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National Canadian Film Day being celebrated in Merritt.

In honor of the holiday, the Nicola Valley Film Society will be showing the film “Water" free of charge at NVIT, starting at 7pm.

"We'd really like as many people as possible come a help celebrate Canadian film. The event will be kicking off the Canada 150 celebrations in the Nicola Valley."

Member Cathy Starrs says the film was written and directed by Canadian Deepa Mehta, and received an Academy Award Nomination in 2007.

"The film has received many positive reviews, and won awards all over the world."

Another free movie to honor National Canadian Film Day is being shown at the Merritt Civic Centre.

Tourism Merritt is screening "Snowtime" beginning at 6pm.


Merritt Fire Rescue Department extinguishing suspicious camper fires.

Chief David Tomkinson says the fire started around 7pm, at the corner of Houston St and Midday Valley Rd.

"A camper had caught fire, and spread to another adjacent camper. Both were unoccupied and, at this time the fire is being ruled suspicious."

No injuries are being reported because of the fire.

Merritt RCMP have now taken over the investigation into the cause.


Truck, tools stolen from Nicola Ranch.

Merritt RCMP Cst Tracy Dunsmore says sometime over the weekend a 2011 Ford Ranger, and around $6,000 in tools were stolen from the ranch.

"There was a generator, two chainsaws and some other tools taken. The truck does have Nicola Ranch written on the side of it, so it should be easy to recognize if it's found abandoned, or stopped along the highway."

The stolen pick-up truck has a BC License plate, G-6-9-1-0-4.

Dunsmore asks that anyone with additional information on the incident contact Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Merritt RCMP searching for suspects after multiple trailers were vandalized with both racist and sexually suggestive graffiti over the long weekend.

"Saturday afternoon about 2pm we received a call from the Diamond Vale Trailer Park, about three vacant trailers that in there that had been spray-painted over night. All three had graphic wording, and penises spray-painted on to the trailers."

Cst Tracy Dunsmore says at this point there are no suspects.

"We searched for the paint cans but didn’t recover any. Also, none of the neighbours had seen or heard anything."

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


Local man facing charges after driving through a fence, and resisting arrest.

Merritt RCMP Cst Tracy Dunsmore says Sunday just after 4pm, they received a number calls about a male driving a white Dodge pick-up truck erratically in the Diamond Vale area.

"There were probably six or seven calls about the truck smashing into things."

However, Dunsmore says the only actual damage report filed was for a fence, which when the truck crashed through it, it's front bumper was damaged.

The truck to the owner's home on Merritt Ave.

"It wasn't the registered owner driving it. But, she was able to give a description of the male driving it, and he was located down near the river by A & W."

After a brief scuffle with the attending officer, a 25-year-old Merritt man was arrested under the Mental Health Act, and has been charged with both dangerous operation of a motor-vehicle, and resisting arrest.

Dunsmore says his motivation for driving through the fence is unclear.

He has since been released from custody, and will appear in court at a yet to be scheduled date.

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