Owner should have called 911

It was amazing to read the recent letter regarding one of Summerland’s bed and breakfast operations in last week’s Review.

Dear Editor:

It was amazing to read the recent letter regarding one of Summerland’s bed and breakfast operations in last week’s Review.

The visitor articulated some extremely negative comments about their recent stay at the Wildhorse Mountain Ranch in Summerland and pointed the finger at the nearby rifle range.

Given the situation described in the letter (shots being fired after dark), it was stunning to read that the owners did not simply dial 911. It doesn’t matter where a crime is happening, when shots are being fired  after dark in Summerland, call 911.

But even more shocking, the letter writer states that the owners, with a guest in their home, not only chose to not dial 911; they went out to personally confront a group of people. People who were obviously breaking the law… in the dark… with guns!

That kind of action seems beyond irresponsible. Obviously, there needs to be some educating done when a bed and breakfast owner chooses to undertake such a risky confrontation rather than promptly do the responsible thing: call the police!

Summerland RCMP are well equipped, well trained, and very well able to deal with criminal activity in Summerland, and they will respond, but someone has to call them.

If the RCMP had been notified, the lawbreakers probably could have been caught, and no negative letter to the editor would have appeared.

To Evelyn von Almassy, the letter writing visitor:, hopefully you will come visit again. I suggest you give Summerland another try. But, if you do come back and if you do encounter any kind of illegal activity, please do dial 911.

And to the few bad apple meatheads who we are told were abusing the rifle range, it’s time to smarten up, because now you know, a neighbour might call the cops and you could face the loss of your guns plus some jail time. Then those of us who do responsibly use that facility can carry on, legally, safely, enjoying the sport we enjoy.

Patrick Murphy



Just Posted

Gold for Kelowna’s Kelsey Serwa

Kelsey Serwa wins the gold medal in thrilling fashion in PyeongChang

Summerland Museum sorts through acquisitions

Staff working to examine many items in museum’s collection

Kelowna tour stop for Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams to perform June 10 at Prospera Place

Real estate agents brace for speculation tax impact

“There’s a real potential for a domino effect to hurt the market in Kelowna.”

Fire department supports students

Money raised through annual holiday tree chipping project

B.C. Games open with Olympic touch

The 2018 B.C. Winter Games kicked off in Kamloops

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Suspected serial killer targeting Toronto gay community now faces six murder charges

Bruce McArthur now charged with murders of six men: Toronto police

Trump suggests more guns in schools to combat shootings

Trump floats two-step plan for gun control: More guns, more control

Second Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Olympics

Russian Bobsled Federation states a drug-test sample that pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva gave on Sunday was positive.

Indigenous leaders call for change after ‘system fails’ Tina Fontaine

‘All of us should be ashamed’: Calls for change after jury finds Raymond Cormier not guilty

Atwal fiasco dogs Trudeau; PM pledges a ‘conversation’ with MP responsible

Trudeau is being peppered with questions about the lingering controversy

Germany upsets Canada in Olympic men’s hockey

Germany 4 Canada 3; Germans play OAR for gold; Canada and Czechs go for bronze

Evacuated cat finds his way home seven months after B.C. wildfires

‘He just decided he was going on a holiday — an extended holiday’

Most Read