THROUGH THE DECADES: For the week of May 20

West Shore stories making headlines in past issues of the Goldstream News Gazette for the week of May 20.

A woman claims a coughing fit caused her to drive erratically, a father admits punching his 12-year-old son in the face, Girl Guides find a chest full of stolen goods and someone runs over the Metchosin sign several times. All were among stories making headlines in past issues of the Goldstream News Gazette for the week of May 20.


A “Campus of Care” could be coming to Christie Point on the View Royal peninsula, after developers pitch the idea to View Royal council. Boardwalk Rental Communities, which bought the site in February of 2005, is looking at demolishing 119 apartments and 13 townhouses and replacing it with a 186-unit complex care facility, 55 units of assisted living and a 10,000 square-foot medical office building.

Also making news the week of May 20, 2006:

Langford Fire Rescue fire inspector Lance Caven spends a good chunk of one morning sifting through ash and charcoal in a burned-out Langford attic. He is looking for the cause of a fire that caused approximately $100,000 in damage. The power had gone out and the residents of a Dunford Avenue home called the fire department after smelling smoke. The contents of the home were uninsured.


A woman who said coughing fits caused her to drive erratically is fined $1,000 for driving without due care and attention. Police stopped Merle Diane McCracken by the Thetis Lake campground after her car was observed crossing the yellow line, moving erratically and braking repeatedly for no apparent reason, said Crown council Duncan Campbell. McCracken’s lawyer says, “She was subject to coughing fits and had drank some, but not in excess.”

Also making news the week of May 20, 1996:

A father pleads guilty of assault for punching his 12-year-old son in the face. The boy, who suffers from ADD, had become angry and run to his room when his parents stopped a rented video they felt was inappropriate for him to watch. The father followed, and court heard that the boy told his father to “get the (expletive) away,” Crown council Duncan Campbell said. The youth started hitting his father, who punched him before the mother intervened. The incident was not reported until a teacher noticed a bruise on the boy’s face and called police.

And, Island Publishers Ltd., owned by Black Press Ltd., purchases Monday Magazine and its associated publications, including Real Estate Victoria. Andrew Lynch stays on as Monday publisher and expects to see “no change in operational objectives.”


Three Girl Guides looking for litter instead have an experience they describe as “awesome.” Tracey Watson, Diane Jennings and Nicky Wallen were picking up litter along Millstream Road when they stumble across stolen loot from a nearby house break-in. The three Esquimalt guides had overnighted in the backyard of a Highlands resident to qualify for their camping badge before embarking to pick up debris. They find a carved chest of stolen wallets, passports and credit cards and are driven with it to the RCMP detachment. The owner gives each of the three girls $3 and they qualify for their camping badges.

Also making news the week of May 20, 1986:

While many in B.C. welcome the world during Expo 86, one Western Communities resident isn’t quite as excited. A truck repeatedly drives into the Metchosin sign on Happy Valley Road that features a large Expo insignia. The sign is re-erected several times, prompting Ald. Ted Stevens to note, “there’s $20 worth of good plywood there.” Clerk-treasurer Gary Williams later jokes: “One solution to the problem is land mines.”

And, police figure thieves used a pair of stolen trucks to cart away building materials from Cubbon’s Home Centre on Nob Hill Road. Overnight a gate’s chain was cut and a building broken into to obtain keys for the company’s 1981 GMC pickup, said Colwood RCMP Sgt. Jim Peters. That truck, along with a stolen Budget rental truck, were likely used to transport 60 missing pieces of half-inch plywood sheeting, 15 pieces of particle board and a cassette player. Both trucks were found abandoned and contained evidence of lumber inside.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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