Librarian charged with sexual assault
CALGARY — A 48-year-old school librarian in Calgary has been charged with sexual assault for allegedly having a relationship with a 15-year-old male student at her school.
Agnes Kooy is alleged to have had a relationship with the teenager over a six-month period earlier this year.
Kooy was charged in August after the boy’s parents and school officials became suspicious about the pair’s behaviour.
Calgary police say they didn’t make the charges known until now because there was no danger to the public.
Police say even if the alleged relationship was consensual, the boy is not old enough to legally consent.
Kooy has been removed from the school but the school board won’t say if she’s been suspended with or without pay or if she’s been let go altogether.
Police said Kooy was ordered not to contact the boy when she was first arrested and released.
But she allegedly contacted the teen and was thrown back in jail.
She is free again but no longer living at home.
Police also say the boy, now 16, is not cooperating with police.
Kooy is due back in court in November.
Beheaded cat was hit, killed by car
CALGARY — Calgary police say a cat whose head was found on the doorstep of a home was hit by a car and killed three days before.
Police say at least three people saw the cat after it had been struck last Friday.
A detective working on an arson case found the cat’s severed head on Monday, when he went to a home to question a witness.
Police say anyone who would intentionally cut off a cat’s head to intimidate someone and deliberately set a fire that could harm or kill people is a sociopath.
The three-year-old female cat, named Bell, was identified by a tattoo in its ear and its body has not been found.
Police have persons of interest in the arson case, but so far no arrests have been made.
Judge rejects bid to charge officer
EDMONTON — A provincial court judge has rejected a bid to have an Edmonton police officer charged with attempted murder through a private prosecution.
But Judge Ernie Walters ordered Wednesday that the Crown proceed on a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm against Sgt. Bruce Edwards.
The case will return to court in January and prosecutors have until then to decide whether to proceed or withdraw the charge.
Kirk Steele, who filed the private prosecution, was shot several times by Edwards in July 2006 after he stabbed a police dog with a steak knife.
A judge later ruled police violated his charter rights by using excessive force.
Edmonton launches arena consultation
EDMONTON — The City of Edmonton says it wants to hear from the public on a proposal to build a new downtown arena that would be used by the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.
The city says such a sports and entertainment complex could cost close to half a billion dollars.
If the arena goes ahead, the city says it would be built without raising property taxes or reallocating money pledged for other infrastructure projects.
Residents are to fill out an online questionnaire that asks if such an arena should be built and whether people who would use it should pay a ticket surcharge to help with financing.
The city is to hold four public hearings next month on the arena question.
The consultation process ends on Nov. 17 and then city council will use the feedback when it makes its decision on the arena.
Woman granted day parole
EDMONTON — The woman who pushed a Calgary teenager off a transit train platform to his death has been granted day parole.
The National Parole Board made the decision today at a hearing at the Edmonton Institution for Women.
Natalie Pasqua pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Gage Prevost in August of 2007.
The two got into a dispute over a $10 drug deal. The 29-year-old woman was initially convicted by a jury of second-degree murder but a new trial was ordered by the Alberta Court of Appeal.
Pasqua has to live in a halfway house in Alberta, keep a nightly curfew, abstain from the use of alcohol and drugs and keep away from people associated with the drug world.
Stelmach urged to visit communities affected by oilsands
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has one more reason to fly north to see firsthand the health impacts of the oilsands.
University students lobbying to have the government deal with the health issue have presented Stelmach’s aides with a $220 open-ended, round-trip air ticket to Fort Chipewyan.
Stelmach says he won’t use the ticket, but promises he will head to Fort Chipewyan as soon as his schedule allows.
Residents of the largely aboriginal community have long complained that effluents from the oilsands harm their drinking water, make them ill, and cause cancer.
Earlier this fall, renowned ecologist David Schindler showed pictures of deformed, tumour-stricken fish being caught in the area.