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Top judge says judiciary must decide what training needed after sex assault training bill

Top judge says judiciary must decide what training needed after sex assault training bill

Bill C-5 revives a private member’s bill introduced several years ago by former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose,

Top judge says judiciary must decide what training needed after sex assault training bill
Brenda Tonasket was among a group of protesters who rallied in front of the Vernon Law Courts prior to an appearance by Carla Jean Christman and her daughter, Chelsea Beluse-Christman in August 2019. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Alleged Okanagan animal abusers still awaiting trial date

Trial date expected to be set within the next three weeks

Brenda Tonasket was among a group of protesters who rallied in front of the Vernon Law Courts prior to an appearance by Carla Jean Christman and her daughter, Chelsea Beluse-Christman in August 2019. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Provincial courtroom (File photo)

Sentenced for stealing pricey ring from Salmon Arm pawn shop

Accused vows to change criminal history through beating addictions

Provincial courtroom (File photo)
Curtis Sagmoen takes a smoke break during the start of his latest trial Monday, Feb. 10. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Curtis Sagmoen found guilty of assaulting escort

North Okanagan man awaits sentence hearing, scheduled for March 2 in Vernon

Curtis Sagmoen takes a smoke break during the start of his latest trial Monday, Feb. 10. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Chilliwack man sentenced for head-on crash that killed pregnant Kelowna woman

Chilliwack man sentenced for head-on crash that killed pregnant Kelowna woman

Frank Tessman convicted under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed 31-year-old school teacher

Chilliwack man sentenced for head-on crash that killed pregnant Kelowna woman
Steven Gauthier was convicted in BC Supreme Court in New Westminster on Feb. 5, 2020 of aggravated sexual assault for having sex with a woman while HIV positive and not informing her of his infection. (Facebook)

Chilliwack man convicted after failing to disclose HIV-positive status to partner

Steven Gauthier convicted in BC Supreme Court after he did not disclose status to sexual partner

Steven Gauthier was convicted in BC Supreme Court in New Westminster on Feb. 5, 2020 of aggravated sexual assault for having sex with a woman while HIV positive and not informing her of his infection. (Facebook)
Penticton Law Courts. (File)

Oliver man charged with arson ordered to undergo psych assessment

Steve Joseph Godbout is charged with assaulting a police officer and two counts of arson

Penticton Law Courts. (File)
The body of Natsumi Kogawa, 30, was found in the Gabriola Mansion on Davie Street in September 2016. Vernon man William Schneider, who was found guilty of murder, is set to appeal in May 2020. (Vancouver Police Department photo)

North Okanagan man found guilty of murder to appeal

William Victor Schneider to return to court in relation to Japanese exchange student murder

The body of Natsumi Kogawa, 30, was found in the Gabriola Mansion on Davie Street in September 2016. Vernon man William Schneider, who was found guilty of murder, is set to appeal in May 2020. (Vancouver Police Department photo)
Jail time for Chilliwack driver in crash that killed pregnant woman

Jail time for Chilliwack driver in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman convicted under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Jail time for Chilliwack driver in crash that killed pregnant woman
Stephen Witvoet, a Vernon physiotherapist who pled guilty to nine counts of sexual assault, has had his sentencing pushed back to March 30, 2020. (Contributed)

Sex assault sentencing delayed for Vernon physiotherapist

Stephen Witvoet, who pled guilty to nine counts of sex assault, will be sentenced on March 30

Stephen Witvoet, a Vernon physiotherapist who pled guilty to nine counts of sexual assault, has had his sentencing pushed back to March 30, 2020. (Contributed)
Kelowna Law Courts. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

Central Okanagan man accused of sexual assault found not guilty due to alibi

Justice Dennis Hori determined a reasonable doubt in the Crown’s case against Robert Copeland

Kelowna Law Courts. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Dale Habib was in Kelowna court on Monday facing six gun charges. Image: Facebook

Former Hells Angels associate in Kelowna court on gun, drug charges

Former Angels associate Dale Habib appears in Kelowna court

Dale Habib was in Kelowna court on Monday facing six gun charges. Image: Facebook
Proposed sentence for West Kelowna teacher who exploited student more fitting of manslaughter: Lawyer

Proposed sentence for West Kelowna teacher who exploited student more fitting of manslaughter: Lawyer

The Crown is suggesting a sentence of 30 months for sexual exploitation, 71 months total

Proposed sentence for West Kelowna teacher who exploited student more fitting of manslaughter: Lawyer
Trial dates set for Central Okanagan RCMP officer charged with sexual assault

Trial dates set for Central Okanagan RCMP officer charged with sexual assault

The trial is set for four days, taking place from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3

Trial dates set for Central Okanagan RCMP officer charged with sexual assault
Hospital patient pleads guilty to dumbbell assault of nurse in Abbotsford

Hospital patient pleads guilty to dumbbell assault of nurse in Abbotsford

Neale Heath admits to assault causing bodily harm in attack last September

Hospital patient pleads guilty to dumbbell assault of nurse in Abbotsford
Third woman files sexual harassment suit against former Kelowna Mountie

Third woman files sexual harassment suit against former Kelowna Mountie

Brian Mathew Burkett left the RCMP in August 2017

Third woman files sexual harassment suit against former Kelowna Mountie
Driver of speedboat in fatal Shuswap Lake houseboat collision denied parole

Driver of speedboat in fatal Shuswap Lake houseboat collision denied parole

Court says Leon Reinbrecht unwilling to accept culpability for “reckless, thrill-seeking behaviour”

  • Jan 20, 2020
Driver of speedboat in fatal Shuswap Lake houseboat collision denied parole
Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers

Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers

A group of voters claim conflict of interests should see them removed from office

Court claim accuses B.C. mayor and council of conflict of interest with developers
Curtis Sagmoen can be seen leaving the courthouse in Vernon following Day 2 of his trial on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Crown delves into Sagmoen’s history with North Okanagan sex workers

Decision on validity of police search warrant will be made on Monday, Dec. 9

Curtis Sagmoen can be seen leaving the courthouse in Vernon following Day 2 of his trial on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Trevor Luszcz received a 60-day sentence Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, after pleading guilty to one count of uttering threats to burn, destroy or damage and one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Man jailed for threatening to burn down Vernon hospital

The 34-year-old has was on probation for two earlier convictions at the time of the incident

Trevor Luszcz received a 60-day sentence Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, after pleading guilty to one count of uttering threats to burn, destroy or damage and one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)