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Alex Blanarou of Surrey was killed in Abbotsford on Dec. 28, 2017 at the age of 24. The first of three men to plead guilty in the case has now been sentenced.

Get-away driver sentenced in 2017 killing of Surrey man in Abbotsford

Michael Schweiger gets another 8 months in jail in case involving death of Alex Blanarou

Alex Blanarou of Surrey was killed in Abbotsford on Dec. 28, 2017 at the age of 24. The first of three men to plead guilty in the case has now been sentenced.
Screenshots from video posted on social media show David Allen Lucas, who has been sentenced for an incident on a transit bus in Abbotsford in April 2022.

Surrey man sentenced for assaulting passengers on Abbotsford bus in 2022

David Allen Lucas’s actions were captured on video and posted online

Screenshots from video posted on social media show David Allen Lucas, who has been sentenced for an incident on a transit bus in Abbotsford in April 2022.
Police are hoping to locate Shaunna-Rae Johnson of Abbotsford, who was last seen on Jan. 4. (Police handout)

Abbotsford Police ask for public’s help to find missing woman Shaunna-Rae Johnson

Police say it’s out of woman’s character and she was last seen on Jan. 4

Police are hoping to locate Shaunna-Rae Johnson of Abbotsford, who was last seen on Jan. 4. (Police handout)
Heavy snow developed overnight over the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, and more expected Tuesday (Jan. 24), warns Environment Canada. (Pexels/Pixabay photo)

Snowfall warning for the Coquihalla from Hope to Merritt

Heavy snow fell overnight in some areas totalling 20 to 30 cm, more to come

Heavy snow developed overnight over the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, and more expected Tuesday (Jan. 24), warns Environment Canada. (Pexels/Pixabay photo)
Khristina (last name withheld), seen here at Salish Park on Jan. 18, 2023, from Saskatchewan comes to Chilliwack twice a year to find her son who is living on the streets, and to hand out supplies to homeless people. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Khristina (last name withheld), seen here at Salish Park on Jan. 18, 2023, from Saskatchewan comes to Chilliwack twice a year to find her son who is living on the streets, and to hand out supplies to homeless people. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Two people are in custody after a man and woman were held against their will in a residence on Fifth Avenue. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Man and woman rescued from a Hope residence after being held against their will

Two people now in custody as Hope RCMP continue to investigate

Two people are in custody after a man and woman were held against their will in a residence on Fifth Avenue. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Sanjay Amrutkar of Chilliwack is charged with eight counts of sexual assault while working as a physiotherapist in 2019. (LinkedIn)

Trial begins for Chilliwack physiotherapist charged with sexual assault

The first of eight female complainants took the witness stand against Sanjay Amrutkar

Sanjay Amrutkar of Chilliwack is charged with eight counts of sexual assault while working as a physiotherapist in 2019. (LinkedIn)
The fifth edition of what is now known as the Abbotsford News was published 100 years ago on Jan. 20.

The Abbotsford News 100 years ago: Looking back at Jan. 20, 1923

Taking a look back at the storied history of Abbotsford’s community newspaper

The fifth edition of what is now known as the Abbotsford News was published 100 years ago on Jan. 20.
Performer Blake Elliott presented a cheque for $10,000 from the ‘mister Blake foundation’ to Refresh Mobile Shower Ministry’s Bill Keyes in Abbotsford on Jan. 19. The ministry provides showers in a mobile unit to the unhoused, in partnership with other service providers in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Mobile shower ministry gets big boost to continue work in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge

Abbotsford-based group has provided 2,600 showers to people in need since 2019

Performer Blake Elliott presented a cheque for $10,000 from the ‘mister Blake foundation’ to Refresh Mobile Shower Ministry’s Bill Keyes in Abbotsford on Jan. 19. The ministry provides showers in a mobile unit to the unhoused, in partnership with other service providers in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Police were on the scene Saturday night (Jan. 21) where four men were shot in a gravel strip near King Traditional Elementary in the area of King and Bradner roads. (Shane MacKichan photo)

Police say two weekend shootings in Abbotsford are not connected

Four men injured on Saturday night, another victim on Sunday evening

Police were on the scene Saturday night (Jan. 21) where four men were shot in a gravel strip near King Traditional Elementary in the area of King and Bradner roads. (Shane MacKichan photo)
Investigators on the Lickman Road tracks near Progress Way in Chilliwack after pedestrian struck by CN train Jan. 23, 2023 after 8 a.m. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: Man, 25, killed by train on CN tracks at Lickman Road in Chilliwack

‘Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the man’s family and friends,’ say RCMP

Investigators on the Lickman Road tracks near Progress Way in Chilliwack after pedestrian struck by CN train Jan. 23, 2023 after 8 a.m. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Homeless camp on fire beside the Vedder River. (Streams Foundation photo)

Homeless camp torched under the Vedder River bridge near Chilliwack

Volunteers told not to return to Sweltzer Creek camp given toxic fumes, charred trash

Homeless camp on fire beside the Vedder River. (Streams Foundation photo)
The Abbotsford Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place Sunday night (Jan. 22). (File photo by Dale Klippenstein)

Abbotsford records second targeted shooting in less than 24 hours

Man in his 20s injured in incident near Aldergrove border

The Abbotsford Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place Sunday night (Jan. 22). (File photo by Dale Klippenstein)
Police are investigating a targeted shooting in Abbotsford on Saturday night (Jan. 21). (File photo by Dale Klippenstein)

Four men injured in targeted shooting in Abbotsford, police say

Incident took place Saturday night in 28700 block of King Road

Police are investigating a targeted shooting in Abbotsford on Saturday night (Jan. 21). (File photo by Dale Klippenstein)
Former Mayor Henry Braun was on hand on June 18, 2022 for an event celebrating the official reopening of Centennial Pool in Mill Lake Park. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford completed 8 large projects through federal program in 2022

Centennial Pool upgrades among projects supported by Community Works Fund

Former Mayor Henry Braun was on hand on June 18, 2022 for an event celebrating the official reopening of Centennial Pool in Mill Lake Park. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
School bus drivers are in demand across the country, and that is being felt in Abbotsford where cancellations were common in the fall. (File photo)

Last-minute school bus cancellations have Abbotsford parents fuming

Abbotsford school district working to hire more bus drivers to shore up department

School bus drivers are in demand across the country, and that is being felt in Abbotsford where cancellations were common in the fall. (File photo)
Joe Sommer has completed 190 jigsaw puzzles, all of which are on display in the basement of his Chilliwack home. Seen here are about half of the puzzles. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack man, 89, has nearly 200 completed jigsaw puzzles on display in basement

All given to him as gifts, Joe Sommer has spent 57 years doing puzzles which have now filled basement

Joe Sommer has completed 190 jigsaw puzzles, all of which are on display in the basement of his Chilliwack home. Seen here are about half of the puzzles. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A head-on collision occurred May 24, 2021 in the area of North Parallel Road and Whatcom Road in Abbotsford. A Surrey woman has now been sentenced in relation to the crash. (Curtis Kreklau/South Fraser News Service)

Surrey woman sentenced for 197 km/h impaired-driving crash in Abbotsford

Anureet Dosanjh gets house arrest and 3-year driving ban for 2021 head-on collision

A head-on collision occurred May 24, 2021 in the area of North Parallel Road and Whatcom Road in Abbotsford. A Surrey woman has now been sentenced in relation to the crash. (Curtis Kreklau/South Fraser News Service)
A Chilliwack man has received an 18-month conditional sentence order for his role in a dial-a-dope operation. (Black Press file)

Chilliwack man gets 18 month sentence for role in dial-a-dope operation

Gilbert David Fenton will have six months house arrest as part of a conditional sentence order

A Chilliwack man has received an 18-month conditional sentence order for his role in a dial-a-dope operation. (Black Press file)
Tyler Wiebe was a devoted dad to his daughters Riley (left) and Harmony. Wiebe was fatally stabbed in Abbotsford on Sept. 1, 2022. (Facebook photo)

Family looking for answers in fatal stabbing of Abbotsford man

Tyler Wiebe, 32, was killed at an apartment building on Sept. 1, 2022

Tyler Wiebe was a devoted dad to his daughters Riley (left) and Harmony. Wiebe was fatally stabbed in Abbotsford on Sept. 1, 2022. (Facebook photo)