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Dozens of suffering cats euthanized in connection to animal cruelty investigation

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From the Edmonton Police Service

WARRANTS ISSUED FOR ARREST OF SUSPECTS

The Edmonton Police Service has issued warrants for the arrest of two women in connection to an animal cruelty investigation that resulted in the rescue of 52 neglected cats from a northwest area address.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, Edmonton’s Animal Care and Control Peace Officers executed a search warrant on a property near 112 Avenue and 95 Street with the assistance of EPS officers. The Peace Officers had observed multiple cats living in deplorable conditions at the residence and in a motor home parked on the property.

Extreme levels of ammonia from cat defecation and decaying animal flesh forced EPS officers to call in a hazmat team from Edmonton Fire and Rescue Services to enter the dwelling. Once inside the residence and motor home, a total of 52 cats, a majority of which were in ill health, were discovered surrounded by feces, urine and syringes throughout the two dwellings. A decomposing feline was also discovered inside the motor home.

After executing a search warrant at the address, the distressed cats were seized. Sadly, a total of 37 cats were euthanized due to serious health issues. The residence has also since been condemned and boarded up by city officials.

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Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Kelly Jenner, 38, and Alisha Leclercq, 32, each who are facing charges under the Criminal Code of willfully cause pain, suffering or injury to an animal or bird (x3), abandon animal in distress or wilfully neglect or fail to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for it (x3).

They are also facing charges under the Animal Protection Act of cause an animal to be in distress, fail to ensure said animal has adequate food and water, fail to provide animal with adequate care when it was wounded or ill and fail to provide animal with adequate shelter, ventilation or space.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kelly Jenner and Alisha Leclercq is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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Seller BEWARE! Warning for anyone selling online. Red Deer man bombarded by scam artists

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This article is submitted by Tim Lasiuta of Red Deer

Kijiji, navigating scam buyers

It all started with what seemed to be a good idea.

I needed to sell a few items and other than eBay, Kijiji was the next best option.  After all, I had success on precious occasions selling other items and services to help make ends meet in a tough Alberta economy.

Comic books in hand, my ad seemed pretty simple.

“Collectors comics for sale, $1000 in value. Asking $500.  Contact Tim at….”

Not that I expected people to come running out of the electronic bushes to fight over my well cared for comic books and anthologies, but I did not expect what happened over the next 3 days.

I had included my cell phone number so I could at least talk to people about what they might want.  However, with the advent of the global marketplace sellers are exposed to international buyers.

Shortly after posting my ad, I received a response via text asking what seemed to be a legitimate response.

“I want to buy my son a birthday present.  This is a surprise.  What is your firm price?  Why are you selling?  What is your phone number?  What is your paypal account?  What is your address so we can pick them up?”

That all seemed good once I answered the questions and sent pictures of all 70 comic books and 30 hardcovers.

Within a few minutes, I received the following response:

“Okay, sound good.  I will pay you through PayPal, you can easily get money in your PayPal and transfer it into your bank account.  Let me know if you accept my method of payment and I will also contact the shipping company that will come down to your location for pick up after the payment clears to your account.”

It still sounded okay, but not quite normal.  After all, I had sold much through paypal and people just transfer funds as required.

That did not prepare me for what was next though.

I received what seemed to be a PayPal notice for $850 usd.  However, I wanted $500.  And the note included a shipping agent contact stating I had to send $300 to the agent to release the $850!

By this time, I was very suspicious and knew that was a scam.

I continued with the conversation and was assured this was not a scam and the funds really were on hold.  They did want them.

By this point, I gave up on this particular scammer and waited for a legitimate local buyer.

The end was not near however, as 3 more individuals contacted me over the next 2 days to offer the same thing!  All were out of country phone numbers, Colorado, Nevada and Indiana.

Looking back on the transaction, I researched their methods and discovered that the pay to release funds is not new and was based in Nigeria originally.  Now, it seems to come from the United States.

Their pattern can be summed up in four steps.

  1. Contact you saying they cannot come to see the asset in person and ask you questions.
  2. They agree to the price, no matter how large.
  3. They theoretically send you more than you ask for, demanding an advance payment to release the funds.
  4. You will never receive the rest, your paypal account is zero with no option to recover.

The buyers, as it were, hide beneath foreign cell phone numbers and redirected email addresses.  Once you engage them with the $300, you can no longer fight the battle.  Report these individuals IF you can identify them, but otherwise run!I write this cautionary tale so other sellers can be aware of those who prey on potential sellers, no matter where you live.

By the way, there is no happy ending to this story yet.  My comic books are still for sale and I still need to post items to make rent this month.

May you all find real buyers.

Tim Lasiuta

403-396-1773

 

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$50,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest of this murder suspect

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From the Edmonton Police Service

Homicide suspect Amin Yussuf still sought on Canada-wide warrants

EPS partners with “Bolo Program”

The EPS’ Homicide Section is still looking for Amin Yussuf, 29, who remains wanted on Canada-wide warrants in connection to the shooting death of 26-year-old Abubeker Gemechu Abduraman, on March 24, 2019.

On March 24, 2019, the Edmonton Police Service responded to a weapons complaint at Xhale Lounge (8120 101 Street). Upon arrival, investigators located Abduraman deceased inside the lounge. Two other individuals were also shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting.

Yussuf is wanted for first degree murder, attempted murder using a firearm(x2) and unauthorized possession of a firearm. He is also known by the following aliases: Abdirizak Yussuf, Craig Yussuf, Mohemed Yussuf, Mohemed Mohamed and Mohammed Farrah.

Yussuf has connections to Yellowknife and Hay River in the Northwest Territories, as well as Edmonton, Alberta; Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and Toronto, Ontario. He is described as a black male, with brown eyes and black hair. He is six feet tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds.

The EPS has partnered with the Bolo Program to complement police efforts in locating Yussuf.  The Bolo Program amplifies police requests for public assistance on most wanted cases, focusing on the most serious criminal offences. In cooperation with the Crime Stoppers Association of Edmonton and Northern Alberta, the Bolo Program offers a reward up to CAD $50,000 for any information leading to the arrest of this suspect. This reward is only available until July 21, 2020.

Yussuf is considered armed and dangerous, and therefore should not be approached. Investigators are urging anyone with information regarding Yussuf’s whereabouts to contact the EPS directly at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

Wanted: Amin Yussuf, 29

First degree murder

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