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INSIDE: Mayor slams Fraser Health over harm reduction issue Pg. 3 T H U R S D A Y May 31, 2012 things 17 All grad in today’s issue  N E W S , SPORTS, WEATHER & E N T E R T A I N M E N T  Bear bumbles around Abby’s downtown HONEY BEE DAY ROCHELLE BAKER A downtown Abbotsford neighbourhood was all abuzz after a black bear repeatedly visited the Abbotsford Virtual School grounds on Pine Street Wednesday. Neighbours Dianna Holden and Dottie Rosel whose yards are next to the inner-city school grounds first noticed the bear this morning while loading their kids into their cars at 8:30 a.m. “We couldn’t believe our eyes,” said Holden. “I thought maybe at first it was just a large dog but then you could tell by the way it was waddling.” First reported @ – JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES Homeschoolers Jessica, left, Aaron, Stephen, Elizabeth, baby Nathan, (Benjamin, not pictured) and mom Candace try honey right from the frame, held by beekeeper Mike Campbell, who opened his Gold Farm & Meadery in Abbotsford to mark the Day of the Honey Bee Tuesday. The two moms were able to snap pictures of the bear in the distance on their cell phones. The bear, which appears to be a juvenile, was nosing around some garbage cans near the school, but didn’t knock them over. Abbotsford Police responded and also sighted the bear, which appeared to eventually wander off. Or so everyone thought. Holden returned home from the store around noon to see that the bear, or another like it, was back. And she wasn’t the only one. see BEAR, page A7 Back-to-back fatal crashes in Abby/Mission ROCHELLE BAKER A 51-year-old Coquitlam man is dead after a crash on Highway 11 in Abbotsford Tuesday afternoon. The fatal collision followed hard on the heels of another vehicular death in Mission on Monday. A Dodge Caravan travelling north on Highway 11 and a southbound red Ford pickup truck collided at the intersection of Bateman Road and Hwy. 11 around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, said Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald. Investigators believe the truck was attempting a left-hand turn when the crash occurred, said MacDonald. The male driver of the caravan was killed and the 26-year- old Abbotsford woman driving the truck was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The northbound lanes of Highway 11 were closed into the night as police investigated. Rerouted traffic was also backed up through the afternoon and rush hour. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash, said MacDonald. However, investigators will be looking into speed and the traffic light cycle at the intersection at the time of the crash, he said. It is too early to say whether charges are being contemplated. On Monday, Mission RCMP were called out to a fatal single motor vehicle crash on Dewdney Trunk Road just south of Welsh Avenue. Several Mission residents called police around noon to report seeing a vehicle had left the roadway. Officers arrived and found 57-year-old David Kernovich dead on scene. It is believed that Kernovich was headed north on Dewdney Trunk Road in his red Ford SUV at the time of the crash, sometime between 11 a.m. and noon. The cause of the crash hasn’t yet been determined and the coroner’s office is also investigating. If anyone has information related to this investigation they are requested to contact the Mission RCMP detachment at 604-826-7161. For more, see The Salvation Army of Abbotsford and Mission Independent Financial Services 201-2190 West Railway Sreet, Abbotsford, BC V2S 2E2 Todd Chretien Financial Advisor 604-851-4299 Conservative Investment Advice Member CIPF Camp Sunrise! Each year, The Salvation Army in Abbotsford provides the opportunity for community kids to attend a fun filled, week long camp at Camp Sunrise on the Sunshine Coast. You can partner with us by sponsoring this life changing adventure for a youngster in our community by calling The Centre of Hope at 604.852.9305 Giving Hope Today Visit us on Facebook at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope - Abbotsford 34081 Gladys Ave. Abbotsford • 7221 Park St. & Lougheed Mission • 604.852.9305

Abbotsford Times May 31 2012

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