Nixon Wenger law office staff evacuated

Vernon RCMP evacuated a downtown law firm Monday morning after a suspicious black suitcase was found in front of the building.



Vernon RCMP evacuated a downtown law firm Monday morning after a suspicious black suitcase was found in front of the building.

The suitcase in front of Nixon Wenger in the 2700 block of 30th Avenue was reported by staff of Blenz, a coffee house in the building.

“Police came, evacuated the building and began investigating,” said Nixon Wenger partner Doug Lemiski.

A police dog trained in explosives was brought in and no explosives were found shortly before 10:30 a.m.

“It turned out the suitcase was from a man our officers had dealt with earlier trying to get on a wrong bus,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The man seemed a bit disoriented.”

The road in front of the building was closed for several hours while police investigated.