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Alberta Mountie faces sex charges involving Saskatchewan girl, 12, in 1982

REGINA - A senior RCMP officer has been charged with sexual offences involving a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago. Saskatchewan RCMP said Insp. Ronald Makar faces one count of sexual intercourse with a female without her consent and one count of having sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 14. The charges are based on the 1982 Criminal Code and would be equivalent to sexual assault today. "Allegations like these are disturbing when made against a member of the general public," Supt. Alfredo Bangloy said at a news conference in Regina Tuesday.

Mountie reveals how investigation led to wrongful conviction case

HALIFAX - The RCMP officer whose investigation revealed the wrongful conviction of a Nova Scotia man accused of statutory rape in 1969 testified Tuesday that a feud over a family's dark secret prompted him to reopen Gerald Barton's case. Const. Brent Kelly said soon after he arrived to break up a scuffle between two brothers near Digby in July 2008, one man accused the other of sexually assaulting their sisters when they were young.

Alberta RCMP announces child abuse centres to get full-time officers

EDMONTON - The head of Alberta's RCMP has announced where some of the province's 40 new officers will be stationed. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary and the Zebra Child Protection Centre in Edmonton are each getting one Mountie full time. Commanding Officer Marianne Ryan said Monday that officers in the past have worked closely with city police at both centres and it's important for Mounties to be on site. "Child abuse and sexual exploitations are serious crimes that require dedicated resources," she said.

Alberta RCMP announces child abuse centres to get full-time officers

EDMONTON - The head of Alberta's RCMP has announced where some of the province's 40 new officers will be stationed. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary and the Zebra Child Protection Centre in Edmonton are each getting one Mountie full time. Commanding Officer Marianne Ryan says officers in the past have worked closely with city police at both centres and it's important for them to be on site full time.

Navy picks up U.S. family with sick baby from sailboat in Pacific

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - Rescuers plucked a seriously ill American baby girl and her family from a sailboat in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday and transferred them to a U.S. Navy frigate that will take them back to California, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The family was put into an inflatable raft then helped aboard the USS Vandegrift, which arrived early on Sunday to rescue them from their crippled sailboat about 1,000 miles off Mexico's Pacific coast, the Coast Guard said.

12 Cubans rescued in Bahamian waters

Miami, Mar 28 (EFE).- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 12 Cuban migrants whose boat sank near Lobos Cay Island in the Bahamas, authorities said Friday. Officers on duty Thursday morning at the 7th District command center were informed that migrants were stranded on Lobos Cay and suffering from dehydration, the Coast Guard said in a statement. An HC-144 Ocean Sentry patrol aircraft and a MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter were dispatched from the Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater, on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Alberta couple missing since 2010: murder charges stayed against suspect

EDMONTON - Charges have been stayed against a man accused in the deaths of an Alberta couple who disappeared almost four years ago. Alberta Justice confirms that it is not going ahead with two counts of first-degree murder against Travis Vader. Lyle and Marie McCann of St. Albert, a bedroom community north of Edmonton, were reported missing in July 2010. A stay means the Crown has the option of reactivating the charges in the next year if new evidence comes up. Vader still faces other charges unrelated to the McCann case.

Former Mountie charged with indecent assault of eight teens in B.C.

SURREY, B.C. - An RCMP investigation spanning British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan has resulted in the arrest of a former Mountie who's alleged to have sexually assaulted eight boys in the late 1970s and early '80s. Police say Alan Davidson, 58, was arrested Thursday in Calgary, where he was living and working for Alberta's sheriff services. He was charged with eight counts of indecent assault, a Criminal Code offence that dates back to before the crime of sexual assault was created.

Federal government, disabled Mounties reach proposed settlement over benefits

HALIFAX - Lawyers for a group of disabled RCMP officers say they have reached a settlement with the federal government over disability payments that were clawed back. Lawyer Peter Driscoll of Halifax said Friday the proposed class-action settlement could total $31 million, plus interest, if it's approved by the Federal Court. The case involves about 1,000 disabled RCMP officers who had seen their long-term disability payments reduced by the amount they received every month in disability pension payments from the Veterans Affairs Department.

Federal government, disabled Mounties reach proposed settlement over benefits

HALIFAX - Lawyers for a group of disabled RCMP officers say they have reached a settlement with the federal government over disability payments that were clawed back. Lawyer Peter Driscoll of Halifax says the proposed class-action settlement could total $31 million, plus interest, if it's approved by the Federal Court. The case involves about 1,000 disabled RCMP officers who had seen their long-term disability payments reduced by the amount they received every month in disability pension payments from the Veterans Affairs Department.
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