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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'Like a police chase on TV': Pedestrian recalls being hit by U-Haul truck

Two men who were mowed down by a U-Haul truck on in downtown Edmonton testified Wednesday at the Abdulahi Sharif attempted murder trial.
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Edmonton jury hears dramatic recordings of police chase through downtown streets

Const. Brodie Quenneville Thorpe had only been a police officer for eight days when he ended up in a high-speed chase through the streets of downtown Edmonton.

Abdulahi Sharif told undercover officer he did something 'really bad,' jury hears

An undercover RCMP officer has told the jury in the Abdulahi Sharif attempted murder trial that the accused opened up to him shortly after his arrest in September 2017.

'He has a knife. Run, run, run!': Witnesses recount attack on police officer

Witnesses testified Friday at the trail of Abdulahi Sharif, who is charged with trying to kill an Edmonton police officer and four other people.

'Trying to survive for my kids': Edmonton constable recounts fight for his life

Edmonton police Const. Michael Chernyk testified Thursday about the night he was attacked by a man with a knife.

Accused tried to kill 5, Crown says as Edmonton truck attack trial starts

Abdulahi Sharif, 32, is accused of hitting a police officer with a vehicle, then stabbing him in the head. Hours later, he allegedly drove a U-Haul truck into downtown and intentionally ran into four pedestrians.

Jury selected in vehicle attacks on Edmonton police officer, pedestrians

A jury of seven men and seven women was chosen Monday morning to hear the attempted-murder trial of Abdulahi Sharif.

Former Edmonton soccer coach sentenced to prison for child porn

Wesley Vander Leeuw, 46, has been sentenced to three years, nine months in prison after trying to arrange for sex with a child by text.

'I believe he intended to kill me,' Edmonton police officer told ASIRT

As he wrestled on the road with a drunk man with a knife, Const. Ian Wood thought he was about to die. 

'They just look at us like we're monsters': Serenity's former guardians speak out

The former guardians of a girl whose death in 2014 prompted an emergency debate in the Alberta legislature say their lives have been a nightmare since her death. 
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Sen. Paula Simons hit with $500K lawsuit for reposting column about Serenity case

CBC News has obtained a statement of claim filed in court in Wetaskiwin, Alta., against Sen. Paula Simons. The former caregivers of a four-year-old girl named Serenity, who died of head trauma in 2014, allege Simons republished defamatory information about the case on social media.

'You may be demented': 23.5 year sentence for sexually abusive Evansburg area father

An Evansburg-area father has been sentenced to 23.5 years in prison for sexually assaulting his three daughters. The 44-year-old will get seven years credit for pre-trial custody.

'You need to know the truth of what I've done,' sexually abusive father tells court

A father who sexually assaulted his three daughters over several years spoke for two and a half hours in an Edmonton courtroom Tuesday, alternating between anger and pleading, defiance and sadness. 

Crown asks for 'unprecedented' 29-year sentence for Evansburg father

At a sentencing hearing Monday for a 44-year old Evansburg-area man, the Crown requested an "unprecedented" 29-year sentence for the years of sexual abuse he subjected his three daughters to. The defence suggested a sentence in the range of 16-18 years.

Safe grad bus driver had Naked Grape in her purse — and alcohol in her bloodstream

Jessica Syniak had one job that night, but she was too drunk to do it. Hired to transport high school students to and from a safe grad at an RV park north of Edmonton, Syniak was seen stumbling off a school bus at about 2 a.m.