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DNA analysis links crime scenes in Edmonton and Vegreville to death of 20-year-old male

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April 23, 2019
The Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section is investigating the murder of a 20-year-old male, whose body was discovered earlier this month in near Vegreville.

On Friday, April 5, 2019, at approximately 2:45 a.m., EPS Downtown Division patrol members responded to a “trouble unknown” call near 92 Street and 110 Avenue. Upon arrival, police discovered a significant amount of blood on the ground at the rear of the residence. Forensic investigators were called out, and an investigation was launched.

Later that same morning, RCMP Major Crimes initiated an investigation, after a body was discovered in a vehicle near Vegreville.

On Monday, April 15, 2019, DNA analysis of blood that had been collected by EPS investigators from the 110th Avenue crime scene was matched to Tristen Nicholas Morningeagle Cook-Buckle, 20.

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, the DNA analysis collected by RCMP investigators from the crime scene in Vegreville also matched the profile of Cook-Buckle, thus connecting the two crime scenes.

On Friday, April 19, 2019, autopsy results released by the Edmonton Medical Examiner confirmed the manner of death of Tristen Nicholas Morningeagle Cook-Buckle to be a homicide. Investigators are not releasing the cause of death, at this time.

The Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section has since taken the lead on the investigation.

Homicide investigators are urging anyone who may information about this homicide 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.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

Every investigation is evaluated on a case by case basis. The EPS has decided to release the name of the deceased because it serves an investigative purpose.

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Leduc RCMP arrest male for robbery with a firearm, other offences

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Feb. 21, 2020

Leduc RCMP arrest male for robbery with a firearm, other offences

Leduc, Alta. – On Dec. 30, 2019 at approximately 3:30 a.m., a male victim was approached by an unknown suspect who pointed a firearm at him and demanded keys to his vehicle. The suspect male then tried to punch the victim who was not complying with his demands. The victim went into his building and when he returned the male was gone. The victim was not physically injured. Police were notified of this incident several hours later.

Leduc General Investigation Section took over the investigation and with the assistance of the RCMP Forensic Identification Services were able to identify the suspect male.

Jonathan Ermineskin (28) of no fixed address has been charged with five offences relating to this incident including:

  • Robbery with a firearm
  • Possession of stolen property over $5000
  • Careless use of a firearm

He was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and is scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court on March 10, 2020.

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Frustrated Red Deer Business Owner asks Provincial Justice Minister to enforce strict minimum jail sentences for repeat offenders

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You may have already seen this letter.   It was shared on a community facebook page last weekend and has since been shared dozens of times, collecting hundreds of reactions.    Certainly some disagree with the math presented by the business owner.  Others argue the numbers do not go far enough to consider costs of providing health care, and other services.  

Regardless,  this has the community talking and it underlines the frustration of struggling home owners, and business owners who feel politicians are not moving quick enough to deal with issues related to crime and public safety. The letter has been sent to Alberta Justice Minister and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer.  We’ve asked the author of the letter to keep us informed on any reaction.  

Printed with the permission of the author.

Like many people in Alberta and Canada I have been a victim of crime, in 2018 I had over $140,000.00 stolen and 2 vehicles damaged (1 destroyed) in 4 separate thefts (of these events insurance would only cover $40,000.00) this had created an extreme hardship on my mental and physical well being as well as the well being of my family. Forcing us to make less than $18,000.00 last year. But not qualifying for supplemented income as I am self employed, however the criminals that are caught in a stolen vehicle with drugs and firearms are free to collect government aid and continue stealing from us!

Since the last major theft on Remembrance Day 2018, I had security cameras installed and I actively monitor these cameras every night, this has led to me contacting the police and personally intervening in the attempted theft of my neighbour’s and my property over 200 times. This is absolutely unacceptable, I have been told by the R.C.M.P to move, buy a different vehicle, and there’s nothing they can do even while handing over hard evidence of parole papers and a criminal’s photograph of him in my vehicle!

These criminals are armed with knives (from lock back to kitchen), machetes, pipe wrenches, firearms, baseball bat’s, needles, and anything else they can find to make a weapon.

Our Laws need to change now!

We could cut major crimes down within 3 months implementing a strict minimum sentence for all repeat offenders, 5 yrs minimum for any drug conviction with intent to sell or crime over $5k, 10 yrs for any assault during the commission of a crime or evading police, and 20 yrs for any major crime committed while in possession of a firearm or weapon.

The first thing our government needs to understand is it only costs $150/day for an inmate, these criminals on average are stealing $1000 a day.
Also the majority of these criminals are on supplemented income and free benefits costing tax payers another $30,000.00/yr (in other words the government is paying these criminals to steal from us).

So if we say 100 criminals are stealing $356,000/yr each for a total of $35,600,000/yr and are drawing an additional $3,000,000.00 in tax funded services.

The cost of these 100 criminals to citizens is $38,600,000.00/yr

If we were to incarcerate these same criminals our cost would be $5,340,000.00/yr this would leave us ample room to implement rehabilitation services in prison, as well create many more jobs in the prison, construction, and health sectors, also freeing up our health services in each municipality to aid those in need instead of hundreds of junkies and criminals!

Sincerely,

(author does not wish to be identified)

(Stats for incarceration figures from: https://edmontonjournal.com/…/70-per-cent-of-prisoners-in-a…)

(Average theft costs based on Red Deer crime watch stats compiled over 1 year.)

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