Dustin Godfrey

Skyhawks returning as Penticton Peachfest lineup announced

Skyhawks returning as Penticton Peachfest lineup announced

President Don Kendall said he believes the lineup will top 2017’s ‘best lineup ever’

Skyhawks returning as Penticton Peachfest lineup announced
Penticton firefighters Tyler Guy (left) and Joel Black, wearing protective gear, safely dispose of needles at the Main Street location of Prospera Credit Union in September. The “sharps” were found inside a suitcase outside of the building earlier in the day.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Penticton group, IH eyeing overdose prevention site

Discussions still in ‘very early’ stages, as interested groups study feasibility in the city

Penticton firefighters Tyler Guy (left) and Joel Black, wearing protective gear, safely dispose of needles at the Main Street location of Prospera Credit Union in September. The “sharps” were found inside a suitcase outside of the building earlier in the day.                                Mark Brett/Western News
Penticton homeless man Paul Braun (left) sits with his lawyer, Paul Varga, at a sit-in at Braun’s usual panhandling perch. About 25 people showed up to support Braun as the city takes him to court over a panhandling dispute.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Sit-in takes aim at City of Penticton’s panhandling squabble

About 25 people showed up Tuesday to support Paul Braun, taken to court over a panhandling dispute

Penticton homeless man Paul Braun (left) sits with his lawyer, Paul Varga, at a sit-in at Braun’s usual panhandling perch. About 25 people showed up to support Braun as the city takes him to court over a panhandling dispute.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Fatima Al-Roubaiai, an Arabic translator for South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services, stands outside the SOICS building. She says she is optimistic a year following the Quebec mosque shooting.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Optimism in the Okanagan a year after mosque shooting

As the Jan. 29 anniversary of the mosque shooting approaches, optimism prevails in the Okanagan Muslim-Canadian community.

Fatima Al-Roubaiai, an Arabic translator for South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services, stands outside the SOICS building. She says she is optimistic a year following the Quebec mosque shooting.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Local homeless man Paul Braun is currently battling Penticton City Hall in court over eight unpaid tickets for panhandling in the Main Street breezeway.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Four-day trial set in Penticton panhandling case

City hall was ordered to disclose documents on homeless man Paul Braun and the panhandling bylaw

Local homeless man Paul Braun is currently battling Penticton City Hall in court over eight unpaid tickets for panhandling in the Main Street breezeway.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver
Albas takes on mortgage changes in town hall

Albas takes on mortgage changes in town hall

Conservative MP mostly echoed chamber of commerce concerns but sparred with one attendee on details

Albas takes on mortgage changes in town hall
An employee cleans up some glass outside the Herbal Green Apothecary’s new location in Okanagan Falls, after vandals smashed windows and hit the pot shop with spray paint.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

OK Falls pot shop vandalized a week after opening

Windows were smashed Wednesday evening and spray paint called the owner a “goof” and a “pedo”

An employee cleans up some glass outside the Herbal Green Apothecary’s new location in Okanagan Falls, after vandals smashed windows and hit the pot shop with spray paint.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Police seeking info on fake-bearded robber

Police seeking info on fake-bearded robber

A man reportedly left empty-handed after demanding cash with an apparent handgun at a pawn shop

Police seeking info on fake-bearded robber
Penticton bookkeeper nets 90 days for $60k embezzlement

Penticton bookkeeper nets 90 days for $60k embezzlement

Judith Kendrick pleaded guilty to fraud late last year, and was up for sentencing Tuesday morning

Penticton bookkeeper nets 90 days for $60k embezzlement
Penticton bookkeeper may face jail time for embezzlement

Penticton bookkeeper may face jail time for embezzlement

Sentencing stances ranged from three years of probation to six months in jail for $60k embezzlement

Penticton bookkeeper may face jail time for embezzlement
At Penticton’s courthouse, the power outage caused the shutdown of all courtrooms, at least one of which had several people waiting to be heard by a judge on various matters. (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Child porn forum moderator in Penticton sentenced to five years

Penticton man Tyler Walker had a high-level of involvement in the creation of two child porn forums

At Penticton’s courthouse, the power outage caused the shutdown of all courtrooms, at least one of which had several people waiting to be heard by a judge on various matters. (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
Michael Elphicke, found guilty on major fraud and theft charges in October last year, leaves the Penticton Law Courts Monday afternoon for lunch hour during trial.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Okanagan hockey fraudster’s health complicates sentencing

Michael Elphicke’s terminal kidney failure has made completing a pre-sentence report difficult

Michael Elphicke, found guilty on major fraud and theft charges in October last year, leaves the Penticton Law Courts Monday afternoon for lunch hour during trial.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Kathy Schuster, 45, sorts some of her belongings in the South Okanagan Women In Need Society’s SAFExst space at an unspecified location, where she gets a bit of warmth and can stock up on some basic supplies. For Schuster, a loss of supplies is a serious personal security matter.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Homeless, hurt and harassed

A B.C. city’s most vulnerable speak out about violence and theft on the streets

Kathy Schuster, 45, sorts some of her belongings in the South Okanagan Women In Need Society’s SAFExst space at an unspecified location, where she gets a bit of warmth and can stock up on some basic supplies. For Schuster, a loss of supplies is a serious personal security matter.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Driving charges turn to firearm and drug charges in Kamloops

Driving charges turn to firearm and drug charges in Kamloops

A 9-mm semi-automatic handgun was reportedly found in the vehicle, along with drugs

Driving charges turn to firearm and drug charges in Kamloops
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OK Valley getting big chill for Christmas

Get your firewood while the stores are open — you’ll probably need it

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Sweet Sicamous! Family makes gingerbread model of historic Penticton ship

Sweet Sicamous! Family makes gingerbread model of historic Penticton ship

With an estimated 10 hours left on the project, one of the creators says it’s nearly done

Sweet Sicamous! Family makes gingerbread model of historic Penticton ship
Fourth Penticton homicide this year shrouded in mystery

Fourth Penticton homicide this year shrouded in mystery

No information has been released, including timing of homicide or whether firearms were involved

Fourth Penticton homicide this year shrouded in mystery
Since a piano arrived at Liz Bourassa’s house at the Naramata Centre, her son Nicholas, 13, has taken to the keys, and she says he has continually shocked her with his ever-growing talent.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Family fears losing their Naramata dream home

The low-income family has until Jan. 31 to leave their cozy cabin on Naramata Centre land

Since a piano arrived at Liz Bourassa’s house at the Naramata Centre, her son Nicholas, 13, has taken to the keys, and she says he has continually shocked her with his ever-growing talent.                                Mark Brett/Western News
Afshin Maleki Ighani.                                Submitted by RCMP

Charges for the attempted murder of an Oliver man dropped

Afshin Maleki Ighani was accused of shooting an Oliver man in April.

Afshin Maleki Ighani.                                Submitted by RCMP