Mother of slain woman slams justice system

It wasn’t enough that Wendy Yurko lost her daughter. She was even deprived of being able to put the day her daughter was killed on her tombstone, because the exact day was never determined. Now, the mother of Dana Turner, a murder victim from Fort Saskatchewan, plans to write a book about how she believes the justice system failed her daughter. … [Read more...]

Father of man charged with murder says he warned police

The father of a local man accused of murdering an elderly Edmonton couple says he warned Fort Saskatchewan RCMP his son was a danger to himself and others a day before the incident, but was told they couldn’t do anything. “I was afraid he was going to hurt somebody or hurt himself … I called and said what if he kills someone? I said you don’t … [Read more...]

Disabled woman accuses RCMP officer of assault

A Fort Saskatchewan resident alleges a local RCMP officer physically and verbally assaulted her for no reason, leaving her with a concussion and a shoulder injury that requires surgery. Jane Richards has filed a complaint with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, an independent agency that reviews complaints about on-duty … [Read more...]

Discharged priest had prior complaint

A local priest who was the subject of a recent RCMP investigation that led to no charges was also accused of sexual assault one year ago, the Record has learned. The Record reported in its April 7 edition that Fort Saskatchewan RCMP investigated Father Ashok Mascarenhas, who served as an associate pastor at Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic … [Read more...]

CP trains collide at Scotford

Two CP Railway trains carrying dangerous goods collided at Scotford Yard on Jan. 31, the third accident in two months at the site. The collision occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. while the trains were switching tracks. Both railcars were loaded with propane and one of them sustained minor damage to the ladder. The two railcars collided at a low … [Read more...]

Salon stuck in sign squabble

A local Brazilian waxing shop has found itself in a hairy situation. Kooter Couture, a beauty studio that specializes in waxing women’s pubic area, has had their sign permit refused by the city because the name contravenes their land-use bylaw. Kooter is a slang term for vagina. Although Kooter Couture has operated with its current business name … [Read more...]

Safety board launches train derailment investigation

The Transportation Safety Board is launching a full investigation into the derailment of  four train cars last week at Scotford Yard that spilled 99,000 litres of a flammable, toxic liquid. The CP train derailed at the Scotford Yard, near Range Road 215 at about 3:25 p.m. on Dec. 8. One of the derailed cars rolled down an embankment and spilled … [Read more...]

Family meeting ministers, calls for public inquiry

The family of slain Fort Saskatchewan resident Colleen Sillito is calling for a public inquiry into the circumstances of her death. The 46-year-old Sillito, a mother of five, was gunned down in her driveway around 6 a.m. Oct. 2 by her ex-boyfriend Paul Joseph Jacob, 54, who then fatally shot himself. “Colleen was a victim of a series of … [Read more...]

Libraries turn new chapter, still vital for society says columnist

Libraries have evolved, but are still an integral part of our society, says Edmonton Journal city columnist Paula Simons. Simons gave a presentation at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library on Sept. 26 speaking to the importance of the public library in the digital age. While the instruments of delivery have changed, libraries still play an … [Read more...]

Doc Walker bringing ‘heartland’ sound to Beaumont

Doc Walker lead singer Chris Thorsteinson just finished a three-hour ride on his bobcat and is now ready to talk country. Seated at his cabin on the lake after doing some landscaping (he said it helps him clear his mind), Thorsteinson said growing up in small towns on the prairies has always been central to the band’s identity. “I grew up in … [Read more...]