October 2014

Mill fire near Burns Lake injures three

Mill fire near Burns Lake injures three

Three people are seriously injured after a mill fire near Burns Lake, according to RCMP Cpl. D.J. (Dave) Tyreman.

"On Oct. 9, at 8:59 a.m., the Burns Lake RCMP was notified of a fire at a local mill located 16 km east of Burns Lake and were called in to support BC Ambulance Service and the Burns Lake Fire Department," Tyreman said.

LETTER: A plan to save Blueberry Creek Community School

LETTER: A plan to save Blueberry Creek Community School

Letter to the Editor:

Blueberry Creek Community School (BCCS) Council, would like to invite all their members and friends to come to BCCS gym on Oct. 20 at 6.30 p.m., SD20 Board of Education and senior staff are hosting a “town hall” meeting to discuss the potential disposal of the school.

At this meeting to discuss options available to the SD regarding the building, BCCS Society will propose that one of the options for consideration ought to be to sell the site to BCCS council for $1 to enable them to continue to offer essential educational, childcare, youth and community programming to the residents of Castlegar and the surrounding community.

UPDATED: Gunman still at large; residents being asked to stay indoors, school still evacuated

UPDATED: Gunman still at large; residents being asked to stay indoors, school still evacuated

Update:

As an alleged gunman loose near Slocan was not apprehended during the night, the village remains locked down and the school evacuated as of 7:13 a.m., according to RCMP Const. Kris Clark.

"The serious public safety risk that prompted the lock-down and subsequent evacuation of the school remains and we continue to ask residents to stay indoors for their own safety," he said. "We continue to assess the risk to public safety and commit to update the public when the situation changes."

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BREAKING: Police name Slocan gunman, use armoured vehicle to extricate residents

BREAKING: Police name Slocan gunman, use armoured vehicle to extricate residents

Police have released the name of the gunman who has inspired a manhunt so intense as to draw ERT teams, police service dogs and even an armoured vehicle to the tiny village of Slocan City (pop. about 330).

Forty-five-year-old Peter DeGroot, of Slocan, is still at large and considered armed and dangerous, but police have established a containment area and are asking the public not to venture into any cordoned-off area, but instead to remain indoors. If anyone sees DeGroot they are cautioned against approaching him - call 9-1-1 instead.

Police release description of suspected gunman in Slocan

Police have released this photo of Peter DeGroot, the subject of a massive manhunt in Slocan right now.

Police have now used Twitter to send out a description of the armed suspect sought near Slocan City: 45-year-old Paul DeGroot is a Caucasian male, 6-foot-1-inch (185 cm), 170 lbs (77 kg), short brown hair, appears to be balding, blue eyes, glasses.

Otherwise, as of 4 p.m. Friday, the alarming status quo remains, with the city under lockdown and police asking residents to remain indoors while the search continues for a man alleged to have fired shots at police Thursday.

Municipal election candidates confirmed

Municipal election candidates confirmed

The nomination period for municipal elections closed today at 4 p.m., and Castlegar’s chief electoral officer Carolyn Rempel has released the names of the people running in our Nov.-15  election.

Running for mayor will be incumbent Lawrence Chernoff and regional district director Gordon Zaitsoff (who is also running again for his seat with the RDCK, against RIck Smith).

Municipal election candidates confirmed

Municipal election candidates confirmed

The nomination period for municipal elections closed today at 4 p.m., and Trail’s chief electoral officer Michelle McIsaac has released the names of fully four candidates wanted to replace Trail’s retiring leader, Dieter Bogs: Doug Jones, Roger Catalano, Mike Martin and Ian McLeod.

The election will be held Nov. 15.

Police urging continued vigilance in Slocan

Police urging continued vigilance in Slocan

RCMP continue to search for Peter DeGroot and are urging residents to remain indoors, respect the restrictions, and to stay vigilant.

The search for the suspect in an area just west of Slocan remains active and ongoing. That area remains subject to police containment which affects only a few rural homes and a vast wooded landscape. Police are conducting a methodical search of the area and want to ensure the community remains safe. Our hope is that DeGroot can be found quickly and without incident.

LETTER: Friend of Slocan's DeGroot calls for calmer heads and fewer rumours

LETTER: Friend of Slocan's DeGroot calls for calmer heads and fewer rumours

Dear Editor,

It turns out that the man being hunted in Slocan is a person whom I know. He is actually a very good friend of (my partner’s). I have heard some ludicrous statements regarding this "psychopath" and the events over the past twenty-four hours, in fact I was one of the people spreading the rumours. I may not have made a huge deal out of it like I have read in some places, but I still posted that people should be aware that there had been "a shooting" based off of something I read in a thread that was local to the scene. Then today I heard that this "mentally unstable person was former special ops"... this coming from a neighbour of his. This is how things go bad REALLY quickly.

Police make appeal to DeGroot in Slocan, 'Come in, let's talk'

Police make appeal to DeGroot in Slocan, 'Come in, let's talk'

RCMP continue their search efforts but are issuing an appeal directly to Peter DeGroot: come in and let's talk.

Police have searched a number of areas, including some that have been identified through tips received from the public, however Peter DeGroot T has not been located. Officers have encountered rugged terrain around the somewhat remote, rural town, along with other challenges in this dynamic and evolving event. The land and air search efforts continue with the intent to locate Peter and to peacefully resolve the situation.