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Former Coquitlam RCMP officer Fareez Vellani again had his appeal to have his 2016 dismissal overturned, in a federal court decision Jan. 9. Vellani was fired for repeatedly lying about crashing his car. (Black Press Media file photo)

Fired B.C. RCMP officer fails to get federal judge to overturn 2016 dismissal

Former Coquitlam officer Fareez Vellani fired for repeatedly lying about crashing car

  • Jan 17, 2023
Former Coquitlam RCMP officer Fareez Vellani again had his appeal to have his 2016 dismissal overturned, in a federal court decision Jan. 9. Vellani was fired for repeatedly lying about crashing his car. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pastor Edwin Alvarez is charged with six counts of sexual touching and assault against children under the age of 16, New Westminster police announced Jan. 9. (Black Press Media file photo).

B.C. pastor charged with sexually assaulting children at Metro Vancouver church

Pastor Edwin Alvarez arrested following numerous reports from between 2017 and 2021

Pastor Edwin Alvarez is charged with six counts of sexual touching and assault against children under the age of 16, New Westminster police announced Jan. 9. (Black Press Media file photo).
Homes are pictured in Vancouver, Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver’s December home sales down 52% from year ago: B.C. real estate board

Sales were also 38 per cent below the 10-year December average

Homes are pictured in Vancouver, Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The New Westminster Police Department issued a sexortion warning Dec. 29, after seeing an uptick in reports. (Black Press Media file photo)

Uptick in sextortion reports prompts warning from B.C. police department

Non-consensual distribution of intimate images jumped 9% from 2020 to 2021, according to Stats Can

The New Westminster Police Department issued a sexortion warning Dec. 29, after seeing an uptick in reports. (Black Press Media file photo)
Burnaby RCMP are warning of virtual kidnapping scam after an international student was tricked in August 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. international student tricked into creating hostage videos, paying scammers

Fraudsters posed as Chinese police officers, told student he was a suspect

Burnaby RCMP are warning of virtual kidnapping scam after an international student was tricked in August 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
A senior in New Westminster was scammed out of a large amount of cash after she thought she was paying for her grandson’s bail. (Black Press Media file photo)

Fraudsters pose as grandson, cop to trick B.C. senior into handing over bail cash

Grandson impersonator claimed he’d been arrested with large amounts of cannabis

A senior in New Westminster was scammed out of a large amount of cash after she thought she was paying for her grandson’s bail. (Black Press Media file photo)
The New Westminster Police Department is hoping to catch and deter thieves from stealing off doorsteps by planting bait packages beginning this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police drawing out porch pirates with bait packages in one B.C. city

New Westminster department hopes tactic reduces holiday theft

The New Westminster Police Department is hoping to catch and deter thieves from stealing off doorsteps by planting bait packages beginning this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Public Prosecution Service of Canada has approved charges against six alleged B.C. drug traffickers. Three of them remain at large, including Roger Bardales Medina (left), Joseph Lowley and Diego Saed. (Photos courtesy of CFSEU-BC)
The Public Prosecution Service of Canada has approved charges against six alleged B.C. drug traffickers. Three of them remain at large, including Roger Bardales Medina (left), Joseph Lowley and Diego Saed. (Photos courtesy of CFSEU-BC)
Large police presence across multiple locations in Lower Mainland on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (@kristianb01/Twitter)

2 suspects in Lower Mainland dealership robbery remain unidentified and at large

Coquitlam RCMP say the robbers were masked when they stole a vehicle and exchanged fire Tuesday

Large police presence across multiple locations in Lower Mainland on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (@kristianb01/Twitter)
RCMP officers in red serge march to the regimental funeral for RCMP Const. Shaelyn Yang, in Richmond, B.C., on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. The 31-year-old officer was stabbed to death two weeks ago while she helped a City of Burnaby employee issue an eviction notice to a man living in a tent at a local park. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

PHOTOS: A sea of red serge as thousands of officers honour B.C. RCMP Const. Shaelyn Yang

As many as 2,000 officers from B.C. and across Canada taking part in the procession

RCMP officers in red serge march to the regimental funeral for RCMP Const. Shaelyn Yang, in Richmond, B.C., on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. The 31-year-old officer was stabbed to death two weeks ago while she helped a City of Burnaby employee issue an eviction notice to a man living in a tent at a local park. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. says Coquitlam RCMP officers who arrested a man on Oct. 19, 2021 are not responsible for his subsequent death. (Black Press Media file photo)

Coquitlam officers not at fault for man’s death following arrest, watchdog finds

Man went into cardiac arrest while handcuffed on the ground, died 2 days later

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. says Coquitlam RCMP officers who arrested a man on Oct. 19, 2021 are not responsible for his subsequent death. (Black Press Media file photo)
Child sex offender Shaun Deacon has been sentenced for shoplifting and breaching his conditions in April. (Photo courtesy of the Abbotsford Police Department)

Child sex offender who has broken numerous supervision orders to live in the Lower Mainland

Shaun Deacon has been in and out of prison for breaking court-ordered conditions

Child sex offender Shaun Deacon has been sentenced for shoplifting and breaching his conditions in April. (Photo courtesy of the Abbotsford Police Department)
Burnaby Const. Shaelyn Yang, 31, was killed while on duty Oct. 18, 2022. (Photo courtesy of BC RCMP Commander Dwayne McDonald/@RCMP_GRC_EDIVCO/Twitter)
Burnaby Const. Shaelyn Yang, 31, was killed while on duty Oct. 18, 2022. (Photo courtesy of BC RCMP Commander Dwayne McDonald/@RCMP_GRC_EDIVCO/Twitter)
Burnaby Const. Shaelyn Yang, 31, was killed while on duty Oct. 18, 2022. (Photo courtesy of BC RCMP Commander Dwayne McDonald/@RCMP_GRC_EDIVCO/Twitter)

Burnaby officer fatally stabbed; suspect shot and in hospital

Officer identified as 31-year-old Const. Shaelyn Yang

Burnaby Const. Shaelyn Yang, 31, was killed while on duty Oct. 18, 2022. (Photo courtesy of BC RCMP Commander Dwayne McDonald/@RCMP_GRC_EDIVCO/Twitter)
In this courtroom sketch, Aydin Coban is pictured at B.C. Supreme Court, in New Westminster, B.C., on Monday, June 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jane Wolsak

Defence now seeks 2-year sentence, down from 6, for man who sexually exploited Amanda Todd

Aydin Coban convicted on charges relating to death of Todd

In this courtroom sketch, Aydin Coban is pictured at B.C. Supreme Court, in New Westminster, B.C., on Monday, June 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jane Wolsak
People fuel up vehicles at a Shell gas station in Vancouver, on May 14, 2022. Petroleum analysts say record high prices could drop back below the $2 per litre mark by Oct. 13. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Gas prices predicted to drop more than 30 cents overnight in some parts of B.C.

Pump prices expected to be back under $2 per litre by Thursday (Oct. 13)

People fuel up vehicles at a Shell gas station in Vancouver, on May 14, 2022. Petroleum analysts say record high prices could drop back below the $2 per litre mark by Oct. 13. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, front right, and Squamish Nation councillor Khelsilem arrive for an announcement and groundbreaking at the First Nation’s Senakw housing development site in Vancouver on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. A Vancouver residents association has launched a legal bid to quash the services agreement between the city and the Squamish Nation relating to the largest Indigenous-led housing and retail development in Canadian history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Lawsuit targets largest Indigenous-led housing and retail development in B.C. history

Group argues services deal for Squamish Nation’s Senakw project in Vancouver unlawfully approved

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, front right, and Squamish Nation councillor Khelsilem arrive for an announcement and groundbreaking at the First Nation’s Senakw housing development site in Vancouver on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. A Vancouver residents association has launched a legal bid to quash the services agreement between the city and the Squamish Nation relating to the largest Indigenous-led housing and retail development in Canadian history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
About 50 BC Wildfire Service and Metro Vancouver crew members continue to fight the Minnekhada Regional Park from the ground Oct. 4, 2022. (@metrovanemerg/Twitter)

Metro Vancouver regional park wildfire now under control at 14 hectares

District warns ‘even a small heat source can spark a major fire’

About 50 BC Wildfire Service and Metro Vancouver crew members continue to fight the Minnekhada Regional Park from the ground Oct. 4, 2022. (@metrovanemerg/Twitter)
Houses are seen on a hillside in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says September’s homes sales dropped by 46 per cent since last year and 10 per cent from August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver home sales down from August, way down from a year ago

Last month’s sales were almost 36 per cent below the 10-year September sales average

Houses are seen on a hillside in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says September’s homes sales dropped by 46 per cent since last year and 10 per cent from August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A wildfire sparked in Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam on Saturday (Oct. 1), forcing it to close temporarily. (@MetroVancouver/Twitter)
A wildfire sparked in Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam on Saturday (Oct. 1), forcing it to close temporarily. (@MetroVancouver/Twitter)