Cops and Courts

The Colin John hearing at the Duncan courthouse has been extended into the new year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

John hearing in 2016 Descoteau murder extends into the new year

Experts testifying on both sides of the not criminally responsible angle

 

Kimberly Polman left Canada in 2014 to join Islamic State. Eight years later she’s being repatriated, and she’ll be living in Chilliwack. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

Former Islamic State member released on bail to live in Chilliwack

Kimberly Polman will live with her sister and she will have to adhere to 25 conditions

 

Derek Descoteau’s mom Brenda Smith and her mom Irene Ellison have put on a brave face through all the court proceedings over 6 1/2 years. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Painful details heard of Descoteau murder in Colin John hearing

Testimony determining if accused is not criminally responsible by mental disorder

 

The rear smashed window on Marie Pinkerton’s car on Sept. 16, 2022 the most recent time of three in three weeks she has had a window smashed on the vehicle. (Marie Pinkerton photo)

B.C. woman’s car window smashed 3 times in 3 weeks

‘I feel violated. It feels like an attack. It feels targeted actually’

The rear smashed window on Marie Pinkerton’s car on Sept. 16, 2022 the most recent time of three in three weeks she has had a window smashed on the vehicle. (Marie Pinkerton photo)
WorkSafeBC found that a manufacturing defect was responsible for a concrete pumper truck suddenly collapsing on two workers, one of whom was killed, on a Garrison Crossing construction site on March 11, 2016. (Paul J. Henderson file/Chilliwack Progress file)

Man who suffered ‘catastrophic’ injuries in Chilliwack workplace accident awarded $15.5 million

‘Every aspect of Mr. Alvarado’s daily life has been adversely impacted by his injuries,’ judge said

WorkSafeBC found that a manufacturing defect was responsible for a concrete pumper truck suddenly collapsing on two workers, one of whom was killed, on a Garrison Crossing construction site on March 11, 2016. (Paul J. Henderson file/Chilliwack Progress file)
Still from a video as a jet boat stopped after speeding on the Vedder River on July 24, 2022. Three men then got out and seriously assaulted an angler on shore. (Anonymous submitted)

VIDEO: Men caught on camera assaulting an angler on B.C. river

3 men jump off jet boat seen speeding on narrow stretch of river, then assault at least one person

Still from a video as a jet boat stopped after speeding on the Vedder River on July 24, 2022. Three men then got out and seriously assaulted an angler on shore. (Anonymous submitted)
Eric John Shestalo, 50, has been identified as the alleged shooter in the July 21, 2022, attack in Chilliwack, B.C. (IHIT photo)

Suspect in double-homicide in Chilliwack found dead after 4 days at large

Eric Shestalo, 50, accused of killing two women found dead from self-inflicted gun shots

Eric John Shestalo, 50, has been identified as the alleged shooter in the July 21, 2022, attack in Chilliwack, B.C. (IHIT photo)
Yves Côté and the book he co-authored, Metamorphosis: My path to transformation. Côté spent 32 years behind bars for serious crimes including murder, but he says this book is meant to show that change is possible. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. man’s book co-authored by criminologist examines a life of murder and crime

Yves Côté spent just 11 months out of 32 years out of jail, but he believes in real transformation

Yves Côté and the book he co-authored, Metamorphosis: My path to transformation. Côté spent 32 years behind bars for serious crimes including murder, but he says this book is meant to show that change is possible. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack RCMP on scene in the 9700-block of McNaught Road near Yale Road on Thursday, July 21, 2022 for a triple shooting where two people were killed. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Man wanted in Chilliwack fatal shooting was due in court for domestic assault charge that day

Slain women were staying together in Chilliwack for safety after strangulation attempt, says friend

Chilliwack RCMP on scene in the 9700-block of McNaught Road near Yale Road on Thursday, July 21, 2022 for a triple shooting where two people were killed. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell givers her statement in federal court, in New York, Tuesday. June 28, 2022. Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years for helping Jeffrey Epstein

Epstein sexually abused children hundreds of times over more than a decade

In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell givers her statement in federal court, in New York, Tuesday. June 28, 2022. Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday, June 21, 2022, that Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday, June 21, 2022, that Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
A Dutch man accused of attempting to blackmail Amanda Todd is on trial. (The News/files)

Man accused in Amanda Todd case in B.C. court today

Charges against Aydin Coban include child pornography and extortion

A Dutch man accused of attempting to blackmail Amanda Todd is on trial. (The News/files)
A man has been arrested after a chaotic series of events Wednesday (June 1, 2022) that ended with one man being stabbed in a Vancouver gas station. (Screenshot from Reddit)

VIDEO: Suspect charged in chaotic stabbing attack at Vancouver gas station

4 charges laid against 61-year-old Leslie Dale Chudek

A man has been arrested after a chaotic series of events Wednesday (June 1, 2022) that ended with one man being stabbed in a Vancouver gas station. (Screenshot from Reddit)
Curtis Vidal. (File)

Notorious Fraser Valley gangster Curtis Vidal killed in Edmonton

Homicide two years after brother James Vidal also murdered

Curtis Vidal. (File)
The discovery of a body drew a large police presence in Pitt Meadows on Aug. 15. 2021. (Shane MacKichan)

Family claims vicious dogs killed woman found dead in Lower Mainland blueberry field

Lawsuit against owners of blueberry business, City of Pitt Meadows, and dog owners filed in court

The discovery of a body drew a large police presence in Pitt Meadows on Aug. 15. 2021. (Shane MacKichan)
B.C. Nurses Union president Aman Grewal. (BCNU)

‘They are tired’: B.C. Nurses Union president talks about violence, burnout

After assaults at Chilliwack General Hospital, Aman Grewal talks about abuse health-care workers face

B.C. Nurses Union president Aman Grewal. (BCNU)
A still from a video posted on Twitter in which a man is seen punching an employee in the head in an aisle of the Garrison Crossing Save-On-Foods in Chilliwack on Jan. 26, 2022. (Twitter)

VIDEO: Violent assault at Chilliwack grocery store caught on video

Customers helped detain maskless man who is now charged with assault causing bodily harm

A still from a video posted on Twitter in which a man is seen punching an employee in the head in an aisle of the Garrison Crossing Save-On-Foods in Chilliwack on Jan. 26, 2022. (Twitter)
Amelia and Aria D’Angelo, aged five and three, on their pink electric ATVs that were stolen from their parents garage in Chilliwack on Dec. 5, 2021. (Submitted by Gwendolyn D’Angelo)

Brazen thieves steal pink ATVs from Chilliwack girls aged 3 and 5

‘Right before Christmas, stealing two little girls’ quads. It’s really heartbreaking’ - mother

Amelia and Aria D’Angelo, aged five and three, on their pink electric ATVs that were stolen from their parents garage in Chilliwack on Dec. 5, 2021. (Submitted by Gwendolyn D’Angelo)
A financial fraud and theft court case against a man investigated by the British Columbia Securities Commission resumed in Victoria this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man charged with financial fraud, theft due in Victoria court Dec. 15

Randolph Michael Rochefort accused of eight offences between 2013 and 2016 by securitites commission

A financial fraud and theft court case against a man investigated by the British Columbia Securities Commission resumed in Victoria this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Court of Appeal in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)

Bookkeeper who defrauded Island mill sees house arrest converted to jail time

Initial sentence was overturned in B.C. Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)
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