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Kamloops’ top cop says more Mounties needed

Kamloops’ top cop says more Mounties needed

Kamloops’ top cop says the local detachment is in need of additional Mounties. RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller said there are eight officer vacancies right now and he expects to require an additional one or two officers within five years. “We’ve had a number of scheduled and unscheduled retirements, some promotions and new opportunities that have taken some of our senior ...

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Accused killer of teen will stand trial

Accused killer of teen will stand trial

A six-week trial is scheduled to start in September of next year to determine whether Damien Taylor is responsible for the murder of his girlfriend, CJ Fowler. A B.C. Supreme Court justice has fixed Sept. 28, 2015, as the start date for a jury trial on the charge of second-degree murder. Taylor, 22, was arrested in January after police spent ...

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Imitation gun leads to conditional sentence

Imitation gun leads to conditional sentence

A Powers Addition resident who caused police to cordon off a neighbourhood and issue a public warning about use of imitation firearms has been handed a three-month conditional sentence. For the first two months of that sentence, Raymond Volpatti will be under house arrest. “There was real fear by your neighbour — and rightly so,” provincial court judge Stella Frame ...

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Westmount tops Kamloops-Thompson school district’s wish list

Westmount tops Kamloops-Thompson school district’s wish list

Although it wasn’t required to submit its wish list again this year, the Kamloops-Thompson school district wants to send the province its five-year capital-plan request — in essence, the 12 big projects it would like to take on in coming years. Top of the list is an addition to Westmount elementary, something that will cost an estimated $9.5 million. Next ...

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Kamloops news briefs: Have your say on 2015 city budget

Kamloops news briefs: Have your say on 2015 city budget

The City of Kamloops is taking requests and suggestions on how it should spend your tax dollars in 2015 during two public-engagement sessions tomorrow (Oct. 22). A lunchtime session runs at Interior Savings Centre from  11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Consultations then move to McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Both sessions will use ...

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Homeless woman was baited by Kamloops RCMP’s Ford F-350

Homeless woman was baited by Kamloops RCMP’s Ford F-350

The RCMP bait vehicle parked along River Street proved irresistible to the homeless woman living in a tent by the South Thompson River. On a late August night this past summer, Tanya Crocker opened the unlocked door of the Ford F-350 pickup and rummaged through the cab looking for change, said her advocate, articling student Jay Michi. “She’s told me ...

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Kamloops homeless count: ‘Wow — people live like this’

Kamloops homeless count:  ‘Wow — people live like this’

Dawson Gorman, Emily Rogan and Julian Zev walk along the beach of the North Thompson River on a gloomy Friday afternoon, slowly making their way north. The shore lining Schubert Drive is wet and the sand is mucky and slick. The three youths talk idly as a smattering of rain falls from the grey skies above. It’s a fresh morning, ...

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Judge rules man will remain banished from Kamloops

Judge rules man will remain banished from Kamloops

A Kamloops man who criminally harassed his former girlfriend and her family will remain banished from the city as part of his probation. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley has dismissed an appeal by Shane Adam to have his banishment from Kamloops declared unconstitutional. Adam’s lawyer, Thompson Rivers University law professor Micah Rankin, argued unsuccessfully that banishment of an offender ...

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Nature Conservancy completes purchase of Napier Ranch grasslands

Nature Conservancy completes purchase of Napier Ranch grasslands

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has completed purchase of 525 hectares of prime grassland near Kamloops. Purchase of the grassland habitat at Napier Lake Ranch makes the non-profit conservation organization one of the major landholders in the region. It held a press conference on Frida, Oct. 17, at Thompson Rivers University to announce completion of its campaign. The NCC ...

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No injuries after vehicle crashes into Kamloops bank

No injuries after vehicle crashes into Kamloops bank

No one was injured when a late-model GMC Terrain was driven into the front of the Scotia Bank on Notre Dame Drive in Sahali at just past 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17. The driver of the vehicle, a Kamloops-area woman in her 70s, and her male passenger were shaken up by the ordeal and examined at the scene by ...

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