NEWS BRIEFS – Ladysmith man lands in custody after runway run

Fire on boat next to Viki Lyne II looks ‘suspicious’

Fire on boat next to Viki Lyne II looks ‘suspicious’

RCMP are treating a fire that scuttled a boat moored next to the Viki Lyne II as ‘suspicious.’

Ladysmith Search and Rescue responded to a fire aboard the vessel at about 2:30 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, July 18.

The boat was fully engulfed in flames and could not be saved, the SAR crew concentrating on preventing the fire from spreading to other nearby vessels and structures, including the Viki Lyne II.

“The vessel was not occupied at the time,” states an RCMP release. ”The fire is deemed suspicious and an ongoing investigation is underway at this time.”

If you have any information regarding this case or other crimes please contact the Ladysmith RCMP Detachment (250)245-2215 or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477).

Ladysmith man lands in custody after runway run

A 29 year old man, described as “well known” to Ladysmith RCMP, faces a charge of mischief and possibly additional charges under the Aeronautics Act after an incident at Nanaimo Airport July 9.

RCMP responded to a report of a male kicking rocks at vehicles travelling on Highway 1 near the Nanaimo Airport. Upon arrival police discovered the man had already fled the immediate scene.

Shortly afterward Nanaimo Airport Security Personnel located the same man “running around on the airport runway inside the secure perimeter of the Airport,” states the RCMP report.

The man was picked up by airport security and turned over to the RCMP.