West Shore News Through the Decades: Week of Mar. 11

A look back through old headlines of the Goldstream Gazette

A trespasser sneaking onto an estate and sawing through 100 trees, a speeder who leads police on a high-speed chase, a dangerous prisoner still at large, a dog attack slaughtering four newborn lambs and a 60th anniversary for a West Shore couple are among the headlines pulled from past issues of the Goldstream Gazette going back through the decades for the week of March 11.


Under the cover of darkness someone trespassed onto Shirley Wilde’s estate and sawed two-thirds of the way through all of the trees on her 4.5-hectare estate, destroying nearly 100 lombard trees. It’s not the first time the Wilde’s have been vandalized, in the last 10 years the Wilde’s have dealt with four separate incidents.

Also making the news the week of March 11, 2006:

Church of the Advent Rector Ken Gray says a proposal to close and amalgamate a number of Greater Victoria area Anglican churches including All Saints in View Royal isn’t necessarily bad news. While the notion comes as a shock to some parishioners, Gray’s parish went through a similar situation two decades ago when Langford’s St. Matthews parish and Colwood’s St. John’s parish merged to create the Church of the Advent.

And the Island Corridor Foundation’s recent acquisition of the E&N railway comes as good news to the Capital Bike and Walk Society. The society continues to push for the establishment of a multi-use pathway along the railway which the Canadian Pacific Railway donated to the non-profit last week.


They smoked through a stop sign and then got busted for smoking marijuana. A 22-year-old man pleads guilty after being pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign. After admitting he had smoked a joint, he gave two more marijuana cigarettes to the police. The man sitting next to him during the incident was to appear on possession charges, but didn’t show up and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Also making the news the week of March 11, 1996:

Sooke School Board trustees will likely tell Eduction Minister Paul Ramsey they want to amalgamate with the Southern Vancouver Island’s three other districts, board chair Diane Bernard said. “If they don’t want to amalgamate, Sooke will be the big loser,” she said.

And already stopped for speeding, a 30-year-old man sped away from police on the Malahat. The man was pulled over and told he was going to be arrested for driving while prohibited, resulting from a 1993 incident. He sped away leading to a six-minute, 10-kilometre chase reaching speeds of 136 kilometres an hour and passing a number of vehicles on double solid lines and corners before being apprehended.


Drunk driving charges are pending following a two-vehicle accident on Happy Valley Road early one morning that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Langford resident Billy Wayne Leadley. The youth was driving a motorcycle northbound when he was struck head on by a Chevrolet van. The van driver will be charged with impaired driving.

Also making the news the week of March 11, 1986:

A dangerous prisoner is still at large. Robert Bruce Moyes, 30, deemed dangerous by RCMP, is still at large after failing to return to William Head prison from his first unescorted day pass. Moyes, serving 15 years for six charges, including attempted murder, had been in William Head since May. His past includes a nine-hour gun battle with Nanaimo police. A deputy sheriff and a former RCMP officer were also stabbed.

And it’s 60 years and counting for Harriet and Albert Silman who celebrated their diamond anniversary. The two grew up seven miles apart in Saskatchewan and would see each other at church but admittedly both paid little attention to each other. One day, Albert asked her out when he said “cupid struck.” He proposed while on the prairies and followed her out to Victoria, where Harriet stayed the winters with her parents. They were married on Harriet’s mother’s birthday.

And an afternoon romp left four lambs dead. The dog was only gone for a few minutes and in that time managed to kill four two-day-old lambs. Metchosin sheep farmer John Buchanen said they were the first sheep he has lost to dogs in about six years, and J.R Smith of Victoria, who owns the lab-shepherd cross, will pay $320 for his dog’s actions.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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