Verdict delayed in RCMP assault trial

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The verdict has been delayed in the trial of Williams Lake Mountie accused of beating a First Nations teen. Defense and Crown wrapped up their closing arguments Thursday. Constable Andy Yung is charged with assault in connection to the September 2011 incident. He punched 18 year old Jamie Haller in the face during her arrest, but defense is arguing the use of force was reasonable. Inspector Warren Brown is head of the RCMP detachment in Williams Lake. Brown says Yung has been on desk duty since the charge was approved. He says regardless of the outcome of the trial, there will be an RCMP disciplinary hearing into the matter. Next month the Judge will set a date for when the verdict will be delivered.

Chase council considers approving house fire

Chase's Village council is considering letting a home owner have his house burnt down.
The idea behind it is to allow the Villages Volunteer Fire department practice fighting fires.
Jony Heinrich is the chief administrative officer for Chase. She says its a truly great, affordable option to keep the firefighters well trained. While the building owner is looking to burn it to the ground, its more likely there will be a series of controlled burns. The building would then be knocked down in a more conventional fashion. Neighbours still have to give their approval before Chase's council moves forward on the idea.
Williams Lake unionized staff to take strike vote

The unionized staff of Williams Lake are taking a strike vote this Sunday. Contract talks between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 882-B, and the city broke off earlier this week. In a media release the city says in the event of job action, an essential services plan will be in place. The City will also be applying to the Labour Relations Board for mediation.

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