UPDATE: Air ambulance called to fatal crash on Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge – Maple Ridge News

UPDATE: Air ambulance called to fatal crash on Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge - Maple Ridge News
One dead in serious crash – BC News
"As the subject and their party were well prepared, they were able to stabilize the subject's wound and safely settle in for the night," NSR said via Facebook.

Jonah Mayhue, 29, had been paddling near Port Renfrew on May 8. He was last seen entering the water at Pacheedaht Beach, CTV News reports. 

Police confirm one person is dead and two others were injured in a collision on Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.

Police said the driver of one of the vehicles was killed and a passenger was injured. The driver of the other vehicle was also taken to hospital but suffered non-life-threatening injuries only.

One person dead after two-vehicle highway crash in Metro Vancouver Tuesday

The driver of one vehicle was killed, CTV News reports, and a passenger injured. The driver of the second vehicle was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge could be closed for several hours following a serious multi-vehicle crash on rain-soaked roads Tuesday morning.

Mounties in Maple Ridge say one person is dead and two others are injured following a multi-vehicle collision on the Lougheed Highway Tuesday morning.

The crash east of River Road left one vehicle resting on its side. A tarp was seen covering the back seat of a second vehicle.

As of 11:45 a.m. authorities said they expected traffic on the Lougheed to remain closed in both directions for several hours.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation team says David Tull has been charged with the first-degree murder of Tyler Pastuck, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder in relation to a shooting at Brown's Social House on 200th Street on June 9, 2017.  

The driver of the Infinity car was travelling westbound and allegedly crossed the center line colliding with the oncoming eastbound Dodge pickup truck, police said in a release. Tragically the driver of the car did not survive and the passenger of the car was transported to hospital by Air ambulance.

“This was a fast moving and highly complex investigation,” says Cpl. Frank Jang of IHIT. 

More than 160 commercial vehicles were pulled off the road during a three-day vehicle safety and enforcement blitz in Delta.

According to Ridge Meadows RCMP, the incident took place around 9:18 am, when officers responded to reports of a two-car collision in the 27200 Block of Lougheed Highway.

Held at six different locations, Delta police partnered with Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement and other police and enforcement officers from across the Lower Mainland.

“This year, we focused highly on container haulers and dump trucks, as well as artisan and vocational type vehicles that did not appear to be meeting safety regulations and standards,” says Steve Bauer, regional manager with CVSE. “With this approach we were able to quickly process vehicles that were in good condition, and concentrate on pulling the unsafe vehicles off the road.”

“The majority of the issues that our officers found were tire defects, braking problems, or cargo that is not properly secured,” said Const. Ken Usipiuk with the DPD traffic unit. “One of the highlight’s of this year’s check was an unsafe trailer that turned out to be stolen, with stolen plates.”

Drivers were issued 174 violation tickets, some for as much as $598 for failing to comply with previous orders. Those vehicles were taken off the road. 

About 1 a.m., a car driving at high speed lost control and rolled into the brush on the Island Highway, across from the View Royal firehall.

It took about 20 minutes to extricate the driver, who was taken to Victoria General Hospital with undetermined injuries.

Victoria police, major crimes unit now considers last weeks blaze at a downtown Victoria hotel suspicious.

Fire ripped through the former Plaza hotel Monday, May 6, investigators who have been sifting through the rubble now consider the blaze suspicious.

"Our investigators, along with the Victoria Fire Department’s investigators, were on the site yesterday, and will be there for up to a few weeks," Victoria police said Tuesday.

"These type of investigations are lengthy and an appropriate amount of resources will be dedicated to investigate the origin of the fire."

As we head into the May long weekend there are two fires burning in our region, Buse Creek, near Kamloops is listed as active but is being held at 19 hectares. Meantime a new fire in the south Okanagan has sprung up and is still burning out of control. The Richter Creek fire has now grown to 80 hectares. Both of these fires are believed to be human-caused.

Another possible flare-up was spotted overnight Tuesday by Kurt Hiebert, "I got up to get a glass of water about 3 a.m. just spotted a fire on the mountain west of Penticton towards Apex. Called BC Wildfire to report it sounds like I’m the first to spot it."

We contacted Hiebert Tuesday morning and he indicated it appears the smoke and flames which were visible last night can no longer be seen. "I don't see anything, not even smoke. They might have hit first thing this morning with the helicopters, I'm not sure."

Hiebert says the spot is surrounded by bush, "I'm not sure I'm all that worried it's one of those cyclical things. Some years we're gonna get it some year we're not. But it does seem like kind of an early start."

With the May long weekend coming up the fire hazard in the province is mostly in the moderate to high range, with the exception of some spots in the northern part of the province.

Was a Vancouver college student a lieutenant of Mexican drug lord Joaqin "El Chapo" Guzman?

Columbia College principal Robin Hemmingsen says staff can't find any evidence that a passage in a former DEA agent's book is true.

"I had two people in Saturday combing through our records. He was not a student in our college under that name," Hemmingsen told CTV News.

The business student apparently was enrolled as an elaborate cover for the Sinaloa cartel, Andrew Hogan's book Hunting El Chapo alleges.

The book claims the 22-year-old was sent to Vancouver to run the cartel's Canadian drug distribution network.

"His key cartel lieutenants could exploit weaknesses in the Canadian system: the top-heavy structure of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police hampered law enforcement efforts for even the most routine drug arrest and prosecution," the book claims.

"Hondo only attended a few classes, instead spending most of his time hanging out at clubs or taking girls sailing on the British Columbia coast," it continues.

German also says one student at another college showed up with $9,000 in cash in a duffel bag and asked to deposit it, minus a $150 fee.

Columbia says it doesn't accept cash from foreign students and uses immigration checks to ensure students' identities.

The provincial court appeal has been launched by the Canadian Plastic Bag Association and is set to begin Wednesday in Vancouver, CTV News reports.

Last June, a B.C. court struck down a petition from the association to block the bylaw, claiming the city was acting outside its authority. 

Currently, businesses in Victoria must charge at least 15 cents for paper bags and at least $1 for reusable bags. 

The British Columbia government needs to set clear goals and a firm timeline if it launches a public inquiry into money laundering, says a former provincial attorney general who led an exhaustive probe of missing and murdered women.

Wally Oppal said he believes his inquiry had an impact after it wrapped in 2012. Police now investigate these cases far differently than they did when serial killer Robert Pickton was preying on vulnerable women, he said.

"A lot of good things can come of them, but before governments establish inquiries, they should first of all ask themselves: What questions need to be answered? Did something go wrong? And what are the powers that we're going to give to an inquiry commissioner?" Oppal said.

Calls for an inquiry have been mounting since the provincial government released two reports on money laundering last week. One report estimated $7.4 billion was laundered in B.C. last year, of which $5 billion was funnelled through real estate and drove up home prices five per cent.

Premier John Horgan has said his government will decide whether to call a public inquiry into money laundering following a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Oppal also led a public inquiry into municipal policing in B.C. in the 1990s and, while attorney general, called an inquiry into the death of a Polish immigrant at Vancouver's airport. He said most inquiries take longer than planned and costs can spiral out of control, as witnesses get "lawyered up."

"In the Pickton inquiry, we had 19, 20 lawyers in the room at any given time," he said. "But in that inquiry, we needed to find out why so many women were murdered. … It was important that we got answers as to what mistakes were made."

Before calling an inquiry into money laundering, the province should also consider whether it would compromise any ongoing police investigations, he added. People who are subpoenaed to give testimony in an inquiry may not be able to give evidence if they're subject to a criminal investigation.

The missing-women inquiry cost about $10 million and the province reported in February that it had made "significant progress" on the recommendations.

Progress hasn't always been swift. In his 2012 report, Oppal urged the province to immediately commit to providing public transit along the so-called Highway of Tears, but it didn't unveil a bus-service plan until 2015.

Several politicians calling for a money laundering inquiry said it should be modelled on Quebec's Charbonneau Commission into corruption in the construction industry, which led to arrests, convictions and the recovery of $95 million in public funds.

Brad West, mayor of Port Coquitlam in Metro Vancouver, said he's offended that criminals profiting from the deadly opioid crisis are funnelling their "blood money" through real estate, inflating prices for residents who work hard and pay taxes.

"If this doesn't call for a public inquiry modelled after the Charbonneau Commission, then I don't know what does," he said.

"We should just stop pretending that we're ever going to have public inquiries, if we don't have one into something that is as important and as consequential to the future of our province as this."

Green Leader Andrew Weaver has also been calling for an inquiry. He said it would ensure that names are named, people are compelled to testify, recommendations can be put forward and more information that is otherwise kept confidential comes to light.

Despite a common perception that B.C. is the dirty-money "capital" of Canada, one of the reports released last week painted a different picture.

It said the province ranked fourth for money laundering among a division of six regions in Canada, behind Alberta, Ontario and the Prairies — collectively Saskatchewan and Manitoba — at least for the years 2011 to 2015. It also said B.C. only accounted for 15 per cent of the $47 billion laundered across Canada last year.

A man from Nanaimo has been charged with first-degree murder after police found one person dead and two seriously injured at a home in Brentwood Bay.

The Central Saanich Police Department says they found signs of a "violent struggle" when they responded to a report of a disturbance at the home on a cul-de-sac early Saturday morning.

They say Alan Charles Chapman has been remanded in custody and is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident who has not yet spoken with police to contact them.