Police are reporting that the body of missing person Dave Cousins was located last night in his vehicle at the end of Bartley Road in West Kelowna.
His death was not criminal in nature, and family have been notified.
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Johnny McNamara watched much of his house and $20,000 worth of tools burn to the ground last week.
Now the West Kelowna man is struggling to get his mind around what looks like an insurmountable task - rebuild a home for his wife and baby daughter with no insurance payout.
McNamara has good karma on his side. As a commercial handyman for 27 years, he has worked with dozens of contractors and helped hundreds of customers. One asked him to move in. Businesses have given him tarps, offered free paint and promised him roofing supplies. Many tell him they want to help.
"I had 20 contractors call me. They say they have no extra money, but if I need extra labour to put the house back together, I got it," he said.
McNamara, 47, was working in the workshop attached to his house at 3859 Carrall Rd. early Tuesday morning. He went to bed at 3 a.m. and was sleeping when his wife Candace had left for the day with their 16-month-old daughter, Brooklin.
He wears earplugs, so he didn‘t hear the smoke detectors blaring. His shih-tzu dog kept barking until he woke up. He looked out the window and saw smoke and flames rising from the workshop.
McNamara had put in a wood stove to keep his three cats warm in winter.
"I booted the door open to save the cats and the back draft blew me backwards . . . off my feet," he said. "The ceiling and roof were engulfed."
The cats got out. McNamara grabbed a shovel and threw snow on the flames as quickly as he could. When they spread to the roof of the house, he gave up and called 911 at 7:15 a.m.
He stood by as firefighters did their best to save the two-storey home.
"I watched everything I did go down the tube," he said. "We bought the house three years ago. I had restored the whole place. Every day I had off, I‘d paint a room or put in a new floor."
Fire investigators determined the stove was installed improperly. McNamara said heavy winds blew through the stovepipe on the roof, fanning the flames in the stove and blowing them into the shop.
Regardless, the family must start rebuilding with little cash. McNamara believed his house insurance came with the mortgage. Banks often provide fire insurance if the homeowner doesn‘t have it. In this case, McNamara was unaware he had to renew the insurance every year.
Emergency Social Services gave the family three days of food and accommodation. Two meals at a restaurant were all he could stomach.
"I‘m a proud man. I can‘t do charity," he said.
Friends are asking well-wishers to drop off donations at Whiski-Jack‘s Pub and planning a fundraising event for the family by January. Meanwhile, McNamara is looking for bins so he can start cleaning up the mess. He has some tools in his van and hopes to replace the rest of them so he can return to working full-time at Johnny‘s #1 Handyman Service (250-863-1600).
Kris Rainey was jogging toward the casino when he felt the gunshots.
Bullets never struck the off-duty firefighter that hazy Sunday last summer. But the blasts from the automatic weapon were so loud, they projected compression waves against his body.
"It was rapid fire, like a machine gun. It was huge loud," he said. "I could feel the concussions off my chest - well over 40 shots. It was continuous, a good 10 to 15 seconds. I figured I knew what it was."
Rainey, 49, was out for a run along Water Street on Aug. 14 when a masked gunman opened fire on gangster Jonathan Bacon and four others in a Porsche SUV in front of the Delta Grand hotel. In a few minutes, he would be inside that SUV tending to three of the victims.
Emergency officials awarded Rainey for his bravery last week. He hasn‘t spoken publicly about what happened until now.
Dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, Rainey was wearing headphones as he ran along Water Street toward City Park. He had just crossed to the east side of the street when he heard the shots. He pulled off his headphones and saw two women aged 19 or 20 run toward him.
"I yelled, ‘What was that?‘ One girl said, ‘He‘s shooting everybody.‘ They dropped their purses . . . I knew something bad was happening behind them."
Rainey, a volunteer firefighter, is trained to handle emergencies. He stepped out into traffic and stopped vehicles from driving south. He was unsure where
the shots came from and thought the gunman was still nearby.
He yelled at motorists to stop, but several tried to drive around him. They had their windows up and didn‘t know there‘d been a shooting.
Once the traffic stopped, Rainey walked toward where the gunshots had come from, making circles to look around. He had his back turned when he heard a vehicle leave at high speed behind him.
He never saw it.
Older people were leaving the casino entrance, unaware of the danger. Rainey yelled at them to get back inside and told security guards someone was close by with a gun.
He walked slowly to the driveway of the hotel and peeked around the corner to see if the gunman was on a balcony. Instead, he saw the SUV crashed against the side of a hotel wall. Two security people were there and more were coming out of the hotel.
Two police cruisers arrived. Rainey directed one into the driveway. The other parked by the Kelowna Art Gallery across the street, where bystanders were gathered. Rainey yelled at them to tell the officer what they‘d seen.
He approached the SUV and asked a security guard for her surgical gloves. A man was lying unconscious on the ground by the passenger door. A male nurse was over him, performing CPR. He found out later it was Bacon, a leader of the Red Scorpions - an Abbotsford gang locked in a violent drug war.
The nurse told Rainey to check the people in the car. He stepped into the vehicle. Two young women were in the back seat and a man - a Hells Angel - was in the driver‘s seat. A man linked to a third gang had fled. The ones in the car were all bleeding.
A security guard told Rainey the woman lying prone across the seat was dead. He had his back against the front seat and touched her to adjust himself. She opened her eyes.
"I said ‘Oh, you‘re still with us.‘ She said her name and age," he said. "I found out she was shot through the neck . . . She said ‘I can‘t move my arms and legs.‘"
People approached the vehicle and said they had first aid. Rainey told them to keep pressure on the driver, who was wounded in the arm, knee and jaw.
"A couple minutes later I‘d look up and they‘d be gone, as if it was too much for them. It happened two or three times."
The other woman sat upright with a large wound in the upper part of her inner thigh, close to an artery. Security people brought out towels and a first-aid kit, but Rainey soon ran out of gauze and other medical supplies.
He was juggling three patients - assessing their breathing, taking their pulse and putting pressure on their wounds. Police had secured the scene, so it took what seemed a long time for emergency crews to arrive.
When firefighters showed up, one of them took over applying CPR to Bacon. The nurse was exhausted.
"He tried so hard to save that guy‘s life."
Rainey told paramedics what the victims had told him and what he‘d done for them. They took over from there.
The scene was surreal, he said. No one was crying or moaning. It smelled like gun powder. The seat head-rests were shot out.
"It looked like they had ducked and sat up again. There were holes in the back seat. Everywhere."
Rainey spoke to police as paramedics got the patients out. Looking back, he doesn‘t recall being afraid. Instead of being traumatized, he felt badly for the victim‘s families.
Firefighters teased him about his actions, but they were happy for him. He thought he might get recognized at the main fire hall. He was surprised when officials held the ceremony for him last Wednesday.
Rainey, a father of two boys who works for B.C. Fasteners and Tools, was awarded the B.C. Medal of Bravery and an RCMP detachment commander‘s certificate.
He hopes the male nurse also gets a commendation.
"He did 10 times what I did. It was second nature for him. He was trying so hard," he said. "His son was there. I told him he should be proud of his dad for everything he did for that young man."
Police and firefighters secure the scene at a single vehicle crash on Glenmore Road, Monday morning.
A pickup towing a loaded trailer and marked as belonging to Grizzly Metal Fabricating crashed into a concrete lamp standard support at the corner of Yates Road, partially spilling its load. Traffic flowing into Kelowna was reduced to a single lane, slowing down the morning commute. The driver of the truck was taken away by ambulance.
UPDATE: Emergency crews remain at scene of semi rollover and police advise they will be there for several hours.
Light traffic in both directions is being rerouted via Goudie Road - passenger vehicles only, no commercial traffic.
BREAKING: A semi rollover near 8 Mile Ranch has closed both lanes of Highway 33 east of Kelowna.
Police are unsure when the road will be cleared and are advising motorists advised to find alternative routes.
Highway 97 will be reduced to one lane northbound under the Westside Road overpass overnight while the construction contractor continues to erect shoring supports under the east side of the structure.
The lane closure will be in place from 8 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Friday, ensuring two lanes will be open northbound for the morning commute.
Two 20-minute stoppages of northbound traffic will occur between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. while the contractor positions equipment. There will also be intermittent delays between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
This shoring is a precautionary measure that will allow the contractor to work on repairs to the east wall under the bridge. This work is similar to the work that was completed Tuesday night on the west abutment.
Please watch for traffic control persons and observe the 60 km/h speed zone.
Effective immediately, motorists are advised that there are two lanes of traffic moving in each direction through the Westside Road Interchange project site. Southbound, one lane of traffic will use Highway 97 through the project site. A second lane of southbound traffic will use the detour route on the Westside Road off ramps and on ramps around the underpass. Northbound, one lane of traffic will use Highway 97 through the project site. A second lane of northbound traffic will use the detour via the Westside Road off-ramp to Sneena Way, to a temporary connection to Highway 97 on bridge hill. The Westside Road underpass structure also remains closed until further notice. Traffic that would normally use the Westside Road Interchange to enter Highway 97 will do so at Nancee Way. Travellers should expect to add 30 minutes to their trip as reduced speeds through the work zone will be in effect. Motorists should alter their travel plans to avoid peak traffic times and to anticipate congestion and delays entering and leaving Kelowna from the south. Traffic control personnel will be stationed throughout the area to maximize the flow of traffic throughout area. Please watch for crews and equipment working in the area and obey all traffic signage and flag persons.
Effective immediately, motorists are advised that there are two lanes of traffic moving in each direction through the Westside Road Interchange project site.
Southbound, one lane of traffic will use Highway 97 through the project site. A second lane of southbound traffic will use the detour route on the Westside Road off ramps and on ramps around the underpass.
Northbound, one lane of traffic will use Highway 97 through the project site. A second lane of northbound traffic will use the detour via the Westside Road off-ramp to Sneena Way, to a temporary connection to Highway 97 on bridge hill.
The Westside Road underpass structure also remains closed until further notice. Traffic that would normally use the Westside Road Interchange to enter Highway 97 will do so at Nancee Way.
Travellers should expect to add 30 minutes to their trip as reduced speeds through the work zone will be in effect. Motorists should alter their travel plans to avoid peak traffic times and to anticipate congestion and delays entering and leaving Kelowna from the south.
Traffic control personnel will be stationed throughout the area to maximize the flow of traffic throughout area. Please watch for crews and equipment working in the area and obey all traffic signage and flag persons.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to a report of a house fire in the 3800 block of Carrall Road at 7:15 this morning.
When firefighters arrived, the attached garage and carport were fully involved with flames extending through the roof of the garage and house.
All residents were out of the home, and high winds were driving embers towards townhomes located to the rear of the property. Heat damaged vinyl siding on four of the townhomes.
A damage estimate is not available, but the home and a vehicle are considered to be total losses. The residents are in care of Emergency Support Services.
Fire investigators conducted and fire cause and origin investigation. The fire was started as a result of improper installation of a wood burning stove.
Highway 97 northbound has been reopened underneath the Westside Road overpass.
Traffic that would normally use the interchange to enter Highway 97 will do so at Nancee Way. Northbound motorists
can expect an additional 30 minutes driving time.
Traffic northbound to Kelowna is using both lanes of traffic, but expect reduced speeds to allow traffic from Nancee Way onto
Highway 97 and through the work zone at the underpass.
Southbound, the detour remains in place using the Westside Road off ramps and on ramps to detour around the underpass; as well as
Crews are working to have Highway 97 southbound open to two lanes by the evening commute. Travellers should expect to add 30
minutes to their trip as reduced speeds through the work zone will be in effect.
The Westside Road underpass structure is also closed until further notice.
Traffic control personnel will be stationed throughout the area to maximize the flow of traffic throughout area.
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