Without prejudice - Reader beware. The Abbotsford School Districts plan to re-configure 6 rural schools in Abbotsford from grades K - 7 to K - 5 has brought a lot of stress on families with children attending district schools. The west Abbotsford children are to be sent to Eugene Reimer Middle School (ER), and has parents standing up to the district in force saying no and standing firm - their kids have been withdrawn from the district all together. So what's wrong with middle school? Whats wrong with ER? Much discussion has taken place about the violence drug, and crime issues in the west Abbotsford area, namely in the area of Townline Road and Blueridge Drive. The community has requested the analysis of what is being SAID and what is REAL. This article is a compilation of recent events that have happened. This is a fact vs rumour analysis, decide what you want... participate in the discussion. What is referenced here is only a small cross-section of the search engine results available, there are many other incidents, Reader beware.
The Worst of the West - The impact of gangs on civic life is easily measured in Abbotsford, which has the unenviable title of Canada’s murder capital in 2009. Technically, the city recorded nine murders that year, a rate 271 per cent above the national average, but Abbotsford police Chief Bob Rich puts the toll at 11. Two local high school students, very minor drug dealers, were murdered in May 2009 just outside the city boundary, a month before their graduation. Police believe they were collateral damage in a war targeting the Red Scorpion gang led by brothers Jarrod, Jonathan and Jamie Bacon. Eight of the 11 murders were gang or drug related, says Rich. In addition to pouring substantial resources into gang suppression, Rich has made it a priority to take the anti-gang message to every high school and middle school in the city. This year his team is expanding that mission to draw parents, and the issue of parental responsibility, into the discussion.
Bradner parents that had children enrolled at ER or neighbouring Rick Hansen Secondary (RH) have told of first hand accounts about how the issues in the area have affected their families.
OCTOBER 11, 2015 Abbotsford police announced Friday that additional surveillance cameras had been installed in the Townline Hill area in an ongoing effort to crack down on gang conflict. Over the last two years, dozens of young people in their teens and early to mid-20s have been involved in the ongoing conflict, with groups fighting over territory and the lower level drug trade. The conflict has involved a number of instances of shootings, assaults, and misdemeanour. In early September, the conflict claimed its first innocent victim. Ping Shun Ao, 74, was killed during a drive-by shooting in which a stray bullet meant for someone else, struck and killed him in his own yard.
The Abbotsford News does not deliver newspapers in the Townline Hill area due to serious safety concerns...
November 27th, 2015 - Townline Hill - Abbotsford Police Department are calling a major disruption to the ongoing Townline Hill conflict between two groups of mainly young South Asian men, Herman Sidhu, 25, Bhavdeep Deol, 26, and David Elliott, 27, all of Abbotsford, were arrested and charged this week for trafficking drugs. In September 2015, the Abbotsford Police Department’s Gang and Drug Unit (GDU), which is currently focused on the Townline Hill conflict, entered into a drug trafficking investigation involving persons identified as being involved in this conflict, according to Constable Paul Walker. Over the past couple of months, a variety of resources were deployed into this large-scale investigation. On Thursday (November 26), members of the APD’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), and the APD’s Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) assisted GDU in making three arrests. Two search warrants were also executed, one at a residence located in the 30600-block of Curlew Drive and a further residence located in the 3500-block of Summit Drive. As a result of this investigation, drugs (cocaine, heroin and MDMA), $6,000 cash, two vehicles and drug paraphernalia were seized by police.
When asked the Abbotsford School District says there is no concerns in the Townline Hill area for students at ER or RH... though many students in both schools fall prey to the pressures of recruitment by drug dealers.
Townline Road - On Feb 20, 2015 - Police investigated the fatal stabbing of a 34-year old man at a Petro Canada gas station on at the bottom of Townline hill. The man was dropped off at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Doctors spent two hours trying to save him, but he died around midnight. His identity has not yet been released. Both the gas station, located at Maclure Road and Townline Road, and the hospital emergency room were secured for the police investigation
Townline Hill - August 7, 2015 - Abbotsford Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that took place Thursday night in the 30500 block of Sandpiper Drive. Police were called to the scene – located just east of Mt. Lehman Road – at 7:40 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired. Officers who arrived on the scene discovered that a 2013 Volkswagen in the driveway of a residence had been struck with several bullets. No one was injured. Const. Ian MacDonald said there are people in the home who are "well-known to police and have had negative contacts with them."
Townline Hill - October 3, 2014 - A man believed to be in his late teens is dead following what police say may have been a drive-by shooting in West Abbotsford. Abbotsford police Const. Ian MacDonald said the department received multiple 911 calls about shots fired in the area of Sparrow Drive and Goldfinch Street (between Mt Lehman Rd. and Bluejay St.). Responding officers found a man with gunshot wounds slumped over in the driver's seat of a dark-coloured SUV. He was already dead by the time police and paramedics arrived. MacDonald said the dead man appears to be in his late teens, and may be from Abbotsford. Officers conducted a search of the area for other victims and for suspects, but found neither. "Witnesses in and around the area reported that either one or two vehicles rapidly took off from the area at around the time of the shooting," MacDonald said. "It sounds as though this is shooting that took place with shots fired from one vehicle into another, and I think we've seen that a few times here in the Lower Mainland," he said. Witnesses described the two vehicles that sped away as a newer white Acura TL and a dark-coloured sedan.
Mt Lehman & Old Yale - July 22, 2008 - Dustin Lee Wester, was found critically wounded by gunfire in an SUV at a gas station at Mount Lehman Road and Old Yale in Abbotsford at about 5:35 a.m. July 22, 2008. He died a short time later. Police confirmed that Wester is believed to have been shot on a rural property on Townline Road and transported to where he was found. The fatal shooting is suspected to have occurred during a botched marijuana grow rip. Wester and his two brothers have links to the UN gang. IHIT is investigating.
Drug Turf Wars Townline hill - October 24, 2009 - Red Scorpions Fractured and Going at Each Other, B.C. Supreme Court Hears - Finally Friday we got some detailed reasons why the Surrey Pretrial jail is so worried about Jamie Bacon’s security. Lawyer Bryant Mackey presented information received by the jail from Supt. John Robin, the head of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. Police told deputy warden Steve Phillips that Bacon is known for ordering underlings to do his dirty work and cultivates strategic relationships so he can later use them criminally.
Notorious gangs of British Columbia - About 11 years ago several young gangsters doing time at a youth detention facility in the lower mainland formed the Red Scorpions. Jonathan Bacon, a leader of the Red Scorpion gang, died in a hail of bullets in Kelowna on Aug 14. (CBC) A few years later in Abbotsford the Bacon brothers — Jonathan, Jarrod and Jamie — began a crime spree while living with their middle-class parents. The two groups got together around 2006, joining forces to compete against the United Nations gang and the Hells Angels. The three Bacon brothers took over leadership of the Scorpions. Fogarty described the brothers as "completely fearless." The gang is into the drug trade, especially "dial-a-dope," an operation based on clients phoning in their order, then the gang arranging fast delivery — and raking in huge profits. Gang members sport "RS" tattoos on their wrists and/or necks. Membership is believed to be multicultural. Jonathan Bacon, the oldest brother at 30, was shot dead in Kelowna on Aug. 14, 2011. Jarrod, 28, is in custody awaiting trial on cocaine trafficking charges. Jamie, 26, is serving time on weapons and drugs charges but is also charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting of six men in a Surrey apartment in 2007.
Blueridge Drive - Approx. 2004 - Gurpreet [Bobby] Singh Rehal was gunned down when he answered the front door of his Saturna Crescent (east end of Blueridge Drive. Police said the incident was drug related, but have now specified that drugs were not the reason for the killing.
Hip Hop Artist, Townline Hill resident and ER student Speaks out with Music...
Amrit Saggu is saddened by what he has seen occurring in his west Abbotsford neighbourhood. Young men with whom he went to school have turned to criminal activity to attain a lifestyle they believe brings them prestige and respect, but which is harming the community around them. Saggu saw the police cars lining his street – Sandpiper Drive – last August after a car was shot up in a driveway as part of the Townline Hill conflict, which involves two groups of young men in a violent battle for drug turf in west Abbotsford. But nothing hit Saggu harder than the needless death on Sept. 2 of Ping Shun Ao, 74, who was killed by a stray bullet intended for his neighbour on Promontory Court. “When that happened, my heart went out to the family. It’s everybody’s grandfather. It’s so sad to hear.” So Saggu, a hip-hop artist who performs under the name Saint Soldier, wanted to spread a message of hope and inspiration the best way he knows how – by making music. Saggu has written a song titled “A Stray” with an accompanying music video that were released Jan. 8 on his YouTube channel. The tune was inspired by the Townline Hill conflict and tells the story of a young man who is lured into gang life and faces tragic consequences.
And that is why Bradner kids are not going to ER.
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