POLICE ROUNDUP – Man in custody after fight in Tranquille Road bar

A 24-year-old Kamloops man is in custody after assaulting another man in a bar.

On Wednesday (May 24, 2017) night, Kamloops RCMP received a report of a fight between two men in a bar on Tranquille Road. Both men had left the bar before police arrived.  According to witnesses and video surveillance, one man had assaulted the other by punching him and then hitting him with a beer bottle.  The assailant also had what appeared to be a handgun and brandished it during the assault.

Police located a suspect a few blocks away and saw him throw something to the ground before they approached him.  After the man was arrested, the area was searched and a small silver replica pistol was recovered.

The suspect is being held in custody to go before a judge.  RCMP are recommending charges of: Breach of Probation, Using a Firearm in the Commission of an Offence and Assault with a weapon.

The victim has been identified and police will contact him to ascertain the extent of his injuries.

Public plea for help on National Missing Children’s Day

SOOKE — RCMP are profiling a historical file of a missing teen today (May 25, 2017) for National Missing Children’s Day, in the hopes that increased public attention may prompt new tips.

It has been nearly 16 years since Jesokah Adkens disappeared in Sooke, B.C. and investigators are once again seeking the public’s assistance in solving this 2001 case.

What is known:

Photo of Jesokah Adkens 1

Name: Jesokah Adkens
Location: Sooke, British Columbia
Details: On Sept. 26, 2001 at about 9:30 p.m., Jesokah Adkens was seen in the area of Saseenos Elementary School in Sooke. She was believed to be on her way home to feed her dog but never arrived. Jesokah was never seen again.

Jesokah is described as blonde with blue eyes, 165 cm (5’5) and about 50 kg (110 pounds). She was last seen wearing a light blue sweater, a dark blue cotton hoody style sweater, dark blue jeans and running shoes.

At the time of her disappearance, Jesokah was residing in the Sooke area with a roommate. She was 17 years old and was attending Edward Milne Secondary School. She was a very social person and was well known throughout the Sooke and Port Renfrew communities.

What the investigation has revealed:

Photo of Jesokah Adkens 2The Sooke RCMP began a lengthy investigation into the whereabouts of Jesokah, which included a substantial ground, air and water search. As the investigation unfolded it became more and more evident foul play could not be ruled out and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit took over the investigation. Despite an active and on-going investigation she has never been found.

Can you help?

Detective Kathleen Murphy with the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit, along with the Sooke RCMP, are urging anyone with information to come forward. “As a parent and an investigator, I absolutely want to help the Adkens family get some answers as to what happened to Jesokah that night,” said Detective Murphy.

“Please look at her photo and read the details of her disappearance once more. If you lived in that area or were travelling there at the time and can recall any bit of information that may help us solve this case, please call the police.”

The Adkens family do not wish to be contacted but they did want to add this sentiment: “We are very happy that there are people that care, and are still trying to resolve this. Our only hope for resolution is through others.”

If you have any information you would like to report, please call the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit tip line at 250-380-6211. If you would like to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report online at

Five police officers named to Alexa Team

KAMLOOPS – On May 10, 2017 four Kamloops RCMP police officers and a Southeast District Traffic Services officer were named to the 2016 Alexa Team.

The recognized officers have all taken at least 12 impaired drivers off the road in the past year through a Criminal Code investigation, 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition, Administrative Driving Prohibition and Drug Recognition Evaluations.

Collectively, Cst. Mathew James, Cst. Paul Koester, Cst. Guillaume Pelletier, Cst. Michael Scherpenisse and Cst. Kaid Shewchuk took 194 impaired drivers off the road in 2016.

Alexa’s Team is named after four-year-old Alexa Middelaer, who was killed by a drunk driver in May 2008.  The driver, a 56-year-old woman, was later convicted of drunk driving.  Since the program started, more than 79,000 impaired driving sanctions for alcohol and drug related driving offences have been processed.

“The officers who are on Alexa’s Team have really put their heart and soul into road safety for our community,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.

“Kamloops is safer, lives have been saved and families have their loved ones home with them because of the work they have done.”

Threat to school and students investigated

PENTICTON – On Sunday, May 21, 2017, Penticton RCMP initiated an investigation after being advised of a threat toward a local school and students.

The investigation led to the identification of a suspect who has been spoken to along with family members of the individual.

Police continue to liaise with school officials as their investigation continues. Police have no information at this time to believe students or staff are at risk.

Police arrest suspect in gas station robbery

KELOWNA – On May 22, 2017 at 1:19 a.m, West Kelowna RCMP received a report of a robbery just committed at the Shell Gas Station located in the 2500 block of Dobbin Road. Police have determined that the suspect entered the business, produced a knife, demanded money and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The lone store clerk was not injured during the incident.

A West Kelowna Mountie located a man matching the suspect’s description within blocks of where the robbery had been committed, said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. The suspect was taken into police custody without incident.

Police service dog Fitz was brought to the scene and performed a confirmation track which led from the targeted business to the suspect.

A 43-year-old West Kelowna man faces potential charges.


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