Court Briefs: Lawyer accused in teen’s death


Lawyer appears for hit-and-run

A St. Albert lawyer facing charges after the death of a 16-year-old Edmonton girl has put his matters over until the end of May.

Shane R. Stevenson, 47, is facing charges of impaired driving causing death, driving with a blood alcohol level over 80 mg causing death, and hit and run causing death after a teen was hit and killed while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk on April 15.

Stevenson was released on $50,000 bail.

The charges were laid after a pick-up truck struck Chloe Wiwchar while she was crossing the road at 113 Street and Kingsway Avenue.

Edmonton Police Services (EPS) said Wiwchar was treated by paramedics and rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

An off-duty EPS officer, who had stopped at the crosswalk to let Wiwchar cross the road, saw the truck hit her and gave chase when it drove off. The officer sent information to police dispatch. Patrol officers arrested Stevenson a short time later north of 107 Avenue around 108 Street.

Stevenson will appear on May 30 at an Edmonton Provincial Court on May 30 at 8:15 a.m. for an election and plea.

Cab driver puts matters over

A St. Albert cab driver facing numerous child exploitation charges will appear in court later in May after an investigation alleges he was trying to form sexual relationships with teenage girls.

The St. Albert RCMP and the Integrated Child Exploitation Unit arrested a local cab driver after allegations of multiple child exploitation offences.

RCMP allege a 68-year-old cab driver would provide free rides and gifts to teenage girls, contacting the teenagers through his cellphone in an attempt to form relationships for a sexual purpose.

Imam Buksh has been charged with transmitting child pornography, luring a child for a sexual purpose, making an arrangement to commit a sexual offence against a child, attempt to commit a sexual assault on a child and counsel to attempt to commit sexual interference.

Buksh will appear at the St. Albert provincial court on May 28 at 9:30 a.m. for election and plea.


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