Brennan Phillips

Aerial of Kelowna campus. (Okanagan College)

Okanagan Young Writers Awards almost closed for 2022

Submissions end Nov. 30 and the finalists will be announced on Dec. 9

Aerial of Kelowna campus. (Okanagan College)
The fatal crash where a young mother was killed occurred March 22, 2019.

Sentence delayed for truck driver guilty of 2019 Hedley crash that killed young mother

The case of Andrey Malyshev was adjourned to 2023 to allow the judge time to make her decision

The fatal crash where a young mother was killed occurred March 22, 2019.
Tickleberry’s in Penticton was the victim of a smash-and-grab on Nov. 24. (Facebook)

Penticton Tickleberry’s ice cream shop latest victim of a smash and grab

Victim/owner of iconic downtown ice cream shop asks, ‘how do we save Penticton?’

Tickleberry’s in Penticton was the victim of a smash-and-grab on Nov. 24. (Facebook)
Scorch and burn marks can be seen on a wall and Seacan at Salvation Army where a suspicious fire was Monday, Nov. 21. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Second suspicious fire in under a month at Penticton Salvation Army

The fire was close to the transport van but did not damage it

Scorch and burn marks can be seen on a wall and Seacan at Salvation Army where a suspicious fire was Monday, Nov. 21. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
A truck rolled over on Christian Valley Road and two local Okanagan firefighters came to the passengers rescue on Saturday, Nov. 19. (Midway BC Fire/Rescue - Facebook)

Two people trapped inside a crashed vehicle near Osoyoos report seeing cars drive past them

Midway Fire and Rescue send out reminder to call 911 or stop and help

A truck rolled over on Christian Valley Road and two local Okanagan firefighters came to the passengers rescue on Saturday, Nov. 19. (Midway BC Fire/Rescue - Facebook)
Blair Balch, 49, is awaiting sentencing related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)

‘I apologize for scaring the public’: Penticton bomber sentenced to 270 days in jail

Blair Robert Balch admitted to setting off 3 explosive devices in 2021

Blair Balch, 49, is awaiting sentencing related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)
The RDOS office was built in 1984. Black Press file photo

Smash and grab hits Regional District offices in Penticton

Several computers were stolen along with food and a garbage can

The RDOS office was built in 1984. Black Press file photo
Oliver Fire Department. (Submitted photo)

Second fire on derelict Oliver property this year destroys transient camp

Oliver FD has been to the Station Street property for at least 2 suspicious fires

Oliver Fire Department. (Submitted photo)
The Seventh Day Adventist Church is currently the site of an extreme weather response shelter in Penticton due to the cold temperatures. (Google Streetview)

Penticton quietly opens and closes extreme weather shelter

The church location was open for three nights

The Seventh Day Adventist Church is currently the site of an extreme weather response shelter in Penticton due to the cold temperatures. (Google Streetview)
Oliver RCMP are investigating multiple break-ins in November, following the 12 that occurred in October. (File photo)

Oliver in midst of crime wave as break-ins continue

Another four businesses were broken into from Nov. 5 to 14

Oliver RCMP are investigating multiple break-ins in November, following the 12 that occurred in October. (File photo)
Jesse Shawcross will spend more time behind bars after his 2019 crime spree. (File photo)

Grand Theft Auto-style Penticton prolific offender gets another 27 months behind bars

Jesse Shawcross stole multiple vehicles over nine days in 2019 to fuel $300 a day meth addiction

Jesse Shawcross will spend more time behind bars after his 2019 crime spree. (File photo)
One of Apex's staff testing conditions on the mountain after recent heavy snowfall. (Apex Mountain - James Shalman)

Penticton’s Apex Mountain looking at early start to ski season

The mountain had plenty of snow from the recent storm and may open as early as Dec. 2

One of Apex's staff testing conditions on the mountain after recent heavy snowfall. (Apex Mountain - James Shalman)
Beige chunks of ‘down’ sold in Penticton have been found to be pure fentanyl, which a high risk of fatal overdose. (Interior Health)

Drug crisis gets worse as Penticton heads for another record year for fatal overdoses

The city has seen 24 fatalities in 2022 so far compared to 2021’s record of 26

Beige chunks of ‘down’ sold in Penticton have been found to be pure fentanyl, which a high risk of fatal overdose. (Interior Health)
Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)

Penticton issues warning after report of city worker impersonator

The man attempted to gain access to a home to allegedly test the tap water

Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)
Local hero Gord Portman's dog Zippy was working outreach with him when the tiny dog ingested cocaine with meth in it. He was rushed to the vet but is still very sick and will need further help. (Gord Portman)

Penticton’s Zippy facing health setback as local hero calls for support

Gord Portman’s dog is suffering some new health issues since ingesting drugs

Local hero Gord Portman's dog Zippy was working outreach with him when the tiny dog ingested cocaine with meth in it. He was rushed to the vet but is still very sick and will need further help. (Gord Portman)
The remains of several storage bins and the Salvation Army’s truck after a late night fire in Penticton on Oct. 26. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Video: Fire destroys Salvation Army truck in Penticton

Now the Salvation Army is down to 1 truck which will impact service at a time when need is high

The remains of several storage bins and the Salvation Army’s truck after a late night fire in Penticton on Oct. 26. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)

DNA evidence led to ID of South Okanagan break-in suspect: Crown

Kevin Maurice James Leclerc is charged with five break-ins over 2014 to 2017

B.C. Supreme Court chambers at the Penticton Law Courts on Main Street. (Western News file photo)
Police closed access to the Penticton shooting range in September after the Summerland Fire Department discovered two deceased individuals. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton man and woman ID’d as victims found near local shooting range

Alanna Brown and Douglas Barker were last seen the day before their bodies were discovered

Police closed access to the Penticton shooting range in September after the Summerland Fire Department discovered two deceased individuals. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A fire on Chute Lake Road was visible from Summerland and destroyed a home in the early hours of Oct. 21. (Facebook)

Fire destroys Naramata home in blaze seen across Okanagan Lake

The fire completely destroyed the house and threatened to spread into the forest

A fire on Chute Lake Road was visible from Summerland and destroyed a home in the early hours of Oct. 21. (Facebook)
A worker scales the clifface while another in a skid-steer removes fallen rock from a section under work on Highway 97 between Kaleden and Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Expect delays and road closures on Highway 97 south of Penticton

Multiple projects are underway around the community of Kaleden

A worker scales the clifface while another in a skid-steer removes fallen rock from a section under work on Highway 97 between Kaleden and Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
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