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Drumheller RCMP / Major Crimes Unit Lay Further Charges in Homicide

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Drumheller, Alberta – The RCMP Major Crimes Unit have arrested and charged a youth as a result of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Fazal Rehman, whose body was discovered south of Morrin on October 16, 2017.

In late October, Dylan Donald Howard of Munson was arrested and charged with one count of first degree murder.  He remains in custody pending his trial.

The Major Crimes Unit from Calgary maintained carriage of this investigation and continued to investigate in partnership with other RCMP specialized units.  On June 5th 2017, a 16-year-old female was arrested and charged with Accessory after the Fact of Murder and Attempting Obstruction of Justice.  The female, who cannot be named according to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is scheduled to appear in Provincial court in Calgary this morning at 9:30.

The RCMP will not be commenting further as the mater is now before the courts.

 

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UPDATE #1

October 27, 2017

Drumheller RCMP charge man with first degree murder

Drumheller, Alberta –  Investigators arrested a 20-year-old man yesterday for the murder of Fazal Rehman (36), whose body had been discovered at the scene of a burning vehicle in a rural area south of the village of Morrin on Monday, October 16, 2017.

The police investigation into the incident confirmed the identity of the deceased man is Fazal Rehman, of Calgary, who was known also by the name of Afzad Rehman.

An autopsy was completed by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Calgary on Thursday, October 19 and based upon its findings, as well as evidence gathered from the scene, the RCMP committed several specialized resources to the homicide investigation including its Major Crimes Unit (MCU) from Calgary, Forensic Identification Section (FIS), Auto Theft Section and Police Dog Services (PDS).

Yesterday, Dylan Donald Howard (20) of Munson, Alberta was arrested without incident in Airdrie.  Mr. Howard has been charged with one count of first degree murder and will appear in Provincial Court in Drumheller on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Morrin is approximately 263 kilometres south east of Edmonton and 161 kilometres northeast of Calgary.

Additional information will not be released at this time as the matter is now before the courts, however, should new details arise an updated media release will be issued.

 

 

Original News Release

October 17, 2017

Drumheller RCMP investigate human remains

Drumheller, Alberta – On Monday, October 16, at approximately 8:00 a.m., members of the Drumheller RCMP Detachment responded to a report of a burning vehicle in a rural area south of the village of Morrin, Alberta.  Firefighters from Morrin attended and extinguished the flames.  Human remains were discovered at the scene.

Members of the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) have assumed carriage of the investigation with assistance from the Drumheller RCMP Detachment and specialized units such as the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section (FIS) and its Auto Theft Unit from Calgary.

The investigation is ongoing and the last known registered owner of the vehicle has been located and has been spoken to by police.  An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Calgary.

Morrin is approximately 263 kilometres south east of Edmonton and 161 kilometres northeast of Calgary.

The RCMP requests that anyone with information about this case to call the Drumheller RCMP Detachment.  In the event that callers wish to remain anonymous, they are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

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Over 100 stolen vehicles, plus trailers, farm equipment and machinery seized by police in East Central Alberta

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Extensive stolen property recovered in Camrose

 More than 100 stolen vehicles, trailers, farming equipment, and other machinery, has been seized following an extensive ALERT investigation in Camrose.

On Monday, November 21, 2022, ALERT’s Auto Crimes unit conducted search warrants at 17 locations, predominantly in Camrose, but also in Camrose County, Ponoka County, and the Rural Municipality of Hillsdale, Sask. The search warrants were part of a lengthy investigation into organized crime.

Due to the volume of items recovered, ALERT is still in the process of cataloguing and processing seized evidence.

“ALERT appreciates the public interest and support of this investigation, but we ask for patience as the evidence is being processed. Once all the items are documented, investigators will work toward identifying and contacting the rightful owners,” said Acting Staff Sergeant Michael Fehr, ALERT Edmonton.

An update will be provided once the evidence processing is completed.

Several suspects have been identified but no charges have yet been laid.

Upwards of 170 police officers were involved in the search warrant executions, including Camrose Police, Edmonton Police, Calgary Police, and RCMP detachments St. Paul, Wetaskiwin, Ponoka, Rimbey, Strathcona County, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Killam, and several in F-Division.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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US Virgin Islands reach $105M settlement with Epstein estate

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By Dánica Coto in San Juan

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands announced Wednesday that it reached a settlement of more than $105 million in a sex trafficking case against the estate of financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The settlement ends a nearly three-year legal saga for officials in the U.S. territory, which sought to hold Epstein accountable after he was accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls and of causing environmental damage on the two tiny islands he owned in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The islands will be sold as part of the agreement.

“This settlement restores the faith of the people of the Virgin Islands that its laws will be enforced, without fear or favor, against those who break them,” Attorney General Denise George said.

Epstein’s estate agreed to pay the territorial government $105 million in cash and half of the proceeds from the sale of Little St. James island where Epstein owned a home and authorities allege many of his crimes took place.

The estate also will pay $450,000 to repair environmental damage on Great St. James, another island Epstein owned where authorities say he removed the ruins of colonial-era historical structures of slaves.

The money from the sale of Little St. James island will be placed in a government trust to finance projects, organizations, counseling and other activities to help residents who have been sexually abused, officials said.

“We owe it to those who were so profoundly hurt to make changes that will help avoid the next set of victims,” said George, who added that she met with three alleged victims who were trafficked and sexually exploited on Little St. James island.

A real estate company is listing the island for $55 million, noting that its features include three beaches, a helipad, a gas station and more than 70 acres (28 hectares) of land that offer “an array of subdivision possibilities” and “a comprehensive, discreetly located, infrastructure support system.”

The company also is offering Great St. James for $55 million, an island of more than 160 acres (65 hectares) with three beaches.

In addition, the estate will return more than $80 million in economic tax benefits that U.S. Virgin Islands officials say Epstein and his co-defendants “fraudulently obtained to fuel his criminal enterprise.”

The government previously accused an Epstein-owned business known as Southern Trust Co. of making fraudulent misrepresentations to qualify for the benefits.

Daniel Weiner, an Epstein estate attorney, sent a statement to The Associated Press saying that the settlement does not include any admission or concession of liability or fault by the estate or anyone else.

“The co-executors deny any allegations of wrongdoing on their part,” he wrote. “The co-executors ultimately concluded that the settlement is in the best interest of the estate.”

Weiner also noted that the estate has paid more than $121 million to 136 individuals via a victims’ compensation fund.

Epstein killed himself at a federal jail in New York in August 2019 while awaiting trial. He had pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually abusing dozens of girls, some as young as 14 years old.

Several had sued Epstein and accused him and his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, of pressuring them into sexual trysts with powerful men.

Maxwell, who was convicted on sex trafficking and other charges, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in June.

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