Hwy 5A fully reopens

UPDATE: 9:15 p.m.

Highway 5A has now fully reopened in both directions. 

UPDATE: 8:15 p.m.

After a crash closed Highway 5A for two and a half hours Thursday night, it has been reopened to single-lane, alternating traffic.

ORIGINAL: 5:50 p.m.

A vehicle crash has closed Highway 5A, south of Kamloops, Thursday night.

The crash occurred between Old Kamloops Road and Roche Lake Road just after 5 p.m.

The highway, which runs parallel to Highway 5 between Kamloops and Merritt, is closed in both directions.

An assessment of the scene is underway, and DriveBC does not currently have an estimated reopening time.


Lotteries HQ staying put

The BC Lottery Corporation has deferred plans of a move from its Kamloops head office.

"BCLC remains committed to Kamloops as home to its headquarters and as a leading employer in the community," the Crown corporation said in a press release on Thursday.

"Based on a third-party review, BCLC has determined that it will remain in its existing Kamloops headquarters facility and defer any further discussion of redevelopment into the future."

An assessment report found that despite inefficiencies in some parts of the Kamloops headquarters, which is more than 54 years old, the building is well maintained and functioning.

While BCLC expects employment to grow in Kamloops as its business continues to evolve, the report also found that more work is required to project future needs and associated space requirements.

“While we are not moving forward with a new development at this time, BCLC and the Province of B.C. remain 100 per cent committed to our head office remaining in Kamloops,” said Peter Kappel, chair of the BCLC board of directors. 

The structure was originally a Woodward’s department store. 

“Kamloops has remained the home of BCLC’s head office since day one, and that is not going to change,” said Jim Lightbody, president and CEO. 

The Kamloops headquarters employs more than 440 people, and is one of the city's largest employers.

Charged with murder

A man has been arrested and charged with a murder that occurred in Cache Creek earlier this week.

Police were called to a home on Collins Road in the small community at 7 p.m. Monday and found a man who appeared to have been killed by a gunshot.

Corey Richard Harkness has since been charged with the murder.

The 31-year-old Cache Creek resident appeared in Kamloops court Thursday morning. He remains in custody, and he's set to appear in court again on Jan. 19.

“This incident generated significant interest in the community and the follow-up investigation continues, said Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, media relations officer for the BC RCMP.

“We are encouraging anyone with information about this incident to contact Southeast District Major Crime Unit investigators at 1-877-987-8477.”


Missing aunt contacts police

A woman reported missing earlier this week in Kamloops has made contact with police, but RCMP say they still consider her and her six-year-old nephew missing.

Staff Sgt. Victor Steinhammer says RCMP made contact Wednesday with a person they believe to be Roseanne Supernault.

After the discussion, Supernault posted on social media that due to the conversation, she and her nephew Nikaeo were no longer missing.

But, police say that "until Nikaeo Supernault has been located and confirmed to be safe by the authorities, our investigation will continue and he and Roseanne will remain listed as missing." 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Nikaeo and Roseanne Supernaule is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

Child, aunt missing

Kamloops RCMP are asking the public to be on the lookout for a six-year-old boy and his aunt.

On Jan. 13, police received a report to check the well being of Nikaeo Supernaule who was being looked after by his aunt, Roseanne Supernaule, 28.

Nikaeo and the aunt have not been in contact with the mother of Nikaeo since Jan 13.

Kamloops RCMP are requesting Roseanne to make contact with the mother or RCMP.

Nikaeo is described as 45 lbs, 3'5” tall with light brown hair and brown eyes.

He was wearing a blue jacket, tan boots with black bottoms.

Roseanne had a black jacket with white fur on the hoodie, jeans, black boots with white fur at top and a white/light grey purse.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Nikaeo and Roaseanne Supernaule is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Rollover crash kills one

A Kamloops resident is dead after a vehicle rolled over Saturday evening on Highway 1. 

On Jan. 12 at 5:25 p.m., Kamloops RCMP responded to a single-vehicle incident on the highway five kilometres west of Kamloops. 

The vehicle was travelling eastbound with two occupants towards Kamloops when it left the road. 

A 36-year-old Kamloops resident was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The matter is under investigation by both the Kamloops RCMP and the BC Coroner Service. 

'Serious rollover' on hwy

A serious vehicle rollover has partially closed Highway 1 west of Kamloops Saturday night. 

The single-vehicle crash initially forced the closure of the entire highway, just west of the junction with Highway 5, but as of 6:45 p.m., the highway is open to single lane, alternating traffic. 

Details on the crash remain sparse at this time, but police have called it a "serious rollover."

The partial closure is expected to remain in place for several hours Saturday night. 

Knife used in robbery

Police in Kamloops are looking to identify the man who robbed a video store Thursday night.

Just before 9 p.m., a masked man entered the MovieMart, located at 367 St. Paul St., brandishing a knife.

The man jumped over the counter and forced the employee to open the cash register.

The masked man took money from the till, left the store and headed west on St. Paul Street. The clerk was not physically injured during the robbery.

Police have described the suspect as a 5-foot-10, 140-150 pound man with “darker-coloured skin.” He was wearing a blue baseball hat with an orange brim and a black bandana during the robbery, along with a light blue hoody with black sleeves with a DC logo on the front. He was also wearing black sweat pants and blue and black gloves.

Anyone with information on the robbery can call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

2 arrested at PM protest

RCMP confirm two people were arrested during a heated visit to Kamloops by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Two men were arrested Wednesday during protests outside the Coast Hotel, where Trudeau was speaking.

The men in their mid-fifties were from separate protest groups, says RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. 

One of the suspects may face criminal charges; the other was released without charge.

Also Wednesday, things got heated during Trudeau's town hall event at Thompson Rivers University.

First Nation members of the audience voiced their anger and frustration, loudly interrupting the prime minister to condemn recent arrests at a pipeline blockade in North-Central B.C.

Hecklers called him a liar and weak leader.

YKA hits record numbers

Kamloops Airport had its busiest year ever in 2018.

A total of 351,631 travellers passed through the airport last year, up 10.6 per cent from 2017, says YKA managing director Heather McCarley.

A strong fourth quarter saw 94,710 travellers.

"December 2018 was the best month on record for the Kamloops Airport with 35,132 passengers, and October through December marked the highest quarter quarter ever," McCarley said in a press release.

"We anticipate continued growth in 2019, and look forward to the return of Air Canada Rouge direct seasonal service to Toronto in June."

Central Mountain Air, WestJet, and Air Canada fly out of Kamloops.

By way of comparison, Kelowna's YLW saw two million passengers pass through the doors last year.

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