Alberta briefs – June 23

Two friends allegedly trying to make hash oil in a basement suite bathroom were taken to hospital with severe burns early Saturday after the volatile concoction blew up in their faces.

Four people injured in duplex fire

Two friends allegedly trying to make hash oil in a basement suite bathroom were taken to hospital with severe burns early Saturday after the volatile concoction blew up in their faces.

Two men, 18 and 20-years-old, were burned when the oil exploded about 12:15 a.m. in a northwest suite. Two other tenants were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation.

The mother of the 18-year-old man, who didn’t want to be identified, said she was asleep in her bedroom when she was rattled by a big boom.

“I heard the boom and felt the jolt and that’s what got me out of bed,” she said, adding she also suffered singed hair and burns to her forehead while escaping.

Calgary Police Service Det. Robin Greenwood, a member of the arson unit, said investigators found drug paraphernalia in the home.

Both were taken to hospital in critical condition but family members of the 18-year-old said he’s expected to survive.

The 20-year-old man is said to be from Ponoka, in central Alberta, while the injured 18-year-old is from Calgary.

Métis get five new RCMP officers

Eight Alberta Métis communities have inked a deal with the provincial government for RCMP officers who will work on community policing.

Provincial officials say the five officers could work on crime prevention, traffic enforcement or act as school liaison officers and their regular duties.

Aboriginal Relations Minister Gene Zwozdesky says it’s part of a long-term governance and funding agreement with Métis communities.

The Alberta government has agreed to cover the nearly $1.8 million cost of the three-year agreement.

Man facing five charges

A 24-year-old man has been charged with several offences after a teenage girl was allegedly abducted at gunpoint and sexually assaulted in Edmonton.

Police say Kyle Michael Bowler has been charged with kidnapping with a firearm, unlawful confinement, sexual assault with a firearm and sexual assault causing bodily harm. He’s also been charged with weapons and assault-related offences.

Police launched a city-wide search and issued an Amber Alert Saturday after a 16-year-old girl, who’d been partying with friends, was allegedly abducted by a man who was giving a group of teens a ride.

She was later found and taken to hospital, but there’s no word on her condition.

Alberta Justice officials confirm Bowler was expected to appear in provincial court Monday on 15 other unrelated offences, including possession of a dangerous weapon and drug trafficking.

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