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Sicamous calls for meeting to address violent crime following death of 66-year-old woman


The District of Sicamous is calling for a meeting with provincial officials to address violent crime after a 66-year-old woman died earlier this week.

Jo Ann Jackson died in the early hours of June 19 in a mobile home park at 1707 Hillier Road in Sicamous, according to a press release from police.

A man was located in the area and arrested for manslaughter, but he was released from custody with conditions, including not to return to the mobile home park. 

The District of Sicamous is calling for a formal meeting with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to address violent crime in the community, according to a press release from the district.

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“This is the third homicide to be investigated in our community in less than 24 months,” the release said.

In February of this year there was a homicide investigation following a fatal shooting outside a Best Western Hotel in Sicamous.

RCMP said there is a “potential public safety risk” since the man arrested in connection with Jackson’s death has been released from custody.

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“There is understandable unrest in the community after learning that the individual arrested for Jackson’s manslaughter was released from custody after only 48 hours of being detained. We have been assured there is an undertaking, a promise made by the accused, to appear in court,” the release said. 

The investigation is ongoing so there is an increased police presence around 1707 Hillier Road.

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