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Five people are in police custody in Merritt after a high speed crash on a main downtown street.
Corporal Kelly Bartsch of the Merritt RCMP says it appears the vehicle was stolen and speed was a factor.
Bartsch says none of the five occupants suffered serious injuries. A variety of charges are pending, including auto theft.
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Merritt's Communities In Bloom Program is continuing to grow as Spring progresses.

City Councillor Shelley Sanders says the group continues to expand but more new members are essential...

Sanders points out that there's a new time for the Communities in Bloom group.

They still meet in the Community Room in City Hall, but their meeting times have moved from late afternoon to 7 o'clock in the evening.

Again, the next meeting is at 7 pm this Monday, May 2.

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The head of the Merritt R-C-M-P is on the move.

Staff Sergeant Scott Tod has accepted a new post as commander for the Wetaskiwin, Alberta detachment.

Staff Tod's last working day at the Merritt Detachment was yesterday.

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The new critic for Community Services in N-D-P leader Adrian Dix's new Shadow Cabinet will be touring the province to hear concerns of rural B-C.

Fraser-Nicola N-D-P M-L-A Harry Lali says under the Liberals 78 sawmills and pulp mills have been closed putting 45-thousand people out of work.

Lali says another hot issue is whether there is viable health care in those communities.

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A fire along the dike area of Claybanks behind Central School was knocked down last night before too much damage was caused.

Merritt Fire Department crews responded to the call just before 11 o'clock last night, getting control of the fire quickly.

The R-C-M-P were called to the scene to investigate.  No further details have been obtained.

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