Morning CHEK for January 25

Morning CHEK for January 25

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Two arrests in government confirmed national security investigation, Trump associate Roger Stone arrested early Friday and an expected five-week trial continues in Nanaimo into 2016 Courtenay shooting. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.

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Details to be released Friday on national security investigation, two arrested in Ontario: The Mounties have arrested two people in Kingston, Ontario as part of a national security investigation. They plan to hold a news conference later today to release more information about the case. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the situation has been contained and there’s no threat to public safety.

FBI arrests Roger Stone in a seven-count indictment stemming from Russia probe: Dramatic pre-dawn footage from CNN of FBI agents arresting U.S. President Donald Trump associate Roger Stone at his Florida home. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office says Stone faces charges including witness tampering, obstruction and false statements, which according to the indictment, were made to the U-S House intelligence committee. Stone will be in court later today. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the arrest has nothing to do with the President.

Trial continues into 2016 double murder in Courtenay: The trial of 45-year-old Michael Simard continues today, expected to last five weeks, charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the 2016 shooting deaths of Leanne Larocque and Gord Turner in Courtenay. Larocque’s family said Thursday after more than two years, they hope to have some closure once the trial is over.

Convicted killer KellyEllard gets day parole extended: The Parole Board of Canada has extended day parole for Kelly Ellard, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of 14-year-old Reena Virk near Victoria in 1997. Ellard, who now goes by Kerry Marie Sim, received day parole in November 2017 and the board has extended it in six-month increments on several occasions. Ellard was convicted in 2005 after three trials and received a life sentence.

Big Nanaimo crowd takes in byelection all-candidates forum: A big crowd to hear from the six candidates vying for the Nanaimo seat in the legislature for the upcoming provincial byelection Jan. 30. An all-candidates forum was held Thursday night. Elections BC says two days of advanced voting has outpaced the lead-up to the 2017 provincial election. Advanced voting continues today at the Alliance Church and Departure Bay Baptiste Church.

U.S. government workers miss second paycheque, shutdown impacts sourthern resident whales: Hundreds of thousands of U.S. government workers are going without a paycheque Friday for the second time since a shutdown started 35 days ago. It’s having an impact on southern resident killer whales. Scientists hope to save two ailing orcas, but the US national oceanic and atmospheric administration, the government body with jurisdiction to intervene, isn’t available.

Ed Sheeran announces his own acoustic guitar brand:
Musician and singer Ed Sheeran is bringing his own acoustic guitar brand to the market. He surprised fans in Anaheim, California, this week at an annual music merchants show. Sheeran is working with guitar-maker Lowden Guitars.

Super-hero provides voice to ‘Superpower Dogs’: Who better to narrate a movie called “Superpower Dogs” than a super-hero like Captain America? IMax announced Chris Evans will provide the voice-over for the film about real-life canine heroes and their human partners, who brave dangerous situations to save lives. “Superpower Dogs” opens in theatres in March.

Royals on the road, Grizzlies and Clippers at home Friday: 
The Victoria Royals are on the road tonight in the WHL to face the Kelowna Rockets. In the BCHL, the Victoria Grizzlies host the Cowichan Valley Capitals and the Nanaimo Clippers are at home to face the Vernon Vipers.

Djokovic-Nadal clash reminds tennis fans of 2012 marathon in Melbourne: With Novak Djokovic’s straight-sets win over Lucas Puille, tennis fans are getting set for his clash in the Australian Open men’s final against Rafael Nadal. The two tennis stars got together for a nearly six-hour marathon in the 2012 Australian final. Djokovic has never lost a championship match at Melbourne Park.


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