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The Sumas Dike near No. 3 Road suffered a large breach during flooding in mid-November. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

Videos show force of floodwaters after dike breach on Sumas Prairie in November

Three videos shot at main dike at No. 3 and Marion roads in Abbotsford on Nov. 15, 16 and 17

The Sumas Dike near No. 3 Road suffered a large breach during flooding in mid-November. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)

Former Abbotsford cop loses bid for dismissal of sexual-assault civil lawsuit

Donald Cooke accused of offences against three minors between 1982 and 1985

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)
Johnathan Rath is shown here during an arrest in August 2018 following a police takedown in the area of Clearbrook Road and Fir Avenue in Abbotsford. (Kevin MacDonald file photo)

Man charged with hotel robbery and liquor-store theft in Abbotsford

Two incidents occurred a few minutes apart on Boxing Day

Johnathan Rath is shown here during an arrest in August 2018 following a police takedown in the area of Clearbrook Road and Fir Avenue in Abbotsford. (Kevin MacDonald file photo)
Vancouver law courts. (File photo)

Judge rules Kelowna RCMP not liable in 2015 high-speed crash on Highway 1 near Abbotsford

Passenger who was injured said police were negligent following drug arrest

Vancouver law courts. (File photo)
The Barrowtown Pump Station is getting a backup generator to keep it running during power outages. Funding of $6.5 million is coming from the provincial government. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Barrowtown Pump Station in Abbotsford to get backup generator

Council awards $3.3M contract out of $6.5M grant from the province

The Barrowtown Pump Station is getting a backup generator to keep it running during power outages. Funding of $6.5 million is coming from the provincial government. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Sourav Arora (left) and Jasreet Ghuman raised more than $7,000 for the Canadian Red Cross’s flood-recovery appeal. The donation is being matched by the provincial and federal governments for a total contribution of more than $21,000. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford students’ Red Cross donation for flood recovery tops $21K

Pair’s GoFundMe campaign matched by provincial and federal governments

Sourav Arora (left) and Jasreet Ghuman raised more than $7,000 for the Canadian Red Cross’s flood-recovery appeal. The donation is being matched by the provincial and federal governments for a total contribution of more than $21,000. (Submitted photo)
The floodwaters that swept over Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie, starting on Nov. 14, destroyed Ripples Winery on Tolmie Road along with houses and barns on the property. (Photo by Caroline Mostertman)

Class-action lawsuit filed to recoup losses from Sumas Prairie flooding in Abbotsford

Defendants were ‘grossly negligent’ in failing to properly warn residents, lawsuit states

The floodwaters that swept over Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie, starting on Nov. 14, destroyed Ripples Winery on Tolmie Road along with houses and barns on the property. (Photo by Caroline Mostertman)
Caleb Kinvig decorates his tree for his senior match in the Planting Intergenerational Promises program at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)

Project at Abbotsford school helps students cope with trauma of flooding

Grade 3 class at Upper Sumas Elementary makes Christmas trees and cards for seniors

Caleb Kinvig decorates his tree for his senior match in the Planting Intergenerational Promises program at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)
Andrew Charpentier (second from left) is arrested in the 45900 block of Wellington Avenue in Chilliwack after allegedly stealing from flood victims on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

Man arrested in Chilliwack accused of stealing from Abbotsford flood victims

Andrew Charpentier has been charged with four counts of break-and-enter

Andrew Charpentier (second from left) is arrested in the 45900 block of Wellington Avenue in Chilliwack after allegedly stealing from flood victims on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
Abbotsford residents whose homes require repair or rebuilding from the recent flooding will not have to pay building-permit fees, and the application process is being sped up. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)

Building-permit fees waived in Abbotsford for flood-damaged homes

City also agrees to speed up application process for impacted property owners

Abbotsford residents whose homes require repair or rebuilding from the recent flooding will not have to pay building-permit fees, and the application process is being sped up. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)
Gavin King, 8, of Coquitlam crafted mini clay Christmas trees as a fundraiser for the Abbotsford-based Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue. (Submitted photo)

Boy, 8, crafts clay Christmas trees and raises $3,500 for Abbotsford search-and-rescue team

Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue visits Gavin King of Coquitlam to thank him

Gavin King, 8, of Coquitlam crafted mini clay Christmas trees as a fundraiser for the Abbotsford-based Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue. (Submitted photo)
A sentencing hearing took place Friday (Dec. 17) for Deepak Sharma of Abbotsford, who was previously convicted of the sexual assault of one of his taxi passengers in West Vancouver. The judge will issue her ruling at a later date.

Crown says former cabbie from Abbotsford should get 6-8 months in jail for sexual assault

Sentencing hearing held for Deepak Sharma, former Hindu temple president

A sentencing hearing took place Friday (Dec. 17) for Deepak Sharma of Abbotsford, who was previously convicted of the sexual assault of one of his taxi passengers in West Vancouver. The judge will issue her ruling at a later date.
An Abbotsford Facebook group is collecting gift cards to help victims of the recent flooding.

Abbotsford Facebook group collects gift cards for flood victims

Cards passed along to help residents purchase groceries, clothing and other items

An Abbotsford Facebook group is collecting gift cards to help victims of the recent flooding.
Abbotsford Police seized items including cocaine, fentanyl and cash during a bust in February 2018. Sukhjit Malhi was later sentenced to under a year in prison. He has now been charged with seven weapon offences. (Abbotsford Police Department)

Abbotsford man who had 8 charges dropped in 2018 now faces 7 weapon charges

Sukhjit Malhi accused of having loaded handgun during traffic stop on Dec. 14

Abbotsford Police seized items including cocaine, fentanyl and cash during a bust in February 2018. Sukhjit Malhi was later sentenced to under a year in prison. He has now been charged with seven weapon offences. (Abbotsford Police Department)
Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford was among the areas hardest hit by the recent flooding. Police arrested two men in the area on Wednesday (Dec. 15) after a farmer spotted them trying to steal equipment. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Farmers help lead police to 2 men trying to steal equipment on Sumas Prairie

Abbotsford Police arrest pair who allegedly dumped stolen car and tried to run away

Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford was among the areas hardest hit by the recent flooding. Police arrested two men in the area on Wednesday (Dec. 15) after a farmer spotted them trying to steal equipment. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Elite Farm Services workers are seen throwing chickens at a Chilliwack farm in undercover video filmed by Mercy for Animals in 2017. Elite and poultry processor Sofina Foods were sentenced Dec. 14, 2021 and must each pay a $300,000 fine.

Two companies each fined $300k for chicken abuse in Abbotsford and Chilliwack

Elite Farm Services Ltd. and Sofina Foods also subject to three years’ probation

Elite Farm Services workers are seen throwing chickens at a Chilliwack farm in undercover video filmed by Mercy for Animals in 2017. Elite and poultry processor Sofina Foods were sentenced Dec. 14, 2021 and must each pay a $300,000 fine.
The Abbotsford Fish and Game Club (AFGC) – at the base of Sumas Mountain – was submerged when massive flood hitting the area in mid-November. (Photo courtesy of AFGC)

Abbotsford Fish and Game Club recovers from flood damage, including bridge loss

Site serves as Western Canada firearms training centre for border and corrections personnel

The Abbotsford Fish and Game Club (AFGC) – at the base of Sumas Mountain – was submerged when massive flood hitting the area in mid-November. (Photo courtesy of AFGC)
A man argued that his drug charges should be tossed out because police in Abbotsford breached his charter rights when they searched his “man bag.” (Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash

Man loses argument that police in Abbotsford shouldn’t have searched his ‘man bag’

Jakob Mosterd convicted of drug charges after arguing charter rights were breached

A man argued that his drug charges should be tossed out because police in Abbotsford breached his charter rights when they searched his “man bag.” (Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash
Santa arrives Tuesday, Dec. 14 by air ambulance to visit kids at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Fraser Health)

Santa arrives by air ambulance to visit kids at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

BC Emergency Health Services and Helijet transport the Man in Red

Santa arrives Tuesday, Dec. 14 by air ambulance to visit kids at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Fraser Health)
Renderings show a suggested design for an expanded Abbotsford Police headquarters.

City plans to obtain $36M 20-year loan for Abbotsford Police building expansion

Remaining $40M to come from internal general capital reserves

Renderings show a suggested design for an expanded Abbotsford Police headquarters.