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12Aug

Surrey RCMP investigating after man shot in head Monday morning

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Police are investigating after a man was shot in the head early Monday morning in Surrey’s Whalley neighbourhood.


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Police are investigating after a man was shot in the head early Monday morning in Surrey’s Whalley neighbourhood.

RCMP received calls around 1:50 a.m. on Monday reporting gunfire in the 10600-block of King George Boulevard.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment and released.

Serious crime investigators are looking into the shooting and early indications are that the shooting was targeted.

No suspects have been publicly identified and there have been no arrests in the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting or who may have security camera footage of the shooting is asked to contact investigators.

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31Jul

RCMP scaling down search for B.C. murder suspects in northern Manitoba

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WINNIPEG — The RCMP say they are scaling back the search for two British Columbia murder suspects in northern Manitoba.

Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy says officers have searched more than 11,000 square kilometres of wilderness using the best technology available and have found no sign of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.

MacLatchy is emphasizing that the search in the Gillam area is not over, but resources are being re-deployed.

Schmegelsky and McLeod are charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia professor Leonard Dyck, whose body was found earlier this month in northern B.C.

Police also consider the men suspects in the shooting of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, who were found dead on the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs, B.C.


Teen fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod in undated CCTV images taken in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.

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Leonard Dyck is seen in March of 2017 in Clover Point Park in Victoria .

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Chynna Noelle Deese of the United States and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia are the victims of a double homicide in Northern B.C.

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25Jul

Kelowna RCMP release video of arson suspect | CBC News

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Kelowna RCMP have released a video of an arson suspect who they say torched a car last month.

In a release, police say they were called to assist the Kelowna Fire Department with a car on fire off Pearson Road in the early hours of  June 24, 2019. By the time police arrived, a red Mini Cooper was in flames.

In seized CCTV video, a suspect can be  seen lighting an object on fire, which is then tossed inside the parked Mini Cooper, through its open passenger side door, police said.

The suspect is seen fleeing on foot. 

“Someone in the community must recognize our arson suspect,” Kelowna RCMP Corporal Jesse O’Donaghey said in the statement.

“The suspect, who may be recognizable to someone due to his clothing or stature, seems to carry himself in a unique and distinctive manner as he jogs away from the scene.”

Police said the unidentified suspect is described as heavy set and approximately 6 feet tall. He was seen wearing a light-coloured hoodie, light coloured pants and a pair of dark running shoes at the time of the incident 

Kelowna RCMP ask anyone anyone with any additional information to contact them at 250-762-3300 or to remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net


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4Jun

‘This shouldn’t be happening’: Coquitlam cab ride ends with customer calling RCMP

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A Coquitlam woman with a disability said she recently had to call the RCMP after a cab ride that had her questioning her safety.

Gayle Hunter said she booked a Bel-Air Taxi online on May 24, for a ride to work at a school not far away.

“I have problems with my legs some days and I wasn’t feeling up to walking,” Hunter told CTV News Vancouver.

She said during the ride, the driver informed her he hadn’t turned the meter on.

“I wanted to kind of inform him if you don’t have that on, your customer doesn’t have to pay, so you know, something you should be aware of,” Hunter said.

She said the driver then started yelling and driving away from her route.

“I said where are you going? Like, where are you taking me? And he’s like, I don’t have to take you there, I can take you anywhere,” Hunter said.

Hunter said she insisted the driver turn around, and called the cab company. When they eventually arrived at the school, she said the driver grabbed the cash fare she had in her hand.

“My hand flies back, he’s got the bill, the change goes flying, and I yell, because it hurt,” Hunter said.

Hunter said she called the RCMP and contacted the city’s mayor, Richard Stewart, who posted about her complaint online. Stewart said it’s an example of why people need more options, such as ride-hailing.

“It is outrageous that a disabled person could be actually held in a cab,” Stewart told CTV News Vancouver.

“It scares me for other residents who might not have had the wherewithal she had,” Stewart said.

Bel-Air Taxi manager Shawn Bowden does not agree the driver deviated from the route.

He says their GPS records show the cab made a series of right hand turns to get to the school.

“It wasn’t taken on a wild goose chase or something like that, no. But maybe she just didn’t understand that,” Bowden said.

However, Bowden said the meter should have been on.

“I apologize for the service. And I have talked to the customer, and I have apologized, it shouldn’t have happened,” Bowden said.

Hunter said she has taken cabs since then, but the experience has made her more cautious.

“This shouldn’t be happening,” Hunter said.

The RCMP said charges are not being pursued in the case.


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4Jun

‘This shouldn’t be happening’: Port Coquitlam cab ride ends with customer calling RCMP

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A Port Coquitlam woman with a disability said she recently had to call the RCMP after a cab ride that had her questioning her safety.

Gayle Hunter said she booked a Bel-Air Taxi online on May 24, for a ride to work at a school not far away.

“I have problems with my legs some days and I wasn’t feeling up to walking,” Hunter told CTV News Vancouver.

She said during the ride, the driver informed her he hadn’t turned the meter on.

“I wanted to kind of inform him if you don’t have that on, your customer doesn’t have to pay, so you know, something you should be aware of,” Hunter said.

She said the driver then started yelling and driving away from her route.

“I said where are you going? Like, where are you taking me? And he’s like, I don’t have to take you there, I can take you anywhere,” Hunter said.

Hunter said she insisted the driver turn around, and called the cab company. When they eventually arrived at the school, she said the driver grabbed the cash fare she had in her hand.

“My hand flies back, he’s got the bill, the change goes flying, and I yell, because it hurt,” Hunter said.

Hunter said she called the RCMP and contacted Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart, who posted about her complaint online. Stewart said it’s an example of why people need more options, such as ride-hailing.

“It is outrageous that a disabled person could be actually held in a cab,” Stewart told CTV News Vancouver.

“It scares me for other residents who might not have had the wherewithal she had,” Stewart said.

Bel-Air Taxi manager Shawn Bowden does not agree the driver deviated from the route.

He says their GPS records show the cab made a series of right hand turns to get to the school.

“It wasn’t taken on a wild goose chase or something like that, no. But maybe she just didn’t understand that,” Bowden said.

However, Bowden said the meter should have been on.

“I apologize for the service. And I have talked to the customer, and I have apologized, it shouldn’t have happened,” Bowden said.

Hunter said she has taken cabs since then, but the experience has made her more cautious.

“This shouldn’t be happening,” Hunter said.

The RCMP said charges are not being pursued in the case.


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16May

Longtime Penticton lifeguard facing child porn, sex assault charges: RCMP

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A Penticton man who worked as a lifeguard for decades is facing a slew of charges related to child pornography and sexual assault.

In a statement, Mounties said Edward Casavant, who also goes by “Eddie Spaghetti,” is facing 10 counts in connection with incidents that allegedly took place between 2008 and 2014:

  • 2 counts of making or publishing child pornography
  • 1 count of importing or distributing child pornography
  • 1 count of possession of child pornography
  • 1 count of accessing child pornography
  • 1 count of secretly observe/record nudity in private place
  • 1 count of sexual exploitation of a person with a disability
  • 1 count of sexual assault
  • 1 count of sexual interference of person under 16
  • 1 count of Invitation to sexual touching under 16

He was arrested on Wednesday.

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16May

Longtime Summerland lifeguard facing child porn, sex assault charges: RCMP

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Published Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:55PM PDT


Last Updated Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:22PM PDT

A Penticton man who worked as a lifeguard for decades is facing a slew of charges related to child pornography and sexual assault.

In a statement, Mounties said Edward Casavant, who also goes by “Eddie Spaghetti,” is facing 10 counts in connection with incidents that allegedly took place between 2008 and 2014:

  • Two counts of making or publishing child pornography
  • One count of importing or distributing child pornography
  • One count of possession of child pornography
  • One count of accessing child pornography
  • One count of secretly observe/record nudity in private place
  • One count of sexual exploitation of a person with a disability
  • One count of sexual assault
  • One count of sexual interference of person under 16
  • One count of Invitation to sexual touching under 16

The 54-year-old was arrested on Wednesday.

RCMP say he worked as a lifeguard for over 30 years, beginning in the late 1980s, and also volunteered at various local summer camps and community events.

“Police believe Casavant used his position to gain access to school aged children,” said Cpl. Chris Manseau in a statement.

The District of Summerland, where Casavant worked until retiring in late 2018, called the allegations “deeply unsettling.”

“We recognize this situation is deeply upsetting to our community — to any community. It’s upsetting to us as well. We know people will have questions, and we will do our best to answer them when it is appropriate and when we have the authorities’ permission to do so,” Summerland Mayor Toni Boot said in a statement.

Boots said the district is focusing on helping those impacted by the alleged incidents.

Mounties say they have identified at least two victims, but believe there are more who either may not have reported their interaction or may not be aware they are a victim.

Anyone with more information is asked to report to the police in their jurisdiction or to call Penticton RCMP at 250-276-2177.


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25Jan

Out-of-control parking at Joffre Lakes, B.C., is a grey area for RCMP traffic enforcement

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An outdoor enthusiast from Vancouver’s North Shore became so outraged over illegally parked vehicles outside Joffre Lakes Provincial Park that he took matters into his own hands.

Steve Jones got so frustrated with the state of Joffre Lakes north of Whistler that he filed a freedom of information request (CBC/Harold Dupuis)

Steve Jones filed a freedom of information request about parking enforcement around the Joffre Lakes trail which has had an explosion in popularity in recent years.

“It’s been getting busier and busier and busier, and part of it is that they made some upgrades to the trail so that more people can access it,” said Steve Jones. “But if we’re not proactive about making investments and ensuring that the experience for visitors is positive I think that we’re going to start to lose our reputation.”

Parking laws unenforced as jurisdictions argue

The documents he got back revealed Pemberton RCMP can’t ticket a vehicle without the driver being present. So even though vehicles are parked in front of “no parking” signs, police can’t do anything about it.

RCMP didn’t return CBC’s request for an interview. But in the documents, Cpl. Mike Hamilton emailed the Mainroad Group, a road maintenance contractor, urging it to put safety measures in place along the highway. 

He wrote about a failed attempt to educate the public about parking rules on Highway 99. “After approximately 2-3 hours I was forced to completely abandon this endeavour,” he said. “I experienced what I can only describe as driver anarchy and mass crowds. I was nearly struck head-on by an inattentive motorist.”

In a statement, a spokesperson with the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District said, “Provincial highways, such as Highway 99 near Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, are within the jurisdiction of the provincial government. As a regional district, the SLRD does not have the authority to implement a bylaw that would have jurisdiction over a provincial highway.”

However, a spokesperson with the provincial government said it is the responsibility of the district, “Currently, the SLRD does not have a bylaw preventing parking along the highway at this location. We have contacted them to inquire about such a bylaw, but the SLRD would need to respond re: any progress on this.”

The province is expected to provide further clarity on the issue next week.

Lake worth showing off

The brilliant turquoise blue of Joffre Lakes is perfect backdrop for photos and now a social media darling. Just kilometres away from the natural beauty is the crush of vehicles along Highway 99.

A log that sticks into the middle lake on the trail is a wildly popular photo spot. Many attribute the increased traffic at Joffre Lakes to its Instagram fame. (Shutterstock / karamysh)

Jones says the social media fame has come at a price, “I think Instagram has given us a very good reputation for the beauty on the front end, but we’re not proactive about making investments and ensuring that the experience for visitors is positive.”

The provincial park — about 45 minutes north of Whistler, B.C. — has become one of the South Coast’s most popular hikes, leaving B.C. Parks scrambling to manage concerns about overcrowding and environmental preservation.

In 2018, B.C. Parks made the decision to ban dogs from the trail because the animals have “led to issues with visitor experience, public health concerns and conservation efforts,” according to a news release from 2018.

Outhouses also a concern

Jones says another issue that came up in the documents is a lack of bathroom facilities. “The line for the outhouses is so long, people can’t humanly hold it in, and they’re just going to the washroom in the parking lot. It’s just disgusting that this is happening.”

He hopes the province will fund its parks adequately so that social media posts don’t begin to show B.C.’s packed parking areas rather than its natural beauty.

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24Jan

Suspect followed woman, took photos in casino bathroom: RCMP

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Mounties are asking the public to help identify a suspect who is alleged to have followed a woman then took photos of her while she used a bathroom stall.

In a statement issued nearly two months after the incident was reported, Richmond Mounties said a woman had been followed from a Canada Line station to the River Rock Casino.

It was reported that the man followed her into the casino washroom in the early morning hours of Dec. 1, then used a cellphone to take photos while she was inside a stall.

The suspect fled when confronted, and was last seen heading toward Bridgeport Station, police said.

After following up on available leads, Mounties released a photo of a suspect Thursday.

“We are hoping that the security image of the suspect may prompt information from the public and possibly bring to light other unreported cases,” Cpl. Dennis Hwang said in a statement.

The suspect has been described as approximately 25 years old and possibly Indigenous. He is about 5’8″ with a slim build, and was wearing a black jacket and dark coloured pants at the time.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RCMP at 604-278-1212, quoting the file number 2018-34811.


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11Jan

RCMP at UBC warning public of voyeurism incident

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RCMP at the University of British Columbia are asking potential victims to contact them after a voyeurism incident last week.

Police say the incident happened on Jan. 3, in a public restroom in the 6300-block of Agronomy Road.

The victim told police someone reached and placed a cell phone over top of the bathroom stall while they were using the washroom. The cell phone has a unique black case with a cubed and striped pattern, police say.

The RCMP confirmed in a statement that the victim first called Campus Security, who then alerted University RCMP, which caused what they say is a “slight delay” in their response time.

A man believed to be the suspect was arrested for obstruction, but later released, police added. The investigation is still ongoing at this time.

University RCMP says anyone with a similar experience should call 604-224-1322, and reminds the public that if a crime is being committed you should call 911 immediately.


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