Alberta briefs – June 10

Alberta is spending $1.2 million on a program to help high-risk boys in communities west of Edmonton avoid going to jail in the future.

Money for high-risk boys

Alberta is spending $1.2 million on a program to help high-risk boys in communities west of Edmonton avoid going to jail in the future.

The Stop Now and Plan program is to teach boys to overcome their behavioural problems before they become adults. Under the program, boys are to be taught how to deal with impulsive behaviour and to solve problems.

Gene Zwozdesky, minister of aboriginal relations, says the program will reduce the chance the boys will be involved in violence, gangs and crime.

The program involves RCMP, the Parkland School Division, the Yellowhead Tribal Community and the Alexander First Nation.

The province is to announce similar programs in other communities around Alberta later this year.

Shots fired in neighbourhood

People in an Edmonton neighbourhood were diving for cover after a gunman fired 39 shots — including 35 at one home.

Some of the shots narrowly missed an eight-year-old boy sleeping in his bedroom and one missed his mother.

One homeowner in the area said that when he reported hearing the shots to police he was told it was probably just kids playing with a cap gun.

Joshua Furtado-Dacosta, 22, has been charged with careless use and storage of a firearm, careless use and storage of ammunition, knowingly possessing an unauthorized firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of a prohibited firearm.

A 16-year-old girl was charged with careless storage of a firearm, careless storage of ammunition, knowingly possessing an unauthorized firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

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