Thursday, January 19, 2017

60 Year Old Man Dies In Accident

Fatal pedestrian MVA

A 60 year old male has died after being struck by a semi-trailer near the intersection of Aulds Road and the Nanaimo Parkway. The incident was reported at 4:10 pm on Wednesday January 18, 2017 and occurred approximately 600 meters south of the Aulds Road intersection and the Nanaimo Parkway. It was initially reported the deceased had been transported to the Nanaimo Regional  General Hospital. That information was incorrect.

Investigators spoke with numerous witnesses and the driver involved. They have determined the deceased attempted to cross the Nanaimo Parkway and in doing so was struck by the semi-trailer. The driver remained at the scene and co-operated with investigators. Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as contributing factors. It was raining and roads were wet at the time of the accident. The deceased male was found to be wearing dark non-reflective clothing. Both northbound lanes were closed for several hours while investigators and an RCMP Traffic Analyst examined the accident scene. The Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services personnel attended to the scene and provided assistance to the driver.

The BC Coroners Service attended and is working collaboratively with the Nanaimo RCMP. Next of kin of the deceased have been notified and the accident is actively being investigated.

If anyone witnessed the incident or saw the deceased prior to the crash, please contact Constable Martin Kortas of the Nanaimo RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit at 250-754-2345.


Is Downtown Nanaimo Getting Worse??

Busker compares downtown with 'the east side'

The following post appeared on Facebook yesterday and is an observation from well known local busker Catherine Davis: "I busked downtown Nanaimo today for the first time in ages I felt like I was downtown east side Random people screaming and swearing acting crazy I did not feel warm and fuzzy I felt really on edge I was glad there were police everywhere Back to Vancouver tomorrow At least I can have some shelter in the stations Downtown Nanaimo is not the way it used to be".

I have heard from more than one person that downtown Nanaimo seems to be becoming less and less attractive all the time with more and more disturbing behaviour from public intoxication to aggressive panhandling among other things.

Are Bylaw Officers Addressing This Issue??

My memory may be a bit shaky on this point but I recall a time when the city employed a private security company to help make downtown a friendlier place for all. One particular female agent was well known and respected as being able to compassionately and effectively deal with the people who might be considered 'the problem'.

When the city decided to take parking in-house and out of the hands of Robbins Parking they had to hire some more staff to patrol downtown for parking tickets etc. One of their tasks was to be replacing the work of the private security company which was subsequently let go. Some I have spoken with say that the city never came up to the same level of service which had been provided by the private security company.

Is this a case of people such as Catherine being mistaken about the downtown area, or in fact has the city dropped the ball with the level of service the bylaw officers are providing in patrolling the downtown core?


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kayman Winter & Corey LeBlanc Warrants Issued

 Corey LeBlanc
Kayman Winter
Warrants issued for fraud suspects

Warrants have been issued for 22 year old Kayman WINTER and 24 year old Corey LEBLANC for fraudulently using and possessing fake credit cards. In total, 19 charges have been sworn against the two.

On December 5, 2016, their crime spree came to an abrupt halt at Home Hardware, located in the Brooks Landing Mall in Nanaimo. It is alleged WINTER and LEBLANC attempted to purchase upwards of $1100 of merchandise using a VISA but when the receipt was issued, it indicated a Mastercard had been used. When the two were questioned, they grabbed the card and fled. Employees were able to record the license plate number of the vehicle they left in and a short time later the vehicle and the suspects were located.

 WINTER, LEBLANC and a 43 year female were arrested and when their vehicle was searched numerous credit cards, stolen identification and laptops were found- all of which are used in the production of fraudulent credit cards. The three were later linked to several other fraud files in Nanaimo.

A Judicial Bail hearing was held on December 8th, for both WINTER and LEBLANC. They were released on a Recognizance of Bail with their next appearance set for January 10th. Neither appeared and warrants have been issued for their arrest. The 43 year female is complying with her conditions and currently there are no warrants for her arrest.

Kayman WINTER is a 22 year old First Nations male. He is 5 ft. 11, 170 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes. WINTER has a tattoo of faces on his right forearm and a cross on his upper left arm. Corey LEBLANC is a white male, 6 ft. 1, 150 pounds with short blonde hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo of a skull on his upper right arm and letters tattooed on his right hand. WINTER and LEBLANC are both thought to be residing in the Lower Mainland.

If you have information on the location of Kayman WINTER or Corey LEBLANC, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or all 1-800-222-8477.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kerry Chang Charged With 7 Firearms Offenses

ERT Arrest Prolific Offender

A 49 year old Nanaimo prolific offender with a history of violence was arrested this weekend and when his vehicle was searched, officers found a loaded handgun.

On Sunday January 15, at approximately 1:30 am, Kerry CHANG was arrested while driving a vehicle, near the intersection of the Nanaimo Parkway and Jingle Pot Road. Due to CHANG's propensity for violence, the possibility of weapons and the inherent risk to the public, the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team (ERT) was utilized for the arrest.

ERT affected the arrest of CHANG and he along with two passengers, a 33 year female and 34 year old male, was arrested without incident. A search of the vehicle located a loaded semi-automatic handgun tucked between the front seats. A search of CHANG located $7138 dollars in Canadian currency and several knives. Several small baggies containing suspected cocaine and crystal methamphetamine were found on the female passenger.

"CHANG has a long history of violence, drug offences and property related occurrences throughout Nanaimo. His designation as a prolific offender chronicles a well-documented history of criminal activity and his arrest should bring some degree of comfort to the citizens of Nanaimo,” said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

CHANG has been remanded into custody on a various firearm related charges and other criminal code offences. On Monday January 16 CHANG was charged with 7 Criminal Code offences relating to the firearm seized. The two passengers were later released on a Promise to Appear for drug charges and are expected to make their first appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court on February 4.  


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hotel Proposed - Front & Chapel Street

Screengrab - Nanaimo Bulletin
Six Storey Ninety Unit Hotel
Proposed For Downtown Nanaimo

The Nanaimo News Bulletin reports a proposal for a 90 unit hotel at the corner of Chapel and Front Street overlooking the Nanaimo harbour.


Nanaimo Woman $100,000 Scam Victim

Scammer On

An elderly Nanaimo woman is reeling after losing almost $100,000 in a notorious dating site scam.

Her ordeal began after the recent death of her husband. In late 2016, lonely and looking for friendship, she signed up on, a free dating site. It wasn't long before she was exchanging emails, texts and phone calls from a male who went by the name of Jonathan LUCRON. Soon she felt a relationship had started with LUCRON, who claimed to be a civil engineer working in China. After several months, he began asking for money to support his various work projects. She willingly agreed to wire him money after he promised to pay her back. Soon, she was sending money to various accounts around the globe. At this point, she had never met LUCRON in person.

Several weeks ago, LUCRON told her he was travelling to a nearby city and planned to ask her to marry him. Thrilled at finally being able to meet the man she planned on spending her golden years with, she travelled to the city to await his arrival. After two days and checking with every possible airline, she realized he wasn't going to show. It was then that she realized she had been scammed and decided to report it to the Nanaimo RCMP.

Investigators have been unable to find any record of Jonathan LUCRON. The area code of the phone number he provided has been traced to southern Ontario; however, there is no record of this phone or Jonathan LUCRON in any police databases.

If you enter Civil engineer dating scam or simply Dating scam in a google search, there are multiple testimonials from women around the world who suffered the same fate. Some lost money while others heeded the warning signs and broke off contact. If someone whom you have only met online starts asking you for money, alarm bells should be going off and it is time you forget you ever met them. said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

To learn more about dating site scams or to report a scam, go to Anti Fraud Centre 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nanaimo Gas Prices - January 11/17

Nanaimo Gas Prices 

Nanaimo gas stations continue to hose motorists with their continuing inflated prices. The recent uptick in gas prices (not sure what the excuse is this time) was shock enough, but Nanaimo gas stations charging at least 5 cents more per litre just rubs salt in the wound.

Following prices taken from Gas Buddy at 12:00 am January 11/17.

Victoria 120.9

Duncan 123.9

Comox 123.9

Nanaimo 128.9

Calgary 103.9

Toronto 103.9

Ottawa 101.9


RCMP Officers Suffer Smoke Inhalation

Help Evacuate Tenants
3 Nanaimo RCMP officers suffered smoke inhalation early this morning while removing tenants from an apartment fire. The fire was reported at approximately 3 am on Wednesday January 11th, 2017 at the Willow Grove Estates, located at 501 6th St in Nanaimo.

Upon arrival they saw that the entire south west side of the apartment complex was on fire. The officers entered the building prior to the arrival of Fire Crews to assist with the evacuation of tenants. Inside the  building they located an elderly male who was having difficulty walking. The officers carried him out of the building to safety. 

Fire Crews were able to contain the fire and the majority of the occupants were later allowed back into the building. The officers suffered various degrees of smoke inhalation and were taken to local hospital for an assessment. Two were released after being examined while one remained for several hours. This officer has since been released. No injuries were reported to occupants of the building.

Investigators with both the Nanaimo RCMP and City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue are examining the scene and the investigation remains active


Unsolved Nanaimo Crimes

Crimes of the Week to December 23 - 
January 4, 2017

Nanaimo File 2016-42021: On Friday, December 23rd, 2016 a storage container on the property of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church was broken into. The culprits stole a Black & Decker leaf blower and a box of garbage.   
Nanaimo File 2016-42327: On Monday, December 26th, 2016 a car in the 500 block of Stewart Avenue was broken into. Items taken include wine, chocolate, cash, and gifts. Regardless of where a vehicle is parked or for how long, valuables should not be left in side or in plain view.  
Nanaimo File 2016-42734: On Friday, December 30th, 2016 a 2014 silver, black, and red Cannondale CX1 road bike was stolen from in front of Serious Coffee on Commercial Street. The bike had a rear rack and saddle bags attached.  
Nanaimo File 2016-42775: On Friday, December 30th, 2016 Nanaimo RCMP received a report of a possible rental fraud on craigslist. The complainant replied to the ad, but became suspicious when they requested money up front, and provided vague details about the property. The complainant found the property was currently listed by a real estate agent. After contacting the agent, it was confirmed that someone fraudulently posted the rental add.  
Nanaimo File 2017-91: On Sunday, January 1st, 2017 a house in the 800 block of Douglas Avenue was broken into while the home owners were sleeping. The suspect stole a laptop computer and miscellaneous items. It is believed the suspect(s) entered through an unlocked door.  
Nanaimo File 2017-255: On Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 a child’s bicycle was stolen from a front yard in the 600 block of Nicol Street. The bicycle is described as a purple Huffy Brazen BMX with pink handle bars.  
Nanaimo File 2017-308: On Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 two complainants arrived at the Nanaimo RCMP Detachment and reported they were being followed by a male in a pickup truck. They reported seeing the truck in a local drive through, and the male began following and tailgating them for unknown reasons. Upon arrival at the detachment, the male threw a hamburger at the complainants and then left. The complainants made a wise choice by driving to the police station rather than confronting the male in the truck.  

Nanaimo File 2017-333: On Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 a blue Clark brand Mig welder was stolen from a residence in the 400 block of Bruce Avenue. 


Friday, September 02, 2016

That's All Folks

Taking the month of August away from the drama of Nanaimo politics and the repetition of the same series of events every year has proven to be habit forming.

I believe the last civic election brought some positive changes to city hall with the exception of the choice for Mayor and the division I feel he engendered on this council. That gave us the continued waste of tax dollars at the Colliery Dam Park, much bickering and backroom brawling that has not been healthy for the community. A city councillor threatening the rest of council with legal action over the choice of a new city manager which gave rise to many wasted tax dollars spent on legal opinion.

In my opinion there are many positive changes at city hall but will take more time to see the full benefit of those changes. Those changes are being resisted by different political forces in the city who have been accustomed to controlling that big fat purse at city hall for many moons now. Whether they will be able to recapture their position come next election will be a drama worth watching.

In the meantime, I have become quite comfortable with having a mind not consumed with the goings on at city hall and now am turning my attentions to more pleasant and rewarding endeavours.

This blog will be left in place for some time perhaps serving as an archive of city events in some small way.