May 27, 2014 - 11:36 AM
WEST KELOWNA – A West Kelowna councillor was placed in handcuffs Monday morning for uttering threats of retiring.
The “arrest” took place ahead of a Cops for Kids fundraiser where members of the public can file a summons, forcing them to pay bail that will be donated to kids suffering from medical, physical or traumatic crises.
RCMP Superintendent Nick Romanchuk made the high-profile arrest at the Kelowna RCMP detachment Monday morning.
“Gord indicated that he wouldn’t run for re-election in the fall and for residents of West Kelowna that’s just not acceptable,”Romanchuk says. “His community relies on him as a leader, and uttering threats of retirement is something we take very seriously.”
The Westbank Kinsmen Jail & Bail is an annual event Friday May 30 where suspects are arrested by off-duty police and confined to a make-shift jail at Wholesale Sports. The suspects will be issued sentences by a judge made up of volunteers from the community.
“This is our fourth annual Jail & Bail and we’re always looking for new culprits to lock up into our jail,” says Westbank Kindsman Scott Kehler. “If you’d like to snitch on a friend or coworker, or even turn yourself in, we’d be happy to give you some time in the slammer.”
The event raised $18,000 last year and close to $50,000 over the past three years.
Those wishing to turn someone in to benefit Cops for Kids are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-317-7089.
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