RCMP recovered the body of a man along the Kelowna waterfront north of Kinsmen Park yesterday morning. It’s believed to be that of the 23 year old Kamoops man who went into the lake and didn’t surface on the weekend. His family has been notified and the RCMP is working with the coroner in the investigation.
LAKE COUNTRY MTG
The District of Lake Country has arranged a town hall meeting for residents of the fire impacted area. It’s tonight at 7 at Winfield Memorial Hall on Bottom Wood Lake Road. Reps from BC Wildfire and a company that supplies the red fire retardant that was used will be there to provide information and answer questions regarding cleanup and recovery.
It’s a stressful time with the fires in the central interior but some people just need to chill. One man was arrested after a death threat to a firefighter near Williams Lake if they continued doing back burns. The man who made the threat was not charged but told to cool it. However another guy was found to be in possession of a loaded, insecure handgun, and six rifles in his vehicle. He has a court date in November.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
On his first full day as premier, John Horgan extended the State of Emergency in BC for another two weeks. That means people who are out of their homes for more than 14 days will get a second payment of $600. It will come from the $100-million fund being administered by the Red Cross. The Cariboo Regional District says as far as they can determine 41 homes have been lost to the fire so far.
A 46-year old Kelowna man has been charged with Possession of a Controlled
Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and more charges could be coming. George Zacharias was arrested after members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit searched his home on McCarren Avenue. They found a number of rifles, a loaded handgun, 2000 rounds of ammo in the house and 2 kilograms of cocaine in his vehicle.
Screening measures at Canadian airports are being stepped up a notch for flights to the U-S. In addition to the fluids and metal restrictions, electronic devices could now be subject to more rigorous scrutiny. If selected, you will be asked to remove any covers or protective cases from your electronic devices before inspection, and may be asked to show that they can be powered up. If that can’t be done, the devices won’t be allowed past the screening point.
Health Canada has issued approval of the first supervised drug consumption sites outside of major metropolitan areas, in Kelowna and Kamloops. Medical Health Officer, Dr. Silvina Mema says Health Canada recognized the comprehensive engagement Interior Health undertook with the communities before issuing its approval. Supervised consumption is expected to be provided using mobile units within the next two weeks.
A 31 year old man believed to be from Kelowna died in a crash in Vernon Tuesday night. RCMP say he was driving a stolen pickup that collided with a motorcycle driven by a Vernon man. The truck left the road and flipped over in a creek. The driver was ejected into the water. The biker is in hospital in serious but stable condition.
Will ‘The Juice’ be loose, later today? After nine years behind bars OJ Simpson has a parole hearing today which could set him free. In 2008, Simpson was given a 33-year sentence for armed robbery, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon of 2 sports memorabilia agents in Nevada.
Week 5 in the CFL kicked off last night in Ottawa where the Redblacks beat Montreal 24-19. Edmonton is in Hamilton tonight while the Blue Bombers take on the Lions at BC Place tomorrow night at 7.
Three down, one to go for the Blue Jays in Boston. Last night, the Red Sox scored 5 times, while Toronto scored once. Today’s game starts at 10:30 this morning.
Also yesterday, Seattle beat Houston 4-1 with Ladner’s James Paxton picking up the win.
And there’s some debate among players on the LPGA Tour after a new dress code was implemented. It now bans racerbacks, plunging necklines, leggings, skirts, skorts or shorts that don’t cover “the bottom area”, along with workout gear, jeans and joggers.