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Teen arrested in the September slaying of Laura Szendrei

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Laura SzendreiThe Delta Police Department have arrested and charged an 18 year old male with first degree murder of 15-year old Laura Szendrei. Laura was viciously attacked on Sept. 25th as she walked through Mackie Park to meet with friends.

The suspect, who was taken into custody without incident, can not be named as he was 17 when the attack took place. He will appear in court today in Surrey. He is described as a Caucasian male, putting to rest a rumour that the assailant was South Asian.

Stricter Drinking and Driving Rules in Effect

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Young Odessa asks people to slow down and drive safe as she poses for pictures outside South Delta Secondary as part of the Delta Police Departments Traffic Safety Initiative. Today the Delta Police Department took to the street outside South Delta Secondary School to educate the public on new traffic laws and remind people about the “Walk –Ride- Drive Back to School Safety Plan”. As of Monday, new impaired driving and excessive speed laws have been enacted allowing the police to issue driving bans, vehicle impoundment, and fines right at roadside.

Citizens group starts online petition to return Southlands to Agricultural Land Reserve

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BArley Growing on the SouthlandsAn online petition has been started by local citizens group "Southlands the Facts' to support an application that would see the Southlands back in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) has been circulating around town. The goal of the group is to collect as many signatures as possible to show Delta's City Council that there is strong support to submit an application to return this farmland back to ALR in its entirety and put the controversy that has surrounded the Spetifore Farm to rest once and for all.

8-Year Old Girl Approached by Man With Badge in Tsawwassen

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Delta Police DepartmentOn October 06, 2010 at 0840 a.m. an 8-year old girl was approached by a man in the 200 block of 52A Street, near Pebble Hill Elementary School. The suspicious male stated he was a police officer but was not in uniform. He did however, present what appeared to be a badge. The man spoke with the young girl but no attempt was made to grab her or follow her.

The young girl did the right thing by listening to her instincts and continuing to walk toward the school. She didn't report this incident to school staff immediately and the young girl’s parent notified the school the following day. This prompted school staff to contact their School Liaison Officer.

At this time the Delta Police are unable to confirm whether in fact this man was a police officer. As a proactive and precautionary measure, a notice was sent home with elementary students of Pebble Hill School on Friday to make parents aware of this incident.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 5’8 to 5’9, 35 to 45-years old, clean cut, short hair, no facial hair, and average height and build wearing jeans and t-shirt. The male produced a gold or yellowish badge from inside a black wallet.

Police would like to remind all parents that it is recommended that if children are walking to school that they be accompanied by either an adult or in the company of others. Police would also encourage parents to discuss safety plans with their children with respect to strangers.

Delta Free Press columnist nominated for Canadian Top 25 Immigrant Award

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Alex Sangha Nominated for Top 25 Canadian ImmigrantCanadian Immigrant, a leading Canadian resource for immigrants from around the world, has announced its 2011 nomination list for its annual, Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2011 Awards. Voting begins on the 18th February and the results will be announced in May.

 

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