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City of Merritt approving $10,000 request from Merritt and District Tennis Club to help fund court resurfacing.

Mayor and Council voting unanimously to supply the funds to help fund the estimated $30,000 cost to resurface the courts off Juniper Way.

Councillor Ginny Prowal says the fact the club has raised most of the funding already, makes it an easy decision.

"When an organization comes before council, and has already raised the majority of funds needed for their project, it really looks good as far as I am concerned."

The $10,000 will be taken out of Gas Tax Fund reserves.

Once installed, the new surface is expected to last for 18-years.

 

A psychiatrist with the ability to grant community day passes for murderer Allan Schoenborn says he is making slow progress, but still struggles with anger management.

Dr Marcel Hediger told a BC review board hearing this morning that it's unlikely he would recommend Schoenborn be granted supervised outings in the next year, saying he would need to see the man found not criminally responsible for killing his three children in their Merritt home back in 2008 better deal with anger management, and get help to cope with his emotions.

The review board granted the director of the psychiatric hospital in Coquitlam, where Schoenborn resides, the discretion to allow escorted outings into the community two years ago, but he hasn't been allowed out.

Crown attorney Wendy Dawson argued today that the authority be revoked because Schoenborn poses too much of a risk.

She contends his earlier progress was a ploy to earn privileges from the review board.

Last night's storm doesn't appear to be adding to the current flooding issues in the Nicola Valley.

Despite torrential rain, and even snow at higher elevations, Thompson-Nicola Regional District Emergency Operations Centre spokesperson Debbie Sell says so far, they have not heard from any residents reporting any further issues.

"The levels are stabilizing, which is great news. We were all concerned by the weather last night, but at this point we have not heard from residents that things have changed. But we should have a better understanding the effect later in the day."

Sell says all evacuation alerts remain in place in Nicola Valley, as well as the Local State of Emergency declared for both Area M and N.

Water levels at Nicola Lake dropping, as flooding concerns are starting to diminish.

Flood safety engineer at the Nicola Lake dam Jeptha Ball says the lake peaked on May 18th, and the levels have been dropping ever since.

"It was dropping about two-centimetres a day, but we reduced the outflow a bit yesterday to give the City of Merritt some breathing room. That slowed down the drop, which was still about a centimetre yesterday."

Ball says the outflow from the Nicola Lake dam is currently at 46 cubic metres per second, and the inflow to Nicola Lake is at 45 cubic metres.

He adds that overnight snow on the Okanagan Connector shouldn’t lead to further flooding issues.

 

Male suspected of committing multiple break-ins in Merritt.

Merritt RCMP are looking to speak to a male that was observed on camera with break-in tools, that is believed to have broken into a home on Bann St yesterday, and both a storage container on Douglas Ave and the laundry mat on Quilchena Ave earlier this morning.

Several electronics, jewelry, a hover board and personal ID was stolen from the home on Bann St, but at this point its not known what was taken from the storage container or laundry mat.

Inquiries by officers showing the photo of the suspect identified him as having been in the in the Diamond Vale area the week prior, with another male attempting to sell security systems.

The suspect is believed to be Caucasian, in his late twenties or early thirties, has a muscular build and two distinct tattoos on his right arm, with the lower one appearing to be dragon or a serpent.

A picture of him is up on the Q101 Facebook page.

Anyone who recognizes the male or has information on any of these break ins they are asked to contact the Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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