CRASH UPDATE (Above image: Global News)
We have an update this morning on that crash on the Hope-Princeton Highway that killed a woman a couple of days ago. RCMP now say that the woman and the man believed to be driving, are suspects in a jewelry store robbery in Nelson earlier in the day. After the crash the man stole the truck of a BC wildfire member who had stopped to help and took off toward Hope, where the truck was later found. The suspect, who is known to police, is still on the loose.
Kelowna RCMP have started an investigation after a woman reported she was assaulted Monday evening near the intersection of Creekside Road and Kiniski Road. She struggled and screamed until the suspect ran off. RCMP say she did not suffer any injuries that required hospitalization. The suspect is described as being of medium height and build, having light colored buzz cut style hair, and light tanned skin.
An expansion in the local aircraft industry has sparked Okanagan College to offer more spaces in its Aircraft Maintenance Engineering-Structures program this fall. It will see up to 12 students step into KF Aerospace’s shop space at Kelowna International Airport to begin training for one of the region’s most in-demand careers. Thanks to an accelerated 37-week program, students will be ready to enter the workforce by August.
An audit of ICBC by the acting information and privacy commissioner had some good information. Drew McArthur found the Crown Corporation is fulfilling its duty to protect the personal information of British Columbians. Auditors reviewed ICBC policies and practices on sharing and protecting the information of drivers, vehicle owners and insurance policy holders.
They’re not saying what store was involved, but West Kelowna RCMP were able to bust a man and woman from out of province who were trying to use a stolen credit card. Police say a store employee got suspicious when they appeared to be on a shopping spree. They face a number of fraud and identity theft related charges and police believe this wasn’t their only stop.
Some good news from the Finlay Creek Fire front. BC Wildfire says they now have it 100% contained, but it is far from being out. There are still lots of hot spots sending smoke up which could be visible for days and predicted winds could make the fire more active again.
BLIND FISHING DERBY
Kelowna Yacht Club hosts its annual Blind Fishing Derby on Saturday. Members host visually impaired guests, along with their guides, for a great day out on Okanagan Lake with dreams of landing ‘the big one’. If you know someone, or are someone who would like to get out on the lake, give the Kelowna Yacht Club a call.
Believe it or not, we’re making more, but there are still a lot of times when there’s more month at the end of the money. In 2015 the median total income of Canadian households was $70,000 dollars… up from $63,000 in 2005. We were a bit better than the national average here in Kelowna. The median total income was $71,127, a change of 19-1/2 percent from $59,000 in 2005.
Three stolen cars later, Kelowna RCMP arrested two people passed out behind the wheel of one of them at the Kelowna golf club. The man has been identified as Jesse Shawcross, a 37 year old prolific offender from Kamloops, who has a criminal record dating back to 1999. He also had several outstanding warrants. RCMP say Shawcross and a woman who was with him are being kept in custody until the courts deal with them.
The tech sector in Kelowna could gain greater access to the U.S. market and investors through BC’s new Trade and Investment Office in Seattle. The government says not only will it bring more investment to our tech companies, it will also deepen the talent pool to mutually benefit companies on either side of the border.
The CFL has ended full-contact padded practices during the season and is extending its schedule to 21 weeks next season. That will give each team three bye weeks instead of two. The league says it hopes to reduce the risk of injury.
Thursday night football begins week 2 in the NFL with Houston taking on the Bengals in Cincinnati. Kickoff is at 5:30.
After a week off, the PGA Tour resumes this week with the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Illinois. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion.
Former Kelowna Rocket and NHL veteran Vernon Fiddler has announced his retirement from hockey after 877 games with 4 teams in the league. Fiddler collected 104 goals and 157 assists along with 558 penalty minutes. He played 200 games with the Rockets between 1997 and 2001.
The International Olympic Committee awarded the 2024 summer Olympic Games to Paris and the 2028 edition to Los Angeles. The Paris games will be 100 years after it hosted its last Olympics.