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By Trail Champion on Thursday Jul 09 2020

A dramatic and potentially very dangerous series of events Friday ended peacefully, with one man taken to hospital for treatment of a mental health crisis, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

By Trail Champion on Thursday Jul 09 2020

Police and the BC Coroner's Service are investigating the sudden death of a Maple Ridge man after a fishing accident near Trail, according to Trail RCMP top cop Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"On July 3, at 1:54 p.m., the Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to an incident where a fisherman fell approximately 20 feet down the bank of the Columbia River while fishing in the area of the Waneta Bridge near Trail," Wicentowich said in a press release.

By Trail Champion on Thursday Jul 09 2020

The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced yesterday that charges have been approved against Trail RCMP Const. Steven Allan Murchie of breach of trust in connection with the duties of his office, criminal harassment, and forcible entry.

The charges involve allegations of misconduct against two individuals between January 2017 and May 2020 at or near Trail. An Information charging Murchie with these Criminal Code offences was sworn on July 3, 2020, Rossland court file no. 22787-1.

By Timothy Schafer on Wednesday Jul 08 2020

Transit ridership is down in a covid-19 infused world in Nelson but not nearly as drastic as most areas of the province, noted a BC Transit official.

Chelsea Mossey, government relations manager for BC Transit, said transit ridership in the Heritage city has dropped by 47 per cent compared to this time last year.

However, that pales in comparison to the 60 to 80 per cent drop in ridership in most transit systems in B.C., she told city council recently during its committee-of-the-whole meeting.

By Castlegar Source on Monday Jul 06 2020

Police have arrested three men allegedly caught looking to buy drugs, likely for trafficking purposes, according to Salmo RCMP detachment commander Cpl. Darryl Orr.

" On July 2 ... members of the Salmo RCMP arrested three adult males for conspiricy to commit an offence," Orr said in a release issued Monday morning. "The three males were arrested at a location just outside of the Salmo Village without incident."

Orr said $15,000 dollars in Canadian currency was seized from the vehicle the males were driving, along with a small quantity of magic mushrooms.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jul 05 2020

Rain, rain and more rain.

The Southeast Fire Centre Weather Service in Castlegar said there were only five days without some form of moisture in June as low pressure system after low pressure system pounded the region.

“A succession of roughly ten low pressure systems and associated waves of Pacific moisture passed over the area within the prevailing westerly flow,” said the monthly synopsis from the Southeast Fire Centre Weather Service.

“Rain fell at some point during all but five days but the month's total rainfall was 23% below average.”

By Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Jul 04 2020

Nelson Police officers were able to remove a considerable amount of fentanyl from the streets following a series of arrests this past week in the Heritage City.

In a media release Nelson Police said officers made a total of three arrests following two separate incidents Monday and Thursday.

Search warrant leads to seizure significant amount of street fentanyl

By Timothy Schafer on Wednesday Jul 01 2020

Nelson cannabis producers are looking to weed out the competition and nip potential copycat products in the bud by transitioning to legally processing the time-tested Kootenay plant.

For years the Kootenay brand of cannabis has made a name for itself through the high calibre, skillful and prolific work of an underground economy, said the Cannabis Business Transition Initiative (CBTI) program manager, Paul Kelly.

The underground cannabis market in the Kootenay region was well established before the nation legalized non-medical cannabis (October, 2018).

By Contributor on Tuesday Jun 30 2020

Each year, the BC SPCA receives nearly 1,000 calls to rescue animals who have been left inside vehicles on hot days. “We know that people love their pets and would never knowingly put them in danger, but many pet guardians are just unaware of how quickly their pets can suffer when left in a vehicle in warm weather,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA. “Even parked in the shade, with windows cracked open, the temperatures inside a vehicle can become deadly.”

By RDKB on Monday Jun 29 2020

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has lowered flags to half-mast at its Trail and Grand Forks offices to honour Ed Conroy who died Friday, June 26.

He served as the MLA for Rossland-Trail from 1991 to 2001.