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36 year old Jesse William Shawcross has been charged with 19 criminal counts in connection with multiple incidents in the last week in Oliver, OK Falls and Penticton. Shawcross has lived in Kamloops and his age may be different than the one given in court documents.
Charges were read in court yesterday – one courtroom, one suspect – 2pm Friday
3 counts of uttering threats of death
1 count assault with a weapon Sept. 19
3 counts of theft of motor vehicle – one stolen north of Oliver, two in Ok Falls including a 2014 Subaru
1 count of possession of property obtained by crime
1 count of break and enter Sept. 19
2 counts of breach of probation
2 counts of resisting arrest
3 counts of driving while prohibited
1 drug offence Sept 24
1 count of obstructing a police officer Sept. 20
Source: Court Services Online. RCMP have not released detailed information on the incidents and a subsequent arrest and the timeline of charges is confusing for those observing closely.
A man was arrested by RCMP earlier this week in connection with a car jacking on Eastside Rd north of OK Falls.
Time line: Incident September 19. Stolen vehicle found September 20. Man arrested Tuesday and charges laid Wednesday of this week with new charges Friday that clearly spell out charges from an incident involving a weapon on September 19th in Penticton.
Information Numbers: 46932, 47042 and 47049
Serious accident on Hwy 3 – heading to Bridesville. Before 9am Friday
Police, fire and EMS on scene. Ambulances from Oliver and Osoyoos mentioned on chatter channels.
Three ambulances required – one heading to Osoyoos for helicopter picked within the hour. Head injuries. Others going to nearby hospitals.
First responders said the vehicle rolled over on Hwy 3 just south of the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department station.
RCMP arrested one person after fleeing from the scene. One person taken to hospital and a third flown out of Osoyoos by helicopter. Details still limited.
Request from the Penticton Indian Band to waive all tipping fees for approximately 5000 tonnes of waste deposited on Lot 210 Green, Mountain Road.
A private waste hauler has set up a sorting/receiving facility site at Lot 210, Green, Mountain Road on Penticton Indian Reserve #1 on a locate parcel.
While such a facility is not consistent with the Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan, the RDOS and the Province have no jurisdiction over Band lands. This hauler’s business has received a substantial amount of demolition and construction waste at the aforementioned property and has since become insolvent. The Penticton Indian Band is now asking for a waiver of tipping fees in order to dispose of the materials remaining on the property. While some of the loads received at the aforementioned facility have waste manifests, the vast majority do not and must be assumed to contain asbestos. An assessment of these wastes and a prescription for work safe requirements by a waste management expert has been attached. In addition to the cost of accepting the waste, the RDOS concern would be worker safety.
The RDOS’s current tipping fee for unassessed demolition and construction wastes is $700 per tonne. This fee is punitive and is meant to discourage unassessed loads from coming to the landfill. 5000 tonnes equates to $3,500,000 in revenue at the $700 per tonne rate. Actual costs for the RDOS
to process these materials is less than the $700 per tonne fee, but are substantively more than the costs to process regular household waste. Additional costs beyond regular household waste include:
· The preparation of a new area for the deposition of material.
· A new access road
· Additional import of soils required to bury the aforementioned material. These wastes require a higher soils to waste ratio.
· Additional handling/ operating costs.
We estimate a cost of $1,100,000 will be required to manage approximately 5000 tonnes, or $220 per tonne.
While the reduction in tipping fees represents a $2.4M loss in revenue, it will allow us to recover our costs to receive the requested wastes. An additional household tax, or increase in tipping fees will be required should the Board decide to waive all tipping fees or go less than the prescribed $220/ tonne fee.
There is very real danger that this type operation could occur again on the various band lands throughout the RDOS. Providing subsidies for the cleanup of these materials will set a precedent. It is in the interest of the RDOS, the Penticton Indian Band, the Federal Government and the
Province to work together to prevent these types of facilities being built in the future.
Source: RDOS staff report for debate Thursday
Board of Education Report September 25, 2019
Welcome to the new school year! On behalf of the Board, I would like to wish all our students and staff a successful year. Following are some highlights of items discussed at the September 25, 2019 School District No. 53 Board of Education meeting.
Administration informed the Board of the August professional development opportunities that occurred this summer. These included 2 days of Indigenous Culture Camps where participants in Keremeos went to tour a pit house and the Ochre Bluffs in Princeton, and Oliver/Osoyoos participants walked from
Rattlesnake Point across the desert to the Desert Center then had a personal tour around the center with a former student. These camps were designed to increase cultural understanding for incorporating this knowledge into schools and classrooms. Other professional development included a session on
connecting math to community, place and culture, fundamental movement skills for K-7, and a very well attended session on social emotional learning through play. We believe that School District No. 53 has a very robust professional development program and will continue to support these types of learning opportunities.
Our career programs have had a busy start up with students enrolled in work experience, Youth Work in Trades, and Youth Train in Trades. Our Youth Train in Trades numbers for the first semester are where we expect them as many of our students enroll in semester two at colleges around the province.
School District No. 53 hosted the Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) Day in our district on September 24. Representatives from 14 post-secondary institutions visited Osoyoos where SESS students also attended. They visited SOSS for a mini-career fair along with information sessions for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12.
The Board passed the Audited Financial Statements for the past year and we would like to thank Russ Jones, Deputy Auditor General and his team for the great work. Mr. Jones advised that his audit found that the financial statements fairly represented the financial position of the Board. The Board passed an amended Capital Plan Bylaw in order to obtain a new wheelchair accessible bus. The Board was also informed of the large amount of summer work projects throughout the district that were completed.
Finally, the additional transportation fund is continuing in the 2019-20 year. The district will receive $209,000 to enhance transportation. The Ministry of Education sets the purpose for the funding which includes reducing or eliminating rider fees, enhancing safety and services to students, reducing rider
times, and increasing efficiency of our transportation service.
Rob Zandee, Chairperson
School District No. 53