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...]

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...]

Two dead in Fort shooting

Neighbours will remember the woman found dead outside her home on Oct. 2 as a “sweetheart” with a vibrant, active young family. Fort Saskatchewan RCMP confirmed that they found the bodies of Colleen Sillito, 46, and Paul Jacob, 56, on the driveway outside of her Alderson Close home on Oct. 2. Sillito, a mother of five, was killed by Jacob, who … [Read more...]

Jonathan Pratt receives 8-year sentence for crash that killed 3

Jonathan Pratt has been sentenced to eight years in prison for causing the deaths of local men Bradley Arsenault, Kole Novak and Thaddeus Lake in 2011. Pratt was found guilty in May of three counts of manslaughter and three counts of impaired driving causing death. A collision reconstructionist said Pratt's Dodge Ram was travelling nearly … [Read more...]

Jonathan Pratt guilty of manslaughter in triple-fatal collision

A judge has found Jonathan Pratt, the man accused of impaired driving in a collision that killed two Beaumont teens and one Leduc County teen, guilty of three counts manslaughter and three counts impaired driving causing death. The ruling was delivered at a Wetaskiwin courthouse on Thursday morning. Three counts of blood alcohol level over .08 … [Read more...]

Car was travelling 199 km/h in triple-fatal collision

The court heard more evidence this week during the trial for a man who is accused of impaired driving in a collision that killed three young men near Beaumont. Among those details is that the vehicle Pratt was allegedly driving was travelling at nearly 200 kilometres per hour at the time of the collision and was found almost 180 metres from the … [Read more...]

Beaumont triple-fatal drunk driving crash trial commences

The trial for the man charged in connection with the alleged drunk driving deaths of two Beaumont youth and a Leduc County youth is underway more than two years after their deaths. Jonathan Pratt pleaded not guilty to all nine charges. Pratt is charged with three counts each of impaired driving causing death, driving with a blood-alcohol … [Read more...]