WEST SHORE NEWS THROUGH THE DECADES: for the week of July 15

No Sweat Month, single arrest affects car thefts and loaning out a car proves costly, all made headlines in past editions of the Gazette

July is declared “No Sweat Month,” a single arrest leads to a significant decline in auto thefts, two police cruisers are damaged in a high-speed chase and a girl learns a lesson after lending her vehicle to a friend; all made headlines in past issues of the Goldstream News Gazette for the week of July 15.

2006

Some dermatologists declare July “No Sweat Month” to create awareness of conditions that cause excessive perspiration, including hyperhidrosis. The condition affects one per cent of the population and forces some to wear only materials that don’t show moisture, or bring multiples of the same shirt to work so they can change out regularly.

Also making news the week of July 15, 2006:

A single arrest ends a jump in auto crime in the West Shore. An RCMP spokesperson says the number of stolen cars has plummeted since the suspect was taken into custody. In May, 32 vehicles were stolen on the West Shore, far higher than the usual monthly average of 10 to 15 thefts.

The suspect was allegedly using the stolen vehicles for transportation, with police finding eight abandoned vehicles dumped in a desolate area off Humpback Road over the spring. The month following his arrest, only 15 cars were reported stolen.

1996

One police car is destroyed and another damaged in a high-speed chase through Langford and the Highlands. RCMP say the chase started around 2:30 a.m. when an officer spotted a sports car speeding along Atkins Road.

The car turned out to have been stolen earlier in the day and the driver refused to stop, so the chase was on. The officer lost control of their cruiser on a curve and slammed into a truck and camper, totalling the car. The officer was shaken up, but not hospitalized. Another police cruiser joined the chase and it, too, was damaged when the stolen car slammed into it. The chase lasts about eight minutes and sees vehicles reach speeds of 100 km/h.

Also making news the week of July 15, 1996:

A 17-year-old girl says she learned the hard way not to lend her car to friends. She ends up in Western Communities Provincial Court facing liability charges after a friend smashed her car into a hydro transformer and fled the scene. The vehicle owner is ordered to do 50 hours of community service and given six months’ probation after pleading guilty. The crash leaves 14,000-volt wires exposed. When questioned, the girl who loaned out the car said someone took it without her knowledge.

1986

Colwood police officer Burt Allison will officially stand trial for perjury, after admitting that he threatened to shoot a man’s kneecaps off following a party in Colwood. In the 1983 criminal trial of one of the men at the party, Allison denied making the threat. He is currently performing desk duties and has been since the matter arose in February.

Also making news the week of July 15, 1986:

Police believe that three break-ins netting more than $5,600 in stolen property over the July 1 weekend are related. Thieves used a wheelbarrow to transport more than $5,400 in power tools from CanWest Building Materials. Columbia Ready-Mix lost about $179 in small tools, while Cubbon Homeall Building Centre lost about $50 worth of beer.

And, Metchosin council is patiently awaiting delivery of a special letter in the next two weeks. Ironically, the letter is expected to tell them whether or not the municipality will get its own post office. Metchosin’s last full-time post office closed in 1973.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

 

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