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AB RCMP Major Crimes seek public assistance in suspicious death investigation near Leduc – Update

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Nov. 16, 2020

AB RCMP Major Crimes seek public assistance in suspicious death investigation near Leduc – Update

Leduc, Alta. – The RCMP Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into the suspicious death of a 21-year-old male, which was reported on Nov. 14. Public assistance is now being sought about an incident reported in Wetaskiwin on Nov. 14 that the RCMP have reason to believe may be related to the death.

At 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, the Wetaskiwin RCMP responded to a complaint of an agitated male, in traffic, at the intersection of Highway 2A and Highway 13, north of Wetaskiwin.  It is believed that the male may have been driven and dropped off near that location.  The male is described as:

–       Black

–       Approximately 5’7” tall / 168 lbs.

–       Black dreadlocks

–       Wearing a grey overcoat with a black hat

–       Carrying a bottle of Grey Goose Vodka

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit is asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident, or this man’s previous activities.  If any motorist has dash cam footage in the area of Highway 2A and Highway 13 north of Wetaskiwin between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 14, please contact Leduc RCMP at 780-980-7279 or your local police.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

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Nov. 15, 2020

AB RCMP Major Crimes seek public assistance in suspicious death investigation near Leduc

Leduc, Alta. – On Nov. 14, 2020, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Leduc RCMP received a 911 call that a male had been located, believed to be deceased, in a field south of Leduc near 38 Avenue adjacent to Secondary Highway 2A.

Leduc RCMP attended the scene and it was determined that the circumstances of the male’s death were suspicious. Alberta RCMP Major Crimes have taken over carriage of this investigation into the suspicious death of the 21-year-old male from Edmonton. The identity of the male will not be released.

An autopsy for the victim is scheduled at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton later this week.

Leduc RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident, any suspicious activity in this area and/or if anyone has dash cam footage in the area of Highway 2A near 38 avenue (also described as area near the Leduc exit from QEII Highway onto Highway 2A) between Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at 11 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at 11:45 a.m., are asked to please contact Leduc RCMP at 780-980-7279 or your local police.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

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Oilers place goalie Mike Smith on long-term injured reserve

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have placed goaltender Mike Smith on long-term injury reserve, and have re-assigned Olivier Rodrigue to the club’s taxi squad, pending quarantine protocols. 

Edmonton announced both transaction on Friday, but did not elaborate on Smith’s injury.

Smith was supposed to start Thursday’s game at home against the Vancouver Canucks but was declared inactive, forcing Mikko Koskinen into back-to-back starts. 

Smith and Koskinen were expected to split duties in the Oilers net this season. Edmonton re-signed the 38-year-old Smith to a one-year contract in the off-season. 

Rodrigue had been with the Graz99ers of the Austrian National League.

The 20-year-old Rodrigue was drafted 62nd overall by Edmonton in 2018.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published January 15, 2021.

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Alberta health minister says vaccine schedule to take hit from manufacturing delays

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s health minister says it will take longer than expected to start immunizing seniors over 75 outside long-term care homes due to a delay in manufacturing one of the COVID-19 vaccines. 

Tyler Shandro called the news out of Ottawa on Friday a blow and said it’s not clear how severely the delay will affect Alberta’s vaccine allocation in the coming weeks. 

“This is out of our control, but it will impact Alberta’s immunization schedule,” he said Friday. 

The schedule for seniors over 75, regardless of where they live, and Indigenous people over 65 is up in the air because it will take longer to immunize priority health-care workers, Shandro said. 

“We had hoped to announce the start of these vaccinations in the coming days, but that is now in question.”

Federal officials said earlier in the day that only half of promised Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses will arrive in the next month due to production issues in Belgium. 

“This is unfortunate news and we are all disappointed. However, we will not stop,” Shandro said. “Health officials will continue giving out what vaccines we do have as quickly as possible.”

Senior medical officer of health Laura McDougall said Alberta is still ramping up its ability to administer vaccines and has been able to deliver more shots than expected so far.

 She said the province has recruited pharmacists, retired health-care workers and nursing students to give out shots and pop-up clinics have been set up in emergency departments to reach more front-line staff. 

“We have enough immunizers and more than enough people wanting to be immunized,” McDougall said. “What we need is more vaccine.”

Alberta reported 785 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday along with 13 more deaths. There were 796 people in hospital, with 124 of those in intensive care.

More than 74,000 vaccine doses have been given out so far, and the province still aims to administer 50,000 a week by the end of January if there is enough supply. 

— By Lauren Krugel in Calgary

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 15, 2020.  

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