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City of Merritt needing to speak with anyone that made payments at City Hall between May 25th and 31st.

Financial Services manager Wayne Anderson says an issue with the city's server on June 1st, lead to payment records from the week prior being deleted.

"The backup wasn't as complete as we thought it was. We're now matching up receipts to figure out what came in. Cash and debit are the things that we have to sort out."

If you did make a payment during that week your asked to contact City Hall, to ensure that your account has been credited correctly.

Merritt RCMP warning residents about another CRA scam making the rounds.

Cst Tracy Dunsmore says they received complaints from no less than 12 people yesterday, where fraudsters were demanding money through the threat of criminal charges, and jail time.

"It's not just in Merritt, and I's sure the calls are being placed from nowhere near Merritt. They are just choosing numbers at random. So, if you receive a call and suspect it is from fraudsters, simply hang up."

Under no circumstances will the Canada Revenue Agency contact you for money owed over the telephone.

As stated, if you receive a call Dunsmore advises that you hang up immediately, and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Merritt RCMP charging two people with theft, after two separate incidents where stolen goods were recovered.

On Saturday evening, Cst Tracy Dunsmore says a 30-year-old male from Kelowna was arrested after being caught with items stolen from a scrap yard on Midday Valley Rd.

"He was on conditions not to possess break and enter instruments, and a load of other conditions. And, he was caught with a number of items taken from the scrapyard."

And last night, a 23-year-old female was arrested after being caught with goods stolen from a car being held at a Merritt tow yard.

"The owner of the vehicle was at the 7-11 and noticed two people carrying bags taken from his vehicle. So, a 23-year-old female was arrested and charged and released on a promise to appear."

Both individuals are now facing numerous charges.

City of Merritt employees making more in 2016.

According to the Statement of Financial Information for 2016, employees earned $3,892,145, including overtime and pay outs, which was up over $233,447 from 2015.

CAO Shawn Boven earned the most at $137,488, and was one of three employees to eclipse the $100,000 plateau.

Meanwhile, 13 employees earned over $75,000 compared to 12 last year.

Those numbers don't include the salary for elected officials.

A total of $110,724 was paid out to Mayor and Council, with Mayor Neil Menard topping the list of salaries at $23,982.

BC government ordering Highland Valley Copper mine to address major safety issues raised by the United Steelworkers Union within 60 days.

Following an inspection by the BC Ministry of Mines, Local 7619 President Kyle Wolf says it was determined that over the last 28-months there have been a total of 77 first-aid reports regarding back pain, 31 from haul truck drivers, and 46 from equipment operators at mine operations.

"We've been making complaints over and over and over again, but the company just hasn't heard us and they weren't taking those issues seriously. The concern from our end is that without a free and full exchange of information when it comes to safety concerns, we won't be able to encourage the company to change the way they are doing things, to ensure our members aren't being hurt."

In a written response, Highland Valley Copper says the company says they have received the report, and will be reviewing it to identify potential measures to address safety concerns.

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