Dustin Godfrey

Shayne McGenn is shown here being escorted out of the Penticton Law Courts in May 2016 after being remanded to Abbotsford to face second-degree murder charges.                                Western News file photo

Accused murderer found guilty in unrelated Penticton robbery

McGenn sentenced to 5 years, now faces 2nd-degree murder trial over Abbotsford man’s 2016 death

Shayne McGenn is shown here being escorted out of the Penticton Law Courts in May 2016 after being remanded to Abbotsford to face second-degree murder charges.                                Western News file photo
A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty.                                Submitted photo

South Okanagan woman allegedly had 6 years of SPCA complaints

Penticton woman is set to go to trial on animal cruelty charges on Thursday in provincial court

A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty.                                Submitted photo
Penticton Speedway cleaning up landslide

Penticton Speedway cleaning up landslide

Owner Johnny Aantjes expects the slide to be cleaned up in time for the next race on Sunday

Penticton Speedway cleaning up landslide
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

Isolation likely factor in drugs, rule-breaking at Okanagan jail

PART FIVE: OCC has highest rate of infractions in B.C. and the second-highest rate of contraband violations

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
Shayne McGenn is shown here being escorted out of the Penticton Law Courts in May 2016 after being remanded to Abbotsford to face second-degree murder charges.                                Western News file photo

Penticton robbery trial starts days before accused’s murder trial

Narcotics, cash stolen from pharmacy; accused scheduled for murder trial next week in Abbotsford

Shayne McGenn is shown here being escorted out of the Penticton Law Courts in May 2016 after being remanded to Abbotsford to face second-degree murder charges.                                Western News file photo
Michael Elphicke, facing sentencing over major fraud and theft charges, leaves the Penticton Law Courts during trial for lunch hour.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Crown seeking jail time for Okanagan hockey fraudster Elphicke

Defence lawyer hinted at a suggestion of a suspended or conditional sentence with no time in jail

Michael Elphicke, facing sentencing over major fraud and theft charges, leaves the Penticton Law Courts during trial for lunch hour.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Water rushing down Sportsmens Bowl Road near the junction with Highway 97 spills over stacks of sandbags, even as B.C. Wildfire Service crews work to bolster the area’s barriers.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

In today’s Okanagan flood water, a reflection of 67-year-old history

In 1951, floods north of Oliver led to the government blowing out the highway to relieve pressure

Water rushing down Sportsmens Bowl Road near the junction with Highway 97 spills over stacks of sandbags, even as B.C. Wildfire Service crews work to bolster the area’s barriers.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Deterioration in the roads is evident everywhere around Spotsmens Bowl Road, including this mailbox which is progressively becoming an island, despite sandbagging efforts.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Rural Oliver man hopes for Highway 97 culvert relief

Arnie Nazaroff is worried about what could happen if the highway is swept away in the floods

Deterioration in the roads is evident everywhere around Spotsmens Bowl Road, including this mailbox which is progressively becoming an island, despite sandbagging efforts.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
No ‘sophisticated crimes’ in Oliver thefts from vehicles: RCMP

No ‘sophisticated crimes’ in Oliver thefts from vehicles: RCMP

Oliver RCMP believe a man and a woman are the suspects in a rise in thefts from vehicles

No ‘sophisticated crimes’ in Oliver thefts from vehicles: RCMP
The B.C. Wildfire Service has been in the South Okanagan for a couple days, now, on a seven-day contract to help sandbag areas to help mitigate flooding in the area — particularly around Willowbrook and Sportsmens Bowl Road.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

5 unlocked B.C. Wildfire vehicles hit by thefts in Osoyoos

The service has been helping with sandbagging efforts, as rural Oliver battles flooding

The B.C. Wildfire Service has been in the South Okanagan for a couple days, now, on a seven-day contract to help sandbag areas to help mitigate flooding in the area — particularly around Willowbrook and Sportsmens Bowl Road.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Workers at the Okanagan Correctional Centre while it was still under construction in 2015.                                Western News file photo

Okanagan jail used solitary confinement as overflow: advocate

PART FOUR: Province denies allegations, but Prisoners’ Legal Services says it was part of ‘growing pains’ at jail

Workers at the Okanagan Correctional Centre while it was still under construction in 2015.                                Western News file photo
Water rushing down Sportsmens Bowl Road near the junction with Highway 97 spills over stacks of sandbags, even as B.C. Wildfire Service crews work to bolster the area’s barriers.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Then and now: Oliver flooding swells over the course of a week

Even with the B.C. Wildfire Service on hand to sandbag, the increased flow is causing damage

Water rushing down Sportsmens Bowl Road near the junction with Highway 97 spills over stacks of sandbags, even as B.C. Wildfire Service crews work to bolster the area’s barriers.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
RDOS named in Naramata cycling crash lawsuit

RDOS named in Naramata cycling crash lawsuit

A man claims injuries after he hit an unmarked patch of missing pavement and loose gravel

RDOS named in Naramata cycling crash lawsuit
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen director for rural Oliver Terry Schafer and local resident Gloria Luypen speak with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff, who was in the area observing the flooding. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Rural Oliver resident evacuated due to flooding-debris

The evacuation alert remains in place for 148 properties in the rural Oliver area

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen director for rural Oliver Terry Schafer and local resident Gloria Luypen speak with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff, who was in the area observing the flooding. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
An aerial shot from up Secrest Hill Road of the creek that flooded Sportsmens Bowl Road near Highway 97, pouring into the area from Victoria Creek and Kearns Creek up the hill in Willowbrook. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has expanded the evacuation alert on 16 homes in that area to include a total of 148 properties.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Rural Oliver evacuation alert expanded to 148 properties

Culvert and dam risk releasing water, debris across Hwy 97, several kilometres down Park Rill Creek

An aerial shot from up Secrest Hill Road of the creek that flooded Sportsmens Bowl Road near Highway 97, pouring into the area from Victoria Creek and Kearns Creek up the hill in Willowbrook. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has expanded the evacuation alert on 16 homes in that area to include a total of 148 properties.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Penticton Fire Department crews work to fill sandbags by the dozen at Station 202, where deputy fire chief Chris Forster said the efforts have amounted to about 12,000 sandbags being stockpiled.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Over 115,000 sandbags delivered to Okanagan-Similkameen

On top of that, more than 800 tonnes of non-bagged sand has been delivered to RDOS communities

Penticton Fire Department crews work to fill sandbags by the dozen at Station 202, where deputy fire chief Chris Forster said the efforts have amounted to about 12,000 sandbags being stockpiled.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP arrest a suspect in connection with a stolen vehicle incident in Okanagan Landing Tuesday evening.                                Submitted photo

10 more months for Okanagan shoplifting, drunk driving rampage

Sheena’s crimes ran from Jan. 2017 to July 2017, from Osoyoos up to Vernon

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP arrest a suspect in connection with a stolen vehicle incident in Okanagan Landing Tuesday evening.                                Submitted photo
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.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

More violence at B.C.’s newest jail than nearly any other

OCC’s staff-on-inmate claims tops list, jail rates second highest in B.C. for assaults among inmates

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.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
B.C. government takes three months to produce nothing

B.C. government takes three months to produce nothing

A request for records blew past three deadlines, spanning three months, only to withhold all records

B.C. government takes three months to produce nothing
Video: South Okanagan residents battle flooding

Video: South Okanagan residents battle flooding

Rural Oliver residents band together as flooding risk grows

Video: South Okanagan residents battle flooding