Summerland man makes the wrong call, goes to prison

The charges date back to an Oct. 25, 2014 incident, where Howells called a bomb threat into the Kelowna International Airport.

Michael Howells is going to spend one year behind bars for making the wrong call.

Howells, a 27-year-old Summerland resident, was sentenced earlier this week to one year in prison and two years probation on the charges of mischief and public mischief, which he earlier pleaded guilty to.

The charges date back to an  Oct. 25, 2014 incident, where Howells called a bomb threat into the Kelowna International Airport.

At the time of the incident, Mounties said Howells made the threat to a specific WestJet flight set to depart from Kelowna International Airport later that afternoon.

“The aircraft was inbound at the time of the report and, as a precaution, was diverted to a secure location away from the terminal for the ongoing safety of the public, airport personnel, and the facility,” said Const. Kris Clark, at the time of the incident.

“The luggage of the outbound flight was also isolated away from the terminal building. Both the luggage and passengers were searched but nothing of concern was located.”

What they did find, however, was a connection to Howells, who was  carted away by the authorities after a few hours.

Howells will be in court in November for another charge of break and enter from September 2015.