Cops and Courts

Mike Haire, a former vice-principal at W. A. Fraser middle school in Abbotsford, was charged with two child pornography offences in September 2018.

Defence wants evidence tossed out for former Abbotsford vice-principal charged with child porn

BC Supreme Court justice previously ruled that Mike Haire’s charter rights were breached

Mike Haire, a former vice-principal at W. A. Fraser middle school in Abbotsford, was charged with two child pornography offences in September 2018.
Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was convicted of two counts each of accessing and possessing child pornography on April 30, 2021. (File)

Chilliwack church pastor sentenced to 14 months jail in child porn case

‘Mr. Vermeer possessed some of the most offensive, harmful and depraved forms of abuse on children’: judge

Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was convicted of two counts each of accessing and possessing child pornography on April 30, 2021. (File)
Ten years ago, on Sept. 28, 2011 Maple Batalia, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in Surrey. She was just 19 years of age and her story is a startling example of how domestic violence can affect youth. (Submitted)

Chilliwack RCMP take domestic violence awareness message to youth

60% of domestic violence victims are between the ages of 11 and 24

Ten years ago, on Sept. 28, 2011 Maple Batalia, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in Surrey. She was just 19 years of age and her story is a startling example of how domestic violence can affect youth. (Submitted)
The new Abbotsford Law Courts. (John Morrow/ Abbotsford News file)

Drugs, guns found after driver makes legal U-turn in Chilliwack not admissable, judge rules

Officer who thought all U-turns are illegal pursued driver leading to several charter breaches

The new Abbotsford Law Courts. (John Morrow/ Abbotsford News file)
Teresa Hedekar by the front door of her Chilliwack home on Oct. 4, 2021, a door that was busted down by RCMP Emergency Response Team officers on April 13, 2021 looking for a suspect hiding in her basement suite. Hedekar is out hundreds of dollars because the RCMP refuse to pay for the damage. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

When the RCMP Emergency Response Team busts down your door, who pays for it?

A Chilliwack woman learned the hard way that even as an innocent homeowner she’s on the hook

Teresa Hedekar by the front door of her Chilliwack home on Oct. 4, 2021, a door that was busted down by RCMP Emergency Response Team officers on April 13, 2021 looking for a suspect hiding in her basement suite. Hedekar is out hundreds of dollars because the RCMP refuse to pay for the damage. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack RCMP officers at the scene of a report of shots fired at Wellington Avenue and Main Street shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: RCMP Emergency Response Team respond to shots fired in downtown Chilliwack

One man in custody after ERT officers broke in to the room where a suspect was hiding

Chilliwack RCMP officers at the scene of a report of shots fired at Wellington Avenue and Main Street shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was convicted of two counts each of accessing and possessing child pornography on April 30, 2021. Judge Andrea Ormiston is scheduled to sentence Vermeer on Oct. 13. (File)

Sentencing date set for Chilliwack church pastor child pornography case

John Vermeer facing 8 months jail at the low end up to as high as 2 consecutive terms of 5 years

Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was convicted of two counts each of accessing and possessing child pornography on April 30, 2021. Judge Andrea Ormiston is scheduled to sentence Vermeer on Oct. 13. (File)
Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was convicted of four counts of child pornography. His sentencing hearing began in Chilliwack provincial court on Sept. 1, 2021. (File)

Crown counsel calls Chilliwack church pastor an ‘online pedophile’ for his child porn use

Judge asked to hand down 2 consecutive terms of 5 years jail for John Vermeer in sentencing hearing

Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was convicted of four counts of child pornography. His sentencing hearing began in Chilliwack provincial court on Sept. 1, 2021. (File)
Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was found guilty of accessing and possessing child pornography in Chilliwack provincial court on April 30, 2021. (File)

Sentencing begins for Chilliwack church pastor guilty of accessing of child pornography

John Vermeer facing a minimum of six months jail, no more than two years

Former Main Street Church executive pastor John Vermeer was found guilty of accessing and possessing child pornography in Chilliwack provincial court on April 30, 2021. (File)
Owen Charpentier, 24, is charged with the Oct. 22, 2019 second-degree murder of Keith Baldwin in Chilliwack. (File)

Young Chilliwack man ordered to stand trial for second-degree murder in BC Supreme Court

Prolific offender Owen Dale Charpentier accused of killing of Keith Baldwin in downtown area in 2019

Owen Charpentier, 24, is charged with the Oct. 22, 2019 second-degree murder of Keith Baldwin in Chilliwack. (File)
Mission Fire Rescue Service was called to a blaze inside the Canadian Tire store on London Avenue on Jan. 30, 2019. (Kevin Mills/Mission City Record)

Man pleads guilty to 2019 arson at Canadian Tire in Mission

Quince Chalifoux set blaze that caused milions of dollars in damages

Mission Fire Rescue Service was called to a blaze inside the Canadian Tire store on London Avenue on Jan. 30, 2019. (Kevin Mills/Mission City Record)
Randeep Match is shown during his 2009 arrest for cocaine possession. (File photo)

Abbotsford man convicted of 2014 Surrey fatal stabbing gets day parole for 2nd time

Randeep Match was sentenced to 6.5 years for killing Shane Dhaliwal

Randeep Match is shown during his 2009 arrest for cocaine possession. (File photo)
Police in Abbotsford pulled over a stolen truck on Dec. 7, 2020, and found a loaded handgun inside. A man and a woman from Alberta were charged and have since been sentenced. (Abbotsford Police photo)

Alberta woman sentenced for having loaded gun in Abbotsford

Brooke Goodwin receives conditional sentence for December 2020 incident

Police in Abbotsford pulled over a stolen truck on Dec. 7, 2020, and found a loaded handgun inside. A man and a woman from Alberta were charged and have since been sentenced. (Abbotsford Police photo)
David Kuntz-Angel was convicted of the most serious charges he faced involving sex with an underage girl in August 2019, but on Nov. 19, 2019 he applied for a mistrial. His retrial began on June 8, 2020, was delayed, and continued in November 2020 but on July 21, 2021 a judge determined the complainant was too ill to continue with cross examination. (Twitter/Brantford Expositor)

Alleged sex crime victim of Chilliwack’s David Lee Roth impersonator can’t continue to testify

David Kuntz-Angel’s retrial on hold as Crown applies to include victim’s testimony from first trial

David Kuntz-Angel was convicted of the most serious charges he faced involving sex with an underage girl in August 2019, but on Nov. 19, 2019 he applied for a mistrial. His retrial began on June 8, 2020, was delayed, and continued in November 2020 but on July 21, 2021 a judge determined the complainant was too ill to continue with cross examination. (Twitter/Brantford Expositor)
Former Chilliwack Giants volunteer treasurer Josh Cahoon pleaded guilty to fraud on June 29, 2021 for stealing $29,000 from the Chilliwack Giants youth football organization. (Facebook)

Chilliwack youth football volunteer pleads guilty to fraud for stealing $29,000

Josh Cahoon stole from Chilliwack Giants while acting as treasurer

Former Chilliwack Giants volunteer treasurer Josh Cahoon pleaded guilty to fraud on June 29, 2021 for stealing $29,000 from the Chilliwack Giants youth football organization. (Facebook)
Some of the 3,200 plants and 32 kilograms of cannabis seized from a Gillanders Road marijuana grow-operation in Chilliwack on March 14, 2017 in Chilliwack. (RCMP)

Property owner behind largescale Chilliwack marijuana grow-op facing 18 months jail

Chang Hu Xu convicted of illegal production, trafficking where 3,200 plants, 32 kgs seized in 2017

Some of the 3,200 plants and 32 kilograms of cannabis seized from a Gillanders Road marijuana grow-operation in Chilliwack on March 14, 2017 in Chilliwack. (RCMP)
Former masseur Reinhard “Bud” Loewen of Abbotsford has now been charged with 24 counts of sexual assault. (Facebook photo)

Former Abbotsford masseur now faces 24 sexual assault charges

Reinhard ‘Bud’ Loewen formerly operated Bud’s Massage Therapy

Former masseur Reinhard “Bud” Loewen of Abbotsford has now been charged with 24 counts of sexual assault. (Facebook photo)
RCMP Sgt. Darren Stevely holds up a photo of 21-year-old Antonio Dillan Nolasco-Padia during a press conference in 2017 in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)

Chilliwack drug dealer guilty of dangerous driving, flight from police

Antonio Nolasco-Padia given nine-month conditional sentence, three-year driving ban

RCMP Sgt. Darren Stevely holds up a photo of 21-year-old Antonio Dillan Nolasco-Padia during a press conference in 2017 in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)
Mike Haire, a former vice-principal at W. A. Fraser middle school in Abbotsford, was charged with two child pornography offences in September 2018.

Former Abbotsford vice-principal charged with child porn had charter rights breached, judge rules

Judge says search warrant against Mike Haire was invalid, making evidence inadmissible

Mike Haire, a former vice-principal at W. A. Fraser middle school in Abbotsford, was charged with two child pornography offences in September 2018.
A two-vehicle MVI at Fletcher and Bole downtown left this overturned pickup and a car up against a tree on May 31, 2019. Shaun Bolko pleaded guilty dangerous driving and was handed a 12-month conditional sentence order in provincial court on July 5, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Prolific car thief sentenced for dangerous driving after dramatic rollover crash in Chilliwack

Shaun Bolko handed conditional sentence after fleeing scene of crash that seriously injured a woman

A two-vehicle MVI at Fletcher and Bole downtown left this overturned pickup and a car up against a tree on May 31, 2019. Shaun Bolko pleaded guilty dangerous driving and was handed a 12-month conditional sentence order in provincial court on July 5, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)