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Lloydminster Drug Scene Hit Hard With an Investigation leading to 83 Charges Laid  

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Lloydminster, Alberta – The Lloydminster General Investigation Section in conjunction with ALERT (Alberta law Enforcement Response Team) and several other K Division support services, utilizing intelligence lead policing, have charged 21 individuals, in an investigation that began 2 weeks ago and focussed primarily in the sale of illicit drugs in the border city. In total, as a result of this investigation, Lloydminster RCMP laid 83 charges.

 On Thursday November 23, 2017 Lloydminster RCMP executed two search warrants, one in the 4700 block of 43 street; the other in the 5600 block of 43rd street. The search warrants produced stolen property with a value close to $35,000, firearms, drugs and the arrest of several individuals.

 The 85 charges are made up of; Trafficking in fentanyl, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin and Marijuana. Other charges include Possession of stolen property, Proceeds of crime, Firearms offences, Personation, Resist arrest, and Fail to comply.

 The individuals arrested over the span of two days include: Darla Dixon 32 years old from Lloydminster, Tyler Wolfe, 31 years old from Onion Lake, Courtlin Littlewolfe, 33 years old from Edmonton, Louisa Simpson 19 years old from Lloydminster, Cheyenne Harper 31 years old from Onion Lake, Rosanna Courtoreille, 33 years old from Edmonton, Richard Wooldridge, 58 years old from Lloydminster, Michale Yaskow, 50 years old from Lloydminster, Richard Klippenstine, 43 years old from Lloydminster, Benjamin Harper, 31 years old from Lloydminster, Brandon Robinson, 23 years old from Lloydminster, Travis Fraser, 24 years old from Lloydminster, and Shyla Johstone, 24 years old from Lloydminster.

 The Lloydminster RCMP have also issued warrants for the arrest of the following individuals:  Mark Sokulski, 29 years old from Lloydminster, Desiree Little, 24 years old from Lloydminster, Randy Lecomte, 32 years old from Onion Lake, Dorian Mabindsia-Taylor, 31 years old from Lloydminster, Kenneth Gamble, 23 years old from Lloydminster, Tyler Mazur, 32 years old from Lashburn, Amanda Armstrong, 27 years old from Lloydminster, Derrick Gladue, 44 years old from Lloydminster, and Cole Graver, 26 years old from Bonnyville.

 The Court dates, for all the individuals, will be occurring in the next several months in Alberta and Saskatchewan Provincial Court.

 Inspector Neill Pearson says that  “The hard work of our officers and municipal employees has significantly impacted the drug trade within our community. As well, we have removed a substantial amount of firearms and recovered  $35,000 worth of stolen property.  This investigation is a great example of how our detachment and Provincial Crime Reduction Strategies continues to be effective in addressing crime in our community.”

 This investigation is still ongoing and more charges are expected.

 

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Nova Scotia mass shooting inquiry identifies many RCMP failings, recommends overhaul

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TRURO, N.S. — The public inquiry into the 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia issued its final report today, saying the many failings in the RCMP’s response should lead to an overhaul of the national police force.

The seven-volume report from the Mass Casualty Commission says an external review of the RCMP is needed, and the federal public safety minister should then identify responsibilities that could be better handled by other policing agencies.

The three-member commission found the Mounties failed to notice years of warning signs about the killer, who fatally shot 22 people — including an RCMP officer — on April 18-19, 2020.

The inquiry heard the 51-year-old denture-maker disguised himself as a police officer and drove a replica police cruiser during a 13-hour rampage that ended when he was shot dead by two RCMP officers at a gas station north of Halifax.

The report also draws links between the shootings and the killer’s mistreatment of women, particularly his spouse — whom he isolated from her family and assaulted for many years.

The commission says the first step in preventing mass violence is recognizing the danger of escalation inherent in all forms of violence, including gender-based, intimate-partner and family violence.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 30, 2023.

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Ex-priest, 93, acquitted of assaulting girl at residential school decades ago

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WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg judge has acquitted a now-retired 93-year-old priest of assault after a residential school survivor accused him of forcing himself on her more than 50 years ago. 

Victoria McIntosh testified she was assaulted by Arthur Masse in a bathroom of the Fort Alexander Residential School north of Winnipeg sometime between 1968 and 1970.

McIntosh and Masse were the only witnesses who testified in the two-day judge-alone trial earlier this month. 

Manitoba Court of King’s Bench Justice Candace Grammond said in her decision today that she believed McIntosh was assaulted, but couldn’t determine beyond a reasonable doubt that it was Masse who did it. 

McIntosh, who had about a dozen supporters with her in court, clutched a sweater a family member made for her and stared at the floor as Grammond read her analysis. 

Masse stared straight ahead while the decision was being read. 

The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program has a hotline to help residential school survivors and their relatives suffering trauma invoked by the recall of past abuse. The number is 1-866-925-4419.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 30, 2023. 

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