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Affordable housing announced for Merritt.

This morning, Premier John Horgan announced that more than 4,900 new affordable mixed-income rental homes will be built in 42 communities across the province.

In the City of Merritt, $4-million has been pledged to the Ask Wellness Society to build 40-units designed for seniors.

"These new, affordable rental homes are an important step toward addressing the housing crisis and giving families in every part of the province a break from skyrocketing housing costs."

The location, or a potential completion date for the proposed senior's housing in Merritt is not yet known.


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Female caught breaking into a Merritt pub.
Merritt RCMP S/Sgt Lorne Wood says the alarm at the Grand Pub and Grill on Nicola Ave was triggered Sunday evening, and when members arrived on scene it was determined that a suspect was still inside the business.  
"It was later determined to be a local female. She was arrested for breaking and entering, and she also refused to identify herself. She was intoxicated at the time."
The suspect was later identified and released on conditions with to make her first appearance in court on Dec 18th.  
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Thieves targeting Merritt tow yard.
Merritt RCMP S/Sgt Lorne Wood says officers received a call from Mario's Towing Monday morning after several vehicles in their compound on Nicola Ave were rummaged through overnight.
In one case thieves smashed a window to gain access to the interior of a vehicle, and he says they also attempted to remove several vehicle batteries.
"So, they shutdown and locked up on the 11th. Then staff came in on the morning of the 12th and realized the front gate had been breached and the vehicles gone through."
So far there are no suspects. 
Wood says police are still compiling a list of items stolen from the vehicles.
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Female well known to police arrested after using fraudulent credit card in Merritt.
Merritt RCMP S/Sgt Lorne Wood says officers were called to a local pub yesterday after staff noted a couple where back, after coming in for drinks and food in October and paying with a fraudulent credit card.
Members attended and arrested the female suspect from the Lower Mainland for fraud.  
"While this was going on we got a call from a local convenience store that this couple had been in and somehow overridden their debit machine and done another $100 fraudulent transactions. So, officers went to that store as well and were able to identify the same female."
Wood says the woman was on multiple release conditions that she was breaching, and the male suspect had a warrant for his arrest.  
She is expected to make her first appearance in court today, while the male suspect has been released on conditions to appear.
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Thieves stealing valuable equipment from the Nicola Valley Search and Rescue Association.
Over the weekend the association's' compound at the airport was targeted twice; first Friday night, then again on Saturday.
Merritt RCMP Cst Tracy Dunsmore says numerous pieces of equipment were stolen including their mapping computer, swift water rescue gear, and first aid kits.
"They contained EMT level gear first-aid gear, with two oxygen tanks. So, that's well over a thousand dollars worth of gear. And, we can't respond to a call without our first-aid gear. So, until we can replace it, we will have to make other arrangements."
Dunsmore says its believed the thieves were from the area.
Anyone with additional information about the break-ins is asked to contact Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
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