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Cop says he was joking about Hollywood movie, not prisoners having sex

Cop says he was joking about Hollywood movie, not prisoners having sex

A Kamloops Mountie seen laughing on a closed-circuit video testified Friday, Sept. 19, he was joking with another officer about a soon-to-be-released Hollywood movie, not about two drunk female prisoners engaging in hardcore sex acts on the video monitors in front of them. RCMP Const. Stephen Zaharia took the stand in Cpl. Rick Brown’s trial on one count of breach ...

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Thompson Rivers University goes to court to recover unpaid tuition

Thompson Rivers University goes to court to recover unpaid tuition

Thompson Rivers University is taking two former students to court, seeking more than $37,000 in unpaid tuition. The university has filed two separate notices of claim in Kamloops provincial court seeking allegedly unpaid tuition in the amounts of $22,490.94 from Charlene Muchipisi and $14,600 from Birna Thorbjorg Long-Hjorleifsdottir. The documents state both students were enrolled at TRU between the fall ...

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Cell-sex trial: Second Mountie testifies about ‘terrible morale’ in Kamloops detachment

Cell-sex trial: Second Mountie testifies about ‘terrible morale’ in Kamloops detachment

A senior RCMP serious-crimes investigator said he uprooted his wife’s career and transferred to Prince George four years ago to escape terrible morale and distrust in the Kamloops detachment, which was  managed by then-Insp. Yves Lacasse. Continued revelations about the work environment — dubbed “dysfunctional” earlier in the week by now-retired Mountie Garry Kerr — came during the trial of ...

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Working to beat the waiting game for patients

Working to beat the waiting game for patients

Dr. Robert Colistro sees the same timeline play out every day — sometimes many times a day. A woman has found a lump in her breast. She’s already gone to her family doctor and has now been told to get an X-ray. If she’s lucky, she’ll get in that day for a mammogram. It might indicate more testing is required, ...

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News you can stomach: KTW’s latest restaurant wrap

News you can stomach: KTW’s latest restaurant wrap

Mittz takes over Ric’s Mittz Kitchen, located at 227 Victoria St. in the former Ric’s Mediterranean Grill location, is now open. The upscale, but casual, restaurant is owned by the former general managers of the recently closed Ric’s Grill restaurants in Kamloops — Jeff and Steve Mitton. It is their first restaurant after years in the Kamloops eatery scene and boasts ...

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As expected, teachers vote to endorse six-year deal

As expected, teachers vote to endorse six-year deal

Schools will be open shortly after B.C.’s teachers on Thursday night (Sept. 18) voted overwhelmingly in favour of an agreement reached by the BC Teachers Federation and the province. “With the ratification of the new collective agreement, the strike and lockout are now over. Teachers and students will be back in school on Monday,” said Jim Iker, the president of ...

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Cell-sex trial hears testimony from guard

Cell-sex trial hears testimony from guard

A veteran guard on duty the night two female prisoners engaged in sex in Kamloops RCMP cells has testified it’s common procedure to separate amorous cellmates and report the incident to a supervisor. David Clark testified yesterday (Sept. 18) in the trial of Cpl. Rick Brown, who is charged with breach of trust by a public officer. Brown was watch ...

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Candidate goes online, rather than door-to-door

Candidate goes online, rather than door-to-door

Online donation sites have raised money for everything from video games to medical bills — but can they do the same for political campaigns? A Kamloops city council candidate is banking on it. Earlier this week, Peter Kerek launched a GoFundMe.com page in an effort to collect online donations for his campaign for City Hall. “Most campaigns in Kamloops require ...

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Own a drone? Kamloops university wants to talk to you

Own a drone? Kamloops university wants to talk to you

John Church is amused by the attention he’s been getting about his quest to buy a drone. The cattle research chair at Thompson Rivers University said his interest in the technology is a natural part of the evolution of raising cattle. Church heads a team of researchers who study and develop innovative practices that address the realities of the cattle ...

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CELL-SEX TRIAL: Watch the videos, hear the audio

CELL-SEX TRIAL: Watch the videos, hear the audio

Below, you can view three video clips entered as evidence during Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Rick Brown’s ongoing trial in B.C. Supreme Court on one count of breach of trust. On Aug. 18, 2010, Brown was at the helm of the Kamloops RCMP detachment when two women engaged in a sex act in a jail cell. Brown and other Mounties, as ...

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