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Alberta triple murderer to face sentencing and family of his victimsAlberta triple murderer to face sentencing and …

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — An Alberta man who butchered a father, his two-year-old daughter and an elderly woman two years ago is expected to come face-to-face today with the families of his victims.

It took a jury just three hours Wednesday to convict Derek Saretzky of three counts of first-degree murder and a fourth charge of causing indignity to a human body.

The 24-year-old murdered Terry Blanchette, his daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech in the Crowsnest Pass area of southwestern Alberta in September 2015.

The jury recommended he not be eligible for parole for 75 years.

Saretzky is scheduled to face sentencing arguments and hear eight impact statements from friends and family members of the three victims.

Crown prosecutor Photini Papadatou expects two or three of them will be read aloud in court.

Defence lawyer Patrick Edgerton told reporters that the case was emotional for everyone involved.

“This has been a tough process for everyone involved

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Canada’s religious past

‘I can hear her screaming’

The grandmother of a two-year-old girl killed by triple murderer Derek Saretzky says she can hear screams when she imagines what the child’s final moments must have been like.

Terry-Lynn Dunbar delivered an emotional statement at Saretzky’s sentencing hearing describing the loss of her granddaughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.

“I can hear her screaming in my mind begging for her mom and her dad … The horror she must have endured haunts my every moment,” she told court in Lethbridge, Alta., Thursday.

“Don’t allow this man the opportunity to do this to another family again.”

Dunbar says the family has been through hell and she will never get to hear Hailey say “I love you.”

It took a jury just three hours Wednesday to convict Saretzky of three counts of first-degree murder in the 2015 deaths of the little girl, her father Terry Blanchette and Hanne Meketech. He was also convicted of

Read more at: https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-200680-4-.htm

‘I can hear her screaming’

Devil guided his actions

It took a jury just three hours Wednesday to convict a young southern Alberta man of the horrific murders of a 69-year-old woman, a young father and his two-year-old daughter, along with a recommendation he be kept in prison for at least the next 75 years.

An emotionless Derek Saretzky, 24, avoided eye contact with the jury but bowed his head while the verdict of guilty on three counts of first-degree murder was read, plus one count of committing an indignity to a body. At the back of the courtroom, friends of his elderly victim wept and hugged each other.

Hanne Meketech had been his first victim in September 2015, followed five days later by Terry Blanchette, 27, and his little girl, Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.

Both adults were beaten and had their throats slit; the little girl was plucked from her crib and spirited away from the bloody crime scene

Read more at: https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-200675-4-.htm

Happy birthday, no gas hike

Devil guided his actions

It took a jury just three hours Wednesday to convict a young southern Alberta man of the horrific murders of a 69-year-old woman, a young father and his two-year-old daughter, along with a recommendation he be kept in prison for at least the next 75 years.

An emotionless Derek Saretzky, 24, avoided eye contact with the jury but bowed his head while the verdict of guilty on three counts of first-degree murder was read, plus one count of committing an indignity to a body. At the back of the courtroom, friends of his elderly victim wept and hugged each other.

Hanne Meketech had been his first victim in September 2015, followed five days later by Terry Blanchette, 27, and his little girl, Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.

Both adults were beaten and had their throats slit; the little girl was plucked from her crib and spirited away from the bloody crime scene

Read more at: https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-200694-4-.htm

Derek Saretzky Sentencing: Triple-Murderer Hears From Victims’ Loved Ones

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — The grandmother of a two-year-old girl killed by triple murderer Derek Saretzky says she can hear screams when she imagines what the child’s final moments must have been like.

Terry-Lynn Dunbar delivered an emotional statement at Saretzky’s sentencing hearing describing the loss of her granddaughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.

“I can hear her screaming in my mind begging for her mom and her dad … The horror she must have endured haunts my every moment,”

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/06/29/derek-saretzky-sentencing-triple-murderer-hears-from-victims-l_a_23008648/

Officials: Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Graceland hotel

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Health officials are investigating a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the hotel located at Graceland, the tourist attraction centred on the life of late singer Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Shelby County Health Department said in a news release Thursday that three people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and the pool and hot tub at The Guest House at Graceland hotel are temporarily closed. The hotel is located near the Graceland museum.

People who visited the hotel between May 15 and June 26 and have symptoms should contact the department. Legionnaires’ disease has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including cough, high fever and headaches. Symptoms can last between two and 14 days after exposure.

In a statement released by the department, the hotel says it is co-operating with health officials.

Read more at: http://www.660news.com/2017/06/29/officials-legionnaires-disease-outbreak-at-graceland-hotel/

Chance the Rapper donating Grammy Award to Chicago museum

CHICAGO – Chance the Rapper says he’s donating his Grammy Award for best rap album to Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History .

The Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/2sqvJwo ) reports that the rapper’s announcement at the museum’s gala Saturday surprised officials. He said during his speech that he wants to make the museum “a staple of African American history” and received a standing ovation.

The best rap album Grammy is one of three Chance won in February, including best new artist. His album “Coloring Book” was the first streaming-only album to win the award. He also won best rap performance.

The 24-year-old Chicago rapper, whose name is Chancelor Bennett, was named to the more than half-century old museum’s board of trustees in January, along with his father Ken Bennett , who is a Chicago tourism executive.

Read more at: http://www.660news.com/2017/06/29/chance-the-rapper-donating-grammy-award-to-chicago-museum/

Trudeau to meet Queen

Devil guided his actions

It took a jury just three hours Wednesday to convict a young southern Alberta man of the horrific murders of a 69-year-old woman, a young father and his two-year-old daughter, along with a recommendation he be kept in prison for at least the next 75 years.

An emotionless Derek Saretzky, 24, avoided eye contact with the jury but bowed his head while the verdict of guilty on three counts of first-degree murder was read, plus one count of committing an indignity to a body. At the back of the courtroom, friends of his elderly victim wept and hugged each other.

Hanne Meketech had been his first victim in September 2015, followed five days later by Terry Blanchette, 27, and his little girl, Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.

Both adults were beaten and had their throats slit; the little girl was plucked from her crib and spirited away from the bloody crime scene

Read more at: https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-200654-4-.htm