Whitehorse Daily Star

Bomb was mailed from Whitehorse: victim’s spouse

A retired pulp mill worker has been identified as the victim of a mail bomb attack in the tiny village of Port Alice on Vancouver Island.

By Whitehorse Star on September 14, 2018

PORT ALICE, B.C. – A retired pulp mill worker has been identified as the victim of a mail bomb attack in the tiny village of Port Alice on Vancouver Island.

His wife, Shirley Bowick, has told MyComaxValleyNow.com that the package was mailed from Whitehorse.

This morning, police in Whitehorse referred the Star to their counterparts in B.C. – who would not confirm the information from the injured man’s wife.

The Mounties say they are investigating a targeted blast that went off when the victim opened a mail package at a home on Tuesday.

Shannon MacGregor said her neighbour, Roger Nepper, was injured in the blast, and she drove him to the local clinic for treatment.

MacGregor said she was out grocery shopping.

When she returned home, she saw smoke coming from Nepper’s house. Moments later, Nepper appeared at the front door step with his right arm pressed against his chest.

“Roger came to the doorway, standing sideways with his right arm up in the air, moaning,” said MacGregor.

“I said, ‘Are you OK, Roger?’ He said he called the ambulance, the fire department and police ... and he needs to get to the hospital.”

She said Nepper appeared to be in shock and said little during the short drive to the hospital.

His right hand appeared to be seriously injured, MacGregor said.

“His left hand was holding up his right hand.”

An official with Island Health in Victoria said Nepper remained in hospital and did not want to comment.

Deputy Mayor Bruce Lloyd said Nepper is in his mid-60s, and is known in the community of about 800 people as a former local boxing coach.

“He was a boxer, a very good boxer,” said Lloyd, adding that Nepper has lived in Port Alice for more than 30 years

“He taught boxing when he first moved up here. He taught the whole town boxing.”

Nepper was employed as a mason at the local pulp mill, which has been shut down since March 2015, said Lloyd. Nepper retired about 15 years ago.

The RCMP have not identified who was injured but say the victim received serious but non life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.


Comments (4)

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Ilove Parks on Sep 19, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Not sure but the alleged bomber may have lived 73 years without a criminal act. That should help the local Judges decide what sentence is appropriate if he is convicted.

He had a beef with his brother and definitely should apologize and compensate him but maybe justice is best served with house arrest and community service.

Instead of being heavy handed it's best to consider that the bomber is likely a victim; that is the way the justice system works in Yukon. And if he had a few pets maybe he would be calmer and nicer so the Justice department can perhaps pony up and consider ordering a few pets along with their food through the justice budget for that would help this man.

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Josey Wales on Sep 16, 2018 at 9:38 pm

Good grief indeed, all we need to compete now is a ISIS splinter cell.
I say give it 5 years and we probably will have one to be fully inclusive.
Best place to hide is in a PC utopia such as this place where any questions are alleged hateful bigotry.
His brother though, strange?
Double digit unsolved homicides...across the territory for clarity many in this town...many.
Our very own alleged unibomber...
Rapey cab drivers...
Mad max traffic...
B.O.L.E. Omnipresent...
NCR zombies staggering all over...

Ahhhh, what a town.
Remember folks, diversity is our strength...

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Matt on Sep 14, 2018 at 5:10 pm

I remember all those Nepper boys....Gilles, Roger and Leon.

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Henry Wensleydale on Sep 14, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Our very owner Unabomber.

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