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Two arrested in connection to March home invasion in Kamloops

Two arrested in connection to March home invasion in Kamloops

A Kamloops man who was arrested in May in what police called a gang-related drug bust is back behind bars — at least for the weekend — now facing charges stemming from a home invasion in March. Jason Robertson has been on bail since May, when he was released on a $100,000 surety following a highly publicized arrest and the ...

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Balbar trial: Victim of 2003 murder had dozens of lacerations on her head

Balbar trial: Victim of 2003 murder had dozens of lacerations on her head

The Kamloops doctor who performed the autopsy on Heather Hamill after her body was discovered floating in the North Thompson River in 2003 has told a jury she had dozens of “blunt-force” lacerations on her head. Pathologist Bruce Stephen testified in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday, Nov. 21, in the second-degree murder trial of 42-year-old Robert Balbar, who was Hamill’s ...

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Kamloops air-quality advisory ends

Kamloops air-quality advisory ends

Winds and changing weather patterns have cleared the Thompson Valley’s air — and a public-health advisory. The Ministry of Environment ended its air-quality advisory on Thursday, Nov. 20, following changing weather conditions, including wind that dispersed air in the valley. On Saturday, Nov 15, the ministry issued the advisory when levels of fine particulate, or PM 2.5, averaged 34 micrograms ...

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Ajax information meetings, workshops set for Nov. 25, 26

Ajax information meetings, workshops set for Nov. 25, 26

The federal and provincial environmental-assessment offices have added a series of workshops to the agenda next week as they accept submissions on revised studies for the proposed Ajax mine. The public-comment period on the revised application-information requirements — the so-called table of contents for studies on Ajax and its impact on health, economy and the environment — began on Nov. ...

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Post-election: All a-Twitter about social-media election rules

Post-election: All a-Twitter about social-media election rules

When the clock hit 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, Coun. Arjun Singh was more than ready to hop back online. “Holy, that was hard,” Singh, who was returned to council by more than 10,000 voters, tweeted to his followers. Due to new campaign-advertising rules introduced by the B.C. government for this year’s civic election, municipal council and mayoral hopefuls ...

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Double-fatal crash results in one-year driving ban

Double-fatal crash results in one-year driving ban

The mother of one of two people killed by a driver who crossed into the other lane on the Trans-Canada Highway near Spences Bridge testified she is “utterly and completely shattered” by the inexplicable accident two years ago. Tanya McGovern, 38, was sentenced to a one-year driving ban after pleading guilty on Wednesday, Nov. 19, to a charge under the ...

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They sing because of Mr. Petersen

They sing because of Mr. Petersen

In the photo: The St. Ann’s Academy Rising Stars chorus performs at yesterday’s (Nov. 20) memorial service for music teacher Rob Petersen, who died last weekend when the bike he was riding was struck by a vehicle. For those wishing to make a donation to help the Petersen family, an account (#CAHKBC 460-043676-150 Judith Petersen) has been set up at HSBC. ...

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Undercover cops plied Balbar with money, food and promises of sex

Undercover cops plied Balbar with money, food and promises of sex

In the days preceding Robert Balbar’s confession to Mr. Big that he murdered his spouse, undercover Mounties plied him with food and money along with promises of sex and thousands of dollars more. During cross-examination today (Nov. 20) defence lawyer Jim Blazina went through detailed accounts of the increasingly elaborate undercover sting set up by the RCMP. The goal was ...

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Added time for threats against Kamloops prison guards

Added time for threats against Kamloops prison guards

A B.C. Supreme Court justice added another six months of jail time for a 26-year old man who threatened guards at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre by saying he would trace addresses through GPS on their vehicles and have “bros” on the outside target them. Travis Kelly also pleaded guilty to a second count of criminal harassment for writing the home ...

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Slow down! Kamloops roads are very slippery

Slow down! Kamloops roads are very slippery

Like many other Kamloops motorists heading to work on Thursday morning (Nov. 20), this female driver of a Ford truck found herself spun off the road near the intersection of Hwy. 5A and Summit Drive. Kamloops Fire Rescue, B.C. Ambulance crews and police were kept busy responding to a number of reports of motor vehicle incidents throughout the city and ...

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