BX pedestrian identified

Police have released the name of a Vernon man killed while out walking in the BX Dec. 28.

John Breitkreutz, 93, was struck by a vehicle in a marked crosswalk on Silver Star Road near the BX fire hall at around 4:20 p.m.

Breitkreutz was conscious at the scene and was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the car that struck Breitkreutz, a Vernon man in his 70s, was not injured.

Police have ruled out speed and alcohol on the part of the driver as factors in the accident.

Breitkreutz died less than 24 hours after Debbie Margaret Hay, 56, was struck and killed while walking on Okanagan Landing Road near Myriad Road.

In both cases, the victims were walking in the dark and wearing dark clothing, prompting a reminder from RCMP for pedestrians to wear light, reflective clothing or a safety vest when walking in dark conditions.

Sophisticated grow-up uncovered

North Okanagan rural RCMP officers closed out 2011 by closing down a large, sophisticated marijuana grow operation.

Officers began a file into the operation in February of 2011 and, on Dec. 30, executed a search warrant at a property near Westwold in the 7400 block of Douglas Lake Road.

“The property was searched by our rural officers, rural GIS section, police service dogs and North Okanagan Traffic Services,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“A very sophisticated underground grow operation was taken down.”

More than 6,400 pot plants were seized by police who arrested a 43-year-old man on the property without incident.

The man is facing charges of production for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance and a Criminal Code charge of unsafe storage of a firearm.


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