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Review of the Year 2019, Part 1: New projects, community spirit and celebrations – Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News01.03.20


- THE year was off to a generous start as a team of British divers - including several from Somerset - have been decorated for their part in the dramatic rescue of a boys football team stranded in a cave in Thailand.

The divers were among those named in the New Year Honours List, alongside a host of worthy Somerset names.

Joshua Bratchley was made an MBE, as was Lance Corporal Connor Roe, who hails from Axbridge. And Christopher Jewell, from Cheddar, and Jason Mallinson were given the Queens Gallantry Medal for exemplary acts of bravery.

Expat Vern Unsworth was also made an MBE.

Reacting to the announcement, Mr Unsworth said: This was a team effort and Im very honoured to have been recognised, particularly as you dont engage in a major rescue expecting this outcome.

For me, after saving the boys, this is the icing on the cake.

- TRIBUTES were paid to popular caravanner described as a true gent who was willing to help anyone.

Paul Edwards, 50, who was an active member of Brean Seasonal Caravanners (BSC), died suddenly at his home in Brynmawr in Wales on December 30.

After his death, Martin Mills, chairman of BSC, said: Paul was a true gent who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

He was one of the first to join BSC and was friendly and popular not just among the Diamond Farm caravan owners but Brean as a whole.

- A FATHER whose son nearly drowned after he left him unattended in a toddler swimming pool so he could go on a flume has was spared jail.

The man, who could not be named for legal reasons, was charged with causing unnecessary suffering of a child under 16 following the incident, in August 2018.

When sentencing the man, Judge David Ticehurst, said: This must have been any parents nightmare.

Judge Ticehurst sentenced the man to an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered 250 of public money be given to Mrs Harding and Emma Aims. He was also ordered to pay 250 in costs.


- TRUSTEES of a community hall in Highbridge have revealed their plans to transform it into a community hub for residents.

The groups 1.5million plan would see the Morland Community Hall in Pearce Drive torn down and replaced with an eco friendly, energy efficient building equipped with modern facilities.

Roger Keen, chairman of the halls trustees, said the building was only meant to be a temporary fixture in the town and it needed to be redeveloped as it had fallen into a state of disrepair.

Speaking after the plans were announced, Mr Keen said: We have looked at the costs of maintaining the hall and making repairs to it but we decided that knocking it down and introducing a new, modern building would be the best option for the Highbridge community.

- THE owners of a Somerset hotel thanked two men, staff and the emergency services for their help after a fire broke out in the bar.

Luke Sturman and Melanie Carr, owners of The Oak House Hotel, in Axbridge, said they could not thank the fire service and local community enough for their help after a candle caught fire to a picture and artificial flowers in the hotels bar area.

Luke said: The really fortunate thing in this incident was that Simon, the manager at the Lamb Inn and a gentleman delivering newspapers heard our alarms and came to the front of the hotel and were met by our duty supervisor, who was evacuating guests.

Their action in tackling the fire selflessly stopped the fire spreading further until the fire service arrived.

We will be eternally grateful to them for this.

- FORMER Mayor of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge, Michael Clarke, urged young people to stay safe on the roads after he claimed he had seen a number of children cycling with no lights on around Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge.

Cllr Clarke, who is an avid cyclist, said he was concerned newsagents are not checking young peoples bikes to ensure they have the correct safety gear before they go on their paper rounds and said Somerset County Council needed to launch more campaigns to educate young people on road safety.


- A POPULAR Burnham-on-Sea jewellers shut up shop after more than 30 years in business.

Chris J Francis Gold & Silversmiths was based in Bridgwater in the 1980s and 90s before moving to Burnham-on-Sea, where they were based for 20 years.

Traditional jeweller Chris Francis, who is from Bridgwater, was retiring but said he and his wife Cheryl had enjoyed a fantastic 35 years in business.

Chris said: The business has changed a lot over the years but I am just glad we were able to enjoy 35 years in retail, meeting and speaking to people, before online shopping takes over.

- HIGH speed winds and rainy weather failed to dampen the spirits of volunteers who took part in a special beach clean to celebrate the Friends of Berrow Beachs first anniversary.

On March 9, around 30 volunteers took part in the groups third beach clean of the year and recovered sacks full of plastic debris and items including a gas canister and a lightbulb.

The clean-up was a special event for the group as they were celebrating their first anniversary and the groups founders thanked volunteers for their ongoing support and hard work.

Nigel Hoy, one of the groups founders, said: We are really pleased with how much of an impact this group has had on members of the public and would like to thank all of our volunteers who get involved in our beach cleans

- A DEVICE to measure the speed of passing vehicles bought by three parish councils recorded motorists travelling at up to 90mph along a Somerset road.

Burnham Without Parish Council, Mark Parish Council and East Huntspill Parish Council teamed up to buy the 3,000 speed indication device (SID) last year following complaints from residents that vehicles are travelling too fast through Mark Causeway towards Watchfield.

The SID recorded the number of vehicles and speed of traffic in different locations across the three parishes in the first few months of 2019 and the councils said they hoped it would encourage people to reduce their speed.


- HEARTLESS vandals left 10-year-old Ivy Meager feeling disheartened after they pulled down and burned several of her homemade dog poo bag dispensers.

The youngster hit the headlines earlier this year after she was seen putting dog poo bag dispensers made out of plastic bottles at different spots around Burnham and Highbridge in a bid to tackle dog fouling.

The ten year old inspired Burnham and Highbridge Town Council to install dog poo bag dispensers in the two towns and said she had no plans to stop making the dispensers following the incidents.

-A MAN who drove his car at a woman and her two-year-old son and then fled the scene and crashed into a parked car was jailed for 16 months.

Jacob Monaghan, 29, of Stretton Close, Bridgwater, admitted that in July 2018 he breached his suspended sentence after he drove his car dangerously towards a woman and her son, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in Highbridge and damaged a parked car after he fled the scene.

Judge David Ticehurst sentenced Monaghan to16 months in jail, disqualified him from driving for two years and ordered him to pay 107 in costs.

- THERE was drama in Burnham-on-Sea as emergency services worked together to rescue a horse stuck in the mud.

HM Coastguard received a 999 call reporting a horse and its rider stuck on the beach in Burnham-on-Sea.

The rider did not appear to be injured but the horse was stuck and the tide was set to rise.

Rescue units at the scene included Burnham-On-Sea RNLI, Burnham and Weston- super-Mare Coastguard Rescue Teams and BARB Hovercraft. Firefighters also joined to help rescue the horse.

The teams rescued the horse by using strops, lines, manpower, and a winch from the RNLI tractor.


- A CLUB was left devastated but has said it would rebuild after Storm Hannah destroyed their clubhouse causing thousands of pounds of damage.

Brean Land Yachting Clubs wooden clubhouse was blown apart as winds reaching speeds of up to 70mph from Storm Hannah hit Somerset.

The clubs shocked members worked to salvage items from the clubhouse but Derek George, chairman of Brean Land

Yachting Club, said it would cost thousands to rebuild the structure.

- THE Conservatives managed to cling on to power at Sedgemoor District Council to become the only Tory-controlled district council in Somerset.

While Somerset West and Taunton, South Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset and Mendip councils all went to the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives at Sedgemoor fought off opposition to keep a majority of eight seats.

Labour made a couple of gains to make it to 12 seats overall, although the biggest shock saw Mick Lerry, the Labour leader on Sedgemoor District Council, lose his seat by a margin of just 10 votes.

- CANCER survivor Sam Scott opened a new tattoo shop in the heart of Highbridge.

Sam, who had been tattooing for more than ten years, had spent five months transforming a derelict shop in Church Street into Coping Studios and said he was inspired to open the store by his passion for art and a lack of business in Highbridge.


- POPULAR Burnham-on-Sea newsagent G W Hurley celebrated its 100th year in business with a party.

The newsagent, in Burnhams High Street, was originally opened as a bric-abrac shop in 1919 by Colin Morris grandmother, Florence Hurley, who later turned it into a newsagents after being approached by a publisher.

Speaking in June, Colin said: I cant believe we have been here for 100 years, its amazing that we have lasted this long.

- COUNCILLOR Andy Brewer was appointed as the new Mayor of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge.

Cllr Brewer had been a town councillor for five years and said he was passionate about supporting local community groups.

He appointed his deputies as Cllr Peter Clayton, chairman of Sedgemoor District Council and Cllr Nick Tolley and said he was looking forward to meeting community groups from across the two towns and is keen to encourage young people to get more involved in their community.

- MORE than 100 people packed into Burnham-on-Sea RNLIs base to see the crews new Atlantic 85 lifeboat officially named.

Allison Reshad officially named the boat and handed it over to Burnham-on-Sea RNLI.

The boat was funded by avid sailor Brian Sigley, Allisons uncle, who sadly died and left the money for the boat in his will.

The Atlantic 85 named Doris Day and Brian was delivered to Burnham-on-Sea in February and joined the stations smaller B Class lifeboat.

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The most gripping Coast stories of 2019: PART THREE – Sunshine Coast Daily01.03.20

March 1

SUNSHINE Coast man Brendon Johnsson was sentenced to five years and four months behind bars in Bali for possession of cocaine.

The sentence was less than the eight years demanded by prosecutors but just over the mandatory five years for possession of more than five grams of a class one narcotic.

Johnsson was convicted of possessing 11.6 grams of the drug.



March 2

TWO months after 21-year-old Chris Brace was hit by a car, he remained in hospital fighting for life. In the early hours of January 6, he was walking home from a mate's place on Aerodrome Rd, when he was struck by a passing car.

He suffered critical injuries and would have died if the motorist behind the wheel had not stopped and called emergency services.

His heartbroken father Dave said his son initially had spent 17 days in the intensive care unit and needed a "miracle" to make it.

21-year-old Caloundra man Chris Brace in a Brisbane hospital fighting for his life after a horrible accident on Aerodrome Road in Maroochydore in January.

March 4

CAMERON Toy was on the Coast for a boys' weekend but left the region as a hero after saving a teenage girl who was minutes away from certain death.

Mr Toy was walking on the popular Noosa National Park trail en route to Hells Gate when he saw a girl, who he believes was attempting to get a selfie, swept off her feet and out of sight.

Without a second's thought for his own safety, Mr Toy braved the high seas and came to the girl's aid.

He remained with the girl, who had sustained "horrific-looking" lacerations, until Surf Life Saving Queensland authorities and paramedics could assist.

March 5

TWO fishermen and a dog had a lucky escape after a massive wave sent them "beyond recovery" at the Noosa bar crossing.

A video posted by Fishing Noosa shows the tinnie heading out to sea through rough surf.

"They were almost out when a couple of waves stood up right out back," Fishing Noosa said.

"A smallish one set them up and a boomer took them beyond recovery point."

The footage shows the boat being blasted into the air, and then disappearing behind the huge swell.

The men are then seen floating alongside the overturned boat while drifting back to shore.

No one was hurt in the incident, and strong currents pushed the boat and its passengers on to the North Shore about 15 minutes later.

March 6

WHAT was meant to be a visit to see relatives in the United States turned into a nightmare for a Sunshine Coast woman after she was detained at Honolulu Airport on Oahu and then locked in a federal maximum security prison for two days before being returned to Australia.

March 7

A HORSE trainer was found not guilty of serious animal cruelty following a three-day trial in Maroochydore District Court. The jury returned the verdict in the case of David Ronald Gafa in the early evening of March 6. Mr Gafa's charges stemmed from the way a two-and-a-half-month-old foal named Bonny was treated at a veterinarian's Valdora property on November 18, 2016.

March 8

THE firm dealing with the liquidation of Rebl Corp's subsidiaries revealed how many staff were left without jobs after a shock closure the week prior. Rebl Corp, which included Media Rebl, Digital Rebl and Business Rebl, helped businesses "create and deliver engaging videos, social media content, digital marketing solutions, and extensive business systems".

Rebl Corp closed the doors of its Nicklin Way premises on February 28 and Digital Rebl and Media Rebl were put into liquidation under the care of Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants the next day.

Worrells' liquidator, Dan Hammond, said "40-odd staff" were terminated prior to his appointment.

March 9

KOALAS face extinction and southeast Queensland is on course for a Darling River-style ecosystem collapse until a halt is called to development, according to a leading academic.

Dr Frank Carrick, a University of Queensland Honorary Professor and one of Australia's leading koala experts, said the idea development could go on the way it had without limit was nonsense.

His concerns come as new data showed the SEQ region would grow by another two million people during the next 25 years.

March 11

ONE Nation's Fairfax candidate Paul Henselin launched an attack on Ted O'Brien over funding for the Buderim Men's Shed.

Mr Henselin called on Mr O'Brien to "please explain" claims he personally secured over a million dollars in Federal Government funding for the community group.

The attack was launched after Mr O'Brien erected a sign at the Men's Shed which said he'd delivered over $1 million for the organisation.

But Mr O'Brien, the LNP Member for Fairfax, refused to get into a slanging match, acknowledging the advocacy of One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who he said had even announced the federal funding without him.

March 12

"KINKY sex" between a 48-year-old man and 19-year-old man was said to be at the centre of a deprivation of liberty case in Noosa bushland over the weekend of March 9 and 10.

The older man, his 16-year-old daughter and an unrelated 19-year-old man are all co-accused of holding the victim against his will and repeatedly assaulting him at an Eenie Creek, Noosaville camp site for two days until he escaped early on Sunday.

The trio appeared separately before the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on March 11, each charged with deprivation of liberty and assaults occasioning bodily harm.

March 13

THE girls were just toddlers, no older than three, when they were allegedly subjected to harrowing sexual abuse at the hands of their parents.

The details of the alleged crimes are of the most horrific and unforgiving nature - so horrific, we refuse to publish them.

It is not often, if ever, we choose to withhold accusations from court proceedings.

The trial of the couple - who can't be named to protect the identities of their respective children - started yesterday in Maroochydore District Court where the pair pleaded not guilty to a string of sexual abuse charges.

March 14

A POLICE investigation has been launched after a teacher allegedly struck a student twice in the head at a prominent Sunshine Coast high school on March 12.

The Year 9 student, who declined to be named, attends Kawana Waters State College and claims he was "punched" by the teacher on the school oval.

A source close to the student told the Daily that the student sustained swelling and bruising to his face and jaw in the alleged assault.

March 15

A MAN shot in the head at close range is lucky to be alive and his brother charged with attempted murder after an altercation at a Sunshine Coast property.

Mark Spencer, 36, was charged with more than 20 offences including the shooting of his 42-year-old brother in the mouth through the windscreen of a car on February 2. Sunshine Coast District CIB officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said it was a "matter of luck" the man had survived after being shot with a .22 rifle at a Curramore property.

March 16

LETTING her daughters ditch school was an easy decision for Jenny Oakley, who said it was time for them to stand up and ask the questions instead of answering them.

The proud mum-of-three was one of hundreds of parents, grandparents and family supporting students who walked out of class to strike for action against climate change.

The Sunshine Coast Schools Strike for Climate Change event at Peregian Beach linked with tens of thousands of students globally who used their voices to demand politicians take them, and the Earth, seriously.

Gympie State High School student and St Patrick's College student Shellie Joseph and Echo Hunter-Demecs.

March 18

HUNDREDS braved the rain in a candlelit vigil for the victims and families of the horrific terrorist attack at Christchurch.

The Stand Together for Christchurch event was held so people in the community could stand "united as one"to pay their respects to the 50 lives lost.

More than 200 people gathered at the top of Alexandra Headland under "crying skies" to remember the fallen and stand behind the Muslim community.

Vigil for the Christchurch Massacre.

March 19

A BIKIE with a violent, drug-riddled past was jailed after he repeatedly threatened two sisters who identified him as the driver in a police pursuit.

The "1%" tattoo behind Aaron Ryan's right ear was clear from the Maroochydore District Court dock as he pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice via a string of Facebook messages to one sister, and voicemails to the other.

The "1%" is often associated with outlaw gangs, and Ryan's Facebook intro states "Saturdrah MC", an outlaw motorcycle club whose Sydney chapter was shut down in January 2016.

The court yesterday heard police tried to intercept an unlicensed Ryan as he drove the two sisters, aged 28 and 29, following an evening out.

Ryan sped off and let the pair out when they pleaded with him to stop.

March 20

DRUG culture was the leading factor of "consistent" weapon crimes, according to a Sunshine Coast lawyer, in the wake of multiple horrific stabbings that have left people lucky to be alive. Smith Criminal Law senior solicitor Ben Rynderman represented a client "almost daily" for possessing a weapon, saying the offenders were often mixed up in a drug scene.

This comes after two serious stabbings in a matter of days, one where a teenager was left in an induced coma from multiple stab wounds to his chest and arms.

March 21

COMMUNITY consultation was due to begin on proposed new flight paths as part of the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion.

The new runway will be able to be used in two modes, dependent on wind conditions.

Airservices Australia had been tasked by council to finalise the flight paths and had put the proposed paths out for community feedback.

March 22

TRIBUTES are flowing for a popular Mooloolaba pilot who was killed in a tragic helicopter crash in remote South Australia.

Kieran Brown, 45, died in the crash, and was believed to be laying cables at the Carrapateena Mine near Woomera when disaster struck.

Mr Brown was the sole occupant in the aircraft - a Europcopter AS350 - but several of his colleagues witnessed the crash.

Kieran Brown, 45-year-old pilot from Mooloolaba, died in a helicopter crash, near Woomera in South Australia, 60 kilometres west of Woomera.

March 23

DOROTHY and Russel Summerfield's Golden Beach home suffered $100,000 damage when a young, inexperienced driver sped off the road, and knocked down two trees and their garage.

The Lamerough Pde couple were in their home at the time and grateful nobody was seriously injured or killed.

The Summerfields said the problem was not unique to their street, and wanted their experience to remind drivers that the speed limit in built-up areas was 50km/h unless otherwise signed.

March 25

AT FIRST glance REIQ's latest report painted a rosy picture for the Sunshine Coast's property market, but a real estate principal put the organisation on notice for playing down the real story.

John Stamp, of Belle Property in Noosa, Coolum and Maroochydore, said he spat out his Saturday morning porridge reading the Queensland Market Monitor report. He demanded a meeting with REIQ to discuss the report's findings.

The report noted that over the year ending December last year, Noosa posted an annual median house price growth of 11.7 per cent, but a deeper read showed the median house price actually dropped 8.2 per cent in the last quarter to $680,000.

March 26

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More inmates step forward with allegations of abuse by former B.C. jail guard – Vancouver Sun01.03.20

More men who were once incarcerated in B.C.s notorious Oakalla prison have contacted a Vancouver lawyer in the wake of a series of Postmedia stories about a former jail guard who is accused of sexually abusing 200 former inmates.

After the publication of the stories in late November, approximately 10 more former inmates have contacted lawyer Karim Ramji, who has filed a representative action lawsuit similar to a class action against now-retired guard Roderic David MacDougall and his former boss, the province of B.C.

The representative action, which still must be approved by a judge, was filed on behalf of 61 men and alleges MacDougall is one of Canadas most prolific sexual offenders. The province and MacDougall have not yet filed statements of defence to the allegations, which remain unproven.

It is too early in the court process to indicate whether any new names will added to the lawsuit, although Ramji noted there is no statute of limitations on sexual offence allegations.

One of the men who contacted Ramji also phoned this newspaper, saying the stories brought back difficult memories and made him want to speak publicly for the first time about what allegedly happened to him while incarcerated in Oakalla between 1980 and 1987.

We all feel shame and embarrassment. We all come across as tough-guy convicts, but the reality is we were just kids and we were scared and wed do anything to survive, Stan Lucier said from Ontario, where he now lives and works.

Stan Lucier.

MacDougall, now 66, worked for B.C. Corrections from 1976 to 1997 in Oakalla, Alouette, the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre and the Surrey Justice Centre probation office.

Today, more than 200 former inmates have filed civil claims in court alleging they were sexually abused by MacDougall over his 21-year career when they were teenagers or young men incarcerated for relatively minor crimes. In responses filed in court, the province has denied MacDougall assaulted anyone, but adds that if a judge finds otherwise, then the province admits indirect liability but insists it had no direct knowledge of any alleged crimes.

MacDougall declined to comment when contacted recently by the newspaper. He has filed very few responses to the civil suits, but in at least one found by Postmedia he denied any wrongdoing. He also maintained his innocence at a 2000 criminal trial at which he was convicted of sexual assault, indecent assault and extortion in relation to five inmates, all of them 17 or 18 years old, in the 1980s.

About half of the 200 civil suits are now completed: Some resulted in payouts totalling, by conservative estimates, at least $500,000 by the provincial government; an undisclosed additional amount of money has been paid out for some private, out-of-court settlements; and a few cases were dismissed because the trial judge found the allegations hadnt been proven.

The other half of the civil suits are still before the courts.

More than 60 of those complainants are now part of Ramjis representative action, which argues the province was more than a secondary player: that through its own systemic misconduct, it failed to respond to the many complaints about its employee and therefore facilitated the sexual assaults.

An undated photo of Roderic MacDougall taken before 2005.

Ramji told Postmedia that the lawsuit, if approved, will ask what the province did and didnt do during MacDougalls long career and the two decades since. What did they do to deal with it? Did they make any sort of an internal inquiry? Did they hold a public inquiry? Did they reach out to victims?

Postmedia asked the attorney generals ministry when it would file its response to the representative action, but has not received a response.

The court documents allege the sexual assaults have had devastating emotional and psychological impacts on the victims, often compounding pre-existing drug and crime problems, and spiralling them into even more difficult lives.

Lucier alleges he was assaulted in the 1980s when a guard took him outside the prison on a temporary pass to see his girlfriend who was about to have a baby. Lucier, whose allegations have not been filed in court and remain unproven, said he was promised perks inside the prison if he agreed to certain sexual acts, and was later sent to segregation when he started to refuse.

While sentencing MacDougall at his 2000 criminal trial, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mary Ellen Boyd found his victims were all vulnerable boys, and he had extensive power over parole applications or prison transfers, which he offered in exchange for sexual favours or would threaten to make their lives far more difficult if they declined.

Stan Lucier in the 1980s.

Lucier was in and out of prison for most of his adult life, struggling with addiction and other challenges, but has been clean and employed for several years now. If he joins the representative action, he said, it would not be for the money, but to explain part of the past to his estranged daughter (who herself now has a daughter).

I dont want a nickel. I want to meet my daughter and my granddaughter who Ive never met, Lucier said, who became emotional when describing his tattoo bearing his daughters date of birth.

Its on my chest she never left me. And that is the casualty (of the situation) right there. Our families didnt know what we were up against.

John Court also contacted Postmedia, saying he was offered a $10,000 settlement by the B.C. government in the late-2000s after filing a suit against the province and MacDougall. Postmedia could not independently confirm this information.

Court, who said he was raised in a physically abusive home, was sent to Oakalla at age 16 in 1982 and stayed until 1986. He estimates he was sexually assaulted up to five times.

Court, who had his struggles but also got married, had four children and had a long career as a heavy equipment tractor trailer operator, hopes that by speaking out it will encourage other victims to ask for help.

Being in prison is one thing but the abuse has had a huge affect on my life, even today. I am now 54 years old and I remember it like it was yesterday, said Court, who wonders why more criminal charges were never laid.

The newspaper stories opened old wounds.

They took the bandages off, cut the stitches open and started the bleeding again, he said, but he hopes talking about what happened may help him, and others, finally get closure.

Prisoners in Oakalla in 1975.

The stories were unsettling not only for former Oakalla inmates, but also for their loved ones.

Sandra Schultz son William Hallgarth was an inmate in Oakalla when he phoned her one night in May 1981 to tell her he was being sexually abused in the jail and did not think he could go on. She immediately tried to alert authorities that she believed he could be a suicide risk, Schultz recalled recently, but hours after that phone call, her son died by suicide in his cell. He was 17.

Schultz son did not tell her the name of his alleged abuser inside Oakalla, she said. But she was disturbed to learn recently about the sex assaults happening in the jail around that time. Until she read about MacDougall in The Vancouver Sun in November, she had no idea that a former Oakalla guard had been convicted in 2000 of sexually abusing inmates around the time her son died. After reading the stories, Schultz, who lives in Nanaimo, reached out to both Ramjis office and the newspaper.

Hallgarth had a deplorable upbringing characterized by a possessive, irresponsible drunken father, according to a pretrial probation officers report quoted in a Nanaimo Daily News story after his 1981 death, describing the teenager asemotionally and mentally well below his age.

My Billy was a good kid, Schultz told Postmedia. He lived with us for three years before this all came down, and we were teaching him to read and write.

The probation officer noted that Schultz was a good influence on Hallgarths young life, the Daily News reported in 1981. Hallgarth had mostly been raised by his alcoholic father, the Daily News reported, after Schultz had given him up under fear of physical assaults from his father.

Despite everything, however, the (probation officers) report said that Hallgarth was a rather nice, quiet young man, generous, and kind to animals, the report said. Unfortunately it is impossible to predict what effect any type of sentence will have.

It was painful to read in November about the abuse at Oakalla in the 1980s, Schultz said, but Im glad I did.

Even though its decades in the past, people should know about what happened in Oakalla and other B.C. jails, Schultz said, because its (almost) like somebody got away with murder.

Nov 23:A jail guard, the government and 200 inmates

Nov 25:A failure to improve oversight

Nov 26:Life sentences of shame and fear

Nov 27:A long road through the courts

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10 Of The Best Seinfeld Tattoos | ScreenRant – Screen Rant01.01.20

There are two things that many people enjoy: Seinfeld and tattoos. Sometimes, these interests combine, interlink and form something wonderful ink inspired by this hit comedy series!

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A tat shows off a passion, introduces people to new things and celebrates something specific. That being said, one based on or centered around a series full of such iconic and classic humor seems perfect! The 10 tattoos below feature Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine Benes, George Costanza, Cosmo Kramer, Newman, quotes, objects and moments from this show that help make it so legendary. Enjoy and keep them in mind for the next time a trip to the tattoo parlor comes about in life!

This show is known as a show about nothing, since it focuses on everyday scenarios. It comes out in such a funny way, though! So one of the best ones to honor Seinfeld would be ink like this.

It has this description of the show written out, and it has doodle-like images of the four main characters, Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer. It is simple yet effective, with a silly feel to it that works well, as it is inspired by one of the greatest comedy shows of all time.

Elaine is known for many things: Her no-nonsense attitude, her blazers, her sarcasm and her dancing. This fan decided to focus on this leading lady in particular, with a series of illustrations that show off this characters moves!

Not everyone would get what this ink was referencing, but those who do should probably move up to BFF status.

George may not be the sharpest tool in the shed or the coolest guy in the world, but he helped make this show a success. From his outfits to his personality, this character created so many hilarious scenes. Once, he spoke these wise words: "It's not a lie if you believe it".

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The script on this tat is big and bold, and in the middle of the words, an outline of Georges face is seen, complete with his glasses and hairline. What a fun way to celebrate this guy!

Kramer is another big part of this television series, and when some people picture this character, they picture that portrait of him. Well, this ink mimics that. Just look at that detail!

The Average Joe would never ever want to have this character permanently put onto his body, but a superfan of this show one who appreciates Kramer in all his glory one who has a great sense of humor That person may find this to be oh-so perfect.

Now, we cant forget about Newman. This supporting character is one of the most infamous neighbors out there, and it is easy to hear Jerry saying his name in disgust.

Newman is also a mailman, so some fan decided to celebrate that aspect of the show with this tattoo! And it is true: The mail never stops, thanks to workers like this man. Remember that next time he pops up on the screen.

Even those who have not seen every episode of Seinfeld know about the puffy shirt; Jerry wore it and looked like a pirate, and here it is, in permanent ink!

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Imagine seeing this in real life, on someone who is very into this series. Imagine complimenting them on this unique and exquisite piece of art. And imagine starting up a conversation about other wonderfully funny moments from this series. It could happen, thanks to tats like the ones on this list.

Only viewers who really, really, really know this series will understand this artwork; it says that the sea was angry that day, which George said once, while telling some crazy story. It involved a great beast, a tidal wave and pulling something out of a blowhole (a Titleist, of course).

On its own, this tattoo is very pretty, with its script and the waves and its colors. For a fan of this show, though, it is absolutely beautiful!

Many out there also know about this man, who did not just give soup out to anyone and everyone. Would everyone like this ink? Would just anyone get this on their bodies?

Would every single person know what this was referencing? No, no, no. But true fans would get it, and huge fans would even consider getting something similar for themselves, in order to honor one of the most iconic episodes.

This is a PEZ dispenser. A PEZ is a little piece of candy. This one is themed around Tweety, a yellow canary who is from Looney Tunes. Upon first glance, this could seem like an average object that could be found in grocery stores, antique stores and/or dollar stores.

To a Seinfeld fan, though, this is so much more. To a Seinfeld fan, this little guys conjures up memories of another classic episode, starring Jerry Seinfeld himself, in all his glory.

Last but not least, there is one more piece of art that showcases the main characters from this TV show. This features outlines of their heads, with Jerrys hair, Georges lack of, Kramers messy mop and Elaines longer locks.

It is also outlined in a cool way, to make it pop even more. And isnt that what this series deserves even more attention and celebration? We think so! So if anyone is looking to get some fresh ink, why not consider the ones on this list or at least one original one that is inspired by and based on this show... one of the best comedy series of all time!

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Dolly Parton Talks About Her Tattoos – INKED01.01.20

There are very few celebrities who seem to be universally beloved. Even the most treasured of our Hollywood icons seem to have a small minority of people who live to hate them. Yet, there is one who rises above all. Every person who has a soul loves Dolly Parton.

There's something about Parton that everybody can connect to, whether it's her music, her infectious laugh or the way that she broke through every glass ceiling put in her way. So when we finally got confirmation that she was tattooed a couple of weeks ago, we were thrilled.

Now, in the final episode of "Dolly Parton's America," the acclaimed podcast by Jad Abumrad and WNYC Studios, Parton talks about her tattoos in a little more detail.

"I'm not tattooed all over like a bike woman or anything," Parton says. "I do have a few. They're very delicate, I don't have dark ones, they're all pastels."

Some of the tattoos that Parton has gotten over the year include butterflies (naturally), some lace and little bows. In other words, tattoos that seem like they'd be a natural fit for her bubbly persona. It's when she explains the reasons behind the ink that things get a little more interesting.

"They're not meant to be tattoos for the sake of tattoos," Parton explains. "I'm very fair skinned so when I have any kind of surgery or any kind of scarring, it gets discolored. So I when I first started getting a few little things done, it was to cover up some scarring."

There's something really refreshing to hear about Parton's attitude towards her tattoos, especially when compared to the way celebrities tend to get inked these days. She's not flashing them around on social media, she's not trying to force her way into a news cycle or make any sort of statement. Parton simply didn't like the way scars looked on her body and did something about it, not for anybody else, but for herself.

"Dolly Parton's America" has been quite an interesting look into just what makes us love the country music icon so much, we highly recommend giving it a listen.

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QUIZ: Which lyric will you get tattooed in 2020? – PopBuzz01.01.20

31 December 2019, 15:28 | Updated: 31 December 2019, 15:47

It's time to go out and get thattattooyou've been thinking about all year.

2020 is just around the corner, so there's no better time to have a fresh start and get a new tattoo. But, we all know that deciding what tattoo to get just might be one of the hardest decisions you'll ever have to make. Throw your favourite artist in the mix and it gets pretty complicated.

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From Billie Eilish to Harry Styles, 2019 has been an iconic year for music. There are just so many great lyrics to choose from, but which one do you choose? Well, that's where we come in. We have combed through all your favourite lyrics to make your tattoo decision just a little bit easier. So, what are you waiting for?

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Hurrell reveals tattoo to remember Tonga’s historic win over Kangaroos – FBC News01.01.20

Mate Maa Tonga star Konrad Hurrell saw out 2019 in style, commemorating their landmark rugby league victory over Australia with a commemorative tattoo.

Playing as the Tonga Invitational XIII at the start of November, Tonga stunned the Kangaroos with a 16-12 victory at Eden Park.

The win meant that Tonga had secured victories over the supposed tier one teams, having also defeated the Kiwis and Great Britain.

Posting on Twitter, former Warriors centre Hurrell revealed the tattoo on his left quad, reading TNG XIII VS AUS 16-12 02.11.19.

Hurrell said at the time they dont have much, but they have so much love .

He added that was what their people have, and it was why they were grateful.

The Tonga center said that was what they played for, their family and their little country.


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Abuser with Mickey Mouse tattoo still on the run after prison escape – East Anglian Daily Times01.01.20

PUBLISHED: 11:07 01 January 2020 | UPDATED: 11:07 01 January 2020

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Daniel Coe. PIC: Norfolk Police.


Police are still hunting a man convicted of domestic abuse offences a month after he escaped from Norwich Prison.

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Daniel Coe, 40, from Bury St Edmunds is serving a sentence for domestic abuse offences, and escaped from the Knox Road prison at about 9.30am on Sunday, December 1.

Coe is white, approximately 5ft 9in with short brown hair, and possibly a beard.

He has a Mickey Mouse tattoo on his right upper arm and a Taz and Daffy Duck tattoo on his left arm and is likely to be wearing grey tracksuit bottoms.

Coe is known to frequent the Stalham, Norwich and Bury St Edmunds areas.

A spokesman for the Prison Service said: "We are working closely with Norfolk Police to recapture Daniel Coe who will face further punishment once caught. Absconds from open prison are extremely rare with only one in the four years to March 2019 from HMP Norwich."

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Plans to turn former Burntwood bank into tattoo and body art shop are approved – Lichfield Live01.01.20

Proposals to convert a former Burntwood bank into a tattoo and body art shop have been approved.

Planners at Lichfield District Council gave the go-ahead for the change of use for 47-49 High Street in Chasetown.

The site had been used as a dance studio after the closure of the bank.

Applicant Joanne Webster said in a planning statement that she was keen to bring her career home. She said:

I lived in Chasetown for most of my young life. It has always been home in my heart, with my family and many friends still living in the area.

In my adult life I have lived in many different locations in the UK in order to pursue my body piercing career which I am extremely passionate about.

It has been a goal of mine to set up my own professional body piercing and tattoo studio in my home town.

Full details of the proposals can be seen on Lichfield District Councils planning website.

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