Left David Hjerto (centre right) meets his brother Richard (far left) and sister Robbin (far right) for the first time after reaching out to his biological mom Patsy (centre right) and reuniting with her. Contributed photo

Most view web stories January to June

A summary of the top viewed stories at interior-news.com from January to June 2018.

#1

One person dies after single-vehicle accident on Old Babine Lake Road

Published June 2

One person died and another was in serious but stable condition after a single vehicle rollover on Old Babine Lake Road, near Hynes Road, took place at around 3:30 a.m. on that Saturday, Smithers RCMP announced.

Two people were ejected from the vehicle during the accident.

Chris Joseph, born and raised in Smithers, was discovered to be the victim. He was 26. His girlfriend was the passenger.

The Interior News followed up with his family to learn more about the man. That story was titled ‘Joseph family remembers their fallen son.’

#2

WANTED: Devon Ambridge

Published May 3

Smithers RCMP were looking for Devon Ambridge, 21, who was wanted for the following:

–Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking x6

–Pointing a firearm x3

–Assault causing bodily harm

–Theft of a motor vehicle

–Failing to comply with conditions of release x 19

–Obstructing a police officer

–Failing to stop for police

–Being unlawfully in a dwelling house

Ambridge is from the Smithers area.

He was caught the day after the wanted story was posted by Houston RCMP conducting a traffic stop. That story was titled ‘Man can’t outrun police dogs.’

#3

Storm causes driving havoc

Published Feb. 7

In Canada, the weather often makes the news. The Bulkley Valley is no exception.

A crash temporarily closed Hwy 16 between Smithers and Telkwa Wednesday during a winter storm.

#4

UPDATE: Bulkley River flooding forecast

Published May 11

It is hard to believe, but flood warnings preceded drought conditions and the lowest river levels ever recorded in the region.

The Bulkley River was at one in 20-year levels, which turned out to be a blessing compared to the once-in-a-century forecast before temperatures cooled off and the rain held off in May.

#5

Adopted Norwegian man looking for Smithers family

Published March 18

A man born in Smithers but adopted to European parents was looking for his biological mother, and possible siblings.

David Hjerto was taken away from his biological parents before he turned two.

He found his birth mother, who was living in Endako. His birth name was David Bruce Parker.

After The Interior News ran the article with his story in it, someone called the office thinking she could be his sister — and that part was totally true. After contact information was exchanged, a DNA test was taken shortly afterwards. It was confirmed with 99 per cent certainty that David had found his biological mother and it didn’t take either of them long to decide to meet. He flew out to Canada to meet Patsy Fleming.

“It is our fairytale ending,” said the mother after being reunited with the son she had not seen for almost 50 years.

The Interior News followed up with the reunited pair and his newly discovered siblings in the story ‘Family reunion almost 50 years in the making.’

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Scene of a deadly crash on Old Babine Lake Rd.

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