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#21281 pontcanna

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Posted 23 February 2024 - 07:47 PM

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Hey Greater Victoria

Saanich Police are investigating a fraud file where this suspect used a stolen credit card on several occasions on January 30th, 2024.
 
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Police have not been able to identify him through other investigative means and are now hoping you can provide his name.

If you recognize this suspect and you want to tell us their name anonymously, please call 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca

File: #24-1894


#21282 LJ

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Posted 23 February 2024 - 07:52 PM

One of the better BC shoot em up videos, early Thursday in White Rock.

 

https://www.reddit.c...shooting_video/

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Posted 23 February 2024 - 08:07 PM

Video taken down.

 

Try this -turn sound up for maximum "Heat" effect:

 

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Posted 23 February 2024 - 08:33 PM

 

Wanted: Ric Junior Shepherd

West Shore

2024-02-20 

File # 2024-774


The West Shore RCMP is searching for Ric Junior Shepherd who is wanted for an outstanding unendorsed warrant, stemming from West Shore RCMP investigations.

 

 

No longer wanted

 

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Posted 23 February 2024 - 09:01 PM

Man serving life sentence in 'unspeakably evil' murder granted temporary leave to attend Island program

Jeremy Wade Vojkovic, now 37, is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the 2002 death of Colleen Findlay that the sentencing judge called “unspeakably evil,” according to a recent Parole Board of Canada decision.


Roxanne Egan-Elliott, Victoria Times-Colonist, February 23, 2024

A man who sexually assaulted and murdered a Maple Ridge woman as a teenager has been granted a 60-day unescorted absence to attend a day program on Vancouver Island.

Jeremy Wade Vojkovic, now 37, is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the 2002 death of Colleen Findlay that the sentencing judge called “unspeakably evil,” according to a recent Parole Board of Canada decision.

Vojkovic came upon Findlay while trespassing on her property, then beat and bound her before sexually assaulting her. To cover the crime, he poured gasoline on her and in the home before setting it on fire and driving away in her car. Findlay died of suffocation and smoke inhalation.

Vojkovic applied to participate in a substance abuse treatment program at a residential facility on the Island, about four hours from his current institution, to address his substance issues and help reintegrate back into the community under supervision.

Despite a psychiatric assessment that expressed “grave concern” about the level of risk Vojkovic poses to the public and whether his risk would ever be manageable in the community, the parole board determined that participation in the program will allow Vojkovic limited access to the community and that he has developed the skills he needs to work with parole officers to manage his risk in the community.

The board said he acknowledged mistakes he made that led to the revocation of his short-lived day parole in January 2023 and has created strategies to ensure he doesn’t fall into familiar unhealthy patterns.

In June 2022, Vojkovic was granted day parole, which was suspended five months later and revoked in January 2023 because he breached his conditions by drinking alcohol and spending time with people who were using substances.

The parole board expressed concern that Vojkovic quickly entered a romantic relationship with a woman after being released on day parole, withheld his real name from her, and went to her home while her children were there against his parole officer’s direction and without required permission from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Vojkovic is not allowed to consume or possess alcohol or drugs, associate with anyone he believes is currently involved in criminal activity or substance use, have contact with any member of Findlay’s family, or be in the Lower Mainland without approval from a parole supervisor. He must report all intimate relationships with women.
 

 



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Posted 23 February 2024 - 10:07 PM

Even after conviction, justice goes unserved in Canada's legal system.  :whyme:



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Posted 24 February 2024 - 02:23 PM

Hopefully there'll be background details to follow...this is the spree arsonist from last summer. Don't believe anyone got charged for Ricky's tho

 

Victoria Provincial Court (Friday)
 
Edwin Vikash SINGH (b. 1981) 36 months (and concurrent sentences) for multiple Arsons (Victoria & Nanaimo, 2023). Long court history in CSO, mostly on the Mainland.


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Posted 25 February 2024 - 04:19 AM

'Rolex Killer' denied day parole from Greater Victoria prison
 
Albert Johnson Walker, whose crimes have inspired books, podcasts and a made-for-TV movie, is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, fraud and theft

 

A conman dubbed the “Rolex Killer,” who was at one time the most wanted man in Canada, has been denied day parole from a Greater Victoria prison.

 

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Albert Johnson Walker, whose crimes have inspired books, podcasts, a made-for-TV movie and a storyline on the British soap opera Coronation Street, is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, fraud and theft.

Victims, who are regularly updated by the Correctional Service of Canada when Walker is outside the prison, told the Times Colonist he is being held in William Head Institution in Metchosin and has attended a Greater Victoria church with an escort.

They say they’re concerned he could dupe fellow church members and did not want to be named out of fear for their safety.

The 78-year-old has been held in the same minimum-security institution since 2017. He was granted a 60-day unescorted absence last year to participate in a program on the Island, according to the recent parole board decision denying Walker day parole.

While his case-management team had recommended that Walker be granted day parole, the Parole Board of Canada found he continues to pose a risk to the community based on his ongoing misrepresentation of and denial of culpability for his crimes.

Walker’s crimes date to the 1980s, when he bilked friends, acquaintances and clients of his financial services firm in Ontario of more than $2.6 million before fleeing to the United Kingdom with one of his children in 1990, the decision says.

In the U.K., Walker befriended a man named Ronald Platt and assumed his identity when Platt moved to Canada. When Platt returned to the U.K. in 1996, Walker took him on a boat trip to kill him, the decision says. He bought an anchor, attached it to Platt’s body and threw him overboard, it says.

The man’s body was discovered when a fishing boat dredged it up in a net.

Platt was eventually identified by the Rolex he was wearing at the time of his death, resulting in Walker’s nickname the “Rolex Killer.”

Walker continues to deny committing fraud and claims he was engaged in legitimate business ventures that didn’t work out, the parole decision says. Walker claims that Platt allowed him to take his identity and that Platt attacked him and fell overboard in a struggle.

Despite his case-management team’s support for Walker’s day parole, the parole board said his access to potential victims will be too difficult to monitor.

“Given your refusal to be accountable and address your risk issues in a responsible way, the board believes that your risk is not manageable on this type of release,” the board wrote.
 


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Posted 25 February 2024 - 05:11 PM

90-year-old woman killed in apparent Cedar hit and run

Feb 25, 2024 

NANAIMO — Local Mounties are searching for a driver and vehicle believed responsible for a fatal hit and run.

Police were called to the 2800 block of Cedar Rd. near Bennie Rd. in south Cedar around 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 when a passing motorist discovered the unconscious woman on the side of the road.

“Despite the valiant efforts of bystanders who administered emergency first aid and first responders, the woman was determined to be deceased at the scene,” Reserve Cst. Gary O’Brien said in a statement.

Evidence suggests a vehicle hit the woman earlier Saturday evening but did not remain at the scene, nor report the incident.

 

Morehttps://nanaimonewsn...ar-hit-and-run/

 


#21290 Mike K.

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Posted 25 February 2024 - 05:23 PM

This is the second road fatality in that community in recent months. There was a teen killed on his riding mower in that area, when it veered into the path of a vehicle.

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Posted 26 February 2024 - 10:21 AM

Wanted person: Curtis Houle

Nanaimo, Wanted Warrant

2024-02-26

File # 2023-40458


The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 38-year old Curtis Houle, who is wanted on 3 counts of Assault with a Weapon. Since the time of the assault, investigators have been unable to locate Houle. As a result, warrants were issued for his arrest.

The warrants stem from an incident in late November of 2023. It is alleged that Houle assaulted a woman by repeatedly punching her, and discharging a can of bear spray at her.

Nanaimo NewsNow: Court records show Houle has an extensive criminal background, including numerous convictions for crimes of violence, drug trafficking and driving infractions.

He was arrested in January 2020 on a Canada-wide warrant for parole violations and was facing drug and firearm-related charges at the time.


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Curtis Houle is a Caucasian man, 6 ft. 3 inches, 185 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The picture provided is recent and of note, Houle has a tattoo of a skull on his lower right arm and one of a Devil on his upper right arm.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Curtis Houle, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

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Posted 26 February 2024 - 11:35 AM

Multiple guns, ammo seized after extended police standoff at Cedar home

Feb 26, 2024

NANAIMO — An extended standoff between police and a man barricaded inside a home ended safely.

Local Mounties, members of the RCMP Emergency Response Team, and crisis negotiators were called to a residence in the 1700 block of Cedar Rd. around 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Reserve Cst. Gary O’Brien said an adult man was experiencing a mental health crisis and had barricaded himself inside a home with others inside and nearby.

“The two other family members managed to safely leave the home", O’Brien said.

A roughly four hour stand-off ensued with negotiators talking with the man.

Around 3 p.m., the man left the home and was taken into custody under the Mental Health Act, following a brief struggle with police.

Inside the home, officers discovered and seized seven long guns and an undetermined amount of ammunition.

O’Brien added no criminal charges are pending however it’s expected the guns will be destroyed and the man will be prohibited from owning or possessing firearms in the future.

 

Morehttps://nanaimonewsn...-at-cedar-home/
 



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Posted 26 February 2024 - 06:32 PM

Metchosin man arrested for firearm offences

West Shore, Emergency Response Team

2024-02-26

File # 2024-3436


In the evening of February 21, 2024, the West Shore RCMP were called to a property near the 4600 block of Sooke Road in Metchosin for a report of a male unsafely discharging a firearm inside a residence.

Frontline West Shore RCMP officers along with the RCMP Emergency Response Team responded, quickly securing the area by surrounding the residence. Shortly thereafter, the suspect, a 48-year-old Metchosin man, was taken into custody safely and without incident.

Following the arrest, members of the West Shore RCMP Serious Crime Unit executed a search warrant on the residence, where they located and seized firearms and ammunition.

The suspect has been charged with Careless Use of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm Contrary to Order, and Uttering Threats and remains in custody. His next court appearance is February 28, 2024.

 
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from CSO: Kenneth Francis LOVELY born 1975, has other court for K file firearms dating from 2021, past court for Utter Threats and Impaired.
 
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#21294 Mike K.

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Posted 26 February 2024 - 06:52 PM

K-file is domestic, I think?

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Posted 26 February 2024 - 06:53 PM

‘We’ve had a lot of tips’: Nanaimo RCMP investigating all leads after fatal hit-and-run

Feb. 26, 2024 

Mounties in Nanaimo are searching in every way and using every means they can to find the driver who struck and killed a 90-year-old woman in Cedar Saturday night.

On Monday, Nanaimo RCMP’s traffic enforcement team returned to the scene of the horrific crash on Cedar Road.

 

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They combed the road and ditches in the daylight to ensure they hadn’t missed any potential evidence that could help them track down the vehicle involved in the fatal hit-and-run.

“One of the main areas they are focusing on is seeing if there are any CCTV cameras in the area from homes or businesses,” said R/Cst. Gary O’Brien with Nanaimo RCMP.

Sources tell CHEK News the woman’s shoes were found in the northbound lanes and that it appears the woman and vehicle were both heading northbound when the crash happened.

“We know where the watering holes are in Cedar,” said O’Brien. “We’ll be checking with the airport, we’re checking with traffic control. Anybody that was working at that time. We’re checking with shift workers. We’re checking with the mill.”

“It affects people’s behaviour, not wanting their kids to walk to school. There’s no sidewalks in our area. It can be very dark, so people can be quite concerned, quite fearful for their safety,” said Jessica Stanley, the Area ‘A’ director with the Regional District of Nanaimo.

“I can’t imagine that the driver is doing very well either, and just to encourage that person to face the music on this scenario because sitting with that guilt is going to eat away at someone as well,” said Stanley.

Morehttps://www.cheknews...nd-run-1192680/



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Posted 26 February 2024 - 07:07 PM

Arsonist responsible for 7 Island fires sentenced to 6 years in prison

Feb. 26, 2024 

An arsonist who police say was responsible for a string of fires across Vancouver Island in 2023 has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Edwin Singh, 42, was sentenced for seven counts of arson in Nanaimo, Victoria and Saanich — all of which happened within the span of six months.

The first of multiple fires set by Singh started in February 2023, when he set the diaper aisle ablaze inside the Walmart Supercentre in Nanaimo.

On March 20, Singh smashed the window of a car at Pure Gold Automotive in Nanaimo before tossing a flammable object inside, causing the vehicle to catch fire and explode. 

Months later, on July 12, he started two separate fires in Victoria: one at a business loading area on the 2300-block of Government Street, and another at the Mercedes Benz dealership. Several firefighters responded to the dealership fire, which they say caused explosions.

The following month in Victoria, Singh set off two more fires at the same location on the 700-block of Tolmie Avenue at a loading zone. The first incident happened on Aug. 14, with the second happening on Aug. 16.

“Saanich Police can confirm that the offences on Aug. 14 and 16, 2023, did both occur in Saanich at the same address, however, one file was investigated by Saanich Police (Aug. 14) and the other by the Victoria Police (Aug. 16),” said Insp. Damian Kowalewich. Singh was eventually arrested on Aug. 29.

Some fires still under investigation

During the series of arson, other fires in Victoria, like the one that destroyed Ricky’s Bar and Grill and another that damaged a heritage building on Government Street, are still under active investigation.

VicPD confirmed in June 2023 that Singh was not a suspect in either fire.

 

Morehttps://www.cheknews...prison-1192681/



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Posted 26 February 2024 - 07:58 PM

Port Alberni girl, 15, injured in hit-and-run caught on camera

A 15-year-old girl in Beaver Creek, north of Port Alberni, was injured in a hit-and-run that saw the suspect driver quickly turn around and speed away.

The entire incident was captured on security camera.

 
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Danika Currie had just gotten off the school bus around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, when she went to cross the road only to be hit by a driver who immediately fled.

“She stopped at the mailbox to grab the mail and walked down Smith Road toward Beaver Creek Road,” said Sean Currie, Danika’s father, recalling the incident that happened directly across the street from their family home in the 6700 block.

“The vehicle (driver) pulled through the intersection. She (Danika) turned and made eye contact with the vehicle,” he recalled.

The video shows the driver attempting to turn right onto Beaver Creek Road from Smith Road, not too far from the mailbox, according to Sean.

“There was, what she says, a nod from the vehicle (driver) to her to continue to cross the road. She started to go and the vehicle accelerated and hit her. She then looked at the vehicle, watched it back up and take off down Beaver Creek Road.”

“There’s a lot of information that’s come from it. There are a lot more videos and pictures of the vehicle in the neighbourhood that have appeared, so I believe the police are getting close to who it is,” Sean said Monday.

Danika was left “a little bit bumped and bruised,” adding that “she’s got some marks on her. But all in all, she’s resilient.”

“There are loved ones sitting there wondering why. Just come forward, make it easier on you and make it easier on the family, and just put an end to it and let people start to heal. It’s not worth running.”

He’s asking anyone with information to contact RCMP quoting file #24-1591. 
 


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Posted 27 February 2024 - 12:33 AM

Teen seriously injured after being hit by SUV in Saanich crosswalk

Police looking to identify driver of dark green vehicle


A 17-year-old girl was seriously injured after being hit by an SUV in a marked crosswalk on Monday (Feb. 26) morning.

The driver of the dark green vehicle was travelling east on Cedar Hill Cross Road and turned left onto Blenkinsop Road around 8:20 a.m., where police said the SUV struck the teen while she was in the crosswalk.

The 17-year-old suffered serious injuries to one of her legs as a result of the incident.

A brief statement released by Saanich police around 3:30 p.m. didn’t describe the incident as a hit-and-run, but said the department’s Traffic Safety Unit was working to identify the driver.

More: https://www.saanichn...osswalk-7322492


#21299 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 February 2024 - 12:38 AM

That doesn’t sound good. Except that if only her leg is injured hopefully she can make a full recovery.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 27 February 2024 - 12:38 AM.


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Posted 27 February 2024 - 06:08 PM

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