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Salsa thief fails in bid to spend a night in jail

Salsa thief fails in bid to spend a night in jail

A “hot-headed” Kamloops salsa thief who stole a jar of spicy dip in a bid to spend the night in the drunk tank is back on the streets after nearly three weeks behind bars. Rodney Brignall, 43, pleaded guilty in Kamloops provincial court on Thursday to theft under $5,000 and failing to comply with probation. Crown prosecutor Camille Cook said ...

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New federal Liberal executive elected in Kamloops riding

New federal Liberal executive elected in Kamloops riding

The federal Liberals have elected a new executive in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding. Lorraine Mallon, campaign chairwoman for Liberal candidate Steve Powrie’s campaign in November, is president. Supporting Mallon are Mike Gritten, a veteran Kamloops business owner, and Shelley Tegart, a former KPMG consultant from 100 Mile House, as vice-president and rural vice-president, respectively. A number of other members from the ...

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Mounties say shooting of three men in Celista was not random event

Mounties say shooting of three men in Celista was not random event

Mounties continue to investigate a shooting that injured three men in Celista, a small Shuswap community near Chase, on Feb. 7. Two men were taken to hospital in serious condition. A third man was treated for minor injuries and released. “We can confirm that this incident was not a random occurrence and that the individuals involved were known to each ...

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Chase man identified as victim in Highway 1 crash

Chase man identified as victim in Highway 1 crash

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in an accident on Highway 1 in Chase on Feb. 6. Austin Logan Schmidt, 19, of Chase died instantly when the dirt bike he was driving crossed the centre line and collided head-on with a semi-trailer at about 9:30 a.m. The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to ...

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Too many, too young: The fentanyl crisis hits home

Too many, too young: The fentanyl crisis hits home

Fentanyl deaths on the rise Fentanyl has been identified in toxicology reports of dozens of overdose deaths in B.C. since Dec. 19. In Alberta, it was linked to more than 200 deaths in 2015. A synthetic opiate, fentanyl is more potent than morphine. As with all opiates — heroin, morphine, codeine and thebaine — it binds to the body’s opiate ...

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Welcome to Kamloops

Welcome to Kamloops

Mohamad Almousa (left), wife Amani Alsaiti (right) and sons Hamzah, 6, and Ghelan, 3, arrive to a rousing welcome at Kamloops Airport Thursday afternoon. The family is the latest from Syria  fleeing the violence at home and settling into new lives in Kamloops and across Canada. Dave Eagles/KTW 

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Beckett murder trial: Court hears recordings of accused talking to police

Beckett murder trial: Court hears recordings of accused talking to police

An RCMP homicide detective told a jury yesterday that he lied about his rank and position in 2011 in order to take a statement from a former New Zealand politician accused of killing his wife on a B.C. vacation the previous year. Peter Beckett, 59, is standing trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops on one count of first-degree murder. ...

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Kamloops Cooper’s stores converting to Save-On Foods

Kamloops Cooper’s stores converting to Save-On Foods

Next week, a longtime fixture in the Kamloops grocery market will be no more. Four grocery stores — downtown, Valleyview, Brocklehurst and Westsyde — will close as Cooper’s Foods outlets on Thursday and open as Save-On Foods on Friday. Cooper’s and Save-On have been owned by the same company — Overwaitea Food Group — since 1999, but operated as distinct brands. ...

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Kamloops Airport hoping to land grant for multi-million-dollar project

Kamloops Airport hoping to land grant for multi-million-dollar project

Management at Kamloops Airport will make another attempt at securing a provincial grant to provide a new area for movement of larger aircraft. The province will provide $8 million for infrastructure at airports as part of the 10-year transportation plan. Airport manager Fred Legace said Fulton Field  will apply for a $2.5-million project to rehabilitate an old parking area of ...

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Barnhartvale residents call for more of Todd Road to be improved

Barnhartvale residents call for more of Todd Road to be improved

Barnhartvale resident Tammy McCulloch (left) and friend Naomi McLachlan led local residents on a walk along Todd Road in the fall of 2013, with the group calling for the city to improve the stretch of road for pedestrians and drivers. KTW file photo Too little, too late. That’s the feedback the City of Kamloops got from many Barnhartvale residents Wednesday night ...

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