Crime

Editorial: Governments serving whom?

No charges have been laid in the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster.

In my few years of reporting on Rossland City Council, I have observed different styles of interaction between Council members, and between Council and the public; I have observed different concerns and priorities.  But always, our City Councils seem to have been concerned to do the best thing for Rossland and its people -- according to the values of our Council members of the time.  Yes, priorities have differed, and some errors have happened.  We all know that.  Errors and misjudgments will probably always happen; we just hope the effects are relatively insignificant.

Tax protestor "educator" sentenced to two and a half years in jail

Tax protestor "educator" sentenced to two and a half years in jail

It's income tax time. And the Canda Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to ensure that everyone knows that tax evasion schemes are illegal -- and can result in jail time. 

One such scheme, called "Paradigm," has resulted in convictions and sentences for 32 people so far -- self-styled "educators" who promoted a fraudulent tax-evasion scheme.  Paradigm sold products (books, DVDs, and CDs), organized and taught fee-based seminars which “educated” people on how to structure their affairs in an attempt to illegally avoid taxes.

RCMP officer injured after driver flees scene during distracted driver sting

The RCMP police officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was later treated at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

RCMP said a 34-year-old man would appear in Nelson Provincial Court in relation to several criminal charges stemming from an incident on March 4, 2017 in Nelson.

RCMP Sergeant Chad Badry said the incident unfolded as members of the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit were conducting a project targeting drivers using their cell phones.

“A police officer directed the driver of the vehicle to stop and upon asking him for his driver's license the male fled in his vehicle,” Badry explained in a media release Monday.

Carfentanil on Nelson’s streets, cops warn

Carfentanil, one of the deadliest synthetic opioids and fentanyl analogs, has been found on the streets of Nelson.

One of the most dangerous illegal drugs in the world has been found on the streets of Nelson, police say.

Carfentanil, a synthetic drug suspected in the deaths of hundreds of people worldwide, was found in suspected counterfeit oxycodone tablets seized from a subject during a recent arrest.

“The Nelson Police Department received the notification of the presence of Carfentanil from Health Canada, a federal agency which analyses drugs seized by police for criminal prosecution,” said Detective Constable David Laing in a news release issued Wednesday.

More potentially deadly chemicals being found in street-level drugs in BC

More potentially deadly chemicals being found in street-level drugs in BC

BC RCMP wishes to advise that recent Health Canada tests have confirmed the presence of the compound W-18 and a fentanyl analog recently in two communities, and that drug users should be aware these chemicals may be present anywhere.

In mid-December, 2016, Surrey RCMP seized pebble heroin, among other drugs, in relation to a dial-a-dope drug investigation. Health Canada has just confirmed the presence of W-18 within the heroin sample.

ICBC keeps up the fight against auto insurance fraud

The 2016 public information campaign sparked a 70 per cent increase to ICBC's fraud tips line in the first quarter.

It's a never-ending surprise to see what people will try to get away with in this day and age.

The Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) continues to fight fraudsters with a new education campaign to support its increased fraud prevention efforts.

Fraudsters pose as RCMP in CRA scam

Fraudsters pose as RCMP in CRA scam

A fraudster posing as Grand Forks RCMP officer demanded money on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for back taxes, fines and a fee from a Boundary citizen said Sgt. J.(Jim) Fenske in a media release.

"The scammer told the citizen that the R.C.M.P. would be arresting the person and "seizing" her children if she did not pay her taxes," Fenske explained after a citizen contacted the detachment to report the incident.

"Later the citizen got a phone call using the Grand Forks RCMP phone number on her cell phone," Fenske added.

Armed robbery at Teejay's, police ask witnesses to come forward

Armed robbery at Teejay's, police ask witnesses to come forward

Castlegar RCMP is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Feb. 12 at a downtown business. At approximately 6 p.m., two suspects entered Teejay's grocery store on 4th Street with a replica firearm and approached the clerk. They took her to the back room and bound her arms, then proceeded to steal many items including cash, lottery tickets, and cigarettes. The males fled the store and may have gotten into a smaller size, light colored pick up truck behind Kootenay Savings.

The store clerk was not physically injured.

NPD says online classified ad fraud targeting Nelson residents

NPD says online classified ad fraud targeting Nelson residents

There's another scam making its rounds in the Heritage City Sergeant Corey Hoy of the Nelson Police Department said Monday in a media release.

Hoy said the new fraud targets Nelson area residents utilizing online classified ads.

"Respondents to ads for employment have been receiving fake cheques in the mail," Hoy explained.

"Once the cheque is obtained, victims of this fraud are requested to electronically forward large sums of money to other people in other cities."

Representative for Children and Youth: Alex's Story Prompts Acting Rep to Recommend Key Changes

Bernard Richard, BC's Acting Representative for Children and Youth

Lacking any permanent connection to his family and culture and without the mental health supports that might have made a difference, an 18-year-old Métis youth in care took his own life in an act of desperation, says an investigative report issued today by British Columbia’s Acting Representative for Children and Youth.

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