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Initial charges have been laid against three suspects after a home invasion this week in Merritt.

Constable Tracy Dunsmore of the Merritt Detachment of the RCMP says 21 year old Andrew Owusus, 38 year old Frederick Agbefe and 20 year old Agazzy Haddish have each been charged with break, enter and commit, forcible confinement and assault.

All three will be back in court in Kamloops today to ask for release.

Dunsmore says further charges may be laid as the investigation continues.

The three men, all known to police and all from the Lower Mainland, were arrested after a chase on the Coquihalla Highway that ended when the suspect vehicle rammed a police cruiser and another police vehicle on Monday morning.

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The City of Merritt is in the process of building what's known as the Southeast Reservoir, a project conceived about four years ago.

Mayor Susan Roline says under the terms of a "build Canada fund" grant it has to be complete by the end of March 2011.

Roline says that sector will help to serve the 286 Project, but there'll still be a need for another reservoir down the road when the development actually goes in.

The Mayor clarified that it's the water line going into the area at present, with no work at all being done on sewer lines.

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Merritt's location is one of the contributing factors to a mounting concern over Lower Mainland gangs moving into the community. Merritt City Councilor Dave Baker feels the benefits that bring new business are the same that are attracting the gangs.
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Interior Health hopes to get the majority of the vaccinations done during two mass clinics in Merritt at the end of the month. Public Health Nurse Marg Sanders says people can also make arrangements with their pharmacies for flu shots. Sanders says during the mass clinics October 27 and November 3 at the Civic Centre, pneumococcal immunizations will be available free of charge for people over 65 who have not yet received them.
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It looks like a cold winter is on it's way to the Nicola Valley. Jim Steel of Environment Canada says there's an El Nino pattern that will have an influence on our weather over the next four months. Steel adds that it won't be quite as balmy as last winter.
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