Charge upgraded in Melanson
Two men now face charges of second-degree murder in the October death of Brent Melanson.
19-year-old Cameron Alexander Miller and 21-year-old Ricky John Smith both face the charge. Miller was charged with one count of manslaughter following the Oct. 30 incident. Smith was charged in late January with second-degree murder.
Police responded to a party on the 1800 block of 4th Ave shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, and after they left, people from the party became involved in a dispute, which later carried on near the 1900 block of Third Ave, near the Dairy Queen, at about 3:30 a.m.
Police were returning to the area when Melanson, injured in the fight, approached the police van. Officers immediately called Emergency Health Services, and he was treated at the scene and transported to Prince George Regional Hospital. He died of his throat injuries a short time later.
A friend told the Free Press shortly after his death that Melanson was an intelligent, dependable man happy with his life.
He had just finished some engine work to put his truck back on the road the day of the incident, the friend said, and had said how happy he was with his job. He had become engaged to his girlfriend sometime in the previous few weeks, he said.
“He was someone trying to get his life going the way he wanted to,” the friend said. “I know the people that worked with him were in a state of shock. They couldn’t believe what happened.”
Prince George men arrested in Abbotsford
Members of the Abbotsford Police Drug Squad, later assisted by patrol officers, attended a residence in the 33500 block of Marchall Road early last week, where they observed a motorcycle being loaded onto a pick up truck. The vehicle was stopped later by patrol officers and the motorcycle was confirmed as being stolen from the Cariboo region.
A search warrant was later executed at the residence, and in addition to recovering a second stolen motorcycle, officers recovered a stolen ATV, a stolen projection television, and several motorized tools also believed to be stolen property.
Police arrested a 42-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman from Abbotsford, and the two male occupants of the pick up, aged 29 and 52.