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‘Solid tips’ come in after woman appears at RCMP news conference

Police release video from acid attack Kevin Diakiw

like a normal customer does,” Sinclair said at a news conference Friday, where RCMP Life has been a “living hell” for a woman released security surveillance of the attack, since last September, when someone threw as well as still photographs of people to acid at her face for no apparent reason. whom they’d like to speak. On Sept. 13, 2013, at about 10:30 Sinclair’s husband, Gordon, said a.m., Tammy Sinclair was out back the family’s life has been a “living of her ATV shop in the 13400-block hell” since the attack. of 71A Avenue when a man in plaid “My wife dodged a bullet, just by shorts walked up to her, carrying a turning away just as he was throwjar of liquid. ing it at her,” he said, adding the The two talked about ATVs for a workdays at the shop have changed bit, and then the man checked to since then. see if anyone was looking and threw “Every customer that comes into what turned out to be muriatic acid the shop, we have our suspicions.” Tammy Sinclair on her. Police believe it was a targeted Sinclair lost partial eyesight, and victim attack. her neck and shoulder were burned The assailant was last seen leaving by the acid. on foot. He is described as a Caucasian male, “We were just talking about ATVs, just in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5’6” to 5’10”, Black Press

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Surrey police want to speak to three men. with very short hair (blond or light brown), no facial hair, wearing a black ball cap, dark hoodie, plaid shorts, white running shoes, and carrying a glass-type mug with clear

liquid in it. Video surveillance stills show a suspect with two male associates, as well as a vehicle. “This attack had devastating consequences for the victim, considering the weapon used,” said Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP. “Over the past five months, we have been working diligently on this case and are now hoping that the public will be able to assist us in apprehending the individual responsible.” Since releasing the images Friday, police say they have been inundated with calls, including at least a dozen “solid tips.” To view the video, visit www.peacearchnews.com Anyone who has information is asked to contact a special tip line at 604-599-7676 stating file number 2013-118333, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) if you wish to remain anonymous.

Firefighters’ night out

Inaugural fundraiser heats up

Williams Jans (wrjphoto.com) photos

The inaugural Ignite a Dream fundraiser brought nearly 300 people together Saturday for an evening of food, drinks and music. The event benefited the Surrey Fire Fighters’ program to help youth in the community.

Nearly 300 people came together for the Ignite a Dream fundraiser, to help make a difference in the lives of children in Surrey. The inaugural event, held Saturday at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, brought in more than $20,000 for the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society’s Ignite a Dream Educational Awards – “designed to help remove barriers and ignite the dreams of children in Surrey by providing educational opportunities…” Dozens of wine and beer exhibitors were set up alongside offerings from restaurants, allowing guests to sample from a number of menus. “It was a lovely evening with great food and great wine,” Jeri Cox said. Organizers are meeting later this week to discuss plans for next year. – Sarah Massah

Merchant concerned removing left-turn mall entrance will hurt business

Changes afoot for uptown pedestrians, drivers Tracy Holmes Staff Reporter

Changes are in the wind for White Rock’s Johnston Road, with an aim to improve the safety of the uptown thoroughfare for pedestrians and motorists alike. Key steps named include the removal of a northbound, left-turn lane into Central Plaza – located just south of North Bluff Road and identified by ICBC as a hazard – and a shift south for a pedestrian crosswalk in that same area. Improvements to sidewalks and the median between North Bluff Road and Thrift Avenue are also being suggested, confirmed Coun. Al Campbell, chair of the city’s new Johnston Road reconstruction and beautification task force. Those suggestions include construction of a continuous fence on the median between traffic lights and crosswalks, to curb jaywalking. “It is extremely dangerous,” Campbell told Peace Arch News, of median turn lanes that

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Change are eyed along Johnston Road. provide access to Central Plaza to traffic northbound on Johnston Road and westbound on North Bluff Road. “And (ICBC) really don’t like this crosswalk situation on Johnston Road. They’ve talked about that for years as just being an accident waiting to happen. “You’ve got two driveways going in and people crossing at the exact same location, and it’s brutal.” Council was to consider the task force’s

recommendations Monday evening, after PAN’s press deadline. At least one Central Plaza merchant said she is not in favour of the northbound leftturn lane being removed. It will only hurt business, said Jessica Theriault, owner of The Gallery Art Supplies & Framing. “This whole uptown area, so many of the businesses are moving out of the area as it is, and to limit the access to just the one corner here that’s in front of Save-On and in front of the TD Bank is ridiculous,” Theriault said Monday. “They should be trying to encourage business, not limit access.” Campbell does not expect the proposed changes to be an issue, but assured there would be “really good public consultation” before any work proceeds. Overseeing public input and feedback into the reconstruction/beautification design is the newly formed task force’s mandate. Greg St. Louis, the city’s director of engi-

neering and municipal operations, said removal of the left-turn lane is likely, “because it’s been identified by ICBC, as we know as well, as a safety concern.” With it gone and the crosswalk moved, there would be opportunity to extend the left-turn lane at the intersection, he said, noting changes would also reduce “hazardous” southbound backups and congestion in the intersection. St. Louis said Johnston Road improvements are on the city’s to-do list for this year. Regarding sidewalks, Campbell said engineers have designs well underway. The existing walkways are “totally heaved” by tree roots, he said. The end result should complement the finished-concrete look already in place by the Miramar Village and Saltaire developments, he said. “Those have to be part of the big package,” he said. “Whatever we have there, we need to blend it.”

Peace Arch News, February 25, 2014  

February 25, 2014 edition of the Peace Arch News