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James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are back in police custody after their escape from William Head institution on July 7. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)

Jury sees items from scene of Metchosin homicide, others found with escaped inmates

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage charged with the first-degree murder of Martin Payne

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are back in police custody after their escape from William Head institution on July 7. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)
Les, Maureen and Luke Reynolds, of Reynolds Antiques and Collectibles, was robbed overnight, with at least $100,000 in gold and jewelry missing just as the busy holiday shopping season gets underway. (Courtesy of Luke Reynolds)

Sooke antique shop robbed of at least $100K in gold and silver

Luke Reynolds is trying to remain positive as the busy holiday shopping season approaches

Les, Maureen and Luke Reynolds, of Reynolds Antiques and Collectibles, was robbed overnight, with at least $100,000 in gold and jewelry missing just as the busy holiday shopping season gets underway. (Courtesy of Luke Reynolds)
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has cleared law enforcement officers of any wrongdoing after a Feb. 21 incident that left a Saanich man dead. (Black Press Media file photo)

Watchdog absolves officers after Saanich man dies during police encounter

IIO finds no wrongdoing after investigation into man who fatally shot himself with crossbow

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has cleared law enforcement officers of any wrongdoing after a Feb. 21 incident that left a Saanich man dead. (Black Press Media file photo)
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake registered 435 km west of Victoria at 5:10 a.m. on Nov. 24. (Earthquakes Canada)

Did you feel the early morning earthquake off Vancouver Island?

There are no reports of damage and none would be expected

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake registered 435 km west of Victoria at 5:10 a.m. on Nov. 24. (Earthquakes Canada)
VicPD seeks potential witnesses after two people had hot liquid flung on their legs in separate but similar incidents on Nov. 23. (Black Press Media file photo)

2 people assaulted with hot liquid in separate Victoria incidents

VicPD seeks potential witnesses to the Nov. 23 incidents

VicPD seeks potential witnesses after two people had hot liquid flung on their legs in separate but similar incidents on Nov. 23. (Black Press Media file photo)
Devon Mills (left) and Linda Love of the Providence Valley Housing Society present a $30,000 cheque to Sooke Region Communities Health Network reps Andrew Moore, Annemieke Holthuis, Rick Robinson and Anne Bell. The money will be used to fund senior housing at The Gathering Place. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)

In Sooke, organization contributes $30,000 to seniors’ housing

Providence Village Housing Society helps fund The Gathering Place

Devon Mills (left) and Linda Love of the Providence Valley Housing Society present a $30,000 cheque to Sooke Region Communities Health Network reps Andrew Moore, Annemieke Holthuis, Rick Robinson and Anne Bell. The money will be used to fund senior housing at The Gathering Place. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)
Shelbe Drummond was sentenced to three years for a June 2020 aggravated assault using a baseball bat.(Black Press Media file photo)

Man sentenced to three years for brutal baseball bat attack on Victoria street

Shelbe Drummond must submit to a national DNA database, was issued several weapons bans

Shelbe Drummond was sentenced to three years for a June 2020 aggravated assault using a baseball bat.(Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke Road was reopened at around 2 p.m. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Sooke Road re-opened after head-on crash

One person sent to hospital after collision involving a cube van and a car

Sooke Road was reopened at around 2 p.m. (Black Press Media file photo)
James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with killing Martin Payne after the inmates escaped William Head institution on July 7, 2019. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)

Defence lawyers critical of items examined at Metchosin homicide scene

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with the first-degree murder of Martin Payne

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with killing Martin Payne after the inmates escaped William Head institution on July 7, 2019. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)
David Screech said he has been forced to seriously consider moving Greggs Furniture and Upholstery somewhere else in Greater Victoria due to an increasing number of concerning incidents at its current Government Street location. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Home since ‘55, Greggs Furniture and Upholstery pondering move out of Victoria

David Screech said an increasing amount of concerning incidents driving possible move

David Screech said he has been forced to seriously consider moving Greggs Furniture and Upholstery somewhere else in Greater Victoria due to an increasing number of concerning incidents at its current Government Street location. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Andrew John Early Perry’s sentencing hearing was held on Oct. 19 at the Western Communities Court in Colwood. (Black Press Media file)

Air force veteran jailed for owning ‘extreme and horrific’ child pornography

Andrew John Early Perry was sentenced in a Colwood courtroom to 18 months in jail

Andrew John Early Perry’s sentencing hearing was held on Oct. 19 at the Western Communities Court in Colwood. (Black Press Media file)
Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 22

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the…

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto becomes the fourth Greater Victoria candidate to be fined for breaking campaign financing rules in the 2022 municipal elections. (Courtesy Marianne Alto)

Victoria mayor among latest to be fined by Elections BC

Mayor Marianne Alto issued penalty for missing authorization information

Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto becomes the fourth Greater Victoria candidate to be fined for breaking campaign financing rules in the 2022 municipal elections. (Courtesy Marianne Alto)
Four-year-old Aubrey and six-year-old Chloe Berry were murdered by their father in his Oak Bay apartment on Christmas Day 2017. (Family file photo)
Four-year-old Aubrey and six-year-old Chloe Berry were murdered by their father in his Oak Bay apartment on Christmas Day 2017. (Family file photo)
Paddles were installed by Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin and T’esots’en, Patrick Kelly, a member of the award selection committee, on Nov. 22, kicking off the call for nominations for the 2023 B.C. Reconciliation Awards. (Courtesy of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia)

PHOTOS: Artists’ paddles hung in Victoria symbolize commitment to reconciliation

Tuesday event launches call for nominations for the 2023 B.C. Reconciliation Awards

Paddles were installed by Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin and T’esots’en, Patrick Kelly, a member of the award selection committee, on Nov. 22, kicking off the call for nominations for the 2023 B.C. Reconciliation Awards. (Courtesy of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia)
The Better Business Bureau is warning shoppers of the risk of online shopping scams as the busy holiday shopping season gets underway. (Courtesy of Better Business Bureau)

BBB warning of online shopping scams this holiday season

Online shopping scams reached record highs last year, and are on track to match or surpass this year

The Better Business Bureau is warning shoppers of the risk of online shopping scams as the busy holiday shopping season gets underway. (Courtesy of Better Business Bureau)
North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones says the decision to pause the drafting of the OCP gives council time to come up with a better document. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)

North Saanich Coun. Brett Smyth accuses Mayor Peter Jones of political posturing over OCP

North Saanich council tells staff to stop new OCP draft with narrow 4-3 vote

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones says the decision to pause the drafting of the OCP gives council time to come up with a better document. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)
Victoria Police Chief Del Manak speaking at a ceremony honouring the latest VicPD Civic Service Award winners. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)

Service award recipients honoured for helping Victoria officer hit by stolen vehicle

The awards were handed out to recipients who were able to attend a ceremony in VicPD’s Hall of Honour

Victoria Police Chief Del Manak speaking at a ceremony honouring the latest VicPD Civic Service Award winners. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
Martin Payne’s red Ford F150 pickup truck was found in Oak Bay in 2019. A lawyer defending one of the men accused of killing Payne asked about how the truck and the slain Metchosin man’s home were examined. (West Shore RCMP photo)

Defence lawyer questions evidence examination during trial for escaped Metchosin inmates

Zachary Armitage’s lawyer cross-examined RCMP forensics investigator on Tuesday

Martin Payne’s red Ford F150 pickup truck was found in Oak Bay in 2019. A lawyer defending one of the men accused of killing Payne asked about how the truck and the slain Metchosin man’s home were examined. (West Shore RCMP photo)
Substantiated allegations against municipal police forces were outlined in the OPCC 2021/22 annual report released Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)

VicPD cop reprimanded for failing woman reporting intimate partner violence: OPCC

Oak Bay ordered investigation into officer who napped, drank and was abusive

Substantiated allegations against municipal police forces were outlined in the OPCC 2021/22 annual report released Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)