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Weekend homicide third in Alliston in 29 years

Posted June 25, 2012

OPP continue this morning to have 53 Centre Street in Alliston sealed off until the post mortem into the death of a 24-year-old Alliston man is complete and the coroner releases the scene.

A 17-year-old young offender has been charged with second degree murder in the incident and remains in police custody. Police have not yet released the victim's name.

Including this one, there have been three homicides in Alliston since 1983. Ironically, the one 29 years ago took place at the former Becker's Store which was located nearby at Centre and Victoria Street (now part of Giant Tiger).

In that crime, Karen Hunter was working behind the counter around midnight when James Edward Rogers killed her during a botched robbery attempt. He was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced the minimum 25 years beginning June 22, 1984. Rogers made news in April 2011 when he escaped from Ferndale Institutional, a minimum-security prison in Mission, BC. He was recaptured that same evening walking along the highway.

On Nov. 1, 1993, 49-year-old Ivan Graham shot his 47-year-old wife, Margaret in the chest killing her, then tried to unsuccessfuly to kill himself in their apartment on Tottenham Road, just south of Victoria Street.

The last homicide police investigated in New Tecumseth also involved an Alliston connection. In January 1998, Eileen Joyce Coffey of Beeton, then a librarian at Tecumseth Beeton Public School was reported missing. Her body was found a couple months later in March at the Keele Valley Landfill site where it turned out her killer, Martin Edelenbos of Alliston, worked. Edelenbos, who lived on Wellington Street (across from KFC), was found guilty of first degree murder. He was sentenced to a minimum 25 years in prison.

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