This and That, June 17, 2015

Short news items of interest to Sooke News Mirror readers

  • Jun. 17, 2015 5:00 a.m.
Rick Scragg is being sought by the RCMP.

Rick Scragg is being sought by the RCMP.

ational award for Sooke cadet

A Sooke resident and local army cadet has been recognized with a national award for his decisive and immediate actions during a fire in 2014. Cadet Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Nicholas Steffan, 18, was presented with the Cadet Commendation on Sunday, June 14 during the 2483 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) in Esquimalt.

On March 17, during a Regional Cadet Expedition in Whistler, MWO Steffan was alerted to a fire that had started in the Whistler Athletes’ Centre. With experience as a volunteer firefighter with the Otter Point Fire Department, he assisted in evacuating the 19 other cadets and staff, located firefighting equipment and extinguished the fire, suffering minor smoke inhalation in the process.

MWO Steffan is an accomplished cadet. This summer he will travel to Scotland as part of the International Army Cadet Exchange and in August will be one of just two cadets from B.C. who will attend a two-week National Expedition in Capt Breton, N.S. During the ACR, he was also presented with the Lord Strathcona Medal, the highest award cadets can receive for leadership, citizenship and physical fitness.

Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Tower of Song is a creative tribute to the music of Leonard Cohen, presented by two celebrated BC singer-songwriters: Juno award-nominee Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone.

Join them for a concert of rare and classic selections from the Leonard Cohen cannon celebrating the music of Canada’s greatest bard with original arrangements for two voices, banjo, string bass, piano and guitar. Together Swain and Garramone have crafted a unique sound that will resonate with both longtime Cohen fans and new audiences.

For tickets and reservations please email: wild@seagrass.ca

Tickets at the door, at Temple Home wild at heart, 1980 Billing Rd.,

Wanted

Rick SCRAGG – age 54

Possession for purpose of trafficking & Fail to Appear.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these persons can contact Sooke RCMP at (250) 642-5241 or Crimestoppers @ 1-800-222-TIPS.

Excellence Certificate

The Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre is proud to once again receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

This is the second year in a row that the museum was voted by visitors as a top place to visit in our region. In 2014, some 35628 people entered the main museum building, with many more enjoying the grounds for events like our Night Market, Open House and Leechtown Day. Others took the opportunity to picnic and explore the various outdoor exhibits, still others read our publications, viewed our online material, or viewed our Heritage Shield Signs found around our region.

Key to their success is the support of the people of are region, along with the hard work of the volunteers and staff that help with the day to day operations, plus the resources that community organizations and government provide us. In 2017, the museum will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its opening to the public.

The museum is working on new plans to enhance services to both visitors and locals, and we look forward to sharing these new ventures with you soon.

Alleged Probation Breach leads to drug seizure

On June 9, 2015 at 7:40 p.m., members of the Sooke RCMP attended an address on Eagle Heights Road in Sooke to arrest Orton Douglas KER for an alleged breach of probation. Police had information that Ker may be in possession of a weapon and may have access to firearms.

“Ker initially refused to exit the home, but through negotiation, he surrendered to officers at around 9:00 pm, and was safely taken into police custody.” said S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur.

During a subsequent search of the residence, police located 43 grams of what is believed to be cocaine, as well as paraphernalia often used for drug trafficking.  A quantity of Canadian currency was also seized.

Orton Douglas Ker, age 41, has now been charged with:

Possession of Cocaine for the purpose of trafficking,

Breach of Probation,

Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.

Ker remains in custody – his next appearance is set for June 18, in Western Communities Provincial Court.

 

 

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