Victim in Calling Lake double shooting testifies he came face-to-face with suspect

A Calling Lake man told court Tuesday that it felt like half of his body was “taken out” when he was shot in the shoulder by an intruder in his bedroom in 2016.

Jack Cardinal and his son Justin Gamble were shot in their home on Jean Baptiste Gambler First Nations Reserve near Calling Lake on Aug. 22, 2016.

Calling Lake is about 215 km north of Edmonton.

The trial of Lindsie John Bigstone, who is accused of aggravated assault and discharging a weapon causing injury to Cardinal, got underway Monday. Bigstone, 31, also faces charges for weapons possession and disguising himself.

Cardinal told court that in the days before the shooting he was worried there would be “trouble” with people who had conflict with Gamble.

“I was concerned because people were driving by pointing guns at us,” Cardinal said.

He was so concerned that he sent two of his other sons to live elsewhere, and stayed up late the night before the home invasion watching for people out the window.

He eventually fell asleep, until he woke to what he thought was thunder, but now thinks was the mobile home’s door being kicked open.

He said he saw his bedroom door open and the barrel of a gun come through.

“I jumped up and tried to grab the gun and protect myself from getting shot or killed,” Cardinal said.

As he grappled with the weapon, he said he saw his attacker and recognized him as Bigstone, whose family he was familiar with and with whom he’d worked with years earlier.

After he was shot, the buttstock of the gun hit him in the face, he said. His attacker dropped and picked up the gun, and then fled. Cardinal got out of his room, and saw his son sprawled on the floor.

“I was trying to wake him up, but I …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

B.C. gangster charged with aggravated assault after lakeside beating

A longtime member of the Independent Soldiers gang has been charged with aggravated assault after a man was beaten with a golf club at a lake in the Okanagan Saturday.

Jody Archie York, 43, appeared in Vernon provincial court on Monday and was released on $2,000 bail.

York was charged after the attack at Monte Lake, between Vernon and Kamloops, just before 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

Sources said the victim was with friends on one side of the lake when they heard a woman screaming from a group on the other side. He yelled to the group to shut up.

A few minutes later, it is alleged, York arrived at the victim’s campsite and began hitting him with the golf club.

The man was knocked unconscious and was twitching before his friend jumped in with a machete and cut York. The victim of the golf club attack and York both ended up in hospital.

A Vernon RCMP media officer, Cpl. Tania Finn, said officers were called to “a serious assault” in the 3900-block of Highway 97 in Monte Lake on Saturday.

“The incident allegedly began as a verbal altercation; however, escalated to an assault involving a golf club and a machete. The victim, who was in the area camping with friends, was not known to the suspect,” she said. “The victim sustained a serious injury and remains in hospital.”

Two years ago York and others wore Independent Soldiers shirts at a golf tournament at a time when police said the gang was expanding across B.C.

York has a long history with on both sides of the B.C.-Washington state border.

In 2011, he was sentenced in the U.S. to five years in prison as a leader of a major international drug smuggling ring who prosecutors said worked on behalf of B.C. Hells Angels.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

Trump signs Hatch, Stewart suicide prevention hotline bill

SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump signed a bill Tuesday that two Utah Republicans pushed to create a three-digit telephone number similar to 911 for the national suicide prevention hotline.

Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Chris Stewart were among lawmakers who introduced the legislation in May 2017.

The bill aims to reform the suicide prevention lifeline system and Veterans Crisis Line by requiring the Federal Communications Commission — working with the Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs — to study the system and make recommendations to Congress on how to improve it.

Hatch said he’s grateful the legislation was signed into law.

“With this topic, my heart is both heavy and hopeful — heavy because suicide has already taken so many lives, hopeful because this legislation can turn the tide in the campaign against this epidemic,” he said.

Stewart called it a great day for Utah and the nation.

“By creating a hotline dialing code that is short and easy to remember, we are taking an important step towards potentially averting tragedy,” he said. “This new law truly has the ability to save lives.”

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Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Victoria officer hurt in vehicle crash involving alleged impaired driver: police

VICTORIA — A Victoria police officer is nursing injuries after a collision early Tuesday between a police van and another vehicle.

Police say the investigation indicates the driver of the car didn’t obey a stop sign, went into the intersection and hit the police van.

Police say in a news release the investigating officers noticed signs of alcohol consumption by the driver and a breath sample indicated the person was well over the legal limit.

The officer was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the driver and passenger of the other vehicle were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Victoria Chief Del Manak says officers on the same evening patrol shift responded to a deadly crash between a motorcycle and car earlier in the evening.

He says the events underscore the types of harm, both physical and psychological, that the city’s officers are exposed to daily.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun