Alberta briefs – May 25

Teary-eyed family members gathered at an Edmonton transit station Monday afternoon, visiting the spot where 23-year-old Heather Rae Thurier was shot dead Friday night.

LRT shooting victim mourned

EDMONTON — Teary-eyed family members gathered at an Edmonton transit station Monday afternoon, visiting the spot where 23-year-old Heather Rae Thurier was shot dead Friday night.

The woman’s sister, Nicole Gladue, was joined by several other family members who brought pictures and memories of Thurier.

Gladue lit a candle and then made a vow to her dead sister.

“I promise you I will do my best to get your kids and take care of them,” said Gladue.

Thurier, a mother of two young children, was shot Friday night at the Stadium LRT station on the city’s north side.

“I have anger for him because he stole my niece’s and my nephew’s mommy,” said Gladue.

Police have said that the woman appeared to have a short verbal confrontation with the gunman before she was shot.

The man fled and police were still looking for a suspect Monday.

Loved ones have been passing along with condolences to Thurier family over Facebook. Many shocked and disgusted by the senseless murder.

Lonnie Gabriel Gladue-Willms, who identifies herself as an aunt writes, “May you rest in peace.”

Another friend named Ta Ok writes, “I love you Heather, see you on the flip-side someday. Say hi to my sister for me.”


Car slams into bar patrons in dispute

EDMONTON — Several Edmonton nightclub patrons were hurt after the driver of a vehicle apparently drove into them outside the club.

Police say it appears that two groups of people were fighting inside the downtown club around 2:30 a.m. when they were asked to leave.

The fight moved outside and culminated when a man drove into a crowd of people and took off.

The driver was pulled over by police a few blocks away.

Four people were injured, including a 26-year-old man who received a skull fracture and a 23-year-old who received injuries to his head and abdomen.

Socheat Hy, 26, has been charged with several counts of assault with a weapon, hit and run, impaired operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm and one charge of refusing to provide a breath sample.


Second man dies after collision

STONY PLAIN — A second man has now died from his injuries after a car and pickup truck collided at the intersection of two rural highways west of Edmonton on Saturday.

RCMP in Stony Plain, Alta., say a passenger in the pickup, who received serious head injuries after being ejected from the vehicle, died in hospital in Edmonton on Sunday afternoon.

The passenger and the driver of the car were both airlifted to hospital after the collision.

The driver of the car died from his injuries Saturday night.

Police haven’t released the names of the two men pending notification of their family members.


Shots fired during poker game

EDMONTON — Police are reviewing security video after two men fired shots inside of the Century Casino in northeast Edmonton just after midnight Sunday.

Investigators say two people who were part of the game repeatedly left a poker table and came back.

At one point, one of the men returned with a gun and fired one shot inside the room, which is dedicated to poker games.

Police believe the gun exchanged hands and another man then fired one shot towards the lobby.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

No suspects have been arrested.


Speeds of motorcycle, sports car stun peace officers

CALGARY — One day after peace officers clocked a motorcycle rocketing down a Calgary-area highway, another officer was passed by a pricey sports car doing nearly double the speed limit on the same stretch of road.

RCMP Const. Tom Christie says another peace officer heading out to work on Highway 22X south of Calgary had a “Lamborghini-type vehicle” pass him going 196 kilometres per hour.

On Saturday, a peace officer in a radar unit clocked a motorcycle that whizzed by doing about 288 kilometres per hour on the same stretch of highway.

While they didn’t pursue either motorist, Christie said they’d be interested in having a chat with whoever was behind the wheel of that car.

He suggests the driver may have been seriously harmed or may have harmed someone else at that rate of speed.

Christie says motorists don’t have the right to drive in such dangerous ways.

The speed limit along stretches of the highway is about 100 kilometres per hour, so there’s no justification for the sports-car driver to be going almost double that, Christie suggested.

“That is insane, I don’t care what you’re driving.”

It’s just lucky that the sports-car driver didn’t harm anyone, the officer said.

“Let’s picture Mr. Lamborghini going over a hill and there’s a farmer pulling a hay bailer or something that takes up two-thirds of the highway,” he said.

“It’s darn-right scary that people have the arrogance to drive like that.”


Trick rider dies in fall

REDCLIFF — Family and friends are mourning after a 12-year-old trick rider died after falling off a horse in southeastern Alberta.

RCMP said the 12-year-old girl, identified by family and friends as Dee-Ann Mezei, was riding Thursday afternoon west of Medicine Hat when she fell from the horse and was severely injured.

She later died of her injuries.

Cpl. Neil Bailey of Redcliff RCMP said it’s unknown how fast the horse was going or whether the girl was wearing a helmet at the time.