The Province from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on December 6, 1995 · 1
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The Province from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · 1

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Wednesday, December 6, 1995
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Wednesday, December 6, 1995 Tlie Province cA5 n mm m mom Md iLiiiifwtsif By Ian Austin and John Bermingham Staff Reporters A man police say is a "strong suspect" in the Tanya Smith murder case has provided DNA samples to Abbotsford police. George Frederick Evenden, 28, of Abbotsford provided samples of his hair, blood and saliva, said his lawyer, Brian Juriloff. "Basically, whatever they've wanted," said Juriloff. "He's main tained his innocence throughout, and he hopes by his co-operation he can be discounted as soon as possible, so he can get on with his life and the (police) task force can get on with their job." Evenden was arrested Friday and appeared in court yesterday, charged with aggravated sexual assault in connection with a June 13, 1994, incident. Reporters who covered Even-den's court appearance said he bears an uncanny resemblance to the sketch of a man sought in connection with Tanya's murder. The composite was produced with the help of Tanya's friend, Misty Cockerill, who was badly beaten in the attack on Tanya. Evenden is "a strong suspect, as well as other strong suspects that we are looking at" in the Oct. 13 murder of Tanya, 16, said Const. Elly Sawchuk of Abtotsford police. "It's such a sensitive issue that I am not prepared to discuss much. We will be investigating all avenues to eliminate one way or the other if this is the individual. "If it turns out this is the individual we are looking for, 1 don't want to discuss these cases at all until it goes before the courts." Crown prosecutor Gregg Good-fellow confirmed that Evenden is a suspect in Tanya's murder. And he disclosed that Evenden is also "being looked at in connection with another sexual-assault case." Evenden remains in custody as SKETCH OF SUSPECT sought in Tanya Smith murder police probe possible links to the Tanya Smith murder. He's due to make another appearance today in Abbotsford court, where "I guess we'll find out what position the Crown is taking with regards to bail," said Juriloff. , v p 4 s't $ i J- vtJ IPS. 'V' St I 4 ' t , t 1 i , in, 8.A.A 1 ..: .1 . W ... ...f...-. ..t.l . I... Staff photo by Jon Murray Coating of winter white only adds to the serene majesty of the Lions, maintaining their vigil above Vancouver. if By John Colebourn Staff Reporter Chill out, it's only winter visiting. Cold weather with a possible dusting of snow today is expected to give the Lower Mainland a Christmas feeling. But the frosty breeze that's blowing in is not likely to create big problems. Very little snow is forecast after today as a cold and dry Arctic ridge moves in. Weather forecaster Eliza- No joy for homeless beth Robillard said there's a chance of flurries or a shower today. Long-range, snow may return by the weekend. But the mercury is expected to dip down slightly below freezing for the Vancouver area in the next few days. Some areas of the province were hit much harder by the cold snap. On the north and central coast, some areas received as much as 40 cen timetres (16 inches) of snow yesterday. At Whistler, the arrival of winter-like conditions was a welcome relief after balmy temperatures started to melt the upper snowpack. "Right now, the resort looks beautiful," said Whistler Mountain's Dave Perry. The cold created problems for the homeless shelters in downtown Vancouver last night were reported to be overflowing. But the cold was a blessing for more than just skiers. In Kelowna, plunging temperatures are being welcomed by some Okanagan wine-makers. For them, it means ice wine. Growers have left grapes on the vine waiting for low temperatures to freeze the fruit to produce the special wine. A temperature of at least -9 C is needed to produce a good ice wine. By Lora Grindlay Staff Reporter Time is standing still for a Fraser Valley man whose mom needs a life-saving heart procedure. Richard Ryall's mother, Ann Ryall, 64, has been in Chilliwack General Hospital since Nov. 21 after a severe angina attack. On Nov. 23 and again on Friday Ryall was sent by ambulance from Chilliwack to Vancouver Hospital for an angioplasty to remove blockages in two arteries. But hospital cutbacks mean she was turned away both times. Ryall, an assistant Chilliwack Are chief, said Vancouver Hospital is saving money while Chilliwack Hospital pays the high price of her care and drug therapy. "We're talking four ambulance trips, 14 days in acute care, drug therapy for the 14 days. It's not cheap," Ryall said. "The money is all coming out of the same pot." Vancouver Hospital says its cardiology services are $350,000 over budget and there's no more provincial money. On Nov. 20, angioplasties were cut to one a day from up to 18 a day. The cuts will continue until at least Jan. 15. The quota had been filled the day of Ryall's first appointment and a more urgent case bumped her the second time. An appointment for yesterday was cancelled and she's now scheduled for today. Hospital spokeswoman Linda Bartz said the hospital regrets the move but can do nothing. "It's a matter of not running this year's deficit any further than it already is." Dr. AI Richmond, a Chilliwack internist who is Ryall's doctor, said: "I think it's terrible. She knows she's sitting there with the possibility of having a fatal heart attack."

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