Dustin Godfrey

UPDATE: Kearns Creek dam near Willowbrook reaches capacity

UPDATE: Kearns Creek dam near Willowbrook reaches capacity

Emergency officials urging residents to get on sandbagging, expect flooding

UPDATE: Kearns Creek dam near Willowbrook reaches capacity
Each year around tax season the Canada Revenue Agency scam pops up again, with callers posing as CRA officials demanding payment or else the receiver would face jail time for tax fraud — a claim that is untrue, as the agency does not call residents to demand money.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Bank employees save Penticton woman $6k from CRA scam

Would-be victim said she was hit while vulnerable from a family issue and initially fell for the trap

Each year around tax season the Canada Revenue Agency scam pops up again, with callers posing as CRA officials demanding payment or else the receiver would face jail time for tax fraud — a claim that is untrue, as the agency does not call residents to demand money.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
At Penticton’s courthouse, Marvin Volk was sentenced to 10 months in jail for a single punch that meant “catastrophic consequences” for a man in his 60s and his wife.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

10 in jail months for punch with ‘catastrophic consequences’

Judge had to weight severe consequences for victim against an accused who didn’t fit the bill

At Penticton’s courthouse, Marvin Volk was sentenced to 10 months in jail for a single punch that meant “catastrophic consequences” for a man in his 60s and his wife.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Ronald Teneycke is escorted out of Penticton’s courthouse in the summer, following hearings on a Crown application for a dangerous offender application for the notorious South Okanagan criminal.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Okanagan man ‘elated’ at criminal’s indefinite sentence

‘Evidence of treatability does not even justify an expression of hope,’ judge tells Ronald Teneycke

Ronald Teneycke is escorted out of Penticton’s courthouse in the summer, following hearings on a Crown application for a dangerous offender application for the notorious South Okanagan criminal.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
When he wasn’t playing hockey or rugby, at work or in class, Dawn says the benches in front of Pen High is one of the spots her 17-year-old son, Chuck, used to hang out at before he died of a suspected overdose on April 2, 2017.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

An Okanagan mother’s struggle with the overdose death of her son

The 17-year-old boy’s death is being investigated as one of Penticton’s four homicides last year

When he wasn’t playing hockey or rugby, at work or in class, Dawn says the benches in front of Pen High is one of the spots her 17-year-old son, Chuck, used to hang out at before he died of a suspected overdose on April 2, 2017.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Alleged Okanagan hockey fraudster won’t skate free before trial

Alleged Okanagan hockey fraudster won’t skate free before trial

Back in custody after skipping his trial last September, Loren Reagan was denied bail Tuesday

Alleged Okanagan hockey fraudster won’t skate free before trial
One dead after rock crashes through Okanagan home

One dead after rock crashes through Okanagan home

A rock came down the hill and crashed through a wall, killing one person near Okanagan Falls

One dead after rock crashes through Okanagan home
One dead after rockslide crashes into South Okanagan house

One dead after rockslide crashes into South Okanagan house

The 81-year-old man is believed to have been outside when the rockslide hit his house

One dead after rockslide crashes into South Okanagan house
Son ordered to pay over $127k to 88-year-old mother in Penticton

Son ordered to pay over $127k to 88-year-old mother in Penticton

Alleged sibling conspiracy, assaults and tens of thousands charged to mother’s account, court heard

Son ordered to pay over $127k to 88-year-old mother in Penticton
Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh prepares the crowd of about 150 in attendance for a cheer on social media at a JagMeet and Greet rally in Penticton’s Tin Whistle Brewing Company.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

NDP leader Singh greeted with enthusiasm in Penticton

Jagmeet Singh’s JagMeet and Greet rally was attended by about 150 people on Friday

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh prepares the crowd of about 150 in attendance for a cheer on social media at a JagMeet and Greet rally in Penticton’s Tin Whistle Brewing Company.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Protest organizer Marilyn Mulldoon and her husband Daniel Wong hold up signs at the Gyro Park bandshell in Osoyoos, following a June 2017 rally to advocate for more health coverage in the South Okanagan.                                Western News file photo

Ontario town could be a model for rural Okanagan health

Osoyoos is looking at a township-funded health centre — a tried and true model for Goderich

Protest organizer Marilyn Mulldoon and her husband Daniel Wong hold up signs at the Gyro Park bandshell in Osoyoos, following a June 2017 rally to advocate for more health coverage in the South Okanagan.                                Western News file photo
An Oliver man was found not guilty of sex assault on a 13-year-old girl in a trial with heavy criticism of the police investigation from defence and the judge.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

South Okanagan cop chided in not-guilty verdict for youth sex assault

No police notes, no DNA test and no chance for girl to identify or absolve alleged assaulter until pre-trial

An Oliver man was found not guilty of sex assault on a 13-year-old girl in a trial with heavy criticism of the police investigation from defence and the judge.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
Parents line up at a forum to oppose the proposed closure of Trout Creek Elementary School in Summerland in January 2016.                                John Arendt/Black Press file photo

Province releasing results of rural education report ‘shortly’

That follows heated demands from a local MLA, school districts and municipal politicians

Parents line up at a forum to oppose the proposed closure of Trout Creek Elementary School in Summerland in January 2016.                                John Arendt/Black Press file photo
An aerial view of the Penticton Regional Airport. Western News file photo                                An aerial view of the Penticton Regional Airport.                                Western News file photo

Penticton’s airport looking at a multi-million makeover

Federal documents show expanded ticketing, arrivals and departures areas for upwards of $5 million

An aerial view of the Penticton Regional Airport. Western News file photo                                An aerial view of the Penticton Regional Airport.                                Western News file photo
Loren Reagan skipped out on his trial over fraud and theft over $5,000 and illegal lottery scheme charges in September, but Crown lawyers say he is back in the country and in custody.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Alleged hockey fraudster Loren Reagan back in the penalty box

Reagan had skipped his own trial in September, reportedly having been in Kuwait at the time

Loren Reagan skipped out on his trial over fraud and theft over $5,000 and illegal lottery scheme charges in September, but Crown lawyers say he is back in the country and in custody.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
Volatile phenols — chemicals in smoke that can give wine an off-putting smoky flavour — are absorbed quickly and remain in the grape long after the smoke has cleared, according to a UBCO study. But a Penticton vintner said his taste test of last years vintage hasnt had that issue.                                Western News file photo

A blanket of snow means safe grapes for new season: Okanagan vintner

Heavy snowfall this year meant protection from frost, according to Poplar Grove’s Tony Holler

Volatile phenols — chemicals in smoke that can give wine an off-putting smoky flavour — are absorbed quickly and remain in the grape long after the smoke has cleared, according to a UBCO study. But a Penticton vintner said his taste test of last years vintage hasnt had that issue.                                Western News file photo
Work colleagues confirmed Dale Atkinson was the person found dead at a Penticton home on June 12. Submitted photo

Penticton RCMP still investigating Atkinson homicide

Dale Atkinson’s spouse, previously identified as a suspect in the matter, died last month

Work colleagues confirmed Dale Atkinson was the person found dead at a Penticton home on June 12. Submitted photo
Brian Douglas Louie, seen here being escorted out of the Penticton courthouse by sheriffs in 2014, is back before the courts facing new charges.                                Western News file photo

South Okanagan man convicted of horrific sex assault back before court

Brian Douglas Louie’s bail hearing was deferred over a violent home invasion at Osoyoos Indian Band

Brian Douglas Louie, seen here being escorted out of the Penticton courthouse by sheriffs in 2014, is back before the courts facing new charges.                                Western News file photo
B.C. Liberal Party MLA Linda Larson, Boundary-Similkameen, speaks in B.C. legislature.                                (B.C. legislature image)

Hate daylight saving? Don’t tell Linda Larson

Liberal MLA urging out-of-riding supporters of her bill to write government and their own MLAs

B.C. Liberal Party MLA Linda Larson, Boundary-Similkameen, speaks in B.C. legislature.                                (B.C. legislature image)
Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth of the Penticton RCMP holds a syringe as emergency workers put an overdose victim on a stretcher at a Government Street house.                                Mark Brett/Western News file photo

Overdose data policy may not comply with FOI law, expert says

But B.C. Coroners likely ‘most transparent jurisdiction in the country,’ according to spokesperson

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth of the Penticton RCMP holds a syringe as emergency workers put an overdose victim on a stretcher at a Government Street house.                                Mark Brett/Western News file photo