West Shore News Through the Decades: Week of June 19

A killer dog, “millionaires’ dumping raw sewage into Millstream Creek and a vicious attack on two women made headlines in past Gazettes


A Langford man was left injured, immobilized and out more than $2,000 after an attack from two dogs. John Daly, who had open-heart surgery approximately four months before, was walking his dog while riding his motorized scooter along Peatt road when a pit bull grabbed Daly’s dog by the throat while a Rottweiler cross went for Daly’s face. Daly and his dog, Alice, who was tied to the scooter, were both bitten several times before passing motorists came to their assistance. Vet bills, a complete write-off for the scooter and the loss of his prescription glasses among other expenses left behind in the wake of the attack that left him unable to work.

Also making the news the week of June 19, 2005: West Shore RCMP are looking for anyone with information on the perpetrators of a vicious attack on a woman late one eventing. The woman had accepted a ride from a man in a four-door silver vehicle before being “viciously” assaulted. The woman managed to escape the vehicle near Millstream Road and the Island Highway before calling police.


A local landlord pouring sewage from a Bellamy Road residence into Millstream Creek has been ordered to stop. A Capital Regional District investigation found the owner of the home Donald Phelps, was in violation of B.C. sewage disposal regulation and issued a corrections order. Steve and Allyson Cooper, who also live on Bellamy, say their three children have been repeatedly ill since the problem began and can’t open their windows because of the stench.

Also making the news the week of June 19, 1995: A provincial court judges said he was “shocked, even outraged” a Langford man assaulted his common-law wife while serving weekends in jail for a previous assault on the same woman. The man had been found with blood on his hands in his front lawn, while his wife had bloodied clothing and confirmed she had been punched and kicked by the man serving an intermittent sentence for a past assault on her.

As well, Internet access is worrying the Sooke School District. Some teachers and parents are concerned that students can access virtually unlimited unregulated materials including pornography on school computers leaving the School District 62 looking for answers in the wake of constant technological change.


Friends and family of Brenda Elain Muhlfellner are appalled by the five-year sentence given to Wolfgang Jochim Muhlfellner who confessed he “went into a rage and kept hitting her head against the fireplace,” in their own living room.

Muhlfellner went on to wrap her body in plastic, bury it in the yard, incinerate it along with garbage he had built up for six months, and then rototilling the garden when the bones wouldn’t burn completely. He wasn’t arrested for more than four years after the incident and crown council Jim Taylor admitted in court to using a psychic in their investigation that he said was 100 per cent right.

Also making the news the week of June 19, 1985: A group of five Colwood Elementary parents have struck a committee to look at the move by the new Colwood council into an annex of the school. School District 62 offered the free use of the rooms and office furniture to the council-elect until a permanent municipal hall site is chosen.

However, a number of parents raised concerns about possible increased traffic at the school.

As well, Metchosin sheep farmer Dick Zeer has been hit hard by two attacks by a killer dog. Zeer’s daughters Bev and Charlaine were awakened at approximately 4:45 a.m. by the barking of the family dogs when Zeer got up to investigate in time to witness the first slaying. By the time he grabbed his rifle, two more sheep had already been killed. He had lost four more sheep to the dog a month before and said a collie-cross is responsible for both raids. The dog was eventually destroyed and the owner held 100 per cent responsible.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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