Ian Holmes

A 72-year-old man was convicted of secretly taking pictures of his nude step-daughter. The retired Nanaimo RCMP officer was given a six months house arrest and 18 months probation.
A 72-year-old man was convicted of secretly taking pictures of his nude step-daughter. The retired Nanaimo RCMP officer was given a six months house arrest and 18 months probation. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Retired Nanaimo Mountie secretly photographed stepdaughter in shower

By Ian Holmes
March 18, 2019 - 3:35pm Updated: March 18, 2019 - 4:08pm

NANAIMO — A retired Nanaimo RCMP officer found himself on the wrong side of the law after secretly taking pictures of his stepdaughter while she was naked in the washroom of their family home.

Lawyer Donald McKay estimated 10-to-15 legal aid lawyers in Nanaimo assist hundreds of clients locally every year.
Lawyer Donald McKay estimated 10-to-15 legal aid lawyers in Nanaimo assist hundreds of clients locally every year. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Legal aid in limbo as lawyers vote in favour of strike action

By Ian Holmes
March 14, 2019 - 1:08pm Updated: March 14, 2019 - 1:53pm

NANAIMO — Lawyers who represent the most vulnerable people around the province want a new verdict from the B.C. Government when it comes to legal aid.

A man who cannot be identified was jailed after he pleaded guilty to several sex crimes, including an assault on a young child. A psychologist reported the man's risk to re-offend is moderate to high.
A man who cannot be identified was jailed after he pleaded guilty to several sex crimes, including an assault on a young child. A psychologist reported the man's risk to re-offend is moderate to high. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo pedophile to serve 6-year prison sentence for 'vile' sex crimes

By Ian Holmes
March 11, 2019 - 1:54pm Updated: March 11, 2019 - 9:47pm

NANAIMO — A man who pleaded guilty to a series of disturbing sex crimes, including offences against a young child, was sent to prison for six years by a B.C. Supreme Court judge in Nanaimo.

Matthew Dean Tremblay was acquitted in a stabbing which badly injured another man on Fifth St. on March 31, 2018. A BC Supreme Court judge ruled Tremblay acted in self-defence.
Matthew Dean Tremblay was acquitted in a stabbing which badly injured another man on Fifth St. on March 31, 2018. A BC Supreme Court judge ruled Tremblay acted in self-defence. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Not guilty verdict in Nanaimo self-defence stabbing trial

By Ian Holmes
March 9, 2019 - 8:25am Updated: March 9, 2019 - 10:03am

NANAIMO — A BC Supreme Court judge ruled a man reasonably defended himself in the near-fatal stabbing of another man in Nanaimo's Harewood neighbourhood.

A grisly scene remained after the March 2018 stabbing in Harewood.
A grisly scene remained after the March 2018 stabbing in Harewood. Kyle Ireland/NanaimoNewsNOW

'I didn't see any other option:' accused testifies in near-fatal Nanaimo stabbing trial

By Ian Holmes
March 6, 2019 - 9:55pm Updated: March 7, 2019 - 7:24am

NANAIMO — It will be up to a B.C. Supreme Court judge to decide if self-defence is a reasonable excuse for a stabbing which nearly killed a Nanaimo man.

Removing the Samantha J from 220 feet of water in Northumberland Channel was a long time coming. The Jones Marine Group vessel sank on Oct. 6 2014.
Removing the Samantha J from 220 feet of water in Northumberland Channel was a long time coming. The Jones Marine Group vessel sank on Oct. 6 2014. Rodney Grounds/Port of Nanaimo

Tug boat near Nanaimo hoisted more than 4 years after it sank

By Ian Holmes
March 5, 2019 - 4:44pm Updated: March 5, 2019 - 5:38pm

NANAIMO — A sunken tug boat off Gabriola Island was finally removed more than four years after it went down, while another downed tug nearby remains on the ocean floor.

The case of William Goosman, charged with dangerous driving causing death, is scheduled to have his matter resolved in Supreme Court.
The case of William Goosman, charged with dangerous driving causing death, is scheduled to have his matter resolved in Supreme Court. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Supporters prepare for gut-wrenching trial in death of beloved Gabriola Island man

By Ian Holmes
March 5, 2019 - 12:39pm Updated: March 5, 2019 - 5:26pm

NANAIMO — A high-profile dangerous driving causing death case which rocked the Gabriola Island community is slated to go to trial.

Emily Hoppe, third from the left, plans to go to Fiji this summer after her 3,097 votes saw here win an international volunteer scholarship contest.
Emily Hoppe, third from the left, plans to go to Fiji this summer after her 3,097 votes saw here win an international volunteer scholarship contest. Submitted/Emily Hoppe

Community support carries Nanaimo volunteer to victory in scholarship contest

By Ian Holmes
March 4, 2019 - 4:47pm Updated: March 4, 2019 - 5:30pm

NANAIMO — A drama-filled contest went down to the wire, ending with Nanaimo's Emily Hoppe winning an international scholarship.

The 19-year-old Dover Bay Secondary graduate came from behind to gain the most online votes to go abroad for a two-week volunteering trip.

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