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#21641 Nparker

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 09:58 PM

...Although it is believed the male was camping on campus, he was not believed to be part of the protest encampment...

And there you have it. This is why encampments should NEVER be allowed to get established.



#21642 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 10:04 PM

There are multiple encampments?


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Posted 15 May 2024 - 06:11 AM

UVic says the individual matches someone who had set up a tent a day prior:

Earlier today, a man entered First Peoples House and threatened people with a knife. Police and Campus Security responded quickly and the suspect was arrested.

This incident occurred near the Palestine Solidarity Encampment on the Quad. However, it is not yet known if the suspect was associated with the encampment.

An individual matching the suspect’s description set up a tent near First Peoples House overnight on May 13. This individual is not affiliated with the university and concerns were raised about their well-being and their ability to access appropriate supports. At the time of today’s police incident, steps were already underway to issue a notice of trespass and remove this person from campus.

We believe in our community’s right to peaceful protest. Unfortunately, in some cases, demonstrations on the scale of the current encampment can draw other, more challenging behaviours to our campus. The university is taking these developments very seriously and is exploring options.

We understand that events like these can be very impactful. Please know that there are resources and supports available.

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#21644 Nparker

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Posted 15 May 2024 - 06:19 AM

The predictable and preventable consequences of allowing the encampment to get established. UVic deserves every bit of grief and mayhem that results from not disbanding the encampment before it took root.
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Posted 15 May 2024 - 06:20 AM

The university is taking these developments very seriously and is exploring options.

We understand that events like these can be very impactful. Please know that there are resources and supports available.

Are there resources and supports available to all of those people who permanently live near the Pandora debacle?


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Posted 15 May 2024 - 06:22 AM

I can assure you there are not.

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Posted 15 May 2024 - 09:00 AM

There are multiple encampments?


A couple of individual tents outside of the pallet enclosure.

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Posted 15 May 2024 - 05:44 PM

Gel blaster and airsoft drive by shootings are actually a criminal offence

 

Campbell River

2024-05-15 

File # 2024-4857


In recent weeks reports have been made to the RCMP regarding teenagers in vehicles shooting water gel blasters or airsoft guns at pedestrians in the community of Campbell River.

While it may seem like a harmless prank to some; or all in good fun, it is a criminal offence. The driver of the vehicle and the shooter of the blaster or air soft gun could both be considered committing Assault with a Weapon.

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(Recently recovered airsoft pistol)

Campbell River RCMP have responded to individuals who have been struck in the face and neck. In one instance, only a pair of sunglasses prevented the victim from being hit in the eye.

Cst. Maury Tyre explained, Realistically, the young people carrying out these shootings think they are just having a bit of fun. However, there is a very real chance of injury even with the water pellets or plastic bb pellets that these guns shoot. Simply put, if it can hurt you, even in a minor fashion, its just not okay, and the police will address it accordingly.

As well as sanctions under the Criminal Code, the driver of the vehicle could also face sanctions under the Motor Vehicle Act for various driving offences which could end up triggering a licence suspension for many N drivers.

The Campbell River RCMP are asking that anyone with information regarding these recent offences contact the local detachment at 250-286-6221.

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Posted 15 May 2024 - 06:10 PM

-Lots of previous form, esp in the Duncan area.

 

Duncan man charged in Lower Mainland fentanyl lab sting

A Duncan man was one of three men charged after a 14-month investigation by Vancouver police into an illicit drug lab on the Lower Mainland producing fentanyl and other deadly street drugs.

Jason Thomas Howard Conrad (born 1980) was charged with trafficking fentanyl and counts of possession of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine and benzodiazepine for the purpose of trafficking. Conrad was also charged with weapons offences.

The criminal charges stem from VPD’s Project Toluene, a sting operation. 

The haul from the Richmond (drug) lab and a condo in the Coal Harbour area totalled 27.7 kilograms of fentanyl, two kilograms of cocaine and 800 grams methamphetamine, as well as $365,000 in cash.

 

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Posted 15 May 2024 - 06:39 PM

 

Accused: Paul Clark MACSWEEN, born 1976, BC CSO history from 2018
 

 

Looks like he was bailed today, next court 29 May in Victoria.



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Posted 15 May 2024 - 06:50 PM

PROLIFIC FISHERIES VIOLATOR

May 14, 2024 

NANAIMO — A former local commercial fisherman with a long history of illegal angling will be lured back to court to face several more fishing-related charges.

 
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Scott & Melissa, May 10
 
Scott Stanley Matthew Steer, 47, and his common-law wife Melissa Dawn Larocque (Steer) were in BC Supreme Court in Nanaimo challenging the validity of a search warrant at their north Nanaimo home and a flat-bed truck in March 2020.

Justice David Crerar dismissed their application after a 45-minute judgment on Friday, May 10.

The judge said there was ample evidence connecting Steer and Larocque to the Catalina Dr. address to satisfy the requirements of a search warrant to be executed there.

Based on the evidence found, Steer was charged with eight counts for the illegal harvesting and sale of sea cucumbers, breaching of prohibition orders against owning fishing gear or vessels, and illegally employing a foreign nation from July 2019 until March 2020.

Trial dates for those charges are scheduled to be established in the summer.

Due to previous convictions, Steer is prohibited from fishing or owning fishing equipment for life.

Steer has a long list of convictions for a range of fisheries violations and court-ordered breaches spanning more than 17 years.

In 2008 Steer was fined for fishing out of season, then in 2013 Steer was convicted of eight fisheries violations, jailed for six months and ordered to pay $15,000 for defrauding a crew member of wages.

Steer was convicted of numerous fishing offences in 2016, resulting in four separate jail tenures of between 21 and 80 days behind bars.

In 2017 Steer was convicted of illegally fishing for crab in Burrard Inlet and jailed for four months.

The B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office is seeking Steer’s Gabriola Island home and more than $1.3 million in cash across various bank accounts.
 

 



#21652 Matt R.

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Posted 15 May 2024 - 11:26 PM

What the heck! The guy is a millionaire and still pulls this idiocy! Needs to find a better hobby.

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Posted 16 May 2024 - 01:57 AM

What the heck! The guy is a millionaire and still pulls this idiocy! Needs to find a better hobby.

 

 

Long story about the guy here:

 

 

Every year, officers in the DFO’s Pacific region collar a handful of serious rulebreakers, some more brazen than others. Scott Steer is in a class of his own, the most prolific poacher on the West Coast. He’s been busted for illegally catching just about every type of fish in the north Pacific: halibut, ling cod, sablefish, crab, prawns and more, amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of quality catch over the years. He has been fined repeatedly, and when that didn’t work, the courts began throwing him in jail, while simultaneously slapping him with an escalating series of fishing prohibitions. When Sanderson’s crew nabbed him that night in Vancouver, Steer was already banned from so much as setting foot in a fishing boat until 2038.

 

Steer, who is 44, stands a sturdy six feet, with greying stubble and weather lines around his blue eyes. He’s combined a lifetime’s worth of fishing know-how with the ability to spin a good tale. He is notorious for persuading those around him to give him what he wants—a loan he might not pay back, or a boat he can borrow for a poaching mission.

 

Steer has sustained his pattern of deceit for well over a decade. Though he is white, he has made use of special Indigenous fishing rights, and is even alleged to have posed as a First Nations member to access funds set aside for Indigenous fishermen. Steer did not respond to repeated interview requests placed with his lawyer and his wife, but people in the fishing world are astonished that he never went legit after so many fines, boat seizures and escalating penalties.

 

 

 

 

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If Steer has a nemesis, it is Shaun Tadei, a senior DFO officer based in Nanaimo, where Steer lived until recently. Tadei is unsparing in his assessment of the man he’s spent years investigating: “He’s the worst poacher that we know of on the West Coast.” But he’s as incredulous as everyone else at Steer’s audacity, and his talent for persuasion. How, he wonders, has Steer avoided the kind of rough justice aggrieved fishermen have been known to mete out? “We don’t understand how this person has been able to operate, and rip off people for so long, without someone doing him serious harm,” says Tadei. “He’s literally ruining people’s lives.”


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 16 May 2024 - 02:01 AM.

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Posted 16 May 2024 - 11:43 PM

Port Hardy RCMP target drug trafficking in the community

2024-05-16 

File # 2024-1547


On May 15, 2024 members of the Port Hardy RCMP detachment began a drug trafficking investigation that lead officers to execute a search warrant at a residence located on Thunderbird Way in the Town of Port Hardy. A search of the residence was carried out in the evening of May 15th and resulted in the seizure of approximately 170 grams of illicit hard drugs, 900 grams of cannabis, illegal cigarettes, cash and weapons.

Two individuals were arrested on scene for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and a report will be submitted to the Provincial Prosecution Services of Canada requesting charge approval. The Port Hardy RCMP detachment remains committed to improving public safety and disrupting the flow of illegal drugs into our community stated acting Detachment Commander, Sergeant Trevor Busch.

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Posted 17 May 2024 - 09:30 AM

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@saanichpolice would like help in identifying the 2 males pictured here.

 

They were seen on 2 separate occasions in suspicious circumstances. The first was on March 16th in the Lambrick Park area where they approached a young girl and asked for her phone number and address.


The second was on April 4th where they parked their white car near a girl at a bus stop near Interurban and Wilkinson Road and offered her a ride. The girl ignored them, and they drove off.
 
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In both incidents the men have been described as of East Indian appearance. The younger one is between 20-30 years of age with dark hair and the older male is between 40-50 with a heavy East Indian accent and wears a dark-coloured turban.

If you know who they are you can call Saanich Police or tell us anonymously. Call 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca

Files: #24-4810/ #24-5913

 



#21656 Nparker

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Posted 17 May 2024 - 09:38 AM

...the men have been described as of East Indian appearance...

I was under the impression that "south Asian" was now the appropriate nomenclature for people from the Indian subcontinent region. The DEI department of the Saanich Police clearly needs a refresher.



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Posted 17 May 2024 - 05:41 PM

Metal guard rail stolen from overpass above busy Highway 19 in Qualicum Bay

2024-05-16 

File # 2024-4403


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Cochrane Road overpass with missing guard rail

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A large section of metal guard rail was stolen from the Cochrane Road overpass at Highway 19 this week.

Sometime between the afternoon of May 14 and the afternoon of May 15, approximately 40 feet of metal guard rail was removed from the west side of the Cochrane Road overpass which passes over Highway 19 in Qualicum Bay.  Another 40 foot section of guard rail had been prepared to also be stolen from the overpass and was resting in place, unbolted, on stanchions.

The potential for a fatal crash was extremely high had the unbolted guard rail fallen from the overpass and landed on the highway or a moving vehicle below, says Sergeant Shane Worth of the Oceanside RCMP. Fortunately, police were quickly alerted to the incident and repairs were made right away by highway crews.

If anyone has any information about who may have removed the guard rail or know of where it may be are asked to contact the Oceanside RCMP at (250) 248-6111 quoting file # 2024-4403.

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#21658 Mike K.

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Posted 17 May 2024 - 05:51 PM

Skateboarders found themselves a rail to grind?
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#21659 Matt R.

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Posted 17 May 2024 - 11:06 PM

People will steal anything that isn’t nailed down.
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Posted 21 May 2024 - 05:31 PM

Instagram GV Crimestoppers page:

 

Jason HORVATH

Wanted For: Canada Wide Warrant/ Breach of Federal Parole
Wanted As Of: 05/21/2024

 

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Age: 49
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Hair Color: Blonde/Balding
Eye Color: Blue
Race: White
Sex: Male


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