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Groundhogs call for early spring, Vancouver police investigate homicide, and more you need to know

1. Canadian groundhogs call for early spring, Environment Canada issues snowfall alert

It’s Groundhog Day and the groundhogs themselves are calling for an early spring. Meanwhile, a weather alert says snowfall in excess of 5 cm is possible in the Lower Mainland on Friday, before turning to rain on Saturday. See more >

2. Vancouver police investigating second homicide of the year

A man’s body was found at the Seawall at Stanley Park Wednesday night, and Vancouver Police are ruling it as a homicide. See more >

3. Abbotsford man gets one year for child pornography offences

Eric Andrew Ellingsen, 29, was arrested in September 2015 after the Abbotsford Police Department’s major crime unit seized CDs, DVDs, phones and computers from his home. See more >

4. Ridge Meadows Mounties looking for Good Samaritan who broke up an attack:

Police are looking to talk to a man who stopped an attempted robbery on Sunday in Maple Ridge, where two woman attacked another while she was walking on the sidewalk. See more >

5. Lab tests confirm carfentanil is being ingested by drug users in the Lower Mainland

Urine lab testing by LifeLabs found carfentanil – the tranquilizer used on elephants –present in dozens of drug tests from across the Lower Mainland. See more >

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