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Mill ordered to pay for fatal fire

Jul 29, 2014 / 7:15 pm

Penalties and levies totalling more than $724,000 have been imposed on a company that owns a northern British Columbia sawmill which was flattened by a fire. The May 12, 2012 blaze at Prince George's Lakeland Mills Ltd. claimed the lives of 43-year-old Alan Little and 46-year-old Glen...

Wanted on Canada-wide warrant

Jul 29, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Update -- July 29 The Vancouver Police Department says Donald James Sabey is back behind bars, after he was picked up at a home in Vancouver on Tuesday. Investigators with the VPD High Risk Offender Unit made the arrest without incident. Sabey had been missing since July 24. A...

Shot cyclist made tourniquet

Jul 29, 2014 / 1:15 pm

It was just before 1 a.m. during an overnight cyclying race when loud explosions disrupted the solace of a rider along Highway 1 in British Columbia. At first, Craig Premack, 59, thought he was hearing firecrackers near Spences Bridge while he was taking part in a 600-kilometre, two-day cycling...

Premier Clark is friend of Israel

Jul 29, 2014 / 8:15 am

Premier Christy Clark has aligned herself and British Columbia with Israel in a letter to a Jewish-Canadian advocacy group in which she says the province can be "counted as a friend." Clark writes that the current conflict in Israel and Gaza is of concern to anyone who believes in...

Casino wants to move

Jul 28, 2014 / 2:18 pm

City staff are encouraging councillors in Kamloops, to reject a company's bid to build an expanded casino outside the downtown core. On Tuesday night, councillors are expected to debate a report by the planning department on Gateway Casino's intentions. “General planning...

Plane crash kills 2 on island

Jul 28, 2014 / 7:30 am

Two men were killed when their homemade plane crashed into a golf course on Vancouver Island Saturday night. Gerald Thom of Lake Cowichan and Michael Weir of Salt Spring Island had been friends for nearly 30 years and spent the past four years building the plane, according to CTV...

Stabbing spree in Abbotsford

Jul 28, 2014 / 7:15 am

Four people are recovering in hospital following a stabbing spree in Abbotsford Saturday evening. CTV Vancouver is reporting that police were called to the 31400 block of Springhill Court just after 8:30 p.m. following multiple reports that a man with a knife was stabbing people. A witness...

Botanie fire: Alerts rescinded

Jul 28, 2014 / 6:10 am

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District Emergency Operations Centre says imminent risk of danger to life and properties in Electoral Area “I”, residences along Botanie Creek Road and Highway 12, has diminished. The Evacuation Alerts issued at 1700 hours on July 23, 2014 and 2230 hours...

Students 2nd at RoboCup comp

Jul 27, 2014 / 7:18 pm

A team of Vancouver high-school students came in second place at an international robotic soccer competition held in Brazil. Allen Chak, Bryan Ge (GUH), Felix Huang (HWONG), Jeff Ma (MAH) and Robert Mo (MOH) built soccer-playing robots that competed in the 2014 RoboCup...

Shots fired at RCMP after arrest

Jul 27, 2014 / 2:03 pm

A routine curfew check turned into an arrest and then attempted murder after shots were fired at RCMP officers west of Williams Lake. On July 27 around 1 a.m., an Alexis Creek RCMP officer was on the Anaham Reserve to conduct curfew checks. While there, the officer witnessed two men allegedly...

Police gear up for fireworks

Jul 26, 2014 / 9:10 pm

Hundreds of Vancouver police officers are expected to be present at the Vancouver's Celebration of Light. The high-profile fireworks show in English Bay is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people. Police say a visible presence is intended to deter alcohol-fuelled fights and...

Heat wave concerns firefighters

Jul 26, 2014 / 7:17 pm

Firefighters in British Columbia are concerned another heat wave will spark more fires across the province. An information officer with the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch, says temperatures are expected to rise again next week, especially in the southern interior, where they could reach the...

Train collides with logging truck

Jul 25, 2014 / 1:45 pm

There were no serious injuries as a result of a collision between a CN Rail train and a logging truck near Burns Lake. Burns Lake RCMP Cpl. Jack Ashford, says the incident occurred about 7 a.m. Friday on a private road that services Decker Lake Sawmill. Ashford says the train was heading...

Province provides cheaper beer

Jul 25, 2014 / 12:29 pm

The BC government has decided to slightly change the new minimum drink pricing, and will now allow bars and restaurants to price jugs of beer at 20 cents per ounce. Photo: Thinkstock.com They had initially set the price of draft beer and cider at 25 cents an ounce, but had said they...

New fee for cleaning cabs

Jul 25, 2014 / 10:30 am

If you're feeling queasy, step away from the cab. That's the advice from taxi drivers across British Columbia after the province's Passenger Transportation Board approved a new fee. It allows drivers and companies to charge a $75 fine, on top of the flag fare, to passengers who...

Police raid pot store

Jul 25, 2014 / 8:00 am

Vancouver police executed a search warrant at a medical marijuana dispensary Thursday after receiving word that pot purchased inside was being re-sold to youth. Officers searched the Weeds store at 992 East Hastings Street around 1 p.m., identified five customers and three staff members, then...

Second school damaged by fire

Jul 25, 2014 / 7:45 am

For the second time in under a week a school in Metro Vancouver has been damaged by fire, this time in Port Coquitlam. Fire crews responded to B.C. Christian Academy on Fernwood Avenue late Thursday night. When they arrived they discovered a fire burning through the exterior wall of a...

Thousands still in the dark

Jul 25, 2014 / 7:24 am

Update -- July 25 Just over 200 people are still without power following Wednesday's thunderstorm, according to BC Hydro. These residents are mostly in small pockets throughout the Okanagan/Kootenay and Thompson/Shuswap regions. Original story -- July 24 A number of people in central...

Storms throw blanket over fires

Jul 25, 2014 / 7:15 am

Heavy rain showers over the past 48 hours have wiped out any imminent wildfire danger across British Columbia, although it's expected to be only a temporary reprieve. Provincial fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek, at the Wildfire Co-ordination Centre in Kamloops, said on Thursday that...

Dangerous offender loses appeal

Jul 24, 2014 / 7:16 pm

A dangerous offender who posed as a gynecologist and convinced one victim to tattoo a name across her stomach has lost an appeal of several sexual-assault convictions in British Columbia's highest court. Kolten Mastronardi was convicted in November 2006 on 12 counts of sexual assault, as...

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