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Trail date set for males accused of shooting at a group of people outside a Merritt house party.
 
Merritt RCMP Cst Brock Hedrick says both 21-year-old Michael Drynock of Merritt, and 28-year-old Kleon Pop of Williams Lake are scheduled to be in Kamloops provincial court May 28th.
 
Both face many firearms related charges following the incident at a house party on Coldwater Ave back on April 23rd, and will be tried together.
 
"That's not uncommon at all. They are co-accused. It was a very serious incident, and I'm just happy nobody was hurt."
 
Both Drynock and Pop are well known to police.
 
Their trial is scheduled to last two weeks.
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Prolific offender caught breaking into a Merritt home sentenced.
 
Merritt RCMP Cst Brock Hedrick says 44-year-old Christopher Pumphrey plead guilty to breaking into a residence in Merritt back on July 5th in BC Supreme Court last week.
 
He says he was credited with 146 days, for time served since he was originally arrested time.
 
"I'm not sure I would say it's severe, but it is more than we are used to seeing. But, Mr Pumphrey has quite an extensive criminal record, so I'm sure that was taken into account."
 
Following his release, Pumphrey is under no conditions not to be in Merritt.
 
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BC Wildfire Service continuing Fuel Management Project above the "Bench" the next couple weeks.
 
Merritt Fire Rescue Department Chief David Tomkinson says residents need not be alarmed if they spot smoke.
 
"The BC Wildfire Service is working above the Bench, burning previously pruned and piled wood debris in that area."
 
Tomkinson says the burning is taking place a little later than originally planned, due to the extremely dry conditions over the summer.
 
The burning, which is being started today, is expected to take several weeks.
 
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Mother of missing Merritt man offering reward for information.
 
Elizabeth Faber, who's son Dean Morrison was last seen walking away from the Stump Lake Ranch on Oct 23rd, 2013, hopes the $3000 she has scraped together may lead to answers.
 
"Year after year it gets a lot tougher not having any answers about Dean. I believe somebody knows something. And, I just hope that whomever that somebody is comes forward. They can do so anonymously, and even be paid anonymously."
 
A private investigator, working pro bono, did forward a file with what was described as new evidence in the case back in 2016, but Faber says she has had no updates from RCMP in Kelowna, who have taken over the case.
 
Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Dean Morrison, are asked to contact Crime Stoppers.
 
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Levels in the Coldwater and Nicola watersheds lower than ever before.

That's the word from Provincial Drought Response coordinator Valerie Cameron, after the decision has been made again to keep the Drought Level at 4 for both watersheds, despite November fast approaching.

"The situation still hasn't improved. Irrigation season has been over for a couple weeks, nobody is taking water from the streams, and yet they are still tracking as low as they have ever tracked. We just haven't had the precipitation, and it is as dry as it has ever been."

Cameron says the drought is a direct result of what was the driest summer on record in the Merritt-area.

To protect fish populations still in the systems, the province continues to ask for maximum voluntary reduction of withdrawals from both the Coldwater and Nicola watersheds.

 

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