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Car rigged to avoid toll fees

Sep 3, 2015 / 3:21 pm

A Vancouver-area man who allegedly evaded toll-bridge cameras by manipulating his licence plate with a cable system has been charged with fraud. RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann says 49-year-old Gregory Murray of Port Coquitlam is facing two counts of fraud under $5,000. He says that in December...

Fire costs near $300M

Sep 3, 2015 / 3:05 pm

The provincial government blew through its summer firefighting budget early in the fiscal year - now, it's inching toward $300 million. To date, the province has spent approximately $260 million to fight 1,800 wildfires since the fiscal year began April 1, four times the $63-million annual...

Hwy 1 closed at Bridal Falls

Sep 3, 2015 / 12:14 pm

The eastbound lanes of the Trans Canada Highway are partially closed near Bridal Falls. The highway was closed about 10 a.m. this morning following a single-vehicle motor vehicle crash. One lane was reopened shortly before noon. According to a witness at the scene, the vehicle hit a...

Fire danger remains

Sep 3, 2015 / 11:44 am

The B.C. Wildfire Service is warning people to be careful in the woods this coming long weekend. On top of the normal uptick in activity in the backwoods that comes with any long weekend is the likelihood of pre-grad bush parties. "We are definitely in tune to that, and the same thing...

Uncle slams refugee process

Sep 3, 2015 / 8:54 am

The uncle of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body has put a devastating human face on the Syrian refugee crisis has assailed Canada's refugee process. Rocco Logozzo told The Canadian Press that the system doesn't work, adding his family had money and plenty of room to house...

Shooting kills bystander

Sep 3, 2015 / 6:32 am

An innocent bystander has been killed in Abbotsford after being caught in the violence of a targeted shooting. Abbotsford Police say the incident happened just after 7 p.m. Wednesday night (in the 3500 block of Promontory Court) in a quiet neighbourhood on the northwestern edge of the Fraser...

Don't hit the deer

Sep 3, 2015 / 6:11 am

A Portuguese man has been fined $1 by a British Columbia court and ordered to donate $5,000 to a wildlife trust for hitting a swimming deer on the head off the province's northwest coast. Rodolfo Lopes, previously misidentified in court documents as Martins-Lopes, pleaded guilty in Terrace...

Fundraiser for fire victims

Sep 2, 2015 / 8:00 pm

Community members flipped burgers and served cupcakes Wednesday at an event to help victims of recent wildfires. The Fire Disaster Relief for Rock Creek and Oliver Victims fundraiser took place over the lunch hour in the parking lot of the Best Western Hotel in Osoyoos. "I lost my house...

Polygamy case right to trial

Sep 2, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A lawyer prosecuting the accused polygamist leader of a fundamentalist Mormon commune has opted to forego a preliminary inquiry and head straight to trial. The Ministry of the Attorney General has signed off on special prosecutor Peter Wilson's request to proceed with a direct indictment...

Charges laid in mail theft

Sep 2, 2015 / 6:54 pm

A 47-year-old man from the Fraser Valley has been charged with eight separate mail-theft offences. Mounties say David McGill of Chilliwack has also been charged with possession of break-and-enter equipment and drugs. They say McGill's blue pickup drew the attention of officers who were...

A wedding to remember

Sep 2, 2015 / 6:05 pm

You've planned a beautiful outdoor wedding on the last weekend of August, everything is organized and ready – then a record breaking wind and rain storm comes into town, quite uninvited, and changes everything. While newlyweds Dave and Beth Holbrook can have a laugh now, an unexpected,...

Public puffing leads to stash

Sep 2, 2015 / 3:31 pm

Mounties say officers seized a stolen handgun, other weapons, cash and drugs after a complaint about public pot smokers in Langley. RCMP say they'll be recommending charges against the males aged 17, 20 and 23, who are all from neighbouring Surrey. Police say officers responded to a...

First taste of snow

Sep 2, 2015 / 3:14 pm

After a dry, hot summer throughout most of British Columbia, skiers and snowboarders have their first hint at the upcoming season. Whistler Blackcomb recorded its first snowfall near the top of the mountain, Wednesday. Webcam footage shows a light dusting of snow at the top of Whistler peak,...

Mauled by a grizzly

Sep 2, 2015 / 1:52 pm

A Cranbrook man is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in a Calgary hospital after being mauled by a grizzly bear. B.C. conservation officer Joe Caravetta says the bow hunter was looking for elk east of Cranbrook Tuesday evening when he came across a sow grizzly with two cubs. The...

Art to come from storm

Sep 2, 2015 / 11:01 am

A windstorm that toppled trees across British Columbia's south coast could fuel many fireplaces over the coming winter, but officials hope it will spark something creative, too. The Vancouver Park Board estimates at least 500 trees came down in parks and along boulevards during the Saturday...

Massive weekend bust

Sep 2, 2015 / 10:00 am

If you are running from police in a stolen vehicle, you may not want to lead them right to your property with a plethora of illegal things for them to find. Salmon Arm RCMP is getting a pat on the back after completing one of the largest drug busts in the detachment's history An estimated...

Lawsuit over cheap tickets

Sep 2, 2015 / 6:29 am

A mistake by Air Canada in offering a package of flights at just 10 per cent of the value has triggered a proposed class-action lawsuit by customers who thought they got an amazing deal. Court documents, filed in both Quebec and British Columbia, stated the flight pass was offered between Aug....

Still no power for 3,500

Sep 1, 2015 / 4:36 pm

BC Hydro says a windstorm that knocked out power in thousands of homes and businesses is believed to be the largest such outage ever for the utility. Winds gusting up to 80 km/h at the height of Saturday's storm in southwestern British Columbia toppled trees that damaged transmission lines...

Toll of wrongful conviction

Sep 1, 2015 / 2:41 pm

The daughter of a wrongfully convicted British Columbia man turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain she felt following her father's arrest, 27-year imprisonment and eventual release, a court has heard. It was a coping mechanism that would eventually take her life. Tanya Olivares, 42,...

Pipeline figurehead passes

Sep 1, 2015 / 11:58 am

Janet Holder, the woman regarded as the British Columbia figurehead for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, has died following a long battle with leukemia. "Janet will be dearly missed by everyone at Enbridge," said Al Monaco, president of the Calgary-based company behind the...

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