Thursday, 9 January 2020

Piikani Nation RCMP locate stolen hay bales and arrest one male after search warrant executed

(RCMP Alberta) Brocket, Alta. - On Jan. 6 2020, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Piikani Nation RCMP located stolen hay bales at a residence near the community of Brocket, Alta. The hay bales were originally stolen out of Pincher Creek, Alta. Police applied for a warrant to enter the residence and upon execution, located one male who was arrested without incident.

Police continued their investigation and as a result, applied for a warrant to search the residence. During the execution of the warrant, police located and seized fourteen firearms, a large amount of ammunition, and a quantity of methamphetamine. Police also recovered a truck that was reported stolen out of Pincher Creek earlier that morning.

stolen truck

Jessie Flett, a 33-year-old male from Fort Vermillion, Alta. was charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 
Possession of property obtained by crime, over $5000 
Possession of property obtained by crime, less then $5000 
Mischief over $5000 
Possession of a weapon obtained by crime (X 2) 
Possession of methamphetamine 
Alter/Destroy/Remove a vehicle identification number (VIN) 
Careless use of a firearm (X11) 
Unauthorized possession of a weapon (X14) 
Fail to comply with Recognizance (X2) 

"The search warrant that was executed is a great example of an intelligence-led investigation where stolen property, firearms, and illicit drugs were recovered," says Cst. Russell Stepanick of Piikani Nation Detachment. "Our detachment will continue to work with community partners and residents to address the concerns of illegal activities, with the goal of working together to keep our community safe.

Flett was remanded after a judicial release hearing and is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on January 9, 2020.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Charges laid after armed bank robber flees on snowmobile

Getaway on snowmobile in Bashaw
According to an Alberta RCMP press release, on December 20 a suspect used a snowmobile to flee the scene of an armed robbery at the ATB Financial Agency in Alix, Alberta. 

A lone male wearing a mask and gloves entered the branch with a long barrelled firearm and a machete. He demanded cash, and upon receiving an undisclosed amount of cash he fled on the snowmobile. No employees were injured. RCMP determined that the snowmobile was last known to be on Alix Lake, west of Alix.

On December 23, Michael Allan Richter (40) of Ponoka, Alberta was identified as the suspect while already in custody at the Ponoka RCMP detachment, held on an unrelated matter. He was wanted on "outstanding warrants for other matters".

According to the RCMP, "On Dec. 24, the Bashaw RCMP with the assistance of Ponoka RCMP General Investigation Section obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s rural property which is east of Ponoka. The search warrant was executed through the night into Dec. 25, 2019 by the Bashaw RCMP with the assistance of members from Ponoka and Maskwacis Detachments. Evidence linking the suspect to the armed robbery was collected."

Richter has been charged with 10 criminal offences in relation to the armed robbery.

He has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear at Red Deer Provincial Court on January 2, 2020.

Alix is a village in central Alberta located east of Red Deer. It's about half an hour's drive northwest to the town of Ponoka in a regular non-snowmobile vehicle. A federal prison is located nearby at Maskwacis.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Airdrie RCMP Officer Organizes School Supply Drive

RCMP Alberta -
This month, a dedicated Airdrie RCMP officer took it upon herself to organize a school supply drive for students within the City of Airdrie.

Cst. Samantha Hennessey, a 2-year member at Airdrie Detachment came up with the idea and coordinated the drive. Cst. Hennessey challenged her fellow RCMP officers and support staff to donate school supplies or even donate money to the cause. She did this to simply lend a helping hand to any Airdrie families who may need some extra supplies for the start of the school season. With little hesitation, our officers and support staff delivered in a very short time period.

Wood Buffalo RCMP search for missing boy in a lake – Update 3

RCMP Alberta - Search efforts continue in Gregoire Lake for the 16 year old boy who went missing on September 1, 2018.

Members of the Gregoire Lake Reserve, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, have contacted Compass Geomatics Ltd, who have attended from Red Deer, Alberta to assist in the search. This team is using special equipment on their boat, and although snowing yesterday, they were out on the water, analyzing the results on their equipment and marking their maps. They are working tirelessly in the colder weather to help locate the boy. Today, they have transferred their equipment and will be teaming up with Anzac Fire Department in their boat.

St. Paul RCMP charge four after speeding vehicle located

RCMP Alberta – On September 10, 2018, at approximately 1:30 a.m., St. Paul RCMP were conducting traffic enforcement in the County of St. Paul on Highway 29 near Range Road 101 when a vehicle travelling 177 km/hr drove by.

Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the vehicle did not stop when emergency lights were activated. A pursuit was not initiated due to safety concerns. A short time later the vehicle with four occupants was located near Range Road 112 and all occupants were arrested.
RCMP Alberta - Lloydminster RCMP would like to remind retail businesses and those in the service industry to help reduce counterfeit currency incidents through prevention. Police have recently seized counterfeit money in the denominations of $20.00, $50.00 and $100.00 Canadian bank notes that were passed at local businesses. All Canadian bank notes have security features that are reliable, quick and easy to use. By making it a habit to check two or more of these features whenever you accept notes - large and small – will help to intercept counterfeits and keep them out of the till and out of your change.

Fatal house fire near Spruce View

RCMP Alberta - On September 2, 2018 at approximately 1022 hrs Innisfail RCMP were dispatched to a house fire at a rural location west of Spruce View, Alberta.

Crews from Spruce View Fire, Innisfail Fire, Red Deer County Fire and Red Deer County Technical Rescue were dispatched at approximately 0927 hrs and worked together for several hours extinguishing a fire that severely damaged a home. Unfortunately one lone occupant of the home, an 83 year old male of Spruce View, Alberta was located deceased inside the home.

Mischief to Fort Macleod Lions Ball Diamond

RCMP Alberta - Sometime between the hours of 8:00 pm on September 5th and 8:00 am on September 6th, 2018 unknown suspects entered the concession booth at the Lions Ball Diamond in Fort Macleod and proceeded to splash paint all over the walls and floor causing a considerable amount of damage.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Red Deer RCMP investigate convenience store robbery

RCMP Alberta – Red Deer RCMP are investigating an armed robbery this afternoon at the convenience store in Sorensen Station after a man pointed a handgun at a staff member in the store and demanded the cash from the till.

Gleichen RCMP Arrest Drug Traffickers On Siksika Nation

RCMP Alberta - On September 11, 2018 Gleichen RCMP executed a Search Warrant at a suspected drug house on the Siksika Nation. Arresting residents, investigation revealed that premise occupants were trafficking in nerve pain medication and selling it to users on the Siksika Reserve.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Solutions & Substitutions

Reena Nerbas 

Dear Reena, I was a guest at a friend’s home recently; and I was scandalized because she defrosted her raw and pre-cooked meats in the kitchen sink while she was gone to work for the day. I was afraid to eat it; as I understand any kind of raw and pre-cooked meat should be thawed in the fridge. Anonymous 

Dear Anonymous, You are right; it is recommended that meat, poultry and fish are defrosted in the fridge or microwave, and not in the kitchen sink or counter. One exception is to submerge frozen packaged meat in cold ice water to defrost. As soon as the ice melts, the water should be replaced with fresh ice water. 

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Sundre RCMP Respond to Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

RCMP Alberta - At approximately 2:00 pm today Sundre RCMP and Emergency Services were called to a single motor vehicle collision on Highway 587 and Range Road 43. A westbound vehicle lost control and went off the roadway. The driver, a 36 year old female, and lone occupant of the vehicle was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation suggests she was not wearing a seatbelt.

Victim Services has been engaged and the notification of next of kin is underway.

Emergency crews remain at the scene as police continue their investigation. The highway is passable but drivers should expect delays for the next 2 to 3 hours.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Use-of-force investigation involving Calgary police

ASIRT - During the course of an ASIRT investigation into a Calgary Police Service (CPS) officer-involved shooting on Nov. 3, 2016, ASIRT investigators became aware of additional uses of force captured on video during the arrest of the involved 20-year-old man and immediately notified the executive director.

Beaver First Nation harnesses solar power

Minister Feehan, Chief Trevor Mercredi and Peace River MLA Debbie Jabbour and councilors in front of Beaver First Nation’s Administration office with new solar panels on roof.
Government of Alberta - Beaver First Nation has partnered with the Alberta government to install solar panel systems on a number of community buildings to help cut their power bills.  The project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create local jobs.

With support from Alberta’s Indigenous Solar Program, Beaver First Nation has installed solar panels on their band office, daycare, two fire halls, community centre and carpentry shop.

Celebrating Ukrainian heritage in Alberta

MLA Sucha (L) and Minister Bilous (R) raise the flag of Ukraine in Calgary and Edmonton to celebrate Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day in Alberta.”
Government of Alberta - Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, issued the following statement to mark Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day:

“Albertans of Ukrainian heritage have made an enduring impact on our province with contributions that span business and industry, academia, public service, culture and sports. The legacy of this community is so well understood and appreciated that the Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day Act, signed in 2016, was just the fifth bill in Alberta’s history to pass with unanimous consent in a single day.

Garage explosion in Airdrie

RCMP Alberta -
 On September 6, 2018 at approximately 2:13 pm, Airdrie RCMP along with the Airdrie Fire Department and Emergency Services responded to a detached garage explosion on 1 Avenue NE in Airdrie. Two males located on scene were transported to hospital for undisclosed injuries.  Airdrie RCMP want to advise the public that the area is deemed safe and there is no further risk to the public.

Robbery in Stettler

RCMP Alberta - On August 21, 2018, at approximately 1:00 am, two males broke into a Stettler sports store, stealing a number of items in the process of this crime. Anyone with information on this or any other crime may call the Stettler RCMP Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Wood Buffalo RCMP request assistance in identifying robbery suspects

RCMP Alberta -  On July 6th, 2018 at approximately 3:45 am, two males suspects approached a business near Main Street and MacDonald Avenue in the downtown area of Fort McMurray. They were allegedly directed into a building, assaulted another male, leaving him unconscious, and left with the victim’s money. The victim sustained physical injuries and is recovering. The identity of the two male suspects remains unknown. Police are reaching out to the public to help identify the individuals involved. Police do not believe this was a random incident.

Police Vehicle Sideswiped During Traffic Stop on Hwy 1

RCMP Alberta – On September 3 at approximately 10:30 p.m. a member of the Cochrane RCMP detachment was eastbound on highway 1, just east of Highway 22 when he initiated a traffic stop. While the member was conducting his duties at the traffic stop, his police vehicle was sideswiped by an eastbound vehicle. The offending vehicle stopped approximately 50 meters further east on Highway 1. The officer was not injured and the police vehicle sustained minor damage. Neither the driver nor the vehicle that the officer was stopped with, sustained any injuries or damage.

Lorna Shackelly (55) of Calgary has been charged with Impaired Driving of a Motor Vehicle and with Driving a Motor Vehicle with a blood alcohol level over .08 and with Driving an Uninsured Motor Vehicle on a highway. Shackelly was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Cochrane Court on October 16, 2018.

Alberta Government: Deficit drops, economic recovery on track

Government of Alberta
- Alberta’s 2018-19 deficit is projected to fall by $1 billion as the economy continues to recover.  Increased exports, wholesale trade, manufacturing and earnings all point to an ongoing and broad-based economic recovery.