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RCMP across multiple jurisdictions in the BC Southern Interior are sharing information as investigators continue their efforts to both locate a suspect vehicle and advance their investigations into multiple crimes.

Anybody who can identify the truck or suspect is asked to call the Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

(Previous story detailing the crimes click here)

Merritt RCMP – 250-378-4262

Crimestoppers – 1-800-222-8477

 

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Yesterday, Merritt RCMP Members attended the scene of a male refusing to leave a commercial property.

“Merritt RCMP attended to a complaint at a local business of a male refusing to leave after staff requested that he do so. Police officers attended and the male once again refused the request from the staff to leave. The male was arrested for the criminal charge of mischief,” wrote Cpl. Derrick Francis.

A subsequent search of the male found drugs, drug paraphernalia, 22-caliber live ammunition and what appeared to be a homemade spring-operated window breaking device.

“Upon closer examination at the police detachment, it was found that the device was actually a homemade firearm. The pipe style firearm was loaded with a single 22-caliber round. This device can be easily concealed in a person’s hand and can be fired easily at close range,” added Francis.

The Detachment has sent the weapon out for testing and numerous firearms-related charges are being considered.

 

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Every weekend Q101 will revisit the most talked-about stories of the week in Merritt and bring them to you all in one place. As well as my favourite story of the week.

This week Merritt was buzzing about Upper Nicola withdrawing their appeal of Trans Mountain, RCMP across the southern interior hunting for a suspect, and Merritt’s Most Wanted.

Upper Nicola Withdraws Appeal of Trans Mountain

The Upper Nicola Indian Band along with two other first nation communities have dropped their appeal of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.

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RCMP Across the Southern Interior Searching for Suspects in Fraud Cause

RCMP are continuing their search for suspects they say are allegedly responsible for a string of cross-jurisdictional crimes committed in the North Okanagan, Thompson-Nicola, Nicola Valley, and the Central Okanagan.

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Merritt’s Most Wanted – November 4, 2019

A pair of Merritt residents have been added to the Merritt RCMP’s most wanted list.

Full Story

My favourite story this week the poppy campaign.

Poppy Campaign Raising Funds for Veteran Across BC

The Legion Poppy Campaign raises around $2,500,000 per year for services and support in BC for grants for veterans and their families in need.

Full Story

 

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Merrittonians have been voicing concern since some changes were made to the traffic pattern along Voght Street by the post office.

The City initially removed all the parking stalls in front, before switching course and installing a single handicap parking spot.

Recently, a concerned citizen, Craig Gray, spoke to Council about the idea of making a small section on Voght a one-way street.

“I called some communities about the same-size about the options of making Voght a one-way street from Nicola to Quilchena,” said Gray. “Putting the parking back and reducing the traffic.”

“It makes way more sense than adding a third lane of traffic that has already cost us one citizen and that’s one citizen to0 many,” added Gray.

Studies regarding the possibility of turning Voght into a one-way street were completed with the rest of the Voght Street corridor study in the early 2000s.

“It’s on the staff’s radar,” began Mayor Linda Brown. “They’re looking at the whole Voght Street corridor.”

The Mayor mentioned that City Hall has wanted to tackle the whole project and not piece-meal it out.

 

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It’s no secret that the RCMP in Merritt is on-call between 4 am and 7 am every morning. In fact, that very statement has been the focus of conversation around town.

Police Committee notes from September 18, 2018

  • Coverage currently not 24 hours only 7 am – 4 am
  • With existing manpower 24-hour coverage cannot be done
  • Cannot run with only 1 officer per labour code
  • Minimum of another 5 officers required for 24-hour coverage
  • Activity from 4-7 am does not warrant 24-7-365 police coverage

Mayor Linda Brown said she and the Council have heard the concern and are looking for solutions.

“The Police are well aware that it’s a priority of theirs as well. We’ve discussed that together,” said Brown. “The City has looked at providing two additional RCMP officers.”

The Mayor continued to mention that just having City Hall approving the new officers doesn’t mean it can happen overnight, citing a lengthy process from the RCMP side.

Budgeting for the additional officers is set to come up during the current 2020 budget deliberations.

“We have to absolutely consider it. That’s one thing that was approved by us. We have made that promise that two RCMP officers are what we’re looking at,” said Brown.

*Q101 has reached out to the Merritt RCMP and is working to arrange a conversation about the process of bringing the additional Mounties to town.

 

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