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Court ruling is a ‘big win’ for teachers, students MONIQUE TA MMING A Time s Re po rte r
MAN WHO BLUDGEONED EX-GIRLFRIEND AND HER PARTNER TO DEATH IN 2001 DENIED EARLIER PAROLE ELIGIBILITY MO N I Q U E TA M M I N G A Ti me s Re po r t e r
A Langley man who viciously bludgeoned an ex-girlfriend and her common-law partner to death in front of dozens of people in 2001 has lost another appeal. William James McCotter’s appeal to reduce his parole eligibility period for two counts of second-degree murder from 20 years to something nearer to 15 years was dismissed on Jan. 8 in B.C. Court of Appeal in Vancouver. “Twenty-year parole ineligibility order is consistent with similar cases involving multiple homicides and the murder of a former partner,” wrote Court of Appeal Justice Hall. Two other judges agreed. McCotter was picked up by police almost immediately after he brutally kicked and beat his ex-girlfriend, Linda Lee Anderson, and her common-law partner, John Heasman, to death outside their Langley City
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apartment on Dec. 2, 2001. A restraining order against McCotter had recently run out. Anderson, a nurse at Langley Lodge, had a brief relationship with McCotter a few years prior, before going out with Heasman. During the trial, it was revealed that McCotter couldn’t let go, once kicking down Anderson’s door, causing her to begin the restraining order process. It was learned that Anderson told a co-worker she thought McCotter would kill her. His trial heard that on the day of the murders he stalked the pair and purchased a jock strap and steel-toed boots. He parked outside their apartment, got out and used the boots to kick both his victims in the head repeatedly. Several people tried to intervene but McCotter found a 2x4 and swung it at the men before using it on his near-dead victims. Continued Page 11
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One of the many performers who recreated the time of the Voyageurs at the Fort Langley Historic Site French Canadian festival on the weekend. More photos, page 4.
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Monday’s B.C. Supreme Court ruling that rejected the provincial government’s effort to keep class size and special needs support off the bargaining table is a big win for teachers and students, said Langley Teachers’ Association Gail Chaddock-Costello. “We are very supportive of our special needs students, but numbers do matter,” said Chaddock-Costello. The government stripped class size limits and composition from a contract with the B.C. Teachers Federation, including how many special needs students could be in one classroom and the level of supports of Special Education Assistants (SEAs). “Now we have classes in Langley with five or sometimes as many as eight special needs students, all who require individualized lesson plans,” she explained. “The students may have high functioning autism or various degrees of special needs. But it makes for an impossible task for teachers and impacts
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Man wanted for knife attack MONIQUE TAMMINGA Times Reporter
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Alzheimer Walk for Memories honorees Randy Bysouth and Diana Francis cut the ribbon to officially begin the Langley-Aldergrove-Abbotsford event on Sunday (Jan. 26). Bright sunshine made for a good day to walk and raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Langley RCMP have issued an arrest warrant for man wanted on charges related to a domestic violence situation. Ronald Charles Joseph Seed, 28, is charged with two counts of assault with a weapon and one count of assault causing bodily harm for an incident that took place Nov. 10, 2013. Seed is accused of breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s residence in the 20200 RONALD CHARLES block of 53 Avenue JOSEPH SEED and attacking both her and her male visitor. Seed held two knives and used them on the male visitor, who sustained a cut to his arm. Seed also punched him in the head. Seed’s ex-girlfriend also sustained a cut to her arm. He is described as Caucasian, 5’8” tall, 185 pounds with short brown hair. If you have any information that would assist police to execute this arrest warrant, call Langley RCMP.
Langley City to take action on abandoned buildings BRENDA ANDERSON Times Reporter
Allowing a building to sit empty and unsecured in the City of Langley could soon become a costly oversight. On Monday, City council voted unanimously to impose a fine of $500 per day upon owners whose buildings sit unoccupied or abandoned for 30 days or more, should they fail to secure the structures against squatters or vandalism. The move comes as the municipality searches for a way to address the issue of abandoned and derelict properties within its boundaries. “Often, the problems associated with an unoccupied building are the result of a property sale prior to subdivision, rezoning and development applications,” reads an explanatory memo regarding the bylaw. “In such instances, it is not uncommon
for a property to become derelict as the pending sale is finalized, there being little interest by … the owner to maintain the property.” Last spring, a group of City residents appeared before council to complain about the state of a number of homes in their neighbourhood which had been sold to developers and then “essentially abandoned.” Barbara Scott, a 40-year resident of the area of 200A - 201 Street and 53A - 53B Avenue told council last May that the neighbourhood she and her husband had been happy to call home for the first 35 years, had deteriorated to the point that it could be considered a slum. Following their sale, some houses had been rented out while others were simply trashed and then boarded up, Scott told council.
And until the previous year, the properties had not been maintained, she said. “Lawns were seldom mowed, the boulevard was left to grow until the grass and weeds were a foot tall.” Scott said it was only after residents complained frequently to the City that a tenant of one of the houses was hired to cut the grass. At the same time, she said, fences have been “left to lean any which way.” Fears that the empty buildings were being used as flophouses also caused neighbours to be worry about their security, Scott added. Once the new bylaw passes final reading, the issuing of daily fines will allow the City to recover the cost of having staff deal with abandoned buildings, said Carolyn Mushata, the City’s manager of legislative services.
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“We hope the fines will outweigh the costs of maintaining the properties in a secure manner.” Until the passage of the new bylaw, which received first, second and third reading on Jan. 27, the only authority the City holds is through its fire-related legislation. If a building is damaged in a fire, the municipality can require that it be secured for health and safety reasons, Mushata explained. However its only recourse for abandoned buildings, to date, has been to talk to owners and ask them to comply. “What about empty buildings the owners are trying to rent but are unable? I was told we’d not enforce that. Is there anything in writing?” asked Councillor Jack Arnold. “We’d still enforce it if the property became a nuisance and if it’s not secured,” replied Mushata.
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BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE A number of costumed performers helped to recreate the time of the voyageurs during the Fort Langley National Historic Siteâ€™s French Canadian festival held over the weekend.
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