Alberta briefs – July 7

Patients at a walk-in clinic chain in Calgary and Edmonton are being told some clinics are trimming their hours due to a shortage of doctors.

Doctor shortage forces clinic to trim hours

EDMONTON — Patients at a walk-in clinic chain in Calgary and Edmonton are being told some clinics are trimming their hours due to a shortage of doctors.

Dr. David Swann, the leader of the Alberta Liberals, who is also a former family physician, said Sunday he’s concerned that shorter hours at Medicentres could put a strain on hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centres.

“If people don’t have a family physician, a walk-in clinic is the next best thing, otherwise people will end up in emergency departments much more frustrated and angry and not able to get the assessment they should get,” he said.

Patients who call some of the clinics have reached recordings that say hours are being trimmed, or the clinics are closed on weekends, due to a shortage of physicians on duty.

A spokesperson from Medicentres did not return calls.

Man charged with murder after dispute

EDMONTON — A man in Edmonton has been charged with murder after he told police about a domestic dispute that left a woman dead.

Investigators say the man, who is in his 50s, walked into a police station Sunday night and told them about the dispute at a northeast residence.

A woman was later found dead in the home.

Police say she and the suspect were in a relationship, but their names have not been released.

Neighbours say the two were married and had a daughter living with them, but it’s not clear if the girl was home at the time.

The homicide is Edmonton’s 15th of the year.

Teen jailed for stealing van with toddler inside

EDMONTON — A teenager in Edmonton who stole a vehicle with a toddler inside has been sentenced to eight months in custody.

The 17-year-old, who can’t be named, has also been sentenced to four months supervision followed by a year of probation.

Court heard the vehicle in which a two-year-old boy was sitting was stolen while it was parked outside a store in south Edmonton in February.

The teen dropped off the child at a nearby store and later rolled the vehicle near Leduc, south of the city, before he was arrested.

Woman facing a dozen dog bylaw charges

A dozen bylaw charges have been laid against a woman who’s believed to be the owner of two dogs involved in separate vicious attacks on two children and an elderly man in northeast Calgary.

The dogs, a pit bull and a bull mastif, attacked two little girls last month as they walked home from a playground with their father.

Dogs matching the same description had attacked a 78-year-old man a month earlier in the same neighbourhood.

In both cases a blue van was seen picking up at least one of the dogs, but after the second attack bylaw officers captured one of the animals.

The 26-year-old woman was given a dozen bylaw tickets, but she has been unwilling to co-operate and the second dog has not been located.

The bylaw charges carry fines totalling up to $10,000 and include having unlicensed dogs at large and owning dogs that attack and cause severe injury.

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