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Man arrested for 1983 murder

Local man wanted in connection with U.S. murder

Trying to get fast-tracked at the border may have led one Burnaby man on the fast track to prison.

Suhail Shanti, wanted on a first-degree murder warrant in Oklahoma, was arrested on June 24 at the Pacific Highway border crossing.

Shanti was applying for the NEXUS program and had to submit his fingerprints as part of the interview process.

When American customs agents checked those fingerprints against their national database, they discovered the warrant against the 48-year-old Burnaby resident.

The 1983 case involved a homicide in the small city of Poteau, Oklahoma. The victim was an international student believed to be from Morocco.

Shanti and the victim were both students at a junior college that is now known as Carl Albert State College. Shanti failed to appear for his trial and the warrant for his arrest was issued in April 1984.

Shanti has been turned over to the Whatcom County sheriff's office pending his extradition.

-Alfie Lau with files from wire services

Bike death

A Delta man is dead after a motorcycle accident in Burnaby on June 26.

According to Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Brenda Gresiuk, the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. near the intersection of Winston Street and Remi Place.

"The motorcycle went off the roadway and the driver died as a result," said Gresiuk. "We are talking to witnesses."

Gresiuk said that with summer motorcycling season starting, police are advising motorcycle riders to slow down, obey the rules and arrive safely at their destination.

-Alfie Lau

Men charged

Three Coquitlam men have been arrested for allegedly committing a daytime break-and-enter in Burnaby.

After a May 18 meeting, the Coquitlam RCMP prolific target team discovered a pattern in recent residential break-ins.

Together with the integrated forensic identification section, they were able to identify a suspect based on a fingerprint.

On May 27, police arrested 23-year-old Julian Langille, 24-year-old Michael Meng and 25-year-old Jonathan Harrison.

All three suspects have been charged with one count of break-and-enter related to the incident in Burnaby.

Langille has also been charged with three more counts of residential break-and-enters that occurred in Coquitlam.

RCMP reminded the public to keep homes secure by locking doors and windows.

-Jennifer McFee, Coquitlam NOW

Senior arrested

A Burnaby senior has been accused of defrauding Good Samaritans of close to $1 million in a hoax cancer scam.

Ridge Meadows RCMP have charged Douglas Archie Clark, 64, with 13 counts of fraud, alleging he pretended to be a cancer-stricken navy veteran who needed money to pay for treatment, and sought donations from strangers, friends and acquaintances.

Insp. Dave Fleugel, said Clark's alleged cons date back to the early 1990s and total around $900,000. Fleugel said there are around 40 people who gave money to Clark but there are possibly more who haven't come forward.

"We want to warn the general public about Douglas Archie Clark, and his alleged fraudulent activities. It has taken us three-and-a-half years to get to this point, and we are still actively investigating more files," Fleugel said.

In some cases, Clark is believed to have worn military uniforms when asking for money.

Clark was granted bail in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on June 2.

As part of his release, he is not allowed to contact any of the alleged victims, and must not wear any military uniform.

Clark is scheduled to be back in court on July 11.

-Brent Richter

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