January 23, 2018

Jury makes nine recommendations after inquest into death of search volunteer

A jury has made nine recommendations to Emergency Management BC and the BC Search and Rescue Association after an inquest into the death of search volunteer, Sheilah Sweatman. 29 year old Sweatman was performing a recovery operation with Nelson's Search and Rescue unit when she drowned in Creston in June 2011. She was trying to recover a body from … [Read more...]

Coroner’s jury makes 16 recommendations after death of Colette Salemink

A coroner's jury reviewing the death of a mother following a house fire in Coquitlam has made 16 recommendations.  Colette Salemink was 59 when her mentally ill son Blake set the fire in April of 2010 while he was on leave from a psychiatric facility.  The 23-year old who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder was later found not … [Read more...]

Surrey woman charged in mother’s death

A 28-year-old Surrey woman has been charged in her mother's death. Homicide investigators have identified the body found last week in a basement in Fleetwood as that of 43-year-old Panagiota Zerbinos. They say her daughter, Gloria Zerbinos, was arrested in Vancouver on the weekend, and now faces second-degree murder. Police are not releasing any … [Read more...]

Students say a month after Amanda Todd’s death not much has changed

Saturday marks a month since 15-year-old Amanda Todd committed suicide and her video plea for help made headlines around the world. Officials with the Coquitlam and Maple Ridge school districts, where Amanda was a student, say a lot of work has been done since her death. They’ve reviewed their programs and response plans, held events on teen … [Read more...]

Foul play not suspected in Skytrain death

Transit Police say foul play is not suspected in a deadly medical emergency at Metrotown Skytrain Station just before 11:30 this morning. The death caused the closure of that station and led to lengthy delays. Metrotown has since re-opened and service is back to normal. There is no connection between this incident and the discovery of an explosive … [Read more...]

Vancouver records 14th traffic death of 2012

Vancouver Police are investigating a fatal collision. It happened around 8:30 last evening, at Dunlevy Avenue and Powell Street. The victim -- a 52-year old woman -- was hit by a limousine that was making a left turn. The victim's name isn't being released. CKNW Vancouver News … [Read more...]

Guilty plea entered in death of flag-person

A guilty plea has been entered by the man responsible for the death of a construction site flagger in Mission more than two years ago. Thor Michael Shay's provincial court trial was due to start this morning in Abbotsford. He's now admitted he drove without due care and attention when he struck Don Cain along the Lougheed Highway in July of … [Read more...]

Five years since Dziekanski TASER death

It has been five years since an immigrant from Poland died on the floor of Vancouver’s international airport after repeatedly being stunned by an RCMP TASER. Robert Dziekanski's death was the catalyst for police no longer being allowed to investigate themselves in British Columbia. Retired judge Thomas Braidwood recommended the now month-old … [Read more...]

BCCLA: Woman who fought to change Canada’s law on assisted death, has passed away

The BC Civil Liberties Association says Gloria Taylor, the 64 year-old Okanagan woman who fought to change Canada’s law on assisted dying, died yesterday.She was the Association's lead plaintiff in its "death with dignity" lawsuit.BC Supreme Court had granted Taylor a personal exemption allowing her the right to seek a physician-assisted … [Read more...]

Family of murdered Surrey teen still looking for answers one year after her death

The family of a murdered Surrey teen is renewing the call for anyone with information to come forward, on this, the first anniversary of Maple Batalia's death. The murder of the popular 19-year-old stunned the community. Batalia - studying at the SFU campus in Surrey, was shot to death, in the parkade. Her family's holding a vigil Friday night at … [Read more...]