Dustin Godfrey

Water is expected to force the closure of Highway 3 in several spots when the Similkameen River rises again laster this week. (File photo)

May long affecting Okanagan-Similkameen flood preparations

Hotels fill up as RDOS seeks emergency lodging; residents with medical needs should self-evacuate now

Water is expected to force the closure of Highway 3 in several spots when the Similkameen River rises again laster this week. (File photo)
A still shot from video of a physical confrontation between accused Bremnar Lance and two police officers in Hedley in 2016, shown in court during Lance’s trial this week.                                Photo courtesy Penticton Law Courts

Video shows alleged 2016 assault on police officer in Hedley

The Western News successfully advocated for the release of the video in court

A still shot from video of a physical confrontation between accused Bremnar Lance and two police officers in Hedley in 2016, shown in court during Lance’s trial this week.                                Photo courtesy Penticton Law Courts
B.C. officials watching for impact of ‘extreme’ heat on floods

B.C. officials watching for impact of ‘extreme’ heat on floods

Temperatures are expected to rise close to 30 C in Southern Interior, threatening hasty snowmelt

B.C. officials watching for impact of ‘extreme’ heat on floods
B.C. Tree Fruits Co-Operative got a nearly $220,000 fine from WorkSafeBC for issues at its Oliver packing plant.                                Submitted photo

B.C. Tree Fruits gets $220,000 WorkSafe fine

A WorkSafeBC inspector noted a series of issues at the B.C. Tree Fruits Oliver packing plant in 2016

B.C. Tree Fruits Co-Operative got a nearly $220,000 fine from WorkSafeBC for issues at its Oliver packing plant.                                Submitted photo
Trial got underway in Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers Tuesday morning for a man accused of uttering threats against and assaulting a police officer in Hedley.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo

‘Pure rage’: RCMP officer testifies in Penticton on alleged assault

Bremner E. Lance accused of assaulting a peace officer and uttering threats in 2016 Hedley incident

Trial got underway in Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers Tuesday morning for a man accused of uttering threats against and assaulting a police officer in Hedley.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo
Duncan Cameron said the neighbours all greeted each other in the street, but didn’t always stay for coffee. But on Friday that changed — at least with the neighbours across the street, who were at the Camerons’ house for coffee Friday. On Monday, the Camerons were headed across the street with cups in their hands.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Up to 40 people handed eviction notices in Penticton community

Residents of the Delta MHP were set to fight the evictions, but now feel they are without recourse

Duncan Cameron said the neighbours all greeted each other in the street, but didn’t always stay for coffee. But on Friday that changed — at least with the neighbours across the street, who were at the Camerons’ house for coffee Friday. On Monday, the Camerons were headed across the street with cups in their hands.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Jukka Laurio, who operated a dispensary in Penticton, has been ordered by the B.C. Supreme Court not to operate any dispensary or any stores by the same name in Penticton.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

B.C.’s ‘largest’ dispensary fine levied against Penticton operator

City hall published court order online, which mandated a $15,000 fine payment to city hall

Jukka Laurio, who operated a dispensary in Penticton, has been ordered by the B.C. Supreme Court not to operate any dispensary or any stores by the same name in Penticton.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Okanagan man handed 3 years for distributing child pornography

Okanagan man handed 3 years for distributing child pornography

Jesse Prince was convicted of possessing, accessing and distributing child pornography in December

Okanagan man handed 3 years for distributing child pornography
B.C. Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth gets a tour of the lobby of Okanagan Correctional Centre with a pair of correctional officers on a February afternoon. Farnworth says he is still optimistic about the outlook of the jail as the dust in the new facility settles.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Correcting the Okanagan Correctional

B.C. Corrections, an academic and a union boss on moving forward from Incorrectional

B.C. Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth gets a tour of the lobby of Okanagan Correctional Centre with a pair of correctional officers on a February afternoon. Farnworth says he is still optimistic about the outlook of the jail as the dust in the new facility settles.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A view of the South Okanagan on a sunny day as you leave the Okanagan Correctional Centre. For the final part in the Okanagan Incorrectional series, available in Fridays paper, we speak to a union boss and an academic about how to improve corrections and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth about the work being done on the B.C. governments part.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

COLUMN: When we fail inmates, we fail ourselves

Solutions for inmates go far beyond the walls of the Okanagan Correctional Centre

A view of the South Okanagan on a sunny day as you leave the Okanagan Correctional Centre. For the final part in the Okanagan Incorrectional series, available in Fridays paper, we speak to a union boss and an academic about how to improve corrections and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth about the work being done on the B.C. governments part.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Afshin Maleki Ighani, 46, is facing yet another violent charge after allegedly assaulting a peace officer at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in March. Ighani already has kidnapping with a firearm, assault and firearms charges from last April, as well as charges from a pair of alleged stabbings at the jail last September.                                Western News file photo

Man accused of yet another violent incident at Okanagan jail

Afshin Ighani accused of assaulting a peace officer in March, following alleged stabbings last year

Afshin Maleki Ighani, 46, is facing yet another violent charge after allegedly assaulting a peace officer at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in March. Ighani already has kidnapping with a firearm, assault and firearms charges from last April, as well as charges from a pair of alleged stabbings at the jail last September.                                Western News file photo
A shot of the damage from the Testalinden Creek dam failure in 2010, which sent a torrent of water, mud and debris into a community and farming area south of Oliver. Photo courtesy Province of B.C.

Province has no worries about South Okanagan dam breaches

Despite early issues with area dams, officials not worried about a 2010 Testalinden dam breach repeat

A shot of the damage from the Testalinden Creek dam failure in 2010, which sent a torrent of water, mud and debris into a community and farming area south of Oliver. Photo courtesy Province of B.C.
Jennifer Rice, B.C.’s parliamentary secretary of emergency preparedness, speaks to reporters about the state of flooding issues in the province and the Province of B.C.’s efforts to help communities mitigate that flooding, alongside officials with the B.C. government and regional district. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

No way of forecasting Okanagan floods: engineer

RDOS released an informational video with expert analysis and drone shots of regional floods Wednesday

Jennifer Rice, B.C.’s parliamentary secretary of emergency preparedness, speaks to reporters about the state of flooding issues in the province and the Province of B.C.’s efforts to help communities mitigate that flooding, alongside officials with the B.C. government and regional district. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
The Okanagan Correctional Centre (top), as seen from atop McIntyre Bluffs one February evening, was named in at least seven lawsuits by inmates since September last year.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Suing Okanagan Correctional? File it against the Queen

Only 3 of 7 lawsuits against OCC get response, due to defendant naming issues

The Okanagan Correctional Centre (top), as seen from atop McIntyre Bluffs one February evening, was named in at least seven lawsuits by inmates since September last year.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Loren Reagan, accused of major fraud charges in a failed hockey trip to Europe, is guided back into a sheriff’s vehicle to be transported to Okanagan Correctional Centre. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Okanagan hockey fraud trial to spend 1 of 3 weeks in Kelowna

One week of Loren Reagan’s trial, starting on Nov. 5, will be in Kelowna, with two weeks in Penticton

Loren Reagan, accused of major fraud charges in a failed hockey trip to Europe, is guided back into a sheriff’s vehicle to be transported to Okanagan Correctional Centre. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Detention cells in the Penticton RCMP detachment. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Crown seeking 4 years in Penticton child porn case

Jesse Prince to be sentenced May 7 after guilty verdict for child pornography charges in December

Detention cells in the Penticton RCMP detachment. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
The Okanagan Correctional Centre (top), as seen from atop McIntyre Bluffs one February evening, is one of a growing number of projects in the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Senkulmen industrial park.                                 Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Remedying health care at Okanagan’s jail

PART 6.5: PHSA has gone on a hiring bender to bolster health coverage, but OCC not out of the rough yet

The Okanagan Correctional Centre (top), as seen from atop McIntyre Bluffs one February evening, is one of a growing number of projects in the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Senkulmen industrial park.                                 Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Okanagan Correctional Centre inmates help with the sandbagging efforts in the parking lot of the jail. B.C. Public Safety Ministry said the inmates — all determined to be low-risk — are filling about 250 per day.                                Submitted photo

Inmates, machines adding muscle to Oliver flood fight

Inmates are packing 250 sandbags a day, but RDOS says newly acquired machine will push 6,000 an hour

Okanagan Correctional Centre inmates help with the sandbagging efforts in the parking lot of the jail. B.C. Public Safety Ministry said the inmates — all determined to be low-risk — are filling about 250 per day.                                Submitted photo
A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty ahead of her trial Thursday morning. Submitted photo

B.C. pharmacist pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge

Joelle Mbamy was handed $1k fine, on top of $5k fine already imposed, and 10-year animal prohibition

A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty ahead of her trial Thursday morning. Submitted photo
The Okanagan Correctional Centre as seen from the a packed staff parking lot after a media scrum with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in February. The jail reportedly struggled last year to maintain a consistent team of medical staff, which a legal advocate believes is what has led to lacking health care in the facility.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Ailing health care biggest hurdle for Okanagan jail

PART SIX: Inmates reportedly wait weeks for broken bones to be seen, challenges with maintaining medical staff

The Okanagan Correctional Centre as seen from the a packed staff parking lot after a media scrum with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in February. The jail reportedly struggled last year to maintain a consistent team of medical staff, which a legal advocate believes is what has led to lacking health care in the facility.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News