Local News Headlines

Pistorius Sentenced

          A South African judge has sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison in the shooting death of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. 
          Legal experts say the maximum five-year sentence for culpable homicide provides for release after 10 months in jail. 
          The rest of the sentence would be served under house arrest. 
          Pistorius starts serving the sentence immediately.

Missing Men Search

      The search for two men missing when the boat they were in sank near Campbell River has been unsuccessful.
      The use of a remote underwater vehicle allowed searchers to find the 20-metre vessel, but high winds and currents prevented them from looking for the missing men. 
      R-C-M-P say if the tides and weather are favourable the search effort will continue on Tuesday with an underwater recovery dive team. 
      One of three men on board was rescued Saturday morning.

New Distracted Driving Penalties

          B-C's new distracted driving penalties are now in effect.
          Under the tougher rules, anyone caught talking on a cell phone while driving will be hit with three penalty points plus a 167-dollar-fine.
          Comox Valley R-C-M-P Constable Don Sinclair says he hopes this will encourage people to put their cell phone away while behind the wheel.
          Drivers ticketed for texting and driving already face three penalty points and a 167-dollar-fine.

Subway Restaurant Armed Robbery

          R-C-M-P are looking for a suspect after an armed robbery at the Subway Restaurant at 220 Dogwood Street in Campbell River.
          Mounties say a man with a knife demanded cash from the clerk.
          He took off on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
          Suspect is described as a white man with a stocky build. He was wearing blue jeans, a black sweatshirt, a black balaclava or hat with a bandana with a purple graphic on the front. 
          Anyone with information is asked to contact R-C-M-P or Crimestoppers.