Alberta briefs – November 18

Edmonton Police say they have arrested and charged a man after a series of poppy fund thefts that happened before Remembrance Day.

Man charged after poppy fund thefts

Edmonton Police say they have arrested and charged a man after a series of poppy fund thefts that happened before Remembrance Day.

Police say a man stole four poppy donation containers from convenience stores and gas stations on Nov. 9 and 10. A suspect was arrested on Nov. 16 after police received tips from the public.

James Trevor Hollar, 25, is charged with four counts of theft under $5000 and four counts of possession of stolen property.

He also faces breach of probation charges and three outstanding warrants.

Calif. man to stand trial in 1979 slaying of Alberta born nurse

A judge in Torrence, Calif., has ordered an Orange County man to stand trial on charges he strangled a Canadian nurse more than 30 years ago.

Media reports say Douglas Gordon Bradford, 58, is scheduled for arraignment on murder and using a deadly weapon on Nov. 30.

Bradford is accused of killing his 28-year-old ex-girlfriend Lynne Knight with a garrote and stabbing her more than 15 times in August 1979.

Knight was born in Wetaskiwin, and grew up in Stratford, Ont., before she moved to California.

Bradford, who is out on $1 million bail, was arrested in May 2009 after the case was re-examined by Torrence police.

Residents use air monitors

EDMONTON — People who live in Alberta’s oilsands regions are learning how to use a device to test air quality.

The do-it-yourself devices look like buckets and are being distributed by California-based Global Community Monitor.

Spokesman Denny Larson says the devices will allow people to collect samples at times when air quality appears to be bad.

He says government and industry often use averages, which downplay the effect of severe pollution.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo of Greenpeace says some people in northern Alberta are developing an inherent distrust of government and industry air tests.

Greenpeace says there is an increasing number of cases of respiratory illness in the region.

Father charged with assault

AIRDRIE — A Calgary-area man has been charged in connection with an alleged assault on his six-month-old daughter.

RCMP say they were called Sunday to a home in Airdrie, just north of the city, where they found the infant with bruising and swelling on her joints and upper body.

The baby was taken to Airdrie Regional Health Centre with minor injuries and released later that day.

Const. Robert Frizzell, an RCMP spokesman, says the baby was smiling and in good spirits when she was released.

There were no other children in the home when the baby was found.

Police say an Airdrie man is facing a charge of assault, but his name has not been released.