West Kelowna councillor arrested (for charity)
By Adam Proskiw
West Kelowna councillor Gord Milsom was "arrested" for threats of retirement by RCMP Superintendent Nick Romanchuk Monday. His "bail" will benefit Cops for Kids and the Westbank Kinsmen Bail & Jail fundraiser.
(ADAM PROSKIW / iNFOnews.ca)
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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