Thursday, 31 May 2018

Olds RCMP Investigate Armed Robbery

RCMP Alberta - Olds RCMP received a complaint of an armed robbery of an Olds resident at the UFA station in the early morning hours of May 27th, 2018. It was reported that two males driving a panel van, which was later learned to be stolen out of Calgary, had robbed the victim at knife point as he was fuelling his vehicle. The victim was not injured despite also being subjected to a fire extinguisher being discharged in his face. The suspects fled in the victim's vehicle driving toward Sundre.

Claresholm and Nanton RCMP work together to stop vehicle driving dangerously

RCMP Alberta – RCMP from Claresholm have charged a 52 year old female with eight offences after a traffic stop near Nanton, AB.

On May 29, Claresholm RCMP were called about a truck driving erratically northbound on Highway 2. The Nanton RCMP were called to assist and stopped the vehicle near Nanton. The vehicle had a stolen license plate attached. The female driver was arrested and a search of the vehicle revealed drugs believed to be Methamphetamine.

Stettler RCMP warn of roaming paving scams

RCMP Alberta - Stettler RCMP would like to remind rural residents of seasonal paving scams, which typically pop up each spring and summer, and involve the following:

1. Someone representing a paving company will randomly attend the residence trying to offer a paving job

2. The person will often say they are finishing up a job nearby and have extra material they'd like to use

3. They offer to do the paving job at a considerably reduced price because the resident will be doing them a favour by allowing them to use the left over product

4. The paving is completed using inferior materials

5. Within a year's time, the paving will begin to fail/fall apart

6. Attempts to locate the paving company or rep are unsuccessful

Stettler RCMP reminds citizens to do their due diligence and ensure any contract work they have done is by reputable people/companies. This may include conducting online research, checking references or speaking personally with other clientele in the area.

Strathmore RCMP warn of a Jewelry Scam

RCMP Alberta – Strathmore RCMP are warning the public of a recent jewelry scam which involves people selling fake gold jewelry in the parking lots of local businesses.

Since May 13, 2018, Strathmore RCMP have received four separate reports from people who were approached in business parking lots by individuals selling jewelry. The sellers presented and sold the jewelry as authentic gold, and anyone who made the purchase later learned that the gold jewelry fake. In most of these occurrences, the vehicle involved is reported be a blue Dodge Journey, with a licence plate from Ontario or Quebec.

RCMP request assistance to identify Stanley Cup ring theft suspect

RCMP Alberta - Sometime between the late hours of May 26th and the early morning hours of May 27th, 2018, an authentic 1988 Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup ring and a wallet containing credit cards were stolen from a vehicle in the area of Township Road 520 and Range Road 275. During the morning hours of May 27th, 2018 a suspect used one of the credit cards in the Town of Devon. Security footage shows the unidentified Caucasian male wearing the Stanley Cup ring.  RCMP request assistance to identify the individual depicted in the security footage.

Killam RCMP charge two for drug and property offences

RCMP Alberta – On May 22, 2018, Killam RCMP responded to report of a stolen truck being located in Hardisty, Alberta. The victim called police to report the location of the vehicle.

Red Deer RCMP look for assistance to identify appliance thief

Theft suspect
RCMP Alberta – Red Deer RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify a man who was caught on camera twice in the space of two weeks stealing small appliances from a south Red Deer store.  On May 16, the suspect entered the store and was seen on surveillance cameras taking a cake mixer valued at $450. On May 29, the suspect returned to the store and was again seen on surveillance cameras stealing a second cake mixer of the same type. The suspect is a Caucasian male, approximately 35 years old, and was last seen driving a newer black Nissan Titan truck.

Edmonton Mayor Iveson Re-elected as Chair of Big City Mayors Caucus

City of Edmonton - Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson was officially confirmed as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Big City Mayors Caucus Chair at their annual FCM meeting in Halifax. This honour marks the start of Mayor Iveson’s second time as Chair, extending his term to 2020.

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services lifts fire ban

City of Edmonton - Due to precipitation and cooler weather, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has lifted the fire ban for the city of Edmonton. Edmontonians are now able to use open burning permits, fireworks, backyard fire pits, cooking stoves and BBQs that use fuels such as wood and briquettes, provided they are used with caution. Backyard fire pits must meet all the fire pitrequirements as outlined by the Community Standards Bylaw.

Past Chinook Arch CEO to receive honorary degree from University of Lethbridge

Margaret (Maggie) Macdonald
Chinook Arch - Roughly 30 years ago a group of community-minded people came together with a vision: a library system that would unite southwest Alberta libraries to share resources efficiently and cost-effectively, thereby enhancing the services offered in each respective community. This vision became a reality in large part thanks to the passion and determination of Margaret (Maggie) Macdonald.

RCMP/Sheriff Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) investigating serious hit & run

Stock photo is attached of what is believed to be the make of the suspect truck
RCMP Alberta – The RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs are investigating a serious hit and run. The incident occurred at 11:10 p.m. on May 30, 2018 near the Edmonton International Airport. The female driver of an SUV reported that she had been involved in a collision with a truck, and that the truck had fled the scene. The suspect vehicle has been identified as a red or maroon coloured Ram 2500 or 3500 truck. The public are asked to report any sightings of this truck which will have incurred severe front end damage.

Grande Prairie RCMP Charge Female Following Threat to School

RCMP Alberta - On Monday, May 7, 2018 just before 8:00 AM, RCMP received information that a local resident had posted a threat on a social media site to shoot up her school. The post was viewed internationally and was reported to Grande Prairie RCMP by multiple police agencies in Canada and the United States, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

St. Albert Break In Suspect Arrested

RCMP Alberta - At approximately 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, St. Albert RCMP received a 911 call of a Break and Enter to a property in the Deer Ridge neighbourhood of St. Albert. Immediate attendance was made by officers, but the suspect had left the initial location. A description of the suspect and the direction that he had been following was supplied to the officers by an observant resident. Shortly thereafter, the officers saw a man who matched the description in a nearby park. As the suspect saw the police car, he took off running. The two officers ran after the suspect and after a struggle, were able to take the suspect into custody. During the struggle with the suspect, the officers noticed that the suspect had a knife, but they were able to disarm the suspect and arrest him safely.

St. Paul RCMP and EADCRU charge male for vehicle theft

RCMP Alberta – "The St. Paul RCMP will continue to collaborate with the Eastern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit to identify crime trends and target repeat offenders," says Staff Sergeant Corey Blize, St. Paul RCMP Detachment Commander.

Hinton RCMP seek information on suspicious fire

RCMP Alberta – Hinton RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance after a suspicious fire was set on Tuesday afternoon.

On May 29, 2018 at approximately 5:15 p.m., RCMP and Hinton Fire responded to a small fire on a trail adjacent to Hallam Drive. No injuries were reported and no damage was caused to surrounding structures.

New gas station and convenience store rules come into effect June 1

Minister Gray and Brian Simpson, deputy chief, Edmonton Police Service, remind Albertans of the safety benefits of fuel prepayment.
  • New rules are intended to keep Alberta convenience and gas station workers safe by preventing gas-and-dash incidents
Government of Alberta - On June 1, new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) rules will take effect and make fuel prepayment mandatory at all gas stations in the province.  Over the past four years, Alberta has seen a number of convenience store robberies and gas-and-dash incidents result in the deaths of five workers and serious injuries to three workers across Alberta.

ACWS welcomes the inclusion of domestic violence in new Bill which comes in to effect June 1

  • New OH&S legislation supports safer workplaces and points to better supports for survivors of domestic violence
Alberta Council of Women's Shelters - The Alberta Council of Women's Shelters (ACWS) welcomes Bill 30 which comes into effect on the 1st of June, 2018, as the Act to Protect the Health and Wellbeing of Working Albertans. The Act, upgrading the Occupational Health & Safety Act, now specifically identifies domestic violence as a workplace hazard which all employers need to account for.

Bike Thefts on the Rise in St. Albert

Surveillance photo of a male suspect in one bike theft
RCMP Alberta - St. Albert RCMP are alerting the community that there have been 7 reports of stolen bicycles in the city in the month of May. The majority of these bikes were left unlocked which is making them an easy target for criminals.

High Prairie RCMP Arrest Man on Canada Wide Warrant

RCMP Alberta – On May 30, 2018, RCMP received a request from the Correctional Services of Canada to assist in the apprehension of 22 year old Jericho Grey. Mr. Grey was on Statutory Release since May 15, 2018 and was to reside at location in Edmonton. He walked away from that location on May 30, 2018 and believed to be headed to Whitefish Lake First Nation. A Canada Wide Warrant was issued for his arrest.

Grande Prairie RCMP Investigate Suspicious Activity

RCMP Alberta – On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at approximately 4:00 PM, Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a report of a young child who was approached by an unknown male in a vehicle. She was on her way home from Roy Bickell School in the area of 105 Street when the male pulled up next to her and offered her a ride home. The child yelled for help and rode her bike to safety.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Wetaskiwin RCMP respond to threat and short lock down at Wetaskiwin High

RCMP Alberta - On May 29, 2018 at approximately 10:30 a.m Wetaskiwin RCMP were made aware of a possible threat in the parking lot of The Wetaskiwin High School. Police attended the location where the High school was placed on lock down for a short time. 5 youths were located and arrested. The school lock down was lifted once the individuals were located.

Stettler RCMP make arrest following assault with a bb gun

RCMP Alberta – The RCMP have a 23-year-old male in custody after arresting him on the high school field, and seizing a ‘bb gun’.

At 11:57 am on May 30 the RCMP responded to a complaint of a male assaulting two adults at a residence. During the assault, the male brandished what appeared to be a firearm, and then fled on foot. The RCMP located the suspect male on the football field at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus and effected his high risk arrest without incident. The male was in possession of a bb gun.

Thorsby RCMP seek public assistance in locating wanting man

Justin Robb
RCMP Alberta – Thorsby RCMP are seeking assistance in locating 29-year-old Justin Allen Robb of Leduc County. Robb is wanted on an arrest warrant after he escaped lawful custody on May 29.

Vehicle collides with Chestermere home

RCMP Alberta - On May 27, 2018 at approximately 2:54 a.m., Chestermere RCMP responded to a collision that occurred in the 200 block of Rainbow Falls Drive. Upon arrival a pickup truck was found lodged in the front of a residence. The lone occupant of the vehicle was arrested on scene for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The driver later provided breath samples at more than twice the legal limit. No injuries were reported despite the nature of the collision and damage caused to both the vehicle and home.

Injury Collision on Chestermere Boulevard

RCMP Alberta - On May 25, 2018 at approximately 10:21 p.m., Chestermere RCMP responded to a collision on Chestermere Boulevard West of Rainbow Road involving two vehicles. A Sedan occupied by a family of three from Chestermere was travelling East on Chestermere Boulevard when another Westbound Sedan occupied by a Calgary man and his two children crossed the center line which caused a collision. One woman from the Eastbound sedan was taken to hospital, two children from the Westbound sedan were taken to Calgary Children's Hospital for assessment, the remainder of the involved persons were assessed and released on site.

Affordable child care spaces for military families

Minister Larivee and Nicole Goehring, MLA for Edmonton-Castle Downs and Government of Alberta's liaison to the Canadian Forces, visit with children at the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre Day Care ELCC Centre.
Government of  Alberta - Military families in Edmonton and Cold Lake now have more affordable child care options, thanks to government investing in 183 $25-a-day child care spaces on the two Canadian Forces bases.

Red Deer RCMP investigate robbery at cell phone store

RCMP Alberta – Red Deer RCMP are investigating a robbery at a south Red Deer cell phone store yesterday afternoon and are looking for public assistance to identify three male suspects who were seen fleeing in a black SUV.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Fort Saskatchewan RCMP investigating an increase in thefts from vehicles over the weekend

RCMP Alberta – Over the past weekend Fort Saskatchewan RCMP have responded to a total of 14 thefts from vehicles which began Friday. It has been shown that thieves have been targeting valuables including, wallets, purses and licence plates once access to the vehicle is obtained. This is a significant increase to what is normally seen within our community.

Red Deer Investigation Turns Up Drugs and Weapons

ALERT - Cocaine, fentanyl, and an assortment of weapons were seized by ALERT following a short-term drug trafficking investigation in Red Deer.  ALERT’s Red Deer organized crime and gang team seized the drugs and weapons after executing a search warrant on May 24, 2018. A 65-year-old man was arrested.

UCP: Trans Mountain deal does nothing to end ongoing uncertainty

UCP - United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney has issued the following statement in response to news that the Trudeau Liberals and Alberta NDP have reached a deal to purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, as well as the expansion project:

“We are in this situation today as the result of actions taken by the Trudeau Liberal government – with no opposition from Alberta’s NDP – to halt two other needed coastal pipelines, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and TransCanada’s Energy East.

Airdrie RCMP and Airdrie Municipal Enforcement Take Part in Airdrie Children’s Festival

RCMP Alberta - The Airdrie RCMP teamed up with Airdrie Municipal Enforcement to take part in the first, annual Airdrie Children’s Festival this past weekend at Nose Creek Park in Airdrie.

Rimbey RCMP investigate ATM Theft

RCMP Alberta –
The RCMP in Rimbey are investigating the theft of an ATM which occurred on May 7, 2018 and seeking public assistance in identifying the culprits responsible.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Theft of lawn mowers from Coronation business

RCMP Alberta - On Friday, May 25, 2018 just after 3:00 a.m., suspect(s) entered the property of Cervus Equipment John Deere in the town of Coronation and stole three lawn mowers. The suspect(s) entered the property in a pick-up truck hauling an enclosed utility trailer from the south side entrance of Railway Avenue. The stolen mowers were all green and yellow in colour and described as a John Deere D130, John Deere Z335E and John Deere Z345M.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP execute search warrant and seize firearms

RCMP Alberta – On May 26, 2018 at approximately 9:30 pm, Rocky Mountain HouseRCMP received a complaint of a disturbance at a residence involving a possible handgun. Rocky Mountain House RCMP attended the residence and arrested the male for failing to comply with his conditions. No one was injured during this incident.

Alberta apologizes to Sixties Scoop survivors

Grand entry into the legislature before Alberta's historic Sixties Scoop apology.
Government of Alberta - As part of Alberta’s commitment to reconciliation, Alberta officially apologized for past practices that led to the removal of Indigenous children from their families, resulting in a loss of culture, identity and connection to their communities. The impacts are still felt by survivors and their families today.

Two Arrested After Drugs and Firearm Seized in Lethbridge

A short-term investigation in Lethbridge has landed two suspected drug dealers in police custody, with ALERT also seizing $20,000 in drugs and a firearm.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Pembina Pipeline Corporation makes $1M donation to Inclusion Alberta

Inclusion Alberta - Inclusion Alberta has received its largest-ever philanthropic gift: a $1 Million donation from Pembina Pipeline Corporation to establish the Lorne and Patricia Gordon Legacy Fund. This generous contribution will enable Inclusion Alberta to further support schools and teachers in the provision of quality inclusive education, assist adults with developmental disabilities to secure and maintain employment and respond to families in crisis.

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann and Liberal Leader David Khan call renaming of Reconciliation Bridge a positive step forward

Alberta Liberal Party - Liberal Leader David Khan and Liberal MLA David Swann have released a joint statement on the renaming ceremony for Reconciliation Bridge set for Saturday May 26.

“As Alberta Liberals we are pleased with the renaming of Langevin Bridge to Reconciliation Bridge.

Fire ban and off-highway vehicle restrictions in northern Alberta

Government of Alberta - A fire ban prohibiting campfires and the recreational use of off-highway vehicles on public lands is in effect in many parts of northern Alberta.  Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has implemented a fire ban beginning at the southern boundary of Big Lakes County and north of Peace River and Lac La Biche.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Athabasca RCMP seek assistance in locating suspects in a break and enter offence

RCMP Alberta
- On May 24th, 2018 at approximately 4:40 a.m., the Athabasca RCMP attended Tiptons Independent Groceries, Athabasca, Alberta for a report of a Break and Enter with theft over $5000. Police attended the scene and found that over $9000 worth of narcotics had been taken from the pharmacy.

Rochon Sands B and E leads to charges for Medicine Hat woman

RCMP Alberta - In early April 2018, Stettler RCMP were called to a residential Break and Enter at Rochon Sands where a number of items were stolen.  Through the assistance of the Red Deer FIS Unit, physical evidence was retrieved from the scene, leading investigators to a Medicine Hat woman.  Stettler RCMP and Medicine Hat Police Service worked together and recovered large quantity of the stolen property.

Stettler shoplifting suspect sought by RCMP

RCMP Alberta - On May 19th, 2018 a female attended a Stettler business and is believed to have stolen a pair of shoes.  Attached is a photo of the female. If anyone has information on this or any other crime, they are encouraged to call Stettler RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Turner Valley RCMP arrest repeat offender and recover stolen vehicles

RCMP Alberta – One male is facing several charges relating to a stolen vehicle investigation that led RCMP to piece together multiple thefts in different jurisdictions.

Charges laid in Wetaskiwin car dealership B&E

RCMP Alberta – As a result of an investigation into a break and enter at the Legacy Dodge dealership, a 27-year-old male has been identified as the suspect, and charges have been laid.

Leduc RCMP make arrest following gun shot complaint

RCMP Alberta – On May 23, following complaints of a gun shot fired, the RCMP in Leduc located, pursued, arrested and charged a male suspect.

At 3:22 p.m. a 911 call was received that two males were arguing on a rural road and a gun shot was fired. The unfolding incident began when the suspect male assaulted a female. The female victim ran and sought assistance from an uninvolved motorist. The male driver of the assisting motorist confronted the suspect male who then pointed his gun at this driver, and fired a shot into the air. The male suspect smashed the vehicle’s passenger side window and made efforts to remove the female from the vehicle.

Calgary man and woman charged in multi-million-dollar fraud investigation

RCMP Alberta - On May 24 the RCMP’s Federal Serious & Organized Crime Financial Integrity Unit arrested and formally charged 70-year-old Arnold Breitkreutz and 67-year-old Susan Way, both of Calgary, Alberta, with fraud over $5,000 and theft over $5,000 under sections 380(1)(a) and 334(a) of the Criminal Code. The charges relate to activities between May of 2014 and September of 2015.

RCMP Major Crimes Unit and Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service Investigate Suspicious Death - update

RCMP Alberta – The RCMP Major Crimes Unit and Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service continue to investigate a suspicious death after a body was found on May 6 on the Tsuut’ina Nation. Following an autopsy, the deceased male has been identified as 51-year-old Keith Miles Big Crow.

Bonnyville RCMP and EADCRU team arrest three after break and enter reported

RCMP Alberta - Crime reduction units rely on intelligence gathering to identify crime trends, primarily in hotspots, target repeat offenders and disrupt criminal activity in communities across the province.  “The use of video surveillance by a home owner assisted with this investigation,” says Sergeant Sarah Parke, Detachment Commander of the Bonnyville RCMP Detachment. “The use of devices such as trail and door bell camera's or other surveillance equipment can help catch a criminal in the act.”

Two vehicle collision in Red Deer

RCMP Alberta – On May 25th, 2018 at approximately 8:45 p.m., members of the Red Deer detachment and Red Deer Traffic Services responded to a collision at the intersection of Taylor Drive and Oliver Street.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP seize drugs from long weekend

RCMP Alberta – A male is facing Criminal Code charges after Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to a suspicious vehicle during off highway vehicle (OHV) patrols during May long weekend.

On May 20, 2018 at approximately 12:15 pm, police responded to a suspicious vehicle on a lease road. Rocky Mountain House RCMP along with the assistance of Conservation Officers discovered open liquor in the vehicle. Police searched the vehicle under the Gaming and Liquor Act and located approximately 3 grams of Cocaine.

Athabasca RCMP and EADCRU arrest male on Canada wide warrant

RCMP Alberta – On May 16th, 2018 during a warrant roundup initiative, Athabasca RCMP along with the Eastern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit (EADCRU) located and arrested a male wanted on a Canada wide warrant after he fled from a residence.

Kingsley Cardinal, (35) of Calling Lake was taken into custody. He was wanted for being unlawfully at large from the Edmonton Police Service and had an additional warrant from Athabasca RCMP for assault (x2) and uttering threats that was reported to police on May 13th, 2018.

Cardinal was remanded into custody and is set to appear in Athabasca Provincial Court on May 28th, 2018.

United Conservatives call for ethics investigation into Heaney re-hiring

United Conservative Party - The United Conservatives today are calling for an ethics investigation into the re-hiring of the Premier’s former chief of staff, John Heaney, already the subject of an ongoing investigation.

Two Children Allegedly Sexually Assaulted by Edmonton Man Gerald Kenneth Steed

Gerald Kenneth Steed, 50, was arrested by ALERT's Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit for the alleged sexual assault of two children. Investigators believe there may be more victims in the Edmonton area. Anyone with information on this case should contact local police or
ALERT Edmonton - An Edmonton man has been arrested by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit for allegedly sexually assaulting two children.

Gerald Kenneth Steed was arrested on May 18, 2018. The 50-year-old man allegedly sexually assaulted two young children that were known to the accused in two separate instances. Steed can be described as a family friend of the victims and was frequently used to babysit.

Mandatory Privacy Breach Reporting Coming to Alberta’s Health Sector

Government of Alberta - Alberta’s health custodians will soon be required to notify Albertans whose health information has been subject to a privacy breach.

Trans Mountain Pipeline: Premier Notley

Government of Alberta - Premier Rachel Notley issued the following statement in response to the B.C. Supreme Court’s dismissal of legal challenges by the Squamish Nation and the City of Vancouver regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project:

“We are pleased that the Trans Mountain Pipeline took another step forward today.  The Supreme Court of British Columbia threw out two more challenges to the project. While other decisions remain before the courts, the record in the courts of TMX proponents is promising.  This pipeline is unlike any other in that it has been rigorously reviewed, meaningful consultation has taken place and it is paired with an effective climate protection plan.  The failures of the past will not be repeated. The Government of Alberta will not stop fighting until we get the job done. We will get this pipeline built.”

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Missing boater at Skeleton Lake

RCMP Alberta - At approximately 09:40 a.m. on May 23, 2018 members of the Boyle RCMP detachment were dispatched to a complaint of a boater in distress on Skeleton Lake in Athabasca County.  A witness noted an adult male calling out for help as it appeared that he had fallen out of his boat. He is not believed to have survived.

RCMP Emergency Response Team assists with St. Albert arrest

RCMP Alberta – On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, during the course of an investigation for Uttering Threats, St. Albert RCMP attended a residence in the Deer Ridge neighbourhood of St. Albert, where it was determined for police and public safety that the RCMP Emergency Response Team was required to effect an arrest of the suspect.

Fort Saskatchewan RCMP participate in National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day

RCMP Alberta – On May 19, 2018 members of the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP participated in the National Impaired Driving Enforcement Initiative. A total of 135 vehicle checks were completed at two different check stops located in the City of Fort Saskatchewan & Elk Island National Park.

Red Deer RCMP make numerous arrests during downtown patrols

RCMP Alberta – Red Deer RCMP made a number of arrests while conducting proactive patrols in downtown Red Deer, as well as other areas known for criminal activity, and located numerous suspects who were wanted on outstanding warrants. RCMP made more arrests thanks to reports from the public regarding suspicious activity, and thank Red Deerians for their continued support and vigilance.

Behind the badge: RCMP Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit

RCMP Alberta -
On May 24 the RCMP in Alberta escorted Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Kathleen Ganley, and President of the Cochrane Foothills Protective Association, Rosemary Lindsay, on a tour of the RCMP Airdrie Detachment for a rare behind-the-scenes look at its specialized Crime Reduction Unit (CRU).

Late night speeding detours Boyle man to court

RCMP Alberta – On May 24, 2018 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Boyle RCMP were patrolling Highway 63 just south of Boyle, Alberta.While on patrol Police observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed, well above the posted speed limit. Police were able to obtain a reading on radar of 164 km/h in a posted 100 km/h zone. A traffic stop was conducted and the 68-year-old male driver from Boyle, Alberta was issued a summons for speeding.

Red Deer RCMP investigate rash of garage break-ins in Lancaster

RCMP Alberta –
Red Deer RCMP are investigating a series of garage break-ins and the theft of a Dodge Charger in the Lancaster neighbourhood in the early hours of May 23 and are asking for public assistance to identify the suspects.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP continue to search for wanted man Cruz Bigchild

RCMP Alberta – The RCMP continue to require public assistance in locating 21-year-old Cruz Bigchild.  Public tips have been received but to date, his location has not been confirmed. It is likely that someone knows his whereabouts and can help the RCMP.

Jasper RCMP and Edson ITU charge 3 with impaired driving offences and issue 2 suspensions

RCMP Alberta - On May 19, 2018 at approximately 2:30 am, Jasper RCMP responded to a call for a possible impaired driver leaving Whirlpool Campground. RCMP officers located the suspect on Highway 93A. The 19 year old Jasper resident was found to have a blood alcohol concentration lower than the legal limit but was issued a 30 day driving suspension and saw his vehicle seized for 7 days under the Alberta Zero Alcohol Tolerance Program for Graduated Driver's Licences.

Killam RCMP investigate break and enter into residence and theft of vehicle

RCMP Alberta - On May 23 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Killam RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter with theft at a rural residence near Hardisty, Alberta.

A male suspect broke into a shed and then a residence. The male was confronted by the home owner and took a set of keys to a vehicle outside the residence and fled. The home owner was not injured. Killam RCMP along with surrounding detachments made extensive patrols in the area but the male suspect and stolen vehicle were not located.

Brooks RCMP investigate serious assault

RCMP Alberta – The Brooks RCMP are investigating a serious assault which occurred just before 2:00 a.m. May 23. The assault caused one man to be transported to a Calgary hospital, with what were life threatening injuries.

The RCMP responded to a 911 call from a residence on Railway Avenue in Duchess. It was reported that two male suspects were attempting to steal a truck and when confronted by a bystander, assaulted the male. The two males then fled in a vehicle.   RCMP arrived to find a 32-year-old male victim in medical distress and suffering from life threatening injuries. He was transported to a Calgary hospital where he is now deemed to be in stable condition.

Cold Lake RCMP arrest four after collision with police vehicle

Sawed off shotgun
RCMP Alberta – On May 21, 2018 at approximately 3:15 p.m., Cold Lake RCMP initiated a stop of a stolen vehicle on the Elizabeth Metis Settlement.  The vehicle evaded police and a pursuit was not initiated due to public safety concerns. The vehicle was later located on a dead-end road and struck the front end of a police vehicle while attempting to flee and was demobilized. Two people were arrested and taken into custody. Two additional suspects fled the scene and were arrested the same day.

St. Albert men face assault charges

RCMP Alberta - On Friday, May 18, 2018 at approximately 8:30 p.m., St. Albert RCMP responded to a 911 call at Lions Park for an assault. As RCMP and EMS arrived on scene, they located an injured 50 year old male from Stony Plain, who was transported via ambulance to an Edmonton hospital with serious facial injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening.

Alberta RCMP Forestry Crimes Unit lays arson charges

RCMP Alberta – The recently formed RCMP Forestry Crimes Unit has laid arson charges against an adult male following an in-depth investigation into a series of arsons in the Smoky Lake area.  Investigation by the RCMP Forestry Crimes Unit in collaboration with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and the Smoky Lake County Emergency Services led the RCMP to determine that several fires had been started as a result of arson.

Airdrie RCMP Investigate Altercation at Chinook Winds Skatepark

RCMP Alberta- The Airdrie RCMP are currently investigating an incident that took place at Chinook Winds Skatepark last week.  On Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at approximately 7:30 pm, Airdrie RCMP were dispatched to the Chinook Winds Skatepark with reports of an altercation between a 10-year-old youth and 13-year-old youth. As the matter involves youth, the RCMP will not be releasing the results of the investigation nor will names or photographs be released due to legal requirements.

Two Vehicle Motor Vehicle Collision in Cochrane Involving Empty School Bus

RCMP Alberta - On May 23 at approximately 9:00 a.m. the Cochrane RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision on 1st Avenue West at Centre Avenue in Cochrane. The initial investigation has determined that the westbound dodge Dakota truck, driven by an 84 year old male from Airdrie, proceeded through the intersection on a red light and struck a southbound school bus that was waiting to turn eastbound onto 1st Avenue. The school bus was empty of children and only had the driver on board, who was uninjured. The driver of the truck was transported to hospital with undetermined injuries. The names of the drivers will not be released. This collision remains under investigation.

Cocaine and Cash Seized in Fort McMurray Traffic Stop

RCMP Alberta – On May 20, 2018 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP Municipal Traffic member observed a vehicle driving west on Confederation Way, which failed to stay in the centre of the driving lane. The RCMP officer was concerned for public safety and conducted a traffic stop. The male driver was arrested as identification was not satisfied. Upon arrest approximately 29 grams of suspected cocaine, wrapped in individual baggies was seized, along with over one thousand dollars in Canadian Currency, and several cell phones. The male passenger was also arrested. The male driver was later identified as Syed Quazem Shah. The male passenger provided false identification and was later identified as Richard Amoko Angelo.

Peace River RCMP Recover Stolen Property

RCMP Alberta - On Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at approximately 3:00 am, Peace River RCMP members were conducting foot patrol in the North end of Peace River. An Officer approached a suspicious person inside of a vehicle and found the driver to be wanted on warrants. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen one week prior. The male was arrested and is facing charges of Possession of Property obtained by Crime x 2 as well as several Provincial Traffic Offences.

Red Deer RCMP lay charges in drug investigation

RCMP Alberta – Five people face a total of 52 Criminal Code charges related to drug trafficking and weapons after Red Deer RCMP concluded a months-long investigation with the high-risk arrest of a wanted man at a Westpark residence on May 7.

Red Deer RCMP, Emergency Services and school divisions collaborate on training

RCMP Alberta – Red Deer RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services took part in an intensive three-day training exercise May 10 through 12 at the old military base in Springbrook as part of the RCMP Immediate Action Rapid Deployment (IARD) training, and were joined one of those days by principals and staff from Red Deer Public School Division and Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

Morinville RCMP Looking for Owner of Two Lost High End Mountain Bikes

RCMP Alberta - On May 18th, Morinville RCMP with the assistance of the public located two mountain bikes on Highway 28, North of Gibbons. The owner of the bikes likely didn't notice their departure from the vehicle as they were found in the middle of the Highway. If you are missing two bikes and are able to describe them, they can be returned back to you.

Okotoks RCMP charge three with multiple criminal offences

RCMP Alberta - On May 13th, 2018, around 8:00 am, the Okotoks RCMP received a call from a property owner of a suspicious vehicle with two occupants in a rural property in the MD of Foothills.  RCMP attend the location, confirm two stolen vehicles, and residence entered. Two suspects were arrested without issue. A third suspect fled the scene on foot. The RCMP police dog services were engaged. After a brief search, the Police Dog Services located the suspect.  Items used to assist in committing property related criminal acts were located in their possession.

Coronation RCMP investigate break-in and theft from local tow yard

RCMP Alberta - Sometime between Thursday, May 10, 2018 and Sunday, May 13, 2018 an unknown suspect(s) entered a Coronation-based tow yard by way of cutting through the south side fence surrounding the property. Once inside, the suspect(s) continued to break-in to numerous containers as well as the on-site Quonset. Several items were taken, including towing supplies, bolt cutters and a red Honda generator. The tow yard is situated on the east end of Railway Avenue in the town of Coronation.

Sundre RCMP respond to Fatal Off Highway Collision

RCMP Alberta - On May 19, 2018 at approximately 2:10 pm, the Sundre RCMP detachment received a report of an off highway, single vehicle collision in a remote area west of Sundre. First aiders rendered assistance and due to the remote area, transported the injured party to the Bearberry Community centre where they were met by EMS. STARS attended the scene but sadly, the 30 year old Cochrane resident, was pronounced deceased. The investigation continues and alcohol was determined to not be a factor in this collision.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Airdrie RCMP Investigate Serious Assault

RCMP Alberta - Airdrie RCMP are investigating a stabbing that occurred between 3:45 a.m and 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2019. A 19 year old male was brought to the Airdrie Urgent Care Centre and has since been transported to hospital for serious injuries related to this incident. The victim has reported that this assault occurred on 8th Street, north of the Luxstone and Bayside areas of Airdrie.

Get ticks tested

Government of Alberta - As the May long weekend approaches and families head outdoors, Albertans are encouraged to submit ticks they discover to help monitor for the Lyme disease bacteria.  If Albertans find ticks on themselves, they should remove the ticks safely, using tweezers, as soon as possible. Ticks found on people or in their surroundings can be submitted to an Environmental Public Health Office, a First Nations Health Centre or a doctor. Ticks found on pets or farm animals should be taken to a veterinarian.

Better camping, more tourism in Castle parks

Travel Alberta / Jeff Bartlett photo
Government of Alberta - New family campsites, improved rustic backcountry camping and a new tourism campaign will encourage more Albertans to visit the Castle region this summer.  Albertans will have more opportunities for adventure this year as the province invests $3 million in capital upgrades in the Castle parks. Improvements will include new and improved family-friendly camping opportunities, trails, highly accessible front-country experiences and better access to the vast wilderness.

Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir update

Government of Alberta - The Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir (SR1), a flood-mitigation project that, when completed, will protect Calgary from a 2013-level flood, is now under an expected one-year regulatory review.

Edmonton releases annual motor vehicle collision and injury report

City of Edmonton - The Office of Traffic Safety has published Motor Vehicle Collisions 2017, an annual account of collisions and related deaths and injuries of people who use the streets in Edmonton. "We track and share this data so we can help find ways to prevent fatalities and serious injuries," said Gerry Shimko, Executive Director of the City's Traffic Safety section.  "We use the data to inform the City on what initiatives, including left-turn only signals, right-turn redesigns of intersections, crosswalks and education campaigns, should be made priorities in a Vision Zero city," Shimko said. "We also use the numbers to inform road designs and neighbourhood renewal." 

ASIRT investigates Calgary officer-involved shooting

Government of Alberta - On May 17, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a Calgary Police Service officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a woman. 

Grande Prairie RCMP Charge Male Following Assault with a Weapon

RCMP Alberta - On Monday, May 14, 2018 just before 1:00 PM, RCMP received a report of two males fighting in the downtown area. Police were attending a service at Revolution Place when one of the males crossed the street to get assistance. He was in possession of a firearm that he turned over to police. Investigation revealed that he had taken the gun from another male who had assaulted him with it. The suspect was quickly located and taken into custody without incident.  The victim suffered minor injuries.  The firearm was examined by police and determined to be an imitation hand-gun.

Plan ahead for a busy Victoria Day weekend in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks Canada - Waterton Lakes National Park is open to visitors. When planning a trip, we ask visitors to remember that the Kenow Wildfire of 2017 has impacted the park in a number of ways. There are many recreation opportunities for visitors to experience in Waterton Lakes National Park, however, some areas remain closed as a result of hazards. For a full list of what is available and information on recreational opportunities, we encourage visitors to check for up-to-date information.

RCMP Rural Crime Reduction Project (RCRP) assists Rimbey RCMP with arrest

RCMP Alberta – A repeat offender known to be active in multi-jurisidictions, and wanted on two warrants out of Rimbey Detachment was successfully taken into custody yesterday by the Rural Crime Reduction Project.

Priority Crimes Task Force charges four after counterfeit credit card search warrant

RCMP Alberta – A man and a woman face a total of 84 criminal charges related to stolen and counterfeit credit cards after a Priority Crimes Task Force investigation that began in early March and culminated in a search warrant at a Sylvan Lake residence where RCMP seized credit card counterfeiting items and stolen credit cards. The investigation and search warrant were executed collaboratively by Red Deer and Sylvan Lake RCMP.

Fort Saskatchewan RCMP seek public assistance in locating a wanted men

RCMP Alberta –
The RCMP are actively trying to locate a male who is wanted on outstanding arrest warrants and believed to be actively evading the police. Public assistance is being sought in locating him.  27 year old, Ashley Chmelyk, is wanted on 6 warrants for arrest stemming out of Fort Saskatchewan, Wetaskiwin and Leduc.

Rimbey RCMP investigate break and enter

RCMP Alberta –
The RCMP are seeking public assistance in identifying a male following a break-in at the Rimbey Motor Inn.  On May 1, 2018 in the morning, an adult male broke into the Motor Inn office and accessed a safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash.The male departed in a vehicle and the theft was discovered by an employee the following morning. Rimbey RCMP are investigating this incident.

Outdoor enthusiasts urged to respect public land

Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips addresses public land enforcement prior to the May long weekend.
Government of Alberta - More than 300 provincial enforcement officers will patrol public land, parks and protected areas this spring and summer.  Over the upcoming long weekend and throughout the rest of the season, provincial government staff will once again work together to ensure everyone understands and follows the rules and regulations that protect public lands.

Alberta fire bans go mobile

Minister Carlier demonstrates new wildfire app ready for download.
Government of Alberta - The Alberta government has released a mobile fire ban app so people across the province can be aware of the wildfire risk.  The new app, available for Android and Apple devices, will give people mobile access to see where there are fire bans, restrictions and advisories to help plan their camping and recreational experiences.

Creating world’s largest boreal protected forest

Government of Alberta -
The largest contiguous area of boreal protected land in the world has been established in northern Alberta.  The Government of Alberta partnered with The Government of Canada, the Tallcree First Nation, Syncrude and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) on the conservation of more than 6.7 million hectares (67,000 sq. km) of boreal forest.

AWA Welcomes New Northeast Alberta Protected Areas

Alberta Wilderness Association -
On May 15 the Alberta government announced they will officially establish the four large northeast wildland parks identified in the 2012 Lower Athabasca regional plan, and create an additional new wildland park. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) welcomes the addition of these significant northeast lands to Alberta’s protected areas network.

Alberta Liberals say Federal Government’s Trans Mountain Pipeline blank cheque is a bad plan

Press release - Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Liberal MLA David Swann have issued the following release on the Federal Finance Minister’s announcement the Federal Government would cover any losses an owner of the Trans Mountain Pipeline project may suffer because of political opposition from the B.C. government:

Khan stated, “The Alberta Liberals are opposed to a blank cheque. I support this pipeline but we need limits when tax payers’ dollars are involved. How much money could be lost? Government should not be backstopping private investors without any numbers. Billions of dollars could be at stake.

Environmental orders issued to Edson company

Government of Alberta - The province has issued enforcement orders to a company and its directors in relation to an unauthorized gravel pit in Yellowhead County.  The orders, under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Public Lands Actand the Water Act, were issued to Edson-based Jade Oilfield Maintenance Company Ltd. and its two directors.

Wood Buffalo wildfire insurance claim deadline extended

Government of Alberta - Two years after the devastating Wood Buffalo wildfire, government and the insurance industry continue to work together to ensure no resident is left behind.  As of May 10, 97 per cent of the residential insurance claims resulting from the disaster have been settled, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). This means about 900 residential claims remain unresolved, of which 85 per cent have received an extension.

Fire ban issued in Edmonton

City of Edmonton - Due to prolonged dry, hot and windy conditions and a lack of rainfall, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services issued a fire ban effective 10 a.m. today. The ban prohibits open burning, fireworks, backyard fire pits, cooking stoves and BBQs​ that use fuels such as wood and briquettes.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

CBSA travel tips for Victoria Day

The Coutts, Alberta border crossing

Canada Border Services Agency - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reminds travellers to plan ahead for their Victoria Day weekend travel plans. The CBSA is expecting higher traffic volumes throughout the holiday weekend, particularly on Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21.

The Coutts port of entry is open 24-7 and has the greatest capacity to process large volumes of travellers. During peak hours, all primary inspection lanes will be open and the port will be operating at maximum capacity.

Other border crossings in southern Alberta are also expected to see larger traffic volumes on the long weekend including Chief Mountain, Carway and Del Bonita.

Here are some smart crossing tips:
  1. Beat the border rush. Cross as early in the day as possible.
  2. Keep travel documents handy. Make sure that each passenger has the correct travel document. An officer will scan them.
  3. Know your purchases, know where your receipts are, and know your personal exemptions and restrictions. 
  4. Know the contents of your vehicle.
  5. Not sure? Ask the CBSA officer or visit our website.
  6. Travelling with children: CBSA officers watch for missing children, and may ask detailed questions about any accompanying minors. Travellers who share custody of their children should carry a consent letter and contact information for the other parent, so that officers can follow up and confirm details.
Quick Facts

CBSA officers in southern Alberta processed approximately 13,500 travellers over the Victoria Day weekend last year.

CBSA officers at Calgary International Airport and Edmonton International Airport processed approximately 35,000 travellers over the Victoria Day weekend last year.

There are now 24 Primary Inspection Kiosks at the Edmonton International Airport allowing travellers to verify their travel documents, confirm their identity using facial authentication, and complete an on-screen declaration. Those looking to save more time can complete their declaration in advance using the CanBorder –eDeclaration mobile app, and simply scan their quick response code at the kiosk upon arrival.

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Red Deer RCMP Victim Services welcomes therapy dog Harley

Harley gets his dog tag
RCMP Alberta – Red Deer RCMP have a brand new team member, thanks to fundraising efforts by the Notre Dame High School graduating class of 2017 – Harley, a two-year old black lab, joined the Red Deer RCMP Victim Services Unit as their therapy dog on Monday, May 14. Harley dove straight into his work, attending court this week with victims of crime and taking part in mock interviews at the Central Alberta Children’s Advocacy Centre.

ATV users urged to drive soberly and safely this long weekend

Alberta Health Services – Albertans planning to ride their all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) over the Victoria Day long weekend are urged to drive sober and safely.

An average of 14 people die each year in ATV incidents — and more than half of all ATV fatalities between 2002 and 2013 tested positive for alcohol. Every year, about 5,200 Albertans visit an Alberta Health Services (AHS) emergency department — and 600 are admitted to hospital — following crashes involving ATVs, according to research from the Injury Prevention Centre at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

High River RCMP and Fire Departments remind community members of fire risks

High River RCMP – High River RCMP and local Fire Departments would like to remind community members that our area has particularly dry conditions currently which result in an increased fire risk.

On May 12th, 2018 a High River RCMP officer was patrolling south of High River and noticed a grass fire burning near Hwy 540 and 40 St E. Cayley Fire Department attended and along with landowners and neighbours, the fire was extinguished safely. The fire was most likely started by a cigarette butt flicked out of a passing car.

Sylvan Lake RCMP conclude attempted child abduction to be unsubstantiated

RCMP Alberta – Following an investigation into a report that started as an attempted child abduction, the Sylvan Lake RCMP want to assure the community that there is no public safety concern.

On May 14 at 9:30 p.m., the Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to a complaint that a young girl was involved in a suspicious conversation with two adults. There was no physical interaction and the young girl went home. The interaction caused concern for the girl’s family and the RCMP investigated.

Beiseker RCMP arrest two suspects after break and enter complaint

RCMP Alberta – Two adult males are facing Criminal Code charges after a property owner located them breaking into a sea can on his property last week.

On May 10, 2018 at approximately 6:00 a.m., a rural property owner discovered two males loading a pickup truck with tools that were removed from a sea can on his property. The two suspects departed on foot and were located a short time later by a neighbour.

St. Paul RCMP investigate report of shots fired

RCMP Alberta – On May 16, 2018 at approximately 6:20 p.m., St. Paul RCMP responded to reports of shots being fired in Saddle Lake.  Police responded and started looking for a suspect truck with several occupants. The truck was located at a residence but quickly fled the area almost colliding with a police vehicle.  A pursuit of the truck was initiated and after a short distance the truck collided into a ditch. An adult male and a youth female suspect remain in police custody.

Police continue to investigate the details surrounding the shooting incident but can confirm at this time no victims were injured. Police do not believe this was a random act.

Influential neuroscientist Dr. Gerlinde Metz earns Speaker Research Award

Dr. Gerlinde Metz
University of Lethbridge - Dr. Gerlinde Metz, who has established one of the world’s leading research programs, with major contributions to the study of behavioural neuroscience, stress and trans-generational trauma, is the winner of the 2018 University of Lethbridge Speaker Research Award.

Peace Regional RCMP Investigating Mischief to Garbage Trucks

RCMP Alberta –
The Peace Regional RCMP have had multiple reports made over the last couple months of mischief targeting garbage trucks that serve the region.

Damage to trucks have in many cases rendered them inoperable. The damage was most frequently done overnight prior to collection days. This vandalism has been ongoing for the last few months.

Lloydminster woman Crystal Hackett missing for two months

Crystal Hackett

RCMP Alberta - Crystal Hackett, 44 years old from Lloydminster, has been missing for two months. Crystal was last seen on March 22 in Lloydminster. The Lloydminster RCMP are urging anyone with information to contact the Lloydminster RCMP or the police in their area.

Search efforts on Athabasca River end in tragedy

RCMP Alberta – On the evening of May 16, 2018, the 17-year old male from Slave Lake that fell from the Highway 2 bridge into the Athabasca River was recovered. An autopsy was conducted at the Office of the Medical Examiner in Edmonton on May 17, 2018. There is no foul play suspected.

Slave Lake RCMP wish to extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the young man. The Slave Lake RCMP continues to support the family through this difficult time. His name will not be released.

Slave Lake RCMP would like to thank the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Fire Services and all the volunteers who assisted with the search and rescue efforts.

Alberta to amend insurance rules

Government of Alberta - The Alberta government is amending the Minor Injury Regulation (MIR) to provide more clarity on which injuries, conditions and symptoms are covered. This amendment will make it clear that sprains, strains and whiplash injuries are considered minor injuries. The relating physical and psychological symptoms, along with some temporomandibular joint (TMJ) injuries, are also considered minor injuries.

Don’t sail through mandatory boat inspection stations

Alberta Environment and Parks - Although spring was slow to arrive this year, yacht to know the aquatic invasive species team has already sprung into action in fight against aquatic invasive species! The mandatory inspection stations have started this year’s search for invasive species on watercraft entering Alberta and have already found the first mussels of 2018 on a sailboat headed for Ghost Lake. When canoe expect all of the stations to be open? They will all have their flashlights out to put a spotlight on these invasive hitchhikers by the end of May, so expect to be inspected!

Break and enter at Wetaskiwin car dealership

RCMP Alberta – The RCMP in Wetaskiwin are searching for a male and female suspect following an early morning break and enter at the Legacy Dodge dealership.

At 3:30 a.m., Wetaskiwin RCMP members responded to a complaint at the dealership. A masked male was seen outside of the dealership, and a pick up truck with a female passenger was identified as involved. Circumstances resulted in the responding RCMP member discharging his firearm. The pick up truck fled the area.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Coaldale RCMP Respond to a Multiple Fatal Single Vehicle Collision

RCMP Alberta - At approximately 6:30 p.m. on May 16, 2018 Coaldale RCMP and Coaldale Fire Department personnel responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 845 just south of Highway 4. Through investigation it was determined a grey Ford Freestar minivan heading northbound on Highway 845 drove off of the highway on a curve just before the CP Rail tracks. The minivan entered a deep ditch striking with significant impact on the north bank and coming to a rest on the rail tracks. The speed zone transitioned just south of the collision area from 100 km/p/h to 65 km/p/h.

Crowsnest Pass musician Lesley Schatz at Alberta’s Men & Women of Country Music gathering

Crowsnest Pass musician Lesley Schatz performed at the Alberta’s Men & Women of Country Music gathering on May 12 at the Hoadley Hall, west of Ponoka.
Sheena Read photo

Child amputees: Don’t let it happen to you

Kennedy and Ernie warn kids to spot the danger before they play
Press release – Kennedy Rhodes, 15, and Ernie Friesen, 10, lost limbs in accidents and are members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. As the weather warms up, they are warning kids to spot the danger before they play in a new War Amps video, PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You.

Kennedy was 13 when she lost her left leg in a train accident. She and her friends were playing by the railway tracks and decided to hop on a moving train. Kennedy fell off and her leg went under the wheels. Ernie was chasing a dog on the farm when he fell onto the blades of a moving grain auger and lost his left arm at the shoulder. They are now using their experiences to pass on an essential and possibly life-saving lesson to other children – PLAYSAFE!