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A young girl was reportedly transported to children's hospital in Vancouver after a head on collision three miles up the Voght Valley Road from the Kane Valley Road yesterday afternoon.

A car and a pick up truck collided head on early yesterday afternoon.

Four people are said to have been involved, but the the young girl suffered the most serious injuries and was reported in Children's Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

Merritt R-C-M-P are investigating.

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After questions of whether or not it would be held this year, the Food Bank Manager says things are going great guns for this Sunday's Motorcycle Toy Run.

Karen Flick says a good contingent of riders will leave the Aberdeen Inn in Lower Nicola at 11 o'clock Sunday morning.

The Toy Run ends at the Merritt Food Bank Sunday in time for lunch.

It's hoped people will be generous with their donations along the route or at the Food Bank.

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Old and young alike will be running or walking on Sunday to carry on the long standing tradition of the Terry Fox Run in Merritt.

Local organizer Carrie Ware says people can register on Sunday at the start of the run.

Registration at Voght Park on Sunday opens at 10 am, with the run starting at 11.

Information is available online at

The route includes Canford Avenue, Chapman Street, Coldwater Avenue, Main Street, Hill Street, Fir Avenue, Fir Road and Voght Street near Tolko Industries.

Motorists are urged to observe the runners and drive with caution.

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A four-month crime spree that included offenses in Merritt has landed prolific B-C car thief four years in jail.

20-year old Stephanie Rene Deschene, who was featured in the R-C-M-P's Top 10 most-wanted list, was arrested on May 24 in a vehicle stolen from a residence that she had broken into.

Deschene recently pleaded guilty to a total of 13 charges for crimes in Merritt and other B-C communities including Langley, Surrey, Kelowna, Kamloops, Pritchard and Sicamous.

Police say most of her crimes involved stealing vehicles and breaking into residences, but her attempt to avoid apprehension proved to be more dangerous to both the public and the police.

When Deschene was arrested in Merritt, she almost ran over an R-C-M-P officer with a stolen car when the officer attended to a report of a break-in to a home.

Deschene will be behind bars in a Federal institution for four years.

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The City of Merritt and it's CUPE Local 900 workers have reached a new four year collective agreement.

City Administrator Matt Noble says it's effective as of July 26 of this year and retroactive to January 2011.

Noble says it's effective January 1, 2011 through to December 31, 2014 and includes increases of 1.5-per cent in 2011, 1.75-per cent for 2012 and 2013, and 2-per cent for 2014.

The agreement also includes some minor increases to benefits and some housekeeping changes.

Noble says the City is pleased the negotiation process was fair and reasonable and that it resulted in a mutually beneficial outcome.

Union spokesman Kevin Vilac says it was nice to see a respectful process and a positive outcome.

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