Kamloops RCMP thanks the surrounding residents for their co-operation during this event.”


Police have responded in force to the Kamloops Indian Band.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said currently there is a police incident involving Kamloops RCMP and Southeast District Emergency Response Team on or near Cree Drive on KIB land.

Cree Drive has been closed.

The public is asked to avoid this area while the investigation unfolds.

More information will be released when available.

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