Saanich News Staff

Saanich police are asking for the public's assistance in finding missing 72-year-old Allen Laatsch, last seen in the Panama Flats area on Monday (Nov. 28) night. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Saanich police locate Allen Laatsch

Laatsch was subject of Nov. 29 missing person investigation

Saanich police are asking for the public's assistance in finding missing 72-year-old Allen Laatsch, last seen in the Panama Flats area on Monday (Nov. 28) night. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating after a Saanich shoplifting suspect was injured in a Nov. 26 incident. The IIO investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police watchdog investigating after Saanich shoplifting suspect falls several storeys at Uptown

Saanich police say a suspect ran to an upper parking lot before falling

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating after a Saanich shoplifting suspect was injured in a Nov. 26 incident. The IIO investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing. (Black Press Media file photo)
Camosun College’s anthropology department is hosting an event on Nov. 29 designed to help the residents of Greater Victoria think more about death. (Black Press Media file photo)

Camosun College invites Greater Victoria to learn more about death

The school’s anthropology department hosting an event Nov. 29

Camosun College’s anthropology department is hosting an event on Nov. 29 designed to help the residents of Greater Victoria think more about death. (Black Press Media file photo)
A DriveBC highway camera shows first responders on scene at the intersection of Trans-Canada Highway and Tillicum Road after a cyclist was hit early Tuesday (Nov. 22) morning. (DriveBC)

Driver ticketed for hitting cyclist in Saanich

Hazardous road conditions likely a factor in the collision, police say

A DriveBC highway camera shows first responders on scene at the intersection of Trans-Canada Highway and Tillicum Road after a cyclist was hit early Tuesday (Nov. 22) morning. (DriveBC)
Police say a fire that took place at a Saanich church overnight or early Monday (Nov. 21) morning is being treated as ‘suspicious.’ (Black Press Media file photo)

Police investigate ‘suspicious’ blaze at Saanich church

Fire likely happened overnight or early Monday morning, police say

Police say a fire that took place at a Saanich church overnight or early Monday (Nov. 21) morning is being treated as ‘suspicious.’ (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich council candidate Vernon Lord faces a $150 fine from Elections BC for sponsoring election advertising without a proper authorization statement during the campaign period for the 2022 municipal elections. (Courtesy Vernon Lord)

Elections BC slaps third Greater Victoria municipal election candidate with fine

Saanich council candidate Vernon Lord issued penalty for election sign omission

Saanich council candidate Vernon Lord faces a $150 fine from Elections BC for sponsoring election advertising without a proper authorization statement during the campaign period for the 2022 municipal elections. (Courtesy Vernon Lord)
The Saanich Police Department has launched a new unit dedicated to investigating current and historical sexual offences. (Black Press Media file photo)

New Saanich police section focuses on investigating sexual offence allegations

Unit will investigate current and historical sexual offences

The Saanich Police Department has launched a new unit dedicated to investigating current and historical sexual offences. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Police have identified the man found dead at Swan Lake in October. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police identify body found at Swan Lake

Police say the death is not considered suspicious

Saanich Police have identified the man found dead at Swan Lake in October. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Saanich, Saanich Police Board and workers represented by CUPE Local 2011 have ratified a new three-year collective labour agreement. (Black Press Media file photo)

District of Saanich, unionized workers ratify new three-year labour contract

Contract includes improved benefits, wage increases

The District of Saanich, Saanich Police Board and workers represented by CUPE Local 2011 have ratified a new three-year collective labour agreement. (Black Press Media file photo)
A truck stopped on McKenzie Avenue near Burnside Road after it appears the load shifted. (Black Press Media photo)

Truck stops short, hampers traffic on busy Saanich corridor

Commercial vehicle stopped southbound on McKenzie Avenue near Burnside

A truck stopped on McKenzie Avenue near Burnside Road after it appears the load shifted. (Black Press Media photo)
The tent and sleeping bag police believe belonged to a man found dead near Swan Lake on Oct. 12. The photos were released on Monday (Nov. 7) as police try to identify the man. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Saanich police looking to identify man found dead near Swan Lake last month

Man’s description, photos of his apparent tent released by police

The tent and sleeping bag police believe belonged to a man found dead near Swan Lake on Oct. 12. The photos were released on Monday (Nov. 7) as police try to identify the man. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
Members of the University of Victoria women’s field hockey team celebrating their national championship win on Saturday. (Courtesy AP Shutter)

Dynastic duo earns fitting field hockey swansong

Lynne Beecroft started and ended her career as a coach with Mollenhauers on the team

Members of the University of Victoria women’s field hockey team celebrating their national championship win on Saturday. (Courtesy AP Shutter)
Members of the University of Victoria women’s field hockey team celebrating their national championship win on Saturday. (Courtesy AP Shutter)

Sweet 15: B.C. coach ends generational run with another national field hockey title

UVic’s Lynne Beecroft retires on top while coaching daughter of player from her 1st championship

Members of the University of Victoria women’s field hockey team celebrating their national championship win on Saturday. (Courtesy AP Shutter)
The District of Saanich is inviting residents to provide their input on a new park along Kings Road through two public engagement events. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich seeks public input as new park envisioned on former BC Hydro lands

Two pubic engagement events to guide land use

The District of Saanich is inviting residents to provide their input on a new park along Kings Road through two public engagement events. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police are seeking help locating Zeneah Edwards-Helgasson, 17, who has not been seen since 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 near Carey and Marigold roads in Saanich.

MISSING: Saanich police searching for high-risk teen

Zeneah Edwards-Helgasson has not been seen since 7 p.m. on Oct. 29

Saanich police are seeking help locating Zeneah Edwards-Helgasson, 17, who has not been seen since 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 near Carey and Marigold roads in Saanich.
Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society president Darrell Wick plants trees alongside volunteers during a 2020 tree appreciation event in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich promotes natural intelligence with tree planting event

Residents gather Saturday to celebrate the urban forest

Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society president Darrell Wick plants trees alongside volunteers during a 2020 tree appreciation event in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
The annual mushroom show is Sunday, Nov. 6 at the St. Luke Anglican Church, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd. (Courtesy South Vancouver Island Mycological Society)

Mushroom enthusiasts hope drought, rain bring out unusual Vancouver Island fungi

Specimens on display at the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society mushroom show Nov. 6

The annual mushroom show is Sunday, Nov. 6 at the St. Luke Anglican Church, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd. (Courtesy South Vancouver Island Mycological Society)
An incident of sexualized violence against a student on Oct. 30 has been reported at the University of Victoria. (Photo courtesy of UVic)

Sexual assault against a student reported at the University of Victoria

University says Saanich police investigating the Oct. 30 incident

An incident of sexualized violence against a student on Oct. 30 has been reported at the University of Victoria. (Photo courtesy of UVic)
William ‘Billy’ Bradshaw has been identified as the second victim in the Saanich homicide investigation. (Billy Madrox/Facebook)

William ‘Billy’ Bradshaw identified as one of two Saanich homicide victims

Police searching for witnesses, dashcam footage in Saanich murder investigation

William ‘Billy’ Bradshaw has been identified as the second victim in the Saanich homicide investigation. (Billy Madrox/Facebook)
Stephanie Elk, who went by the name Jade, was one of two people killed in a Saanich incident on Oct. 19. There is a candlelight vigil Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in Rutledge Park. (Judy Elk/Facebook)

Family hosts candlelight vigil to honour woman killed in Saanich

William Bradshaw identified by family as second victim

Stephanie Elk, who went by the name Jade, was one of two people killed in a Saanich incident on Oct. 19. There is a candlelight vigil Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in Rutledge Park. (Judy Elk/Facebook)