Cops and Courts

Dean Dool. Photo courtesy Betty-Jean Dziekan

Man sentenced to four years in 2020 beating death in downtown Campbell River

Justin William Arnet pleads guilty to manslaughter and unrelated robbery charge

 

Allen James Brooks was convicted of two counts of sexual assault in 2020 during a trial at the Port Coquitlam Courthouse. (The News files)

B.C. high court orders a new trial for former X-ray tech convicted of sexual assault

Allen James Brooks was convicted of two counts of sexual assault in 2020

 

A doctor who formerly worked in Duncan is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for contempt in divorce proceedings. (File photo)

Former Vancouver Island doctor wanted on Canada-wide warrant

Dr. Sujay Ishwarlall, who lived in Victoria and worked in Duncan, wanted for contempt of court

 

Gary Donald Johnston. (File photo)

Surrey murderer who stabbed man during burglary dies in prison

Gary Donald Johnston was serving a life sentence for the 1998 murder of Vic Fraser, a man he brutally stabbed to death in Bridgeview

Gary Donald Johnston. (File photo)
Jacob Hes was a regular member of the RCMP in E Division at the time of the alleged offences. (Contributed to Black Press Media)

Former Fort St. James Mountie charged with historic sex assault of young teen

Jacob Hes charged with sexual assault and sexual interference

Jacob Hes was a regular member of the RCMP in E Division at the time of the alleged offences. (Contributed to Black Press Media)
A northeast B.C. dinosaur footprint compared to a human foot. (District of Hudson’s Hope website)

Theft of dinosaur footprints in northeast B.C. lands Alberta man jail time, $15K fine

Bennward Ingram sentenced to 25 days in jail and $15,000 fine for role in vandalizing protected site

A northeast B.C. dinosaur footprint compared to a human foot. (District of Hudson’s Hope website)
Albert “Ian” Schweitzer, left, looks on as Innocence Project attorney Susan Freidman speaks during Schweitzer’s court case Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Hilo, Hawaii. Attorneys for Schweitzer, imprisoned for more than 20 years after his conviction for the 1991 sexual assault, kidnapping, and murder of a white woman visiting the Big Island, ask a judge Tuesday to dismiss his conviction due to new evidence, including DNA testing in the case. (Marco Garcia/The Innocence Project via AP Images)

Hawaii man released from prison after 20 years amid new evidence in murder, rape case

Albert “Ian” Schweitzer was convicted in 2000 and sentenced to 130 years in prison

Albert “Ian” Schweitzer, left, looks on as Innocence Project attorney Susan Freidman speaks during Schweitzer’s court case Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Hilo, Hawaii. Attorneys for Schweitzer, imprisoned for more than 20 years after his conviction for the 1991 sexual assault, kidnapping, and murder of a white woman visiting the Big Island, ask a judge Tuesday to dismiss his conviction due to new evidence, including DNA testing in the case. (Marco Garcia/The Innocence Project via AP Images)
Kimberly Polman left Canada in 2014 to join Islamic State. Eight years later she’s being repatriated, and she’ll be living in Chilliwack. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

Former Islamic State member released on bail to live in Chilliwack

Kimberly Polman will live with her sister and she will have to adhere to 25 conditions

Kimberly Polman left Canada in 2014 to join Islamic State. Eight years later she’s being repatriated, and she’ll be living in Chilliwack. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
Derek Descoteau’s mom Brenda Smith and her mom Irene Ellison have put on a brave face through all the court proceedings over 6 1/2 years. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Painful details heard of Descoteau murder in Colin John hearing

Testimony determining if accused is not criminally responsible by mental disorder

Derek Descoteau’s mom Brenda Smith and her mom Irene Ellison have put on a brave face through all the court proceedings over 6 1/2 years. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The rear smashed window on Marie Pinkerton’s car on Sept. 16, 2022 the most recent time of three in three weeks she has had a window smashed on the vehicle. (Marie Pinkerton photo)

B.C. woman’s car window smashed 3 times in 3 weeks

‘I feel violated. It feels like an attack. It feels targeted actually’

The rear smashed window on Marie Pinkerton’s car on Sept. 16, 2022 the most recent time of three in three weeks she has had a window smashed on the vehicle. (Marie Pinkerton photo)
WorkSafeBC found that a manufacturing defect was responsible for a concrete pumper truck suddenly collapsing on two workers, one of whom was killed, on a Garrison Crossing construction site on March 11, 2016. (Paul J. Henderson file/Chilliwack Progress file)

Man who suffered ‘catastrophic’ injuries in Chilliwack workplace accident awarded $15.5 million

‘Every aspect of Mr. Alvarado’s daily life has been adversely impacted by his injuries,’ judge said

WorkSafeBC found that a manufacturing defect was responsible for a concrete pumper truck suddenly collapsing on two workers, one of whom was killed, on a Garrison Crossing construction site on March 11, 2016. (Paul J. Henderson file/Chilliwack Progress file)
Still from a video as a jet boat stopped after speeding on the Vedder River on July 24, 2022. Three men then got out and seriously assaulted an angler on shore. (Anonymous submitted)

VIDEO: Men caught on camera assaulting an angler on B.C. river

3 men jump off jet boat seen speeding on narrow stretch of river, then assault at least one person

Still from a video as a jet boat stopped after speeding on the Vedder River on July 24, 2022. Three men then got out and seriously assaulted an angler on shore. (Anonymous submitted)
Eric John Shestalo, 50, has been identified as the alleged shooter in the July 21, 2022, attack in Chilliwack, B.C. (IHIT photo)

Suspect in double-homicide in Chilliwack found dead after 4 days at large

Eric Shestalo, 50, accused of killing two women found dead from self-inflicted gun shots

Eric John Shestalo, 50, has been identified as the alleged shooter in the July 21, 2022, attack in Chilliwack, B.C. (IHIT photo)
Yves Côté and the book he co-authored, Metamorphosis: My path to transformation. Côté spent 32 years behind bars for serious crimes including murder, but he says this book is meant to show that change is possible. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. man’s book co-authored by criminologist examines a life of murder and crime

Yves Côté spent just 11 months out of 32 years out of jail, but he believes in real transformation

Yves Côté and the book he co-authored, Metamorphosis: My path to transformation. Côté spent 32 years behind bars for serious crimes including murder, but he says this book is meant to show that change is possible. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack RCMP on scene in the 9700-block of McNaught Road near Yale Road on Thursday, July 21, 2022 for a triple shooting where two people were killed. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Man wanted in Chilliwack fatal shooting was due in court for domestic assault charge that day

Slain women were staying together in Chilliwack for safety after strangulation attempt, says friend

Chilliwack RCMP on scene in the 9700-block of McNaught Road near Yale Road on Thursday, July 21, 2022 for a triple shooting where two people were killed. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell givers her statement in federal court, in New York, Tuesday. June 28, 2022. Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years for helping Jeffrey Epstein

Epstein sexually abused children hundreds of times over more than a decade

In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell givers her statement in federal court, in New York, Tuesday. June 28, 2022. Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday, June 21, 2022, that Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday, June 21, 2022, that Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
A Dutch man accused of attempting to blackmail Amanda Todd is on trial. (The News/files)

Man accused in Amanda Todd case in B.C. court today

Charges against Aydin Coban include child pornography and extortion

A Dutch man accused of attempting to blackmail Amanda Todd is on trial. (The News/files)
A man has been arrested after a chaotic series of events Wednesday (June 1, 2022) that ended with one man being stabbed in a Vancouver gas station. (Screenshot from Reddit)

VIDEO: Suspect charged in chaotic stabbing attack at Vancouver gas station

4 charges laid against 61-year-old Leslie Dale Chudek

A man has been arrested after a chaotic series of events Wednesday (June 1, 2022) that ended with one man being stabbed in a Vancouver gas station. (Screenshot from Reddit)
Curtis Vidal. (File)

Notorious Fraser Valley gangster Curtis Vidal killed in Edmonton

Homicide two years after brother James Vidal also murdered

Curtis Vidal. (File)