Based on the analysis of the Mirror’s online readership behaviour – the only concrete, trackable measure available to us – the people of Campbell River crave either bad news or photos of police tape.
Using Google Analytics, we were able to determine the most-read stories on www.campbellrivermirror.com. Those stories invariably involved police, whether it be a serious crime or a tragic situation. It is debatable how much online readership corresponds with print readership but the two would seem to be closely related.
Here are the campbellrivermirror.com most-read stories of 2014, in chronological order:
Caroline Doreen Surrett
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, at approximately 8 a.m., police received a 911 call from the residence of Konstanty (Karol) Bukiewicz at 874 Alder St. Upon attending the scene, they found the body of Caroline Doreen Surrett (72) and arrested Bukiewicz (84) without incident on a charge of second degree murder.
Attempted suicide by self-immolation
On May 18, a woman reportedly attempted to commit suicide at the Ken Forde Boat Launch by dousing herself in gasoline and lighting it on fire.
Few details were released about the event other than the response from firefighters and ambulance paramedics responding at 7:30 a.m. and the woman’s subsequent transport to hospital.
Truck in the harbour
Just after noon on July 30, then-Mayor Walter Jakeway was waiting at the exit to leave the Discovery Pier parking lot when the front end of his truck was clipped by a northbound pickup.
That truck then lost control, sending it down the steep rocky bank and into the harbour. Several bystanders jumped into the water to free the driver of the vehicle as it sunk, pulling her to safety.
The truck recovery took more than a few hours as local police awaited a dive team and onlookers clogged the sidewalk of Pier Street.
Gate ramming at Capital Power
The public response to a search for an 18-year-old woman using her Chevrolet Cavalier or Pontiac Sunfire to ram the gates at Capital Power on Orange Point Road during the second week of October netted an arrest and a charge of mischief over $5,000.
On Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8:26, police responded to the report of an unresponsive male in the carport of a house at the corner of Alpine Road and Dogwood Street.
The body was that of Joshua Billy, 37, and though the police have confirmed they are investigating his death as a homicide, no charges have yet been laid, to the frustration of friends and family members.
On Sunday, Dec. 7, Trevor Lyttle (26), told his parents he wanted to feed a deer he saw on their property, went next door to his neighbour’s house – they said they had some food he could take to it – and hasn’t been seen since.
Lyttle is 5’11” and 165 pounds, and was last seen wearing a grey toque, blue or black jeans and grey, black and white plaid jacket. Anyone with information on his disappearance should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.