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Serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra since 1984 WEDNESDAY November 14, 2012 23 The Terry Fox Ravens bounce Centennial in AAA football. Your source for local news, sports, opinion and entertainment: 8 bridge lanes to open on Dec. 1 Commuters will have to wait just two and a half weeks until the new Port Mann Bridge opens to eight lanes of traffic on Saturday, Dec. 1, the province announced Tuesday. The transition to the eightlane bridge opening will happen gradually with Highway 1 westbound traffic shifted onto the new bridge overnight on Saturday, Nov. 17, according to a press release. Westbound traffic will remain in a two-lane configuration until Dec. 1 as crews complete widening and improvements through the Cape Horn Interchange at the north end of the bridge. “We’re asking drivers to use caution as crews reposition lanes and barriers as we get ready to open the new Port Mann Bridge to westbound traffic,” Transportation Investment Corp. CEO Mike Proudfoot said. “In addition, over the next two weeks we will be preparing to open the remaining lanes on the bridge and Highway 1 from Langley to Coquitlam in time for Dec. 1. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption associated with this transition.” Dec. 1 will also mark the completion of interchange improvements and highway widening east of the Port Mann Bridge construction, including more than 20 kilometres of new HOV lanes extending to Langley. Construction will continue on the bridge and along the Highway 1 corridor after the Dec. 1 opening. Crews will keep working to complete the bridge to its full 10-lane capacity, and work will continue between the Cape Horn Interchange and Vancouver. Dave Wielki/NOW REMEMBERING: Const. Graham Walker and Katherine Dirnbach lay poppies at the cenotaph in Port Moody on Sunday. For more photos from Remembrance Day ceremonies in the Tri-Cities, see Page 11 then visit and check out the “photo galleries” section. Arrest in Austin Heights robberies Businesses relieved as 28-year-old man faces almost two dozen charges related to thefts Jeremy Deutsch After a nearly three-month spree that left businesses on edge, Coquitlam Mounties have caught the man they believe is responsible for a string of robberies in the Austin Heights area. Ryan Sheldon McClinton, 28, is facing nearly two-dozen charges related to the robberies. He was charged back on Nov. 7. Investigators caught a break in the case after an Oct. 28 robbery where the suspect left a backpack behind at the scene. That backpack revealed clues GET READY FOR WINTER • Need Tires? • Wiper Blades? Lowest Prices Guaranteed Call for details that eventually led to the arrest of McClinton. He is now facing 22 charges including seven for robbery, seven for using an imitation firearm while committing an offence, seven for using a disguise with intent to commit an offence and one charge of possession of stolen property. The first of a string of robberies began at the start of August. The thief originally targeted a coffee shop, store and pharmacy. In one case, the suspect may have brandished a gun. A week later, a suspect targeted four other businesses. In all, police believe the same sus- pect was responsible for a total of nine robberies, linking the incidents based on the suspect’s appearance. The thief wore a hoodie, balaclava and gloves during the mid-summer robberies. The last two robberies came at the end of October. Catching the robber was a top priority for the detachment. RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said Mounties were able to connect McClinton to seven robberies, but may be able to connect him to more as the investigation continues. “We’re really glad to tell the business owners of Austin Heights that we have [allegedly] caught him and he now has NO CHARGE Snow Tire installation (on Rims) NO PURCHASE REQUIRED 2385-C Ottawa Street, Port Coquitlam, BC 604-942-8500 D#4900 to face justice,” he said. News of the alleged robber’s arrest was greeted with relief in the business community. “They’re all just feeling pretty happy this individual is behind bars,” said Erin Davidson, the Austin Height Business Improvement Association’s executive director. She said the robberies caused significant angst among the entire business community. However, she also suggested lessons were learned from the robberies, noting individual businesses have had  CONTINUED ON PAGE 4, see SUSPECT. WINTER SERVICE SPECIAL • • • • • • Lube, Oil & Filter Fluid Top Up/Fill Washer Fluid Brake Analysis 22 Point Inspection Free Software Updates Complimentary Car Wash $ 4995

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