January 17th, 2021

2020 year in review: January


By Lethbridge Herald on December 29, 2020.

Herald file photo by Ian Martens Contractors, Lethbridge police and members of the Alberta Sheriffs Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit work to shutter an alleged drug house Tuesday on the city's westside. @IMartensHerald

The Herald looks back to the stories that made headlines over the past year with a month by month series running through this week to the New Year:

JANUARY
Lethbridge murder case featured on CBC show ‘The Detectives’
The successful investigation of a southern Alberta murder will be shown across the nation on an episode of CBC’s “The Detectives.”
The efforts of Lethbridge Police Service Detective Ryan Stef are shown as he investigates the vicious murder of grandmother Irene Carter in 2016.

Notorious alleged drug house shut down
The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit of the Alberta Sheriffs shut down an infamous alleged drug house in West Lethbridge.
The LPS has come out to the house about 60 times for complaints associated with the westside property over the past two years.

Crash near Taber kills four
A two-vehicle head-on collision early in the morning on Highway 875 near Hwy. 36 claimed the lives of four people. A van transporting a 10-person crew from Taber to work on a Prairie Sunlight II Solar Project near Vauxhall collided with a pickup truck.

$400K in donations to enhance U of L prairie plant research
The University of Lethbridge received $400,000 in donations from two corporations ($250,000 from Power Corporation of Canada and $150,000 from Canada Life) to enhance its community engagement efforts in the sciences and to fund cutting-edge prairie plant research.

Conditional sentence for mother
A Lethbridge woman will serve a two-year conditional sentence after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, thus concluding a case that began six years ago. The woman had originally been charged with child abduction in relation to an incident where a child was taken to Belize.
The abduction charge was then replaced with a guilty plea of breach of a court order which resulted in a conditional sentence of one year of house arrest followed by a year of probation.

City, schools agree on one-year busing deal
City council has granted local school boards a reprieve of one year before pulling out of the school busing business for good. The City and Lethbridge’s two school divisions signed a one-year contract which will give both divisions until July 31, 2021 to put a new agency in charge of the city’s school bus service.

Help for the homeless
The province has confirmed its support of a new $11-million 42-unit permanent supportive-housing facility to begin construction in Lethbridge in 2021. Work was underway to find a site for the facility, which will house some of the city’s most vulnerable.

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