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home taste Olives on Tap Page 29 Door to the past Page 13 Wednesday, July 3, 2013 44 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! sport Big win for Bryn Page 37 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper No gun, no robbery, no armed standoff Brent Richter A two-hour police standoff and supposed armed hold-up of a West Vancouver bank turned out to be nothing more than a big misunderstanding. West Vancouver police descended on Park Royal around 3:30 p.m. Sunday after a witness called 9-1-1 to report seeing a man carrying a bag with a gun it. Officers on the scene found the man in a bank in Park Royal south and evacuated the bank and surrounding stores. But after calling in North Vancouver RCMP’s dog section and Vancouver Police Department’s emergency response team, and two hours of negotiation, the “suspect” was taken into custody without incident. “We subsequently confirmed the person had no weapon, did not attempt to simulate a weapon and although he was having some conversation with the bank staff, . . . he wasn’t in a conversation that involved a robbery,” said Const. Jeff Palmer, West Vancouver police See Honest page 3 Happy birthday, Canada NEWS photo Lisa King JERRY Johnstone represents while wearing shade from Monday’s scorching sun at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver. Scan the photograph with the Layar app for video footage and go to for more photos of Monday’s celebrations. Exchange student dies in waterfall Brent Richter A Mexican exchange student staying with a North Vancouver host family is dead after a tumble from a set of waterfalls at the top of Indian Arm. The 16-year-old was swimming at the top of the Granite Falls around 5 p.m. Sunday when he was suddenly swept over, falling approximately 50 feet. Nearby witnesses, including off-duty nurses, tried to revive the boy but his injuries were too severe, according to 16-year-old Argyle student swept over Granite Falls in Indian Arm Coquitlam RCMP. Canadian Coast Guard members and paramedics attended the scene and confirmed the student’s injuries were fatal. The B.C. Coroners Service is now investigating the exact cause of death and working with Mexico’s consul general in Vancouver for the return of the boy’s body. Though they are not releasing his name, the North Vancouver school district confirmed the student had just finished Grade 10 at Argyle secondary and that he was enrolled to return for Grade 11 in September. “We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the tragedy at Granite Falls. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the young man’s family and our staff is in contact with them, as well as with local authorities and the consulate, to provide necessary support and assistance,” said Victoria Miles, North Vancouver school district spokeswoman, in a prepared statement. “This young man’s See Counselling page 3 It’s like winning an Oscar 12 years straight. Being voted best collision repair in Vancouver 12 years in a row is an honour – and proof that our quality, service and exclusive AIR MILES® reward miles have made an impression. We thank our customers for so many encores. And expect our 2013 performances to be even better. ®™ Trademark of AIR MILES International Trading B.V. Used under licence by LoyaltyOne, Inc. and Craftsman Collision Ltd. @craftsmanshops

North Shore News July 3 2013

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