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Inmate death at Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

Douglas Cody Terrico, serving time for murder passed away on Christmas Day

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TOP LEFT: A COVID-19 testing centre opened at MSA Arena in March. TOP RIGHT: A Black Lives Matter solidarity protest took place in historic downtown Abbotsford on June 5. BOTTOM LEFT: Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr spoke to reporters in New Westminster following the sentencing hearing in February for Oscar Arfmann, who killed Const. John Davidson on Nov. 6, 2017. BOTTOM RIGHT: The Abbotsford Panthers seniors’ girls basketball team celebrated their 3A provincial title on Feb. 29.
TOP LEFT: A COVID-19 testing centre opened at MSA Arena in March. TOP RIGHT: A Black Lives Matter solidarity protest took place in historic downtown Abbotsford on June 5. BOTTOM LEFT: Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr spoke to reporters in New Westminster following the sentencing hearing in February for Oscar Arfmann, who killed Const. John Davidson on Nov. 6, 2017. BOTTOM RIGHT: The Abbotsford Panthers seniors’ girls basketball team celebrated their 3A provincial title on Feb. 29.
Gillian McIntosh of Abbotsford was released from hospital on Christmas Eve – after being critically ill with COVID-19 complications for several weeks – to join her husband Dave and their two children.

Abbotsford mom who gave birth while in coma after getting COVID-19 is back home

Gillian McIntosh was able to celebrate Christmas with her family

Gillian McIntosh of Abbotsford was released from hospital on Christmas Eve – after being critically ill with COVID-19 complications for several weeks – to join her husband Dave and their two children.
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The Abbotsford Agrifair sign on Peardonville Road, near Highway 1, has been vandalized for the fourth time this year. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Agrifair sign vandalized for fourth time this year

Damage has cost more than $1,000 in 2020, says board president

The Abbotsford Agrifair sign on Peardonville Road, near Highway 1, has been vandalized for the fourth time this year. (Submitted photo)
A GoFundMe set up for Gabe Choi, a corrections officer killed in a highway crash, saw hundreds of donations in the first 24 hours. (GoFundMe)

‘Outpouring of support’ to remember crash victim Gabe Choi

GoFundMe at more than $28K for corrections officer who succumbed to injuries after wrong-way crash

A GoFundMe set up for Gabe Choi, a corrections officer killed in a highway crash, saw hundreds of donations in the first 24 hours. (GoFundMe)
Chilliwack RCMP called in for assistance from the Explosives Disposal Unit on Dec. 28, 2020 after an explosive device was found in a suspect’s vehicle near the Travelodge in Chilliwack. (File photo)

RCMP detonate ‘explosive device’ found in vehicle in Chilliwack Monday

Two people arrested on scene and Mounties say investigation is ongoing

Chilliwack RCMP called in for assistance from the Explosives Disposal Unit on Dec. 28, 2020 after an explosive device was found in a suspect’s vehicle near the Travelodge in Chilliwack. (File photo)
The Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre is the site of a COVID-19 outbreak in a medicine unit. (Abbotsford News file photo)

COVID-19 outbreak declared in Abbotsford Regional Hospital medicine unit

Four patients have tested positive, according to Fraser Health

The Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre is the site of a COVID-19 outbreak in a medicine unit. (Abbotsford News file photo)
The Sahaara Foundation, which formed in 2018, is hoping to provide menstrual products to those unable to afford them in the Abbotsford area. (Facebook photo)

Sahaara Foundation aims to erase ‘period poverty’ from Abbotsford

New organization providing feminine products to those who cannot afford them

The Sahaara Foundation, which formed in 2018, is hoping to provide menstrual products to those unable to afford them in the Abbotsford area. (Facebook photo)
BJ Meeker and Helena Tetteroo with Mount Cheam Lions Club present a cheque for $1,671 to Chantelle Bowles from Canuck Place in Abbotsford on Dec. 22, 2020. (Submitted)

Chilliwack Lions donate $1,671 to Canuck Place in Abbotsford through raffle

Raffle prizes were all handmade wooden items by Mount Cheam Lions Club member Al Cain

BJ Meeker and Helena Tetteroo with Mount Cheam Lions Club present a cheque for $1,671 to Chantelle Bowles from Canuck Place in Abbotsford on Dec. 22, 2020. (Submitted)
A man used this pellet gun to rob a gas station and a restaurant on Tuesday night (Dec. 29) in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford Police Department photo)

Man with fake gun charged after two robberies in six minutes in Abbotsford

Gas station and restaurant robbed Tuesday night on Immel Street

A man used this pellet gun to rob a gas station and a restaurant on Tuesday night (Dec. 29) in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford Police Department photo)
A driver and passenger are dead after a head-on collision after fleeing from police while driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes on Highway 1 in Chilliwack on Dec. 29, 2020. The driver of the vehicle that was struck later died at Royal Columbian Hospital. (Shane MacKichan photo)

UPDATE: Three now dead after RCMP try to stop vehicle heading wrong way on Highway 1 in Chilliwack

Correctional officer struck by two fleeing police has died in hospital; police watchdog investigating

A driver and passenger are dead after a head-on collision after fleeing from police while driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes on Highway 1 in Chilliwack on Dec. 29, 2020. The driver of the vehicle that was struck later died at Royal Columbian Hospital. (Shane MacKichan photo)
A small amount of snow is expected to fall mixed with some rain overnight Dec. 29 through to Dec. 30 in the Fraser Valley, but not enough to stick. The rain will continue through the weekend. (Black Press file photo)

Snow and rain expected tonight in Eastern Fraser Valley, but no accumulation

Several rainy days in the forecast for Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Hope

A small amount of snow is expected to fall mixed with some rain overnight Dec. 29 through to Dec. 30 in the Fraser Valley, but not enough to stick. The rain will continue through the weekend. (Black Press file photo)
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Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service discovered a deceased man inside a trailer following a fire on Monday, Dec. 28. (Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford man found dead inside fire-damaged trailer

Fire in 2400 block of Bradner Road not considered suspicious

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service discovered a deceased man inside a trailer following a fire on Monday, Dec. 28. (Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News)
Several proposed developments will trigger major changes for the Mt. Lehman Road corridor in Abbotsford. City of Abbotsford Map/Abbotsford News

Huge Mt. Lehman industrial development could spur major road changes

Proposal would create nearly one million square feet of new industrial floor space

Several proposed developments will trigger major changes for the Mt. Lehman Road corridor in Abbotsford. City of Abbotsford Map/Abbotsford News
Fraser Valley Traffic Services assisted by the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) were investigating Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 after a head-on collision on Highway 1 in Chilliwack in the early hours. One vehicle was reportedly driving westbound in the eastbound lanes. (Shane MacKichan photo)

UPDATE: Early morning crash at Lickman Road that closed Highway 1 reported to be fatal

DriveBC said collision at Exit 116 near Chilliwack closed highway eastbound

Fraser Valley Traffic Services assisted by the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) were investigating Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 after a head-on collision on Highway 1 in Chilliwack in the early hours. One vehicle was reportedly driving westbound in the eastbound lanes. (Shane MacKichan photo)
Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Mich., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)
Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Mich., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)
Andy Yoon of Abbotsford receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 24. (Photo courtesy of Fraser Health)
Andy Yoon of Abbotsford receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 24. (Photo courtesy of Fraser Health)
Several Fraser Valley churches, including this one in Chilliwack, have continued to hold in-person services despite public health orders. Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr says the province should use special constables, instead of police officers, to enforce health orders at such locations, when possible. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Several Fraser Valley churches, including this one in Chilliwack, have continued to hold in-person services despite public health orders. Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr says the province should use special constables, instead of police officers, to enforce health orders at such locations, when possible. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Patches are seen on the arm and shoulder of a corrections officer in the segregation unit at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women during a media tour, in Abbotsford, B.C., on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Correctional Service Canada says three inmates at Fraser Valley Institution recently tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Three inmates test positive for COVID-19 at federal prison in Abbotsford

It’s believed transmission of the illness occurred before they arrived

Patches are seen on the arm and shoulder of a corrections officer in the segregation unit at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women during a media tour, in Abbotsford, B.C., on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Correctional Service Canada says three inmates at Fraser Valley Institution recently tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck