Alberta briefs – July 31

RCMP have confirmed that three victims of a murder-suicide in northern Alberta each died from multiple gunshot wounds and the shooter died of a single self-inflicted bullet.

RCMP confirm murder-suicide

SMITHB — RCMP have confirmed that three victims of a murder-suicide in northern Alberta each died from multiple gunshot wounds and the shooter died of a single self-inflicted bullet.

“The fact that we’re addressing that there were multiple gun wounds is brutal,” said RCMP Cpl. Wayne Oakes. “We have to show some degree of compassion to the families.”

The findings came from post-mortem examinations completed Wednesday.

RCMP have not released the identities.

But Terry Eliuk has identified the victims as his former wife, Jolene Eliuk, 34, their daughter Misty, 9, and Misty’s grandmother, Joan Paget.

He said Misty’s grandfather, Ian Paget, had been despondent over his belief that his wife and daughter had spent all his savings.

The couple also had a 12-year-old son, Dusty, who was with his father at the time of the shooting.

Weather key to forage: Stelmach

CALGARY — Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach says Mother Nature may still provide a solution to cattle producers trying to deal with a severe shortage of hay and grass.

A cold and dry spring in parts of Alberta has led to fears that there won’t be enough feed this winter and prices have nearly doubled.

But Stelmach says there are some areas in the province that have recovered and if there is an early frost, cereal crops will be converted to forage.

He says talks have been ongoing with the federal government on the issue and there is already a program in place to help cattle producers who can’t find enough feed.

If a producer is forced to sell his herd in 2009 and buy it back next year there will be no income tax charged.

Stelmach encourages farmers and ranchers with extra feed to notify local agriculture offices or advertise on the Internet.

Man receives maximum for killing

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — A young Edmonton man who admitted to killing his girlfriend while on a trip to northern British Columbia has been given the maximum youth sentence possible under the law.

The 18-year-old male, whose name cannot be published, has been sentenced to four years in a youth correctional centre to be followed by three years of supervision.

A judge in Dawson Creek, B.C., reduced the jail term to just under three years because of time already served, but added 14 months to his period of supervision.

He will serve his time at a youth centre in Prince George, B.C.

The man, who was 17 at the time of the killing, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the May 2008 death of his 17-year-old Edmonton girlfriend in Fort St. John, B.C.

His girlfriend, whose name has also not been released, was just a week away from her high school graduation when she was stabbed.

Body that of U.S. university student

LAKE LOUISE — A 36-year-old University of Michigan student has been identified as the person who was found dead earlier this week near Lake Louise.

The body of Jay Thomas Roberson was located Monday in the North Saskatchewan River one kilometre south of a mountain area known as the Weeping Wall.

RCMP says Roberson was identified through the use of fingerprints.

The body was dressed only in a pair of swimming shorts when recovered.

RCMP say an autopsy was conducted by the Calgary medical examiner’s office but the cause of death is still not known.

It’s believed Roberson had been tenting at Rampart Creek campground.

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