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Allan Schoenborn, the man who killed his three children in Merritt, has withdrawn his request for escorted leave from the psychiatric hospital where he is being detained.

The B.C. Review Board earlier approved Schoenborn's request for supervised day passes but decided to re-examine that decision after it was revealed the children's mother lives in Port Coquitlam, where the hospital is located.

Through his lawyer, Schoenborn said he was withdrawing the request because he did not want to cause any further hardship to his wife, who discovered the bodies of her children in her Merritt home three years ago.

Schoenborn's lawyer, Scott Hicks, says Schoenborn was assaulted in the hospital after news reports about his last review board hearing, and has now been moved to a more secure unit of the hospital.

Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible due to mental illness for killing the children three years ago.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

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The City of Merritt Recreation Programmer from Leisure Services is heading up another Easter Extravaganza this weekend.

Felicity Peat is extending the invitation to families in the City to join in a fun day on Saturday at Rotary Park starting at 11 a.m.

There's also an Easter event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Aquatic Centre with a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting, games, crafts and prizes.

Call the Civic Centre for more information at 250-315-1050 or the Aquatic Centre at 250-378-2061.

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Last night's All Candidates Forum was a good opportunity for voters taking advantage of this weekend's Advanced Poll to further make up their minds on who they want to vote for.

Liaison Officer with Elections Canada, Bruce Forward, says the advanced polls are being set up at the Merritt Civic Centre now with voting tomorrow, Saturday and Monday from 12 noon until 8 p.m.

The regular poll set for Monday, May 2 is also at the Merritt Civic Centre.

The polls will be open on election day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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Merritt residents have only until tomorrow to take advantage of a special offer for this year's Merritt Mountain Music Festival.

Claude Lelievre, the head of Active Mountain Entertainment, says local residents can take in any one of the four days of the event at discounted prices of up to 30 percent off.

After a one year hiatus last year, the number one Country Festival in Canada returns to Merritt July 7 to 10, and features such headliners as Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Montgomery Gentry, Crystal Gayle and Ray Price.

Check it out online at www.mountainfest.com.

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A provincial review panel is set to meet today to review whether Allan Schoenborn, the mentally ill man who killed his three children and then hid for days in the woods near Merritt should be allowed escorted leaves from a psychiatric hospital.

Schoenborn is currently at a hospital in Port Coquitlam, but the hospital director has now learned that Schoenborn's former wife, Darcie Clarke, also lives in the same community.

The B-C Review Board's decision to allow Schoenborn escorted trips three years after he killed his children in their Merritt home has sparked public anger and prompted the province's attorney general to raise his own concerns.

A rally to support Clarke was held at Port Coquitlam's city hall yesterday.

(The Canadian Press)

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