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Little to no issues for Merritt RCMP at Bass Coast Festival.

Other than having to escort out a couple people who attempted to sneak in, Merritt RCMP Sgt Norm Fleming says once again organizers were able to keep a lid on things at the electronic music and arts festival.

"It's extremely well organized, and efficiently run. I must give them props, they do a fantastic job of putting the thing together. So, the number of problems we had on site were pretty much nil."

Despite a record 5,500 people attending this past weekend, Fleming says there was no incidents of note outside the festival grounds either.

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Merritt man well known to police arrested after returning to scene of the crime.
 
Merritt RCMP Sgt Norm Fleming says they received a call from a worker yesterday stating his wallet had been stolen from the room he was renting at a local motel.
 
His wallet contained the key to the room, and the thief ended up attempting to access the room again earlier this morning.
 
"He heard someone at the door, got out of bed, and saw somebody coming into his room. That's when the fight started. They eventually spilled out into the hotel and I guess it was quite the commotion."
 
The 36-year-old local man was detained by fellow guests until police arrived.
 
He now faces a charge of break-and-enter, theft, assault and possession of stolen property.
 
He remains in custody, and is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Kamloops later today.
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Environmental Resources Technology program at NVIT receiving national accreditation.
 
President Ken Tourand says after five-years the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board is once again officially recognizing the two-year program.
 
"We had been offering the Natural Resources program since we started back in 1983. Then about five-years ago we changed it from Natural Resources to Environmental Resources. When we made the change, we lost our accreditation. And, so over the last couple years we hired Tom Wilms as our new department head, and just recently we able to demonstrate that the program met the requirements."
 
Graduates of the Environmental Resources Technology program will now be recognized as having met the requirements for becoming Registered Forest Technologists.
 
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UPDATE 11/07/18: Michelle Howse has been found safe and sound.
 
Kamloops RCMP requesting assistance to locate a missing woman originally from Merritt.
 
Michelle Howse was last seen in Kamloops on June 28th. 
 
Her family in Merritt hasn't heard from her since early July which they says is unusual.
 
She is 39-years old, Caucasian, standing 5'9, 110lbs, with blue eyes and a distinctive octopus tattoo on her right arm.
 
Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.
 
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Employees at Save-On-Foods in Merritt, and all other stores across BC approving a new five-year contract.

UFCW 1518 president Ivan Limpright says employees approved a new deal last night by a vote of 83%.

The new agreement will restrict the number of stores that management can review over the next five years for possible closure.

"The major improvement to stores that were on a quarterly review, that came off quarterly review where people had certain benefit and wage increases suspended. The company took most of those stores off that process."

Limpright says the new contract runs out in 2023.

 

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