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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 2007, Lethbridge, Alberta A2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD August 2007 UPCOMING IN THE HERALD Wily kangaroo returned to petting zoo BERLIN AP a wily kangaroo on the run since early was returned to his home at a pet ting zoo Monday in southern Germany after a chase through the German Alps that left the animal with a strained The injured marsupial was captured in a cornfield near Leutkirch im 15 kilometres from the police in the nearby town of Ravensburg Though residents in the area had reported multiple sightings of the kangaroo over the past few weeks Skippi managed to elude authorities every Oh police received a call from someone who saw the animal in a cornfield not far from the last place he was spotted after a runin with a Authorities captured the kangaroo and brought him to a who determined he had strained liga ments in one of his He was then returned to his home at the petting zoo in Bad TODAY On the web New stories updated every tew min utes wilfi Canadian Press entertainment and Black wants new trial Former media baron says it would be miscarriage of justice to let verdict stand1 TORONTO CP Conrad who was convict ed of fraud and obstruction of justice in is asking a Chicago judge for a new trial or an saying he remains optimistic about his chances since it would be a miscarriage of justice to let the verdict In an email response to The Canadian Press Monday Black said he had confidence in the motions chances for success and addressed his whereabouts while awaiting sentencing and I am fine thank and enjoying my house in Palm he I remain His comment followed a motion filed with a Chicago court late in which Blacks lawyers said Judge Amy Eve should grant him a new taking into account the credibility of the The court must consider the weight of the and must grant a new trial if that evidence preponderates heavily against the such that it would be a miscarriage of justice to let the verdict the court documents Defence lawyers spent a lot of time during the trial trying to shred the credibility of the prosecutions star David saying Blacks former business partner was a convicted felon who was implicating his onetime friend in order to secure a sweetheart deal with Blacks secondincommand at newspaper company Hollinger had pleaded guilty to one count of fraud ahead of trial in exchange for a fine and a lenient He also agreed to testify for but Eve rejected a defence request to recall Radler in order to crossexamine his deal Defence lawyers say that call also stood in the way of The only evidence linking Black to the payments other than his receipt of a cheque is the incredible testimony of the governments cooperating E David the filing Black and his three codefendants were found guilty of three counts of fraud and Black was also convicted of one count of obstruction of He has maintained his innocence and vowed to Black was freed on bail pending sentencing on November but told to stay in Chicago or in Palm where he owns a He was not allowed to return to Radlers sentencing has been set for Blacks lawyers also took issue Monday with the so called ostrich instruction given to the means a defendant can be found guilty of a crime by conscious avoidance or sticking his head in the sand while illegal activity is clearly taking they didnt prove Black had any knowledge he was involved in wrongdoing or that he took any deliberate steps to avoid knowledge adding once again the disputed management fees were approved the companys audit Defence lawyers also claimed the jury was prejudiced by information stemming from the obstruction of justice which led the jury to hear about a Securities Exchange Commission investigation as well as about some outstanding civil cases in In a separate motion for Blacks lawyers reasserted their previous claims the government failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable and had produced no real evidence the former press baron had attempted to obstruct justice by removing 13 boxes of documents from his Toronto offices despite a court order sealing the Man accused of taking mions from investors appeafcg Legal Aid decision Lethbridge Herald A highprofile investment dealer accused of bilking investors out of more than million is appealing a Legal Aid decision denying him Jerry Russell who is charged with one count of fraud over appeared briefly in Lethbridge provincial court Monday and was granted an adjournment until Defence lawyer Art Larson appeared with Johnson but told court he would not be retained as his Larson explained Johnson has been denied Legal Aid coverage based on financial grounds but the man has appealed the decision and a hearing in the matter is set for Legal Aid provides legal assistance for people who cant afford to pay for a lawyer on their Financial eligibility is based on gross family income and a persons Lethbridge regional police charged Johnson following a twoyear investigation after members of the economic crimes unit received complaints of a fraudulent investment Police said between October 2004 and April Johnson allegedly defrauded more than 50 mostly from the Lethbridge of more than Manscamming local businesses Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge and area businesses are being warned not to fall for a scam by a welldressed man asking for Lethbridge regional police say a man has been going to various telling them he works in a neighbouring store and is short on smaller bills or is in need of money for the He promises to return the The man does not work in the but has managed to con money from some The suspect is a white 25 to 30 years of about fivefooteight tall and weighs about 150 He has short brown hair and is weu Anyone with information about this individual can contact the Lethbridge Regional Police SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN FOCUS Getting their kicks HERALD PHOTO BY IAN MARTENS John and Doug VonChorus battle for the ball during an informal game of soccer with fellow city workers during the Monday lunch A member of the group says they try to keep in shape with a couple of games of soccer or basketball a Truck driver who rammed into wedding killing says it wasnt his fault Driver says he became confused when he saw people on the road VANCOUVER CP driver whose truck plowed into a prewedding procession on an road says hes distraught that six people have died but he says the accident isnt his Bachitar Singh told Shere Punjab Radio he also feels for the families of the bride and whose wedding day was marred by the a told the radio station Monday he drove up a slope on his way back from a blueberry cannery late Friday night and became confused when he saw lots of people on the He said he couldnt brake in The next thing he people were lying on the Seventeen including two were injured in the accident at about Host Gurvinder Dhaliwal said Brar was trying to explain what he doesnt really Hes in a lot of pain but says there was nothing he could Dhaliwal He lost He said it was dark and he couldnt see anything on the road and by the time he saw the it was too The dead and injured were among at least 30 people who were participating in a a traditional Indian procession that involves people going door to door and inviting neighbours to wake up and join the Police have not released the names of the dead but they include three males and females who range in age from 13 to Damanpreet of had waited to celebrate his 13th birthday in the Eraser Valley On his Avtar cried at the side of the road where the boy was Relatives also identified Toronto residents Rubel her brother Bhupinder and Satwinder of as among the Brar said hes very upset about what happened and is trying to come to terms with the enormity of it He said hell meet with the brides and grooms families when theyre ready to talk to as well as the relatives of those who lost their Simne Mahil and Robbie Grewal went ahead with their wedding on although it was a scaleddown version of the grand one that was The wedding invitation called for several including a reception and tea before the and afterward a where the bride is given a farewell from her followed by an evening All were Police are trying to put together a timeline of Brars movements before the Casey Vinet of the Abbotsford police department said Brar understands the magnitude of the tragedy and that he has family Well be looking at such things as where he what he was doing and who he may have had contact with in the hours leading up to this terrible Casey Theres no question that he understands the magnitude of what has The wedding guests were hit from behind just a couple minutes after theyd gathered on the dimly lit road at about 11 Friday Some of them landed in a ditch while others were pinned underneath the truck that seemed to come from Death toll from fires in Greece now stands at 63 Helicopter sent to save Greek villagers trapped by fire Greece AP swooped into a village in southern Greece to rescue residents trapped by flames on in one of dozens of fires that have torn through villages and forests across the leaving blackened landscape in their The fires have killed 63 people over four destroying everything in their One broke out on the fringe of Athens on but was quickly brought under Another scorched the woodland around the birthplace of the A woman found dead on Friday with her arms around the bodies of four children had fled her home the only house left standing in the said a neighbour in the Peloponnese town of The homes white walls and red tile roof were Nothing would have happened to The few that stayed didnt get but most people left to and only two or three stayed said the Vassiliki A helicopter airlifted five people to safety on Monday from the village of Prasidaki in southern said fire department spokesman Yiannis Another was sent to the village of Fuelled by hot winds and parched grass and the fires have engulfed forests and New blazes broke out faster than others could be brought under The whole village is Its been burning for three one woman clutching her 20monthold daughter as they sheltered in a church along with dozens of others near elsewhere in the western Dimitris who is responsible for prosecuting terrorism and organized ordered an investigation to determine whether the crimes of arsonists and of arson attacks on forests could come under Greeces antiterrorism the Public Order Ministry Forest fires are common during Greeces dry but nothing has approached the scale of the past three So many fires breaking out simultaneously in so many parts of the country cannot be a Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said in a nationally televised address on Several people have been arrested on suspicion of arson since although some were accused of starting fires through negligence rather than One was charged with arson and homicide in connection with a fire near the southern town of Areopolis on Friday that killed six Building on forest land is forbidden in but unscrupulous developers are blamed for setting fires to forests in an effort to circumvent the law by disputing the areas Greece has no land so once a region has been burned and there is no definitive proof of whether it was initially farm or It is rather late but the state should designate these areas to be immediately map them and complete the forest registry without further said Yiannis chairman of the association of Athens real estate The destruction has infuriated already stunned by deadly forest fires in June and Outraged residents heckled Culture Minister George Voulgarakis Sunday when he visited Ancient Olympia to see the firefighting The government was totally unable to deal with this said Gerassimos an Anciertt Olympic From Sunday morning to Monday morning 89 new fires broke fire department spokesman Nikos DiaraancUs ;