Vernon casino bomb threat nets probation

A Vernon man entered a guilty plea in connection with a bomb threat incident at the Lake City Casino in September.

A Vernon man entered a guilty plea in connection with a bomb threat incident at the Lake City Casino in September.

Barry Baldwin, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of uttering threats.

He was given a conditional discharge, placed on eight months probation and ordered to pay a $50 victim surcharge.

A bomb threat was received at the casino shortly after 11 a.m. Sept. 6 which forced the immediate evacuation of casino patrons and staff.

Other adjacent businesses were also emptied as emergency officials tried to determine the validity of the threat.

About 100 to 150 people were evacuated from all buildings and they were told to gather near Superstore, while access to Anderson Way was limited.

The incident began when an individual apparently entered the casino.

Police said he went in there to play or consume food or drink and was refused service.

The bomb threat was made as the individual was being escorted outside. He was then taken into police custody.

An explosives-trained police dog was brought in from Kelowna but a bomb was not located and people were given the  green light to go back into some businesses by 12:10 p.m.

Patrons and staff were allowed by emergency personnel to return to the casino by about 12:45 p.m.