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The man accused of killing and robbing Brittney Lee Irving last year will have to wait until 2012 for his preliminary hearing. At a court date on Monday, the court confirmed an eight-day hearing had been scheduled to hear the case against Joelon Verma to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. Verma was arrested last June, about a month after Irving’s body was located at an undisclosed location. Irving, 24, was last seen alive by her family a year ago today (April 6) and was last known to be heading out to meet someone to sell him a “large
quantity” of marijuana. She was reported missing April 7, 2010, the same day her SUV was found abandoned on Philpott Road. Verma’s preliminary hearing is scheduled to get underway on Jan. 3, 2012.
Police are asking witnesses to come forward after two cases of a man exposing himself were reported over the weekend. The first incident happened around 6:50 p.m. on Saturday as a woman in her early 20s was running at the Apple Bowl track.
A man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants exposed himself to the woman, said Sgt. Craig Andrichuk. Patrols by police failed to turn up the suspect. Then, at 10 p.m., Orchard Park Mall security staff reported seeing, on security cameras, a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark sweat pants exposing himself in front of three girls at the bus loop shelter, located near The Bay. Anyone with information is asked to call Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.
Police say a cyclist is lucky to be alive after being dragged by a vehicle following a collision in downtown Kelowna. At 4:50 p.m. on Monday, members of the Downtown Enforcement Unit were on patrol in the 200-block of Leon Avenue when they were approached by a cyclist who said he had been struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Leon Avenue and Ellis Street. “According to witnesses, a silver vehicle was traveling northbound on Ellis Street approaching a red light while the cyclist was traveling westbound
Sikh community stages celebration Growth from A1 of a new year. It’s a time of celebration as farmers enjoy the fruits of hard work and thank God for the bountiful harvest and pray for prosperity in the future. And many celebra-
tions specific to the holiday will be on display during the Saturday event. “There will be a lot of food along the parade, people will have stalls set up in their driveway, where they’ll be giving away lots of things— mostly food,” he said.
Another major attraction of Vaisakhi celebrations in villages is the performance of energetic Bhangra and Gidda dance by men and women respectively. This very popular traditional folk dance is performed in groups on the
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with the traffic signal,” said Const. Mike Dunn. “The cyclist was unable to stop, colliding with the rear passenger side of the suspect vehicle, resulting in the bike being pulled underneath the car dragging it short distance.” Police say the driver of the vehicle got out and yelled at the cyclist before driving off. The cyclist suffered minor injuries. If anyone has any information about this incident, they’re asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477.
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fast beat of dhol (drum). Dancers perform everyday farming scenes of sowing, harvesting and gathering of crops through movements of the body to the accompaniment of a ballad. “This is really exciting for the younger people in our community,” he said. “Usually they have to travel to other places to take part in the festival.” Patara went on to say that it’s not just the Sikh community that’s being welcomed into the fold, as already more than 20 floats from other parts of the community have been entered into the parade. “Everybody is welcome—everybody in Kelowna,” he said. The celebration will begin at the Rutland Road Sikh temple at 11 a.m, and the parade will roll out from there. The city will also get in on the action, and is enforcing rolling road closures beginning at 11:45 a.m. along Sumac Road E., Lacombe Road, Craig Road, Maygard Road and Friesen Road to accommodate the parade. Between 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., McCurdy Road will be closed between Rutland and Craig Roads including a westbound lane closure on Hartman Road between Rutland and Craig Roads. Alternate access to Rutland Recreation Park is available via Bach Road at Dodd Road. Traffic control personnel will be visible along the route and motorists may experience minor disruptions. For more information go to www.kelownasikhtemple.com/ vaisakhi.
Published on Apr 5, 2011