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Tips pour in as police profile rape suspect By MONIQUE TAMMINGA Aldergrove Star
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School zones and crossings are in effect once again, as of Tuesday morning, and motorists are asked to keep their eyes and attention on the youngsters who are traveling to and from school.
Community groups to vote on merger Aldergrove Star
A proposed merger of two Aldergrove community non-profit organizations will be discussed and voted on next week. There will be two Special Meetings regarding the â€˜proposed combinationâ€™ of the Aldergrove Festival Days Society (AFDS) and Aldergrove Agricultural Association (AAA), as moved in the AFDS meeting held August 7, 2013. The special meetings are scheduled for September 17, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Coghlan Hall.
The August 7, 2013 motion was made by by Mike Robinson, seconded by Glenda Reid, to: 1. Join together Aldergrove Agricultural Association and Aldergrove Festival Days Society; 2. Ensure the Charter Date of the Aldergrove Agricultural Association is preserved; and 3. Possibly receive an exemption for the transfer taxes incurred as a result of the transfer of Coghlan Hall to the new entity.
The motion was carried. It now requires two special meetings of the Aldergrove Agricultural Association and Aldergrove Festival Days Society to approve the proposed combination. The Aldergrove Agricultural Association meeting is to be held at 6 p.m., one hour prior to the Aldergrove Festival Days Society meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. The AFDS annual general meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 7 p.m. at the Coghlan Hall.
Tips are coming in, patrols have been stepped up and criminal profilers have been called, as Langley RCMP does everything in its power to stop a rapist from striking again. Officers put up posters around Langley City on Wednesday that show sketches of a man believed responsible for two violent sexual assaults, the most recent one taking place on Aug. 20, near Douglas Park. â€œSince we released the similar sketches on Saturday, (Aug. 24) we have had 60 tips come in that we are following up on,â€? said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks. That is in addition to the 100 tips police received after the first attack in June. â€œOfficers from virtually every unit have been engaged to assist in the investigation,â€? Marks said. â€œInvestigators have now undertaken the arduous task of following up on each lead, no matter how small.â€? Specialized profilers from the Behavioural Sciences Group are assisting. They say the suspect is likely someone familiar with Langley, who may live here now or has lived here in the past. Police say there is a possibility the suspect has changed his appearance to avoid detection â€” he may have shaved his beard or changed his hair colour. Since the two sex assaults have been publicized, no other victims have come forward, said Marks. However, there may be other victims out there who have chosen not to go to police or people who have had interactions with the suspect. To them, Marks is making a plea to call police. â€œYou may have the one missing piece investigators need to conclusively identify this suspect,â€? she said. â€œThis event may have have even seemed insignificant to you at the time, but after seeing the sketch, you now wonder if you were very fortunate that day.â€? Also, people who know someone who drives a silver hatchback are asked call police or Crimestoppers. On June 22, a 16-year-old girl was waiting for a bus stop at 204 Street and 42 Avenue when she was forced into a newer model silver hatchback by a bearded man. He drove her to the parking lot of Christian Life Assembly where he sexually assaulted her at knife point. He then drove her to the Langley bus loop and dropped her off. The victim provided a description of her attacker and police released a sketch of the suspect two weeks after the assault. On Aug. 20, around 8 p.m., a 19-year-old girl was walking in the 20600 block of 51B Avenue when she was attacked from behind, pushed to the ground and raped.
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