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It looks like a cold winter is on it's way to the Nicola Valley. Jim Steel of Environment Canada says there's an El Nino pattern that will have an influence on our weather over the next four months. Steel adds that it won't be quite as balmy as last winter.
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Two of three suspects in a home invasion in Merritt this morning are being treated in hospital for injuries sustained when they rammed a police vehicle while trying to escape a police pursuit on the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt. The pursuit began when the three fled the scene of a home invasion on Houston Street at about 9 o'clock this morning. The men assaulted a woman in the home, and, after a brief struggle fled when the family dog intervened. One RCMP officer involved in the collision sustained minor injuries. In all, two police vehicles and the suspects' van were damaged in the collision. The incident is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time.
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Three men are in RCMP custody after a home invasion this morning in Merritt. The men were arrested on the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt after fleeing the scene shortly aft 9 o'clock this morning. Details have not yet been released by police, but reports indicate the three armed men entered a residence on Douglas Street. Nobody was injured in the incident and police are investigating.
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The collective eyes of the country music industry are focused on the Nicola Valley again, as the Mountainfest returns next year after a year off. Ron Sanders, President of the Walk of Stars Society, was part of a local contingent at the BC Country Music Association Awards on the weekend and he says Mountainfest's return combined with the first Great Canadian Bike Rally, both next July, will keep Merritt on the map in the eyes of the country music industry. Also, Sanders isn't mentioning names but says he spoke with a number of interested entertainers being considered for the Society's major fundraising gala next Spring.
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There's been a lot of concern lately over the amount of illegal dumping in the City of Merritt. Bylaw Enforcement Officer Marguerite Kempin says it's not the only garbage related concern as she also gets a number of residents illegally use businesses blue dumpsters to throw away household waste. Dumping illegally, according to Kempin, carries with it a fine of 100-dollars for a first offense.
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