From The Edmonton Police Service
Police charge 31-year-old male with online luring offence
The Edmonton Police Service has arrested and charged a 31-year-old male with various offences including possession of child pornography, in connection to the alleged online luring of a teen girl.
It was reported to police that on Wednesday Sept. 4, 2019, a male suspect began communicating with a young teen girl on two social media applications. It is alleged the male proposed a transaction that would see he and the girl exchange nude photos via the app for cash, and eventually meet up for sex.
The complainant’s father eventually became aware of the situation and contacted police on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, after which an investigation was immediately launched by Southwest Division members. On Sept. 27, 2019, investigators arrested the male suspect at an undisclosed location.
Nicholas Alfred Rice, 31, is charged with luring a child, distribute/import/sell child pornography, possession of child pornography, make sexually explicit material available to a child and indecent exposure to a child under 16.
Police are releasing a photo of the accused (see below), as a duty to warn the public. Investigators believe there may be other complainants who have been contacted online by Nicholas Rice. Investigators are encouraging them to come forward by calling the Edmonton Police Service 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.
Police investigate 22 shootings across city in month of August
News release from the Edmonton Police Service
The Edmonton Police Service continues to investigate 22 reported shooting occurrences in the month of August.
Of the 22 occurrences, 18 are believed to be targeted offences and not random in nature. Ten of the 22 shootings resulted in injuries, and in 19 of these shooting incidents, there was the potential for innocent bystanders, including children, to be harmed. There were three deaths as a result of shooting occurrences in August, one of which was self-inflicted.
Nine incidents involved shots being fired at a person, four shots were firedat residences, another four shots were fired into the air, two shots were fired at vehicles, two shots were accidentally discharged and one was self-inflicted.
Compared to August 2022, August 2023 shooting occurrences are up by 36%. There have been 152 reported shooting occurrences year to date, a 32% increase from last year at this time. Edmonton Police Service members have also seized 679 firearms year to date.
Change to B.C. drug decriminalization policy prohibits use near playgrounds, parks
People are framed by wildflowers while walking a dog on a pathway at Garry Point Park, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, May 18, 2023. The B.C. government says its drug decriminalization policy has been amended to stop people from using illegal substances near playgrounds and parks.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The British Columbia government says its drug decriminalization policy has been amended to stop people from using illegal substances near playgrounds and parks.
The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions says in a statement that the federal government approved the changes to its drug decriminalization policy.
The federal government gave the province an exemption from the law in May last year to allow for the removal of criminal penalties for people caught with a small amount of illicit drugs for personal use.
The new changes mean illegal drug possession within 15 metres of playgrounds, waterparks and skate parks will be prohibited as of Sept. 18, although possession was already prohibited on school grounds and in child-care facilities.
The provincial government says the amendments mean police can again enforce federal drug laws if people are found with illegal drugs near “child-focused spaces.”
Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto says in the statement that while decriminalization is one part of the response to the toxic drug crisis, it’s important to take steps that specifically protect children.
Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim says the city had asked the provincial government to get Health Canada to make the change.
“This is a positive step forward in helping to find balance for our communities, including families, seniors, children, and our most vulnerable residents,” he said in a statement issued Thursday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 14, 2023.
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