Dustin Godfrey

From the front steps of the Penticton United Church, Rev. Laura Turnbull (left) and Patti Skinner, chair of the church council, look out over Eckhardt Avenue. Just a few metres away, and in other corners of the building’s exterior, the church has had challenges with drug use, leading them to put up “no trespassing” signs on the property on Friday. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Two tactics on one issue: Church erecting signs, ‘Regulators’ pour water

Friendship Centre operator Matthew Baran lauds the church, takes aim at ‘Penticton Regulators’

From the front steps of the Penticton United Church, Rev. Laura Turnbull (left) and Patti Skinner, chair of the church council, look out over Eckhardt Avenue. Just a few metres away, and in other corners of the building’s exterior, the church has had challenges with drug use, leading them to put up “no trespassing” signs on the property on Friday. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Penticton man gets 3 years in jail for sawed-off shotgun in vehicle

Penticton man gets 3 years in jail for sawed-off shotgun in vehicle

James Russell Fraser narrowly skipped federal prison time with 2 years less a day after time served

Penticton man gets 3 years in jail for sawed-off shotgun in vehicle
Penticton man gets 9 months for dangerous driving near Pen High

Penticton man gets 9 months for dangerous driving near Pen High

Man accelerated backwards out of convenience store parking lot onto Eckhardt to flee police

Penticton man gets 9 months for dangerous driving near Pen High
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Car jumps curb in Osoyoos

No injuries resulted from the minor crash

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Okanagan Nation talks healing from residential schools

Okanagan Nation talks healing from residential schools

Former Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair Murray Sinclair keynote speaker at Penticton event

Okanagan Nation talks healing from residential schools
No prohibition on pot shops going legit in Penticton legalization process

No prohibition on pot shops going legit in Penticton legalization process

City staff present proposed framework for municipal regulations of cannabis stores come legalization

No prohibition on pot shops going legit in Penticton legalization process
Just a few of the local community members and volunteer firefighters who came out by the dozens one Monday night in March — even as darkness set on the community — to mitigate the potential for further damage caused by flooding in the Willowbrook community after a dam nearly breached upstream.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Unauthorized dam near Willowbrook investigated after near-breach

Incident exacerbated flooding woes for an already flood-embattled Willowbrook community

Just a few of the local community members and volunteer firefighters who came out by the dozens one Monday night in March — even as darkness set on the community — to mitigate the potential for further damage caused by flooding in the Willowbrook community after a dam nearly breached upstream.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A man was finally sentenced after month-long intermittent sentencing hearings for molesting his stepdaughter in Okanagan Falls from age 11 to 16.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Okanagan Falls man gets 8 years for several years raping step-daughter

He’s still up for sentencing on breach of a bail condition, putting an end to a lengthy court process

A man was finally sentenced after month-long intermittent sentencing hearings for molesting his stepdaughter in Okanagan Falls from age 11 to 16.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A mockup of the living units at the Okanagan Correctional Centre.                                Image courtesy Plenary Justice                                A mockup of the living units at the Okanagan Correctional Centre. Image courtesy Plenary Justice

Okanagan jail inmate claims sprinklers destroyed photos of dead friends

Inmate is seeking $25,000 in his lawsuit, the second he’s filed against Okanagan Correctional

A mockup of the living units at the Okanagan Correctional Centre.                                Image courtesy Plenary Justice                                A mockup of the living units at the Okanagan Correctional Centre. Image courtesy Plenary Justice
Penticton Coun. Helena Konanz announces her bid for the Conservative Party nomination for the South Okanagan—West Kootenay riding, with the backing of regional district director and former MP Tom Siddon (left) and Central Okanagan—Nicola—Similkameen MP Dan Albas.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton Coun. Konanz makes federal bid for Conservative Party

She announced on Facebook in April that she would not be seeking re-election for council

Penticton Coun. Helena Konanz announces her bid for the Conservative Party nomination for the South Okanagan—West Kootenay riding, with the backing of regional district director and former MP Tom Siddon (left) and Central Okanagan—Nicola—Similkameen MP Dan Albas.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

No rights breached in Penticton trafficking, firearm trial, judge rules

Defence argued cops violated charter protections against arbitrary detention, unreasonable search

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Penticton firefighters head back to their fire trucks after picking up some needles in an alleyway off Main Street last week. One firefighter said it was the “new daily” for the Penticton Fire Department.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Sharps disposal containers set to go up around Penticton

Meanwhile, firefighters, bylaw and parks staff report near-daily run-ins with used needles in streets

Penticton firefighters head back to their fire trucks after picking up some needles in an alleyway off Main Street last week. One firefighter said it was the “new daily” for the Penticton Fire Department.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Penticton Law Courts B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo

Penticton drug trafficking, weapons trial may hinge on search of one bag

Defence argues search of bag that led to drugs, weapon find breached the man’s charter rights

Penticton Law Courts B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo
Andrew Bradley Miller is in custody, awaiting a bail hearing set for July 5, on one count of attempted murder using a firearm and another of possession of a firearm while prohibited following a May 28 shooting in Oliver that left one man with a gunshot wound in the face.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo

Attempted murder charge approved in Oliver shooting late last month

Andrew Bradley Miller, 30, is charged with attempted murder with a firearm for the May 28 shooting

Andrew Bradley Miller is in custody, awaiting a bail hearing set for July 5, on one count of attempted murder using a firearm and another of possession of a firearm while prohibited following a May 28 shooting in Oliver that left one man with a gunshot wound in the face.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo
Construction progresses in summer 2016 on the world’s tallest wood building, University of B.C.’s 18-storey Brock Commons student residence, whose prefabricated wood components came from Structurlam in Penticton.                                UBC Media Relations/Contributed photo

Penticton CEO not knocking on wood as steel tariffs continue

Structurlam chief executive Hardy Wentzel hesitant to predict tariffs’ effect on wood construction

Construction progresses in summer 2016 on the world’s tallest wood building, University of B.C.’s 18-storey Brock Commons student residence, whose prefabricated wood components came from Structurlam in Penticton.                                UBC Media Relations/Contributed photo
Princess Margaret Secondary School Principal Roger Wiebe sent a letter to parents to notify them of “unconfirmed information” that non-students may attend the annual sunset party, potentially making “an unsafe environment involving weapons.”                                Photo courtesy Google Street View

UPDATED: Penticton RCMP warns of threat to high school students’ sunset party

‘I am shocked that some parents even drive their children to this party,’ RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager says

Princess Margaret Secondary School Principal Roger Wiebe sent a letter to parents to notify them of “unconfirmed information” that non-students may attend the annual sunset party, potentially making “an unsafe environment involving weapons.”                                Photo courtesy Google Street View
Photo courtesy Google Street View

Penticton’s Unity House cleared of wrongdoing in firing employee

Employee found to have ‘failed over an extended period in many ways’ to maintain boundaries with clients

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B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton trial kicks off on sawed off shotgun, trafficking allegations

Warren Taylor Johannesen-Quail’s defence began trial with charter challenge, claiming police breaches

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Penticton Indian Band Chief Chad Eneas (bottom left) enjoys a hot beverage outside the band administration building Tuesday morning alongside councillors (left to right) Kyle Alec, Fred Kruger, Elliott Tonasket and Suzanne Johnson. The band spoke to media minutes prior about the community’s renewed efforts to become a dry reserve.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton Indian Band hopes B.C. housing funds will bring members home

Chief Chad Eneas says 60% of members live off reserve, there’s ‘a real desire for people to come home’

Penticton Indian Band Chief Chad Eneas (bottom left) enjoys a hot beverage outside the band administration building Tuesday morning alongside councillors (left to right) Kyle Alec, Fred Kruger, Elliott Tonasket and Suzanne Johnson. The band spoke to media minutes prior about the community’s renewed efforts to become a dry reserve.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Photo courtesy B.C. Wildfire Service

Kamloops Fire Centre reports 3 new fires in area, all lightning-sparked

Includes a 0.2-ha. fire east of Penticton, 0.01-ha. fire by Merritt and a 1.77-ha. fire near Lytton

Photo courtesy B.C. Wildfire Service