RCMP are seeking the public’s help to I-D a suspect believed to be connected to two separate break-ins early yesterday. The first was at the Esso on Highway 97 near Sexsmith and the second was at the Landmark Extreme theatres in West Kelowna. In both cases, the suspect unsuccessfully tried to remove ATMs using chains and a pickup. We’ve put surveillance pictures and a description on our news blog which you can access thru our website and social media.
White male approximately 30 – 40 years of age;
lighter colored hair, with a receding hairline;
seen wearing blue jeans, a fleece zip up sweater and a pair of gloves
The Better Business Bureau has a warning for anyone that may have been affected by the flooding. The main concern is shady workers rolling up to a home, offering services, accepting a deposit and then never being heard from again. Tips include using a licensed contractor, make sure they’re insured, get the contract in writing and never pay the full amount up front.
RUTLAND MAY DAYS
Rutland May Days will run from tomorrow to Sunday at Centennial Park and Hall. The big parade goes Saturday starting at Recreation Park and there will be rolling road closures. Rutland Road North between Hartman Road and Highway 33 will be closed for the duration of the parade from 1030 until 1. Get all the event info on the Rutland Park Society website.
Okanagan Lake continues to rise and emergency crews continue to try and keep it from flooding more areas along the shore. Bladder dams, gabion barriers and sandbags will continue to be installed at a number of locations based on a survey of waterfront properties. The primary considerations include protecting public infrastructure and foreshore areas where the measures can protect many upland properties.
Kelowna city council is trying to come up with a plan to deal with the homeless. It’s proposing an interim Journey Home Task Force be formed, reporting to Council and supported by Active Living & Culture Division staff. The Task Force would exist for one year, concluding in the spring of next year.
DOGS IN CARS
There has been a Facebook post circulating lately saying that the RCMP has given the public permission to break a car window themselves to remove a dog in a hot car. The Westbank Animal Hospital checked and was told that is not the case. If the is dog in distress, call the BCSPCA emergency hotline at 1-855-622-7722 and the local RCMP. But most important – leave the dog at home.
LAKE WEST KELOWNA
As the level of Okanagan Lake continues to rise, the City of West Kelowna has temporarily closed Pritchard Park and Pebble Beach Park for flood preparation. All lakefront parks and public beach accesses in the community have been sandbagged and park users are asked not to damage or remove flood mitigation measures.
A fire at a home on Dall Road in East Kelowna yesterday morning is under investigation. When KFD arrived they found smoke coming out of the attic of the rancher-style house. They were able to knock it down quickly. No one was home at the time.
Hundreds of nurses left their annual convention in Vancouver yesterday and marched to the Art Gallery. They held a rally that included a number of speakers and performers calling for an end to violence against nurses and in our communities. According to Worksafe BC, during the past decade, nurses had more than 40 per cent of all injuries as a result of violence in the workplace.
In the NHL East final last night, Ottawa scored 4 times in the first 13 minutes sending Marc-Andre Fleury out of the Pittsburgh net. The final was 5-1 and the Sens lead the East Final 2-1. Tonight, Nashville hosts Anaheim with the Predators up 2 games to 1.
At the World Hockey Championships, Canada takes on Germany in one of the quarterfinals at 11 this morning. The game’s on TSN.
The Blue Jays lost 8-4 to Atlanta. They play again today before the Jays move on to a weekend series in Baltimore.