Police had four people in custody Thursday night following a daylight robbery at a southside business.
Police confirmed via social media they had four people in custody following a robbery at the Bell store along the 3700 block of Mayor Magrath Drive.
A witness on the scene, Christy Melvin, who works at a nearby business, said she was outside when the incident occurred. She saw several young men she guessed to be between age 15 and 18, “with plastic bins running by with a bunch of stuff,” she said.
Melvin said the young men were yelling “Run!” repeatedly and that they entered a gold-coloured sedan and fled the scene.
Not-guilty verdict shocks
A Lethbridge courtroom exploded last week into sobs and cries of disbelief as a jury announced it had found Jillian Across The Mountain not guilty in the death of Frances “Candy” Little Light just over two years ago.
Many of Little Light’s shocked family wept uncontrollably as the judge excused the jury and thanked them for their service. But there was no consoling the victim’s family who was admittedly surprised and visibly upset by the verdict.
“The family is very frustrated and angry at the verdict that we received today,” Little Light’s cousin, Norvena Little Light-Breaker, said outside the courthouse.
Code Reds have impact
When Lethbridge police are busy, they don’t conscript all the officers in nearby towns. Nor does the fire department call for other communities’ firefighters and equipment, except for major emergencies.
But that’s the way Alberta’s ambulance system is working, participants at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs were told Thursday.
So rural Albertans are receiving inadequate care, says veteran paramedic George Porter, while ambulances line up for hours at big-city hospitals.
“This goes on every day,” he said.
Porter has contacted every health minister since the problem began, he said, offering possible solutions. But none has been willing or able to change the way Alberta Health Services runs the ambulances.
As Alberta’s biggest bureaucracy, he agreed with a questioner, AHS is “out of control.”
Two seek UCP nod
Two southern Alberta men are vying for a United Conservative Party nomination in a new rural constituency.
High school principal Marc Slingerland, who kicked off his campaign earlier this year, is being challenged by former Jason Kenney aide Joseph Schow. The opposition party has not announced the date of a nomination meeting for the new Cardston-Siksika riding.
Following a constituency redistribution, the new electoral district includes portions of the former Little Bow and Cardston-Taber-Warner ridings. Little Bow incumbent Dave Schneider has announced he won’t be running in the 2019 provincial election, while Taber-Cardston-Warner MLA Grant Hunter will seek nomination in the redrawn Taber-Warner riding.