Charges dropped against Rock Creek man

The charges stemmed from an incident involving Vern Rexin and a police constable on Sept. 5, 2015.

The Times has learned that all charges laid against former Rock Creek resident Vern Rexin by the Midway RCMP detachment in early September have been dropped. Rexin’s son Ted received a call from Midway RCMP corporal Judson Mayes in late January asking him to relay the information to his father, who now resides in Osoyoos.

In a letter to the editor of the Times, Rexin wished to thank all of his supporters during a very challenging time for the well known octogenarian.

The charges stemmed from an incident involving Rexin and a police constable on Sept. 5, 2015, when Rexin was discovered to be burning garbage during a fire ban. Police and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources were alerted and officials visited Rexin at his Rock Creek property.

Rexin claims he was assaulted by the police officer and suffered injuries requiring a hospital visit and a subsequent MRI to rule out a skull fracture. Rexin laid charges against the officer, which, according to Rexin, are still pending.

When reached by the Times for a statement, Cpl. Mayes would not comment on either matter.