January 2015

The War On Democracy and What Fuels It

The War On Democracy and What Fuels It

Crime spree sees three men sentenced

Crime spree sees three men sentenced

Three men arrested in Castlegar after a brief crime spree have pleaded guilty and been sentenced, according to RCMP Cpl. Kelly Hall.

"On Jan. 27, Huyghebaert, Pike and Smith entered guilty pleas on a number of the charges," Hall said. "As a result, Huyghebaert and Pike received sentences of 50 days in custody and a $100 Victim Surcharge each. SMITH received a sentence of 80 days in custody and a $100 Victim Surcharge."

Couple in custody after series of crimes

Couple in custody after series of crimes

Two people are in police custody after a rash of crimes in Trail and Kamloops, according to Trail top cop Sgt. Darren Oelke.

"In the early morning hours of Jan. 23, the Trail RCMP were called to two commercial break-and-enters in the city within an hour of each other. Ackland Grainger and Gerick's Cycle both had their front doors smashed and cash and property stolen. Video surveillance captured images of the male suspect and a vehicle," Oelke said.

Science Offerings Increased at Selkirk College

Expanded science offerings at Selkirk College have opened opportunities for students to choose a number pathways including full Associate of Science Degree.

The return of second year sciences at Selkirk College helps open doors to students interested in a variety of educational pathways.

Students looking for careers in medicine, pharmacy, laboratory research, dentistry, education and more can now get a two year start in Selkirk College’s School of University Arts & Sciences (UAS).

Wanted man prompts police to ask for public help

Wanted man prompts police to ask for public help

The Castlegar RCMP Detachment is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Russell David Sapriken (45 years old).

Sapriken has ten warrants for his arrest for driving while prohibited, breach of recognizance, theft under $5000, and failing to appear. The charges stem from a number of incidents which occurred between October 2013 and November 2014 in the Trail and Castlegar areas. Sapriken failed to attend court to answer to these matters and subsequently the warrants were issued.  It is believed that Sapriken is still in the community but actively avoiding police detection. 

Coroner apologizes for delay in returning remains of Pickton victim

Coroner apologizes for delay in returning remains of Pickton victim

The BC Coroners Service has issued a statement to clarify issues surrounding the remains of one of the deceased found on the Pickton farm in 2002.

The BC Coroners Service wishes to emphasize that the remains discussed in a Jan. 28, 2015, news conference by the mother of victim Stephanie Lane do not represent new evidence.

Castlegar Art Walk call to artists

Castlegar Art Walk call to artists

To all Visual Artists,

Plans are under way for Castlegar’s 2015 summer Art Walk. An ongoing venture for Castlegar, the Art Walk has been a welcome opportunity for artists to show their work to the community and its visitors, in places of local business.

Dog walker gets stiff sentence

Dog walker gets stiff sentence

Lower Mainland dog walker Emma Paulsen was sentenced today to six months in jail and has been given a 10-year ban on owning animals and a lifetime ban on caring for other people’s pets.

PHOTO GALLERY: Road Hockey Rumble kicks off Kraft Hockeyville bid

PHOTO GALLERY: Road Hockey Rumble kicks off Kraft Hockeyville bid

The second annual Road Hockey Rumble on Saturday served as the kick-off event for Castlegar’s bid to become Kraft Hockeyville 2015.

Four teams went head-to-head in the Complex parking lot: The fire department, RCMP, media and city council/staff. (The media and council teams were beefed up by assistance from players from both the Castlegar Rebels and The Selkirk Saints).

Rossland Gets a New Zone; Some "In Camera" Info Released

Rossland Gets a New Zone;  Some "In Camera" Info Released

Rossland City Council  meeting, January 26, 2015

Present:  Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Lloyd McLellan, John Greene, Andrew Zwicker, Marten Kruysse, and Aaron Cosbey.  Councillor Andy  Morel came in slightly late, and Aaron Cosbey left for a brief interval.

No one appeared for Public Input Period, and there were no delegations.