On this episode of Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells the story of Kelly Cook, a young girl who was abducted from Standard, Alta., 38 years ago.
Investigators said it was obvious someone had gone through a lot of work to make sure Kelly would never be found, but a drought in the area had lowered the water level and revealed her weighed-down body.The case turned into a homicide investigation and the manhunt for a killer began.
Join Nancy Hixt as she takes you through the abduction and murder of Kelly Cook: what leads investigators have looked at and why it’s become a cold case.
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Province setting up Alberta Parole Board to decide on early release for sentences less than two years
From the Province of Alberta
Protecting Albertans from repeat offenders
Alberta’s government is introducing legislation to create an Alberta Parole Board to ensure our province has a fairer, faster and more responsive justice system that reflects the values of Albertans and meets the needs of our communities.
If passed, Bill 18, the Corrections (Alberta Parole Board) Amendment Act, would create the Alberta Parole Board. A provincial parole board would better protect Albertans, their loved ones and their property from repeat offenders, including parolees. The government is fulfilling a commitment to Albertans to better hold criminals responsible to protect public safety.
“Albertans expect, and deserve, a faster, fairer and more responsive justice system that holds criminals responsible. Our government’s platform committed that we would ensure repeat offenders, including parolees, are not able to re-victimize them. This is an important part of getting a fair deal for Alberta, and of getting more Alberta and less Ottawa.”
“Our government has heard loud and clear that Albertans want us to do everything we can to protect them, keep our communities safe and prevent people from being victimized. By creating an Alberta Parole Board, Alberta is taking control of a key component of the administration of justice in this province. It will help end the ‘revolving door’ justice system and will be more in touch with the current realities facing law-abiding Albertans who are frustrated with a justice system that does not make them feel secure and protected.”
“RMA has consistently expressed concerns regarding the impacts that repeat offenders have on police services and the justice system in rural Alberta. The creation of the Alberta Parole Board is intended to offer solutions to the current ‘catch and release’ system, contributing to increased safety for our rural communities through responsive oversight.”
The Alberta Parole Board would determine parole or early release eligibility for those serving sentences in provincial correctional facilities, which are sentences less than two years. Currently, Alberta contracts with the federal government to have the Parole Board of Canada make these determinations.
The Alberta Parole Board would also supervise provincial parolees through:
- Community probation officers, with localized knowledge and ties to the community in which they work, who will closely monitor offenders released on parole from provincial correctional facilities.
- Provincial correctional centre caseworkers and probation officers who will continue to do much of the same work for the Alberta Parole Board that they already do for the federal parole board.
If passed, the government plans to have the Alberta Parole Board in place and operating starting Jan. 1, 2021.
- The Government of Alberta will appoint Alberta Parole Board members for provincial parole decisions.
- Alberta would be joining Ontario and Quebec, which have had their own provincial parole boards since 1978. As with the Alberta plan, their boards make parole decisions for applicants serving a sentence of less than two years in provincial correctional facilities.
EPS officer charged
An Edmonton Police Service (EPS) member was charged on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in relation to seven incidents that occurred between January 4 and May 22, 2020.
Const. Celia Frattin, a 16-year member with the EPS, was charged with four counts of theft under $5,000 pursuant to Sec. 334(b) of the Criminal Code and three counts of fraud pursuant to Sec. 380(1) of the Criminal Code.
It is alleged that while off duty, the constable stole various items from two different grocery/retail stores on seven different occasions. In some of the instances, it is alleged that items were fraudulently scanned in self checkouts.
The constable has been relieved from duty with pay.
The charges follow an in-depth investigation by the EPS Professional Standards Branch.
As the matter is currently before the courts, the EPS is not able to provide further comment or information about the incidents or investigation.
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