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Maple Ridge man faces riot charges

Crown counsel approved 13 new charges Thursday against five more suspects in relation to last year’s Stanley Cup riot, including four against a 20-year-old Maple Ridge man.

Andrew Glenn Cuthbert was charged with two counts of mischief, as well as participating in a riot and arson.

Crown has now formally charged 57 rioters with 153 criminal offences, including others from Maple Ridge.

Jeff Post and Connor Epp, both 20, were among 25 suspected rioters who had criminal charges approved against them by Crown in November. Post and Epp both face one count each of participating in a riot and another of mischief.

The most recent charges come eight months after the June 15 rampage that erupted after the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Boston Bruins.

Onlookers shot video and photos and posted them on social media, fueling what has become a massive crowd-sourced police investigation.

Maple Ridge teenager Nathan Kotylak, who confessed on TV, is not among the rioters charged. Kotylak, who was 17 at the time, was caught on camera trying to light a police car on fire, setting a garbage can on fire, and smacking a girl on her breasts.

The now-suspended junior national water polo player was first identified online through Facebook by people who recognized him. He made a tearful public apology two days after the riot and chose to waive the protection afforded to him as a juvenile.

To date, the Integrated Riot Investigation Team has recommended 350 criminal charges against 125 suspected rioters.

New driver stops on green, arrested

Swerving all over the road and stopping at a green light has a 26-year-old female motorist facing drunk driving charges, after she was stopped by Ridge Meadows RCMP recently. The motorist, who still has her ‘N,’ provided breath samples that were twice the legal limit of .08 – or 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. She appears in court in May.

Hitting the wall

A 15-year-old driver smashed his mom's car up on Friday, after he hit a retaining wall on McClure Drive, damaging the wall and the vehicle, say RCMP.

Chopper coppers

RCMP's chopper and dog squads teamed up Saturday and arrested 26-year-old man after a man was seen driving a stolen Honda Civic about 11:30 p.m.

The car was reported stolen about 90 minutes before that, then was spotted in downtown Maple Ridge just before midnight.

Police, thanks to Air One helicopter, then saw the car in west Maple Ridge after a suspect parked it in a driveway on 209th Street. The driver took off on foot but the RCMP's Integrated Police Dog Service tracked him to a home on Dewdney Trunk Road. The suspect appeared in Port Coquitlam provincial court Monday.

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