Dustin Godfrey

Penticton gunshot victim recovering, police say

Penticton gunshot victim recovering, police say

The 29-year-old woman was admitted to the Penticton Regional Hospital last Thursday

Penticton gunshot victim recovering, police say
Along with speeches, Penticton Indian Band members, and a few Indigenous persons from other First Nations, drummed and sang at the sometimes solemn, sometimes impassioned rally outside Penticton’s courthouse.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Dozens decry Indigenous injustice outside Penticton’s court

The rally was planned after back-to-back acquittals of Indigenous youth killings in the prairies

Along with speeches, Penticton Indian Band members, and a few Indigenous persons from other First Nations, drummed and sang at the sometimes solemn, sometimes impassioned rally outside Penticton’s courthouse.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Work colleagues confirmed Dale Atkinson was the person found dead at a Penticton home on June 12 last year.                                Submitted photo

Spouse of Penticton homicide victim dies

The common-law wife of Dale Atkinson, killed on June 12, was taken into custody but not charged

Work colleagues confirmed Dale Atkinson was the person found dead at a Penticton home on June 12 last year.                                Submitted photo
From left, Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, Southern Chiefs’ Organization, Chief Arlen Dumas, Chief Sheila North, and Chief Kevin Hart speak to media outside the law courts in Winnipeg after the jury delivered a not-guilty verdict in the second degree murder trial of Raymond Cormier, Thursday, February 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Penticton rally set for Indigenous homicide victims

Rally in support of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine set for Monday at noon at the courthouse

From left, Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, Southern Chiefs’ Organization, Chief Arlen Dumas, Chief Sheila North, and Chief Kevin Hart speak to media outside the law courts in Winnipeg after the jury delivered a not-guilty verdict in the second degree murder trial of Raymond Cormier, Thursday, February 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
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

Penticton’s overdose death rate most likely tops Kelowna’s

Preliminary data released to the Western News show up to 20 died last year of overdose in Penticton

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
Naloxone can be used to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.                                File photo
Naloxone can be used to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.                                File photo
(Left to right) Alyssa Brewer, Gwen Wain and Christie Fiebelkorn, most of the team behind SAFExst, stand beside their “I kick ass because…” wall, where clients post reasons why they value themselves. Self-appreciation, or lack thereof, is one of many things that can contribute to addictions.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

South Okanagan front line workers say comments add insult to tragedy

Workers entrenched in addictions want people to see the humans behind the addictions

(Left to right) Alyssa Brewer, Gwen Wain and Christie Fiebelkorn, most of the team behind SAFExst, stand beside their “I kick ass because…” wall, where clients post reasons why they value themselves. Self-appreciation, or lack thereof, is one of many things that can contribute to addictions.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Afshin Maleki Ighani, 45, originally arrested in April in Princeton for a South Okanagan-Similkameen crime spree, is also facing charges for the alleged stabbing of a pair of protective custody inmates at Okanagan Correctional Centre.                                Western News file photo

One of Ighani’s trials may move to Kelowna

The matter is complicated by the fact that two complainants and the accused are all in custody

Afshin Maleki Ighani, 45, originally arrested in April in Princeton for a South Okanagan-Similkameen crime spree, is also facing charges for the alleged stabbing of a pair of protective custody inmates at Okanagan Correctional Centre.                                Western News file photo
Judge Gale Sinclair sits at the judge’s bench in Penticton Law Courts’ room 200, following an interview with several reporters in his office at the courthouse at 100 Main Street. Sinclair is retiring come March 30 this year.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

After 30 years on the bench, Okanagan judge hangs up his robe

Sinclair served as Penticton’s only judge from 1988 until he was joined in the early 2010s

Judge Gale Sinclair sits at the judge’s bench in Penticton Law Courts’ room 200, following an interview with several reporters in his office at the courthouse at 100 Main Street. Sinclair is retiring come March 30 this year.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Brandon Jansen and mom Michelle at the Powell River rehabilitation centre the day before he died of a fentanyl overdose in his room in March, 2016.                                Submitted photo

Penticton rehab centre slated for March 1 opening

More centres planned for Vernon and Osoyoos, with original centre in Coquitlam to open next week

Brandon Jansen and mom Michelle at the Powell River rehabilitation centre the day before he died of a fentanyl overdose in his room in March, 2016.                                Submitted photo
From left to right: Laurel Burnham, Dianne Varga and Daryl O’Neill pose for a photo at a small, brief rally held in solidarity with family of Colten Boushie.                                Submitted photo

Rally planned in South Okanagan in solidarity with family of Colten Boushie

Gerard Stanley, who killed the 22-year-old Indigenous man, was acquitted on Friday

From left to right: Laurel Burnham, Dianne Varga and Daryl O’Neill pose for a photo at a small, brief rally held in solidarity with family of Colten Boushie.                                Submitted photo
Airlifted to Calgary after Golden-area avalanche

Airlifted to Calgary after Golden-area avalanche

Police say the person was seriously injured in the avalanche

Airlifted to Calgary after Golden-area avalanche
B.C. Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth (centre) gets a tour of the lobby of Okanagan Correctional Centre Friday afternoon.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

B.C. solicitor general pays Okanagan jail a visit

Mike Farnworth said bolstering staffing at the jail, and other jails, is one of his priorities

B.C. Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth (centre) gets a tour of the lobby of Okanagan Correctional Centre Friday afternoon.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Structurlam’s Okanagan Falls plant manager Lyndon Chernoff with some wood set for a major construction project. A bill from MP Richard Cannings proposes federal government be required to look at wood when constructing infrastructure. Western News file photo

B.C. MP’s bill on wood infrastructure branches into committee

Cannings’ bill to push wood infrastructure got oak-ay from Commons, headed fir committee study

Structurlam’s Okanagan Falls plant manager Lyndon Chernoff with some wood set for a major construction project. A bill from MP Richard Cannings proposes federal government be required to look at wood when constructing infrastructure. Western News file photo
Montgomery trafficking trial moves to Kelowna

Montgomery trafficking trial moves to Kelowna

Jennifer L. Montgomery was arrested after her house was raided for alleged drug trafficking

Montgomery trafficking trial moves to Kelowna
B.C. family still seeking answers as meningitis scare diminishes

B.C. family still seeking answers as meningitis scare diminishes

The parents of Aidan Pratt say they feel left high and dry months after their son died

B.C. family still seeking answers as meningitis scare diminishes
The B.C. Liberal Party’s newly appointed leader, Andrew Wilkinson (right), spoke to a group of around a dozen people in the tea room of the Penticton Art Gallery in mid-January, as contenders made their rounds ahead of the leadership election over the weekend.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo

Okanagan-area ridings mostly ignore local endorsements

Andrew Wilkinson was the top choice in four of seven Okanagan ridings for B.C. Liberal leadership

The B.C. Liberal Party’s newly appointed leader, Andrew Wilkinson (right), spoke to a group of around a dozen people in the tea room of the Penticton Art Gallery in mid-January, as contenders made their rounds ahead of the leadership election over the weekend.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo
A still of the video obtained by the Penticton Western News showing a police officer winding up to punch Cody Wilson as three officers arrest him for allegedly having two handguns.                                Submitted photo

Video shows rough arrest of man in trial on firearms charges

Cody J. E. Wilson was arrested in Penticton on Oct. 7, 2016 outside the Denny’s parking lot

A still of the video obtained by the Penticton Western News showing a police officer winding up to punch Cody Wilson as three officers arrest him for allegedly having two handguns.                                Submitted photo
Jennifer Jones takes home sixth Scotties title for Manitoba

Jennifer Jones takes home sixth Scotties title for Manitoba

Team Manitoba’s defeat of Team Wild Card, also from Manitoba, wraps the weeklong event in Penticton

Jennifer Jones takes home sixth Scotties title for Manitoba
60 more days in jail for meth-driven road trip

60 more days in jail for meth-driven road trip

Angelene Solien knocked a person over with an open car door and drove a stolen car down Highway 3

60 more days in jail for meth-driven road trip