We have an update on the theft of the bus from the Florentine Senior's Residence.
Q101 News has learned that the vehicle was recovered last night near Burnaby.
The vehicle used to transport residents from the facility to outings was stolen early Wednesday morning when an unidentified male walked into the residence through the front entrance. The male used a tool to gain access to the main lobby where he stole the keys to the bus.
Simon Rizzardo told Q101 news that the Burnaby RCMP has transported the bus to a compound for finger-printing.
There is no word yet if any arrests have been made.
More to come
B-C has almost 14-hundred active cases of COVID-19 after an additional 115 were diagnosed yesterday.
There are 71 people in the hospital and 15 of them are in I-C-U, although there have been no new deaths for a toll of 244.
More than three-thousand-40 people are under public health surveillance after exposure to a known case.
Here in the Interior Health Region, just one new case of COVID reported in the past 24-hours bringing the total in the region which includes Merritt and area to 557. Officials also report that 25 cases are active and on isolation
with one person remaining in the hospital.
By the numbers
New Cases – 115 plus eight epi-linked cases
Total Cases – 9956
Active Cases – 1387
Patients in Hospital – 71
Patients in ICU – 15
Recovered – 8296
New Deaths – 0
Totals Deaths – 244
Health region breakdown;
Vancouver Coastal – 3644
Fraser – 5119
Island – 222
Interior – 557
Northern – 325
Outside Canada – 89
More to come.
(STOLEN BUS and SUSPECT: A picture of the stolen bus that was taken from the Florentine Seniors Residence in the early morning hours on Wednesday along with a photo (bottom) of the suspect.)
Merritt RCMP is asking for the public's help in locating a stolen bus taken from the Florentine Seniors Residence in the early morning hours on Wednesday.
RCMP Sgt. Josh Roda reported that at approximately 2:46 a.m. an unidentified male walked into the Florentine Senior Residence at Belshaw St. through the front entrance. The male used a tool to gain access to the main lobby where he stole the keys to the bus.
Simon Rizzardo told Q101 news that they are exhausting every effort to get the bus back.
"We've had reports that it (the bus) could be headed towards the coast so I've sent messages to our contractor connections in the area as well as the B.C. Truckers Association so that they can get the word out to their members so that we can get our bus back," said Rizardo. "It's an essential link for folks at the Florentine to be able to go on outings."
Rizzardo said that if you see the bus or the suspect not to approach him and call 911 immediately.
More to come
It's Fire Prevention Week across Canada and the Merritt Fire Department like others throughout the province are using this opportunity to provide tips and information on how residents can reduce the risk of fire in their homes.
This week's theme is Serve Up Fire Safety in The Kitchen as kitchen fires are one of the most common in a household.
Krista Minar of the Merritt Fire Department told Q101 that homeowners can reduce the risk of kitchen fires by practicing a few small tips such as keeping small children away from cooking appliances, use a timer while cooking, and stay alert. She added it is not recommended to use kitchen appliances when under the influence of alcohol or medication.
Chris Woodward added that homeowners can also be proactive with their appliances by keeping them clean from debris, dirt, and grease. He added that cleaning items as simple as an extractor fan or even your toaster will protect your family.
"When you think about it, when you use your toaster, you usually get crumbs from the toasted bread and over time these crumbs can build up," said Woodward. "When crumbs build up they could ignite and cause a fire."
For more fire safety tips and a chance to win an "Escape Ladder Prize Pac"k with Flat Sparky's Safety challenge visit the Merritt Fire Department Facebook Page.
(If a new kitchen appliance like a dishwasher or freezer is on your Christmas list, you may want to order it now as Covid-19 has forced a backlog of orders for Canadian appliance retailers like City Furniture of Merritt.)
With the year's busiest shopping season quickly approaching, Canadian appliance stores are not only dealing with supply problems but also higher than normal demand for products.
Retailers are reporting record sales due to a combination of home renovations, new construction, discounts for energy-efficient appliances, and pent-up demand due to pandemic-related store closures, resulting in mounting backorders.
Sonny Sekhon of City Furniture in Merritt says his store has had challenges getting products for customers.
He told Q101 News that panic buying at the beginning of the pandemic led to the issue happening now.
"Originally when COVID-19 kicked in people began hoarding food and grocery store shelves went empty," Sekhon said. "People bought that extra freezer and began filling them. That depleted the inventory and has caused the situation we are in right now."
Sekhon added that while many of the manufacturers who shut down due to the pandemic have now reopened and are trying to fill backorders.
He noted that while furniture purchases can be delivered within six to eight weeks of purchase, appliances could take up to a few months for delivery.
In addition to the rise in demand, manufacturers have also run into problems obtaining parts and have scaled-back production lines to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.