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Vermilion RCMP Arrest Male for Multiple Counts of Criminal Harassment

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Dec. 9, 2019

Vermilion RCMP Arrest Male for Multiple Counts of Criminal Harassment

Mannville, Alta. – On Dec. 2, 2019 Vermilion RCMP received a complaint about an unknown person making unwanted contact first by phone and then by text messages. On Dec. 3, 2019 another individual reported unwanted contact from a known male and the suspect was identified to police. 5 additional complaints were received by 5 different individuals on Dec. 4 and 5, 2019, all of a similar nature and were linked to the same originating number.

On Dec. 5, 2019 Vermilion RCMP arrested Jim Douglas Wilson, aged 32 of Mannville, Alta. He is is charged with:

Criminal Harassment – 7 counts

Invitation to Sexual Touching – 2 counts

Luring a Child – 2 counts

Breach of Probation – 1 count

Jim Wilson was held to appear before a Justice of the Peace and was remanded into custody to next appear on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Lloydminster Provincial Court.

As the matter is now before the courts, no further information will be released.

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Calgary Flames defenceman Travis Hamonic won’t play in NHL’s restart

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Calgary Flames defenceman Travis Hamonic has decided not to play in the NHL’s restart.

The Flames said Friday night that Hamonic has opted out of the NHL’s return-to-play program.

Players have until Monday at 5 p.m. ET to declare they are opting out following the ratification of the NHL’s return-to-play protocol on Friday night.

Hamonic, 29, had three goals and nine assists in 50 games this season.

The Flames will face the Winnipeg Jets in a best-of-five play in series starting Aug. 1 in Edmonton.

“Travis explained that due to family considerations, he has made the difficult decision not to participate in the Stanley Cup qualifier and playoffs,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said in a statement.

“While we will miss Travis in our lineup, we understand and respect his decision. Our focus remains on preparation for training camp and our upcoming series in the NHL qualifying round.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2020.

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No new COVID cases at Edmonton hospital, one death no longer linked to illness

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EDMONTON — Health officials say a death previously linked to a COVID-19 outbreak at an Edmonton hospital was not caused by the illness.

Catholic health provider Covenant Health said this week that six patients at the Misericordia Community Hospital had died due to the outbreak.

The provider says that has changed to five.

It says no new cases have been identified in the past 24 hours, and 15 other patients who tested positive remain in hospital.

Three infected patients have also been discharged, two cases in the community have been linked to the outbreak and 16 staff at the hospital have become sick.

Covenant Health announced Wednesday the hospital would not be admitting new patients because of the outbreak.

The 312-bed hospital also closed its emergency department, is not allowing visitors, except in end-of-life situations, and is postponing day procedures.

On Friday, the province reported 77 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its total to 8,596. There are 592 active cases and 50 people are in hospital — most of them in Edmonton. So far, 160 people have died.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2020

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