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Birthday boy beaten

Steven Hillshill@squamishchief.com It wasn't such a happy birthday for one Squamish resident who was attacked and beaten up for his festive hat.Cpl.

Steven Hillshill@squamishchief.com

It wasn't such a happy birthday for one Squamish resident who was attacked and beaten up for his festive hat.Cpl. Dave Ritchie of the local RCMP detachment said a 30-year-old male was walking home with friends behind Garibaldi Garden Courts after celebrating his birthday April 9 at 2 a.m., when he was assaulted by a group of males apparently demanding his birthday hat. He was beaten when he refused, according to RCMP.

He required hospitalization for treatment of his injuries, which included a head injury form being struck by a bottle.To date, two men have been arrested after investigation into the assault, and police are asking for anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to contact them at the detachment and/or Crimestoppers.

One of the males arrested is an 18-year-old Squamish resident, who was released and scheduled to appear in North Vancouver Provincial Court on June 21, 2006 to face a charge of assault with a weapon. The investigation is continuing.

Cocaine seized in raid

A "large quantity" of cocaine was seized April 8 from a residence in the 38000 block of Britannia Avenue during the execution of a search warrant by both plainclothes and uniformed members of the RCMP.

The warrant was issued in relation to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Along with the cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash consistent with drug trafficking were seized.

Dion Romano and Teresa Cluney will be appearing in North Vancouver Provincial Court on May 24, 2006 in relations to the charges.

Brawl erupts at Chieftain

Police were called to respond to a barroom brawl at the Chieftain Pub April 6.

According to RCMP, a 911 call that evening alerted police to the fight, but when members arrived, the bar patrons responsible had already left.

Four males were eventually arrested and lodged in cells for public intocification, but were later released.RCMP continue to investigate the fight.