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INSIDE: Big trade, two victories, but brawl mars Chiefs’ weekend Pg. 10 T U E S D A Y January 15, 2013 12 Never a better time to get healthy  N E W S , S P O R T S , W E A T H E R & E N T E R T A I N M E N T  Dorothy Kostrzewa Family shaken in home invasion Aug. 17, 1928 - Jan. 11, 2013 Wrong house was targeted Chilliwack loses a legend as former councillor passes BY TYLER OLSEN A Chilliwack family is recovering after two armed men stormed into their house Saturday evening and demanded money. Just after 11 p.m., the men—one armed with a handgun, the other with a machete-like knife—kicked open the door of a house in the 44000 block of Bayshore Drive. According to Mike Kha, who lives with his wife and two children in a downstairs basement suite in the home and whose parents and brother live on the house’s top floor, the men rushed upstairs and ordered the three adults there to lie flat on the ground. They then began asking about suitcases and “paper”—or cash. “They had a phone on them and were yelling into it saying they got the wrong house,” he said of the thieves. Kha and his wife Theresa were in Vancouver at the time of the home invasion. But their children—aged four and six—were downstairs and being cared for by a babysitter. Kha said a barking dog alerted the thieves to the presence of more people in the basement. The thieves headed downstairs, apprehended the babysitter and smashed his phone. Fortunately, he was able to talk the home invaders into allowing the children to remain in their rooms, Kha said. Even though the homeowners didn’t have any suitcases of See INVASION, Page 5 BY PAUL J. HENDERSON Chilliwack’s “Grand Lady” has passed. Retired city councillor Dorothy Kostrzewa died on Friday at the age of 84. The tributes to the beloved local personality poured out online and through social media over the weekend. “Dorothy was a mentor and friend to me and so many others,” Mayor Sharon Gaetz said on a Facebook page she created entitled “Memories of Dorothy Kostrzewa.” “Sending love to her children Richard and Margaret and Karen and Len and your EB IRST families. Rest in Peace Grand Lady. You are First reported on forever loved.” Former mayor Clint Hames also recounted his 18 years working on council with Kostrzewa. “Those that worked closely with her were truly fortunate,” Hames wrote on Facebook. “She was a joy and an inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.” The feeling at city hall was one of real sadness, according to Gaetz. “Walk through city hall and people are just devastated,” she told the Times Monday. A book of condolences has been set up in the entrance to city hall, and the city will fly flags at half mast for a week. Kostrzewa was born Dorothy Chung in Chilliwack on Aug. 17, 1928. She was the W F Paul J. Henderson/TIMES - file Dorothy Kostrzewa shows a photo of herself as a child in this November 2011 image for a story about Chinatown. See DOROTHY, Page 4 Plumbing Service Department WWW.OCONNORGROUP.COM 06198229 8645 Young Street, Chilliwack 604-792-5151 FREE 143 PT pre-owned inspection and one year membership! only at 604-792-2754 DL#5952 02124924 Price 60¢

Chilliwack Times January 15 2013

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