Dustin Godfrey

Local panhandler Paul Braun is facing eight counts of violating municipal bylaws in provincial court, with a trial set for September.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Tables turn as city hall rebuffs Penticton panhandler’s settlement attempt

City lawyer told the court they didn’t believe Paul Braun ‘is serious about complying with the law’

Local panhandler Paul Braun is facing eight counts of violating municipal bylaws in provincial court, with a trial set for September.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Bylaw officer Richard Thom finds a saw on the ledge of the fountain at Nanaimo Square, at the cross streets of Nanaimo Avenue and Main Street, as he patrols the downtown and waterfront areas. The patrols are part of the city’s recently unveiled downtown core plan to try to deter unwanted behaviours.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton bylaw hits the streets to maintain presence in downtown area

Regular bylaw tours intended to keep active role in maintaining clean, safe downtown

Bylaw officer Richard Thom finds a saw on the ledge of the fountain at Nanaimo Square, at the cross streets of Nanaimo Avenue and Main Street, as he patrols the downtown and waterfront areas. The patrols are part of the city’s recently unveiled downtown core plan to try to deter unwanted behaviours.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A year after fire, Penticton senior and his dog thankful to be together

A year after fire, Penticton senior and his dog thankful to be together

Terry Theroux was separated from Scruffy for months after evictions, fire displaced Highland residents

A year after fire, Penticton senior and his dog thankful to be together
Bylaw officers Richard Thom (left) and Glenn Duffield, led by bylaw supervisor Tina Siebert, walk toward city hall Wednesday afternoon, past the new location of the city’s kindness meter.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Kindness meter moves from breezeway to Penticton City Hall

The move follows some contention about the meter’s location in a legal battle with a panhandler

Bylaw officers Richard Thom (left) and Glenn Duffield, led by bylaw supervisor Tina Siebert, walk toward city hall Wednesday afternoon, past the new location of the city’s kindness meter.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A category 2 and 3 fire ban is in effect for the Kamloops Fire Centre region. Campfires and logging activity are not included in this ban. Check local restrictions before lighting an outdoor fire.                                Photo: Encyclopedia Britannica

Fireworks and fires over a half-metre banned Friday in Kamloops centre

B.C. Wildfire Service banning to category 2 and 3 fires in Kamloops Fire Centre at noon Friday

A category 2 and 3 fire ban is in effect for the Kamloops Fire Centre region. Campfires and logging activity are not included in this ban. Check local restrictions before lighting an outdoor fire.                                Photo: Encyclopedia Britannica
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

B.C. inmate gets 2 years in prison for assault on guard

Union rep said inmate sucker punched correctional officer, continued assault after officer fell

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Man gets 2 years in prison for assault on Okanagan Correctional officer

Union rep said inmate sucker punched correctional officer, continued assault after officer fell

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A grey truck is pulled over on the northbound side of Highway 97, south of Penticton, where the driver stopped to help after a cyclist travelling at a high rate of speed crashed. An ambulance was seen rushing toward Penticton with sirens Wednesday afternoon.                                Kristi Patton/Western News

Crews respond to cyclist crash south of Penticton

An ambulance was seen rushing toward Penticton with sirens on Wednesday afternoon

A grey truck is pulled over on the northbound side of Highway 97, south of Penticton, where the driver stopped to help after a cyclist travelling at a high rate of speed crashed. An ambulance was seen rushing toward Penticton with sirens Wednesday afternoon.                                Kristi Patton/Western News
Devon Blackmore, 17, died on April 2, 2017, with police believing at the time that his death was the result of an overdose. His girlfriend, Kiera Bourque, was arrested in May on charges of manslaughter.                                Photo courtesy GoFundMe

Defence lawyer Paul Varga retained in Penticton overdose homicide case

Varga appeared in court for Bourque, charged with manslaughter, to request disclosure from Crown

Devon Blackmore, 17, died on April 2, 2017, with police believing at the time that his death was the result of an overdose. His girlfriend, Kiera Bourque, was arrested in May on charges of manslaughter.                                Photo courtesy GoFundMe
Georgine and Ray Melatini sit at their former home in the Delta Manufactured Home Park shortly after receiving eviction notices effective for Oct. 1. The elderly couple, now living in a new home, say they are facing new roadblocks as they try to sell the mobile home and avoid paying two rents.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News                                Georgine and Ray Melatini sit at their former home in the Delta Manufactured Home Park shortly after receiving eviction notices effective for Oct. 1. The elderly couple, now living in a new home, say they are facing new roadblocks as they try to sell the mobile home and avoid paying two rents.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

‘Salt in the wound’: Roadblocks for Penticton-area residents selling home

Residents say property managers holding up sale of Penticton-area mobile home shortly after eviction

Georgine and Ray Melatini sit at their former home in the Delta Manufactured Home Park shortly after receiving eviction notices effective for Oct. 1. The elderly couple, now living in a new home, say they are facing new roadblocks as they try to sell the mobile home and avoid paying two rents.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News                                Georgine and Ray Melatini sit at their former home in the Delta Manufactured Home Park shortly after receiving eviction notices effective for Oct. 1. The elderly couple, now living in a new home, say they are facing new roadblocks as they try to sell the mobile home and avoid paying two rents.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Penticton Indian Band ‘knocking on doors’ of feds for addictions relief

Penticton Indian Band ‘knocking on doors’ of feds for addictions relief

Penticton Indian Band will also focus on community efforts to alleviate overdose crisis locally

Penticton Indian Band ‘knocking on doors’ of feds for addictions relief
A recovery centre at Esk’etemc First Nation serves Indigenous people in the Thompson-Cariboo Region. The Esk’etemc First Nation is reknowned for its 45-plus year efforts to become and remain a dry community.                                Monica Lamb-Yorski/Black Press

As Penticton Indian Band goes dry, lessons from a northern neighbour

The Esk’etemc First Nation, a Secwepemc people near Williams Lake, has been dry since 1972

A recovery centre at Esk’etemc First Nation serves Indigenous people in the Thompson-Cariboo Region. The Esk’etemc First Nation is reknowned for its 45-plus year efforts to become and remain a dry community.                                Monica Lamb-Yorski/Black Press
A fire burns about four kilometres east of Oliver. Local and provincial forestry firefighters have reportedly knocked the blaze down and have it mostly under control, only working to douse hot spots by just after 6 p.m.                                Roberta Barens/Facebook photo

UPDATED: Oliver wildfire extinguished, B.C. Wildfire mopping up

6-ha. brush fire contained before it could spread farther

A fire burns about four kilometres east of Oliver. Local and provincial forestry firefighters have reportedly knocked the blaze down and have it mostly under control, only working to douse hot spots by just after 6 p.m.                                Roberta Barens/Facebook photo
The project is set to repave and improve 31 kilometres of Highway 93 North in the Jasper National Park.                                Image: Buyandsell.gc.ca

Peter’s Bros. scores $9M federal contract to repave highway in Jasper

The Penticton-based company is expected to complete the highway repaving project by late-October

The project is set to repave and improve 31 kilometres of Highway 93 North in the Jasper National Park.                                Image: Buyandsell.gc.ca
Penticton Law Courts B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo

Princeton man acquitted of rape, guilty of forcible confinement, assault

Judge finds alcohol made victim and accused unreliable witnesses on matter of consent

Penticton Law Courts B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo
A marked police vehicle parked just outside 377 Winnipeg Street had been joined by at least one other police vehicle, a black, unmarked car. Not pictured, two residents of 377 Winnipeg were standing outside their property, filming a Penticton Western News reporter on a cell phone.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Police activity outside 377 Winnipeg St. in Penticton

House was raided by police in April, but it’s not clear if any charges resulted from that action

A marked police vehicle parked just outside 377 Winnipeg Street had been joined by at least one other police vehicle, a black, unmarked car. Not pictured, two residents of 377 Winnipeg were standing outside their property, filming a Penticton Western News reporter on a cell phone.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
An artist’s rendering of Chase Valley Group’s proposal for 123 Front Street.                                Image: Re/Max

Major Front Street project shelved, listed for sale

The four-storey project would have added a modern touch to the typically historic feel of the street

An artist’s rendering of Chase Valley Group’s proposal for 123 Front Street.                                Image: Re/Max
RCMP on scene of the Herbal Green Apothecary in Okanagan Falls on Wednesday.                                Tara Bowie/Western News

Court documents reveal South Okanagan cannabis dispensary probe

Police reportedly stopped 2 people at 2 different shops over 2 days in March prior to investigation

RCMP on scene of the Herbal Green Apothecary in Okanagan Falls on Wednesday.                                Tara Bowie/Western News
Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Trial takes off for alleged drunk driving crash near Penticton

Joseph S.D. Giroux is accused of drunk driving, crashing into a senior couple in August 2015

Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
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Man suffers serious injuries after pinned by log in Penticton

The man was airlifted to hospital late Tuesday afternoon with non-life-threatening injuries

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