Items of interest to Sooke News Mirror readers:
Keen-eyed Mountie Nabs substantial quantity of drugs
On January 8 at approximately 3:00 pm, an officer of the Sooke RCMP entered the Reading Room Coffee shop on his coffee break. While in the coffee shop he saw a male patron who seemed out of place and spoke with him. The officer conducted a check on the male and determined there was an outstanding warrant for arrest out for him. The officer advised the male of this – the male resisted briefly, but was taken into custody.
A search of the suspect’s backpack yielded 50 grams of methamphetamine and 14 grams of heroin, paraphernalia for drug trafficking, as well as a stolen Apple laptop from the West Shore area.
The suspect male, a 23 year old resident of Sooke, has now been charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He remains in custody.
“This is a significant quantity of dangerous controlled drugs destined for distribution in Sooke. It should be noted that the male arrested has no connection whatsoever to the Reading Room Coffee Shop in Sooke. Unfortunately, people on social media have circulated misinformation, which is concerning to the business owners. The suspect had simply gone into the business to get a coffee – after shopping at other shops in the mall, and was happened upon by an officer on patrol”, said S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur, Detachment Commander of Sooke RCMP.
“To the average person he likely wouldn’t have appeared suspicious – but to an experienced police officer – much different – he was wearing clothing typical of persons associating with gangs, and showed signs of being under the influence of a controlled drug.”
2015 BBB directory
The Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island is set to launch its 2015 directory – celebrating business excellence.
The bureau publishes its listings of accredited businesses on Vancouver Island annually.
“These are businesses that consumers really need to be using in terms of trust,” said president Rosalind Scott, who is based in Victoria.
“For us [BBB], we always get excited to take a look at this directory of great businesses.
A business must go through a detailed vetting process in order to be accredited – it’s not as simple as just joining the Better Business Bureau.
In order to qualify, a business must have been in operation for at least a year, have no complaints logged against them, have established a positive presence in the marketplace and have a good rating with the BBB, based on specific criteria.
“Businesses must maintain their accreditation once they’ve earned it. If a business doesn’t keep to our standards then their accreditation is revoked,” Scott said.
“Nobody can walk in the door, write a cheque and say I want to be accredited.”
One of the ways the BBB celebrates businesses that have gone above and beyond is through the annual Torch Awards.
“These aren’t awards that say a business is good because the majority of our accredited business have an A+ rating,” Scott said.
Instead, the awards are for businesses that stand out from the crowd, such as community service.
Awards are given to both winners and finalists, but there are no formal categories. The categories are based on the types of nominations.
Each year the BBB receive several thousand nominations from across Vancouver Island. This Year’s Torch Awards gala is Nov. 6 in Victoria.
For more information on the Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island, please go online to bbb.org/vancouver-island or call 250-386-6348.
The BBB business directory will be available across Vancouver Island at the end of the month.
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