Alberta briefs – August 20

An Alberta biker who took a short unexpected ride on the back of a semi is in hospital with serious injuries.

Biker takes short but uneasy ride aboard semi

COCHRANE — An Alberta biker who took a short unexpected ride on the back of a semi is in hospital with serious injuries.

RCMP say the Calgary man and the big rig were eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway west of the city last evening when the motorcycle collided with the back of the truck.

The impact flipped the 37-year-old rider onto the rear fender of the semi.

He lay there for about half a kilometre before a motorist alerted the truck driver that he was carrying some extra cargo.

The biker, whose name has not been released, was taken to hospital in Calgary

His injuries are considered potentially life-threatening.


Burned woman charged with arson

EDMONTON — An 18-year-old woman injured in an apartment fire in Edmonton is accused of setting the blaze.

Police say the woman lives in the apartment.

The fire call came in just before 6 a.m. Thursday and the building had to be evacuated.

The fire started in a basement suite and spread throughout the building.

Damages are estimated at $300,000.

The woman has been charged with one count of arson with disregard for human life.


Prentice disputes Rethink Alberta charges

CALGARY — Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice is disputing charges by U.S. anti-oilsands campaigners that Alberta’s oilsands development is out of control.

Prentice says monitoring of the energy sector is increasing for air and water contaminants.

And he says that while Canada is an energy superpower, it will continue to be a clean energy superpower.

A coalition of mostly American environmental groups have erected billboards in both the U.S. and England, urging potential visitors to Alberta to think again.

The so-called “Rethink Alberta” campaign says that uncontrolled energy development is damaging Alberta’s natural beauty.


Attackers still not found year after beating

EDMONTON — The family of an Edmonton man left paralyzed after a brutal beating is making a desperate plea to anyone who may have information on the crime.

One year after Shane Tebby was brutally beaten, his mother and sister returned to the crime scene to remind people the attackers are still out there.

Valerie Teahan-Tebby says she’s concerned those responsible may hurt others. On Aug. 19, 2009, police believe a group of males followed the then 26-year-old Tebby from a 7-Eleven store in northeast Edmonton.

Police say Tebby was attacked by up to nine people and left bloodied on the sidewalk. Tebby was in a coma for four months and is confined to a wheelchair.

After Tebby is released from a rehabilitation hospital in Ponoka, he likely will require round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.

“We know it’s a larger group of males, suspected to be aboriginal and that’s all we have at this time,” said Det. Mike Zacharuk.

The family hopes that by sharing Shane’s story, it will encourage somebody to come forward.

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