Ian Holmes

Thirty-nine-year-old Kevin Ninian Stewart pleaded guilty to four charges and was sentenced, but freed due to credit earned from pre-sentence custody.
Thirty-nine-year-old Kevin Ninian Stewart pleaded guilty to four charges and was sentenced, but freed due to credit earned from pre-sentence custody. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Credit for time served sees Nanaimo thief set free

By Ian Holmes
November 15, 2018 - 1:14pm Updated: November 15, 2018 - 11:09pm

NANAIMO — A man who funded his drug habit by ripping off several local businesses is free after being credited for time already served behind bars.

A wired safety mesh now covers a portion of Sugarloaf Mountain after rocks fell onto private properties below.
A wired safety mesh now covers a portion of Sugarloaf Mountain after rocks fell onto private properties below. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Safety net installed after rocks fall from Sugarloaf Mountain

By Ian Holmes
November 15, 2018 - 12:31pm

NANAIMO — Wire mesh installed to prevent rocks from tumbling down Nanaimo's Sugarloaf Mountain Park onto properties below makes Deana Baumel feel more safe and secure in her home.

Rob and Jane Kolompar are the only caretakers in a City of Nanaimo Park. They live in the only structure at Neck Point park, a cabin just up the hill from the parking lot.
Rob and Jane Kolompar are the only caretakers in a City of Nanaimo Park. They live in the only structure at Neck Point park, a cabin just up the hill from the parking lot. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Last caretaker standing: Neck Point cabin anchors popular park

By Ian Holmes
November 12, 2018 - 5:58pm Updated: November 13, 2018 - 8:56am

NANAIMO — Park caretaker is a title nobody else in Nanaimo besides Rob Kolompar can claim.

Talal El Bakkar entering Provincial Court in Nanaimo Friday Nov, 9 prior to being sentenced for a sex offence against an underage girl.
Talal El Bakkar entering Provincial Court in Nanaimo Friday Nov, 9 prior to being sentenced for a sex offence against an underage girl. Kendall Hanson/CHEK News

Nanaimo restaurant owner sentenced for sex offence involving underage girl

By Ian Holmes
November 9, 2018 - 5:12pm Updated: November 9, 2018 - 9:04pm

NANAIMO — A downtown Nanaimo restaurant owner was given the lightest sentence possible for a sex offence at his home involving an underage girl.

The City of Nanaimo doesn't expect an earlier projection to reduce annual garbage rates can be met.
The City of Nanaimo doesn't expect an earlier projection to reduce annual garbage rates can be met. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Garbage rates not expected to drop as originally predicted: City

By Ian Holmes
November 4, 2018 - 8:34pm Updated: November 5, 2018 - 6:37am

NANAIMO — The projected decline in garbage and recycling rates in Nanaimo appears to be in doubt and it's unclear what long-term user rates will look like.

A 46-year-old man is in custody following an alleged robbery at the TD Canada Trust branch on Dufferin Cres. at Bowen Rd. early Thursday evening.
A 46-year-old man is in custody following an alleged robbery at the TD Canada Trust branch on Dufferin Cres. at Bowen Rd. early Thursday evening. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Man arrested for allegedly robbing 2 Nanaimo banks in 4 days

By Ian Holmes
November 2, 2018 - 3:21pm Updated: November 2, 2018 - 8:30pm

NANAIMO — RCMP have arrested a man they believe is responsible for two bank robberies this week in Nanaimo.

Police said a 46-year-old man was arrested following a robbery at the TD Canada Trust location on Dufferin Cres. on Thursday evening.

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