Officers from Alberta coming to BC to assist – 40
Those ordered evacuated – over 14 thousand people.
Dillan John Andre Cote, who Judge Gail Sinclair said spent the balance of his life in custody or probation, had a crime spree in late 2015 and early 2016 that began with shoplifting in Cranbrook and the theft of a car from the same area. He then travelled to Rock Creek where he stole another vehicle and finally was arrested after a 10-hour standoff with RCMP in Oliver.
Cote, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant at the time for a parole violation, refused to leave the Osoyoos residence until the early hours in the morning when RCMP used a distraction method and a gas shell to force Cote and a female he was with out of the home.
Sinclair said in his judgement that part of Cote’s lengthy record had to do with his horrible upbringing and his addiction to drugs.
Cote pleaded guilty to one count of theft under $5,000, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle and one count of robbery on Monday at the Penticton provincial courthouse. He was sentenced to four years, but still has two years for to serve on a previous sentence. The jail time given to Cote from the matters dealt with on Monday will begin in 2019.
Source: ODN with files from Black Press Digital
Previously on ODN – December 2016
Charges have yet to be laid in connection to a 10 hour standoff in Oliver that ended with an emergency response team gassing a couple out of the house they were holed up in.
On December 14 2016 at 5:30 p.m. RCMP confirmed the location of 23 year old Dillan John Andre Cote, wanted on a Canada wide warrant since November 7th for failing to return to his designated residence. RCMP initially suspected he was hiding in Prince George, but he was found in a home at or near Primrose Lane and Road 3 south of Oliver.
Police allege Cote and his female accomplice, 21-year-old Michelle Britany Mercier, refused to leave the home until 4 a.m. when the police used “a distraction method and gas shell” to force them out of the home.
Both appeared in court on charges of theft under $5000 and breach of undertaking for an incident that occurred in Cranbrook on December 13. Court proceedings indicated there were previous conditions prohibiting the pair from accompanying each other.
Cote has a long list of convictions for crimes dating back to 2012.
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A major new player in the South Okanagan wine scene dropped by Oliver council on Monday to touch base and talk about plans for a 72,000-square-foot winery on Black Sage Road.
Phantom Creek Estates vineyard president Ingo Grady told council the winery – including production and bottling facilities, a restaurant, sales and administration and an outdoor entertainment venue – is slated to open in Spring 2019.
The owner of Phantom Creek is Bai Jiping. According to the blog Prosecco Conegliano, Bai is a Chinese industrialist who formerly owned an iron mine in Shanxi Province and currently operates a flaxseed processing plant managed in China by his son.
Grady told council Bai is investing about $100 million in his Okanagan wine venture. About half of it went to purchasing vineyards, including the seven-acre Phantom Creek property and the 40-acre Sundial parcel. He also bought two 20-acre pieces in the same area and 160 acres of unplanted land near Cawston.
Wine from the Sundial property will be sold under the name Suncatcher because of possible copyright issues.
Bai attended Monday’s along with his son and his executive assistant/translator.
In an interview later Monday, Grady said the initial $100-million investment might only be the beginning as Bai continues to seek quality grape producing land.
Said Grady: “80 per cent of the vineyards (in the Okanagan) can make good wine and 20 per cent have the potential to make great wine and Mr. Bai is only interested in the latter.”
As for the 2016 vintage, Grady said about 100 tons of grapes were crushed in the temporary winery on the Black Sage Road site. The grapes are aging in oak barrels and will produce about 4,000 case of red wine.
“I hope to have wine in the bottle from Phantom Creek by the spring of 2019,” Grady said.
An ESS reception centre has been set up at the Riverside Community Centre in Princeton.
All those affected by the evacuation order are asked to register.
In all, 350 homes are now under evacuation order as a result of the fire. Another 257 are on evacuation alert.
Residents and motorists are reminder Highway 5A between Princeton and Aspen Grove remains closed.
5am – (all units cleared scene at 6:55 am)
Just north of Rd 22 on Highway 97
Osoyoos and Oliver RCMP on scene
Oliver Fire Department quick response – knocking back fire quickly
Some traffic diversions occurred
No ambulance. No known injuries
Debris field on highway for a mile back towards Oliver.
Transport with modular half of home was southbound early in the morning.
By ROY WOOD
Kicking off with an on-line photo contest in September, Oliver will join the social media world as it explores innovative ways to communicate with its citizens.
Council on Monday approved a “social media policy,” which will see the town develop a presence on most of the popular sites.
In a report to council, corporate officer Diane Vaykovich presented the policy as a response to council’s direction “to review communication tools to improve information dissemination to residents.”
According to the new policy: “The Town will use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instragram as social media tools to provide additional avenues for the public to receive information. Additionally as a tool to encourage information sharing and dialogue with a variety of audiences.”
Staff will work through the summer getting ready for a launch in early September. An as-yet-undefined photo contest will likely take place around the start-up date to attract attention.
The various social media feeds will be managed by the town’s corporate services department. Vaykovich told council the administration of the channels would likely take about a half-hour per day.
According to Vaykovich’s report, the benefits of a social media presence include:
• Encouraging interaction between the public and the town;
• Timely dissemination of information;
• Reinforcing the town’s philosophy of being an innovative local government that seeks input from the public; and
• A timely resource to provide emergency information. Facebook and Twitter will be used for such things as public service
The RipOff Artists hosted an opening reception at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre on Monday July 10 to kick off their “Cashing In on Canada 150” studio week. The artist collective has chosen Canada’s purple $10 bill, featuring Sir John A MacDonald, as their artistic inspiration for the country’s sesquicentennial celebration. Each member of the group will reproduce the currency in their chosen medium and in the style of a different Canadian artist, such as Maud Lewis, Tom Thomson, Ken Danby, and Emily Carr. As an added challenge, “150” must appear somewhere in their artwork.
At the opening reception, each artist gave a sneak peek of their talent by recreating the Canada penny stamp from 1867 as their “pre-piece”. Drop in on the artists all week long, July 11 – 15 (Tuesday to Saturday), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and watch them work on their unique $10 bill.
Photos: JoAnn Turner discusses her inspiration, Myfanwy MacLeod and Enid Baker (left) reveals Ken Danby – in particular his famous painting “The Goalie”.
Photo Credit: Penelope Johnson
More arts info at www.oliverartscouncil.org