Charges have been laid against a Shuswap man in connection with last Friday’s vehicle crash into the 7-Eleven store on Highway One in Salmon Arm and a subsequent fire that tore through the building causing serious damage.
The Crown Prosecution Service says 37-year-old Kenneth Robert LaForge has been charged with one count of mischief and one count of arson.
LaForge made his first appearance in court today.
A bail hearing will be held at the Salmon Arm Law Courts tomorrow.
Last week’s incident shocked the community and sent black smoke billowing into the sky.
Four people escaped through the back of the building, police said.
(Photo courtesy of Kelsey Hucul)