Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Suspect Using Stolen Credit Card

Can you identify this person

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating the fraudulent use of a stolen credit card linked to a theft from a motor vehicle. Investigators have recently received surveillance footage of the suspect who used the stolen credit card.

On August 13th, at approximately 5:30 pm, the owner of a Honda Civic reported her vehicle had been broken into while parked at the Skinner St. parkade. When the owner returned she noticed her door was unlocked and various personal items missing. Taken was an iPhone, clothing and a black wallet. Before she could cancel her credit cards, she was advised a transaction had already been made on her MasterCard at the Terminal Ave 7-11.

If you have information on the identity of the male shown in the attached photo, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 2590-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.


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Nanaimo RCMP Reports For Aug. 22/16

Two car crash at Cedar Rd and Highway 1 
Investigators are on scene of a two car collision that occurred at approximately 12:45 pm at the intersection of Cedar Road and Highway 1. Several individuals in the vehicles have been injured.
The collision forced the closure of all south bound traffic along Highway 1 and the left hand turning lane from the Island Highway onto Highway 1. Additionally, southbound traffic at the Fifth St intersection on the Island Highway was re-directed east bound onto Fifth St. 

19 Year Old Female Groped On Nicol Street

Early Sunday morning a 19 year old female was grabbed from behind then groped by an unknown male. The incident occurred at approximately 5 am on Sunday August 21st in the vicinity of the Days Inn located at 809 Nicol St.

The female told police she was walking to work and was listening to music with her earbuds in. As she passed the Days Inn she heard a noise behind her from some nearby bushes. Before she could turn, a male appeared, grabbed her then fondled her. She fought back, broke free of his grasp and ran in the opposite direction. The suspect did not follow her and he was not seen again. The female while left shaken by her ordeal was not injured and provided a detailed description of her attacker to investigators:

  • white male, 30-40 years old, medium build , 5 ft. 8 to 5 ft. 9
  •  short dark hair, cut army style, greying on the sides
  •  rough calloused hands with nails bitten off
  • black or dark long sleeve jersey with a stripe at the cuff
  • white runners
  • long pants

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text your TIP to 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

BC Ferries - Parking Lot Full Departure Bay

Update as of 11:02 pm Aug. 20/16:

Please be advised that the pay parking facilities at Departure Bay terminal have reached capacity.

For traffic updates or more information please call us toll free at 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779), check our website at www.bcferries.com or go to http://mobile.bcferries.com on your mobile device.

Use the following to check current status of all sailings to and from Nanaimo.


Nanaimo Weather August 22 - 28

It took awhile to warm up this year, but summer has finally arrived, in true west coast fashion, this will likely hold through all of September. Says he, hopefully.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The State Of The Fourth Estate Today

The Internet ------ death of the 'newsroom'?

The fourth estate is quickly becoming a mere shadow of what it once was in our society. It was the only real oversight the general population could rely on to keep elected and non elected officials honest and above board.

Sadly, that is no longer the case as real newsrooms everywhere are dying as advertising revenue flocks to the new 'eyeball arena' with a totally different method of putting the seller's message in front of potential consumers.

The victim and real lose to society with this massive shift of advertising revenue is the cutting back and continual slashing and burning taking place in newsrooms all across the country. Those newsrooms incidentally are the real source for nearly all news content we now consume for free on the Net. When was the last time a major story broke that had taken countless hours of research by one or more truly dedicated journalists who have a passion for the role they should play in society. Instead the lamestream media just keeps pumping out the 'tickle your ears' crap that means nothing of substance to anyone.

It is not just the industries fault, it is also the fault of a general population that has become less and less engaged with their role in the governance of their community, province and country as we become self absorbed in our own little worlds.


In Nanaimo for example back in the early 70's the Daily Free Press had a paid circulation of just over 10,000 copies daily. Before they closed recently, the Daily News (same paper) had less than 4,000 paid subscribers.

Locally a new 'news' source is coming onto the local scene as part of the Jim Pattison media group (means there is money to burn in the launch) which appears to be a digital version of the old Daily News. Same sort of story mix and content. The business model would appear to be a hybrid of what the Bulletin offers, and that is content free for the reading with the hopes that enough people will read the product in order to justify the advertising revenue the product must produce to support a paid staff. No revenue comes directly from readership.

The question of course is just what they can offer readers that does not already come from the Bulletin and to a lesser extent even from this pitiful blog. With the pockets of Jim Pattison to draw from they will be able to run at a loss for much longer than a poorly funded effort could ever hope. They will probably be giving away ad space in the early days trying to attract the much needed ad revenue to keep the venture afloat. Whether they are actually filling a void in the local media mix remains to be seen. One thing is certain however, unless considerable dollars are dedicated to producing a quality news product, they will be no better than what used to be referred to as shoppers. The only difference will be the fact this one can't be used to wrap your garbage in tomorrow.

The death of quality journalists and high level journalism does not bode well for our society, as literally no one else is able to keep the politicians in line, and God knows they are pretty much getting away with murder now.


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Increased Thefts & B&E's Bruce Ave. & 5th

Rash of thefts recently

Over the past two weeks there has been a spike in thefts and B&E’s in the vicinity of Bruce Ave and 5th St. Nearby neighbourhoods are also being targeted.  Since August 1st, there have been several dozen thefts from vehicles, sheds and backyards reported.  During the same time, there were also 10 break and enters to homes. 

The City of Nanaimo crime map accurately reflects property related offences that occur not only in these areas, but throughout Nanaimo. Go to http://www.nanaimo.ca/crimereporting to see the affected areas.

Historically during July and August, communities experience an increase in crime. Primarily it is due to homes left unattended while homeowners are on vacation, tools and sheds left unlocked and vehicles parked at or near trail heads.

The following tips are provided to assist with your home and overall security:
  • Always lock your doors and keep sheds locked. While you are in your backyard, criminals are coming in through your unlocked front door. A small lock on our shed can take away the opportunity for theft.
  • Keep tools and equipment out of sight.  Criminals prefer the following items as they are easily carried away- lawnmowers, leaf blowers, grass cutters, small portable barbeques and bicycles. Keep them locked and out of sight. Register your bicycle at www.529garage.ca to assist in recovery in the event your bicycle is stolen.
  • Mark all tools, equipment and house hold items - engrave a unique number (i.e. driver's license) on each item and take a picture of it. These small steps can make the difference between having to submit an insurance claim and having your property returned. Engravers are offered on loan from the front counter of the Nanaimo detachment or can be purchased at most retail stores for a reasonable price.
  • Report all suspicious activity immediately to the police - many crimes occur during the day when homeowners are at work. If you see someone in your neighbourhood that is acting suspicious call the non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and report it. 

Suspicious behaviour can consist of – people peering into cars, walking onto properties, people going door to door, cars or persons on bikes moving very slowly through your neighbourhood. These are just some behaviours that may or may not be deemed suspicious. Trust your instincts to guide you.

If you have information on individuals involved in any of these property related offences, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.


Complete Burning Ban In Nanaimo - Aug. 17

Province bans campfires
City follows suit
Burning ban includes cooking fires

"With the recent notice from the Province of an increase to the fire risk, Nanaimo Fire Rescue is advising residents there is now a complete burning ban in the City of Nanaimo.  We want to remind residents to be vigilant and report any fire activity quickly."  -  Capt. Ennis Mond Nanaimo Fire Rescue 

The Province of British Columbia has placed a ban on campfires.  The City of Nanaimo will follow suit with a complete burning ban (including cooking fires) effective Wednesday August 17th, beginning at noon.

The following are permitted:
cooking devices fueled by propane, natural gas, naptha, kerosene, charcoal briquets or electricity such as barbecues, grills, smokers, portable or fixed campfire devices.  It is important to ensure briquets are fully extinguished after use.

Contact Parks and Recreation for any information on City Parks at 250-756-5200.


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Snowbirds In Nanaimo August 10 Maffeo Sutton Park


Fishing Line Around Power Lines and Trees

Waddington and Dufferin area
criminal charges and lawsuits could result

On August 05, 2016,  BC Hydro contacted the Nanaimo RCMP to report hydro crews had been dispatched with taking down 50 lb test  fishing line wrapped around power lines in the Waddington and Dufferin area.  As well line had been wound around trees, across road ways, over houses and through yards.

Nanaimo RCMP, as well as the BC Hydro crews, believe unknown persons were using a drone to fly the wire around the lines.  Upon further inspection it was noted a small flashlight and headlamp were fastened to the line.  Investigators believe this was done so the suspects would be able to see where the drone was flying the line. 

There have been similar incidents in the past near the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital helicopter landing pad, which could cause significant problems for air ambulances. Should the pilot not see the wire there could be drastic consequences if the line became enmeshed in the helicopters rotator blades causing a possible crash.  BC hydro spokesperson, Ted Olynyk, states, "This reckless behaviour puts the public and crews at risk. If an accident or outage were to occur, those involved in this negligent behaviour expose themselves to criminal charges and lawsuits for damages as a result of an incident. BC Hydro will seek damages for costs of any work required to repair lines or make them safe."

The RCMP recognizes that guidelines and regulations around the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (drones) are continuing to evolve. The RCMP asks pilots to respect the safety tips and guidelines as outlined by Transport Canada.

Some of these tips are: fly in daylight, keep your aircraft in sight, respect the privacy of others, don’t fly in populated areas including concerts or sporting events, beaches or higher than 90 metres.  The tips also ask operators not to fly anywhere where they may interfere with first responders, or within 9km of an airport.

If anyone has information on either of these two incidents, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477. 


Monday, August 08, 2016

Missing Woman Found Alive After Four Days

Boomer to the rescue

Constable Wurzinger and Boomer Photos contributed

A 66 year old female reported missing on July 30 2016 has been found alive by Police Services Dog Boomer and his handler Constable Clay Wurzinger. The woman, who has significant health issues, was reported missing by family members on Saturday July 30, to the North Cowichan RCMP.  A missing persons investigation was immediately initiated but even with extensive patrols and numerous inquiries been done she could not be located.

With hope fading by the hour, a motorcyclist reported finding the women's vehicle on Wednesday August 3 abandoned on a logging road in the Copper Canyon area, approximately 40 kilometres west of Chemainus.

Search and Rescue(SAR) crews from Duncan and Ladysmith, assisted by the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society, were immediately dispatched to the area and began an extensive ground search. The search was suspended for the day when darkness set in. The next morning the search party was assisted by the RCMP Air Services helicopter Air 8 and Police Services Dog Boomer, along with his handler Constable Wurzinger.

With no track or scent detected near her car, Boomer and Wurzinger and the pilot from Air 8 set out searching the extensive array of logging roads. Approximately 5 hours later Boomer straightened, alerting his handler to a possible scent of the missing woman. Constable Wurzinger climbed over a nearby embankment and miraculously, the missing female was spotted lying at the base of the berm. In obvious discomfort and barely able to speak, the female managed to reach out, grab the officers hand and whisper “thank you” over and over again. 

SAR was alerted to their location and arrived on foot within 15 minutes. Over the next two hours emergency first aid was applied and with the female strapped to a spinal board, she was carried out to a waiting Air 8 then transported to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. She is expected to make a full but slow recovery from her ordeal.

"Constable Wurzinger and Boomer's perseverance in this search led to an outstanding result.  Outcomes like this make us all proud of the professionalism and high level of training that Clay and Boomer bring to work on a daily basis in Nanaimo.  We are lucky to have them here," said Superintendent Mark Fisher, Officer in Charge, Nanaimo RCMP.

This was a perfect example of the excellent collaboration that exists between the various RCMP police units that are available to assist and the dedicated group of trained and committed civilian organizations. It was a fantastic team effort with the best possible outcome anyone could hope for," said Inspector Ray Carfantan, Officer in Charge, North Cowichan RCMP.

As far as Boomer, he got a good rest and the opportunity to play with his favourite toy. "Catching criminals does not even come close to finding a missing person. Her will to live was amazing and I give her credit for hanging on for what must have been an incredibly tough 4 days,” said Constable Wurzinger of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Constable Wurzinger is one of four dog handlers posted to the Nanaimo RCMP Police Dog Services Section and has been with the section for 5 years. He has 11.5 years’ service and prior to being posted to Nanaimo he served the community of Quesnel.


Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Crystal Serenity Cruise Ship In Nanaimo

First visit August 5th
Crystal Serenity
Aug. 5/16 - 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

The 820 foot long Crystal Serenity will be visiting Nanaimo on Friday August 5 and will be tied up at the Nanaimo Port Authority cruise ship terminal.

The vessel can carry 1070 passengers with a crew of 655 and it's last port before coming into Nanaimo will have been Sitka. It is scheduled to be leaving Vancouver the next day for a tne day Alaskan cruise to Anchorage.