West Shore News Through the Decades: Week of April 24

A look back through the pages of the Goldstream Gazette the week of April 25.

2005

A fatal crash clamed two young Beecher Bay First Nation members and injured a third.

Metchosin fire chief Steen Skou said he has never been to an accident scene quite as devastating as what he saw when the car travelling northbound on Metchosin Road left the road near Duke Road, sheering off a utility pole and nearly severing the vehicle into two pieces. A dog was also killed in the accident.

According to West Shore RCMP, speed was a factor in the accident.

1995

32-year-old Langford resident Ronald Jay pleaded guilty to assaulting his common-law wife after kicking her in the face until blood spattered. He received a suspended sentence for the infraction, was placed on probation for 18 months, and was not permitted to have any contact with victim Sasha Peters unless she consents.

Also making the news the week of April 25, 1995:

Wishart elementary principal asked an artist in a theme fair to remove a T-shirt with the word “pee” printed on it. The shirt, created for the Commonwealth Games, came under attack when it was included in a display at the school’s art and crafts fair. It read “Toilets for Tourists, Victoria pee-shirt” and featured an upside-down map of Victoria’s downtown with the locations of all public toilets. Wearers could look down onto their own shirt and see the map to the appropriate locations. Artist Ken McQueen arrived the next day to see his shirts covered up by black paper and after a heated argument the principal, McQueen packed up his things and left.

1985

A Colwood RCMP investigation into allegations of sexual assault on a nine-year-old girl a led to a 50-year-old man  standing off with 11 RCMP officers for four hours. The man had been charged with five counts including sexually assault, gross indecency and possession of four weapons including two 12-gauge shotgun and a restricted handgun. RCMP went to the man’s residence at 3 p.m. after receiving a call from his wife saying he had been alone and suicidal in the house for days. The wife had been in hiding for approximately a week herself.

The accused threatened to kill himself or anyone who came in to get him police reported. Residents in the area returned home from work unable to enter their homes until the man surrendered at approximately 7:05 p.m.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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