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Merritt RCMP Respond to an Alleged Domestic Assault


One man is in custody after an alleged domestic assault over the weekend.

It was just one of over seventy incidents Merritt RCMP responded to this past weekend according to Staff Sgt. Lorne Wood who updated Q101 on the incident.

“There was an allegation of domestic assault out in Lower Nicola, in which a man is said to have assaulted his pregnant girlfriend or common-law,” said Wood.

When RCMP members arrived on the scene, the suspect was seen running.

“He (the suspect) fled into the woods. We had a police dog out there and tracked him for about an hour and ended up catching him.” Wood added.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time.

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Fish and Game Club July 12

On Friday, a group from the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club went out to Minnie and Stoney Lakes to put their boats in the water and do some fishing. The Club decided to take the trip after the official court ruling came down earlier in July.

Minnie and Stoney Lakes are at the center of the ongoing dispute, and the Club’s Spokesman Rick McGowan explained what they wanted to show and prove by heading up to the lakes.

“First of all, that there is public support, people don’t want to give up public lakes,” began McGowan. “We’re disputing some of the terminologies in the court order that says the only access to Minnie Lake will be through a trail that Douglas Lake staked way up on a mountain over which goes nowhere and is irrelevant when the original trail on the crown grant comes right here beside the lake. The court order says we can go by that trail and by the old public road that goes by the water.”

“We knew that they were going to oppose anybody putting a boat in here because they thought they were going to instill that you couldn’t do that anymore,`` he added. ``Possible reasons for that thought process is that the Government and Douglas Lake are talking about trading the original public road which is underwater for this road that isn’t underwater and therefore would block the public access to these lakes forever. So, we’re showing that we’re not prepared to accept that,” added McGowan. 

The old access road to the lake has been partially submerged by water, however with a 4x4, the Club was able to still use it to launch their boats.

“It doesn’t appear there is any consequence for Douglas Lake to destroy the road, submerge the road, block it for 20 years. It’s kind of a bizarre process, but we’re trying to stop it, that’s what we’re trying to do, not sure if we’ll be successful but we’re trying,” said McGowan.

“They can run their resort, that’s perfectly legal. What’s not legal is for them to kick the public out and take control of the lake for themselves. It is a public lake and they can run their business however they want but not tell the public to stay out of the lakes,” said McGowan.

Q101 attempted to contact Douglas Lake for comment on the ongoing dispute but didn’t hear back.


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It was a busy weekend for Merritt RCMP who responded to 72 calls resulting in seven people being incarcerated for various offences.

In total, police responded to ten calls related to Bass Coast but as Staff Sgt. Lorne Wood explained virtually all the calls were in response to people attempting to sneak into the festival.

“I think almost all of those calls were for local people and youth trying to sneak in and getting caught,” said Wood.

A 17-year-old female from Merritt was arrested Saturday night after RCMP received a complaint of a teenage girl refusing to leave the festival grounds.

Merritt RCMP Cpl. Brock Hedrick said the subsequent investigation revealed that the young female had bitten a security guard. She was arrested for assault and turned over to an adult guardian. The youth was released from police custody on a promise to appear and will appear in court in September.

Staff Sgt. Wood added that over the past few years, calls relating to Bass Coast have almost exclusively been about locals attempting to sneak in.

“The organizers of Bass Coast are super organized,``He added. `They (the organizers) always reach out to us to minimize any kind of issues``.

RCMP also report a single-vehicle accident early Monday morning as well as a speeding Ford Mustang on the connector, which was impounded.

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4010 Walters

Last week, Merritt City Council adopted a pair of amendments to the Official City Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw clearing the path for the Walters St. development to proceed.

The four-story 75-unit residential building had been a hotly debated topic over the past few months in the Merritt area, culminating with a lengthy public hearing in June.

With the project finally proceeding, Q101 caught up with developer Irfan Sonawala to discuss a possible timeline for the build.

“At this level, we’re just completing the design. The architect, structural engineer, mechanical and electrical are working on it. I’m hoping to start the construction, at least the concrete work in September,” said Sonawala. “We will be done by August of next year.”

With construction set to begin in September, the team is still looking for Merrittonians to join the build. Irfan mentioned how along with trades workers, he’s also looking for local contractors to help with the ‘pre-fab’ work.

“Within two months everything gets put up and I just want to make sure everything gets pre-fabbed. I don’t want to do one stick at a time,” she explained.

Irfan also spoke to what exactly the next steps are.

“We are going through with different consultants right now. They're completing their designs. We’ll be finishing up the design by August, and once we finish it, we’ll apply for the permits. Hopefully, we’ll get the permits and begin building the foundation in September,” concluded Sonawala.


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wildfire patch

Over the weekend, the Lower Nicola Indian Band Fire Department responded to a call relating to a brush fire along Highway 8.

The BC Wildfire Service was reporting that the fire was located near Petite Creek, just west of Merritt.

The 0.01-hectare blaze was quickly extinguished by the crews that responded to the scene and as of Monday morning,the BC Wildfire Service was reporting that the fire was completely out.

A cause of the fire has not been specified.

Q101 has reached out to the Lower Nicola Indian Band for further details but has not heard back at this time.


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