Friday, April 10, 2015
Wheelchair finds its way home, mailbox thefts and a
An RCMP K9 unit searched for a possible
suspect in the theft of a child's electric mobility chair.
week, Laura Kew, 6, had her electric mobility chair stolen from her
"What kind of person steals a wheelchair?" asked the mother in an online
Twitter post afterwards.
Word shot out into the community and over the next
week, various sources came together and managed to collect upwards of
$20,000 in donations — more than enough to cover the cost of a new
On Tuesday, police confirmed with The Voice that they received a tip
Sunday, April 5, regarding the whereabouts of the chair at the foot of
Once located, Mounties brought in a K9 unit and acquired a scent from
the chair. The police dog took off tracking through a field into Squiala
Reserve, but officers came up empty-handed.
The Voice posted in Twitter on Sunday that reports were the Kews family
electric mobility wheelchair may have been located.
On Tuesday, the Chilliwack RCMP confirmed it was Kew's chair found April
"With the media attention, someone did the right thing and called RCMP
with the wheel chair location," said Cpl. Mike Rail media spokesperson
for the RCMP UFVRD.
Rail said the theft is still being investigated.
Ryder Lake residents
confused about where to get their mail at
Photo by D. Bendsen
Rd residents were shocked at the extent of damage to their community
mailbox last week. Below, a response from Canada Post. To read it,
right-click on it and save it.
Thursday, a thief, or thieves, popped all the doors on the community
mailboxes at Elk Road by Ryder Lake Hall.
"The mailboxes are no longer useable," wrote Ryder Lake Farmer's
Institute president, Peter Whitlock.
As of April 4th, the boxes still had not been repaired.
Whitlock said he had several emails asking where they were supposed to
get their mail in the interim, and if he had any idea when the boxes
would be repaired/replaced.
Whitlock was given a 1 800 267 1177 customer service number.
"I called and they cannot tell you anything on the phone. There will be
a notice eventually posted on the damaged boxes with information but
they cannot tell on the phone what it will say or if it is
already posted or not," he said.
Anyone wishing to enquire must call the 1 800 number and within five
working days they will respond to you.
This Only a Test
Bus sign alerts
residents to call police
The driver of this bus pushed the wrong
button which brought up a help sign instead of it's destination.
it really was an emergency, the community would have done well.
On Wednesday, a bus was spotted on Broadway with its display sign on the
front showing "Emergency Call Police" and someone did call 9-1-1. Then
two more people called and the bus finally stopped at First Ave and
Instead of being a real emergency, it was just an error after a local
bus driver pushed the wrong button which led to police searching for it.
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