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Fatal motorcycle collision on SW Marine Drive

Staff Reporter
Aug 10th, 2013

Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle collision that happened on SW Marine Drive at Argyle Street last night.

Around 10:00 p.m., a motorcycle travelling east on SW Marine Drive collided with a car that was turning left from Argyle Street to go west on SW Marine.

The 19 year-old Vancouver man who was riding the motorcycle was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. That man died in hospital early this morning.

The operator’s family has been notified, his name is not being released.

The driver of the car remained at the scene and is cooperating with the police investigation.

After downtown stabbing this afternoon, police hunt for suspect

Staff Reporter
Jul 27th, 2013

Police are currently looking for a 36 year old woman after a stabbing in downtown Vancouver this afternoon.

Shortly before 1:00 pm, the suspect allegedly stabbed another woman near the corner of Homer and Dunsmuir Street. The two women are known to each other and the attack appears to have been targeted.

The 45 year old victim received several stab wounds and was taken to hospital with injuries that are described as serious, but not life-threatening.

Members of the Vancouver Police Forensic Identification Unit have been gathering evidence and Investigators with the Major Crime Section will be speaking with witnesses in an attempt to determine the motive for the attack.

IRIT recommends charges against 350th suspected rioter

Vancouver Police Department
Jul 23rd, 2013

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team (IRIT) is fulfilling its promise to charge 350 suspected rioters by the end of the summer. This morning, IRIT investigators announced that they have requested 118 charges against 27 suspected rioters, bringing the total number of recommended charges for 1204 offences against 352 suspected rioters.

Our investigators continue to work very closely with Crown Counsel, putting their best cases forward to the courts, as is evident with the number of guilty pleas that have been entered.

Included in this latest round are requested charges against two 14 year old boys, who have a combined total of six counts of break and enter, two counts of mischief, one count of mischief over $5,000 and two counts of participating in a riot. 

Surrey woman arrested for abduction of baby

Press Release
Jul 17th, 2013

Sarah June Maryskag from Surrey has been remanded in custody following the abduction of a 4 month old baby boy. At approximately 8:30 pm, July 10, 2013, two women left a Surrey apartment following dinner with a friend. One of the women, the mother of the baby, was pushing a stroller while the Maryskag carried the infant.

She boarded an elevator of the apartment with the doors shutting before the mother could get on.

The mother went to the apartment lobby on a second elevator, but the woman and the baby had left prior to her arrival and were not in sight.

Enlisting the help of her friend, the mother ran to the King George SkyTrain station where she advised a SkyTrain Attendant and Transit Police were called.

Police targeting noisy pipes

Press Release
Jul 16th, 2013

 Vancouver Police are targeting noisy exhaust pipes on motorcycles and cars after receiving dozens of complaints about excessive noise. The goal of the campaign is to target motorcycles and cars that are emitting excessive noise levels and enhance the quality of life for residents living along well travelled routes.

On occasion, officers see motorcyclists riding around with ear plugs because the mufflers are too loud. During a recent encounter, a traffic enforcement officer followed a motorcycle for two blocks when the rider wasn’t able to hear the siren over his mufflers.

This past weekend, the Vancouver Police Traffic Enforcement Unit tested over fifty motorcycles and cars; and found 19 vehicles were not in compliance.  The  riders or drivers were issued either a $109 fine under the Motor Vehicle Act or a Notice and Order to have the muffler repaired.

“This is a good time to remind the public that with the warm weather comes an increase in the number of motorcycles on the road," says Staff Sergeant Howard Chow of the VPD Traffic Enforcement unit.

Vancouver police launch new police cars

Staff Reporter
Jul 10th, 2013

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is replacing its old Ford Crown Victoria for a new, much more efficient and cutting-edge ride, according to a press release sent to Vancouver Observer by the VPD.

Here's more from the press release:

The Vancouver Police Department is beginning to replace its aging fleet. When Ford discontinued the Crown Victoria, the VPD had to look for something new. As well, the graphics presently on the VPD cars are not compatible with other vehicles, so a new design was also required.

The selection process involved determining what was need in a VPD patrol vehicle and then tendering a Request for Expressions of Interest. Vehicles were shortlisted and evaluated within the field by patrol officers, as well as Engineering and Equipment Services within the City.

The winning vehicle was the Dodge Charger, with the highly efficient 3.6-litre engine. It will also feature new safety features, such as cutting-edge emergency lighting and a “rumbler” siren, which projects a deep baritone burst to further gain attention at those critical moments.

Vancouver woman killed in bizarre traffic accident

Police Blotter
Jun 28th, 2013

Vancouver Police are investigating a bizarre accident that has killed a 52 year old Vancouver woman.

Shortly before 1:30 this afternoon, police received a call after the woman was found trapped under her car in the south lane of East 13th Avenue near Commercial Drive.

It is still early in the investigation, but it appears that the woman was loading or unloading her two dogs and some cargo through the back hatch. The car rolled backwards down a sloped driveway, trapping the woman. Eventually, neighbours noticed the vehicle in the middle of the lane with the dogs inside. They called 9-1-1 once they saw the woman trapped underneath.

Vancouver Police, BC Ambulance Service and Vancouver Fire and Rescue arrived and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators from the VPD Collision Investigation Unit will attempt to determine exactly what factors contributed to this tragic accident.

Cyclist dies in collision with bus on Stanley Park Causeway

Staff Reporter
May 25th, 2013

A cyclist has died on the Stanley Park Causeway and collision experts with the Vancouver Police are investigating the cause.

Shortly before 7:00 p.m. a woman riding on the sidewalk into Vancouver fell into traffic and was struck by a West Vancouver Transit bus.

It is early in the investigation and investigators will be speaking with witnesses and reviewing video to determine what occurred prior to the woman falling onto the roadway.

The woman died at the scene and has not been positively identified.

Police are speaking with the driver and other witnesses, but are asking passengers on the bus that left the scene before speaking with officers to call the VPD Collision Investigation Unit at 604-717-3012.

The Lions Gate Bridge is expected to remain closed for several hours.

Body found burned in van in East Vancouver

Jenny Uechi
May 25th, 2013

Police are investigating after a body has been found inside a van in East Vancouver.

Shortly before 6:00 this morning, a van parked on Victoria Drive near East 12th Avenue was found burning. Fire crews extinguished the flames and a body was discovered inside.

The victim has not been positively identified. Police and fire investigators are on scene to  determine the cause of the fire.

Motorcyclist dies in fatal collision on Lions Gate Bridge

Staff Reporter
May 20th, 2013

Around 5:50 this evening, a motorcycle traveling southbound on the Lions Gate Bridge collided with a northbound sport utility vehicle, police said in an email alert that went out to local media.

Tragically, the 27 year-old lone man riding the motorcycle died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, police said.

The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of the man's family.

The driver of the sport utility vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with police.

Investigators from the Vancouver Police Collision Investigation Unit are on scene conducting their investigation and the Lions Gate Bridge remains closed to vehicle and bus traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists are being allowed across the bridge.

Further details will be provided as they become available.

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