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Still no suspects following early morning shooting in Merritt.
 
S/Sgt Lorne Wood says the investigation continues after a 30-year-old male was shot outside the Sumac Gardens apartment complex after an altercation with a group of individuals early Friday morning.
 
All police have been told by the victim so far is his attackers were in a black car, with four doors, and that the shot came from the back seat.  
 
"We continue to investigate. There will be more interviews, and hopefully more tips. We will also be doing more checks around the neighbourhood, to see if anybody else saw anything and may come forward."
 
Wood says the victim is expected to make a full recovery.
 
Despite not being able to provide much information Wood says police do not believe the shooting was a targeted attack, nor do they believe it was random.
 
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RCMP searching for suspects after break-in and enter at gas station in Merritt.
 
S/Sgt Lorne Wood says the incident occurred at the Shell gas station on De Wolf Way just after 1am Friday morning.
 
"The alarm went of, and when members attended they found the store had been entered. A cash box was removed, and there was also an attempt to take the ATM machine."
 
Wood says video surveillance was able to identify the vehicle used by thieves, but a license plate was not observed.
 
"It showed an older model white ford pickup with a flat deck and dually tires was observed there at basically the same time, as were some hooded figures."
 
Wood says they are looking for as many as three suspects.
 
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
 
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More Evacuation Orders issued by the Upper Nicola Band.

Emergency Management director Collette Sunday says members in six homes have been displaced since Friday, as ground water continues to rise on the Quilchena Reserve.

"The levels in the lake and river are starting to go down, but unfortunately we continue to see the ground water continue to rise. That is causing issues for a number of people living on IR#1. And, at this point all we can do it wait until the water starts to recede, which will likely take weeks not days."

Sunday says 31 members have been evacuated from their homes since flooding from the Nicola River began earlier this month.

It is however down from over 150 members during last year's freshet.

 

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City of Merritt chipping in to cover Tourism Ambassador program.
 
Faced with receiving funding for only a single ambassador this summer, Tourism Manager Will George confirms the city will cover the additional $5,000 for a second.
 
"We feel the program is most valuable when there are two summer students. So, it will be offering two employee opportunities for youth in the community, and still will be operating in partnership with Community Futures Nicola Valley, but I can say now there will be two."
 
The Tourism Ambassador program has run in Merritt the past two summers with three employees, at no cost to tax payers.
 
George says the two ambassadors will be operating the city's new mobile tourism trailer on DeWolf Way starting in July.
 
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There's fish again in Logan Lake.
 
After all the fish in the lake were killed over the winter, CAO Randy Lambright confirms the district has stocked it with 3,000 "catchable" fish.
 
"Working with the Ministry we were able to get 3,000 catch-able size fish. Catch-able is anywhere between 8 to 10 inches and they figure those, based on the amount of feed in the lake those will be about 2 or 2.5 pounds by September."
 
The fishkill over the winter was caused by the oxygenator in the lake going down, and the combination of the amount of snow and thickness of the ice it fell on.
 
Lambright also says 100 fish have been tagged, and should you catch one, you are eligable for a $100 prize.
 
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