Alberta briefs – September 3

Lacombe Police have lost a car and two of its officers are taking time off to heal after a collision with an SUV on Tuesday afternoon.

Auditor general retiring a few months early

EDMONTON — Fred Dunn is preparing to retire in February after nearly eight years as Alberta’s auditor general.

Dunn, 66, has been the province’s financial watchdog since 2002 and his replacement will be chosen by a committee of the legislature.

His term would have expired in May 2010, but Dunn decided to step down a few months early.

He says this will give his successor time to prepare for the major audit report released in March each year.

Dunn has been an unbridled critic of Alberta’s Conservative government and pulled no punches in his reports.

He laid bare problems with long-term care that forced the government to set new standards.

He has also been highly critical of the province’s royalty collections system.

Edmonton man facing numerous charges

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — An Edmonton man has appeared in a Kamloops, B.C., court to face charges related to several arsons that have caused almost $10 million in damage.

Twenty-five-year-old Pierre Nault is the same man police say escaped from the Kelowna courthouse last week in a stolen van.

During that court appearance he was accused of attempting to steal a police cruiser and assaulting an officer.

RCMP say Nault is accused of setting fires to homes, sheds and a business in the Celista, Sorrento and Blind Bay areas in B.C.’s Shuswap region.

Nault has been ordered to remain in custody until at least his next court appearance on Sept. 11.

He also faces charges of theft, impersonation of a forestry official and obstruction a police officer.

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