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Local Scotiabank robbed

Police were searching for a suspect who robbed the Orchard Place Scotiabank branch in Kelowna late Friday afternoon. The suspect reportedly fled on foot, or on a bike. A massive police response was sent out to find him.

Teachers strike confirmed next week

B.C. teachers will strike for three days next week.

Students in the Okanagan and across the province will have no school Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday as their teachers take job action in their dispute with the province.

B.C. Teachers Federation members voted in favour of escalating job action late Wednesday night. The BCTF said 87 per cent of its teachers - 27,946 of 32,209 ballots cast - voted "yes" to the escalation of current job action.

Drunk driver crashes through fence into City Park

A 21 year old West Kelowna woman is facing potential charges of impaired driving after driving through a fence and over a tree into City Park today.
 At 1:20pm today, the Kelowna RCMP received a report that a black Acura had crashed through the fencing near the bridge and down into City Park. Witnesses said that the vehicle 'caught air,' and drove over a tree before coming to rest. The woman driving attempted to drive away but a tire had been dislodged from the rim. Police found the woman to be showing signs of impairment and returned her to the detachment for breath samples which were in excess of 2.5 times the legal limit.
 The investigation continues but the woman faces potential charges of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Drive While Over .08. It is unknown at this point if further charges will be recommended.

Sudden death at Big White

A 23 year old Kelowna man was found dead at the Big White Ski Resort this morning, Kelowna RCMP report.
At 8:42 a.m. today, emergency crews were called to a residence on the 4800 block of Snow Pine Road for an unconscious man.
When police arrived, the man was found to be deceased.
Police have no indication that this death was suspicious and they continue to assist the B.C. Coroner's Service in their investigation.

Close call with carbon monoxide in West Kelowna

A West Kelowna family had a close call with carbon monoxide Thursday night.

About 10:30 p.m., West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to a 911 call on the 2200 Block of Horizon Drive. The caller reported their carbon monoxide alarm was sounding, but that the family wasn't feeling any ill effects.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found carbon monoxide readings in excess of safe limits throughout the home. Readings of 1500-plus parts per million were present in the utility room. Continuous exposure to these levels of CO2 can result in death in two-hours.

Fortis Gas also attended the scene and helped narrow down the source of the gas emission. It took several hours to investigate the source and ventilate the home. A fault with the hot water heater (which was less than two years old) was identified as the source, and the gas-fired appliance was shut down.

Crash sends driver to KGH after fleeing police

A 32 year old Kelowna man was sent to hospital with head injuries after he crashed his car while attempting to flee police just after 11pm last night. A black Mazda hatchback was spotted driving through a red light at Richter and Harvey before accelerating to over 100kmh and weaving from lane to lane over the Bennett Bridge. The car spun out south of the bridge and struck the median. Police arrived, but the driver took off again.
Police later located the man in his crashed vehicle on Westlake Road at Highway 97. He was suffering from head injuries and was transported by paramedics to KGH. Alcohol and speed are both believed to be contributing factors in this case. The man faces multiple potential charges of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Flight from Police.

Pitbulls tear family pet apart

Loose pitbulls in Glenrosa killed a shitzu as homeowner screamed. Dogs surrendered to be put down.

Capozzi pleads to manslaughter

Cameron Peter Capozzi pleaded guilty this morning to manslaughter in the death of 79-year-old Josephine (Babs) Capozzi in August, 2009. See Tuesday's edition of The Daily Courier for details on today's surprising developments in court.

Motoring mayhem

There were no less than six separate motor vehicle accidents between Vernon and Kelowna this morning during wet, heavy snow. The largest involved four vehicles and brought traffic to a standstill in both directions. For more details on the mayhem, pick up Friday's print edition of The Daily Courier.

Police identify man who fell through ice

RCMP have identified the victim of Wednesday's incident in which a man on bicycle fell through the ice on Wood Lake and drowned.
His name is Christopher Kent Stone of Lake Country.
Police were called to the lake At 10:16 a.m. Wednesday after Stone fell through the ice. He had apparently been riding his bicycle on the ice when a loud crashing sound was heard. 
BC Ambulance Service and Lake Country Fire Department were on scene, but the man could not be immediately retrieved. RCMP dive team members retrieved his body about 4:30 p.m.
Family have been notified of his death.

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