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Missing woman sought

Kamloops RCMP are seeking the public's help to locate a missing woman.

Cheryl Lynn Pettit was last seen at a local homeless shelter on March 19.  
 
She is described as 40 years old, five feet two inches tall, heavy set with short grey hair. She is usually wearing a long hoody, black leggings and sneakers.
 
Anyone who has seen Pettit is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.



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B&E in progress busted

RCMP nabbed three break and enter suspects Friday afternoon in Kamloops.

Shortly after 1 p.m., police were called to a B&E in progress at a home on the 500 block of Columbia Street W. 

Swift response resulted in the capture of three male subjects. All are from Kamloops and known to police. 

No one was injured or threatened in the incident. 

Police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information to call 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



Pedestrian hit in crosswalk

Kamloops RCMP are investigating after a male pedestrian was struck while walking in a crosswalk Thursday morning.

The incident happened this morning at 6:30 a.m.  on Columbia Street, police tell Castanet "that a male pedestrian was walking south in a crosswalk in the 300 block of Columbia St when a vehicle that was turning west struck him."

Fortunately, the pedestrian only received minor injuries and was taken to a Kamloops medical facility to be assessed.  The driver remained on scene and the investigation is ongoing.



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Robbed at gunpoint

Two men robbed a Kamloops gas station at gunpoint on Monday.

RCMP are seeking the public’s help to identify the two suspects, who robbed the Esso station on Columbia Street at 5:30 a.m.

The men demanded money from the cash register, one brandishing a handgun and the other what appeared to be a can of pepper spray. 

The clerk was not injured in the incident, and the suspects fled north on foot.  

Both suspects covered their faces with bandanas.  

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says there is no evidence at this time linking the robbery to others that have happened over the past month.

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



Fire in boarded up home

A passing police officer noticed a house fire early Tuesday and alerted firefighters in Kamloops.

The officer noticed smoke and flames coming from a vacant home on the 100 block of Wilson Street. 

The building had been boarded up after a fire in 2018 damaged most of its interior.  

RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but it is possible that squatters had gained entrance. 

There was no indication that anyone was inside during the fire, however.

Kamloops Fire Rescue and RCMP are investigating the blaze.



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.



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