A custodian, who was leaving work at an Apartment Complex in the 2300 block of Gordon Drive Tuesday night, was pepper sprayed by a guy he confronted who was breaking into a vehicle. The would-be thief took off on a red BMX bike. He’s described as white, in his 20s with a red moustache and around 5’7″. He was wearing a black ball cap, green hooded canvas Army type coat and blue jeans. The custodian managed to avoid the main blast of the spray and RCMP remind people to call them, rather than get involved in a confrontation.
You’ve driven past it on your way to Vernon and soon there will be no need to stop. Lake Country council has decided not to renew the business licence for the Airport Inn. It cites a number of local bylaws and provincial statutes that have been ignored on an ongoing basis. Council says no new business licence will be issued until the motel cleans up its act.
So it turns out that Canada is not only near the top of the world when it comes to what we pay for cell phone plans, we’re not even in the top 10 when it comes to speed. Data collected by Open Signal shows we are 12th in the world, behind countries like South Korea, Norway and Hungary. Canada has a typical download speed of 20 megabits per second. That compares to 37 in South Korea, but just 12 in the U-S.
As the police gear up for distracted driving month in March, RCMP gave tickets to almost 100 motorists, while working in the Lake Country area one day last week. Forty-five were handed out for those going in excess of 25K over the limit, while 50 motorists were nailed for Distracted Driving offences, which carry a fine of $368 and 4 demerit points. One driver was taken out of their car for being impaired.
Call it an evening of listening at Okanagan College. Nationally acclaimed poet Judith Pond from Calgary will join two emerging homegrown talents for an evening of readings tonight. Also on stage will be OC student Pip Dryden, winner of this year’s 3-Hr Short Story Contest and alumnus Cole Mash who’s an undergrad at UBCO. It starts at 7 in Room B112.
Big White will host the third annual TELUS Kelowna Cup fun ski and snowboard race next Saturday. All proceeds from the race will this year go to support amateur children’s racing through the Big White Ski Club. Last season, the family-friendly race raised almost 28 grand for the KGH Giving Giggles campaign. Anyone can enter, there’s thousands of dollars in prizes. Get all the info and register at the Big White website.
Starbright Children’s Development Centre will be receiving some funding from the 100+ Men Who Give a Damn group. The non-profit’s goal in Kelowna is to support the growth and development of children with exceptional developmental needs through early intervention services, and empower their families through information and education. There are almost 400 members of the men’s group now and so far more than 100-thousand dollars has been raised for local charities. For more info on the organization go www.100menkelowna.com .
A truck reported stolen in Red Deer last week was recovered by North Okanagan and West Kelowna RCMP on Westside Road on Tuesday. It started in Vernon when a police officer tried to speak to the driver and almost got run over when the truck took off. Thanks to reports of an erratic driver, it was tracked along the west side of the lake and the two people inside were arrested without incident. The guy driving and female passenger both face charges.
And you’ll still be able to get a Hawaiian pizza in Iceland. The country’s president caused a bit of an uproar when he said he would ban pineapple from pizzas if he could. However he has now issued a statement on Facebook saying it’s not within his power to do such a thing… but he still prefers seafood as a topping.
It was no contest at Prospera Place last night as the Kelowna Rockets embarrassed the Edmonton Oil Kings 10-1. Rodney Southam picking up the hat trick plus an assist for Kelowna. The Rockets take on the Blazers in Kamloops tomorrow.
Three NHL games last night… in Florida the Oilers beat the Panthers 4-3 , Washington downed Philadelphia 4-1 and in Anaheim, the Ducks beat the Bruins 5-3. The Canucks are off until Saturday when they host the Sharks.
In the CONCACAF Champions League the Vancouver Whitecaps and New York Red Bulls played to a 1-1 draw in the first of 2 legs. The next game will be a week today in Vancouver.