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.

Enhancing emergency services in K-Country

Minister Shannon Phillips (left) joins recruits participating in the Firefighter Residency Apprenticeship Program at the Kananaskis Emergency Services Centre.
Government of Alberta - An innovative firefighter training program and a new emergency services centre will help improve visitor and resident safety in the Kananaskis Region.

Investigation continues into Calgary officer-involved shooting

Government of Alberta - On Aug. 31, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a Calgary Police Service (CPS) officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old man.

City of Edmonton hires Integrity Commissioner, Ethics Advisor

City of Edmonton - City Council has approved the hiring of Edmonton’s first Integrity Commissioner and Ethics Advisor. These positions form an independent Integrity Office.

Celebrating Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day

Government of Alberta - September 7 marks the second annual Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day in Alberta. Premier Rachel Notley will attend a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new Consulate of Ukraine to Edmonton.

Two flag-raising ceremonies will also take place in Edmonton and Calgary. Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, will participate in the Edmonton event while MLA Graham Sucha will take part in the Calgary event, on behalf of Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda.

Recall: Compliments brand Chili Powder

Canadian Food Inspection Agency, September 6, 2018 - La Cie McCormick Canada is recalling Compliments brand Chili Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Distribution: National. Click here for more information.

New trail connections mark milestone in Edmonton's Walterdale Bridge project

City of Edmonton -
Edmontonians celebrated the latest milestone in the Walterdale Bridge project with the official opening of the new connecting trails.

“The new Walterdale Bridge clearly demonstrates that Edmonton is not afraid to build the kind of iconic architecture typical in the world’s finest cities,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “The connectivity to the river valley trails will also allow more Edmontonians to enjoy it year-round.”

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Athabasca RCMP charge male with multiple offences after stolen property is located

RCMP Alberta - The Athabasca RCMP arrested one male suspect after responding to a report of a break and enter to a residence in Calling Lake.

Wetaskiwin RCMP respond to fatal rollover

RCMP Alberta - On September 4, 2018 at 3:30 a.m. Wetaskiwin RCMP, Millet Fire Department, and EMS were dispatched to a motor vehicle rollover which occurred on Highway 616 west of the Town of Millet. A damaged pickup truck was located in the ditch. The male driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was declared deceased on scene.

Airdrie RCMP Arrest 33-year-old Man After Domestic Disturbance

RCMP Alberta - On September 4 the Airdrie RCMP responded to an early morning domestic assault complaint that occurred in the Big Springs community of Airdrie.

Barrhead RCMP charge former school employee with fraud

RCMP Alberta – On Sept. 9, 2017 Barrhead RCMP received a complaint regarding a former Pembina Hills School Board employee.  It is alleged the employee submitted fraudulent claims to the school board between November 2014 and January 2017 in excess of $18,000.

Two U of L researchers win Parkland Institute awards

Dr. Tiffany Boulton
University of Lethbridge - Two research projects, one on midwifery care in Alberta and the other on the use of gallows humour among the Kainai, got a significant boost thanks to research awards from the Parkland Institute.

Bait Vehicles Are Everywhere

RCMP Alberta – In an effort to combat property crimes, the Cochrane RCMP have been deploying bait vehicles in and around the Cochrane area. On September 3, 2018 at approximately 8:30 a.m. the Cochrane RCMP were notified that one of the RCMP GPS traceable bait units had been stolen. The Cochrane RCMP followed the unit to a rural location in Rocky View County near Strathmore. One male was arrested a short time later in Strathmore and released to appear in Strathmore Court on October 2nd, 2018.

Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit recovers stolen Camaros

RCMP Alberta –
The Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) were successfully deployed by Leduc RCMP to effect the arrest of two wanted individuals. A male and female were identified as being wanted by police on several outstanding warrants. The CRU made it a priority to locate these subjects who were known to the police in Central Alberta District.

WAD Rural Crime Reduction Team & Valleyview RCMP arrest five in relation to shooting incident

RCMP Alberta – Five people are facing charges after the Western Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Team assisted Valleyview RCMP with locating offenders on outstanding warrants in relation to a shooting incident that occurred last month.

Bonnyville RCMP charge male with drug offences after traffic stop

RCMP Alberta - On Aug. 31, 2018 at approximately 1:30 a.m., the Bonnyville General Investigation Section (GIS), with the assistance of other Bonnyville RCMP Detachment officers, conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on Highway 28 near Glendon. The vehicle was believed to be involved in methamphetamine trafficking in the Bonnyville area. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Theft of Jewellery in St. Albert

RCMP Alberta -
On August 8, 2018 at approximately 1:10 p.m., three unknown males entered Paris Jewellers in St. Albert Centre, two males distracted the employee while the third stole 46 necklaces. Video surveillance captured the event but St. Albert RCMP has not been able to identify the individuals involved.

Banff RCMP investigate break and enter to convenience store

RCMP Alberta – Banff RCMP are investigating a break and enter to the Banff Convenience business situated at 210 Buffalo Street which occurred on the morning of September 4, 2018. Public assistance is being sought in identifying the persons and vehicle involved.

Thorsby RCMP investigating break and enter to Mulhurst Bay Fire Hall

RCMP Alberta - Between August 23 and 26 the Mulhurst Bay Fire Hall was broken into. Unknown suspects rifled through the offices and fire apparatus taking several items including rescue equipment and emergency radio equipment.

The RCMP are investigating and seeking public assistance. If anyone has any information regarding this investigation, suspicious activity in the area, or the persons involved, please contact the Thorsby RCMP at (780) 789-3950 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

Gleichen RCMP investigating a break, enter & theft on Siksika Nation

RCMP Alberta –
On August 18, Gleichen RCMP were dispatched to the Buffalo Rock Convenience Store in Siksika Nation for a break and enter that occurred overnight. Suspects stole cash, several carton of cigarettes, and several t-shirts/sweaters. The suspects also caused property damage during their break in.

Blood Tribe man killed in hit and run incident near Lethbridge Airport

RCMP Alberta - At around 4:50 a.m. on Highway 5 near Township Road 82 two people were walking on Highway 5 southbound. The man and a woman had just left the Lethbridge City limits walking towards the Lethbridge Airport. The man was on the southbound driving lane and was struck by a truck also heading southbound. The woman was not hit by the truck nor injured. Coaldale RCMP members, Lethbridge Police Service members, Lethbridge Fire/EMS all responded to this event. Tragically, a 26 year old man from the Blood Tribe Reserve was pronounced deceased on scene. 

Whitecourt RCMP charge male with theft and fraud charges

RCMP Alberta - Whitecourt RCMP have laid theft over $5000 and fraud over $5000 charges against a Whitecourt resident. Joel Brian Gunderson (48) has been charged for the misappropriation of over 2 million dollars from a local business. Suspicious financial activity was reported to the police in March, 2017 and the ensuing investigation encompassed a time period of 11 years, searching records as far back as 2006.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Leduc RCMP respond to fatality at raceway

RCMP Alberta – Yesterday at approximately 2:30 p.m., Leduc RCMP responded to an incident at the Castrol Raceway in Leduc County.

A motorcyclist was racing on a track and a collision occurred. The 29-year-old male from Calgary suffered serious injuries and was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Elk Point RCMP investigates a Break and Enter and theft at a Frog Lake residence

RCMP Alberta – On August 29th 2018, Elk Point RCMP were dispatched to a break and enter at a residence in the Frog Lake First Nation reserve. The suspect damaged several windows at the residence and stole several household items including tools. All the tools that were stolen, had “TB” or Thomas etched into them and were in a homemade wooden box.

Elk Point RCMP are asking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect involved in this Break and Enter or for any information regarding this incident.

Viking RCMP respond to collision on Highway 14

RCMP Alberta - On Sept. 3, 2018 at approximately 3:10 p.m., Viking RCMP, along with EMS and fire crews from Viking, Bruce and Holden, attended a two vehicle collision on Highway 14, just west of the Hamlet of Bruce.  Preliminary investigation has shown that a car headed eastbound on Highway 14 and lost control while overtaking another vehicle and struck a westbound van.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Airdrie RCMP Charge Local Man with Jewellery Store Robbery

RCMP Alberta - Airdrie RCMP have charged a 49-year-old Airdrie man after a robbery at Goldworks Sales & Service Inc. in Airdrie.

On August 28, 2018 at approximately 10:10 am, Airdrie RCMP were dispatched to a jewellery store robbery that took place at Goldworks Sales & Service Inc. at Unit 3, 704 Main Street South. A lone male approached the front doors of the store, pulled on the door slightly and then walked away. A few moments later, the same male returned to the store wearing a black mask over his face. He then entered the store holding a knife. Store staff noticed this immediately and sounded the alarm. The audible alarm spooked the male suspect whom then left on foot.

Airdrie RCMP’s General Investigation Section, Crime Reduction Unit, and General Duty officers conducted a search warrant of a property along East Lake Boulevard on August 30th.

49-year-old James Christopher Yanew of Airdrie has been arrested and charged with the following:
· Robbery (2 counts)
· Wearing a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence
· Failing to comply with a probation order (2 counts)

Yanew has been remanded into custody to appear in Provincial Court in Airdrie on September 6th, 2018.

The Airdrie RCMP would like to acknowledge that the investigation was strengthened through the assistance and cooperation of the public, local businesses and other partners in the community. The Airdrie RCMP would like to thank those whom contributed to this investigation.

If you have information about this incident, please call the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).

Lac La Biche RCMP respond to call of missing youths on a canoe

RCMP Alberta - On September 1, 2018, Lac La Biche RCMP responded to a call at Poplar Point in relation to two missing youths who had been out canoeing in the area.

The two youths, aged 8 and 13, had been out canoeing when the winds picked up and a storm moved in. Family and friends lost sight of the youths and their canoe and called for help. RCMP and Fish & Wildlife officers attended the lake and immediately started searching for the youths.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Killam RCMP investigate fatal collision

RCMP Alberta – This morning at approximately 1:40 a.m., Killam RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision with a ditch on Highway 13 and Highway 872 intersection.  Preliminary investigation indicates that the truck was driving northbound on Highway 872 when it failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 13 and collided with a ditch.

Tragically, the 35-year-old driver of the truck was pronounced deceased at the scene. Four other adult male occupants also suffered injuries. Three were transported via EMS and the other male was transported via STARS to an Edmonton Hospital. All have serious but non-life threatening injuries.