Chris Bush

Ashley Stevenson is recovering from scrapes, bumps and bruises she suffered after she chased down and tackled a woman who broke into her home in Nanaimo on Tuesday. Stevenson and her partner Joe Squire held the woman down until RCMP arrived and arrested the woman who now faces multiple charges including break-and-enter and assault. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

VIDEO: B.C. woman tackles break-and-enter suspect

Nanaimo couple struck with rock while wrestling with suspect before police arrived

Ashley Stevenson is recovering from scrapes, bumps and bruises she suffered after she chased down and tackled a woman who broke into her home in Nanaimo on Tuesday. Stevenson and her partner Joe Squire held the woman down until RCMP arrived and arrested the woman who now faces multiple charges including break-and-enter and assault. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
A beached pilot whale dummy got a lift back to its habitat during a training session for fisheries officers at Departure Bay Beach on Tuesday. The exercise is part of a training program to teach fisheries officers and other groups how to save cetaceans that become stranded on B.C.’s shores. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Fisheries officers train to save beached whales on Vancouver Island

DFO exercise was held at Naniamo’s Departure Bay Beach on Tuesday morning

A beached pilot whale dummy got a lift back to its habitat during a training session for fisheries officers at Departure Bay Beach on Tuesday. The exercise is part of a training program to teach fisheries officers and other groups how to save cetaceans that become stranded on B.C.’s shores. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Seniors assaulted, tied up in home invasion on Vancouver Island

Seniors assaulted, tied up in home invasion on Vancouver Island

Sawmill owner offers $5,000 for information leading to arrest as Nanaimo RCMP search for suspects

Seniors assaulted, tied up in home invasion on Vancouver Island
Homeowner Jeff Boomhower and a neighbour survey the damage to his family’s house in Cassidy after a fire Wednesday morning. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Vancouver Island home lost to fire, but family and 14 dogs are safe

Firefighters were called to a blaze Wednesday morning at house near Nanaimo Airport

Homeowner Jeff Boomhower and a neighbour survey the damage to his family’s house in Cassidy after a fire Wednesday morning. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
A stolen pickup truck is prepared for towing after police stopped it on the Nanaimo Parkway on Wednesday. One police car was damaged when another police car’s brakes reportedly failed as officers manoeuvred to block the truck from moving. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Police vehicle door torn off during stolen pickup takedown on the Island

One man arrested after officers stop pickup on Nanaimo Parkway

A stolen pickup truck is prepared for towing after police stopped it on the Nanaimo Parkway on Wednesday. One police car was damaged when another police car’s brakes reportedly failed as officers manoeuvred to block the truck from moving. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo RCMP contained an area of Comox Road and Prideaux Street and the RCMP Emergency Response Team were called after a man with his face covered was seen entering a residence. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Halloween costume mix-up draws huge police response on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo block contained after a report of a man with his face covered, carrying a long gun

Nanaimo RCMP contained an area of Comox Road and Prideaux Street and the RCMP Emergency Response Team were called after a man with his face covered was seen entering a residence. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
A Discontent City resident in Nanaimo suffered burns and lost her possessions after her tent caught fire this afternoon. Image from submitted video

Woman suffers burns in tent fire at Vancouver Island homeless camp

Fire occurred just after 3 p.m. Thursday at Nanaimo’s Discontent City

A Discontent City resident in Nanaimo suffered burns and lost her possessions after her tent caught fire this afternoon. Image from submitted video
Nanaimo RCMP are investigating after shots were fired at a house in the 500 block of Kennedy Street on Thursday at about 2:30 p.m. There were no reports of injuries. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Shots fired at Vancouver Island house during fight

Shots were fired at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in 500 block of Kennedy Street, say Nanaimo RCMP

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating after shots were fired at a house in the 500 block of Kennedy Street on Thursday at about 2:30 p.m. There were no reports of injuries. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo RCMP have evacuated part of Discontent City and have called in a bomb disposal unit after finding what police have described as an explosive device in the homeless camp Friday afternoon. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

UPDATE: Explosive materials were inside sharps container at Vancouver Island tent city

Nanaimo RCMP say fireworks components being placed inside needle disposal box was ‘nothing malicious’

Nanaimo RCMP have evacuated part of Discontent City and have called in a bomb disposal unit after finding what police have described as an explosive device in the homeless camp Friday afternoon. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
George Hansen, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance president, describes the benefits of the federal government’s recognition of Vancouver Island as a foreign trade zone during an announcement hosted at Nanaimo Airport on Monday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Vancouver Island designated as foreign trade zone

Designation simplifies importing and exporting and provides duty relief

George Hansen, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance president, describes the benefits of the federal government’s recognition of Vancouver Island as a foreign trade zone during an announcement hosted at Nanaimo Airport on Monday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo Fire Rescue and RCMP investigate Friday after an explosion and fire, reportedly from a firework in a tent at Discontent City. One man is in hospital, reportedly with serious burns, say first responders. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Person suffers burns after explosion, fire at B.C. homeless camp

Fireworks reportedly ignited inside tent early Friday morning in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and RCMP investigate Friday after an explosion and fire, reportedly from a firework in a tent at Discontent City. One man is in hospital, reportedly with serious burns, say first responders. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
A woman died Monday while swimming at a public beach in Nanaimo. B.C. Coroners Service is investigating the death, which has been deemed non-suspicious by Nanaimo RCMP. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Woman dies in swimming mishap at Vancouver Island park

38-year-old pulled from water by family member at Nanaimo’s Morningside Park on Monday

A woman died Monday while swimming at a public beach in Nanaimo. B.C. Coroners Service is investigating the death, which has been deemed non-suspicious by Nanaimo RCMP. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Suspect in Spiderman suit steals camera on Vancouver Island

Suspect in Spiderman suit steals camera on Vancouver Island

Suspect in red and blue “onesie” caught on surveillance footage breaking into truck in Nanaimo

Suspect in Spiderman suit steals camera on Vancouver Island
Alleged traffickers on Vancouver Island throw drugs out car window as police arrive

Alleged traffickers on Vancouver Island throw drugs out car window as police arrive

Three people arrested in Nanaimo after RCMP were alerted to suspicious behaviour

Alleged traffickers on Vancouver Island throw drugs out car window as police arrive
Terry Gorman at his home course, the Nanaimo Golf Club, on Tuesday. The avid golfer got not one, but two hole-in-ones in a single round on Friday. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

B.C. golfer sinks two hole-in-ones in the same round

Nanaimo golfer beat millions-to-one odds with two aces during a round in Abbotsford on Friday

Terry Gorman at his home course, the Nanaimo Golf Club, on Tuesday. The avid golfer got not one, but two hole-in-ones in a single round on Friday. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
Kayakers were concerned after spotting a cougar on Newcastle Island last week. (Ândria Lopes Dos Santos photo)

Cougar shot near B.C. marina

Police were called to complaints of a cougar climbing through boats and sheds at the Nanaimo Yacht Club

Kayakers were concerned after spotting a cougar on Newcastle Island last week. (Ândria Lopes Dos Santos photo)
Michelle Saine, representing Nanaimo in this year’s Miss B.C. pageant, credits role models, such as her stepmother Liz Reddick, for being positive influences that helped her create a good life for herself and her family. Saine sees the pageant as a vehicle allowing her to deliver a message of how women of all ages and backgrounds can draw on inner strength and courage to achieve anything they want. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Miss B.C. contestant’s goal is to empower women

Nanaimo’s Michelle Saine will be competing in the Mrs. category at pageant on Monday, July 2

Michelle Saine, representing Nanaimo in this year’s Miss B.C. pageant, credits role models, such as her stepmother Liz Reddick, for being positive influences that helped her create a good life for herself and her family. Saine sees the pageant as a vehicle allowing her to deliver a message of how women of all ages and backgrounds can draw on inner strength and courage to achieve anything they want. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
The public art piece Rock Dragon by Heather Wall, before and after the top of the sculpture was stolen from Maffeo Sutton Park last week. NEWS BULLETIN photos

Dragon stolen from Vancouver Island park

Aluminum dragon sculpture taken from public art display in Nanaimo

The public art piece Rock Dragon by Heather Wall, before and after the top of the sculpture was stolen from Maffeo Sutton Park last week. NEWS BULLETIN photos
Along with several bags of items left behind by the people who stole her car, Tiffany Braun, of Nanaimo, also found a used syringe next to the seat that was left behind by the ICBC subcontractor hired to ‘bio-clean’ the vehicle. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island woman finds used syringe in her returned stolen car

Syringes, bags of clothing, tools and other debris left behind by thieves who stole car

Along with several bags of items left behind by the people who stole her car, Tiffany Braun, of Nanaimo, also found a used syringe next to the seat that was left behind by the ICBC subcontractor hired to ‘bio-clean’ the vehicle. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
A cyclist was injured in Nanaimo Thursday after he rode through a stop sign and struck the side of a police car. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Cyclist in hospital after colliding with police car on Vancouver Island

Incident happened Thursday afternoon in Nanaimo

A cyclist was injured in Nanaimo Thursday after he rode through a stop sign and struck the side of a police car. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)