Ian Holmes

Colin Lamontagne pleaded guilty to five charges in relation to a pair of busts in the Nanaimo area in November, 2016. Lamontagne awaits sentencing for his role in a local drug ring.
Colin Lamontagne pleaded guilty to five charges in relation to a pair of busts in the Nanaimo area in November, 2016. Lamontagne awaits sentencing for his role in a local drug ring. submitted/RCMP

EXCLUSIVE: high-profile criminal pleads guilty to end assault, drug trial

By Ian Holmes
May 3, 2019 - 3:49pm

NANAIMO —A BC Supreme Court trial in Nanaimo involving guns, drugs and violence came to an abrupt end when the criminal at the heart of the matter pleaded guilty.

NRGH surgeon Dr. Daneil Jenkin explaining the dire need to expand the Endoscopy Dept. at Nanaimo Hospital.
NRGH surgeon Dr. Daneil Jenkin explaining the dire need to expand the Endoscopy Dept. at Nanaimo Hospital. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Campaign launched to improve colon cancer care at Nanaimo Hospital

By Ian Holmes
May 2, 2019 - 1:17pm Updated: May 3, 2019 - 9:52am

NANAIMO — A new cancer detecting suite at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is hoped to save lives by attacking a lengthy wait list.

The Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation launched a new $1.5 million campaign to expand capacity primarily geared toward colonoscopies.

Kaitlin Belix was given a conditional discharge for stealing $10,521.11 from Albertsons Home Centre in Parksville in 2017. She worked for the hardware store for over four years.
Kaitlin Belix was given a conditional discharge for stealing $10,521.11 from Albertsons Home Centre in Parksville in 2017. She worked for the hardware store for over four years. Facebook

Once trusted employee sentenced for stealing $10K from Parksville business

By Ian Holmes
May 1, 2019 - 3:02pm Updated: May 1, 2019 - 3:38pm

NANAIMO — A former figure skating coach with no prior run-ins with the law admitted to ripping off $10,500 from a Parksville hardware store in a longstanding scam.

Eagle talons made two punctures into Lisa Bell's jaw. One of the two eagles pictured in the bottom right was the bird that clawed her.
Eagle talons made two punctures into Lisa Bell's jaw. One of the two eagles pictured in the bottom right was the bird that clawed her. submitted/Lisa Bell

'It could have been severe:' eagle claws gouge face of Bowser photographer

By Ian Holmes
April 27, 2019 - 1:04pm Updated: April 27, 2019 - 8:36pm

BOWSER — A peaceful afternoon snapping pictures on the waterfront suddenly shifted when an eagle's talons dug into the face of a Bowser photographer.

Hybrid vehicle registrations between 2013 and 2017 Nanaimo increased from 540 to 910, according to ICBC.
Hybrid vehicle registrations between 2013 and 2017 Nanaimo increased from 540 to 910, according to ICBC. The Canadian Press

Hybrid and electric vehicles in demand as gas prices soar

By Ian Holmes
April 26, 2019 - 5:01pm

NANAIMO — Motorists fed up with soaring fuel prices are increasingly turning to hybrid and electric vehicles to ease pain at the pumps.

Nanaimo Toyota product advisor Paul DeBron said a vast majority of his recent sales have been plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Recycling bins at Regional Recycling has seen a substantial jump of materials since the NRE closed down.
Recycling bins at Regional Recycling has seen a substantial jump of materials since the NRE closed down. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo's recycling culture remains strong despite NRE closure, officials say

By Ian Holmes
April 26, 2019 - 2:54pm Updated: April 26, 2019 - 4:42pm

NANAIMO — The sky is not falling more than one year after the popular non-profit Nanaimo Recycling Exchange (NRE) shut its doors.

RCMP say impersonating police is no joke and is a criminal code offence.
RCMP say impersonating police is no joke and is a criminal code offence. Submitted/RCMP

Senior impersonates police in Qualicum, fake lights attached to his vehicle: RCMP

By Ian Holmes
April 26, 2019 - 9:31am Updated: April 27, 2019 - 6:03am

PARKSVILLE — Oceanside Mounties are investigating the bizarre case of a senior pretending to be a police officer.

Police were called to downtown Qualicum Beach shortly after midnight on April 17 after a security guard was approached by a man between the ages of 75 and 80.

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