Williams Lake, BC news and events as they happen
- Skateboard thief arrested and released
- Remembering, recovering, reconciling: SJM Residential School
- Bear spray used in downtown robbery this afternoon
- Be safe as you travel this long weekend
- Friday farmers market returns to Boitanio Park
- City to respond to wrongful dismissal claims by 'former' CAO
- Family hoping for safe return of dog involved in yesterday's tragic crash
- Highway 20 claims another life
- Cariboo-Chilcotin Liberals celebrate victory
- Serious crash slows traffic on Highway 20 this afternoon
- StrongStart petting zoo wildly popular with kids and parents
- Maratha Christian School hosts annual carnival
- WLFD had a busy afternoon
- WL Boys and Girls Club âSprockidsâ program increasingly popular
On April 18, at about 1:00am, Williams Lake RCMP responded to a reported armed robbery at the Husky Gas Station on Broadway Avenue South.
The lone male suspect was wearing a mask and brandishing a knife.
Smithers RCMP and the North District Regional General Investigations Unit continue to investigate the assault and forcible confinement of a female after she was held against her will in a transport truck. The victim was rescued after she reached out for help through a text message to her friend.
On April 6th, at approximately 9:30pm there was a vehicle arson on Country Club Boulevard.
A suspicious vehicle was seen in the area just prior to the fire.
Wave Properties, owner of the building in the 200 block of Oliver Street, have owned the building for a little more than a year are giving the exterior an overhaul.
"The face of the 'Rendezvous' building, as it is often informally referred to, has been a little neglected in the past and needed to be freshened up," said a spokesperson from Wave Properties. "The new exterior will include all new stucco, brick and timber accents -- all done in earth tones." The roof will also be redone, and new furnaces will be installed.
By Bev Boyle
Almost a year has passed since the tragic death of Rayel MacDonald and the hospitalization of her friend, Alysha Mullett. MacDonald and Mullett attended TRU Williams Lake together and were studying to become nurses.
On April 22, 2012, the girls had attended a local event and were walking with a group of people. They met with another group of people on the opposite side of Carson drive and when they attempted to cross Carson Drive (from north to south) they were struck by a pick-up which had been travelling downhill. The truck, an older model smaller pick-up, fled the scene.
BC Ambulance Service attended to the victims. Rayel MacDonald, 20, was pronounced deceased at the scene and Alysha Mullett, 20, was in critical condition and was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital with life threatening injuries.
At approximately 10:30pm on April 13, the Williams Lake RCMP received a request to assist the fire department with a fire in an apartment at 655 Borland Street, the Parkview Apartments.
Police attended immediately and upon attendance observed a 3rd floor apartment filled with smoke. Police were able to clear the building and account for the tenants while firefighters tended the fire.
Della Durrell, who has lived in the building for about 9 months said she was on the second floor when she heard the smoke detector beeping. She went up to the third floor and saw smoke coming from under the apartment door. Once the door was opened, she said she could see a couch smouldering inside the apartment. Della returned to the second floor to get a fire extinguisher, gave that to another tenant who used it on the couch while she went to the first floor to get a second extinguisher. The apartment was unoccupied at the time of the fire and there were no injuries reported.
By Michael Toay
Part one in a series.
Spring has sprung. And, with the springing of spring comes the return of the bears. The first bear sightings of the season were reported in the Williams Lake area this past weekend.
Sergeant Len Butler of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Service wants to remind everyone there are things they can do make the summer more âŚ bearable.
Every year, there are complaints about bear activity in the vicinity of homes and population centers, and every year, bears end up being killed by authorities.Â Last year alone, there were 1,576 problem wildlife complaints in the Williams Lake / Quesnel / 100 Mile House regions.
A pay-it-forward act leaves young Williams Lake family feeling great.
Last Saturday Tony and Stacey Pitsos took their young sons, Theo and Thad, to the Salvation Army Thrift Store to look for some toys. While in the store, a woman overheard Tony explaining to the boys that it is important to spend their money wisely. The woman approached the two boys and Tony and handed them $20. She explained that she wanted them to buy themselves something that they wanted.
(Photo:Â The Pitsos boys, building character and perpetuating kindness at a very young age.)
The Williams Lake Girl Guides and Scouts held a 'Hike for Hunger' on April 13.
The youths carried donated food through town, stopping at grocery stores along the way before ending at the Salvation Army.
Williams Lake RCMP responded to 65 calls for service over the weekend.
On April 13 at 4:45pm, police responded to Save On Foods for a report of a male who was in breach of his release conditions from court. Police spoke with security personnel at the grocery store who informed the officer that they observed a male inside the store walking around, looking at magazines and other items before leaving out the front doors without purchasing any items. The male is currently on conditions that do not allow him inside any business in Williams Lake without a pre-approved supervisor to accompany him. No theft had occurred. The male was later located and informed that he was being arrested for breach, at which time he fled from police. A brief foot pursuit ensued before the male was taken into custody. He is currently being held for court.
- Central Cariboo Search and Rescue hopes to raise funds for TICâs
- Good Samaritan spring cleaning along Dog Creek Road
- Open burning ban comes into effect in the Cariboo tomorrow
- City to undertake public consultation on place brand
- Police looking for info on bear spray incident in March
- VIDEO: 'Republic of Life' stayed for public consultation process
- Ice Road Trucker visits James Western Star in Williams Lake
- Cariboo Draft Horse Club loses one of their own; remembering Lincoln
- Revenue-sharing agreements with Mt. Polley to benefit local First Nations
- Cariboo couponing group invites new members to save money
- RCMP rescue hiker near Blue Lake
- Arson suspected in minvan fire on Country Club Boulevard
- Flames destroy minivan at residence on Country Club Boulevard