A windstorm on Thursday knocked out the power of thousands in Abbotsford and tore down trees and branches in the city. Submitted photo

Abbotsford Week in Review: Dec. 16-22

A powerful windstorm knocks out the power, a ‘fight club’ at a high school and a vehicular rampage

Here are some of our top stories from the last week in Abbotsford:

Powerful windstorm knocks the power out

Abbotsford wasn’t the hardest hit by the Great Windstorm of 2018, but we certainly got a battering from gusts that reached as high as 112 km/h – fast enough to earn a ticket on some B.C. highways.

As of Saturday morning, dozens of minor outages are still sprinkled throughout Abbotsford, each only affecting a handful of customers.

But at its height, Abbotsford daw dozens of outages affecting tens of thousands of customers in the city, as heavy gusts knocked trees over and tore down branches, affecting power lines and halting traffic.

Read more of our coverage of the storm here.

20 students suspended students over ‘fight club’

After the Abbotsford School District denied the existence of a fight club at Robert Bateman Secondary School, The News uncovered emails from the school’s administration explicitly naming a “fight club” as the reason for the suspension of 20 students in October.

However, the school district remained mum on details of the situation and maintained that there was no fight club at Robert Bateman Secondary.

Asked if not a fight club, then what caused the suspension of 20 students, spokesperson Kayla Stuckart only said: “A disciplinary matter dealt with by the school principal.”

Read more on that story here.

Abbotsford man arrested after vehicular rampage

At least six pedestrians were hit in Abbotsford and Langley and a dog was killed in a series of hit-and-runs through the two municipalities Wednesday night.

The spree began at 8 p.m. in North Langley and involved a truck stolen from Abbotsford earlier that evening.

The truck was found burning on Highway 1 in Abbotsford at around 10:40 p.m.

Read more on that story here.

Finding A Way Home continues

The Abbotsford News continued its series Finding A Way Home this week, with instalments in Wednesday’s and Friday’s papers.

On Wednesday, for part three of the series, we met Colleen Aitken, the Mom of Abbotsford’s streets. Aitken tells how she gained that title and the way in which those on the streets look to her for help and advice.

And on Friday, in part four of the series, we met Zanzara Huebsch, who lost her son, Kevan Bardell, to an overdose on Gladys Avenue during a period of homelessness.

Read part three in the series here.

Find part four in the series here.

Publication ban lifted on Letisha Reimer’s name

The BC Board of Review lifted its publication ban on Letisha Reimer’s name, allowing media to name the 13-year-old girl killed in a 2016 stabbing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School.

The BCBR banned the publication of Reimer’s name after her assailant was deemed unfit to stand trial, which a representative of the girl’s family said had the effect of “muzzling” her parents.

The News applied last month to lift the ban on Reimer’s name and this week the family’s representative notified news outlets that the application was successful.

Read more on that story here.

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