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Man sells THC-laced candy to kids in Kelowna



The Candyman can't, at least not in Kelowna.

Police believe a 29-year-old Surrey man was selling THC-laced candy to near babies when they nabbed him outside a downtown grocery store.

The Downtown Enforcement Unit thought the root-beer flavoured candy being sold from a Mustang might induce more than a sugar high.

A sample of the candies was sent to the lab and analysis showed them to contain THC, the principal psychoactive element of marihuana.

The man was originally released without charges, but now faces a potential charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Video shows tense moments during Kelowna abortion rally

Things got a bit heated during a pro-choice rally outside Kelowna City Hall Monday.

When pro-life Kelowna Right to Life Society's president Marlon Bartram showed up and started taking video of the pro-choice protesters, it quickly became tense. A video posted to YouTube by Bartram shows protesters tried to shove the camera away, asserting he had no right to take their pictures.

At one point, a protester confiscates the man's camera.

Here's the video:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 22:58

Cops find garden of green in Highway 33 drug bust


An Abbotsford woman was hauling a garden of pot plants in her vehicle when RCMP pulled her over Sunday night.

Police were stopping traffic at a road check on Highway 33 at the Hall Creek rest area. As an officer assessed the driver's sobriety, he caught a pungent whiff of marijuana from inside the Ford Explorer.

A search revealed the 24-year-old was transporting more than 300 young plants and a small amount of bud. Police arrested her for possession for the purposes of trafficking and released her to appear in court in January.

Kelowna woman struck in head with hammer dies


The woman struck in the head with a hammer earlier this month has died, most likely elevating the attempted murder charge faced by her son to murder or manslaughter.

Kelowna RCMP said today that Kate Grossmith, 57, died over the weekend after several days fighting for her life in hospital. Her son, Conor Frederick Grossmith, was arrested in the family’s Mission Springs Drive home and charged with attempted murder.

“Police will be recommending that the charges be amended as a result of the death of the victim,” said Kelowna RCMP Const. Kris Clark.

Grossmith is the wife of former United Way director Harry Grossmith, who led the United Way's annual fundraising campaign for four years.
The affable executive director known for his cherubic smile resigned in May "to pursue other interests," a news release said.
Grossmith raised more than $1 million each year he headed the campaign, He left his job fundraising for the B.C. Alzheimer Society in early 2008 to take on the job.
Conor Grossmith was to make his first court appearance today.


Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 18:51

Canadian Pickers take on 'Macho Challenge' in Okanagan



Want to see the Canadian Pickers rummage through the North Okanagan for a hidden treasure?

An episode airing Monday night at 8 p.m. will feature professional pickers Sheldon Smithens and Scott Cozens zipping around Armstrong, Abbotsford and Mission picking up “a cool collection of trolley ads, tin litho signs, atlases, and rare gas pumps,” says the History Channel.

The pair searches for antiques and collectibles in people’s basements, attics, sheds and barns – then they bargain to buy those items to re-sell for a profit.

The two have set a friendly wager to drive the episode forward: “the one who picks the most macho item wins a beer.”

The episode is called “Macho Challenge.”

“When Sheldon finds a 1920s leather football helmet and Scott scoops up a vintage grip meter, both are convinced they have won the competition,” says the History Channel’s episode summary.

The show is similar to the American version, aptly called American Pickers.

(Photo of Canadian Pickers courtesy of The History Channel)

Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 18:29

Fire breaks out near South Okanagan observatory


Air tankers and helicopters were called into action Sunday afternoon near Okanagan Falls to douse a 20-hectare grass and brush fire in the White Lake area.

However, the fire never threatened the nearby Dominion Radio-Astrophysical Observatory, said Michaela Swan, a Ministry of Forests fire information officer.

The fire broke out shortly before 1 p.m. in an area of open range land south of the observatory, near White Lake Road and the Fairview-White Lake Road.

— Penticton Herald

Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 00:46

Update: Revelstoke man survives deadly Nepal avalanche

A B.C. man is among the survivors of a "huge avalanche" that killed at least nine people Sunday in Nepal.


Revelstoke resident Greg Hill was part of a team trying to set a new speed record for climbing Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal. They were at camp at 7,000 metres when a wall of snow and ice crashed down on them. Several people, including a Canadian, are still missing.

Hill posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he was alive.


"A huge avalanche swept through camp three at 4:45a.m. on Manaslu, catching lots of people in their sleeping bags, many dead, and injured," the Revelstoke Times Review quoted Hill saying. "Luckily our team is fine, and helped with the rescue. (Legendary freeskier) Glenn Plake is also fine, but my heart goes out to all the others."

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Hill quickly joined in the rescue and his team saved Plake from the brink of death, according to a post on Epic TV.

"Glen was rescued from a crevasse by Canadian skier Greg Hill’s team," said the post.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs in

Ottawa could not immediately confirm that a Canadian was among those missing.

But Chrystiane Roy says Foreign Affairs officials have been in contact with authorities in Nepal.


“We are following the developments closely and stand ready to provide consular assistance should there be a need,”

Roy said Sunday. “Our thoughts are with the victims (and their families) of this avalanche.”

However, CTV News identified Dominique Ouimet, a cardiologist based out of Quebec’s Saint-Jérôme regional hospital, as the missing Canadian.

Hospital spokeswoman Chantale Fortin told CTV this was his ninth major climb and he was climbing the mountain to raise money for cardiology equipment for the hospital.

Police official Basanta Bahadur Kuwar said the bodies of a Nepalese guide and a German man were recovered and that rescue pilots had spotted seven other bodies on the slopes of Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal, the eighth-highest mountain in the world.

In Madrid, Spain’s Foreign Ministry said one of those killed was Spanish, but did not relea

se the person’s identity.

The identities of the other victims were still being confirmed.

Ten other climbers survived the avalanche but many were injured and were flown to hospitals by rescue helicopters, Kuwar said.

Rescue pilot Pasang, who uses only one name, said three injured French citizens and two Germans had been

transported to hospitals in Kathmandu.

— With files from The Associated Press

Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 00:38

Okanagan Tories glad Cummins still leader

The B.C. Conservatives can now put internal squabbles behind them and focus on next spring’s election, say two high-level party members from the Okanagan.
John Cummins’ retention of the leadership, delivered in a 71 per cent approval rating from party members, should lead to an exodus of dissidents, according to Kelowna residents Doug Machan and Jim Sutherland.
“Democracy did its thing today,” Machan said early Saturday evening from Langley, where the B.C. Conservatives’ convention took place. “Now we can focus on what’s important — getting ready for the election.”
Machan was part of the so-called “A Team,” a group of Cummins supporters, who were elected to the party’s executive after results of the vote on a leadership review were announced.
All of the A Team candidates were elected, with the exception of Sutherland, who was narrowly defeated in his bid for the party’s vice-presidency by Christine Clark, the B.C. Conservatives’ losing candidate in a Lower Mainland byelection earlier this year.
Despite not winning election to the party’s executive, Sutherland said he was elated with the outcome of the convention.
“It shows that John Cummins is in total control of the party,” said Sutherland, who oversees seven B.C. Conservative riding associations in the Okanagan.
“I was the only member of the A Team that didn’t get elected to the executive, but the good news is that now the executive has representation from all areas of the province,” Sutherland said. “The dissidents, they were doing everything they could to keep control within 50 miles of downtown Vancouver.”
Clark was said to have been considering running for the B.C. Conservatives’ nomination in the riding of Kelowna-Mission. However, she has now apparently decided not to move back to Kelowna, her hometown, and will remain a resident of the Lower Mainland.
Still, Sutherland has bold predictions for the B.C. Conservatives for next May’s election: “We’re going to win five of the Okanagan’s seven ridings.”

Joe Rich grass fire 100% contained


Quick application of retardant dropped from an air tanker helped slow a fast-moving grass fire east of Kelowna on Friday afternoon. 
The fire broke out just after 3 p.m. on the southern slopes of Black Mountain, just off Highway 33. 
"It was quite an aggressive fire at first, but we were able to make good progress against it," provincial fire information officer Michaela Swan said. 
The blaze was initially classed as a Rank 3 fire, which is one that's spreading vigorously along the ground at the rate of about three metres per minute. 
By 4:30 p.m, it had been downgraded to a Rank 1 fire, which means it was moving much more slowly. It was declared 100 per cent contained by 4:45 p.m., and crews were into the mop-up stage. 
No homes or structures were threatened by the fire, which covered eight hectares. Along with about 30 firefighters from the provincial service, crews from Kelowna and the Joe Rich volunteer department worked the fire. 
Key to the swift containment of the fire was the dropping of retardant from an air tanker, Swan said. The aircraft was also joined by two bucketing helicopters. 
Highway 33 remained open while crews worked the fire. The terrain consists of rolling, grass-covered hills, without any significant stands of trees.


Last Updated on Saturday, 22 September 2012 03:42

Man faces drug charge, despite having licence


A 42 year old Kelowna man is facing a drug charge, even though he had a licence to grow.

Police investigating a possible grow-op Wednesday  in an apartment on the 2200 block of Benvoulin Road found about 170 plants and a half-pound of bud.

"After further investigation it was revealed that the tenant, a 42-year-old Kelowna man, had a medical marihuana licence, but not for the apartment," says Kelowna RCMP Const. Kris Clark.

"Not only was the licence for a different address but he had only been approved for just over half of the amount that was found growing."

No one was inside the residence at the time and no charges have been laid, but the investigation is ongoing.

The man faces potential charges related to production of a controlled substance.

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