Monday, March 19, 2018

Nanaimo Senior Saved From Costly Scam

Alert Shopper's Drug Mart employees
and fast police work saves senior from phone scam
On Thursday March 8th an elderly female walked into a local Shoppers Drug Mart asking to purchase $4000 in gaming cards. Instantly, given the amount asked for, the employee sensed the female was being duped and proceeded to ask her why she needed so many cards.
The female, who was in her eighties, told the employee that she had just received a phone call from her son who told her he was in financial trouble and the only way out of his mess was for her to buy $4000 dollars in gaming cards, called "Steam Cards". After purchasing them she was directed to send them to her son’s lawyer’s office in the Lower Mainland. The female told the employee she had spoken with her son’s lawyer and then an RCMP officer who repeated the same story.
The Shoppers Drug Mart employee politely told her it was all a scam to which the female responded she knew of the ITunes scam but this was real. Over the next few minutes at least four different employees attempted to convince her but to no avail. Eventually the woman told them if they would not sell her the cards, she would purchase them at Walmart.

The Shoppers Drug Mart employees realized they needed to act fast so they reported the incident to the police, indicating the female would be driving to Walmart. The dispatch operator astutely called Walmart to alert them and sure enough, the female soon arrived and was again prevented from making the purchase.

The dispatch centre, and an officer with the Nanaimo RCMP followed up with the female her by phone and only then did she realize it was a scam.

These types of scams tug at your heartstrings which is why they are so effective,  said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. To learn more about frauds and scams go to the Canadian Anti Fraud centre .


Friday, March 09, 2018

Clocks SPRING Ahead This Weekend

Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before retiring. Yes, you don't get this hour back until fall this year. 

Anyone else thinks changing clocks is a dumb idea??


Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Cruiser Used To Apprehend Armed Male

Suspect struck by police vehicle during apprehension

A 33-year-old Nanaimo man, with a propensity for violence, weapons and unpredictable behaviour sustained minor injuries today after Nanaimo Mounties used a police vehicle to assist in his arrest. The suspect received only minor scrapes and bruises but was however transported to local hospital where he received treatment for his injuries. The male was then taken to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment.  The incident occurred in the vicinity of the Participaction Park near Beban Park.

Just before 10 am today, a Nanaimo RCMP officer was on patrol when he saw the male, whom he knew was arrestable on breach charges. As the officer approached on foot and told the male he was under arrest, the suspect pulled out a knife, told the officer he would kill him and then ran in the opposite direction. The officer, who had previous violent encounters with the male, produced his firearm and pursued the suspect. The pursuing officer alerted other officers to the fact the suspect was armed and was headed in the direction of a playground, filled with young children and their parents.

Another officer soon arrived and taking into consideration many factors, which included his safety, the safety of nearby children and any unsuspecting pedestrians, decided to strike the male, at low speed, with the front of his police vehicle. The suspect flipped onto the hood of the vehicle and fell to the ground. At this time, the officer was able to take the suspect into custody and seized the knife he had. 

The suspect is facing numerous charges with include but are not limited to several Breach of condition charges, Possession of Weapon and Uttering Threats, and will have a either have a Bail Hearing tonight or appear before a Provincial court judge sometime tomorrow.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

John David Shepherd Wanted For Fraud


Jordan David SHEPHERD is wanted on five counts of Fraud under $5000 from Nanaimo, one count of Fraud from Ladysmith and another Fraud charge stemming from New Westminster. All of the allegations occurred between February and August of 2017. 

It is alleged SHEPHERD, who sometimes goes by the name "Dave ROFTER”, befriends women ranging in age from their mid twenties to early thirties, whom he meets in person, on social media or through “Plenty of Fish" a free dating site. Within in days, SHEPARD asks the female to deposit a cheque for him, in their account, for an amount ranging from $1000 to $1600, The cheque is written on his purported business account called "On the Rocks Surveying”.

SHEPHERD would often tell the women he either lost his bank card or he left it with a family member and could not access it. After the female cashes the cheque and withdraws the money from her account, SHEPHERD disappears. In all cases the women were later notified by their bank that “ On the Rocks Surveying” was not an account and that it did not even exist. Only then did they realize they had been duped. 

"Some of the women who fell prey to SHEPARD have taken to social media to warn other women of his actions. We too wish to warn others and hopefully encourage any who have not come forward yet, to do so. SHEPHERD needs to held accountable for his actions," said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Jordan David SHEPHERD  is from Nanaimo and may be in the Lower Mainland. He stands 6 ft. 1, weighs approximately 230 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. SHEPHERD has a tattoo of a Crown on his right wrist and another of “No Regrets” on his right upper arm.

 If you have information on the whereabouts of Jordan David SHEPHERD, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at or call 1-800-222-8477.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Warrant Issued For Daniel William Harlow

TD Canada Trust bank robber

A warrant has been issued for the male who allegedly robbed the TD Canada Trust located at the Terminal Park Mall. The incident took place at approximately 3:40 pm on Saturday February 17th.

46-year-old Daniel William HARLOW of no fixed address in Nanaimo, is arrestable for one count of Robbery. HARLOW should be considered violent and possibly armed. If he is seen do not approach and call 911.

HARLOW is a white male, 5 ft.6, 150 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. HARLOW has numerous tattoos, most notable being that of the Grim Reaper on his upper right arm and of a Wolf on his upper left arm.

If you know the whereabouts of Daniel William HARLOW call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at or call 1-800-222-8477. Please note Crime Stoppers no longer has the ability to accept SMS tips (text). 


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Due Process .... A Thing Of The Past

Click image for article

Guilt by accusation
the order of the day

We are seeing the crumbling of our justice system one step at a time. This story relates to the PC candidate that quite likely could have been the next Premier of Ontario. That career was scuttled by nothing more than two anonymous accusations reported by a questionable 'news' source. 

It is no longer a case of due process, but merely enough to convict if someone accuses you. This is a dangerous precedent in many ways. If you want to dispatch a political foe, all that is required is someone of questionable character (not too hard to find) who is willing to lie for a few bucks or ten seconds of fame and the 'news' media is all too happy to report salacious charges (good for ratings) which are impossible to recover from.

Locally, anyone running in local politics need be aware of this tactic as Nanaimo politics have become just about as down and dirty as anywhere, and I predict this next election will be pure blood sport complete with hired pens fueling the fire.


Thursday, February 08, 2018

Nanaimo City Council and City Hall 2012

A Trip Down Memory Lane

While no one would argue that this current council under Bill McKay has been a harmonious one if we want to gauge their performance with past council it's a good idea to take a look back.

The following appeared in Nanaimo Info Blog in Dec. 2012 and as the title implied it was the Highlight Reel for the way that city council conducted business on behalf of Nanaimo taxpayers.

Each item is linked to the Nanaimo Info Blog article it refers to. While I only checked a few of the titles I found it of interest when comparing past and present council performance.

One could argue that back in 2012 the 'Three Amigos' who were the minority on council were incapable of causing the disruption that the two members of the minority on this council have been able to generate. Put another way the Three Amigos couldn't hold a candle to the Dynamic Duo when it comes to being able to be the authors of chaos

The following is a re-cap of articles from this blog which have appeared during 2012, all of which are related to city hall and how city staff and city council conduct the business of the city on behalf of the taxpayers.

Each item is linked directly to the full article as it appeared on this blog which I hope will make for a useful reference tool if you wish to do some research or to simply refresh your memory on a wide variety of city hall decisions which have a direct effect on all of our lives in this little piece of paradise.

January 2012 

February 2012

March 2012

April 2012

May 2012

June 2012








Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Indoor Skating At Woodgrove Mall

Sarah Arnold and Thomas Williams
Ice Dance Competitors Perform At Woodgrove Mall

On February 10, Vancouver Island’s largest shopping centre, Woodgrove Centre in Nanaimo will open the doors to a new indoor skating rink. From February 10 until April 1, 2018, guests can enjoy the unique experience of skating on synthetic ice. All proceeds will go to the Nanaimo Child Development Centre (NCDC), which has a 50-year history of empowering children in the community with special needs.

“This partnership with Woodgrove Centre on their new rink fits in so well with everything we promote here at the Centre – staying active, spending time with family and friends and having fun,” said Scott Bradford, Executive Director, Nanaimo Child Development Centre. “Woodgrove has supported the Nanaimo Child Development Centre since 1981, raising more than $500,000 in donations.”

Opening weekend celebrations on February 10 and 11 will feature performances by B.C. Ice Dance competitors Sarah Arnold and Thomas Williams. A 6’ faux-ice maple leaf next to the rink will provide patrons with an ideal spot to take selfies to show their support for Canadian athletes at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Free Blenz hot chocolate for everyone while quantities last and red Hudson’s Bay mittens for the first 50 skaters will round out the all-Canadian experience. Public skating will begin after the Ice Dance performances on opening weekend.

Joining in the festivities, The Nanaimo Clippers will lace up on Family Day, Monday, February 12 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. for skating and an autograph session.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Nanaimo Police Seeking Info - Car Linked To Murder

Stolen Audi Possibly Tied To Murder
The Nanaimo RCMP are seeking information in regards to a silver 2002 Audi S6 station wagon which is believed to have been used in the targeted shooting death, that occurred in Nanaimo on Saturday January 13. The vehicle shown in the attached stock photo, was reported stolen from the lower mainland, and sometime between January 3 and January 12, 2018, it was driven to Vancouver Island onboard a BC Ferry. 
Police investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who may recall seeing this vehicle, or its occupants. If you have information about this vehicle, or the occupants, please 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 call 1-800-222-8477.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Alert Sets Off Panic In Hawaii

Official 'false' alarm
panics Hawaiian residents

For unknown reasons the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency  released an official warning of an impending missile strike on the Island.

A follow up alert advising the first warning was in error was not issued until about 40 minutes later.

During those forty minutes it is reported people scrambled about in a state of terror and confusion as highways were plugged with people trying to get to shelters. Some abandoned their cars on the highway and took shelter in tunnels under the roadway.

Whether there are any atheists in nuclear shelters is a question worth asking.


Adult Male Nanaimo Homicide Victim

Nanaimo RCMP investigating shooting death
Wakeshiah & Second

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a shooting which has claimed the life of an adult male. The deceased was found at approximately 10:50 am on Saturday January 13, 2018 in the parking lot of an apartment complex, located at the intersection of Wakesiah Ave and Second St. 

Targeted shooting 

The identity of the deceased will not be released until next of kin are notified. The deceased is known to police and the shooting appears to be a targeted incident. Police are also investigating a vehicle fire reported shortly after the incident which may be related to the shooting.  

No further information will be released at this time.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winchester Ave Senior Fends Off Intruder

Second incident in three days

At approximately 8 pm on Monday January 8, 2018, a senior, in her late 70's, was confronted by a masked man in her home demanding her purse and wallet. The female home owner fought back and the intruder left empty handed.

The female told police she had momentarily stepped outside to close the front gate to her Winchester Ave home and when she returned, was confronted by the male wearing a balaclava covering most of his face. The suspect pushed her into the nearest bedroom and demanded her purse. She refused to hand it over and pushed back.  After more pushing and yelling she ran to her neighbours and called 911. 

Officers, along with Police Dog Services, were on scene within 4 minutes but were unable to locate the suspect.   "She had some bumps and bruises but given what she had been through,  she was no worse for wear, " said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. The Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services have reached out to the senior and are assisting her.

This is the second incident in the past week at this residence.  On Saturday January 6 the home owner called police to report her jewellery box had been moved from her bedside table and found in an other room. The box had been emptied of its contents, and missing are three rings, including her wedding rings, some cash and her debit card. No suspects have been identified in this incident.

The suspect in this latest incident was wearing a dark coloured balaclava and is approximately 5 ft. 5 with a slim build and wearing dark clothing. If anyone has information on either of these two crimes, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call  1-800-222-8477.


Nicole Reedel Missing Since Dec. 24


The Nanaimo RCMP seeks the public's assistance to locate Nicole Kristin REEDEL, age 30 of Nanaimo, who was reported missing on December 24, 2017. 

REEDEL is normally very active on social media and but has not posted anything since December 25. REEDEL has some personal issues however she did not give any indication she would be leaving Nanaimo, and as a result of this and other factors, her disappearance is totally out of character and troubling for her friends and family. REEDEL does not have access to a motor vehicle and has limited funds. She has family who reside on the Sunshine Coast but she has not reached out to them.

REEDEL is a white female, 5 ft. 9 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. If you have information on the whereabouts of Nicole Kristin REEDEL, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.