Dustin Godfrey

Penticton Law Courts B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo

Princeton man acquitted of rape, guilty of forcible confinement, assault

Judge finds alcohol made victim and accused unreliable witnesses on matter of consent

Penticton Law Courts B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News file photo
RCMP on scene of the Herbal Green Apothecary in Okanagan Falls on Wednesday.                                Tara Bowie/Western News

Court documents reveal South Okanagan cannabis dispensary probe

Police reportedly stopped 2 people at 2 different shops over 2 days in March prior to investigation

RCMP on scene of the Herbal Green Apothecary in Okanagan Falls on Wednesday.                                Tara Bowie/Western News
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Okanagan man suffers serious injuries after pinned by log

The man was airlifted to hospital late Tuesday afternoon with non-life-threatening injuries

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Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry

Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry

From cooks throwing knives to a breakdown that nearly killed a chef, kitchens struggle to deal with stress

Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry
Paul Singla, one of two Singla siblings that own Singla Brothers Holdings and the husband of Realtor Vijay Singla, is seen entering the side of his home on Heather Road in Penticton Friday, the day after several Canadian Border Services Agency officers executed an enforcement action at the property.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Singla family lawyer responds to media reports of CBSA raid

Border services agents had been at the home all day Thursday conducting an “enforcement action”

Paul Singla, one of two Singla siblings that own Singla Brothers Holdings and the husband of Realtor Vijay Singla, is seen entering the side of his home on Heather Road in Penticton Friday, the day after several Canadian Border Services Agency officers executed an enforcement action at the property.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton

Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton

Organizers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Regional Convention for the B.C. Southern Interior…

Convention attracts around 3,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses to Penticton
Paul Singla, one of two Singla siblings that own Singla Brothers Holdings and the husband of Realtor Vijay Singla, is seen entering the side of his home on Heather Road in Penticton Friday, the day after several Canadian Border Services Agency officers executed an enforcement action at the property.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Singla Brothers Holdings office raided by border services officers

Paul Singla runs Singla Brothers Holdings, while Vijay Singla is a Realtor in the South Okanagan

Paul Singla, one of two Singla siblings that own Singla Brothers Holdings and the husband of Realtor Vijay Singla, is seen entering the side of his home on Heather Road in Penticton Friday, the day after several Canadian Border Services Agency officers executed an enforcement action at the property.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
In Penticton’s courthouse Thursday morning, an Okanagan Falls man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his underage step-daughter claimed the abuse was solely in 2015, when the girl was 15 years old. The girl testified last week that the abuse had been going on since she was just 10 years old.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

OK Falls man denies majority of sex assault on underage step-daughter

Okanagan Falls man said abuse was solely in 2015, while the victim testified it had gone from 2010 to 2016

In Penticton’s courthouse Thursday morning, an Okanagan Falls man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his underage step-daughter claimed the abuse was solely in 2015, when the girl was 15 years old. The girl testified last week that the abuse had been going on since she was just 10 years old.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

In jail and in withdrawal: Inmates face long waits for opioid therapy in OCC

Provincial health body aims to erase waitlists in Okanagan’s jail, including for opioid replacement

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
During last year’s provincial election, B.C. Liberal MLA Dan Ashton watches as a potential majority vote for the Liberals drifts towards a minority government, with the Greens holding the balance.                                Steve Kidd/Western News

Electoral reform could mean less rural representation: Penticton MLA

But local proponents say voters of non-majority parties would have greater voice under new system

During last year’s provincial election, B.C. Liberal MLA Dan Ashton watches as a potential majority vote for the Liberals drifts towards a minority government, with the Greens holding the balance.                                Steve Kidd/Western News
Highway 97 crash north of Penticton sends one car into Okanagan Lake

Highway 97 crash north of Penticton sends one car into Okanagan Lake

Another car was spotted facing south with its front driver-side wheel bent nearly horizontally

Highway 97 crash north of Penticton sends one car into Okanagan Lake
Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Princeton man gets 18 more months for loaded handgun outside Denny’s

Wilson was convicted in February of 3 weapons charges for incident in Penticton Denny’s parking lot

Penticton’s B.C. Supreme Court chambers on Main Street.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Penticton Indian Band signs historic agreement with forestry company

Penticton Indian Band signs historic agreement with forestry company

Interfor signed a deal with PIB this week, which is being touted as a step toward reconciliation

Penticton Indian Band signs historic agreement with forestry company
Detention cells in the Penticton RCMP detachment. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Arrest made in 1 of 4 homicides in Penticton area last year

Kiera Bourque arrested Tuesday after RCMP investigation into a 17-year-old boy’s death in April 2017

Detention cells in the Penticton RCMP detachment. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Registered clinical counsellor Lindsay Bysterveld, counselling services co-ordinator with the South Okanagan Women In Need Society, demonstrates eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy, often used with those who have experienced or witnessed trauma.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Walk to end abuse for those who can’t

SOWINS’s Debbie Scarborough points to the lethal potential in intimate partner abuse

Registered clinical counsellor Lindsay Bysterveld, counselling services co-ordinator with the South Okanagan Women In Need Society, demonstrates eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy, often used with those who have experienced or witnessed trauma.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
As Terry Gabelhei sorts the items she could save from a cleanup in Esplanade Park in the background, restoration crews work with bylaw officers to pack some of the items swept up in a cleanup effort in the park Wednesday afternoon. Among the items, tents — homes, to some individuals — could be seen being shipped off.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton homeless campers devastated by park cleanup

Two women, in their 50s and 60s, said they felt like giving up after their only home was cleared out

As Terry Gabelhei sorts the items she could save from a cleanup in Esplanade Park in the background, restoration crews work with bylaw officers to pack some of the items swept up in a cleanup effort in the park Wednesday afternoon. Among the items, tents — homes, to some individuals — could be seen being shipped off.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties

Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties

That includes 663 properties in Electoral Area “B” and Electoral Area “G” and 589 in Keremeos

Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Okanagan jail likely driver of region’s violent crime hike

South Okanagan-Similkameen’s top cop says violent crime happening in jail, not after inmates released

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Tribunal proceeding with Penticton discrimination complaint

Tribunal proceeding with Penticton discrimination complaint

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal denied an application from a non-profit to dismiss the complaint

Tribunal proceeding with Penticton discrimination complaint
Paul Braun sits next to where he used to panhandle — now occupied by the recycling bin he leans on — after the City of Penticton moved the garbage and recycling bins to his and others’ usual panhandling spot.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton panhandler not deterred by trash

City staff moved trash and recycling bins into a regular panhandling spot to deter the practice

Paul Braun sits next to where he used to panhandle — now occupied by the recycling bin he leans on — after the City of Penticton moved the garbage and recycling bins to his and others’ usual panhandling spot.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News