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Male arrested after holding female against her will in Merritt.

While he can't get into a lot of the details now, Cst Ryan Dell of the Merritt RCMP GIS section says a 32-year-old male was arrested without incident May 30th after a neighbour alerted police about him holding the woman he was living with hostage.

"These types of investigations are rare. And, the circumstances that brought it to our attention was unusual. Because of the investigation, a male was arrested and charged with unlawful confinement, assault, mischief, and four counts of uttering threats. As well, the female was placed in contact with different community organizations for her safety and well-being."

According to Dell, the female did not suffer any physical injuries as a result of being detained overnight.

The male charged, who is not from Merritt, remains in custody.

Fraser-Nicola MLA ready for whatever role she is given.

Sworn in officially for her second-term last week, whether in government or opposition, Jackie Tegart says she will continue to work hard on the projects and issues that are important to the riding.

"I have always been a relationship builder. So, whether we are in government or in opposition my role as MLA is to take issues forward, and work with people to find solutions. So, I commit to continue to do that, no matter what party is governing."

The legislature is being recalled June 22nd, where its expected the Liberals will lose a confidence vote, creating an NDP minority government after they struck an agreement with the Green Party, and its three MLA's.

Whether that happens or not, Tegart says Fraser-Nicola will still have a strong voice in Victoria.

Another successful Cow Trail Classic.

124 riders took part in Saturday's races at the Coutlee Plateau, which organizer Heather Pratt-Johnson says when talking specifically adults was a big jump.

"Last year we had 30 kids taking part, and around 90 adults. This year we had under 10 kids competing, so the number of adults went up quite a bit."

At this point, Pratt-Johnson says the idea is to return for a third straight summer.

"We want to. The riders seem to really enjoy themselves. But, we'll have to meet as a group again to finalize a decision."

As for the race winners; Michael Robinson took the 39km race with a time of 2:11:43, Hamish Graham dominated the 16km race in a time of 59:15, and Justin Siever won the 10.5km race with a time of 49:49.

Merritt RCMP receiving plenty of interest after calling out for spare jail guards.

After announcing in March there was a need, S/Sgt Sheila White says they received a number of applications, many of which are currently going through the process of being approved.

"We did get applications. We are now currently doing some security checks on selected applicants, which is part of the process. So, the call out was successful.

At least one of the recent applications is being expedited according to White, as the Merritt RCMP detachment continues to operate with only two spare guards, after having as many as eight in years past.

UPDATE 12:25pm: Sprinking Ban has ended.

Residents within the Lower Nicola Water Works system again being asked to stop sprinkling.

The stop sprinkling notice is the second in recent weeks.

Yesterday's notice was issued after a fire damaged one of the system's pumps.

It's unclear now how long it will take before sprinkling can resume.

The 300-plus customers who access the Lower Nicola Water Works system have been under a boil water notice since May 11th, after a bacteriological positive water sample caused by flooding.

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