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Castlegar News Thursday, December 29, 2011

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March Kootenay Conference Champions! CHRIS WAHL Castlegar News Reporter

It took 15 years, but the Castlegar Rebels are back in the KIJHL finals. Ryan Aynsley scored a pair of goals late in the second period to break a 2-2 draw, as the Rebels eliminated the Fernie Ghostriders 5-2 in front of 790 fans at the Castlegar Complex Tuesday. Aynsley fired two power-play markers past former Rebels goaltender Andrew Walton for his teamleading 13th and 14th goals of the playoffs, as Castlegar struck four times while a man up en route to a six-game victory over the vaunted Ghostriders. Tyler Robinson finished off a pretty passing play to give Castlegar a lead just over five minutes into the game, but Fernie’s Johnny Park leveled the score minutes later.

After taking a highstick in the face from Cale Wright, the Rebels’ Spencer Brodt put Castlegar up 2-1 early in the second period on a power-play, but again the Ghostriders equalized on a shorthanded marker from defensive specialist Mike Anderson. Cue Aynsley’s heroics. With time winding down on a twoman advantage, the 20 year-old from Kelowna fired a slapshot past Walton, only to do the same on a subsequent power-play minutes later. “[5-on-3 powerplays] are my favourite thing to do in hockey,� Aynsley said, “I got two nice passes, took two one-timers and thanks to traffic in front, they went in.� Fellow Okanagan product Erik Wentzel rounded out the scoring 12 seconds into the third period. “It was huge to win tonight,� Aynsley said. Fernie proved the

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A local battle over the bounds of legal marijuana production has grabbed national attention after police raided a grow op near Castlegar and arrested a 62-yearold woman, despite the fact that she had a valid licence to grow a certain number of the plants. According to police, the number of marijuana plants found at Velma Mullaney’s residence in Pass Creek exceeded what was allowed under the licences issued by Health Canada to her and her boyfriend. Together, the pair are legally allowed to grow 98 plants, but RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew said police had evidence there

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were more plants than that in production, based at least partly on high levels of power consumption at the residence. After obtaining a warrant, police searched the large rural property on Feb. 24. Mathew said three separate officers each counted more than 98 plants, but she wouldn’t say exactly how many plants were counted. Mullaney’s lawyer, Don Skogstad, said his client claims police later told her they had counted 99 plants. As a result, Skogstad told the Castlegar News he doesn’t expect the Crown to pursue charges. “A one-per-cent error?� he said. “Nobody’s going to charge her for that.�

Mullaney went to great lengths to stay within the limits of the law, Skogstad added, and was confident that she and her boyfriend had only 98 plants in production. “She was absolutely positive,� he said. “When you do this type of thing, you try to be careful.� No formal charges have yet been filed against Mullaney in relation to the February raid, in which her 18-year-old grandson and a person under the age of 18 were also arrested. Mathew said the grandson “was found in the grow, tending to the grow� when police searched the property. Mullaney’s boyfriend wasn’t present at the time of the raid but was arrested later, Mathew added.

She said the Castlegar RCMP expect to pass their files on to Crown prosecutors either Friday or early next week, and any decision regarding charges will proceed from there. Mullaney is already facing drug charges from an arrest two years ago. In January 2009 she and her husband (from whom she is now separated) were arrested after police raided their property and seized 1,200 marijuana plants as well as harvested marijuana and cash. Mullaney is facing chrages of cultivation of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking in relation to that raid. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 6 in Castlegar court.

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