A 29-year-old man is being treated in hospital for serious injuries after he was found beaten in downtown Kelowna early New Year's Day.
The unidentified man, who was discovered on the sidewalk of the 200 block of Leon Avenue at 3 a.m. on Jan. 1, suffered significant facial injuries.
No arrests have been made and police had no other information to release Thursday. Anyone who knows anything about the incident is asked to call police.
Otherwise, 2014 began fairly uneventfully from a police perspective, RCMP Const. Steve Holmes said.
"New Year's Eve was good in terms of we didn't have large numbers of people in custody," Holmes said.
Sixteen people were lodged in cells, most for public drunkenness, and 14 of them were released without charge when they sobered up. Two other people were kept in custody because they had breached previous court orders.
At Big White, two intoxicated people were put into sheriff's vans. Word of their temporary confinement may have spread on social media, Holmes speculated, convincing others to keep the peace and avoid a similar fate.
In some cities, police expressed concern in advance of New Year's Eve about people tweeting the location of police roadblocks. But Holmes noted there can also be a salutary effect on public behaviour if people know police are present and actively engaged in enforcement activities.
"It's a two-edged sword, technology," Holmes said. "It can work for you and against you."
Big White has been the scene of occasional disturbances on New Year's Eve, with many young people heading up to the mountain to party without knowing in advance where they'll spend the night.
This year, though, crowds at the resort were well-behaved, with police having to deal with only relatively minor complaints such as loud music and uninvited guests at various residences, Holmes said.