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Male well known to police arrested after an overnight break-in at a business in Merritt.
 
Merritt RCMP Cpl Brock Hedrick confirms the incident at the Nicola Ave business occurred last night.
 
He says a suspicious male was spotted by a security guard coming out of the business and following a search of the area involving the police dog service from Kamloops the suspect was discovered at a local motel.
 
"He was also found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle. And, a search of that vehicle located a bunch of wheels that were associated to the break and enter at the tire shop."
 
A 60-year-old male from the Lower Mainland with an extensive criminal history was arrested.
 
Hedrick says he is facing numerous charges and is expected to make his first court appearance later today.
 
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Residents living along Guichon Creek could be arrested if they attempt to stall efforts to remove temporary diking.
 
At a meeting Tuesday evening, TNRD Area M Director David Laird says those in attendance were told by provincial officials they can expect the temporary diking constructed to help prevent flooding the past two years to be removed starting next week.
 
That message wasn't well-received by the 29 landowners living along Guichon Creek in attendance, with many vowing to do what they can to prevent it from happening.
 
"We've been told they will invoke the Emergency Measures Act if people refuse to let them on their property, and they're not going to let them on their property. They will be standing in front of the machines, by all indications I have gotten. If the bureaucrats don't want to pull back and see what else can be done in this situation, I don't know where it is going to end up."
 
 
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The new Mayor of the City of Merritt will not be wasting any time in getting Council committees up and running.
 
Much to the chagrin of Linda Brown, it took 15-months following the 2014 Municipal Election to form committees.
 
This time around, she wants to see them filled and functioning as soon as possible.
 
"I've already got a schedule made up for the appointment of the committees. There is a couple we need to look at and revise. We will also be looking at all the terms of reference, to make sure they state exactly what we want to do. And, yes we will be doing it right away."
 
In July, a motion from Brown that would have seen committees stay intact through the 2018 Municipal Election was defeated.
 
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Numerous developers are hoping to produce cannabis in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
 
Leading up to the legalization of recreational cannabis, Director of Development Services Regina Sadilkova says the regional district had received about 30 letters of intent from prospective developers.
 
"As required, they have submitted to us a letter of intent. But, we wouldn't necessarily know where they are in the process of development."
 
The TNRD allows cannabis production in both industrial and agricultural zones.
 
Sadilkova says a facility currently under construction between Chase and Westwold is the only grow operation to be issued a business license thus far.
 
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Charge laid against driver that struck and killed a pedestrian in downtown Merritt.

A 92-year-old woman was killed after being hit by a pick-up truck while attempting to cross Voght St back on March 2nd.

As a result of the investigation into the fatal collision, Merritt RCMP Cpl Brock Hedrick now confirms a 67-year-old Merritt resident has been charged with driving without due care or attention.

He says its one of the most serious charges listed under the Motor Vehicle Act.

"Anytime there is a fatality involving a motor vehicle we're required to submit a report to Crown Counsel. We did that, and in this case a charge of driving without due care or attention has been approved."

Hedrick says witnesses on scene reported the elderly female was using the crosswalk when she was struck.

The male charged is scheduled to make his first appearance in court, in Merritt on Dec 4th.

 

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