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

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.

Report an error or send us your tips, photos and video.

Like the Abbotsford News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Driver crashes vehicle twice in one day near Princeton

Abbotsford woman, 29, wasn’t injured in either incident

An opossum (not the one in picture) at Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford is included in an episode of CBC TV’s The Nature of Things on Jan. 29. (Submitted photo)
Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford part of CBC TV program on wind

The Nature of Things episode includes opossum that uses scent to find a meal

Abbotsford Police is investigating after bullet casings were found following a shots fired call at the intersection of Purcell Avenue and Wells Gray Avenue on Tuesday night. (File photo)
Bullet casings found after shots-fired call in Abbotsford on Tuesday

Abbotsford Police Department seeking witnesses and CCTV footage following shooting

A Chilliwack driver’s vehicle was impounded for seven days after an excessive speeding violation. (RCMP photo)
RCMP catch Chilliwack driver doing 60 km/h over posted speed limit

The motorist was hit with a big ticket and a seven day vehicle impoundment

UFV assistant kinesiology professor Dr. Iris Lesser exercises along Chilliwack's Vedder Rotary Trail with her daughter Kaia. (UFV photo)
UFV study finds women with reduced physical activity had more mental health struggles during COVID pandemic

The study suggested women suffered more than men as gyms, parks and playgrounds shut down

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addresses the media during a news conference at the BC Centre of Disease Control in Vancouver B.C. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
B.C. announces 485 new COVID-19 cases, fewest deaths in months

‘The actions we take may seem small, but will have a big impact to stop the virus,” urges Dr. Henry

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Search called off for small plane that went down in rough water south of Victoria

Plane bound for Port Angeles from Alaska believed to have one occupant, an Alaskan pilot

BC Place Stadium in a photo posted to cisc-icca.ca.
Roof of BC Place a stage for performers during online music festival

‘This will be the first time any artists have performed from the 204-foot iconic Vancouver rooftop’

Royal B.C. Museum conservator Megan Doxsey-Whitfield kneels next to a carved stone pillar believed to have significance as a First Nations cultural marker by local Indigenous people. The pillar was discovered on the beach at Dallas Road last summer. Museum curatorial staff have been working with Songhees and Esquimalt Nation representatives to gain a clearer picture of its use. (Photo courtesy Royal BC Museum)
Stone carving found on Victoria beach confirmed Indigenous ritual pillar

Discussion underway with the Esquimalt and Songhees about suitable final home for the artifact

Former Vancouver Giants forward Evander Kane is seen here in Game 7 of the second round of the 2009 WHL playoffs against the Spokane Chiefs (Sam Chan under Wikipedia Commons licence)
Gambling debts revealed in details of bankruptcy filing by hockey star Evander Kane

Sharks left winger and former Vancouver Giants player owes close to $30 million total

Othman “Adam” Hamdan, pictured in front of Christina Lake’s Welcome Centre, was acquitted of terrorism related charges in 2017. He has been living in Christina Lake since November 2020. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Man acquitted on terrorism charges awaits deportation trial while living in Kootenays

Othman Ayed Hamdan said he wants to lead a normal life while he works on his upcoming book

B.C. Premier John Horgan wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 prior to being sworn in by The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia during a virtual swearing in ceremony in Victoria, Thursday, November 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Premier Horgan calls jumping COVID vaccine queue ‘un-Canadian’

Horgan says most people in B.C. are doing their best to follow current public health guidelines

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart share a laugh while speaking to the media before sitting down for a meeting at City Hall, in Vancouver, on Friday August 30, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Vancouver mayor, Health Canada to formally discuss drug decriminalization

Kennedy Stewart says he’s encouraged by the federal health minister’s commitment to work with the city

Most Read