WEST SHORE NEWS THROUGH THE DECADES: For the week of June 10

Kerry Zado earns national award, NDP sweeps the polls and a man is fined $300 for a brutal assault, all made headlines in past Gazettes

2006

Langford Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Kerry Zado’s commitment to caring for others earns him Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s national firefighter of the year award. In presenting the award at the organization’s annual general meeting in Toronto, Zado is praised as a keystone of the organization who always does his utmost to raise funds and awareness.

Also making news the week of June 10, 2006:

The mood around the Victoria Fire Department’s No. 1 hall is sombre in the wake of news a staff member is facing child pornography charges. Highlands resident Mark Oscar Coderre is charged with possession of child pornography and possession of child pornograpy for the purposes of distribution.

And, the Great Canadian Casino in View Royal is rolling the dice that alcohol will complement blackjack and baccarat, after applying for a liquor licence on its gaming floor. The casino currently can serve drinks in the restaurant but applied to expand that to the slots and gaming table areas.

1996

Based on preliminary results, the NDP wins every Western Communities poll in the May 28 provincial election. A poll-by-poll breakdown shows that if the Western Communities had a riding of their own, the NDP would have taken the seat nearly as handily as Moe Sihota won the Esquimalt-Metchosin constituency. Even in the Langford portion of the Malahat-Juan de Fuca, the NDP won every poll.

Also making news the week of June 10, 1996:

A man who pled guilty to slamming his girlfriends’s head into the wall and floor repeatedly is fined $300 and placed on probation for nine months. The judge says a letter the victim wrote attesting to the man’s good character went a long way in determining his sentencing.

And, a man picketing a local car lot over a “lemon” refuses the lot’s offer for his money back. Bill Tennant says he wants to take the dealer to small claims court as a matter of principle. The 1979 Chrysler LeBaron he purchased there  was “not just a lemon, it’s life threatening.” The lot doesn’t deny the vehicle was in bad shape, but states that the car “was never advertised for sale anyways.” The RCMP plan to write up a $75 ticket against the dealer.

1986

Two women suspected of stealing from a Goodwill bin elude arrest. A Colwood RCMP officer answered a call about two women loading items from the Goodwill bin into their car. The officer finds the bin with clothes strewn about and two women parked nearby. However, Colwood RCMP Sgt. Jim Peters says there was no way of identifying the clothes so the women were not arrested and were able to retain the items. However the officer noticed their vehicle was unlicensed, and had it towed.

Also making news the week of June 10, 1986:

The new tourist information booth at 1810 Old Island Hwy. has little to salute when employees arrived to find four flags had been stolen. The six-by-10-foot flags depicting Canadian, British Columbian, Expo 86 and Tourism B.C. emblems are valued at approximately $180.

And, Gary Hansen is seeing red after dogs kill nine of his domesticated rabbits. Two wandering dogs got underneath the rabbit pen, pulling at them through the cage floor by their feet and ears. The rabbits were being raised as food, leaving Hansen to say, “I am not going to raise rabbits to feed the neighbourhood dogs.”

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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