Feb. 8, 9:30 p.m.
Police received a call from a female passenger on a Sooke-bound bus. The passenger said she saw what looked like a handgun tucked in the pants of a fellow passenger.
Sooke RCMP responded, along with Westshore and South Island Traffic Services. They surrounded the bus and arrested two people, a man and a woman. The man who was charged had numerous outstanding warrants for his arrest. While a gun was not found on his person, a replica gun was found on the bus along with his identification. He was arrested, and the police recommended the following charges: carrying a concealed weapon, wilful obstruction of justice, breach of probation, and uttering threats.
The woman travelling with him was arrested on standing breach charges. Local police say the event was very well handled by all parties involved, including BC Transit who helped people get back on their way.
Feb. 10, 7:50 p.m.
Police received a missing persons report. Two people had gone hiking behind the Sooke Potholes and had not returned by the evening. A friend, who knew where they were headed, drove to the hikers’ destination and saw their vehicle still parked and called in the report.
Local police contacted the Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue team. Together, the police and the rescuew team searched the area until 4 a.m. and resumed again at 8 a.m.
At one point there were 20 searchers looking for the hikers, including police on ATVs. The two hikers were located at around 2:40 p.m., cold but otherwise unharmed.
Police recommend people who do go hiking let someone know where they will be and when they should be expected back. Always pack emergency supplies like extra food and water and warm clothing. If you are a hiker who gets lost, don’t wander. Staying in one location increases the likelihood of being found.
Feb. 17, 2:25 p.m.
There was a single vehicle accident on the 5000 block of Sooke Rd. The driver failed to negotiate a curve and fortunately missed a hydro pole.
Medical reasons may have played a role in the accident. There were no serious injuries, and the driver was wearing his seat belt.