Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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A 39-year-old Nanaimo woman accused of drunk driving in a crash that killed her two young sons in 2008 has been found not guilty.

A B-C Supreme Court judge has ruled the Crown didn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Clare Bekkers was impaired by drugs and alcohol when her S-U-V crossed the centre line of the Island Highway and caused a multiple vehicle collision.

The crash killed Bekkers' sons, aged nine and two, and injured her two daughters, and Bekkers was later charged with impaired driving causing death, and dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm.

Outside the court, Bekkers said she was glad it was over and wanted to go home. (CKWV)




The father of a Langley man killed by a Mountie in the victim's own bedroom says there are still unanswered questions in the case after the conclusion of an inquest.

Allan Wright says the questions involve the moving of evidence at the scene and the path the fatal bullet took when it killed his 22-year-old son, Alvin, after police responded to a domestic 9-1-1 call in 2010.

R-C-M-P Sergeant Donald Davidson told the inquest he shot Wright as the victim approached the officer armed with a hatchet and a knife, but the weapons appeared to have been moved after the incident when photos of the scene were taken.

The inquest jury recommended police should clearly announce their presence when entering a home and should have more training in alternate weapons such as Tasers, and Allan Wright says the ideas are helpful -- if the RCMP take them seriously. (The Canadian Press)




A Canadian drug kingpin at the heart of a smuggling ring that was moving marijuana into the U-S and cocaine into Canada has been handed a 13 year prison sentenced by a judge in Seattle.

U-S prosecutors say Mario Joseph Fenianos had links to the Hell's Angels in B-C and the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico.

They say his drug ring was moving up 900 kilograms of marijuana from B-C into the states and up to 200 kilos of cocaine into Canada every month.

Fenianos was arrested a year ago when he entrusted some cocaine to a pilot who was supposed to fly it into Washington state, but the pilot was an undercover agent with U-S Drug Enforcement Agency. …

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