June 28th, 2017


Local News

  • Saretzky guilty of triple murder

    A Lethbridge court jury has found Derek Saretzky guilty on all three counts of first degree murder in the 2015 Crowsnest Pass deaths of 69-year-old grandmother Hanne Meketech, Terry Blanchette, 27, and Blanchette’s two-year-old daughter, Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette. The 24-year-old Saretzky was also found guilty of offering an indignity to a human body in relation to [...] Read More »

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  • Saretzky jury deliberations underway

    J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com The fate of Derek Saretzky is now in the hands of a jury. This morning, the jury in the Saretzky triple murder trial received their final instructions from Judge William Tilleman prior to beginning deliberations. Saretzky is on trial for the 2015 Blairmore murders of Terry Blanchette and his daughter, [...] Read More »

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  • Downtown Farmers’ Market continues to grow

    Melissa Villeneuve Lethbridge Herald mvilleneuve@lethbridgeherald.com The popular outdoor Downtown Farmers’ Market will open for the summer season next week. It’s the 12th year for the annual event held in Festival Square (3 Avenue and 6 Street S) by Lethbridge Exhibition Park and Downtown Lethbridge BRZ. Beginning July 5, the Downtown Farmers’ Market will run Wednesdays [...] Read More »

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  • Manslaughter sentencing delayed

    Delon Shurtz Lethbridge Herald dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A 39-year-old man who killed his sister’s common-law spouse in 2015 will not be sentenced Thursday as planned. Instead, the sentencing hearing for Stacey Charles Wahpistikwan will be held Sept. 5 in Taber. The matter was brought forward Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court, during which defence explained more time is [...] Read More »

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  • Man sentenced for assault

    Delon Shurtz Lethbridge Herald dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A man who assaulted a security guard more than two years ago has finally been sentenced. Grant Tyler Williams pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count of assault causing bodily harm and was sentenced to one year in jail. Court was told the guard was patrolling an [...] Read More »

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National News

  • Clark says if her government toppled, it shows B.C. legislature can’t function

    VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark says she doesn’t think the British Columbia legislature can work if her Liberal government is defeated in a confidence vote on Thursday. If Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon asks for her opinion, Clark says she will tell her she hasn’t seen any evidence the house can function with the NDP and Greens [...] Read More »

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  • Attempted theft at Montreal cemetary ends with man pinned under vehicle

    MONTREAL – Police say a suspected thief on a bicycle ended up in hospital after he allegedly tried to steal a woman’s purse at a Montreal cemetery. Const. Raphael Bergeron says it began around mid-morning Wednesday when the 44-year-old woman was meditating in the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery. Bergeron says the woman noticed the cyclist inside her [...] Read More »

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  • Jury finds Alberta’s Derek Saretzky guilty of killing father, toddler and senior

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A southern Alberta man who told police the devil led him to kill a father, a toddler and a senior has been found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder. Derek Saretzky, 24, was charged in the September 2015 deaths of Terry Blanchette, his two-year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech. [...] Read More »

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  • Quebec in spat with group representing Canada’s generic pharmaceutical industry

    QUEBEC – The association representing Canada’s generic pharmaceutical industry is slamming the Quebec government’s plan to resort to tendering in order to get cheaper generic prescription drugs. Health Minister Gaetan Barrette said Wednesday the government will proceed with tendering as of July 1. He said talks with the industry fell apart after its representatives walked [...] Read More »

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  • Man accused of wanting to ‘destroy’ ex-wife found guilty in online harassment

    VANCOUVER – A man accused of trying to emotionally ruin the life of his ex-wife using online posts was found guilty Wednesday of criminal harassment by a B.C. Supreme Court jury. The court heard Patrick Fox’s tactics included threatening emails, blog postings and a website about Desiree Capuano, who lives in Arizona. Crown attorney Mark [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Alberta RCMP expect more traffic this Canada 150 long weekend in national parks

    EDMONTON – Alberta Mounties are warning people who plan to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this weekend in national parks to be prepared for more vehicles and slower traffic. Police say they expect that Banff, Jasper and Waterton Lakes national parks will be especially busy with a surge of visitors eager to take in mountain scenery [...] Read More »

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  • Inquiry finds RCMP couldn’t have prevented cocaine overdose in holding cell

    COLD LAKE, Alta. – An Alberta fatality inquiry report says RCMP couldn’t have prevented the fatal overdose of a man in custody who consumed cocaine that he’d hidden in his rectum. Yvan Daniels-Dupuis of Richmond, Que., was arrested in May 2014, in a rural area outside Cold Lake, Alta. Police had been called there by [...] Read More »

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  • Friends raise money for funeral of youth, family gets eviction notice

    EDMONTON – A friend is raising money to help an Edmonton mother deal with the violent death of her 17-year-old son. On Friday police charged three people with murder after the body of Ashton Cardinal was found near parked vehicles outside an apartment complex. The next day the youth’s mother, Vanessa Cardinal, was served with [...] Read More »

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  • Edmonton health agency issues hepatitis warning after insulin training

    EDMONTON – More than 1,300 people have received letters advising them to get tested for hepatitis B and C because proper procedures weren’t being followed during insulin training sessions at two Edmonton hospitals. Covenant Health says the patients with diabetes or gestational diabetes who were notified took the training at Grey Nuns or Misericordia hospitals [...] Read More »

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  • Drug, weapons charges follow tips from suspicious Calgary neighbours

    CALGARY – Two people in Calgary are facing dozens of charges after tips from the public about alleged trafficking led to the seizure of a variety of drugs, guns, ammunition and cash. The charges follow an investigation that started in late May after information surfaced about suspected trafficking out of a home in a southeast [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Back for an encore: Kelly Clarkson plans second picture book

    NEW YORK – After releasing a bestselling children’s book, Kelly Clarkson is back for an encore. HarperCollins Publishers announced Wednesday that the Grammy winner’s “River Rose and the Magical Christmas” is coming out Oct. 24. The picture book is illustrated by Lucy Fleming and continues Clarkson’s “River Rose” series, which began last year with “River [...] Read More »

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  • Federal judge blocks parts of Indiana’s new abortion law

    INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge has blocked portions of a new Indiana law that make it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker on Wednesday approved a temporary injunction blocking three sections of the law that were to take effect July [...] Read More »

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  • Sister of WWII soldier gets his long-lost Purple Heart, flag

    WESTFIELD, N.J. – A 95-year-old woman whose brother was killed during World War II has received his long-lost Purple Heart and the flag that was used at his burial. The Purple Hearts Reunited non-profit organization presented the medal to Mildred Stotzer during a ceremony in her room at a retirement home Wednesday in Westfield. Stotzer’s [...] Read More »

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  • Group accused of shipping Colorado pot to other stares

    DENVER – A mammoth marijuana trafficking ring that pretended to be growing weed for sick people was instead illegally shipping the drug to a half-dozen other states and bilking investors, including former NFL players, Colorado officials announced Wednesday. A Denver grand jury indicted 62 people and 12 businesses in the case that involved federal and [...] Read More »

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  • Castile girlfriend pleads not guilty in hammer attack

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – A woman who livestreamed the bloody aftermath of her boyfriend’s fatal shooting by a Minnesota police officer has pleaded not guilty in an unrelated assault case. Diamond Reynolds faces two assault charges for allegedly taking part in a hammer attack on a woman in February. Reynolds was sitting next to Philando [...] Read More »

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