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Afshin Maleki Ighani, 45, was facing charges for a shooting that took place in Oliver in April.                                Western News file photo

Former New Zealand politician attacked in jail

Charges have been laid against an inmate who allegedly attacked Peter Beckett during his trial

Afshin Maleki Ighani, 45, was facing charges for a shooting that took place in Oliver in April.                                Western News file photo
Afshin Maleki Ighani, 45, was arrested in April in Princeton and is facing several charges including attempted murder in connection to a shooting that took place in Oliver. Ighani could get off on the charges, after the alleged shooting victim died last week.                                (Western News file photo)

Attempted murder charge up in the air after victim’s death

Without Thomas Szajko’s testimony, alleged shooter Afshin Ighani could get off on that charge

Afshin Maleki Ighani, 45, was arrested in April in Princeton and is facing several charges including attempted murder in connection to a shooting that took place in Oliver. Ighani could get off on the charges, after the alleged shooting victim died last week.                                (Western News file photo)
Paramedics Roy Stanley (left) and Derek Morris got to meet 19-year-old Jayden Arnold for the first time since they saved her life 17 years ago Friday morning.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Penticton teen reunites with paramedics who saved her life 17 years ago

Jayden Arnold was clinically dead when Roy Stanley and Derek Morris arrived to the scene

Paramedics Roy Stanley (left) and Derek Morris got to meet 19-year-old Jayden Arnold for the first time since they saved her life 17 years ago Friday morning.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
Penticton’s first kindness meter is now in operation in the 200-block of Main Street, collecting money to help the homeless.                                Steve Kidd/Western News                                Penticton’s first kindness meter is in operation in the 200-block of Main Street, collecting money to help the homeless. Steve Kidd/Western News

Lawyer takes aim at City of Penticton’s ‘war on the homeless’

Defence lawyer Paul Varga is on the offensive against city hall for taking Paul Braun to court

Penticton’s first kindness meter is now in operation in the 200-block of Main Street, collecting money to help the homeless.                                Steve Kidd/Western News                                Penticton’s first kindness meter is in operation in the 200-block of Main Street, collecting money to help the homeless. Steve Kidd/Western News
Afshin Maleki Ighani, 45, was arrested in April this year after he allegedly shot Thomas Szajko in Oliver. The Western News is working to confirm reports of Szajko’s recent death.                                (Western News file photo)

Oliver shooting victim reportedly dies months later

The Western News is working to confirm reports Thomas Szajko, victim of April shooting, has died

Afshin Maleki Ighani, 45, was arrested in April this year after he allegedly shot Thomas Szajko in Oliver. The Western News is working to confirm reports of Szajko’s recent death.                                (Western News file photo)
At Penticton’s courthouse, a B.C. Supreme Court justice has found a Penticton area man guilty on all charges over a child pornography sting involving local RCMP and the Saskatoon Police Service.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Penticton man found guilty of child porn charges

A Supreme Court justice said Jesse Prince’s ‘preposterous’ testimony ‘flies in the face of common sense’

At Penticton’s courthouse, a B.C. Supreme Court justice has found a Penticton area man guilty on all charges over a child pornography sting involving local RCMP and the Saskatoon Police Service.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
At Penticton’s courthouse, a B.C. Supreme Court has rendered a not-guilty verdict for a man accused of a string of sexual assaults on a minor in 2011 and 2012.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

UPDATED: Man found not guilty of sex assaults on South Okanagan minor

The alleged incidents were reported to have occurred between 2011 and 2012

At Penticton’s courthouse, a B.C. Supreme Court has rendered a not-guilty verdict for a man accused of a string of sexual assaults on a minor in 2011 and 2012.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
Search for missing plane near Revelstoke called off

Search for missing plane near Revelstoke called off

The coast guard will officially be ending its search as of 3:30 p.m. Monday

Search for missing plane near Revelstoke called off
Ex-Penticton pot shop sued by landlord

Ex-Penticton pot shop sued by landlord

The shop’s owner is also being taken to court by the City of West Kelowna

Ex-Penticton pot shop sued by landlord
Blasted Church Winery’s former head winemaker is taking the winery to court over an alleged breach of their employment termination contract.                                (Google Street View)

Penticton-area winery sued by former head winemaker

Blasted Church’s former head winemaker Elaine Vickers is seeking $24,000 from the winery

Blasted Church Winery’s former head winemaker is taking the winery to court over an alleged breach of their employment termination contract.                                (Google Street View)
At Penticton’s courthouse, lawyers in a trial for a man who allegedly engaged in months of sexual activity with a minor delivered their closing remarks Friday morning.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Man accused of sex with young boy awaiting verdict in Penticton

Lawyers delivered their closing remarks Friday, with a verdict expected Monday morning

At Penticton’s courthouse, lawyers in a trial for a man who allegedly engaged in months of sexual activity with a minor delivered their closing remarks Friday morning.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
Ronald Teneycke is escorted out of Penticton’s courthouse in the summer, during his dangerous offender hearings. After a months-long hiatus, those hearings resumed this week, with defence making closing statements Tuesday and Crown on Monday.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Dangerous offender hearing closes for Teneycke

If the courts impose dangerous offender status on him, he could face an indefinite sentence

Ronald Teneycke is escorted out of Penticton’s courthouse in the summer, during his dangerous offender hearings. After a months-long hiatus, those hearings resumed this week, with defence making closing statements Tuesday and Crown on Monday.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Ronald Teneycke is escorted out of Penticton’s courthouse following dangerous offender hearings in the summer. Those hearings resumed Monday after a months long hiatus for Teneycke’s health complications.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Even without indefinite sentence, Teneycke may face decades

Ronald Teneycke’s dangerous offender hearing resumed Monday, where Crown lawyers called for 20+ years

Ronald Teneycke is escorted out of Penticton’s courthouse following dangerous offender hearings in the summer. Those hearings resumed Monday after a months long hiatus for Teneycke’s health complications.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip with federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Penticton Indian Band Chief Chad Eneas during the recent national park announcement. Phillip was named among Vancouver’s 50 most powerful figures last week, largely for his vocal stance on environmental issues.                                Western News file photo

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip ranks on 50 most powerful list

The list cites his vocal positions on environmental issues, including on pipelines and Site C

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip with federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Penticton Indian Band Chief Chad Eneas during the recent national park announcement. Phillip was named among Vancouver’s 50 most powerful figures last week, largely for his vocal stance on environmental issues.                                Western News file photo
Warden Steve DiCastri recieves the keys to the Okanagan Correctional Centre from CEO of Plenary Concessions Mike Marasco in October 2016.                                (Western News file photo)

Second lawsuit this week filed against jail

Inmate claims he was stabbed by another inmate while in protective custody

Warden Steve DiCastri recieves the keys to the Okanagan Correctional Centre from CEO of Plenary Concessions Mike Marasco in October 2016.                                (Western News file photo)
Yvon Martel was sentenced to four years in jail for discharging a shotgun inside his home, breaking into a school and threatening his wife. With time served, he has about two-and-a-half more years.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Four years for discharging shotgun in home, school break-in

Yvon Martel also threatened his wife and broke into an elementary school

Yvon Martel was sentenced to four years in jail for discharging a shotgun inside his home, breaking into a school and threatening his wife. With time served, he has about two-and-a-half more years.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
Warden Steve DiCastri recieves the keys to the Okanagan Correctional Centre from CEO of Plenary Concessions Mike Marasco in October 2016.                                (Western News file photo)

Inmate suing Okanagan Correctional over alleged assault

Inmate claims an officer grabbed him by the throat and threw him onto the bed

Warden Steve DiCastri recieves the keys to the Okanagan Correctional Centre from CEO of Plenary Concessions Mike Marasco in October 2016.                                (Western News file photo)
Leach poses for a photograph with former Aboriginal league players Richard Louis (left) from Vernon and Walter Arthachan from Merritt. Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie has been working for a long time, reportedly two years, to get the Stanley Cup to make a visit to the reserve.                                (Lyonel Doherty/Oliver Chronicle)

Indigenous hockey legend skates through Oliver

Multiple record-holder Reggie Leach attended an event honouring old Indigenous hockey players

Leach poses for a photograph with former Aboriginal league players Richard Louis (left) from Vernon and Walter Arthachan from Merritt. Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie has been working for a long time, reportedly two years, to get the Stanley Cup to make a visit to the reserve.                                (Lyonel Doherty/Oliver Chronicle)
A handful of Penticton Indian Band members protested outside the band hall as voting was held inside Wednesday.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)

Two types of civic engagement in PIB

Some voted in the byelection, others protested the polls, as Penticton Indian Band fissures continue

A handful of Penticton Indian Band members protested outside the band hall as voting was held inside Wednesday.                                (Dustin Godfrey/Western News)
If Kris Reyes is forced to return home to the Philippines his employer says he would only be able to pay for about six months of health care necessary to keep him alive.                                (GoFundMe)

Penticton man fights to stay in Canada, keep life-saving health care

If Kris Reyes is denied permanent residency, the cost of his dialysis would run too high to keep up

If Kris Reyes is forced to return home to the Philippines his employer says he would only be able to pay for about six months of health care necessary to keep him alive.                                (GoFundMe)