Alberta briefs – August 12

RCMP have issued an arrest warrant for a youth charged with attempted murder after a stabbing at O’Chiese First Nation last Saturday.

Stabbing prompts arrest warrant for youth

RCMP have issued an arrest warrant for a youth charged with attempted murder after a stabbing at O’Chiese First Nation last Saturday.

At 8:30 p.m., Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to a complaint of a robbery and vehicle theft during which time a female passenger was dragged out of the vehicle and injured.

About an hour later, the stolen vehicle was found and a male was stabbed in the chest during a confrontation. He suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to a Calgary hospital. He is currently listed in stable condition.

Ryan George Wildcat, of Rocky Mountain House, is charged with robbery and assault of the female passenger. He will appear in Rocky provincial court on Aug. 12.

A second person, the youth, is also charged with robbery.


Prosecutor wants tough child porn sentence

CALGARY — A prosecutor is arguing a Calgary man should be sentenced to seven years in prison for using his toddler daughter in a child pornography video.

Jenny Rees says the man’s conduct is a gross breach of parental trust.

She says photos and a four-minute video, found on his cellphone by his common-law wife, included images from a book of adult pornography being shown to the 23-month-old child.

The man, who can’t be named to protect his victim’s identity, pleaded guilty to sexual interference, producing and possessing child pornography.

Defence lawyer Jim Lutz says a more appropriate sentence would be in the four-year range due to his client’s guilty plea, remorse and support he has from his family, including his wife.

The woman wrote a victim impact statement saying she would welcome the offender being involved with their two children if he seeks help for his alcohol and drug addictions.

The man offered a teary apology.

Justice Catherine Skene will hand down a sentence on Sept. 10.


Edmonton man, daughter killed in semitrailer crash

GRANDIN, N.D. — A father and daughter from Edmonton are dead after a head-on collision involving a minivan and a semitrailer on Interstate 29 north of Fargo, North Dakota.

The Highway Patrol did not immediately identify the 43-year-old man and his 11-year-old daughter.

Authorities say the man was driving the minivan, which crossed the median about 40 kilometres north of Fargo about 8 a.m. Tuesday and collided head-on with the semi.

The man’s 43-year-old wife was flown to a Fargo hospital with serious injuries.

The 61-year-old semi driver was not hurt.

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