Friday, August 21, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead Monday, August 10, 2009

As we hunker down in our quest to catch up on all the news, we welcomed with interest the debut of the Daily News online homepage, with its arrival we now will refurbish our efforts on Below the Masthead to reflect the new access to our Daily paper.

While we still will provide a recap of the main items of the day, instead of our tiresome transcription service, we instead will link up with the online webpage from the Daily, though for the short term we still will reproduce the Headline story at the bottom of our daily review.

In addition to the opportunity to expand the links to the Daily News offerings, we will also include links to the Northern View's webpage, which frequently updates stories on a daily basis, likewise if we find something of interest from the CFTK or CBC pages, we'll archive it here as well.

It may take a few cracks at working the bugs out, but hopefully we'll provide a reliable review of the media offerings in Podunk on the day to day basis.

So without further ado, we continue on our path to archival completion, with a review of the events as listed on Monday, August 10th.

Violent crime in the downtown core, a tribute to a popular local son and more debate on the Highway of Tears sign for the highway, some of the highlights of the day.

DAILY NEWS Headline Story, Monday, August 10, 2009
ONE MAN DEAD ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER DISPUTE-- Monday's Daily News provided some of the details of a violent incident in Prince Rupert's downtown area on Saturday night, one which left one man dead, another seriously injured and yet another in police custody. (see story here) full article reproduced below.

Elsewhere in the paper, the passing of a popular figure in the Arts community and member of an established Prince Rupert family, as Monica Lamb-Yorski provides a tribute and review of the life and times of Rod McNish. (see article here)

The City continues to push ahead with its plans for a Highway sign to warn of the dangers of hitchking on the Highway 16 corridor between Prince Rupert and Prince George, the billboard plans which at times have been controversial move a little further ahead after council examines the progress of the plans so far (see article here)

A turf war of sorts seems on the horizon as both Shell Canada and NaiKun wind energy seem to be developing plans for the same patch of offshore North coast waters. (see article here)

The Sports page reviewed the action of the His n Hers golf tournament held over the weekend.

SON CHARGED WITH FATHER'S MURDER IN PRINCE RUPERT STABBING INCIDENT--The city's weekly paper had an update posted by Sunday, providing further details on the weekends top crime story (see article here)

Front page headline story from the Daily News:

One man dead another seriously injured after dispute
By George T. Baker
The Daily News
Monday, August 10, 2009
Page one

A Prince Rupert suspect has been apprehended by police after a man was killed in a stabbing incident Saturday.

Edward Paul Dundas, a 20-year old man who is known to police and has previous convictions but no known history of violence, is being held by police in connection with a stabbing incident last Saturday afternoon. He is believed to have disappeared shortly after two local fifty-year old men were stabbed.

One of the fifty-year old men was found dead by police at 9 p.m. Saturday evening. He was found with multiple stab wounds.

The other fifty-year old man is in stable condition at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital after suffering knife wounds to the back, face and neck that required surgery.

It is not clear as to what began the altercation, said RCMP Cpl. Mike Traas.

"It appears to be a domestic situation, we can say that much at this point," said Traas of possible motivations.

According to Traas, all three men have been previously convicted, although there appears to be no history of violence amongst them. He would not reveal the names of the victims on Sunday evening because the next of kin had not been notified.

After five years without a single murder, Prince Rupert has now witnessed two in the last two months.

Both have involved knives and seemed to have occurred during domestic disputes.

In June, Annalee Auckland, 42, was charged with manslaughter in connection with the stabbing death of 42-year-old Melvin Christison. Christison was stabbed on June 16 in his apartment, located in the upstairs of a building in downtown Prince Rupert in the 600 block of Third Avenue West.

Saturday night's stabbings took place at the bottom southwest corner of the West End Grocery building on Second Avenue.

Traas said early indications point to the incident occurring anywhere between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Police arrived three hours later, after being notified of a disturbance, to find one man deceased and the other hanging onto life.

He was immediately rushed to hospital.

A Terrace-based coroner and an investigation team dressed in white coveralls were at the scene Sunday afternoon.

An employee at West End Grocery said that residents of the building tend to be very quiet unless there is a party going on. She said that violence wasn't a large factor, and that this was a surprise.

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