WEDNESDAY WRAP: Mean raccoons, a bad thief, and highway news

As raccoons menace McMillan pets, human criminals prove less adept at evading capture

A busy day features a couple videos of brawling animals, and a tale of an incompetent local criminal. Without further ado, your Wednesday wrap:

Raccoon gang blamed for dozens of Abbotsford cat deaths and injuriesREAD

A ravenous gang of raccoons is being blamed for attacks on dozens of cats in the McMillan area of Abbotsford over the last two years. Some of the felines have been killed and mostly eaten while others have survived and made it to the local animal hospital in fragile health. Since this went online Tuesday morning, others have shared their stories of pets – including in one case a dog – being killed. Read more…

Thief locks self in back of van he’s trying to steal in Abbotsford READ

38-year-old man was arrested after he locked himself in the back of a stolen van. The vehicle had a metal wall separating the driving compartment to the rear of the van, where the man trapped himself. Police were tipped off by residents of an east Abbotsford street, who called at 2 a.m. early on Wednesday morning to report the van shaking violently. Read more…

Variable speed limits system coming to Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack – READ

The installation of variable speed limit systems may be a little like putting a Band-Aid on a broken leg, but it’s better than nothing. Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz said she’s grateful for the provincial government’s announcement to spend $25 million on the congestion-based speed limit systems between Abbotsford and Chilliwack, but the bigger issue is highway widening. Read more…

Abbotsford rugby talent representing B.C.READ

Abbotsford Rugby Football Club products Vivianna Johnson, Ashlynn Smith and Shalaya Valenzuela have all been named to Team B.C.’s U20 women’s XV squad for the Canadian Rugby Championships. Read more…

Construction on new Abbotsford courthouse ramping upREAD

Construction on Abbotsford’s new $150 million courthouse is set to ramp up, with an official groundbreaking ceremony set for this afternoon. Read more…

Croatia beats to England to reach World CupREAD

Croatia will play France in the World Cup final on Sunday after destroying English dreams in extra time today. Read more…

Rotary Club of Abbotsford names new presidentREAD

Bill Bramwell will be president of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. Bramwell is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow award recipient and has been an active Rotarian for 42 years. Read more…

Circo Osorio Circus comes to AbbotsfordREAD

The Circo Osorio Circus comes to the parking lot of Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in Abbotsford from July 12 to 15. Read more…

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And from elsewhere:

Two fatalities, one serious injury mar vacation season in resort townREAD

A 32-year-old man was airlifted to Kamloops General Hospital Tuesday after he crashed his dirt bike on the KVR trail near Tulameen. The incident is the third serious bike accident in the Tulameen area this year, a popular resort community 26 km northwest of Princeton. On June 30 a 26-year-old visitor to the area was killed when his dirt bike collided head on with a pick up truck, and a Surrey man was killed during the May long weekend when his motorcycle plunged into a lake. Read more…

Video surfaces of grizzly bears chasing black bear near Alberta highwayWATCH

An astonishing video of a group of bears chasing another bear on the side of an Alberta highway has been turning heads since being captured on camera this weekend. Read more…

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