CECIL LAKE, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has provided an update to a power outage that is affecting customers in the Cecil Lake and Goodlow areas.According to B.C. Hydro community Relations Manager, David Conway, the preliminary estimate suggests power could be out five to seven days.Conway says a geotechnical assessment needs to be completed before they can proceed with working on restoring power.- Advertisement -“At this time, we don’t have a restoration time. A preliminary estimate suggests power could be out 5 to 7 days. Before any work can begin, a geotechnical assessment needs to be completed. A geotech is scheduled to have a first look at the site by helicopter tonight. Once the area is cleared safe to work, our crews will assess the damage and restoration work will begin.”Approximately 100 customers continue to be without power service in the Goodlow and Cecil Lake areas since Monday morning due to a landslide.We will provide more updates when they become available.Advertisement
LANCASTER – A 19-year-old Lancaster man has been ordered to serve 11 years in prison for throwing a bottle of salsa that fatally injured a volunteer collecting donations for the homeless. The case of Joseph Peterson started out as a relatively minor affair when he was accused of stealing M&Ms and Twizzlers from a discount store. When Peterson fled with the candy, Charles Hairston, a 51-year-old homeless-group volunteer, tried to stop him, sheriff’s officials said. Peterson threw the bottle, hitting him in the head. Hairston died three weeks later. Peterson pleaded no contest Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter after prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of murder. He was sentenced to 11 years. Hairston then pushed a shopping cart into the car to stop it and a fight followed that carried into the store. Peterson threw items at Hairston, hitting him in the head with the salsa. Peterson was arrested, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years’ probation. But three days after the incident, Hairston went to a hospital complaining of a headache. Doctors diagnosed a subdural hematoma, or bruising inside his head, and Hairston underwent surgery on July 20. He died of complications Aug. 2 and the murder charge was filed. [email protected] (661) 476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s probably a fair resolution on the matter,” Deputy District Attorney Bernie LaForteza said. Peterson’s attorney, Tyson Beers, said there was no malice or intent to kill on his client’s part. “We think it’s a good resolution,” Beers said. “Getting it down from second-degree murder to voluntary manslaughter is pretty good and a pretty big jump.” Hairston, a Lancaster resident, was outside a 99 Cents Only store July 14, 2006, collecting donations when Peterson, his girlfriend and another couple went inside the store, prosecutors said. Employees saw them taking candy and tried to stop them. Peterson drove away, nearly hitting an employee who was trying to write down the license plate number, prosecutors said.