Janice Johnston

Janice Johnston is an award-winning journalist in Edmonton who has covered the courts and crime for more than two decades. You can reach her at janice.johnston@cbc.ca or on Twitter at @cbcjanjohnston

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Edmonton police officers investigated for use of force in pair of arrests

On May 14, six Edmonton police officers rushed into a downtown Circle K convenience store. They are being investigated for allegedly using excessive force to arrest a man suspected of possessing stolen property and another customer who recorded the incident on his phone.

Edmonton pharmacist suspended for deliberately giving wrong drug to patient

Shivangi Patel had only been a licensed Alberta pharmacist for 43 days when she deliberately gave a customer the wrong drug. Now she has been suspended for 18 months.

Accused child sexual predator taken back into custody after judge revokes bail

Wade Stene, 37, has been returned to custody after two weeks of release on bail. A Court of Queen's Bench justice revoked his release after Stene made the request through his lawyer.

Sentencing hearing delayed for Alberta RCMP constable guilty of assault

RCMP Const. Licio Soares, 35, was supposed to be sentenced Monday for assaulting a prisoner at the Slave Lake detachment in September 2017, but the man he assaulted was unable to attend court so the hearing was adjourned.

Edmonton police officer admits using force on man with mental health issues

Const. Binoy Prabhu will lose $3,100 in pay over the next four months after pleading guilty to discreditable conduct and using inappropriate force on a man with mental health issues.

Police inaction concerns lawyer as protesters vow to remain at home of accused sexual predator

Edmonton defence lawyer Mark Jordan wants an outside police agency to investigate Edmonton police for issuing a public warning over his client's release and for ignoring protesters' allegedly criminal acts.

RCMP can't explain silence on criminal charges against Fort McMurray Mountie

The Alberta RCMP officer now being investigated by the province's police watchdog for the violent arrest of a First Nations chief will go to trial in September on three unrelated criminal charges. 

Edmonton city council told police should have zero tolerance for 'killer cops'

Edmonton city council has now held four days of public hearings into the future of policing in the city.

Crown appeals sentence for designated dangerous offender

The Crown is appealing the sentence of a designated dangerous offender, arguing the judge made a legal error by sentencing "based on mere hope."

Edmonton neighbourhood erupts over release of accused sex offender

After three months in custody, accused child predator Wade Stene, 37, was granted bail by a Court of Queen's Bench justice. He's living with his mother in a house 200 metres away from the eight-year-old girl he allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted in March.

Disbarred Edmonton lawyer appeals contempt of court conviction

Shawn Beaver is appealing a civil contempt of court conviction that was levelled against him last month in Court of Queen’s Bench when the judge found he "deliberately" violated a court order forbidding him to practise law.

Critics concerned Alberta school divisions can't afford the price of pandemic safety

On Wednesday, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange expressed her hope that in September Alberta students would return to the classroom under near normal conditions. Critics wonder how schools will pay for the necessary health measures to keep staff and students safe.

Uncertainty meets unbridled enthusiasm as Alberta flings open the relaunch doors

An accelerated phase two relaunch plan, announced Tuesday by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, includes some steps originally designated for phase three.

'I'm lucky I'm alive': Edmonton woman trapped in U.S. after fleeing violent husband

Kay Bohemier moved from Edmonton to the United States because she fell in love with a prisoner, a violent man who promised he could change. Now she is hiding from that same man and feels like a prisoner herself.

Tasha Mack sentenced to 8½ years in toddler's death

Tasha Mack, 28, has been sentenced to 8½ years for manslaughter in the April 2017 death of toddler Anthony Raine. With credit for time served, Mack will spend another five years behind bars.