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  • A woman in her 60s con-victed of stabbing her friendand heroin dealer 21 timesin a Burnaby apartment willspend at least the next 11years behind bars.A jury in B.C. Supreme

    Court foundTrudy GailHunter guilty of second de-gree murder in the death of

    Christina Docherty and onWednesday, a judge decidedshe wouldnt be eligible forparole during her life sen-tence for 11 years.The Crown was seeking a

    12.5-year minimum, whileher lawyer was asking for 10years, the same recommen-dation as the jury.The court heard that

    Hunter and Docherty, whowere both 60 at the time

    of the murder, were goodfriends, and that Hunterhad purchased heroin fromthe victim in her Burnabyapartment for years.On Nov. 30, 2013,Hunt-

    er was in Dochertys apart-ment when she stabbed her21 times with kitchen steakknife.The victims body wasfound two days later by herdaughter.During the trial, which

    spanned several weeks inJanuary and February,Crown argued Hunter wentover to Dochertys apart-ment to steal heroin andmoney. Hunter, meanwhile,testified a fight broke out af-ter an argument, and it wasDocherty who had come ather with a knife.Hunter wasnt arrest-

    ed and charged until Aprilof 2014.At the time, court

    heard she denied killing Do-cherty, arguing she had noreason to kill her friend,adding she couldnt havedone it because of a rightarm injury. Hunter claimedit was another customerwho had attacked Docherty,and she didnt know shedied.A fingerprint and footprint indicated Hunter wasat the home, however, andthe Crowns case suggest-

    ed she tried to remove evi-dence by wiping a numberof areas in the apartmentcovered in blood and throw-ing away the knife.In reading her sentence,

    Justice Heather Holmes alsodetailed the murder, notingthe wound that killed Do-cherty was directly to theheart, also pointing out shehad her throat slashed

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  • An emaciated dog foundnearly dead will live the restof his life swimming in theocean and going for runswith his new adoptive fam-ily.Anderson Cooper, the

    yellow lab-husky taken in

    byThe Journey Home DogRescue,moved to his newhome inTsawwassen thispast weekend.Were super happy

    with Cooper. Hes suchan amazing dog, said Di-anaThompson, the moth-er in the new adoptive fam-ily.Thompson explained thefamily dog passed away lastspring, and they were finally

    ready for a new companion.We thought we were

    ready to open up our heartsto a new dog, and wedbeen looking since Novem-ber.Burnaby resident Jan

    Carroll, co-founder ofTheJourney Home Dog Res-cue, was overwhelmed withadoption requests for An-derson Cooper, or Coo-

    per as she calls him.Onceshe posted his adoptionprofile online, there wereroughly 150 people hop-ing to adopt the stray. Coo-per was found last fall in anabandoned farm buildingin Matsqui, emaciated andnearly dead.Hes since re-covered and has developeda friendly temperament.He is the happiest, most

    good-natured puppy.Hedoesnt have a mean bone

    in his body, Carroll said.Carroll said she chose the

    family, which lives close tothe beach because they werethe more physically active,athletic family.Cooper will be swim-

    ming, running and cyclingwith his new family, shesaid. Hell get all the exer-cise he needs.Carroll is ecstatic Cooper

    survived.I believe that I found

    the perfect home for him,that they will love him andcare for him for the rest ofhis life. Its a match made inheaven for Anderson Coo-per, Carroll said.Carroll chose the name

    because the dog looks likeAnderson Cooper, theCNN news anchor.For more information,

    visit thejourneyhomedogrescue.ca.

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    Some of the Kinder Mor-gan opponents from theBattle on Burnaby Moun-tain have their sights ona new target the Site Cdam.Vancouver resident Amy

    Widmer, 27, who was ar-rested at the NEB hearingsin Burnaby, helped set upthe protest camp outsideof the B.C.Hydro buildingon Dunsmuir Street inVan-couver. One of the camp-ers, Kristin Henry, has beenon a hunger strike for weeksand is now in the hospital,as her heart rate has slowed.The main message is this

    dam should not be built. Itsa gross misuse of taxpay-ers dollars. B.C.Hydro saidwe dont need the power.Its also going to infringe onTreaty Eight territory rights

    and taking away the mostarable, fertile soil in North-ern B.C.,Widmer said.After Henry was hospital-

    ized the night of March 31,Widmer is worried.Its kind of like a reality

    check.The hunger strike as-pect can happen forever,she said.B.C.Hydro is building

    an $8 billion dam on thePeace River in NorthernB.C. to generate electricity,and the expected comple-tion date is 2024.The proj-ect has drawn numerouscourt challenges and oppo-sition from people raisingconcerns about First Na-tions rights, climate changeand environmental degra-dation.There are also people like

    Burnaby resident Mia Nis-

    sen, Destiny Sharp, DanWallace andAudrey Siegl,prominent pipeline oppo-nents, whove made an ap-pearance at the B.C.Hydrocamp.There are quite a few

    people who were involved inthe Burnaby Mountain stuffthat are also getting involvedin the Site C camp,Wid-mer told theNOW.B.C.Hydros Dave Con-

    way, a spokesperson forthe Site C project, said thedam is required to meet fu-ture electricity needs, as theprovinces population is ex-pected to grow by 1 millionover 20 years.As for the hospitalized

    hunger striker, Conway saidhe doesnt want to see anyharm come to her.

    By Jennifer Moreau

    A Burnaby man is fac-ing murder charges relatedto a body found in a pop-ular Lower Mainland out-door area.The Integrated Homi-

    cide InvestigationTeam an-nounced a charge of sec-ond degree murder againstRyan Jack Armstrong, 29, ofBurnaby, related to the dis-covery of a womans body atStave Lake in Mission earli-er this week.Armstrong, who has nocriminal record and is notknown to police, is also fac-ing a charge of indignity to ahuman body.Its our belief at this

    point they were known to

    each other, and until wepositively ID (the victim)and say Thats who weredealing with, then I cantget into what their relation-ship is, said IHIT spokes-person Sgt. Stephanie Ash-ton.While IHIT hasnt re-

    leased the name of the vic-tim, various media outletshave identified her asVikkiHeppner, 28.Also according to sever-

    al media reports, Heppnerwas being investigated byAlberta RCMP for allegedlystealing thousands of dollarsfrom a charity.According to the Timmins

    Daily Press, she was impli-cated in a fraudulent crowd-funding campaign, whichclaimed to be raising money

    for the children and widowof a Sudbury man, RogerBelanger, who died in a carcrash last summer.The publication also not-

    ed Armstrong is originallyfromTimmins but movedaway to live in B.C., a fewyears ago.Meanwhile, IHIT didnt

    have any details on why thealleged suspect was in theMission area, or where themurder took place, notingits a detail that will be partof the investigation.Its a really heavily trav-

    elled area for people wholike the outdoors therespeople from all over theLower Mainland that go upthere,Ashton said.Mission RCMP were

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