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Castanet video prompts investigation (updated)

January 13, 2011

Video is no longer the be all and end all for community newspaper chiefs, but a film shot by a local reporter in Kelowna shows that all you need is an iPhone to get a huge scoop.

As you may be aware of by now, Kelly Hayes of Castanet.net headed to a local golf course Friday morning after hearing reports of shots being fired. When he arrived, he found a police officer arresting Buddy Tavares. Hayes started recording on his iPhone as a Mountie, with gun drawn, booted Tavares in the face.

It’s a great scoop and one instance where video tells much more of a story, and makes much more news, than a simple photograph—which the police can explain away much easier.

Here’s the edited Castanet video. And here’s the raw footage (this should be  somewhere up front on the Castanet site, but isn’t).

And here’s a good follow-up from the Kelowna Capital News and reporter Cheryl Wierda (with video of the guy getting out of jail). (Kudos to the Cap News for mentioning that the video came from Castanet and Hayes).

The video has now sparked an investigation and the suspension of the officer in question.

While I’m in the area, I’ll point out Vernon Morning Star reporter Roger Knox‘s excellent story on a Vernon guy acquitted of murder after he killed his friend and chopped up his body. The guy was legitimately insane, it turns out.

According to his father, Nathan John Mayrhofer was always a “champion of the underdog.”

Which is why it wasn’t a surprise that Mayrhofer befriended Kenneth Scott Barter when the pair worked at a Vernon business.

Mayrhofer, said his father, John, encouraged Barter to seek treatment for his issues which included a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.


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