Dustin Godfrey

RCMP officers and paramedics assist an overdose victim in Penticton. A local advocate hopes to see prescription heroin made available in Penticton, saying the program would reduce overdoses, stigma and property crime.                                Western News file photo

Penticton advocate hopes to see prescription heroin in town

Pathways executive director says the program would reduce property crime, stigma

RCMP officers and paramedics assist an overdose victim in Penticton. A local advocate hopes to see prescription heroin made available in Penticton, saying the program would reduce overdoses, stigma and property crime.                                Western News file photo
Naramata homeowner Lynn Maw points to the retainer wall, which she had to jump over to dodge a mudslide in her back yard. The mud at the back of the property, she said, is two or three feet higher than it had been before the slide.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Okanagan woman narrowly dodges landslide in her backyard

The slide downed one tree and uprooted several bushes, leaving piles of mud in the street out front

Naramata homeowner Lynn Maw points to the retainer wall, which she had to jump over to dodge a mudslide in her back yard. The mud at the back of the property, she said, is two or three feet higher than it had been before the slide.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
16 homes on evacuation alert in rural Oliver flooding

16 homes on evacuation alert in rural Oliver flooding

The 16 properties are all along Sportsmens Bowl Road just north of Oliver

16 homes on evacuation alert in rural Oliver flooding
In Penticton’s courthouse, Judge Jeremy Guild heard disparate sentencing ranges from defence and Crown — between 21 and 36 months — for a minor theft spree between Osoyoos and West Kelowna and a reckless, impaired driving incident involving theft of motor vehicles in Vernon.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Man facing 15 to 36 months for crimes throughout Okanagan

It ended in July 2017 with Justen Sheena crashing two stolen vehicles while impaired in Vernon

In Penticton’s courthouse, Judge Jeremy Guild heard disparate sentencing ranges from defence and Crown — between 21 and 36 months — for a minor theft spree between Osoyoos and West Kelowna and a reckless, impaired driving incident involving theft of motor vehicles in Vernon.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
‘Honeymoon phase is over’ at Okanagan Correctional Centre

‘Honeymoon phase is over’ at Okanagan Correctional Centre

Inexperienced staff a likely contributor to a tower of complaints stacked against OCC

‘Honeymoon phase is over’ at Okanagan Correctional Centre
Andrew Scheer poses for a photo with a supporter. The federal Conservative Party leader was in Penticton Thursday, speaking to the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band.                                Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada

One-on-one with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer

Scheer speaks to the Western News about turning the South Okanagan blue, Kinder Morgan and more

Andrew Scheer poses for a photo with a supporter. The federal Conservative Party leader was in Penticton Thursday, speaking to the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band.                                Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada
Alexander Louis Hegedus, 54, has been identified as the man found dead in his vehicle on a forestry road east of Kelowna on March 22.                                Photo courtesy Kelowna RCMP

Kelowna RCMP identifies man found dead in car

Alexander Louis Hegedus was found dead in his vehicle on a forestry road east of Kelowna on March 22

Alexander Louis Hegedus, 54, has been identified as the man found dead in his vehicle on a forestry road east of Kelowna on March 22.                                Photo courtesy Kelowna RCMP
After spending some time inside Lakeridge Homes in Penticton, Premier John Horgan and Mayor Andrew Jakubeit walk to a podium to make an announcement about adding protections for manufactured homeowners.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Horgan has ‘no expectation’ of speculation tax in Penticton

But the premier left the door open to future expansions beyond the current scope

After spending some time inside Lakeridge Homes in Penticton, Premier John Horgan and Mayor Andrew Jakubeit walk to a podium to make an announcement about adding protections for manufactured homeowners.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Local community members and volunteer firefighters came out by the dozens the night of March 23 — an estimated 50 volunteers in total — to mitigate the potential for further damage caused by flooding in the Willowbrook community.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

South Okanagan community exhausted with floods

Residents have been working tirelessly for more than a week to contain flooding in the community

Local community members and volunteer firefighters came out by the dozens the night of March 23 — an estimated 50 volunteers in total — to mitigate the potential for further damage caused by flooding in the Willowbrook community.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
The Okanagan Correctional Centre as seen from the staff parking lot after a media scrum with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in February.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Okanagan Incorrectional: Dashboard

Interactive graphics and features and the information we couldn’t fit into the series

The Okanagan Correctional Centre as seen from the staff parking lot after a media scrum with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in February.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
B.C. Wildfire en route to Lower Nicola Indian Band

B.C. Wildfire en route to Lower Nicola Indian Band

No details have emerged, but the LNIB Fire Department requested support from B.C. Wildfire Service

B.C. Wildfire en route to Lower Nicola Indian Band
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)

Okanagan Incorrectional: B.C.’s promising, new jail grinds into motion

PART ONE: Violence, drugs and health-care issues at the Okanagan Correctional Centre

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)
Just a few of the local community members and volunteer firefighters who came out by the dozens Monday night — even as darkness set on the community — to mitigate the potential for further damage caused by flooding in the Willowbrook community. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Province removing section of road to help drain Willowbrook

Resident told Western News this week locals advocated in vain for widened culverts for 10 months

Just a few of the local community members and volunteer firefighters who came out by the dozens Monday night — even as darkness set on the community — to mitigate the potential for further damage caused by flooding in the Willowbrook community. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
The defence conceded on the charges of assault and forcible confinement, but the case of a man charged with raping his ex-partner is now in the hands of the judge, awaiting a verdict likely to come down in May.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Princeton man concedes assault, forcible confinement

Allegations that he raped his ex-partner, however, are now awaiting a verdict, likely not until May

The defence conceded on the charges of assault and forcible confinement, but the case of a man charged with raping his ex-partner is now in the hands of the judge, awaiting a verdict likely to come down in May.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
Even as darkness set on the community, residents rallied to mitigate the potential for further damage caused by flooding in the Willowbrook community. Not pictured, community member Jim Stanley operates some small equipment to loosen up some final layers of sand to be loaded into sandbags.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Willowbrook resident says province ignored proactive measures

Jim Stanley says locals called for widened culverts for 10 months to improve water flow to no avail

Even as darkness set on the community, residents rallied to mitigate the potential for further damage caused by flooding in the Willowbrook community. Not pictured, community member Jim Stanley operates some small equipment to loosen up some final layers of sand to be loaded into sandbags.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Update: Rock slide cleared from Hwy 5 northbound near Merritt

Update: Rock slide cleared from Hwy 5 northbound near Merritt

The Coquihalla fully reopened overnight

Update: Rock slide cleared from Hwy 5 northbound near Merritt
Testimony ended Wednesday afternoon in Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers in trial over Princeton man’s charges of sexual assault, assault and forcible confinement against a man accused of raping his ex-partner.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Testimony closes on trial over Princeton rape allegations

Defendant denied raping ex-partner, while Crown points to history of unwanted advances in texts

Testimony ended Wednesday afternoon in Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers in trial over Princeton man’s charges of sexual assault, assault and forcible confinement against a man accused of raping his ex-partner.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
Travis Britton stands in a forested area off Partridge Drive, where a rock path leads to a sign with the word “Fort” on it at the entrance to an area that formerly housed a fort he built with his friend and neighbour, Trent.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Okanagan teens get eviction notice in forest fort

The fort, likely mistaken for a homeless camp, was in its spot for a year before the notice came

Travis Britton stands in a forested area off Partridge Drive, where a rock path leads to a sign with the word “Fort” on it at the entrance to an area that formerly housed a fort he built with his friend and neighbour, Trent.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Trial kicked off Tuesday morning in Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers over charges of sexual assault, assault and forcible confinement against a man accused of raping his ex-partner.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Trial begins for Princeton man accused of raping ex-partner

Court heard the man blocked his ex-partner from leaving his house before sexually assaulting her

Trial kicked off Tuesday morning in Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers over charges of sexual assault, assault and forcible confinement against a man accused of raping his ex-partner.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
‘Violated and humiliated’: inmate claims privacy breach at OCC

‘Violated and humiliated’: inmate claims privacy breach at OCC

Latest lawsuit makes at least four against the Okanagan jail, just over a year after its opening

‘Violated and humiliated’: inmate claims privacy breach at OCC