Alberta briefs – August 25

Alberta is sending more crews to B.C. to help fight raging forest fires. The additional 140 staff will join about 150 Alberta firefighters who have been in the area since early this month battling wildfires.

Alberta sending crews to B.C. fires

EDMONTON — Alberta is sending more crews to B.C. to help fight raging forest fires.

The additional 140 staff will join about 150 Alberta firefighters who have been in the area since early this month battling wildfires.

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development says the fire hazard in Alberta is fairly low.

The department says the exported firefighters can be recalled quickly if the wildfire situation in Alberta changes.

Alberta currently has 13 wildfires, all of which are under control.

Woman, abductor surrender to police

CALGARY — A 22-year-old woman who was believed to have been forced from her Edmonton apartment and into a car has been taken to a police station in Calgary by her alleged abductor, who surrendered himself to officers.

Investigators are now trying to determine exactly what happened before a decision is made on charges.

Police in Edmonton issued a news release Sunday to say a couple was in their apartment when a former acquaintance of the young woman banged on the door.

Police said the woman’s boyfriend was beaten and suffered minor injuries and the attacker then forced the woman out of the building and into a waiting vehiclewith Nova Scotia plates.

So far no names have been released and police have not mentioned any possible motive.

Alcohol suspected in Bentley crash

BENTLEY — Police are investigating a two-car collision near Bentley that sent a motorist to hospital on the weekend.

Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to a accident at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Hwy 12 at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday, along with Lacombe ambulance and Bentley fire rescue.

Police believe a car driven southbound on Hwy 20 by a 19-year-old male from Lacombe County, turned into the path of a northbound pickup truck while attempting to turn east onto Hwy 12.

The smashup caused the truck to roll over, but the 17-year-old male driver from Rimbey was not seriously injured.

Neither was the car’s driver, who was taken to Lacombe hospital for treatment and has since been released.

Police suspect alcohol was a factor, and say charges are pending against the driver of the car.

Fifth man pleads guilty in attack

BROOKS — A man has pleaded guilty to charges related to the Labour Day 2008 slaying of a man who made a desperate 911 call to police saying he was being attacked but didn’t know where he was.

Sharmarke Warsame’s body was found four days later in a field on the outskirts of Brooks.

On Monday, Tyler Lorimer pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the crime, which also saw Abdirahaman Kerow severely beaten.

Lorimer was sentenced to two years in a provincial penitentiary.

Details of the incident are under a publication ban.

Jason Carr, Andrew Joseph Fitzgerald and Darryl Gaffney have also been convicted to two years each for their roles in the crime.

Florie Ann Sullivan was picked in Halifax in January of this year and convicted in July to three years for aggravated assault.

Another man, Carl Haywood, is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on charges of first-degree murder on November 30.

Two men killed in weekend crashes

EDMONTON — Two people are dead after fatal crashes in Alberta over the weekend.

A motorist was killed and several others were seriously injured Saturday night in a multi-vehicle collision on Hwy 2 near Legal.

Earlier Saturday, a 32-year-old Vegreville man was killed after his car crashed into the back of a parked tow truck assisting a pickup truck near Elk Island National Park.

The tow truck driver and the driver of the pickup, who were sitting in the tow truck, suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

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