WEDNESDAY WRAP: Chamber departure, murder case and animal charges

A sentence in a disturbing murder case, and charges laid against the ‘Reptile Guy’ are top of the news

Today’s big stories include charges against the “Reptile Guy,” a high-profile departure of a city figure, and a sentence for the man convicted of killing a teenage Mission woman.

For tomorrow we’re working on a story about killer raccoons. Yes. Killer raccoons. If you know what we’re talking about already, share your recent experience by emailing reporter Tyler Olsen at

Half-brother sentenced to life for killing Mission teen Rachel Pernosky – READ

Information presented at the hearing on June 21 indicated that Mathew Pernosky suffocated his half-sister Rachel, 18, in March 2013 because he was angry about how she was acting over his sexual abuse of her as a child. Read more…

Crown approves animal cruelty charges against Mission’s ‘Reptile Guy’READ

The investigation began after a video emerged showing Mike Hopcraft performing a veterinary procedure on a friend’s blood python without the use of sedation or pain medication. Read more…

High winds prompted cancellation of Abbotsford fireworks: cityREAD

The city won’t have to pay for the unused fireworks after its Canada Day pyrotechnic show couldn’t proceed after test shots left debris outside safe zone. Read more…

Asaph steps down as executive director of Abbotsford chamberREAD

After close to seven years in the role, Allan Asaph is stepping down as the executive director of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce (ACOC). Read more…

RCMP Musical Ride announced for this year’s AgrifairREAD

Performances will include salutes to the family of fallen Abbotsford Police officer Const. John Davidson and to other members of the first-responder community. Read more…

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Need a break from all the heavy news? Check out video below from a couple of our sister papers.

Seal escapes hungry orcas by climbing aboard tourist boatWATCH

Footage provided by Pacific Yellowfin Charters shows the worried-looking animal hiding behind the boat’s outboard motor on the swim grid, a low platform at the stern of the vessel. Watch the video…

Cute bear cubs playing in poolWATCH

A video of two bear cubs splashing in a pool is generating a lot of positive feedback online after the Critter Care wildlife rehabilitation facility in Langley posted a clip of Seymour and River playing. Watch the video below, or click here to learn more…

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