Metro Edmonton

Legislature has full agenda for spring sitting

Alberta’s government says it will build a new land-use framework, along with building up its plans for carbon capturing when MLAs get back to business this week for the spring sitting of the legislature.Roughly 50 bills could be brought forward in 2009 — bills that are awaiting an approval from...

Monday, February 9, 2009, 11:13 AM

Brother of accused slams media over published photos of wife’s homicide

The brother of a man accused of brutally killing the brother’s wife has blasted the media for its coverage of the man’s trial. Michael Butler said in a letter to media outlets — including Metro — that it has “overstepped the bounds of basic human decency” by choosing to publish photos of the crime...

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 6:50 PM

Explosion destroys three buildings in northwest industrial park

A large warehouse and two quanset buildings were destroyed by a large blaze in an industrial area in the city's northwest Tuesday.Initial reports say an explosion rocked a business, Sure Shot Sandblasting, at 22003 115 St., sometime before 2 p.m.Firefighters were able to contain the flames just...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 10:33 PM

Infrastructure funding welcome: Mandel, Evans

Edmonton’s mayor said yesterday that while he’s pleased with the federal budget, overall, “the devil is in the details.”Among Stephen Mandel’s top concerns for budget allocation are arts and culture, transportation and hockey arenas. He said that a promise for $12 million in infrastructure bodes...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 10:35 AM

Detectives believe year's first homicides are linked

Two people who were fatally gunned down in two different neighbourhoods in the city’s southwest early Wednesday morning knew each other through a drug connection, city cops said Thursday. Cody Lee Johnson, 29 was identified as the city’s first homicide victim of the year after he was found in an...

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 11:21 PM

Province tells oil outfits to refrain from using Athabasca River waters

The province has told Alberta’s oilsands giants to hold off on the amount of water it uses from the Athabasca River.Alberta Environment says water flow levels in the river have dropped into the “yellow warning zone” under the province’s Water Management Framework that was introduced in 2007.Further...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 11:29 AM

Police identify suspect in six financial institution robberies

Police are on the hunt for a man suspected of at least six robberies in the past month.Between Jan. 9 and Jan. 12, three financial institutions in the west end were robbed.Since then, three more robberies have taken place in the north end and west end, the last occurring on Monday.In all of the...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 11:05 AM

Judge urges same-sex rule for workers in group homes

Group home care workers must deal with members of the same sex if the resident is known for aberrant sexual behaviour, a provincial judge recommended yesterday.In the report Judge Lloyd Malin also said care workers should only be assigned to clients they can physically manage.He added group homes...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 10:35 AM

RCMP seek help finding armed gas station robber

Mounties in St. Albert, Alta., are asking for help from the public to find a man who robbed a gas station at gunpoint.A man walked into a Petro Canada on Gate Avenue around 10 p.m. Friday night, and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding money. The suspect is described as a white man in his forties...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 6:01 PM

Province’s homicide hits new high

Alberta has never before seen more homicides than in 2008. Last year, 53 people were murdered in the province, a figure that nearly doubles 2007’s rate, when 23 people were killed. Of all the murders committed in 2008, seven were on the Hobbema reserve, a community with a meagre population of 12,...

Friday, January 9, 2009, 8:35 AM

2 arrested in holiday carjacking

Two men have been arrested following a carjacking two days before Christmas. A 29-year-old man was car­jacked, driven to Devon, shot in the leg, and dump­ed on the side of the highway. Two suspects, Lee James Lauman, 29, and John Steven Webber, 27, have each been charged with robbery, weapons and...

Friday, January 9, 2009, 8:24 AM

Housing sales expected to drop more than 10%

Edmonton housing sales will slump this year compared to what was seen in 2008, predicts the Realtors Association of Edmonton in its annual forecast Thursday. The association says more than 15,000 homes will be sold through its Multiple Listing Service this year, compared to the 17,317 homes that...

Friday, January 9, 2009, 8:23 AM

Mountie arrested and charged with sexual assault after probe

A Mountie in Fort Saskatchewan was charged with sexual assault Tuesday after a three-month investigation by a civilian-led team that looks into alleged police wrongdoing in Alberta.Mario Jimenez, a 36-year-old constable working with the RCMP in Fort Saskatchewan for 18 months, was arrested and...

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 11:05 AM

Results of probe into officer's conduct to be released today

A civilian-led team that investigates questionable police conduct is releasing results of an aggravated sexual assault investigation into an Alberta-based officer today.A source with the Alberta Serious Response Team confirmed this morning that an Edmonton-based officer was the target of the...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 6:01 PM

Man back in jail hours after release

After walking out of prison a free man Friday morning, a 20-year-old man didn’t last a full day back in society before landing himself behind bars again.Police responded to a fight that broke out at Vinyl Lounge at 107 Street and Jasper Avenue at around 11:30 p.m. Friday.As police tried to identify...

Monday, June 30, 2008, 6:59 AM

Athletes dominate Kirk Lake

Few people have heard of Edmonton’s Kirk Lake. Marielle Hawkes and Jessi Temple row and paddle across this tiny body of water twice a day, six days a week.The medal winning Pan American athletes are training for the national championships in August 27-30, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.Kirk Lake is just...

Monday, June 23, 2008, 7:00 AM

Police seek arson tips

The city’s new police-led arson task force is asking people with tips to call in after another blaze struck another westend neighbourhood yesterday morning. Investigators in the case, however, have interviewed a suspect in the case, but no word has been made if charges have been laid.Patrycia...

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 6:56 AM

Paddling up high river

Experienced members of the Edmonton Dragon Boat Racing Club take one of the club’s 12-metre boats on the river yesterday afternoon. The club had a public barbecue at Rafters’ Landing to kick off the season, but due to fast current and high water, not all members were able to go out on the water.

Monday, June 9, 2008, 6:59 AM

Police discover skeleton after dog retrieves human skull

A Strathcona County homeowner made a gruesome discovery over the weekend, after his dog carried home a human skull.On Thursday evening, police were dispatched to a home in the rural subdivision of Belvedere Heights, where a 41-year-old man had indeed, recovered the remains of a human head.After a...

Monday, June 9, 2008, 6:47 AM

Arrest made in machete attack

Police have made an arrest in a machete attack that sent a man to hospital with a broken collar bone.The attack took place Tuesday afternoon at 89 Street and 118 Avenue when a man was first pushed to the ground, then spat on, police said. When the victim tried to get up he was struck with a machete...

Thursday, May 29, 2008, 2:24 PM