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Serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra since 1984 FRIDAY February 22, 2013 3 Heritage home tour showcases Port Moody’s history Your source for local news, sports, opinion and entertainment: Alleged thief faces 20 charges Jeremy Deutsch An alleged prolific lottery ticket thief will have to answer to more charges when he faces a judge next week. Coquitlam Mounties announced additional charges against 37-year-old Anthony Bakker in connection with more than a dozen robberies in the Tri-Cities and around the Lower Mainland. Bakker is now facing a total of 20 criminal charges for 10 robberies and two thefts in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, six robberies in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, and two robberies in Burnaby. Coquitlam RCMP arrested him on Jan. 4 after he allegedly tried to steal a handful of lottery tickets from a liquor store. Bakker was originally facing three counts of robbery with a weapon and one count of theft. “Robbery section investigators from Burnaby, Coquitlam and Ridge Meadows detachments seamlessly worked together on this investigation, much like an integrated team,” said RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung in a statement. Bakker has been held in custody since his arrest and is set to appear in a Port Coquitlam provincial courtroom on Thursday. Investigators originally believed the suspect was behind as many as eight convenience store robberies of scratch lotto tickets in the Tri-Cities. The first robberies took place during a two-week span between Nov. 29 and Dec. 13. REGISTER FOR OUR NEXT EVENT Lisa King/NOW Selina Robinson, left, Polly Krier and Diana Dilworth are rolling out the red carpet for guests at their Oscar party fundraiser this weekend. Three divas plan night of Oscar fun Tickets still available for party at Coquitlam City Hall, which starts at 4 p.m. Sunday John Kurucz Their titles as councillors, therapists and event planners will be temporarily cast aside for one night, because come Sunday, it’s all about the diva. The third-annual Tri-Cities Oscar Night gets underway at 4 p.m. in the Coquitlam council chambers, and as in years past, the big show is being headed up by the “three divas” — Coquitlam Coun. Selina Robinson, Port Moody Coun. Diana Dilworth and event planner Polly Krier. Now in its third year, the event represents an opportunity to take in the Academy Awards on a pair of big screens situated both in, and outside, council chambers. Though meant as a fundraiser for organizations across the Tri-Cities, the event also gives attendees a chance to live the life of the beautiful people, even if for just one night — red carpets, paparazzi and champagne are the norm. “From the moment you get on that red carpet and come to our event, the whole point is to make everybody feel like they are a celebrity,” Dilworth said. The evening kicks off at 4 p.m. with a red carpet drawn and local paparazzi — courtesy of CKPM radio — cover- ing all aspects of the big-ticket arrivals. The awards show begins at 5 p.m. “And it will start off with valet parking — because you are special,” Robinson added. The three charities selected as beneficiaries from the fundraiser are the Coquitlam Foundation, Port Coquitlam Foundation and Port Moody Foundation. In years past, charities included the Crossroads Hospice Society, SHARE, the Society for Community Development, the New View Society, KidSport Tri-Cities and the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. “This year we decided that because Port Coquitlam has a new foundation, that we would do something totally different,” Krier said. “The three foundations are a nice mix, because we have three divas, three cities and three charities.” And while the actors win on the big screen, those in attendance will win in person as well. Six major prize packs, each named after movies that have previously won Oscars, will be doled out over the course of the evening. Everyone in attendance will be given ballots asking them to predict award winners, and as the winners are announced, the ballots will be drawn and the prizes will be awarded.  CONTINUED ON PAGE 4, see OSCAR. call us for CRAZY CRUISE offers Scan with Our Consultants have personal experience with all major cruise lines, river cruises, tours and all-inclusive land packages and tours. SAME LOCATION FOR OVER 12 YEARS Uniworld, AMA Waterways, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Holland America, Oceania, Regent, Disney, Trafalgar, Sunwing, Westjet, and many, many more! Full-time Consultants on site Cruise Holidays of Port Coquitlam #105, p: 604.472.1212 ❘ toll free: 1.888.245.1900 2310 Ottawa St (Between Costco and White Spot) e’rethe the WWe’re ruiseEE xperts xperts CCruise BCBC REG REG #3269 #3269

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