Court told Australian carpenter has $596 million in the bank

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When an Australian man was pulled over by police, they clearly had no idea what can of worms they were opening.

Phillip Johnathan Harrison, a bricklayer and carpenter, was driving a high-end sports car when police pulled him over. Inside, they found 12 grams of ice (a methamphetamine), Viagra and ecstasy, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

But that wasn’t where the story got weird.

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The 29-year-old Gold Coast native told police that he was worth $12 billion and later told his lawyer the government had supplied him with the Audi sports car.

Public defender Nick Hanly said Harrison told him that he had netted the money over the past year but couldn’t say where it had come from.

“He said he wasn’t at liberty to say,” Hanly told the court at Harrison’s bail hearing. “At this point, I was considering getting mental health to come in.”

Harrison then allowed Hanly access to his bank accounts which showed a cash balance of $596 million (AUD) and a real estate portfolio of $1.56 billion, according to the Australian.

If it were true, Harrison would be one of the 50 richest people in Australia.

“I would not have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes,” Hanly told the court.

Harrison was granted bail at the hearing, and afterwards, he refuted his lawyer’s claims over how much property he owned.

“My lawyer was delusional, I told him not to say it, duty solicitor not very good,” he said to ABC.

“I just have to have a bit of a think about what the hell’s gone on here. A lot of wrong has been done here, that’s for sure.”

“I didn’t lie about that. It’s $1.2 million in land, the rest in shares, ASX. I own the ASX 200, I’m in control of it,” Harrison said. The ASX 200 is an Australian stock exchange.

Harrison said he had no idea whether the bank totals were correct.

“It’s the banks that do all the adding up, I don’t really know,” he said.

Harrison denied that he made his money as a drug dealer but rather, he made it on stocks.

“How would I make billions in drugs without being caught? My investments, my ideas in cars, apps, trade, I sold them overseas, have been for years,” Harrison said.

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Western Canadian Sledge Hockey Tournament takes over Calgary’s Olympic Park

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CALGARY- The Western Canadian Sledge Hockey Challenge is under way this Easter weekend. The paralympic sporting event is the largest tournament of its kind in western Canada.

The Calgary Sledge Hockey Association was formed four years ago to give people living with disabilities the opportunity to play the sport.

According to the organization, only three per cent of children with a disability are currently participating in sport.

President of the Calgary Sledge Hockey Association, Dominic Shaw, said the opportunity helps participants succeed down the road.

“It’s not just physical; it’s social. You’re going to make friends with similar disabilities.”

“We’ve seen a lot of younger players develop over the years,” Shaw said. “They go on to great jobs, great schools. They just gain that self confidence.”

WATCH: Global’s Brendan Parker tries sledge hockey

More than 180 players from across western Canada will take part at the weekend tournament at WinSport Winter Sport Institute at Canada Olympic Park.

All funds raised go directly to the organization to pay for ice time and equipment costs.

Click here to find out more about the programs.

Seventy-five exhibitors are also taking part in the Community and Recreation Expo, which runs until 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Chase Martens’ body found after 5 days, no sign of foul play: Manitoba RCMP

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AUSTIN, Man. —; The search for two-year-old Chase Martens has ended tragically.

“Earlier today a family, a community and a province’s worst nightmare became a reality,” RCMP Sgt. Bert Paquet said Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

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Martens was last seen Tuesday night in the front yard of his family’s home in Austin, Man. His body was found in a creek about half a kilometre south of the home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, five days later. RCMP say there’s no sign of foul play.

RCMP first announced on 桑拿会所 at 2:45 p.m. that Chase Martens’ body was found.

“This appears to be exactly what we thought it was, a tragedy,” Paquet said

On Saturday, RCMP announced that they found the body of Chase Martens, who went missing 5 days earlier.

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His body was found by a group of Winnipeg volunteers. Paquet thanked everyone who helped spread word of the search over social media and all of the volunteers who came out to help.

“I would estimate about 30,000 volunteer hours were donated this week. Majority of them people who were total strangers to the Martens family.”

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“There’s no obvious signs of foul play but we need to, we owe it to the family, to the province to exercise due diligence,” Paquet said.

RCMP, along with hundreds of volunteers, scoured fields, bushes and waterways around the home for days before his body was found. The mounties thanked the volunteers for all their help over the past week.

The autopsy is expected to be done Sunday.

WATCH: Parents of Chase Martens made an emotional plea Thursday

Police were also using drones to help with the search, and they had recently began focusing search efforts on nearby bodies of water.

RELATED: How police are using drones in the search for Chase Martens and other missing people

Austin is about 120 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

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Searchers walk in a line near where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Members of the canine unit out searching for missing two -year-old Chase Martens.

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The line of searchers scouring the area near Austin, Manitoba where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Vehicles lined up as searcher tried to find two-year-old Chase Martens.

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RCMP canine unit searching Hwy. 1 near Hwy. 34 for two-year-old Chase Martens.

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RCMP update media about the search for missing two-year-old Chase Martens in Austin, Manitoba on March 23.

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The command centre set up at the home where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Searchers use quads to help look for Chase Martens Friday afternoon near Austin, Man.

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Suspect arrested after Japanese girl missing for 2 years flees captivity

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TOKYO – Japanese police have caught a 23-year-old man wanted for allegedly abducting a teenage girl who escaped and ran for freedom a day earlier after being held captive in his apartment for nearly two years.

Police said Monday that the girl, now aged 15, escaped from suspect Kabu Terauchi’s apartment in downtown Tokyo on Sunday while he was out shopping and called home from a pay phone. She disappeared two years ago from her hometown in Saitama, near Tokyo.

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Saitama police said the girl, whose name is withheld because she is a minor, told investigators that she escaped when her captor forgot to lock the door from outside when he went out Sunday to go shopping in Akihabara, known as a district for technology and comic book geeks.

Investigators captured Terauchi in the early hours of Monday near a forest west of Tokyo. He was bleeding from the neck from a minor self-inflicted injury as a result of a failed suicide attempt.

Police plan to formally arrest him with kidnapping.

The girl’s disappearance two years ago when she was just 13 years of age, was major news in Japan at the time.

Terauchi graduated from university this month and even had a job offer while allegedly keeping the girl locked up in his apartment. He continued to lock her up in his new apartment in Tokyo after moving there last month.

The girl was seen wearing a sweat suit and sandals in the cold weather while using a pay phone at a train station in downtown Tokyo. Her mother reported the call to the police, who raided Terauchi’s Tokyo apartment early Monday.

Police quoted her as saying that she spent most of the past two years in Terauchi’s apartment near his university in Chiba, before moving to Tokyo last month. She was always locked up in the apartment and closely watched, but was not tied up or put in chains. There were times she was taken outside the apartment but always with her captor and under close watch.

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Death toll rises to 70 after Easter bombing in Pakistan

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LAHORE, Pakistan – The death toll from a massive suicide bombing targeting Christians gathered on Easter in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore rose to 70 on Monday, underscoring the ability of the militants to stage large-scale attacks despite a months-long military offensive targeting their hideouts.

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Meanwhile, in the capital of Islamabad, extremists protested for a second day outside Pakistan’s Parliament and other key buildings in the city centre. The demonstrators set cars on fire, demanding that the authorities impose Islamic law or Sharia. The army, which was deployed Sunday to contain the rioters, remained out on the streets around the Parliament and key buildings on Monday.

The Lahore bombing, which was claimed by a breakaway Taliban faction that has publicly supported the Islamic State group, took place in a park that was crowded with families, with many women and children among the victims. At least 300 people were wounded in the bombing.

Also Monday, Pakistan started observing a three-day mourning period that was declared after the Lahore attack.

Pakistani Christian women mourn the deaths of their family members during a funeral service at a local church in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, March 28, 2016.

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Even though a breakaway Taliban group, known as Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, said it specifically targeted Pakistan’s Christian community, most of those killed in Lahore were Muslims, who were also gathered in the park for the Sunday weekend holiday. The park is a popular spot in the heart of Lahore.

Of the dead, 14 have been identified as Christians, according to Lahore Police Superintendent Mohammed Iqbal. Another 12 bodies have not yet been identified, he said.

The attack underscored both the precarious position of Pakistan’s minorities and the fact that the militants are still capable of staging wide-scale assaults despite a months-long military offensive targeting their hideouts and safe havens in remote tribal areas.

Ahsanullah Ahsan, a spokesman for the breakaway Taliban faction, told The Associated Press late Sunday that along with deliberately targeting Christians celebrating Easter, the attack also meant to protest Pakistan’s military operation in the tribal regions. The same militant group also took responsibility for the twin bombings of a Christian Church in Lahore last year.

In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the Lahore bombing, saying that in targeting a park filled with children, the attack “revealed the face of terror, which knows no limits and values.”

France expressed its “solidarity in these difficult moments” to the authorities and the people of Pakistan and underlined “the inflexible will of our country to continue to battle terrorism everywhere.”

In Islamabad, extremists had marched into the city on Sunday in protest of the hanging of policeman Mumtaz Qadri in February. Qadri was convicted for the 2011 murder of governor Salman Taseer, who was defending a Christian woman jailed on blasphemy charges. Taseer had also criticized Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws and campaigned against them.

As the protesters reached an avenue leading to the Parliament, the march turned violent, with Qadri’s supporters smashing windows and damaging bus stations. Police fired tear gas but could not subdue the crowds, which remained in the capital.

Pakistani security officials examine the cordoned-off site of the March 27 suicide bombing, in Lahore on March 28, 2016.

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On Monday, they rallied anew, demanding that the Christian woman also be hanged and that authorities impose Islamic law or Sharia. The woman, Aasia Bibi, is still in jail facing blasphemy charges.

The army deployed Pakistan paramilitary Rangers as well as about 800 additional soldiers from neighbouring Rawalpindi to Islamabad, to protect the centre, which houses main government buildings and diplomatic missions.

In recent weeks, Pakistan’s Islamist parties have been threatening widespread demonstration to protest what they say is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s pro-Western stance. They have also denounced provincial draft legislation in Punjab outlawing violence against women.

Sharif had also this month recognized holidays celebrated by the country’s minority religions, the Hindu festival of Holi and the Christian holiday of Easter.

In Lahore, dozens of families were bidding final farewell to their slain kin on Monday.

WATCH: Vigil held for victims of Pakistan attack

Shama Pervez, widowed mother of 11-year-old Sahil Pervez who died in the blast, was inconsolable during funeral prayers. Her son, a fifth grader at a local Catholic school, had pleaded with her to go to the park rather than stay home on Sunday, and she said she finally gave in.

Forensic experts sifted through the debris in the park on Monday. The suicide bomb had been a crude devise loaded with ball bearings, designed to rip through the bodies of its victims to cause maximum damage, said counter-terrorism official Rana Tufail. He identified the suicide bomber as Mohammed Yusuf, saying he was known as a militant recruiter.

Analyst and prominent author of books on militants in Pakistan, Zahid Hussain, said Sunday’s violence was a co-ordinated show of strength by the country’s religious extremists, angered over what they see as efforts to undermine their influence.

The military launched an all-out offensive against militants in the North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan in June 2014. The operation, called Zarb-e-Azb, has seen over 3,000 militants killed, according to the army. In December 2014 , the Taliban retaliated with one of the worst terror assaults in Pakistan, attacking a school in northwestern city of Peshawar and killing 150 people, mainly children.

Hussain said the government has been sending mixed signals to Islamic extremists – on the one hand allowing banned radical groups to operate unhindered under new names and radical leaders to openly give inciting speeches, while on the other hanging convicts like Qadri and promising to tackle honour killings and attacks against women.

“It is one step forward and two steps backward,” says Hussain. “The political leadership has to assert itself and say ‘no’ to extremism once and for all.”

Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif promised Pakistan “will never allow these savage non-humans to over run our life and liberty.”

Prime Minister Sharif, meanwhile, cancelled a planned trip to Great Britain on Monday and held a high-level security meeting.

In Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, the Press Club was ransacked by pro-Qadri supporters on Sunday. Several Pakistani journalists were roughed up and some equipment was damaged.

On Monday, extremists were regrouping in Karachi ahead of rallies in the country’s financial centre.

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Gannon reported from Islamabad. Associated Press Writers Asif Shahzad and Munir Ahmed in Islamabad and Asim Tanveer in Multan, Pakistan, also contributed to this report.

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Mourners shed tears as Rob Ford lies in repose at Toronto City Hall

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TORONTO – Rob Ford lay in repose Monday at the city hall he dominated for years as mourners filed past his casket to pay their respects, the subdued mood on a dreary day a far cry from the wilder scenes that characterized his scandal-plagued mayoralty.

Mayor John Tory, who gave permission for Ford to lie in repose, was first to pause quietly at his predecessor’s casket, then shake hands with relatives, among them Ford’s brother Doug, mother, wife and two children.

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Among the mourners were some of the former high school football players Ford once coached.

“Everything that the media put on him was always so bad that no one ever got to see the good that he did for us as football players, as students, as a mentor,” said Andre Laporte.

“He left all the political stuff at the office and focused on football when he came to the field.”

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Some touched or kissed the casket, draped in the city’s blue-and-white flag emblazoned with a red Maple Leaf. Some quietly shed tears. Some crossed themselves.

Ford’s death last week earned international headlines in light of his admitted crack cocaine use, alcohol abuse, lewd comments and at times outrageous behaviour that transformed his office into an unprecedented political and celebrity spectacle.

The loved-or-loathed politician brazened through the often lurid headlines for reasons other than his purported taxpayer-friendly policies. But much of the mayhem seemed forgotten Monday.

In its place was a dignified affair, as Ford was granted a rare honour not provided to a former mayor since Donald Summerville, 48, died of a heart attack in 1963 after a charity hockey game in which he played goalie against city hall’s press gallery.

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Jack Layton, one-time federal NDP leader and longtime Toronto city councillor, also lay in repose at city hall in 2011.

A city spokeswoman said Ford’s family asked that his body be allowed to lie in repose and Tory gave his blessing.

Also on hand Monday was George Smitherman, the odds-on favourite to win the mayoralty in 2010 but who nevertheless was trounced by Ford. Smitherman said he expected only tributes now for the former mayor.

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“There will be a strong outpouring of love, which is appropriate for a politician who managed the rare feat of being open enough to generate genuine connection and love with constituents,” Smitherman said.

The sentiment was echoed by Vince Ross, who said Ford showed up at his wedding last year despite undergoing chemotherapy for the cancer that would eventually kill him last week.

“(He) was really gracious, took pictures, talked to everybody and really kick-started the party,” Ross said.

Ford’s casket will remain at city hall until Tuesday to allow the public to say goodbye.

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On Wednesday, a procession will head to nearby St. James cathedral for funeral services, followed by a private family ceremony. Late Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty’s funeral was also held at St. James.

Ford served as mayor from 2010 to 2014 but his re-election bid was stymied by his cancer diagnosis. He dropped out of the race weeks before voting day but ran for his old city council seat instead, winning easily.

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Dog handler from Vancouver heading to world championships

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For Sylvie Fefer, agility training was only supposed to be a hobby; something she did with her dogs for fun.

“The teacher who I took lessons from told me that she knew I was hooked after the second lesson. I didn’t know this, but she knew this!” said Fefer.

Now, 16 years later, it’s turned into a passion that’s taking her all the way from British Columbia to the world’s stage.

“First time going to worlds! This has been a dream that I’ve been afraid to have,” said Fefer.

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Fefer is one of 20 teams heading to the Netherlands to represent Team Canada at the IFCS World Agility Championships. Fefer is one five handlers from this province who’ll be travelling with their dogs as part of Canada’s 20-member roster. Fefer said Zappa, her 6 year-old border collie, was made for this sport.

“He’s very athletic and he’s just a really good dog,” she said.

There’ll be plenty of training in the weeks ahead for the pair as they prepare for the April 13 international showdown. However, the competition is about more than just high jumps and tricky maneuvers: with the world’s most agile dogs and their trainers will all be vying for top spot, Fefer said strategy is key.

“You have to be able to communicate to your dog and let the dog know exactly what obstacle to take and what obstacle not to take even if the one that he’s not supposed to take is right in his path,” she said.

Those who know and love the sport say it’s becoming increasingly popular, as all dogs–regardless of shape, size and breed–can take part. Much like equestrian jumping, handlers direct their dogs through complex obstacles courses.

At the club where Fefer and Zappa train, there is excitement…and a bit of nervousness.

“This is going to be probably an unprecedented experience for Sylvie,” said Elisha McCallum, president of Paws Squad K9 Club. “I know that she’s ready, but this is going to be something that I believe will be the pinnacle of what she is working towards and we’re really excited to see her do this.”

Fefer said, in the end, all that matters is what happens when she and Zappa get to that starting line.

“The mantra that I walk to the line is ‘I am the Queen of Smooth’ and if I say that to myself as I sit my dog down, usually things go pretty well for us.”

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Chocolate and beer: Belgians fear attacks will hurt tourism

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BRUSSELS — At the aptly named Planete Chocolat, the shelves are laden with enticing Easter treasures for shoppers: bunnies with bows, pastel-wrapped eggs and elegant boxes of pralines.

Swannee Vranckx, a clerk at the shop near Brussels’ main square, said she would normally have seen 50 to 100 customers by midafternoon in the days before one of the biggest holidays of the Christian year. But after the bombing attacks that shattered the tranquility of Belgium’s capital, only a handful had come in search of Easter treats.

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While the city’s chocolatiers are quick to offer condolences to the victims of the tragedy, they are equally fast to express their concerns about the future. Their livelihoods depend on people from around the globe streaming into their shops to indulge in their world-famous goodies — and they know that tourists don’t go places they don’t feel safe.

“I’m sure it will happen — people will cancel their trips,” Vranckx said. “They think it is a place for terrorists.”

The March 22 attacks that killed 31 people and wounded 270 are only Brussels’ latest brush with violence. Just days before the bombings, Belgian and French police arrested Salah Abdeslam, the chief suspect in the Nov. 13 attacks that left 130 people dead in Paris, in his Brussels hideout. In May 2014, three people were killed when a gunman targeted the Jewish museum of Belgium.

The notion that Belgium, a small Western European nation of 11 million, might become known for terrorism is shocking to many here. This is a place where U.S. President Barack Obama says it was “easy to love a country known for chocolate and beer.”

WATCH: Our hearts are with the people of Belgium: Obama

And at Easter, the nation’s sweet tooth is on full display: shop windows are crammed with chocolate. Belgians are said to eat more than 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) of the stuff every year — ranking them among the world’s top consumers.

The country traces its love affair with chocolate to King Leopold II’s control of the Congo in the late 19th century, which provided the country with a ready supply of cocoa. Things really began to take off after 1912, when the son of a Swiss pharmacist created the first filled chocolates, which he called pralines, at his family’s Brussels factory.

Today, Belgian chocolatiers ship their wares around the world and Brussels shopkeepers compete with artistic window displays in hopes of luring in tourists on their way to the art museums or the Grand Place, the UNESCO world heritage site.

This year, not far from there, residents and visitors alike gathered to remember the victims and scrawl messages of sadness and hope in the aftermath of the attacks.

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The bombings will cut consumer spending on recreation, leisure and tourism but they are likely to have only a short-term impact on the whole Belgian economy, according to Francesca Peck, an economist at IHS Global Insight in London. The losses may be magnified because the attacks occurred so close to the long Easter weekend, when restaurants and bars are typically busy.

As a result, the Belgian economy is expected to grow 1.45 percent this year, down from a previous forecast of 1.6 percent, IHS estimated.

But the slowdown will probably be temporary, as it was after the November attacks in Paris, where shoppers refused to change their habits in the face of terror threats, Peck said.

“As terrible as the events in Brussels have been, economic activity is typically pretty resilient to terrorist attacks,” she wrote.

Belgians, though, are worried about what this means for the longer term — will people in Japan, the United States and China change their minds about visiting their beloved cobblestone streets and classic European cafes? Shopkeepers were just beginning to hope things were about to improve as the months after the Paris attacks had passed uneventfully.

WATCH: Video of Belgians coming together in peace after Brussels attack goes viral

Now all bets are off.

At the sleek Neuhas chocolate shop near from the Grand Place, manager Tim Verstraeten could only shake his head.

“We don’t know what is going to happen,” he said.

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Tributes pouring in for young man from Langdon killed in crash east of Calgary

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CALGARY – A crash east of Calgary claimed the lives of two people Saturday.

A 19-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman from Langdon, Alta. – were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. STARS Air Ambulance flew a third person to a Calgary hospital with serious injuries. A fourth person was taken to hospital by ground ambulance. The two remained in hospital Saturday afternoon.

Strathmore RCMP said the crash happened at 7:14 a.m. on Highway 797, approximately two kilometres south of Highway 1.

Friends have identified to Global News that the 19-year-old victim is Quinton Peplinski. He’s being described as a fun young man who always had a smile on his face.

Friends have identified to the 19-year-old victim as Quinton Peplinski.

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    Peplinski was a graduate of Chestermere High School and played AA hockey in the area.

    He was the lone occupant of a car that collided with an SUV on Highway 797 north of Langdon.

    Police have not released further details about the 28-year-old woman from Langdon that was killed, who was in the SUV.

    A man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s from the SUV were injured as well.

    Tammy Thankachen, a Langdon resident, started a GoFundMe page to help the families and a trust fund will be opened at the Langdon Mountainview Credit Union this week.

    She is collecting items for the victims’  families at her family’s martial arts studio in Langdon.

    “Langdon is a tight knit community. The whole community has come together, people have dropped off food and offered to cook and clean,” Thankachen said.

    Thankachen’s daughter went to school with Peplinski.

    She says this is especially hard on area residents who have suffered the loss of two other young men in traffic collisions in the past couple of years.

    Community members  have set up a public Facebook group in Memory of Quinton Peplinski. A balloon release in Quinton’s honour is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

    Police continue to investigate what caused the collision.

    With files from Emily Mertz

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Saskatoon chocolate maker prepares for Easter rush

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SASKATOON – Local entrepreneur Claude Hardenne’s family history is as rich as it is tasty.

“My parents are immigrants. My dad is from Belgium so the connection to Belgium chocolate is really on my father’s side,” says Hardenne, who owns Harden & Huyse Chocolates.

“When I was a kid my parents would travel to Belgium. When they would come back they would always have a suitcase full of chocolate so my siblings and I got exposed to chocolate at a young age.”

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    You could say being a chocolatier is in his blood. Hardenne’s father, John, encouraged him and his brother, Anthony, to open the original Harden & Huyse in Saskatoon in 1983. Thirty years later the shop on 2nd Avenue North is still making fresh and local Easter favorites.

    “My favorite thing about the business, which is very present at Easter, is the family aspect of it. People come in and you can see that they’re planning family celebrations and it’s an honor to be a part of that.”

    In preparation for Easter, production ramps up to 330 pounds of chocolate a day. Hardenne says Belgium chocolates are known for a semi-sweet taste and having intricate designs.

    “It’s a very numbers oriented task. We do a lot of things by hand and repeating the task. It can be a lot of fun and also a lot of work at the same time.”

    And if you’re wondering, Hardenne’s favorite Easter treat is an egg.

    “At Easter time I really think the eggs are the ‘pièce de résistance’. They’re hollow on the inside and you lift off the lid and then there’s chocolates inside. When you’re finished the chocolates inside you can breakup the shell and eat the shell as well.”

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    Saskatonian Mike Petty agrees, he’s been getting a custom dark chocolate egg made for his wife for almost three decades.

    “I think it’s probably the last twenty-seven years I’ve been coming down here and getting one for my wife. It’s made up specially for me.”

    Whether you agree about the egg or not, one thing we can all agree on is that chocolate sure does make Easter a little sweeter.

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Four Vancouver Island men accused of sexually assaulting Denver woman

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One man from Vancouver Island has been charged and three others are suspects in a group sexual assault of a woman in Denver last year.

Colby James Messer, 30, was arrested in Las Vegas earlier this month, and faces six charges of sexual assault stemming from a brutal attack in Denver’s Grand Hyatt Hotel on November 15.

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Messer and his three friends, all from Vancouver Island, were in the city for a Denver Broncos game, according to the sworn affidavit of Denver Police Department Detective Steve Bishop. Messer allegedly met the 27-year-old victim the night before, when she was celebrating her birthday with a friend, according to court documents.

“Her intention was to be celebrating, and instead she becomes a victim of this horrible crime,” said Denver District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.

The woman remembered drinking in a bar with Messer and two other suspects, according to Bishop’s affidavit, but did not recall travelling to a hotel room.

“The victim stated that she woke in their hotel room and felt as if she had been sexually assaulted and stated that she did not consent,” reads Bishop’s affidavit for Messer’s arrest.

“This is a sexual assault not just that involves multiple suspects, but involves objects in a hotel room,” said Kimbrough.

“It’s a set of circumstances, the nature of these allegations are incredibly disturbing. Even among people in our office, who see disturbing things frequently.”

(The full court documents, which are graphic in nature, can be viewed here)

Denver Police were able to quickly identify Messer and the three subjects, who allegedly flew back to Vancouver on November 16, through hotel surveillance footage and DNA testing.

Messer was in Las Vegas, where he planned to propose to his girlfriend, when he was arrested on March 4. His first court appearance was in Denver last week.

Police documents say that according to their British Columbia license plates, the three other suspects are from Port Alberni and Victoria, but their identities have not been released.

Kimbrough said the District Attorney’s office will work with the Justice Department to pursue a case against the remaining three suspects.

Messer has posted a $300,000 cash bond, but his passport has been taken away.

None of the allegations against Messer or the other three suspects have been proven in court.

– With files from CBS Denver

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1 in 67 million: Alberta couple wins baby lottery with identical quadruplets

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EDMONTON – Thirty weeks into her pregnancy, Bethani Webb and her identical quadruplets are still in good health.

On Thursday, her husband Tim Webb said the preganancy has been going smoothly and the baby girls each weigh around three pounds.

Ideally, the doctors want to continue to let the babies grow for at least another few weeks before performing a C-section.

Naturally conceiving identical quadruplets is extremely rare – so the couple from Hythe, Alta. couldn’t believe they had won the baby lottery.

Tim and Bethani married in June 2015. The couple, in their early 20s, wasted no time starting a family.

“It probably happened a little sooner than we expected,” Bethani said.

“We were going to wait a year,” Tim explained.

But that didn’t happen. The couple went for an ultrasound just two days before Christmas and learned they were about to bring not one, but four little miracles into the world.

“She asked if we had a history of multiples… I said no and I was kind of curious why,” Bethani recalled. “So she turns around the screen and she says, ‘there’s one baby, there’s two, there’s three and there’s four.’”

“That’s when I just about fell over!” Tim said.

According to their nurse, the chances of naturally conceiving identical quadruplets are 1 in 67 million.

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Their families were just as shocked.

“Are you kidding? You must be kidding,” said Vera Webb, Tim’s sister. “Tim likes to tell jokes sometimes.”

Their friends didn’t even know how to react.

“My friends were like, ‘I don’t know if I should say congratulations, or I’m sorry,’” Tim laughed.

The couple already has names for their four baby girls, they’re just not quite sure who will be who yet. For now, Abigail, McKayla, Grace and Emily are simply babies A through D.

“They rumble around a lot when they do the ultrasounds, it’s crazy!” Tim said. “They have a hard time keeping track of who’s who, who’s doing what. It’s hard to get their heartbeats and monitor them.”

The first-time parents were prepared for one baby.

“We had a pretty good plan of what we were going to do,” Bethani said.

“We were good until that four number kicked in, then we weren’t prepared at all,” Tim joked.

Four times the love means four times the cost.

“Diapers and formula – that’s probably going to be the most expensive part for us right now,” Bethani explained.

Their specialists told the new parents to expect to go through a case of 48 diapers every day.

So whose responsibility will it be to change all those bottoms?

“Hers!” Tim exclaimed. “I have a weak stomach! I can’t change diapers.”

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The pair is moving in with Tim’s mom so there’s an extra set of hands to help with baby chores.

The Webbs are from the village of Hythe, near Grande Prairie. The hospital there isn’t able to accommodate especially premature babies.

So as a precaution, Bethani was admitted to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton on St. Patrick’s Day. Now specialists monitor her and her babies around the clock.

“I still can’t really wrap my head around the fact there’s four babies in there. And I really don’t think it will sink in until I see them,” she said.

“There’s a few risks associated with having four babies for the mom, so I’m worried about her, too,” Tim explained.

Dad Tim is already joking about having to build himself a private outhouse with so many girls.

“Living with five girls… Yikes! I don’t know what I’m going to do. It’s going to be overwhelming, being the last man standing.”

He said he’ll paint their toenails so he can tell them apart.

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Alcohol believed a factor in fatal Glenmore Trail crash

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CALGARY – Alcohol is thought to be a factor in a multi-vehicle collision on Sunday that killed one man and injured several others.

The crash happened on Glenmore Trail S.W., just west of Crowchild Trail S.W., at about 4:30 p.m.

At least three vehicles were involved, all of which were found in the eastbound lanes of Glenmore Trail. However, investigators believe one of the vehicles may have been travelling westbound prior to the crash.

Emergency crews respond to a collision on Glenmore Trail S.W., just west of Crowchild Trail S.W., on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

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Emergency crews respond to a collision on Glenmore Trail S.W., just west of Crowchild Trail S.W., on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

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Emergency crews respond to a collision on Glenmore Trail S.W., just west of Crowchild Trail S.W., on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

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Paramedics treated a total of six patients at the scene; four were taken to hospital.

A man and woman, both in their 40s, were transported to Rockyview Hospital in stable, non-life-threatening condition. A man in his 20s and a woman in her 60s were taken to Foothills Hospital in serious condition.

“As well, paramedics identified there was one male who was deceased at the scene and not transported to hospital – a man believed to be in his 60s,” Stuart Brideaux with EMS said.

Police took the male driver of a pickup truck into custody.

The collision caused both eastbound and westbound lanes of Glenmore Trail to be shut down for several hours.

Police say charges are pending against the driver taken into custody.

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