During the last week of 2010, we’ll be publishing a special segment each day reviewing the top stories from the past year.
14 year old killed in tragic hit and run
A 14 year old teen, Teddy Luo was riding his bicycle south bound on 76th street, when he was struck by a westbound vehicle on 89th avenue, which fled the scene traveling in the same direction.
The victim suffered head injuries and was later pronounced dead at Fort St. John Hospital.
The Fort St. John RCMP have not yet been successful in finding the vehicle involved in the hit and run. The RCMP still believe the vehicle is red and a mid to larger sized model. The vehicle style may appear to be “boxy” and may have damage on the passenger side.
28 year old stabbed to death
Just just after 6 a.m on May 20th, 2010, police received a report of a disturbance in an apartment parking lot on 93 A Street. Upon arrival, they discovered a man sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle, suffering from multiple stab wounds.
28 year-old Joshua James Lequiere was transported to hospital, but later died of his injuries.
31 year-old Andre Paul Dupas has been charged with murder along with 28 year-old Pamela Joy Moore. Moore turned herself in to police and has been charged with being an accessory after the fact.
After several delays in entering a plea in court, Both the accused are expected back in court on Jan. 5 at 1:30 p.m. for an arraignment hearing.
Community loses a great leader; Ross H. MacLean passes away
Ross H. MacLean passed away June 4, 2010 at the age of 92. Mr. MacLean and his family arrived in the summer of 1919 in Fort St. John and in his time here he has made huge contributions to the community.
Mr. MacLean was one of the founding fathers of organized minor hockey in Fort St. John. He was a driving force behind the construction the Kids Arena and helped to start Minor Hockey in Fort St. John in 1955 with Braden Herron.
MacLean was also an active member in the Fort St. John Rotary Club since 1963 and the Fort St. John Rotary RV Park in Charlie Lake is named in his honor.
Earlier in 2010, the community paid tribute to Mr. MacLean, as he was chosen as the final torchbearer in the Olympic Torch Relay in Fort St. John.
Ross H. MacLean is survived by his wife Irene and his children and grand children.
MLA Blair Lekstrom resigns from Liberal Caucus
MLA Blair Lekstrom gave his resignation as Minister of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources to Premier Gordon Campbell and has left the BC Liberal Caucus on June 11th 2010.
He says his decision was made because of his constituents’ opposition to the Harmonized Sales Tax.
In a statement, Lekstrom said "My decision to resign from Cabinet and the BC Liberal Caucus was very difficult, but I fundamentally disagree with the direction our government is headed on the HST. When I was elected, I promised myself, my family and my constituents that I would not change who I am to do this job, and I have reached a point where my beliefs and values no longer align with my government."
Lekstrom’s high profile resignation was the first crack in the caucus over Gordon Campbell’s leadership. Cambell finally resigned as leader in November.
Serious assault at Beatton River Campground leads to over 200 criminal charges
Police say there were several teenagers and adults having a party at a camping area off of 103 rd. outside of Fort St. John, when different people began fighting on July 25th. RCMP were called jut after 4 AM.
One person then went and got some friends who brought weapons to the area and confronted the people at the party.
They say various weapons were involved, including baseball bats, two by fours, and batons.
Several people were taken to the Fort St. John hospital with undisclosed injuries.
Jordan "Billy" Ramos, Jordan Reno, Jeremy Jondreau, Calvin Gunning and Joshua Toth are each charged with 40 criminal code offences.
They include numerous assault and weapons charges, including pointing a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.
The five are also charged with uttering threats and mischief in connection with the incident, which involved a large group of teens and young adults, who started a camping and drinking party the previous night.
A trial date will be set early in the new year.
Massive storm hits Fort St. John, floods basements, streets and the mall
On the evening of July 29th, A massive summer thunderstorm moved in and hit Fort St John with heavy winds, rain and hail.
Many streets and homes in low-lying areas were flooded and the Totem Mall suffered substantial damage from the flooding.