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EPS charges man in 2002 homicide


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Arrest made in historical homicide

October 19, 2020

The Edmonton Police Service Historical Crimes Section has charged one man in a 2002 homicide.

On May 9, 2002, police responded to the report of a body that was found under a bed in a home in the area of 99 Street and 86 Avenue. The following day, an autopsy confirmed the deceased male, Michael Thomas Longmore, 59, was the victim of a homicide. At the time, investigators lacked evidence to lay charges.

In January 2019, the EPS Historical Crimes Section opened a review of the file and resubmitted exhibits to the RCMP laboratory for forensic testing. The results of this testing identified a DNA profile that led police to a suspect.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, police arrested Denis Laframboise, 66 and charged him with second degree murder in relation to Longmore’s death.

“This is exactly why we review historical homicide files,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Tebb with EPS Historical Crimes Section. “While DNA testing at the time wasn’t sophisticated enough to identify a suspect, today’s technology has made it possible to do so, and hopefully bring a sense of resolution to the victim’s family.”

The EPS Historical Crimes Section was established in 2018 and consists of approximately ten officers who investigate historical homicides, missing persons and cold case sexual assaults. The four homicide detectives in the Section currently have a caseload of 202 unsolved homicides dating from 1938 to 2017. A full review of all historical files was initiated when the Section was formed to identify files where modern technology or investigative approaches may be able to shed light on a previously unsolved case.


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EE Football Team raises almost one million dollars for Joey Moss Memorial Fund

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EDMONTON — A memorial fund created for the late Joey Moss, a longtime locker-room attendant for the Edmonton Oilers and the EE Football Team, raised nearly one million dollars through a 50/50 raffle.

The 50/50, held by the EE Football Team, raised $991,800 upon closing Sunday. The amount breaks a record set by the team during  a July 2017 game against the Ottawa Redblacks where $871,839 was raised.

The winning recipient of the 50/50 will take home half of the pot, to the tune of $495,900. The rest will go towards the fund created by the Winnifred Stewart Association, a group that empowers people with disabilities.

Moss, who was born with Down Syndrome, passed away at the age of 57 this past October. No cause of death was given.

He first became an attendant with the Oilers in 1984 before joining the Edmonton Football Team two years later, holding both positions for over 30 years.

Moss would eventually become a favourite in Edmonton among fans and players. He was later given a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions and achievements in 2012 and was later inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020

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‘All you got:’ Extreme Edmonton runners find comfort outside in rain, snow or hail

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EDMONTON — Sheryl Savard of Edmonton recites a mantra to herself over and over again when running outside on some of the coldest winter days.

“All it takes is all you got.”

Even when temperatures drop to a nostril-sticking -40 C with the wind and the sun is gone, the 50-year-old and others in the extreme running group she founded bundle up in their warmest wool and quilted layers and head outside.

Whether there’s rain, snow, sleet or hail, Savard says they’re out twice a week — Saturday mornings and Tuesday nights — because they need to do what they love the most: running.

Savard, a privacy officer at MacEwan University, says she also loves a challenge.

“And the other big thing that I’m really enjoying about running is actually the social aspect.”

Savard started Edmonton Trail Runners six years ago. At the beginning, she says, some members stopped showing up in the winter. But that’s hasn’t happened this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Savard says she and the other 50 or so members find running outside one of the best ways to have a human connection in a safe way

And the group’s numbers continue to grow, despite the drop in temperatures.

“Normally (people) would have started hibernating, but they’ve just said they’re feeling so isolated,” Savard says.

“Last night, there were two girls who are new to our group, new to trails, and (were for the) first time running at night and for the first time running in winter. And so they were more hesitant and nervous.

“A couple of us stayed back with them and coached them through how to approach the downhill. So everybody sort of takes care of everybody else.”

The group runs along dozens of trails in the city’s river valley stretching along the North Saskatchewan River.

The paths are usually clear as the runners head out single file at various paces, sometimes in pitch-black darkness. The only thing guiding them is the person in front of the them and their bobbing headlamps.

“It’s actually really hard to maintain a consistent pace because of the elevation changes … so we run for time. On Saturdays, it’s always 90 minutes,” says Savard, adding the longest trail run she has completed was 105 kilometres.

“I always believe in reaching beyond my grasp, and we really encourage that.”

Sometimes, she adds, there are surprise guests.

“I’ve bumped into like a moose mom six feet away from me that I could have walked under, she was so big, with her two calves. And I’ve seen porcupine and I’ve seen all the deer and the elk and the wolves and the coyotes. And, so when you’re out there and you’re just seeing all this wildlife everywhere, you become very appreciative of nature right in our backyard.”

Despite mental and physical benefits of the extreme endurance workouts, Savard says the best part is making friends along the way.

“One of the things I love is we don’t even know what everybody does for a living,” Savard says.

“My 14-year-old daughter runs with us now and she’s one of our coaches. So some of her friends are 53-years-old and other ones 25. And nobody talks about who earns what or who does what for living or what’s your age.”

“I think that’s what community was always meant to look like. It’s supposed to be just a collection of people that are like-minded, not necessarily the same age or the same job. So it takes away all those barriers of how we divide up society.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.


This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Fakiha Baig, The Canadian Press

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