THROUGH THE DECADES: For the week of May 13

Vehicles thieves, gas siphoners and Polly the wayward parrot made headlines in past editions of the Goldstream News Gazette

2006

Car thieves bite off more than they can chew, when they use a stolen vehicle containing a stolen motorcycle to steal a bait car. West Shore RCMP respond to the theft of the bait car in Metchosin at 4 a.m., eventually observing a vehicle following closely behind, which also turns out to be stolen. When police stop the suspects they discover a third stolen vehicle, a motorcycle, crammed into the back seat. Two West Shore men are arrested.

Also making news the week of May 13, 2006:

Three West Shore women are finalists in the annual Women of Distinction Awards. View Royal’s Andria Tetlow, Myra Micek of Colwood, and Metchosin resident Erin Dunne are nominated for the May 11 event in Victoria.

And, the region’s smallest community avoids a property tax hike for the ninth consecutive year. Although property values have risen in the District of Highlands, the rate is adjusted as to not affect taxes.

1996

A man who pled guilty to siphoning gas four years ago, has the charges dismissed, due to the good behaviour he has displayed since. The man, who originally faced two counts of theft under $5,000, has proven himself since then, according to Judge Jean Harvey, who adds that the community is “lucky to have you.”

Also making news the week of May 13, 1996:

MLA Rick Kasper says he will “bang some skulls when they need to be banged” if that’s what it takes to get what his constituents want. Three weeks remain in the election campaign.

1986

Charges are being considered against four people arrested at an out-of-control Langford house party. Three Colwood officers arrive at the home having received complaints of noise and obscene language, and estimate that more than 150 people are in attendance at the residential property, including many minors. Some of the partygoers are quite intoxicated. The homeowner promises to shut the party down, but two hours later the party is ongoing.

After officers arrive again, partygoers become unruly, throwing bottles on the street near the police and striking one vehicle twice. The homeowner eventually agrees to allow police to enter his home and force people to leave.

Also making news the week of May 6, 1986:

Polly, a Panama Amazon parrot worth $1,500, tests her wings when her owner of four years takes her out for some sun. The owners are not able to coax the bird out of a cedar tree and by the next day, the bird was gone. Owners Julian and Ann Szostakiwskyj, say the bird is part of the family and won’t give up on finding her again. They put reports out to the media, go door to door checking with neighbours and keep a sunrise-to-sunset vigil.

After four days the couple receive a call about the bird from a man living near Woolco on Douglas Street. It seems Polly had flown to town from their home on Atkins Road and upon seeing her owners, flies down and begins nuzzling them.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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