Penticton

A fire started in the Penticton Toyota dealership in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is currently under investigation. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)

2 arrested in Penticton after Toyota dealership fire deemed arson

Fire crews say damage to the back of the dealership is ‘extensive’

 

After a three-year hiatus, the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic will return to the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Vancouver Canucks bringing Young Stars Classic back to Penticton

The multi-day event ran in the Peach City from 2010 to 2018

 

Penticton dealing with mental health crisis on its streets and Penticton RCMP are in the frontlines. (file photo)

Okanagan man crushed in recycling truck succumbs to injuries

The 52-year-old had been sleeping in a recycling dumpster when it was picked up by the truck

 

Police car (file photo)

Penticton man crushed in large recycling truck compactor, critically injured

52-year-old was sleeping in a dumpster when he was inadvertently picked up by recycling vehicle

Police car (file photo)
Convicted rapist James Allen Pike has had his long term supervision release revoked after breaching several of his orders. A danger to society, he is back in jail facing new charges. (File photo)

Violent Penticton rapist back behind bars, facing new criminal charges

James Allen Pike, 49, was living with his cousin when he breached many of his orders

Convicted rapist James Allen Pike has had his long term supervision release revoked after breaching several of his orders. A danger to society, he is back in jail facing new charges. (File photo)
A 15-year old hockey player waited 42 minutes for an ambulance response after suffering a severe injury at Penticton’s Memorial Arena on Wednesday morning (March 16). (Black Press file photo)

Youth hockey player with neck injury waits 42 minutes for ambulance in Penticton

‘We know it can be stressful waiting for an ambulance,’: BC Emergency Health Services said

A 15-year old hockey player waited 42 minutes for an ambulance response after suffering a severe injury at Penticton’s Memorial Arena on Wednesday morning (March 16). (Black Press file photo)
Firefighters in Penticton are at a fire on Lakeshore Drive. A house in the 400 block has exploded and the top floor has collapsed. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western)
 Firefighters in Penticton are at a fire on Lakeshore Drive. A house in the 400 block has exploded and the top floor has collapsed. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western)
Firefighters in Penticton are at a fire on Lakeshore Drive. A house in the 400 block has exploded and the top floor has collapsed. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western)
 Firefighters in Penticton are at a fire on Lakeshore Drive. A house in the 400 block has exploded and the top floor has collapsed. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western)
For the second straight Saturday, a Penticton rally in support of Ukraine could be seen at the intersection of Main Street and Warren Avenue. Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the neighbouring country on Feb. 24 (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

‘They want to stay and fight’: B.C. woman rallies in support of her Ukrainian family

‘I don’t even know what more to do, all we can do is gather and rally together,’ says Cyndy Bishop

For the second straight Saturday, a Penticton rally in support of Ukraine could be seen at the intersection of Main Street and Warren Avenue. Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the neighbouring country on Feb. 24 (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)

Penticton drops lawsuit against BC Housing; new shelter proposed

A new shelter will go beside Compass Court and Victory Church shelter will close spring 2022

Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)
City of Penticton is being called out for evicting and selling a vulnerable woman’s home at auction for not paying $10,000 in property taxes. (File photo)

Penticton should repay vulnerable woman after home sold to pay property tax: B.C. Ombudsperson

The City of Penticton sold the home after the woman was unable to pay $10,000 in taxes

City of Penticton is being called out for evicting and selling a vulnerable woman’s home at auction for not paying $10,000 in property taxes. (File photo)
A 44-year-old Penticton man well known to police faces multiple charges for damaging a Summerland store using a chainsaw. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Chainsaw-wielding man faces multiple charges for incident at Summerland store

A 44-year-old Penticton man known to police is in custody

A 44-year-old Penticton man well known to police faces multiple charges for damaging a Summerland store using a chainsaw. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Glen Hamakawa, 67, and wife Eva, 56 were supposed to be back home from an ATV trip in the Crump recreational site area on Oct. 1. As of Sunday morning, Oct. 3, the search continues for the couple. (Facebook)

Couple found dead in apparent ATV rollover near Summerland-Princeton Highway

The couple departed on their black and red Polaris side-by-side ATV in an unknown direction

Glen Hamakawa, 67, and wife Eva, 56 were supposed to be back home from an ATV trip in the Crump recreational site area on Oct. 1. As of Sunday morning, Oct. 3, the search continues for the couple. (Facebook)
Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton Indian Band Chief and Council denounce Truth and Reconciliation Day

No substantive actions to date to show a sincere commitment for reconciliation, says Chief Gabriel

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Open burn ban rescinded in Kamloops Fire Centre (File photo)

Province to lift open burning ban in Kamloops Fire Centre

Category 2 and 3 open fires allowed everywhere within the Kamloops Fire Centre on Friday

Open burn ban rescinded in Kamloops Fire Centre (File photo)
Ogo's Ice Cream owner who is in her 70s was the victim of a violent robbery Aug. 4.

Still no suspects in violent robbery at ice cream shop in Penticton

Many local RCMP resources have been assigned to investigate this serious incident, says police

Ogo's Ice Cream owner who is in her 70s was the victim of a violent robbery Aug. 4.
Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The city asking the public if they want to pursue legal action against the province and their decision to override the city on the Victory Church issue. (Jesse Day Western News)

Penticton ready to sue province over homeless shelter

City council voted unanimously to authorize legal action

The city asking the public if they want to pursue legal action against the province and their decision to override the city on the Victory Church issue. (Jesse Day Western News)
Minister of Housing David Eby called Penticton city council’s decision to try and close a shelter housing 42 people ‘disgraceful’ while opposition leader Shirley Bond called Eby a bully on Thursday morning. (File photo)

Opposition leader takes Minister Eby to task over Penticton shelter handling

The two politicians shared jabs during the Thursday morning session of the Provincial Legislature

Minister of Housing David Eby called Penticton city council’s decision to try and close a shelter housing 42 people ‘disgraceful’ while opposition leader Shirley Bond called Eby a bully on Thursday morning. (File photo)
Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki said they are waiting for an official letter from the province on the Victory Church shelter before seeking legal action. (Western News file photo)

BC Housing, landlord in Penticton’s legal crosshairs over Victory Church shelter

The city and council are waiting for a written declaration from the province invoking their powers

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki said they are waiting for an official letter from the province on the Victory Church shelter before seeking legal action. (Western News file photo)
Approximately 50 protesters gathered at Gyro Park in Penticton Friday, March 5 to protest council’s decision to close Victory Church Shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)

BC Housing to use provincial powers to keep Penticton shelter open

Penticton council voted Tuesday to reject the shelter’s extension for a second time

Approximately 50 protesters gathered at Gyro Park in Penticton Friday, March 5 to protest council’s decision to close Victory Church Shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)