Metro Edmonton

Eight years in jail for convicted carjacker

A man who jacked a car and shot the owner in the leg before Christmas was handed an eight-year prison term yesterday. Lee James Lauman, 29, pleaded guilty to charges of robbery with a firearm.He responded to an ad for a car for sale, and pulled a gun on the owner during a test drive. The victim...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 7:49 AM

Children bruised in two separate school bus collisions

Four children were rushed to hospital Tuesday morning, following two separate school bus accidents just minutes apart.The first crash occurred at the intersection of 97 Street and 132 Avenue at around 7:50 a.m. between a school bus with four special needs children on board. No injuries were...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 11:14 PM

Slippery snake invades bathtub on Whyte Ave.

Someone could have needed Samuel L. Jackson’s help in an apartment building along Whyte Avenue Sunday night.Animal bylaw officers say a woman was awoken in her suite near 111 Street by a loud crash as if something fell in her bathroom. And, like the movie Snakes on a Plane, the woman got up and...

Monday, March 16, 2009, 11:04 PM

Alberta to get $40M for military

Ottawa will be spending $40 million to build new infrastructure for three Alberta military bases, including a new training facility at the Edmonton Garrison, Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced yesterday morning.“(This) is really another example of our commitment to the Canadian Forces, as well...

Monday, March 16, 2009, 7:31 AM

FBI agents arrest Peter Pocklington

Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington was arrested by FBI agents in his California home yesterday morning after he allegedly concealed assets when he filed for bankruptcy court.The office of the United States Attorney alleges that Pocklington said in his bankruptcy petition that his assets...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 10:06 PM

House a-Twitter over MLAs’ posts

Alberta MLAs were given a tongue-lashing yesterday after being told to put their BlackBerrys away and refrain from logging posts on Twitter during question period.Speaker Ken Kowalski told the legislature that he spotted six MLAs tapping on their BlackBerrys during question period.“Let’s deal with...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 11:23 AM

Vehicle hit patrol car: Police

A crash involving an alleged impaired driver Monday afternoon could have been much worse as the vehicle smashed into a patrol car, police said. Police said officers received a call about a minor collision near 94 Street and Ottewell Drive, and a witness said that one of the drivers, who the officer...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 10:43 AM

Woman critical after crash

A woman is still in critical condition after a school bus carrying a high school sports team smashed head-on into a car just north of Red Deer Saturday night.Mounties say the investigation continues but won’t say which vehicle lost control and crossed the centre line before it collided the other...

Monday, March 9, 2009, 11:09 AM

Some LRT service closed over next two weekends

Edmonton Transit will be temporarily closing down LRT service between the Corona and Health Sciences stations over the next two weekends.Buses will run the routes between the two stations at 6 p.m. Friday as workers begin to test the track’s overhead power lines.Services will be shut down today...

Friday, March 6, 2009, 8:39 AM

RCMP need help with murder case

Mounties in Wetaskiwin are looking for help as they believe a suspicious vehicle was involved in the Darrel Domstad’s murder Feb. 23.Police believe a truck or an SUV was travelling near the scene of the crime may have been seen driving erratically. Police are asking people to call Crime Stoppers at...

Friday, March 6, 2009, 8:31 AM

Man trapped, burned after truck hits trolley line pole

A 23-year-old man is recovering in hospital after a fiery crash near Whyte Avenue left him with second- and third-degree burns. The white pickup truck the man was driving smashed a metal trolley line pole and burst into flames near 109 Street and 84 Avenue around 2:30 a.m. yesterday.Though...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 10:45 AM

No natural gas rebates to be issued in March

Don’t expect any breaks when it comes to paying the heating bill.For the second month in a row, Alberta’s government will not be offering up natural gas rebates because of low natural gas prices.All three regulated gas companies in the province have charged rates below $4.75 per gigajoule this...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 10:37 AM

Earphones possible factor in train death

A young Canmore woman is dead after she was struck from behind by a train while listening to music and walking along the tracks, police believe.Meagan Baillie, 21, was walking westbound on the tracks behind the Fas Gas station in Canmore around 9 a.m. when the accident happened. She was pronounced...

Monday, March 2, 2009, 11:01 AM

Baby girl left in the cold after vehicle stolen: Cops

A passerby discovered a baby girl left out in the cold in the city’s southwest following a car theft turned apparent accidental kidnapping Wednesday night. Leduc RCMP responded to a call around 6:25 p.m. with a report that a Saturn Vue had been stolen after it was left running and unlocked with a...

Friday, February 27, 2009, 11:06 AM

Cameras will keep an eye on drivers

Lead-footed drivers better gear up for a rude awakening as police prepare to install multi-use cameras at dangerous intersections. The new cameras will record speeds through intersections whether the light is red, yellow or green. The new sites haven’t been chosen yet, but will be high-collision...

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 10:32 AM

Teen allegedly slashes 10-year-old boy in the head

A 10-year-old boy was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a 13-year-old male allegedly slashed him in the back of the head in an apartment building in the city’s north end Monday.Police say the incident occurred sometime around 10:45 a.m. in an apartment building located near...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 11:27 AM

Zeroes add up for lucky couple

When five million dollar signs flashed in front of his eyes after stopping to check his Super 7 tickets last Sunday night, Gordon Martin was sure it was a mistake.The Fort Saskatchewan man was returning home from a weekend trip to Calgary when he stopped at a Husky station to gas up and check his...

Friday, February 13, 2009, 11:02 AM

Crime spree involved alleged hatchet wielders

Police are looking for two men and another who was carrying a hatchet after a string of robberies and smash-ups in the city’s south side Wednesday night.The spree of crimes began around 4:45 p.m. when a man used a hatchet to smash a window of a BMW parked along Terwillegar Boulevard, police said....

Friday, February 13, 2009, 10:59 AM

Man charged after alleged attack on bus driver, senior

Police have laid assault charges after a man allegedly went berserk onboard a city bus and at a bus stop late Tuesday night.A 67-year-old man waiting at a bus stop near 104 Avenue and 101 Street was injured after he was allegedly attacked by a man shortly before 11:55 p.m., police said.A man tried...

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 10:49 AM

RCMP search for suspect in hotel robbery

Mounties are searching for an armed robber that may have fled to Edmonton after robbing a Hinton hotel on Sunday.A man brandishing a handgun passed the night clerk of the Crestwood Hotel a note demanding cash.He jumped over the counter and followed the clerk, grabbing an undisclosed amount of cash....

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 10:52 AM