Police Counter Attack in full force this weekend

Posted in Williams Lake News

073114 counter attackDriver fatigue-related crashes peak in July and August in BC, with an average of three people killed and 81 injured in each of these months.  In an ICBC survey, an alarming 30 per cent of respondents admitted that they have nodded off while driving and yet only 54 per cent of respondents said they think drivers fatigued from long hours of driving have a very serious impact on road safety.

Long drives and hot summer weather can be a deadly combination that can cause driver fatigue. Fatigue can slow your reaction time and impair your judgment. When driving at highway speeds, even a slight reduction of your reaction time can significantly increase your risk of a crash.

One arrested after ERT assisted search warrant executed in Alexis Creek

Posted in Williams Lake News

On July 30 at 5:30am, with the assistance of the North District Emergency Response Team (ERT), a search warrant was executed at a personal residence on the Anaham First Nations Reserve.

A 27 year old Anaham man was taken into custody without incident in connection with the search. Charges are currently pending against the man in connection with the seizure of various firearms and ammunition and for breaching his Recognizance of Bail and Probation order.

One arrested in Alexis Creek in connection to RCMP members being shot at recently.

 (Photo:  RCMP Tactical Armoured Vehicle, courtesy of the BC RCMP.)

Taseko's second quarter earnings up 107% over 2013 second quarter

Posted in Williams Lake News

Taseko Mines Ltd. releases second quarter 2014 earnings and revenue reportTaseko Mines Limited  reports the results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014.

Second quarter 2014 earnings from mining operations before depletion and amortization increased to $26.7 million from $19.4 million in the first quarter 2014, a 38% increase over the first quarter and 107% increase over the second quarter 2013.


Cash flows from operations were $13.6 million, and this was achieved despite a $6.8 million negative working capital adjustment related to timing of cash receipts from customers. Revenues for the second quarter 2014 were $107.3 million, up 57% from the same period in 2013.

Williams Lake RCMP asking for the public's assistance in locating 12-year-old Shyla Billy

Posted in Williams Lake News

The Williams Lake RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating 12-year-old Shyla Billy, who went missing from her Williams Lake residence on Monday, July 28th.

Shyla is a First Nations female, approximately 5'4", 124 lbs, average build, and has copper/brown hair. Shyla was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, pink capri pants, black shoes, and a white backpack.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Shyla, please contact the Williams Lake RCMP immediately at 250-392-6211 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).

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RCMP seeks public assistance to solve disturbing shooting

Posted in Provincial

The BC RCMP are asking for the public's assistance to help solve a brazen, unprovoked shooting that took place earlier this year.

On June 1 at 1:00am, Lytton RCMP responded to a report of a cyclist, Mr. Craig Premack, who had been shot on Highway 1, just south of Spences Bridge near Cache Creek. Mr. Premack had been taking part in a 600 km cycling event known as the Cache Creek 600 when he was shot in the arm.

"I was surprised by explosions next to me originally thinking they were firecrackers but suddenly my right forearm blew up and I could feel the warmth of the blood now covering my leg. I now realized I had been shot so I pedaled faster to escape," says Craig Premack describing the shooting.

Photo of pull out near the shooting scene

(Photo of pull out near the shooting scene courtesy of the BC RCMP.)

"We have to stress that the victim in this crime did nothing to deserve or provoke this potentially deadly attack. The victim was taking part in an organized event, and riding at a time when they would have had limited interaction with the public," says Superintendent Brendan Fitzpatrick, Operations Officer of the BC RCMP Major Crime Section.

Premack adds that while he was trying to get away he saw a vehicle drive away from pull out near the shooting scene.

Earlier in the day, ride participants reported two separate incidents where two men in a dark coloured pickup threw objects at them as they drove by. RCMP investigators are looking to identify the driver and the passenger of this vehicle in order to eliminate them as potential suspects in the shooting investigation.

"While the shooting appears to be an isolated incident, an innocent victim has been seriously injured. We would ask that anyone with any information, regardless of what it may be, to contact the Lytton RCMP. It may be the smallest piece of information that will help police determine who is responsible for this disturbing shooting," explains Superintendent Fitzpatrick.

"Today, along with the RCMP, I am making a personal appeal to anyone that has information about this shooting to please come forward and pass it along to law enforcement," says Premack. "The outcome could be tragic should this happen again."

If anyone has information regarding the shooting or the instances of throwing objects they are asked to call the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Motorcycle crash on the Gibraltar Mine Road injures one

Posted in Williams Lake News

Motorcycle crash on the Gibraltar Mine ROad injures one.A 47 year old male motorcycle rider suffered broken ribs and possible internal injuries after a near collision with a cow on the Gibraltar Mine Road at about 7:00pm on July 28.

Williams Lake RCMP were dispatched to a motor vehicle incident on Gibraltar Mine Road where a rider of a cruiser style motorcycle had swerved to avoid a cow on the road, went off the pavement and down about a 10 foot embankment into an open, grassy area.  It is possible the 700 (plus) pound bike landed on or rolled over the rider.

Evacuation Alert for Chelaslie River Arm & Tatelkuz Lake Area

Posted in Williams Lake News

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by Cariboo Regional District at the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for the Chelaslie Arm and Tatelkuz Lake area located in Electoral Area I of the Cariboo Regional District as a result of the Chelaslie River fire.

Chelaslie River fire in the Cariboo, July 29, 2014.

(Mouse over the image to see where Electoral Area I is on the Cariboo Regional District's map.)

Williams Lake has a couple of new and unique landmarks

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

All the way from New Jersey -- via Clinton, BC -- two enormous and magnificent cast iron lion statues have come to rest at the entrance to the Super 8 Motel in Williams Lake.

"I saw them about three days after they arrived at the Clinton Emporium," said Super 8 owner Scott Nelson. "They were purchased at an estate sale in New Jersey and shipped to Clinton." Nelson explained that he made the store owner an offer, and after a short bargaining process, took ownership of the leonine pair. "I thought they'd be both a great attraction, and a nice entrance to the best place in the world." The Super 8 Motel is located on Broadway Avenue, visible from Highway 97 at the south end of Williams Lake, so people will see them whether they're coming or going.

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VIDEO: Memorial tribute smoke show across the finish line

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Thunder Mountain Speedway hosted 'Christmas in July' this past weekend, a food and toy drive for the local branch of the Salvation Army.

The day began and ended with a tribute to a former local racer, Hugh Freeman, who recently passed away. Arnie and Donny Kunka led a black flag (memorial) lap at the beginning of the day, and when the #27 car piloted by Arnie Kunka crossed the finished line first in the Street Stock main, after completing a reverse victory lap, he put on a crowd-pleasing smoke show for the fans and dedicated it to Freeman.