By Victoria Handysides

A tribute to the missing

Fifty women who disappeared off the streets of Vancouver’s lower east side may be gone, but the haunting memory of their lives that most tried to ignore live loud and clear.A Roomful of Missing Women is a bone-chilling yet captivating look at the reality of life in the shadows, and is human...

Friday, June 27, 2008, 5:47 AM

Stolen: ‘Part of the family’

When Darlene Kent realized her black lab puppy was missing from her backyard, she said she felt sick to her stomach — someone had stolen him.“They took his dish of food with him too,” she said. “Obviously the dog wouldn’t have taken that with him. It’s terrible.”Kent said that when her boyfriend...

Thursday, June 26, 2008, 7:27 AM

Riding the rails in style

Edmonton’s newest trains are almost ready to hit the rails.Thirty-seven shiny new LRT cars will double the existing number of vehicles in the city’s fleet.Eleven of the cars will be used to bump up the number of riders on the existing Health Sciences to Clareview line, while the remaining 26 will...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 6:48 AM

Police want panhandler crackdown

Complaints of panhandling in the downtown core have doubled over the past year and frustrated police want the city to give them more options to combat the problem, city council was told yesterday.Council has no immediate plans to deal with the issue. Mayor Stephen Mandel agreed that the problem is...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 6:37 AM

Time for paws

The tables were turned yesterday in Hawrelak Park, when thousands of pets took their humans for a walk.The 16th annual Pets In the Park fundraising event took place yesterday, and though skies were rainy, it didn’t keep many four-legged friends from dragging their two-legged owners out for the day....

Monday, June 23, 2008, 7:17 AM

Test run turns into robbery

When car salesman Roger Jean took a customer on a test drive Tuesday morning, he never anticipated it would be the ride of his life, or that he’d become part of a crime that could have been pulled from a movie script. At around 10:30 a.m., Jean hopped in a used 2005 Dodge Ram with a man who was...

Thursday, June 19, 2008, 6:59 AM

Grandaddy of fests has kickin’ lineup

Capital Ex kicks off July 17, and is promising fun-lovers more, more, more in 2008.Headlining the granddaddy Ed fest are hard rockers Collective Soul, Corner Gas funnyman Brent Butt, multiple Juno award-winner Sam Roberts, and whirlwind R&B sensation Jully Black, to name a few.The exhibition,...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 6:39 AM

Dozens caught in drug sweep

West-end drug users are going to have lot more trouble scoring their poison, after police cracked down on a “dial-a-dope” operation that has landed a small army of dealers in jail.Project Wagia was an undercover operation that put West Division officers in the role of druggies, buying small...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 6:12 AM

Stanley Cup rings sell for big bucks

Peter Pocklington, the controversial former owner of the Oilers, auctioned off pieces of Stanley Cup history to the highest bidders last night.Included in the online sale at www.classicauctions.net were five sparkling diamond Oilers Stanley Cup Championship rings, two mini Stanley Cups, 18 official...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 6:10 AM

Teens arrested after swarming

A group of five teen girls are facing a long list of charges after three vicious robberies in the downtown core on the weekend.At around 8 p.m., the girls approached a woman waiting for the bus near Jasper Avenue and 102 Street. They attacked her, stealing her cellphone and glasses.Minutes later,...

Monday, June 9, 2008, 6:50 AM

Cop off payroll with new charge

An off-duty police officer charged with a long list of drinking and driving offences won’t be receiving a paycheque any longer, after being slapped with an additional charge for improper storage of a firearm at his home.The decision is too little, too late, says Theresa Offermann, who has been...

Monday, June 9, 2008, 6:45 AM

Cat killers plead guilty

Two teens accused of brutally killing a beloved family pet pleaded guilty in a Camrose courtroom yesterday.Those in attendance heard the graphic retelling of the gruesome act committed by a group of teens on Dec 29, which was followed by a round of gasps and disgusted remarks.“The cat was placed in...

Thursday, June 5, 2008, 7:14 AM

Guilty of one murder

Thomas Svekla has been found guilty of second-degree murder and committing indignity to the body of Theresa Innes, one of two prostitutes he was accused of killing.However, Court of Queen’s Bench Judge Sterling Sanderman decided yesterday that there was not enough evidence to tie Svekla to the...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 7:15 AM

Gruesome discovery

Residents in a quiet rural area north of Lamont say they’re getting used to strange occurrences in their neighbourhood, but never thought they would add the discovery of two dead bodies to the list.On Friday afternoon, a farmer seeding his field made a gruesome discovery, when he found two dead...

Monday, June 2, 2008, 6:47 AM

Police warn of sex attacks

Residents on a quiet Garneau street are shaken after police warned that there could be a serial sexual predator targeting their neighbourhood.Police revealed yesterday that since February, three vicious sexual assaults have occurred in the area of 111 Street and 81 Avenue, two of which were in the...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 6:32 AM

Mars on Edmonton radar

A little piece of Edmonton that hitched a ride to Mars last summer has landed on the red planet and could help uncover the mystery of whether or not we’re alone in the universe.A wind sensor named Telltale that was invented at the University of Alberta was selected to accompany the Phoenix Mars...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 6:21 AM

Not just any lost bike

Already coping with the daily challenges of caring for an autistic child, Shannon Koreman never thought she’d have to explain to her 13-year-old foster son that he’d been the victim of a thoughtless crime, and that she has no idea why.On Thursday night, Koreman discovered that her son’s special-...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 6:50 AM

Crown argues case

The point at which a woman’s body was moved is a key to the case against Thomas Svekla, court heard as final arguments got underway in the four-month trial yesterday.The accused prostitute killer showed up at court yesterday with a shaved head and appeared emotionless as Crown Prosecutor Ashley...

Friday, May 23, 2008, 7:08 AM

Killer reveals little at woman’s trial

Convicted murderer Joseph Laboucan didn’t paint a very clear picture yesterday in court when recalling the details of the brutal murder of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte.The now 21-year-old man — sentenced to life in prison for murder in the case — denies any involvement in the rape and murder of the...

Thursday, May 22, 2008, 6:11 AM

Campaign targets traffic circles

Edmonton motorists may be in need of re-education on negotiating traffic circles, officials say.The traffic circle on 107 Avenue and 142 Street saw 91 crashes in 2006, making it a hot spot for crashes in Edmonton, second only to the intersection of 23 Avenue and Calgary Trail.“There are lots of...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 7:20 AM