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ECA Review Newspaper - 2017-11-08

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2 N o v e m b e r 9 ' 1 7 H A N N A / C o r o n a t i o n / S t e t t l e r , A b . E C A r e v i e w A blue tarp covers the remnants of a farm home completely destroyed by fire Dec. 8, 2013, where the remains of Gordon Klaus and his daughter Monica were found. Gordon’s wife Sandi is unaccounted for but believed to be deceased. Dec. 2013/L.Joy ‘Are you a monster or were you manipulated’ RCMP ask Joshua Frank, accused with killing Klaus family by Lisa Joy ECA Review On a scorching August day an Emergency Response Team (ERT) – a paramilitary arm of the RCMP – swiftly rolled into the tiny town of Castor, Ab., to arrest a suspect in connection with a triple homicide. The armoured vehicle, carrying tactical members wearing heavy gear, ballistic helmets and bullet proof vests, stopped in the back alley of a house where they believed Joshua Gregory Frank, then 29, was residing. Officers, pointing rifles at the house, positioned themselves for the highrisk takedown of a suspected cold-blooded triple killer. A confused and dazed Frank, wearing shorts, went outside and was arrested without incident in connection with the brutal murders of Monica Klaus, 40, and her parents, Gordon, 61, and Sandra, 62, Dec. 8, 2013, in their Castor area farmhouse. Sgt. Pillay was tasked with transporting Frank and moving him back and forth from his cell to the interrogation room where he was questioned by another officer. The conversations between Sgt. Pillay and Frank were recorded. ‘Are you a monster or someone who was manipulated?’ ask police Sgt. Pillay told Frank that police know what happened and he was trying to decide if Frank is “a monster or someone who was manipulated and put into the worst possible position of his life.” Jason Gordon Klaus, then 39, was also arrested that day in Stettler, Ab. and charged with three counts of first degree murder and arson in connection with his sister and parents’ deaths. On the recordings in the Red Deer RCMP detachment, Sgt. Pillay could be heard saying to Frank, “You’re not a cold calculating killer. I don’t believe it was your idea.” Frank replied, “God no.” He told the officer he was confused because he had passed a lie detector test at the Stettler Detachment May 5, 2014. “I was cleared,” Frank said adding that when there were “SWAT trucks” all over Castor “never in a million years I thought it was for me. All I see are black SWAT vehicles and guys with rifles.” Frank told Sgt. Pillay that he simply lied for Klaus, saying “I helped with the story.” He said that Klaus paid him $400 to tell a lie to his boss, a guy who does repossessions. “Jason called me to get together. He told me the story to tell his bosses.” He said that he went for a drive with Klaus and Klaus told him where to point stuff out like where the gun was tossed into the Battle River and where the truck was dumped. “I just know what he told me what he did with the truck and gun.” Frank said he did it because he feared for his and his family’s safety. “I didn’t kill people. I don’t want to get charged.” Sgt. Pillay urged Frank to tell the truth and said “Jason has taken advantage of you since you were young and that’s continuing.” Frank first met Klaus when he was nine and Klaus 19 Frank said that he first met Klaus when he was nine but started Christmas Open House • Giftware - Garden Decor - Animal Health Products - and much, much, more... 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Christmas Markets Round Up Center 400 Pioneer Trail Paintearth Lodge FALL TEA & BAKE SALE Thurs., Nov. 16 (2-4 pm) Get your Baking and join us for Tea at Paintearth Lodge! Tea & Dessert $5 Everyone Welcome! Hanna CHRISTMAS Farmers’ Market 3 pm - 7:30 pm Fri., Nov. 17 10 am - 4 pm Sat., Nov. 18 hannafarmersmarket@gmail.com Big Valley Christmas Craft Show & Sale Sat., Nov. 18 (10 am - 3 pm) @ Big Valley Hall Lunch available & Admission by Food Bank Donation Contact Andrea 403-876-2064 Forestburg Christmas Market Saturday, November 25 (10am-2pm) Forestburg Comm. Cntr Lunch Available Hughenden School Christmas Market Sat. Nov. 25 (11am-3pm) Hughenden School Lunch available. Tables: $20, call school @ 780-856-3640 to book. Sleigh rides and visits with Santa: 12:00- 2:00. (Bring your own camera) BYEMOOR COMMUNITY CLUB “CRAFT & BAKE SALE & SANTA CLAUS DAY” SATURDAY, DEC. 2, 2017 11 AM TO 3 PM BYEMOOR HALL To book a table Rhonda at 403-579-2228 Hardisty Christmas Fair & Holiday Train Market & Late Night Shopping Tuesday, December 5 th 2 - 5 pm Coronation Curling Club Elks Hall, 4pm-8pm (CP Holiday Train 8:15pm)

E C A r e v i e w H A N N A / C o r o n a t i o n / S t e t t l e r , A b N o v e m b e r 9 ' 1 7 3 big valley council New council gets right to work Linda Stillinger, ECA Review Reporter Big Valley’s newly elected councillors took the oath of office on Thurs., Oct. 26. Dwayne Grover and Harry Nibourg joined incumbent Sandra Schell to form the new council for the next fouryear term. Following the official swearing in, Sandra Schell was acclaimed as mayor and Dwayne Grover will serve as deputy mayor. These positions are revisited each year during the annual organizational meeting. Committee representatives and board appointments were then determined to represent the interests of the village. Remuneration, meeting and travel allowances were reviewed and debated with council electing to maintain current compensation levels. The annual fee for all councillors is $1,250. The full day rate (over four hours) for meeting attendance is $90, the half day rate (up to four hours) is $60 and mileage reimbursement is at $.50 per kilometer. RCMP report Sgt. Phil Penny of the Stettler detachment came to introduce himself to the new council at the regular meeting and discussed RCMP presence in the village. Over the past two years, Sgt. Penny has assigned each constable a turn in Big Valley while the tourist train was in the village. The result has been the building of a very strong relationship between the Stettler detachment, village council, staff and the community. According to Penny, property crimes remain a concern for law enforcement. “We don’t see a lot of crime in Big Valley,” states Penny “but Red Deer is the third largest city in Alberta and that will have an effect in Big Valley. The area is right on the cusp on how far the criminals are willing to drive.” While small communities may seem an easy target, Penny maintains that public education is the most effective way to reduce property crimes. FCSS Three FCSS grant applications were reviewed by council. The Friends of the Big Valley Library on behalf of the Big Valley Ukulele Group and the Big Valley Painting Group applied for FCSS funding for instructional workshops. Council approved $500 dollars for each group. An application for support of the Métis Hivernant Rendezvous was also eligible for funding under the FCSS mandate but $500 was already given in January of this year for the 2017 Rendezvous. Following CAO White’s recommendation, council tabled this application until the 2018 year and will review it at that time. Council allocated $1600 toward the annual Christmas in the Village event. Last year’s expansion of this annual ‘Not just your customers... we are your neighbours’ Cont’d from Pg 1 “We all understand that this tragedy was not intentional; however, people expect ATCO to be a good corporate citizen and communicate with the MD of Acadia, its residents, and especially with those who lost so much through the failing of ATCO infrastructure. “We are not just your customers or your collateral damage; we are your neighbours. “With regards to the curtness of the statement, it provides practically no information on the investigation that ATCO performed. “We believe that people deserve to have a conversation and to have some questions answered, such as: • What were the other findings of ATCO’s investigation? • What is the age of these transmission poles? • What type of maintenance schedule does ATCO follow for them? • What is weather rating for this infrastructure, as the pole at the origin of the fire failed when the wind speed was not yet at its peak? • How can we work together to prevent this from happening again? “ATCO’s lack of communication since this event on Oct. 17 is unfortunate; as is the complete absence of meaningful contact with the community, or with the affected property owners, or with the dozens of firstresponders that risked their lives trying to battle a wildfire that ATCO’s infrastructure played a role in igniting. “We deserve better than this, and we know that ATCO can do better.” celebration was very well received by the whole community and council is committed to maintaining this excellent family event. There is currently $10,202.51 remaining in the FCSS budget for this year. Funds must be used within the FCSS mandate and cannot be carried over from year to year. It should be noted that the majority of programs usually funded have not submitted applications for this year as of yet. Schulmeister the new reeve Stan Schulmeister of Castor, Ab. is Paintearth County’s new reeve following a vote between Schulmeister and George Glazier at the organizational meeting on Oct. 24. Doreen Blumhagen was elected Deputy Reeve over Diane Elliott. Elections were also held for committees. Agricultural Service Board chairman is Maurice Wiart and Schulmeister was elected over Tyrrill Hewitt for vice chair. All councillors will sit on the audit, budget review, capital projects, legislative review, municipal, policy review and transportation committees. Council moved to maintain council 17111AX0 Big Valley illustrated map The previous council approved the development of an illustrated map of Big Valley to be put up on a large community message board in order help tourists locate the many attractions in the village and keep locals updated on various community events. The latest draft of the map was reviewed by the new council and sent on to the next stage of development. PAINTEARTH COUNTY remuneration at last year’s rates which include $220 per day/$110 half day meeting and convention rates and $.50 per kilometre mileage. The reeve allowance will be $800/ month, Deputy reeve $600/month and the councillor allowance is $400/ month. The remuneration also addresses meal costs, parking costs and $10 per night for incidentals while away from home. Meetings are scheduled for first and third Tuesdays of every month, with the meetings being held on Wednesday following a holiday Monday. More Grandpa time. 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