Alberta briefs – December 22

A man is dead after he stole an idling, unattended vehicle and later rolled it on a northeastern Alberta highway.

Car thief dies in crash after stealing idling vehicle

COLD LAKE — A man is dead after he stole an idling, unattended vehicle and later rolled it on a northeastern Alberta highway.

RCMP say the 25-year-old man took the vehicle from a shopping centre parking lot in Cold Lake Sunday night and was involved in a number of collisions south of the town.

Mounties later caught up with the thief who was pulled over along Highway 897, but he sped away as officers approached him.

Police decided not to pursue the vehicle and notified the detachments in Bonnyville and Elk Point to watch for the stolen auto.

They say the driver was killed when he was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled into the ditch along the same highway later that evening.

Mountie charged with assaulting man in custody

EDMONTON — An investigation into the actions of a northern Alberta RCMP officer has led to charges against him.

The director of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says Const. Desmond Sandboe is accused of assault causing bodily harm and obstruction of justice.

The response team was called in to investigate after a man was injured in the cell area at the Lac La Biche detachment in September.

Director Clifton Purvis says he reviewed the team’s report and determined charges against the officer were warranted.

Sandboe has been with the Mounties for eight years.

He has been released on a promise to appear in Lac La Biche court Jan. 25 and must not contact the complainant.

Garneau closing its manufacturing plant

NISKU — Garneau Inc. says it will cease operations at its manufacturing business in Nisku, after insufficient work orders made it tough to maintain profits.

In an announcement late Monday Garneau said it has laid off most of its employees with remaining workers expected to have their jobs cut by February.

Garneau said it hopes its decision to cease operations will help preserve shareholder value as it company faces a drop in work orders.

The company didn’t disclose how many people work at the plant but its website said the plant, at full capacity, has 100 employees.

Company’s Coming founder donates cookbooks

A private collection of more than 6,000 cookbooks has been donated to the culinary archival library at the University of Guelph.

Jean Pare, founder and author of Company’s Coming Cookbooks in Edmonton, made the donation.

“With this gift, we’ve essentially doubled our cookbook collection,” says Kathryn Harvey, the library’s head of archival and special collections.

Harvey says the collection demonstrates Pare’s passion for cooking as well as her broad interests, running the gamut from mass-produced volumes to specialty publications, from how-to guides for planning a child’s party to pamphlets that would have been included in the purchase of the latest kitchen gadget.

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