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Zeneah Helgason, 13, hasn’t been seen since Tuesday, Aug. 28 at around 8:45 p.m. (Submitted)

Victoria mom fears for safety of troubled teen missing from mid Island

A 13-year-old Victoria girl is missing during a stay at her grandmother’s…

Zeneah Helgason, 13, hasn’t been seen since Tuesday, Aug. 28 at around 8:45 p.m. (Submitted)
Flames were visible as firefighters worked the blaze on Maple Mountain Wednesday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

VIDEO: Fire crews called out wildfire near Crofton

A helicopter has been requested.

Flames were visible as firefighters worked the blaze on Maple Mountain Wednesday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The freshly painted rainbow crosswalk spanning James Street has been vandalized. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press)

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

The freshly painted rainbow crosswalk spanning James Street has been vandalized. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press)
Nearly 2,000 pot plants were seized by Shawnigan Lake RCMP during the execution of three search warrants. (Black Press file photo)

Mounties seize 1,500 pot plants in ‘extensive Shawnigan raid

Mounties searched a property in the 4800-block of Goldstream Heights Drive on May 30

Nearly 2,000 pot plants were seized by Shawnigan Lake RCMP during the execution of three search warrants. (Black Press file photo)
Police arrested a 36-year-old Duncan man after thefts at Best Buy and Canadian Tire in the Cowichan Commons mall. (Citizen file)

Man brandishes axe during robbery

Mounties were able to locate the suspect within two hours of the incident

Police arrested a 36-year-old Duncan man after thefts at Best Buy and Canadian Tire in the Cowichan Commons mall. (Citizen file)
Nearly 2,000 pot plants were seized by Shawnigan Lake RCMP during the execution of three search warrants. (Black Press file photo)

Mounties raid “extensive” Vancouver Island pot grow operation

Execution of 3 search warrants has yielded 3 arrests and the seizure of 2,000 marijuana plants

Nearly 2,000 pot plants were seized by Shawnigan Lake RCMP during the execution of three search warrants. (Black Press file photo)
The RainCoast Dog Rescue Society will hold a peaceful protest in front of the Duncan Courthouse against animal abuse and neglect on April 3 when the owners of Teddy, pictured, who died from neglect face a judge for the first time. (File photo)

Trial date set for alleged animal abusers on Van Isle

Anderson Joe and Melissa Tooshley pleaded not guilty and will go to trial in February 2019; their dog Teddy died from severe neglect

The RainCoast Dog Rescue Society will hold a peaceful protest in front of the Duncan Courthouse against animal abuse and neglect on April 3 when the owners of Teddy, pictured, who died from neglect face a judge for the first time. (File photo)
B.C. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Tammy Douglas said a Ford F150 pickup truck was heading north when it struck a hydro pole just past McCurdy Road on the Malahat. (Black Press photo)

Driver hospitalized after truck hits pole on Malahat

The pole prevented the red truck from travelling down a steep embankment.

B.C. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Tammy Douglas said a Ford F150 pickup truck was heading north when it struck a hydro pole just past McCurdy Road on the Malahat. (Black Press photo)
On Friday, June 8 a 2.8 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and North Vancouver. (Screen grab)

Small earthquake shakes East Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands

On Friday, June 8 a 2.8 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Vancouver…

On Friday, June 8 a 2.8 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and North Vancouver. (Screen grab)
Cowichan Secondary School was the target of another threat this week. (File photo)

Threat at Cowichan Secondary results in police presence

Officials found the threat last week and immediately contacted police

Cowichan Secondary School was the target of another threat this week. (File photo)
Man who killed Mountie pleads guilty in second crash

Man who killed Mountie pleads guilty in second crash

Kenneth Jacob Fenton and his passenger “very, very lucky” to be alive

Man who killed Mountie pleads guilty in second crash
Primate Estate owner Jamie Bell and a monkey. (Facebook Photo)

Monkey escapes Vancouver Island animal sanctuary

“It took off into the forest, across the road, hasn’t been seen since”

Primate Estate owner Jamie Bell and a monkey. (Facebook Photo)
Leaders have a quick word before leaving to look for missing Ben Kilmer on Friday. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

UPDATE: Blood found in missing man’s vehicle

Searchers are sticking to a high-priority area before expanding their search for Ben Kilmer

Leaders have a quick word before leaving to look for missing Ben Kilmer on Friday. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A house fire on Arnhem Road has firefighters busy Saturday evening. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Fire crews battle blaze at empty house in North Cowichan

Firefighters attack fire from the roof and from inside the house

A house fire on Arnhem Road has firefighters busy Saturday evening. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A house fire on Escarpment Way has firefighters from multiple departments working together to shuttle in water. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Multiple halls called to battle Crofton structure fire

A fully engulfed structure fire on Escarpment Way in Crofton has crews…

A house fire on Escarpment Way has firefighters from multiple departments working together to shuttle in water. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals

B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals

Some hospitals in the province already offer the service, but most of them do not

B.C. woman petitioning for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals
Mark King, Island Health Protection Services Manager, and Charles Kraeling, award recipient. (Submitted)

Hospital hero wins international honour for disarming knife wielding man

Charles Kraeling is the first Island Health employee to receive an International Award of Valour

Mark King, Island Health Protection Services Manager, and Charles Kraeling, award recipient. (Submitted)
A fiery crash at the Cobble Hill Hall sent one woman to hospital Tuesday morning. (Courtesy of Gerry Giles)

Woman pulled from fiery crash at Cobble Hill Hall

A passerby pulled a driver from her vehicle at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday

A fiery crash at the Cobble Hill Hall sent one woman to hospital Tuesday morning. (Courtesy of Gerry Giles)
A plane made a hard landing on a property on Henderson Road on Friday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

UPDATED: Brake failure sees plane crash into gate in Cowichan, nobody injured

Rescue crews called out to the scene at Stamps and Henderson roads

A plane made a hard landing on a property on Henderson Road on Friday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Secondary School was under lockdown Friday morning. (Citizen file)

15-year-old arrested after Cowichan Secondary School lockdown

Teen may face charges of uttering threats

Cowichan Secondary School was under lockdown Friday morning. (Citizen file)