West Shore News Through the Decades: Week of Aug. 21

An impaired driver charged for parking his car, a quick-thinking babysitter who saved the lives of two children...

An impaired driver charged for parking his car, a quick-thinking babysitter who saved the lives of two children, an escape from William Head jail and a 40-year-old Highlands man who may have hit rock bottom are among the top items pulled from past issues of the Goldstream News Gazette.


Highlands councillors Joe Kadar, Mark Cardinal and Ken  Brotherston file affidavits in response to allegations that they and Brotherston’s wife Marie, also a Highlands councillor, met with representatives of Bear Mountain after a public hearing and before the adoption of the controversial Bear Mountain bylaws. The affidavits claim fishing, not rezoning was the topic of conversation.

Also making the news the week of Aug. 21, 2005:

Musical Highlands mayor Karel Roessingh and his trio release a new CD. The multi-tasking Roessingh, already a busy composer of music for television, released kr3+, an album featuring the jazz trio of himself on piano, Joey Smith on bass and Josh Dixon on drums.

And, brush fires keep West Shore firefighters busy during another tinderbox weekend, but without major incident. Citizens play a huge part, some of whom not only call 911 right away, and others who scoop up dirt to throw on fires and dig trenches to help stop the spread.


An impaired driver is fined and charged for parking his car with a blood-alcohol reading exceeding .08. Donald Roger Wright pleads guilty and has his driving privileges revoked for a year for moving his car from one parking spot to another at the Westwind Plaza Hotel. Judge Anthony Palmer tells Wright that some people have even been convicted of impaired driving in cases where they were just sitting in their cars.

Also making the news the week of Aug. 21, 1995:

Quick-thinking baby-sitter Krystle Smith, 13, may have saved the lives of two children after four-year-old Jordie Bryan stepped on a pipe sticking out from the wall behind a couch. Older sister Mallory, 7, tries to fix it by bending the pipe back up inadvertently cracking the pipe. Unaware of what happened until it started to smell, Smith finds the pipe, bends it back down to block the crack before opening windows and taking the children outside. Smith also happens to be a paper carrier for the Goldstream Gazette.

And, two men known to jail guards from Wilkinson Road prison are questioned outside a chiropractor’s office on Goldstream Ave., where an inmate is getting treatment. The guards fear the men may be planning to the set the inmate free, but after police talk to the ex-inmates, the situation is determined to be a coincidence.


An escapee from William Head jail is considered possibly armed and dangerous. Randolf Frank Sam, 30, serving a five-year term for assault with intent to wound, goes missing from the medium security Metchosin prison. Colwood RCMP say a break-in the following day saw a .357 magnum revolver stolen. Sam and another inmate missed the 10:10 p.m. head count, but the other inmate was discovered around 1 a.m. walking along the coast towards Pearson College. Sam is the sixth prisoner to escape in the past month.

Also making the news the week of Aug. 21, 1985:

An uneasy truce is called, after three days of skirmishes, at a Colwood council meeting. Mayor Geoff Dunn said he plans to “take a firmer grip on the reins,” to avoid a repeat of eruptions sparked by membership of the ad hoc committee studying sewage disposal options.

And, a 40-year-old Highlands man holds police at bay at his Munns Road home for hours by firing shots. He’s described by neighbour Murray Turnbull as “a good man who hit rock bottom.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim