Vanessa Ybarra

Second degree murder charge laid in connection with homicide of Aaliyah Rosa

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

A woman has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with the homicide of Aaliyah Rosa.

On July 22 at about 9:30 p.m., emergency services were called to an apartment building near 200th Street and 68th Avenue in Langley, B.C. where they found 7-year-old Aaliyah Rosa deceased.  Aaliyah’s death was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the case.

Investigators quickly determined that this was an isolated incident and there was no risk to public safety.

Since the initial deployment, IHIT and its partners worked tirelessly to collect and compile all the evidence for charge approval consideration to crown counsel.  An extensive neighbourhood canvass was undertaken and numerous interviews were conducted.

On August 17 Aaliyah’s 36-year-old mother, Kerryann Lewis, was arrested and charged with second degree murder for her death.

Ms. Lewis will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on August 20, 2018.

“This was a tragic case that shocked the community,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Aaliyah Rosa and we hope that we were able to provide some answers to her family.”

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Aretha Franklin paved the way for feminists

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

Being a kid of the 90s I can’t say I’m a huge Aretha Franklin fan as I wasn’t even born when her first number one hit ‘Respect’ was released in 1967 however there’s no denying the level of energy and fierceness in her songs was unlike any other artist the music industry has or ever will see especially her song’ Respect’. As Wikipedia puts it “It’s a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants.” As a young girl my friends and me would wail the song at sleepovers. We didn’t really now who sang it, just that it gave us a feeling we could take on the world and ain’t no man going to tell us what to do. It’s that fierceness Franklin is remembered for. At a time when so many women’s voices were being silenced in the 60s and 70s, Franklin’s messages of standing up for yourself still hold true, especially today with the #metoo movement.

While I am embarrassed to admit I mainly listened to covers of Franklin’s songs growing up, such as Celine Dion’s ‘Natural Woman’ or Diana King’s ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ the news of her passing from cancer Thursday has, at least for myself, brought to light the huge role she played in building the careers of today’s top artists. They may be strong women already, but I bet Beyonce, Adele, and Celine wouldn’t have half the level of confidence on stage if it wasn’t for women like Aretha insisting from men long ago that ‘All I’m asking is for a little respect when you get home!’


  • Vanessa xoxo
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Red Cross pleads for wildfire donations

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

With fires raging across the province, help is needed now and in the weeks and months ahead. The Canadian Red Cross is launching an appeal for donations to help people impacted by this summer’s wildfires.

The Canadian Red Cross works alongside the Province of British Columbia, local authorities, and First Nations leadership to plan how to help those affected by the wildfires.

Canadians wishing to make a financial donation to help those impacted by the BC fires can do so online at, by calling 1-800-418-1111, or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.

“More than 3,000 people have already been evacuated from their homes this summer and there continues to be more than 560 wildfires burning across the province. With the donations from generous Canadians, the Red Cross will help ensure people are cared for now and as they start their recovery.”

– Kimberley Nemrava, Canadian Red Cross Vice-President, British Columbia and Yukon.

Baby hurt after truck plows through Surrey home

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

On Wednesday just after 9 p.m. the Surrey RCMP received a call regarding a truck that had driven into the basement of a house in the 9000 block of Alexandria Crescent in Surrey.

A four month old child was injured in the incident and is being treated at hospital.

The 57 year old driver is currently in police custody.

Surrey Traffic Services, the Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT), along with the Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Services (iCARS) gathered evidence at the scene as the investigation is still in the early stage.

Surrey CCIT will be continuing with the investigation into the cause of the incident.

Traffic in the area around Alexandria Crescent has not been affected.

Anyone with information about this incident please call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or

Tips to avoid road rage

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

Almost everyone has been affected by road rage in one form or another. From scowling, shouting out the window and flipping the bird to tailgating and in extreme cases getting out of your car to exchange words road rage occurs every day in Surrey and other roads South of the Fraser.

My worst experience was almost right outside the Pulse FM Studios at the corner of 152 and Highway 10. I was turning right and cars at the same time cars across from me were using the advanced arrow to turn left, the idea being both cars stay in their designated lanes and everything is peachy. Well after turning left this young woman starts honking at me because she I guess was wanting to go straight into my right turning lane and I was there taking it up. When I slowed down to let her in front of me she slammed he brakes so hard I swear I was going to crash into her.she then proceeded to drive as slowly as possibly to get back at me.

At this point my blood was starting to boil. I tried to go around her but right away she switched lanes pretty much corner me in. When we both got to a red light it was all I could do not to get out of the car and punch her in the face. Instead I just sat there and tried to stay calm as she continued to sniper at me in the rear view mirror and give men the bird.

Believe me. it isn’t easy to stay calm but it can save your life. Here are some ICBC tips to help avoid road rage and hopefully a situation similar to mine.

Tips From Young Drivers to Avoid Road Rage

1. Keep your emotions in check when driving. If you are having an emotional situation such as an argument with your significant other, avoid getting behind the wheel until you resolve your issue.

2. No driver is perfect. Sometimes a driver will do something that they may not be aware of that has caused another driver to become angry. As an example, they may pull into traffic with the honest intention of getting into the flow and don’t realize that it takes longer than they thought. If you prepare yourself to accept driver mistakes, they won’t affect you as much emotionally.

3. Don’t get upset about traffic, it’s a fact of driving life. Collisions, more motorists on the road and weather conditions all play a role in traffic flow. Don’t get mad, relax and understand that you will be late.

4. Avoid angry motorists. If someone cuts you off or gives you the finger, don’t seek revenge, it’s not worth your safety or the safety of other drivers.

5. Avoid using your horn unless it is necessary. Honking while stuck in traffic won’t get you any further.

6. If a road rage driver attempts to follow you, drive to the nearest police station.

7. Don’t be afraid to report an aggressive driver to law enforcement.

8. Never leave your vehicle to confront an aggressive driver when traffic has stopped. YouTube is filled with videos that show the consequences of drivers engaged in physical altercations.

9. Avoid being distracted at the wheel. Your fellow drivers may not appreciate you texting while driving or impeding traffic while your have your head down updating your social media status.

10. Use your lights, signals and check your blind spot to indicate your intentions and avoid cutting off fellow drivers.

Road rage can be easily defused if drivers take the necessary steps to be patient and understanding while driving. Life is too short to be angry while driving!

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Fire crews battle large blaze near Pattullo Bridge

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

If you have breathing problems and are near the Pattullo Bridge best to stay indoors this morning.

A large fire in the industrial park east of the bridge broke out early Friday morning fully engulfing a barge in the Fraser River.

Plumes of smoke can be seen from as far as Vancouver.

Traffic is still moving on the Pattullo Bridge with no road closures at last report.



(Photo Credits: The Province and Vancouver Sun)

Practicing Motorcycle Safety

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

On Wednesday there were two separate motorcycle accidents in Metro Vancouver. One motorcyclist was struck by an SUV in Coquitlam, another in a busy intersection in Burnaby. Both died. It’s a sad reminder how dangerous driving the two-wheeled vehicles can be. I admit I love my adrenalin sports and pushing the pedal on an empty country road here and there, but motorcycles simply pack too much risk, at least for myself, no matter how thrilling drivers claim the ride to be.

That isn’t to say I haven’t been on one. In my early 20s a date picked me up on a Harley. There we were cruising over the Lions Gate Bridge at sunset, the horizon at my back, wind in my hair, and all I could think was “Good god don’t let me die.” Cars were ripping around us left and right that I just couldn’t shake off the dreaded feeling in my gut that at that speed if we were hit our injuries would be ten times more severe than if  in a protected car.

For people brave enough to live life on two wheels (including my Aunt and Uncle who live to ride) please take the time to brush up on this ICBC safety tips article. It may not provide complete protection on the roads, but it will help cut your chance of being another fatality statistic.

-Vanessa xoxo
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Richmond Couple Wins Lotto 6/49

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 Wayne Martin and Sandee Towers will enjoy their big win with an African safari with family after winning the Lotto 6/49 $7M jackpot from the June 27, 2018 draw.

The Richmond couple also looks forward to spending more time with its four children and buying a house in the B.C. Interior. “We’re a close knit family, pretty quiet,” says Sandee. “We like to spend lots of time with our children.”

Wayne bought the ticket at 7-Eleven on Granville Avenue in Richmond. “I buy every week, it’s just a natural thing,” he said. After self-checking the ticket and seeing all of the zeros after the number seven, it took a few minutes for the life-altering news to sink in. “I looked at the numbers but it just didn’t compute. I got a Slurpee, and went back and checked my ticket again. Then I took a picture and bought my other tickets.”

Wayne decided to surprise his wife, who was travelling in England, by meeting her in London with two of their children to share the exciting news face to face. “He said, ‘remember how we wanted to buy a Jeep? Well now we can,’” Sandee recalled. “I asked him what he was talking about and he showed me a newspaper article about a $7 million ticket sold in Richmond…at first I just didn’t believe him and thought it was a joke.”

“We’re both just so excited,” Sandee added. “This win takes so much pressure off of our family. We can help our children, savour a slower pace, do more of the things we love and just enjoy being together.”

Best guilt-free dessert!

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

Here’s the recipe for the greek yogurt / whip cream dessert I talked about on Pulse Mornings today. It’s soooo good AND only 180 calories. Cha-ching! Make sure you use local blueberries for extra sweetness!

Makes 6 servings (about 2 cups)

1 pint (2 cups) fresh blueberries, stemmed and rinsed

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

2/3 cup well-chilled heavy cream

Puree 1½ cups of the blueberries in a mini food processor or in a blender. Pour the purée through a fine-mesh strainer into a medium bowl, pushing it through with a flexible spatula and scraping it into the bowl as it accumulates on the underside of the strainer. Discard the remaining solids.

Stir the honey and lemon zest into the strained purée, then stir in the yogurt until well incorporated.

Chill a mixing bowl. Pour in the heavy cream; beat (by hand or with an electric mixer) to form soft peaks.

Gently fold the whipped cream into the blueberry mixture, then cover and refrigerate for at least one hour and up to four hours.

To serve, spoon the mixture into stemmed glasses and top with the remaining blueberries.

Per serving: 180 calories, 5 grams protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 10 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 35 milligrams cholesterol, 25 mg sodium, 1 g dietary fibre, 19 g sugar


Langley man falls from balcony

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

A 29 year old Langley man remains in custody this morning after an altercation in an apartment in the 5300 block of 204 Street in Langley City Wednesday night.

Police were called at approximately 10:20 to the apartment after a man was seen falling from a second storey balcony to the balcony below.

The remaining occupant in the suite in question was taken into custody as police continue their investigation into the circumstances leading up to the fall.  Statements have been taken from several witnesses and the information will be compiled and presented to the BC Prosecution Service.

The 45 year old victim remains in hospital this morning in serious but didn’t suffer any life threatening injuries.

The suspect is expected to appear in court today.