Williams Lake evacuee charged with arson, mischief in Kamloops

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KAMLOOPS - A Williams Lake evacuee is facing charges of arson and mischief after allegedly causing damage to a hotel room in Kamloops.

Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in a news release that police responded to a disturbance at a hotel on Columbia Street on July 28.

Officers allegedly found 30-year-old Shane Dalton Dennis had been throwing things around the inside of a hotel room, broke a window, overturned a fridge, and set some items on fire.

Shelkie says the hotel's fire suppression system was activated and extinguished the flames. The water caused significant damage inside of the room and the hallway outside of the room.

Dennis was arrested and has been charged with one count of arson and two counts of mischief. He was staying in the hotel as an evacuee. Shelkie says he was previously known to police.

Kamloops RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller said at a quarterly meeting earlier this week that a small percentage of marginalized people from evacuated communities could be having an impact on increased calls for police service in Kamloops over the past couple of weeks.

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