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Murder suspects choose jury trial

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Lethbridge Sun Times

Two men accused of killing another man late last year have elected to be tried by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge and jury.
The elections were made in Lethbridge provincial court where the two accused, Simon Danny Scout and Rylan James Twigg, appeared by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.
The two men are also scheduled to have a preliminary hearing, which is set for July 16-20.
Scout, 19, and 23-year-old Twigg are charged with second-degree murder in connection to Kenrick Leonard First Rider’s death Nov. 27 in his northside home.
At 7:20 a.m. that day Lethbridge EMS were called to a home in the 1200 block of 9 Avenue North, where they found First Rider’s body.
Potholes abound
Seen any potholes lately?
Lee Perkins has. And the City’s transportation operations manager assures motorists they’re being filled as quickly as possible.
But if there’s one on your route home, he’s asking you to report it. The road hazard may already have been reported. Or maybe it’s new.
Requests for repair can be made online, Perkins says.
“Actually, the main method is still by phone call — 403-320-3850,” he says. “But we do receive a few via the Leth App system,” as well.
And some come through social media, Perkins adds.
After a long and chilly winter, he says City staff members are faced with “an above average” number of pothole complaints.
“It’s a direct correlation of how bad winter is,” he explains.
A “bad winter” involves more moisture — creating more pot holes as it dissipates.
“Anywhere in the city that there is standing water or high moisture content, we seem to have pot-hole issues.”
Lawyer appeals carding
A local lawyer challenging how police handle street-level interviews known as “carding” has filed an appeal with the Lethbridge Police Commission over what she feels is an inadequate response to the issue from LPS.
Miranda Hlady has been speaking publicly about the use of street checks by LPS as a data-collection and crime-fighting tool.
On Wednesday, Hlady said the appeal was made because police failed to provide answers to some specific questions she had regarding the practice.
“The appeal is largely because we feel that, in terms of the actual response we received to our complaint, they didn’t address certain key issues,” she said. “And the solutions they provided were not adequate.”
“We were expecting to get an actual review of the practice of carding, and we were expecting to get policies from the police regarding what the policies currently were, and what was in the works moving forward,” said Hlady.
Volunteers build hope
A group of Lethbridge volunteers has returned home with a real sense of accomplishment.
In little more than a week, they built secure homes for 27 impoverished families in El Salvador.
“We wanted to build more homes than any other group had done in one week,” says Dave Bodell. But before doing that, they had to raise financial support in Lethbridge.
“We successfully fundraised over $75,000 to build 27 homes,” says Bodell, a partner and sales manager at Ashcroft Homes. The project was co-ordinated by Shelter Canada, an interdenominational organization, but backed financially by supporters in Lethbridge.

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