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MON PM NEWS (JULY 21)

 

TEEN DIES IN WORKPLACE ACCIDENT (JUL 21) - THE DEATH OF A INNISFAIL BOY HAS LABOUR CRITICS CALLING FOR A SAFETY OVERHAUL.
THE 15-YEAR OLD WAS KILLED DURING A CONVEYOR BELT ACCIDENT AT A GRAVEL CRUSHING OPERATION EAST OF CALGARY ON SATURDAY. CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE WAS A RELATIVELY NEW EMPLOYEE OF ARJON CONSTRUCTION. THE ALBERTA FEDERATION OF LABOUR SAYS THE TRAGEDY WAS BORNE OUT OF ALBERTA'S UNSAFE WORK LAWS. THEY SAY YOUNG WORKERS ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO INJURY AND ALBERTA'S CHILD LABOUR LAWS ARE THE MOST LAX IN THE COUNTRY.
 

2 INJURED IN BALCONY FALL (JUL 21) - 2 MEN WERE HOSPITALIZED AFTER FALLING FROM A RED DEER APARTMENT BALCONY LAST WEEK. FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE ON  65TH STREET AND 59TH AVENUE IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF JULY 14TH. THE 2 MEN FELL 3 METRES ONTO A PAVED SURFACE WHERE THEY SUFFERED SERIOUS, BUT NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. NO NAMES WERE RELEASED AND THE CAUSE OF THE FALL IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED.

MISSING TEEN (JUL 21) - ANOTHER RED DEER AREA TEEN HAS BEEN REPORTED MISSING AND RCMP ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLICS ASSISTANCE. 14 YEAR OLD TRISTAN MCDOUGALL WAS LAST SEEN ON JULY 17TH IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER AND HE HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR A FIVE FOOT ELEVEN INDIVIDUAL WITH GREEN EYES AND BLACK HAIR. HE IS DESCRIBED AS ABOUT 200 POUNDS AND WAS LAST SEEN WEARING BLACK JEANS WITH A BLACK HOODIE WITH WHITE WRITING. IF YOU SEE TRISTAN YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL THE RCMP AT 403 343 5575.

TEEN FOUND (JUL 21) - A LOCAL TEEN REPORTED MISSING JULY 12TH HAS NOW BEEN FOUND. RCMP SAY 14 YEAR OLD DAVID KENNEDY WAS LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH AND THEY'RE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN FINDING HIM.

FIRE FIGHTERS BRINGING IN BACKUP (JUL 21) - ALBERTA IS BRINGING IN MORE MANPOWER TO DEAL WITH A GROWING NUMBER OF WILDFIRES IN THE PROVINCE. MORE THAN 100 ONTARIO FIREFIGHTERS HAVE ARRIVED TO HELP BATTLE A BLAZE ALONG THE B.C BORDER.
A BURNING ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE DISTRICT. ALL PERMITS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AND NO NEW PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. HOWEVER, SAFE CAMPFIRES ARE ALLOWED, FOR NOW.

WATER BAN LIFTED IN SYLVAN (JUL 21) - THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE HAS OFFICIALLY ENDED IT'S WATER BAN. THE BAN WAS PUT IN PLACE LAST WEEK BUT TOWN SPOKESPERSON JOANNE GAUDET SAYS RESIDENTS CO-OPERATED WELL AND HELPED RESTORE RESERVOIR LEVELS TO FULL AGAIN. SHE SAYS HOWEVER THAT THE TOWN'S MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM IS NOW IN PLACE. THIS MEANS SYLVAN LAKERS WITH ODD NUMBERED ADDRESSES MAY WATER THEIR YARDS ON ODD NUMBERED DAYS WHILE THOSE WITH EVEN NUMBERED ADDRESSES CAN WATER ON EVEN NUMBERED DAYS.

93,000 VISIT WESTERNER DAYS (JUL 21) - RED DEER'S WESTERNER DAYS HAS WRAPPED UP FOR ANOTHER YEAR AND THE FINAL ATTENDANCE NUMBERS ARE NOW IN. THE ANNUAL FAIR BROUGHT IN 92,872 VISITORS, DOWN FROM LAST YEAR'S 95 THOUSAND. JUST UNDER 19 THOUSAND THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED ON SUNDAY TO WRAP UP THE FAIR. THE RECORD WAS SET IN 2012 WHEN OVER 102 THOUSAND PEOPLE PASSED THROUGH THE GATES. OFFICIALS ESTIMATE THE EVENT GENERATED ROUGHLY 7.3 MILLION DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC SPIN-OFF FOR THE COMMUNITY.

CASE CLOSED IN HORSE DEATH (JUL 21) - NO CHARGES WILL BE LAID AFTER A HORSE WAS EUTHANIZED AT WESTERNER DAYS. RCMP SAY THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR INVESTIGATION SURROUNDING A COLLISION BETWEEN A HORSE AND A TRUCK. MOUNTIES SAY THUNDER AND LIGHTNING WAS TO BLAME FOR SPOOKING THE HORSES WHO BROKE FREE FROM A CHUCKWAGON ON SATURDAY NIGHT. THE WAGON WAS HAD BECOME HUNG UP ON THE BUMPER OF SEMI BEFORE THE RIGGING BROKE AND THE TEAM GALLOPED TOWARDS THE CROWDED PARKING LOT.

 

 

 

 

MON AM NEWS (JULY 21)
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WESTERNER DAYS FINAL NUMBERS -   RED DEER'S BIG SUMMER FAIR WESTERNER DAYS, WHICH WRAPPED UP SUNDAY IS BEING LABELLED A HUGE SUCCESS.    ATTENDANCE FIGURES SHOW ALMOST 93 THOUSAND (92,872) TOOK IN THIS YEARS FAIR, ABOUT 26 HUNDED LESS THAN LAST YEAR (95,488) AND WELL UNDER THE RECORD YEAR IN 2012 WHEN OVER 102 THOUSAND PEOPLE WENT THROUGH THE GATES (102,665).  YESTERDAY (SUN) JUST UNDER 19 THOUSAND ATTENDED THE FAIR (18,737).  MARKETING MANAGER ERIN GOBOLISH SAYS OVERALL IT WAS A GREAT YEAR AND THE ECONOMIC SPIN-OFFS OF WESTERNER DAYS HAVE BEEN FELT ACROSS THE COMMUNITY, PROVIDING AN ESTIMATED 7.3 MILLION DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC SPIN-OFF.  SHE ADDS THEY'RE ALREADY PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR, AND AFTER RAVE REVIEWS WILL BE KEEPING THEIR MAIN STAGE HEADLINERS FREE WITH ENTRY IN 2015.
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INNISFAIL WORKER DIES -  A 15 YEAR OLD INNISFAIL BOY DIED IN A WORKPLACE ACCIDENT NEAR DRUMHELLER SATURDAY. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING INTO WHAT LED TO THE DEATH OF THE INNISFAIL TEEN AT A GRAVEL-CRUSHING OPERATION AT A SITE BETWEEN DRUMHELLER AND BASSANO.  THE WORKER DIED DURING A CONVEYOR BELT ACCIDENT.

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MEMORIAL NAME CHANGE  -  RED DEER IS CONSIDERING A NAME CHANGE FOR THE MEMORIAL CENTRE.  THE CENTRAL ALBERTA THEATRE HAS REQUESTED THAT THE CITY TWEAK THE NAME TO INCLUDE THE WORD 'ARTS'.  THE CULTURE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WERE CONCERNED THAT VETERANS MIGHT CRY FOUL OVER THE CHANGES, GIVEN THE BUILDINGS ROOTS IN THE WAR EFFORT.  CITY PLANNERS WILL REQUEST MORE TIME FOR CONSULTATION DURING TODAY'S REGULAR MEETING.
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CANADA GAMES MONEY -  THE CANADA WINTER GAMES COMMITTEE IS ASKING FOR ANOTHER CASH INFUSION FROM THE CITY.  THE BID ORGANIZERS ARE ASKING RED DEER FOR ANOTHER 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BACKING FOR AN UPCOMING COMMUNITY CELEBRATION, MARKING THE ARRIVAL OF THE GAMES EVALUATION PANEL. THE FUNDS WOULD BE USED FOR A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION TO WOW THE JUDGES AND HOPEFULL GIVE US THE EDGE OVER LETHBRIDGE. COUNCIL HAS ALREADY APPROVED 260-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN SUPPORT FOR THE BIDDING PROCESS.  THE PROPOSAL WILL BE UP FOR DEBATE IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS TODAY.
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IDLE FREE   -  RED DEER  IS LOOKING TO REVV UP ITS IDLE FREE PROGRAM.   THE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, WHICH LAUNCHED IN 2009, IS ASKING COUNCIL TO EXTEND IT'S MANDATE FOR ANOTHER YEAR.  DURING THAT TIME, ADMINISTRATION IS RECOMMENDING THE CITY TAKE A LOOK AT OTHER PROMOTIONAL TOOLS WHICH COULD HELP QUELL AIR POLLUTION.  2013 AIR QUALITY READINGS FOR RED DEER FAILED TO MEET FEDERAL STANDARDS, BUT THE IDLE FREE PROGRAM HAS GARNERED KEE INTEREST..AND OUR AIR QUALITY PERFORMANCE IS IMPROVING. COUNCIL WILL HEAR THE PROPOSAL TODAY
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NO MORE WATER BAN IN SYLVAN  -  THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE HAS OFFICIALLY ENDED IT'S WATER BAN.  THE BAN WAS PUT IN PLACE ON FRIDAY BUT TOWN SPOKESPERSON JOANNE GAUDET SAYS RESIDENTS CO-OPERATED WELL AND HELPED RESTORE RESERVOIR LEVELS TO FULL AGAIN.  SHE SAYS HOWEVER THAT THE TOWN'S MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM IS NOW IN PLACE.  THIS MEANS SYLVAN LAKERS WITH ODD NUMBERED ADDRESSES MAY WATER THEIR YARDS ON ODD NUMBERED DAYS WHILE THOSE WITH EVEN NUMBERED ADDRESSES CAN WATER ON EVEN NUMBERED DAYS.

 

 

RCMP EXPAND SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN -

 

 

RED DEER RCMP ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ANOTHER MISSING TEEN TODAY. YOU ARE ASKED TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR 14 YEAR OLD TRISTAN MCDOUGALL.  HE IS DESCRIBED AS FIVE FOOT ELEVEN, APPROXIMATELY 200 POUNDS, WITH GREEN EYES AND BLACK HAIR.
HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A BLACK HOODIE WITH WHITE WRITING ON IT AND BLACK JEANS.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON WHERE TO FIND MCDOUGALL, CALL THE RCMP AT 403 343-5575
 

 

 

COLLISION WITH TRUCK ENDS IN EUTHANIZATION FOR HORSE AT WESTERNER-

A HORSE HAS BEEN PUT DOWN AFTER WHAT IS BEING DESCRIBED A FREAK ACCIDENT AT THE WESTERNER LAST NIGHT.A TEAM OF FOUR HORSES CAME FREE FROM THEIR CHUCKWAGON IN THE STAGING AREA BESIDE THE MIDWAY. THE WAGON HAD BECOME HUNG UP ON THE HITCH OF PARKED SEMI, WHEN THE TEAM BROKE LOOSE AND RAN TOWARDS THE CROWDED PARKING LOT WHERE THEY HIT A TRUCK IN THE PROCESS OF PULLING INTO A SPOT.THE TRUCK HAD TO BE TOWN AWAY AND THE HORSE WAS ETHUNIZED IMMEDIATELY. HOWEVER, NEITHER THE DRIVER OR RIDER WERE INJURED. THE ALL PRO CHUCKWAGON ASSOCIATION SAYS THE INCIDENT WILL PROMPT A PRECAUTIONARY REVIEW OF ON SITE SAFETY.

 

 

SUNDAY NEWS FILE - JULY 20TH

 

NO TWISTER YET - ALTHOUGH SOME HOMES WERE HAMMERED, RED DEER EVADED ANOTHER TORNADO SCARE.  THE COUNTY WAS PLACED ON WATCH LAST NIGHT.SOME AREAS WERE HAMMERED WITH POWERFUL WINDS UP 10 115 KILOMETRES PER HOUR, LIGHTNING AND EVEN TOONIE SIZED HAIL, BUT ENVIRONMENT CANADA HAS NO RECORD OF A TWISTER. THE SEVERE WEATHER SYSTEM SNAKED ITS WAY THROUGH CENTRAL ALBERTA BEFORE TOUCHING DOWN IN SASKATCHEWAN AROUND MIDNIGHT.  THE TORNADO ADVISORY HAS SINCE BEEN CALLED OFF, WITH ONLY MILD THUNDERSTORMS IN THE FORECAST.

MORE MANPOWER FOR ALBERTA'S WILDFIRE EFFORT - ALBERTA IS BRINGING IN MORE MANPOWER TO DEAL WITH A GROWING NUMBER OF WILDFIRES IN THE PROVINCE.  MORE THAN 100 ONTARIO FIREFIGHTERS HAVE ARRIVED TO HELP BATTLE A BLAZE ALONG THE B.C BORDER.
A BURNING ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE DISTRICT.  ALL PERMITS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AND NO NEW PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  HOWEVER, SAFE CAMPFIRES ARE ALLOWED, FOR NOW. THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE NOW COVERS MORE THAN 89-HUNDRED HECTARES, AND THE FORESTED AREA WHICH SURROUNDS IT HAS BEEN SHUTTERED TO PUBLIC ACCESS.

VEHICLE FIRE IN ORIOLE PARK SPARKS INVESTIGATION - WHAT CAUSED A PAIR OF VEHICLES TO GO UP IN FLAMES IN THE ORIOLE PARK AREA REMAINS UNCLEAR.  RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES RESPONDED TO THE SCENE LATE LAST NIGHT.  THE CITY SAYS TWO VEHICLES ABLAZE IN AN ALLEY ON OGDEN AVENUE HAVE SINCE BEEN EXTINGUISHED.
A NEARBY SHED WAS DAMAGED BUT NO ONE WAS HURT.
THE INVESTIGATION REMAINS ACTIVE.

CTF BRINGS DEBT CLOCK TO RED DEER - IT'S TIME TO STOP ALBERTA'S DEBT CLOCK. THAT FROM THE CANADIAN TAXPAYERS FEDERATION WHOI BROUGHT THEIR MESSAGE OF FISCAL RESTRAINT TO RED DEER THIS WEEKEND, AS PART OF A PROVINCIAL TOUR.
THE CTF SAYS ALBERTA IS SWIMMING IN RED INK, AND THE 1.4 BILLION DOLLARS IN INTEREST PAID EACH YEAR TO THE BANKS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF WANTON WASTE BY THE REIGNING TORIES.
FEDERATION PRESIDENT DEREK FILDEBRANT ESTIMATES THAT OVERALL DEBT HAS BALLOONED TO 10 BILLION DOLLARS.

DUST SET TO SETTLE AT WESTERNER - TIME TO DON YOUR COWBOY CLOTHES. IT'S YOUR LAST CHANCE TO CATCH WESTERNER DAYS.
THE FAIR CONCLUDES WITH CONTINUES TODAY WITH AN ACTION-PACKED LINE-UP, FEATURING EVERYTHING FROM CELEBRITY PIG RACES TO MAGIC SHOWS TO LIVE MUSIC. MIT'S FAMILY DAY WHICH MEANS YOUR CLAN CAN GET THROUGH THE GATES FOR 25 DOLLARS.
FOR A FULL EVENTS LINE-UP VISIT, WESTERNER DAYS.CA.

 

 

SATURDAY NEWS FILE - JULY 19TH


BLACKFALDS MAN FREE AFTER MAN HUNT - A BLACKFALDS MAN, ONCE CONSIDERED A FUGITIVE IS BEING RELEASED FROM CUSTODY.  MARVIN LODGE WAS ARRESTED IN LATE JUNE, ON WARRANTS DATING BACK TO 2010..AND 16 CHARGES. MOUNTIES FOUND THE 37-YEAR OLD HIDING IN A BLACKFALDS HOME, INSIDE A CLOSET.  IN A PLEA DEAL REACHED IN RED DEER COURT THIS WEEK, LODGE PLED GUILTY TO SOME COUNTS, INCLUDING IMPAIRED DRIVING AND BREACH OF CONDITIONS...AND THE JUDGE GAVE HIM CREDIT FOR TIME SERVED.  HOWEVER, HE DOES FACE STEEP FINES AND A FOUR YEAR DRIVING PROHIBITION.

SYLVAN WATER BAN REMAINS - DESPITE SOME MUCH NEEDED RAIN, SYLVAN LAKE'S OUTDOOR WATER BAN REMAINS IN PLACE.
THE TOWN IS URGING CONSERVATION AS A BONE DRY SPRING PUTS STRAIN ON RESERVES. WATERING LAWNS, WASHING VEHICLES , FILLING OUTDOOR POOLS AND PRESSURE WASHING ARE ALL PROHIBITED .
HOWEVER, BUT SAYS HAND HELD WATERING OF PLANTS AND SHRUBS IS ALLOWED. NO TIME LINE ON WHEN THE BANS WILL BE LIFTED.

ALGAE POISONS WIZARD LAKE - A BLUE GREEN ALGAE ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR YET ANOTHER CENTRAL ALBERTA LAKE. A-H-S SAYS WIZARD LAKE, SOUTH OF CALMAR HAS BEEN POISONED BY A TOXIC BLOOM. ALL CONTACT WITH THE TOXIC WATER SHOULD BE AVOIDED. EXPOSURE CAN CAUSE A MYRIAD OF SYMPTOMS INCLUDING NAUSEA, FEVER AND RASH. A NUMBER OF OTHER LOCAL LAKES HAVE ALREADY BEEN PLACED UNDER ADVISORY, INCLUDING PIGEON LAKE, COAL LAKE AND PINE LAKE.
 

FARMING FAMALIES HONOURED - LOCAL HOUSEHOLDS WHO HAVE HELD FAST TO THE FAMILY FARM FOR GENERATIONS ARE BEING HONOURED. SIX CENTRAL ALBERTA FAMILIES HAVE BEEN NAMED FOR THE CENTURY FARM AND RANCH AWARDS, INCLUDING THE HUSTONS OF LACOMBE, THE WIANCKO'S OF PONOKA AND THE WRIGHT-CLARK CLAN OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.
THE AWARDS, HANDED OUT BY AGRICULTURE MINISTER VERLYN OLSON THIS WEEK, RECOGNIZE THE FOUNDING FAMILIES OF ALBERTA'S FARMING SECTOR.

WESTERNER WEEKEND - WESTERNER DAYS IS BACK IN THE SADDLE THIS WEEKEND. FROM THE MAINSTAGE TO THE MIDWAY. MARKETING MANAGER ERIN GOBOLISH SAYS TODAY'S LINE-UP IS ACTION-PACKED,
IT FEATURES EVERYTHING FROM CELEBRITY PIG RACES TO CHUCKWAGON CHAMPIONSHIPS, MAGIC SHOWS TO AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITS.
THE SHEEPDOGS TAKE THE MAINSTAGE TONIGHT.
FOR A FULL EVENTS LINE-UP VISIT, WESTERNER DAYS.CA.

 

 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE - JULY 18TH

 

ACCUSED MURDERER BARRED FROM INVESTMENT BUSINESS - A FORMER INVESTMENT BANKER CHARGED IN THE MURDER OF ONE OF HIS CLIENTS HAS BEEN BARRED FROM THE BUSINESS.  THE INVESTMENT INDUSTRY REGULATION ORGANIZATION HAS PERMANENTLY BANNED BRIAN MALLEY AND HIS WIFE CHRISTINE.  HE'S ALSO BEEN FINED MORE THAN 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR IMPROPERLY HANDLING DOZENS OF CLIENT PORTFOLIOS DURING THEIR TIME WITH ASSANTE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT.  BRIAN HAS BEEN NAMED IN THE DEATH OF VICKY SHACHTAY OF INNISFAIL.  THE 23-YEAR OLD DISABLED MOTHER WAS KILLED IN NOVEMBER 2011 WHEN A BOMB, DELIVERED TO HER HOME, EXPLODED.  A TRIAL IS SLATED TO BEGIN IN JANUARY.

CARELESS SMOKING TO BLAME FOR LANCASTER FIRE - A STRAY EMBER FROM A CIGARETTE IS TO BLAME FOR A SPARKIGN FIRE IN LANCASTER EARKLY YESTERDAY MORNING.EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO 104 LAMONT CLOSE JUST BEFORE 7 AM. INVESTIGATORS SAY A CIGARETTE, IMPROPERLY DISPOSED OF IN A PEAT MOSS PLANTER SPARKED THE BLAZE. THE FIRE CAUSED ROUGHLY 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGES BUT NO ONE WAS HURT. FIRE INFORMATION OFFICERS WILL NOW CANVASS HOMES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AS PART OF THE CITY'S NEW AFTER THE FIRE AWARNESS CAMPAIGN.

PAIR OF MISSING TEENS PROMPT POLICE SEARCH - RED DEER RCMP ARE EXPANDING THE SEARCH FOR A PAIR MISSING TEENS. 15-YEAR OLD DIAMOND SADDLEBACK AND 16-YEAR OLD SKY BIG CROW WERE REPORTED MISSING ON JULY 9TH. POLICE SUSPECT THE GIRLS MAY BE IN EDMONTON BUT INVESTIGATORS HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO CONFIRM THEIR WHERABOUTS. SADDLEBACK IS ABORIGINAL, FIVE FOOT FIVE, WITH BROWN EYES, BLACK HAIR WITH NOSE AND LIP PIERCINGS. CROW IS ALSO ABORIGINAL FIVE FOOT TEN, 130 POUNDS WITH BROWN EYES AND BLACK HAIR, AND LIP PIERCINGS. PHOTOGRAPHS PROVIDED BY POLICE ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

BEER TRUCK TOPPLES -
A BEER TRUCK TOPPLED ON THE QE-2 THIS MORNING. BUT POLICE SAY, OUTSIDE THE GALLONS OF BREW WHICH WERE SPILLED ON THE HIGHWAY- ALCOHOL WAS NOT A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.CORPORAL BARRY LAROCQUE SAYS THE RIG VEERED INTO THE MEDIAN BEFORE LOSING ITS LOAD JUST NORTH OF THE HIGHWAY 597 OVERPASS THIS MORNING.THE DRIVER WAS TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES.  POLICE BELIEVE DRIVER ERROR OR FATIGUE MAY BE TO BLAME FOR THE CRASH.

UDDERLY RIDICULOUS POLICE CHASE- YOU CAN UNTIL THE COWS COME HOME, BUT BLACKFALDS RCMP DIDN'T HAVE THE PATIENCE.  AS CORPORAL BARRY LAROCQUE EXPLAINS, FOUR OFFICERS WERE BUSY ON AN UDDER-LY RIDICULOUS CALL THIS MORNING.  THE CALL CAME IN JUST AS POLICE CLEARED THE SCENE OF A BEER TRUCK CRASH NEAR THE BLACKFALDS OVERPASS. GALLONS OF BREW WERE LOST ON THE Q E 2 WHEN THE CUBE VAN LOCAL SHOPPING FANATICS- LACOMBE IS LOOKING FOR YOUR FEEDBACK.

 

LACOMBE LOOKS AT RETAIL OPTIONS- LOCAL SHOPPING FANATICS- LACOMBE IS LOOKING FOR YOUR FEEDBACK. IN AN EFFORT TO ASSESS THE LOCAL RETAIL CLIMATE, THE CITY IS LAUNCHING AN ONLINE RETAIL SURVEY. THE QUESTIONNAIRE WILL TAKE STALK OF LOCAL SHOPPING HABITS AND RETAIL DEMANDS,  AND HELP SHAPE PENDING UPDATES TO LACOMBE'S MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN. THE BLUEPRINT FOR EXPANSION WILL HELP SHAPE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY FOR YEARS TO COME. YOU CAN WEIGH IN AT LACOMBE.CA.

PICK A PARK - LACOMBE IS INVITING YOU TO PICK A PARK.
THE CITY NEEDS YOUR HELP IN CHOOSING A DESIGN FOR HENNER'S PARK. AN ONLINE VOTE ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO WEIGH IN ON TWO CONCEPTS, ONE WHICH HIGHLIGHTS THE NATURAL LANSCAPE WITH A MODEST WALKING TRIAL. THE OTHER WHICH INCLUDES OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT. YOU CAN MAKE YOUR PICK AT LACOMBE.CA.  THE UPGRADES ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR'S CONSTRUCTION SEASON.

 


FRIDAY STORIES (JULY 18)
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MISSING TEENAGERS -  POLICE ARE CALLING FOR THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN THEIR LATEST MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATION.  RED DEER RCMP SAY 15-YEAR OLD DIAMOND SADDLEBACK AND 16-YEAR OLD SKY BIG CROW HAVE NOT BEEN SEEN BY THEIR FAMILY FOR WEEKS.  POLICE BELIEVE THE PAIR, REPORTED MISSING ON JULY 9TH ARE IN THE EDMONTON AREA, BUT ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT THEM HAVE FAILED.   PHOTOGRAPHS OF BOTH GIRLS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT POLICE OR CRIME STOPPERS.
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HIGHWAY NEAR BLACKFALDS RE-OPENED -   THE QE-2 NEAR BLACKFALDS IS RE-OPENED.  CREWS HAVE CLEANED UP THE CRASH SITE OF A BEER TRUCK THAT DUMPED IT'S LOAD CLOSING THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 597 EARLY THIS MORNING.   IT HAD BEEN DOWN TO ONE LANE FOR SEVERAL HOURS.
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WESTERNER DAYS FRIDAY -   TODAY IS DAY THREE AT WESTERNER DAYS WITH ROCK BANDS HARLEQUIN AND HONEYMOON SUITE SET TO HIT THE STAGE TONIGHT, THEN THE FIREWORKS AROUND 10:45 THIS EVENING.   MARKETING MANAGER ERIN GOBOLISH SAYS THE FORECAST IS CALLING FOR HIGHS AROUND 20 THIS WEEKEND   SHOULD BE GREAT FOR WEATHER FOR FAIR GOERS.  RED DEER'S SUMMER FAIR RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY.
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LANCASTER FIRE
-  AN ERRANT CIGARETTE BUT IS TO BLAME FOR NEARLY PUTTING A LANCASTER HOME UP IN FLAMES.  EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE ON 104 LAMONT CLOSE EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING.  A CIGARETTE IMPROPERLY DISPOSED OF IN A PETE MOSS PLANTER WAS TO BLAME FOR THE BLAZE WHICH CAUSED 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGES.  NO ONE WAS HURT, BUT SAFETY OFFICIALS WILL CANVASS THE NEIGHBORHOOD AS PART OF THE CITY'S NEW 'AFTER THE FIRE' AWARENESS CAMPAIGN.  OFFICERS WILL BE KNOCKING ON DOORS, PROMOTING FIRE PREVENTION.
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RED DEER IDLE FREE - THE CITY IS LOOKING TO QUELL AIR POLLUTION BY GIVING ITS IDLE FREE PROGRAM ANOTHER LAP THROUGH CITY STREETS.  THOSE BEHIND THE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ARE REQUESTING THAT COUNCIL EXTEND THEIR MANDATE UNTIL 2016.  THAT EXTENSION WOULD ALLOW RED DEER MORE TIME TO FIND NEW WAYS TO PROMOTE THE CAMPAIGN.  2013 AIR QUALITY READINGS FOR RED DEER FAILED TO MEET FEDERAL STANDARDS, BUT THE IDLE FREE PROGRAM HAS GARNERED KEEN INTEREST FROM THE COMMUNITY...AND OUR AIR QUALITY PERFORMANCE
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WILD STORM -  RED DEER WAS WALLOPED BY A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM THRUSDAY AFTERNOON.   LIGHTNING STRIKES, DOWNED POWER LINES AND A GAS LEAK NEAR THE HOSPITAL MADE FOR A HECTIC AFTERNOON FOR LOCAL EMERGENCY CREWS.   NO ONE WAS INJURED IN BY THE SEVERE WEATHER, BUT POWER SURGES LEFT ONE GROUP TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR FOR A COUPLE HOURS.  RED DEER ESCAPED THE HEAVIER HAIL THAT HIT SOUTH OF US, WITH CRACKED WINDSHIELDS IN THE AIRDIRE AREA AND FLATTENED GARDENS IN SUNDRE AS THE STORM CHASED FAIRGOERS OFF THE GROUNDS AT WESTERNER DAYS.
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THURSDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE - JULY 17TH

 

POWERFUL STORM RIPS THROUGH RED DEER -  RED DEER WAS WALLOPED BY A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM THIS AFTERNOON.
A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CITY, BUT A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING HAS BEEN CALLED OFF.  LIGHTING STRIKES ARE REPORTEDLY TO BLAME FOR KNOCKING OUT POWER ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST SIDE OF RED DEER.  POWER HAS BEEN LARGELY RESTORED AFTER A POWERFUL STORM RIPPED THROUGH RED DEER THIS AFTERNOON.  THE CITY SAYS A LIGHTNING STRIKE AND DOWNED TREE WERE TO BLAME FOR A SERIES OF OUTAGES THIS AFTERNOON.
HUNDREDS OF CUSTOMERS IN SOUTHWEST NEIGHBORHOODS WERE LEFT IN THE DARK FOR NEARLY IN HOUR. CREWS ARE STILL WORKING TO RESTORE POWER TO A HANDFUL OF SITES, INCLUDING HERITAGE RANCH AND THE ALBERTA SPORTS HALL OF FAME.  A SMALL EVACUATION IS UNDERWAY NEAR THE SKYWAY MEDICAL CENTRE ON 52ND AS OFFICIALS RESPOND TO REPORTS OF A GAS LEAK. NO REPORTS OF INJURIES SO FAR.

RCMP EXPAND SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN -
RED DEER RCMP ARE CALLING FOR THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING A MISSING TEEN.
14-YEAR OLD MABEL ROASTING WAS REPORTED MISSING ON JULY 13TH.
ALTHOUGH POLICE BELIEVE THE GIRL MAY HAVE SPENT SOME TIME AT A HOME AT ORIOLE PARK, VARIOUS POLICE CHECKS HAVE FAILED TO LOCATE HER.  SHE'S ABORIGINAL, FIVE FOOT EIGHT, 100 POUNDS, WITH HAZEL GREEN EYES AND LONG BLACK HAIR WHICH MAY BE COLOURED RED.

HAZE LINGERS OVER RED DEER -
SMOKE CONTINUES TO LINGER OVER RED DEER.  CENTRAL ALBERTA IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN HAZY AS WILDFIRES ACROSS THE WEST CONTINUE TO GROW AMID SCORCHING TEMPERATURES AND BONE DRY CONDITIONS.  HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING HEART AND LUNG CONDITIONS, AS WELL AS YOUNG CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY ARE MOST AT RISK DURING POOR AIR QUALITY EVENTS. RED DEER IS RANKED FOR A MODERATE RISK FOR AIR QUALITY TODAY, HIGH RISK FOR TOMORROW.

THREE INJURED IN LACOMBE CRASH -
RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A CRASH, SOUTH OF LACOMBE, LANDED THREE PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL. POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE OF A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLL-OVER YESTERDAY MORNING.
A CAR, CARRYING THREE PEOPLE WAS TRAVELLING ALONG RANGE ROAD 272 NEAR LACOMBE LAKE WHEN IT CAREENED INTO THE DITCH.
THE 16-YEAR OLD DRIVER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. WHILE A 23-YEAR OLD PASSENGER INCURRED SERIOUS INJURIES.
AN 18-YEAR OLD MAN WAS AIRLIFTED TO CALGARY IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THE CAUSE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION BUT ALCOHOL IS NOT CONSIDERED A FACTOR.

IDLE FREE PROGRAM LOOKS FOR ANOTHER LAP - RED DEER IS LOOKING TO REVV UP ITS IDLE FREE PROGRAM. THE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, WHICH LAUNCHED IN 2009, IS ASKING COUNCIL TO EXTEND IT'S MANDATE FOR ANOTHER YEAR. DURING THAT TIME, ADMINISTRATION IS RECOMMENDING THE CITY TAKE A LOOK AT OTHER PROMOTIONAL TOOLS WHICH COULD HELP QUELL AIR POLLUTION.
2013 AIR QUALITY READINGS FOR RED DEER FAILED TO MEET FEDERAL STANDARDS, BUT THE IDLE FREE PROGRAM HAS GARNERED WIDESPREAD PARTICIPATION FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS AND BUSINESS..AND OUR AIR QUALITY PERFORMANCE IS IMPROVING. COUNCIL WILL HEAR THE PROPOSAL ON MONDAY.

GAS LINE BREAK REPAIRED - RESIDENTS EVACUATED AFTER A GAS LINE WAS STRUCK IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER HAVE NOW RETURNED HOME. EMERGENCY OFFICIALS CONFIRM, AN EVACUATION ORDER WAS CALLED OFF AROUND NOON. TRAFFIC SHOULD BE FLOWING AGAIN AND POWER HAS BEEN RESTORED.A GAS LINE AT 55TH STREET AND 49TH AVENUE WAS HIT BY CONSTRUCTION CREWS THIS MORNING.
 

  


THURSDAY UPDATE  (JULY 17)
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GAS LINE BREAK  -   REPAIRS TO A RUPTURED GAS LINE IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER ARE NEARLY COMPLETE.   EMERGENCY CREWS HAVE CLEARED THE SCENE AT 55TH STREET AND 49TH AVENUE.   CONSTRUCTION CREWS HIT THE LINE DURING MORNING RUSH-HOUR, SHUTTERING AN ENTIRE CITY BLOCK, PROMPTING AN EVACUATION AND POWER OUTAGE.  THE AREA HAS BEEN CLEARED, AND RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO RETURN HOME.  TRAFFIC IN THE AREA SHOULD BE FLOWING SMOOTHLY AND POWER HAS BEEN RESTORED.
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WATER SUPPLY IN RED DEER  -  RESIDENT-DEMAND IS DRAINING THE CITY'S WATER SUPPLY.  CONSUMPTION IN RED DEER IN RECENT DAYS HAS BEEN 50 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL, AND OFFICIALS WITH ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES ARE URGING CONSERVATION.  ALTHOUGH WE'RE ALONG WAY OFF FROM HAVING A WATERING BAN IN PLACE LIKE SYLVAN LAKE, THE CITY SAYS RESTRICTIONS ARE POSSIBLE.  WATERING LAWNS, WASHING VEHICLES, FILLING OUTDOOR POOLS AND PRESSURE WASHING YOUR HOME ARE ALL SUMMERTIME ACTIVIES WHICH ARE PUTTING ADDED PRESSURE ON LOCAL TAPS.
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AIR QUALITY -  FOREST FIRES BURNING IN ALBERTA, B.C. AND THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ARE BLOWIN SMOKE ACROSS MANY PARTS OF ALBERTA CAUSING POOR AIR QUALITY AND REDUCING VISIBILITY.  ENVIRONMENT CANADA ISSUED A SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT LATE LAST NIGHT (WED) FOR THE RED DEER, PONOKA, INNISFAIL AND STETTLER AREAS.  THESE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO WORSEN AND BE PRESENT FOR THE NEXT 24-48 HOURS.  PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO STAY INDOORS UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE AND ARE ADVISED TO MONITOR THEIR SYMPTOMS AND CONSULT A PHYSICIAN IF THEY WORSEN.
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WESTERNER DAYS -   IT'S KIDDIES DAY AT THE FAIR ON DAY TWO OF WESTERNER DAYS, WITH FREE ADMISSION FOR CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER UNTIL 6 PM.  THE HEADLINERS AT THE CENTRIUM TONIGHT IS THE BAND DIAMOND RIO (THURS).      MARKETING MANAGER ERIN GOBOLOS (GAY-BLISH) SAYS EVEN IN THE RAIN THERE'S LOTS TO SEE AND DO INDOORS AT THE FAIR, PLUS SHE ADDS WE ALL NEED SOME RELIEF FROM THE HEAT.
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BIZARRE POLICE CHASE SUSPECT LANDS IN COURT - THE MAN ACCUSED IN THE MOST CANADIAN POLICE CHASE EVER- REMAINS IN CUSTODY.  IN EARLY APRIL, LOCAL POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE OF A BREAK AND ENTER AT A RURAL PROPERTY EAST OF RED DEER.
WITHIN HOURS, POLICE WERE CALLED TO A SECOND PROPERTY, WHERE A THIEF HAD FLED ON A JOHN DEER TRACTOR.  OFFICERS BUMBED A RIDE WITH A PASSING SNOWMOBILER AND MADE CHASE.
THE SUSPECT WAS EVENTUALLY APPREHENDED AFTER ROLLING THE STOLEN TRACTOR.  25-YEAR OLD JESSE CECKA APPEARED IN COURT TODAY BUT THE CASE HAS BEEN PUT OVER UNTIL JULY 30TH.

MISSING TEEN FOUND BY AIR CREWS -  A MASKWACIS TEENAGER WHO DISAPPEARED INTO THE WILDERNESS HAS BEEN LOCATED SAFE AND SOUND. THE 15-YEAR OLD, REPORTED MISSING LAST NIGHT, WAS SPOTTED BY A HELICOPTER CREW, WANDERING NEAR THE SAUNDERS AREA, WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.  HE HAD BEEN MISSING FOR HOURS AFTER PACKING HIS THINGS, AND LEAVING HIS CAMPSITE LAST NIGHT.  THE BOY HAD REPORTEDLY BEEN ANGRY WITH HIS FELLOW CANOEISTS WHEN HE DECIDED TO LEAVE THE GROUP WITHOUT WARNING.

HIGHWAY 11 CRASH CAUSES TRAFFIC SNARL-UPS -
ON-SCENE CLEAN UP CONTINUES HOURS AFTER A MESSY COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 11.  SYLVAN LAKE RCMP WERE CALLED TO SCENE OF A ROLLOVER NEAR THE HIGHWAY 20 JUNCTION THIS MORNING.  A TRACTOR TRAILER, HEADED WESTBOUND, VEERED OFF THE HIGHWAY, OVER CORRECTED AND JACKKNIFED A SEMI.  ONE OF THE RIGS INVOLVED WAS HAULING CANADIAN TIRE MERCHANDISE, AND EVERYTHING FROM TIRES TO CANOES WERE STREWN ACROSS THE ROAD.  NO ONE WAS INJURED. ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC REMAINS OPEN, BUT DRIVERS ARE ASKED TO TRAVEL CAUTIOUSLY IN THE AREA.

ALBERTA BATTLES AGRESSIVE WILDFIRES -
RAPIDLY SPREADING WILDFIRES HAVE INCREASING PORTION OF ALBERTA'S MAP UNDER WATCH.  FIRE BANS HAVE BEEN ISSUED NOT ONLY FOR RED DEER COUNTY, BUT ALSO SYLVAN LAKE, JARVIS BAY, RED LODGE PROVINCIAL PARKS AND THE GLENNIFER RESERVOIR- JUST TO NAME A FEW.  THAT MEANS ALL FIRES, INCLUDING THOSE IN DESIGNATED FIRE PITS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED.MORE THAN 16 WILDFIRES ARE BURNING ACROSS THE PROVINCE, PROMPTING EVACUATION ORDERS IN A HANDFUL OF DISTRICTS NEAR THE BC BORDER.

WESTERNER DAYS BACK IN THE SADDLE - FROM THE MAINSTAGE TO THE MIDWAY, THE LINE-UP FOR THIS YEAR'S WESTERNER DAYS IN RED DEER IS A CROWD-PLEASER. THE FULL SLATE OF EVENTS FOR THE FIVE DAY FESTIVAL INCLUDES CENTRIUM HEADLINERS, A DOUBLEHEADER WITH BRET KISSLE AND TIM HICKS TONIGHT.  THE CELEBRATION TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY ALSO FEATURES A CARNIVAL, AGRICULTURAL FAIR, CHUCKWAGGON RACES AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE KIDS.  AS WELL THE ANNUAL WESTERNER DAYS PARADE WOUND IT'S WAY THROUGH DOWNTOWN RED DEER THIS MORNING. MARKETING MANAGER ERIN GOBOLOS SAYS THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT RED DEER'S BIG SUMMER FAIR AND THEY'RE HOPING TO SET A RECORD ATTENDENCE THIS YEAR. AIMING FOR 103 THOUSAND PEOPLE, HOPING TO BEAT THE RECORD OF JUST OVER 102 THOUSAND SET IN 2012.

NEW SUPPORT FOR SICK KIDS - NEW SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN FACED WITH A TRIP TO THE RED DEER EMERGENCY ROOM. A-H-S HAS BEGUN HANDING OUT COPING KITS TO KIDS UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE. EACH PACKAGE CONTAINS ITEMS SUCH AS A STUFFED ANIMAL, BOOKS, AND TINY TOYS. HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SAY THE KITS HELP CALM AND DISTRACT CHILDREN FROM WHAT CAN OFTEN BE A SCARY SITUATION.

COUNTY FARM TOURS - TAKE A STEP ONTO THE FARM WITH RED DEER COUNTY. ALL ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR'S ENTERPRISING AG TOUR, WHICH HAS SHOWCASED MORE THAN 60 INNOVATIVE OPERATIONS OVER THE PAST 11 YEARS. THE TOUR TOMORROW WILL EXPLORE A VARIETY OF AGRICULTURAL SITES INCLUDING COMPOSTING, FARM EQUIPMENT DEVELOPMENT, SEED PLANT OPERATIONS, CHICKENS AND MORE.
TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE COUNTY WEBSITE.
 

 

WED NEWS  (JULY 16)


TRAFFIC TROUBLE - 
A ROLL-OVER ON HIGHWAY 11 IS CAUSING TRAFFIC SNARL-UPS THIS AFTERNOON (WED).  TRAFFIC IS MOVING SLOWLY THROUGH THE SCENE OF THE CRASH NEAR THE HIGHWAY 20 TURN-OFF. A TRACTOR TRAILER,  HEADED WESTBOUND, VEERED OFF THE HIGHWAY, OVER CORRECTED AND JACKKNIFED A SEMI.  ONE OF THE RIGS INVOLVED WAS HAULING CANADIAN TIRE MERCHANDISE, AND EVERYTHING FROM TIRES TO CANOES WERE STREWN ACROSS THE ROAD.  NO ONE WAS INJURED. ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC REMAINS OPEN, BUT DRIVERS ARE ASKED TO TRAVEL CAUTIOUSLY IN THE AREA.
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MISSING TEEN - SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS ARE LOOKING FOR A 15 YEAR OLD BOY WHO DISAPPEARED FROM A CAMPING TRIP WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.  A GROUP FROM MASKWACIS ON A CANOEING TRIP WERE CAMPING YESTERDAY (TUES) NEAR THE SAUNDERS AREA ABOUT 50 KILOMETRES WEST OF ROCKY.  A 15 YEAR OLD YOUTH LEFT THE CAMPING AREA AND DID NOT RETURN, SO ROCKY RCMP WITH NOTIFIED JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT.  POLICE SAY WHEN SUPERVISORS CHECKED HIS TENT HE HAD PACKED HIS THINGS AND LEFT.  SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS, AN RCMP JET BOAT, HELICOPTER AND POLICE DOG ARE CURRENTLY OUT LOOKING FOR THE MISSING TEEN.
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WESTERNER DAYS -  RED DEER'S BIG SUMMER FAIR OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF TODAY AS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LINED DOWNTOWN STREETS FOR THE ANNUAL PARADE.  THE FAIR GROUNDS OPENED AT NOON TODAY, WITH THE FAIR RUNNING THROUGH SUNDAY.  FROM THE MAINSTAGE TO THE MIDWAY, THE LINE-UP FOR THIS YEAR'S WESTERNER DAYS IS A CROWD-PLEASER.  THE FULL SLATE OF EVENTS FOR THE FIVE DAY FESTIVAL INCLUDES CENTRIUM HEADLINERS,  BRET KISSLE AND TIM HICKS TONIGHT (WED) AND DIAMOND RIO TOMORROW (THURS). THE CELEBRATION ALSO FEATURES THE AGRICULTURAL FAIR, CHUCKWAGON RACES AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE KIDS.
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NO ARREST A GUEST  -  FOR THE FIRST TIME THE WESTERNER DAYS WILL NOT HAVE A GUEST FAMILY.   EVERY YEAR, THE DAY BEFORE THE FAIR BEGINS, POLICE HEAD OUT ON THE QE-2 TO "ARREST A GUEST FAMILY", SURPRISING THEM WITH A FREE OVERNIGHT STAY AT A RED DEER HOTEL, A RIDE IN THE PARADE AND A FREE DAY AT WESTERNER DAYS, BUT OTHER PERKS.    BUT THIS YEAR AMONG THE HALF DOZEN FAMILIES STOPPED, DIDN'T HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY IN THEIR HOLIDAY'S TO ACCEPT THE OFFER.   WESTERNER OFFICIALS WILL REVIEW THE PROGRAM TO SEE IF THERE'S A BETTER WAY TO FIND A GUEST FAMILY NEXT YEAR.
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 RED DEER FIRE -  A SMALL FIRE AT RED DEER'S SHERATON HOTEL LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (TUES) RESULTED IN AN EVACUATION AS A PRECAUTION.   THE CAUSE WAS AN ELECTRICAL ISSUE IN AN ELEVATOR.   EMERGENCY CREWS REPONDED AROUND 4:30 AND QUICKLY PUT OUT THE SMALL BLAZE WITH THE EVACUEES ALLOWED BACK AROUND 6 PM.
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 NORDEGG FIRE  -  THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE CONTINUES TO GROW WEST OF NORDEGG, BUT IS STILL CLASSIFIED AS BEING HELD.   DUE TO SMOKE CONDITIONS, A CURRENT FIRE SIZE IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.  RESOURCES ON SITE INCLUDED ABOUT 125 FIRE FIGHTERS, 7 HELICOPTERS, VARIOUS HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND AIR TANKERS ON STANDBY FOR SUPPORT IF NEEDED.
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MURDER CASE -  THE MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING A CALGARY BOY AND HIS GRANDPARENTS APPEARED IN COURT THROUGH CLOSED-CIRCUIT TV THIS MORNING (WED).  54-YEAR OLD DOUGLAS GARLAND IS FACING TWO COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATHS OF ALVIN AND KATHY LIKNES AND ONE COUNT OF 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF 5-YEAR OLD NATHAN O'BRIEN.   THEIR BODIES HAVE NOT YET BEEN FOUND.  THE CASE HAS BEEN PUT OVER TO AUGUST 14TH SO THE DEFENCE CAN BE BRIEFED ON THE EVIDENCE.
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TUESDAY PM NEWSFILE (JUL 15)

 

MAN ARRESTED IN SEXUAL ASSAULTS (JUL 15) - RED DEER RCMP HAVE ONE MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER SEVERAL REPORTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AROUND THE CITY. IF YOU CAN RECALL, RCMP CHARGED A MAN FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AT THE PORTO CALL SAFEWAY DOWN TOWN LAST WEEK. AFTER FURTHER INVESTIGATION, IT'S BELIEVED THE SUSPECT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS ASSAULTS BETWEEN JULY 1ST AND JULY 10TH. RCMP SAY THE MAN'S METHOD INVOLVED APPROACHING WOMAN IN PUBLIC PLACE AND TOUCHING THEM INAPPROPRIATELY. 23 YEAR OLD BLAISE KAMBU-NDENGI IS NOW FACING 5 COUNTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HE'LL REMAIN IN CUSTODY FOR HIS FIRST COURT DATE ON THURSDAY. (JUL 17)

GARLAND IN CHARGED (JUL 15) - CALGARY POLICE FORMALLY CHARGED AN AIRDRIE MAN IN THE PRESUMED DEATHS OF A MISSING CALGARY BOY AND HIS GRANDPARENTS. DOUGLAS GARLAND IS FACING 2 CHARGES OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND 1 COUNT OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER AFTER 5 YEAR OLD NATHAN OBRIEN AND HIS GRANDPARENTS, ALVIN AND KATHRYN LIKNESS WENT MISSING. SO FAR THEIR BODIES HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND

 

WHOAS LOOKING AT CONTRACEPTION (JUL 15) - THE WILD HORSES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY IS EXPLORING MORE HUMANE WAYS TO CONTROL THE WILD HORSE POPULATION IN ALBERTA. THEY'LL BE OFF TO MONTANA THIS WEEK FOR A 2 DAY WORKSHOP, WHERE THEY'LL LEARN MORE ABOUT A CONTRACEPTIVE VACCINE THAT COULD BE USED HERE IN ALBERTA. WHOAS PRESIDENT BOB HENDERSON SAYS THE VACCINE WOULD BE A MUCH BETER ALTERNATIVE COMPARED TO A CULL. WHOAS, BASED OF OUT OLDS,IS IN BILLINGS MONTANA TODAY AND AGAIN TOMORROW (WED)
IF THEY LIKE WHAT THEY'LL SEE, THEY'LL PUSH FOR APPROVAL FROM THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TO VACCINE UP TO 36 HORSES AROUND THE SUNDRE AREA.


PARADE TO CLOSE DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC (JUL 15) - DOWNTOWN TRAVELERS IN RED DEER WILL HAVE TO MAKE WAY FOR AN ANNUAL SUMMERTIME SPECTACLE. THE WESTERNER PARADE HITS THE CITY TOMORROW (JULY 16TH) AND DRIVERS WILL HAVE TO CONTEND WITH FLOATS, MARCHING BANDS AND LARGE CROWDS. STREETS IN THE DOWNTOWN CORE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 AM UNTIL NOON. FOR A FULL LIST OF ROAD CLOSURES, VISIT THE CITY’S WEBSITE.


LOCAL GIRL RECOVERING (JUL 15) - AFTER SURGERY TO REMOVE A DEBILITATING BRAIN TUMOR, A LOCAL GIRL IS RETURNING HOME TO WETASKAWIN. 11-YEAR OLD MIKAYLA CURRAN HAS BEEN DISCHARGED FROM A HOUSTON HOSPITAL, FOLLOWING A PROCEDURE PAID IN FULL BY COMMUNITY DONATIONS. HER MOTHER ANGELA SAYS MIKAYLA IS ON THE MEND- THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF ALBERTANS. MIKAYLA HAS NOT ONLY BEEN FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE BUT ALSO BATTLING FOR MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR THE 210-THOUSAND DOLLAR SURGERY WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE IN CANADA.

PARKLAND FUELS HUNTS FOR NEW BOSS (JUL 15) - A MAJOR PLAYER IN RED DEER'S BUSINESS SECTOR IS LOSING ONE OF THEIR KEY PLAYERS. THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AT PARKLAND FUELS, MICHEAL LAMBERT,  HAS RESIGNED HIS POST TO PURSUE AN OPPORTUNITY IN ANOTHER INDUSTRY. THE COMPANY IS CANADA'S LARGEST INDEPENDENT FUEL MARKETER AND DISTRIBUTOR, AND IS THE PARENT COMPANY BEHIND FAS GAS, AND BLUEWAVE ENERGY...JUST TO NAME A FEW. NO WORD YET ON LAMBERT'S REPLACEMENT.
 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY MORNING NEWS UPDATE (JULY 15)

 

RED DEER POWER OUTAGE UPDATE - ABOUT TEN THOUSAND RED DEER CUSTOMERS WERE WITHOUT POWER FOR ABOUT AN HOUR LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON, BUT THE EXACT CAUSE IS STILL A MYSTERY.  CITY CREWS HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING TESTS SINCE THE OUTAGE BUT IT WILL LIKELY TAKE ANOTHER DAY OR TWO TO DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT WENT WRONG AT A SUBSTATION DOWNTOWN THE CAUSED THE LIGHTS TO GO OUT.
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LACOMBE’S POPULATION  -   THE CITY OF LACOMBE CONTINUES TO GROW.   THE 2014 MUNICIPAL CENSUS SHOWS LACOMBE'S POPULATION NOW SITS JUST UNDER 13 THOUSAND (12,728).  MAYOR STEVE CHRISTIE SAYS THE RESULTS INDICATE THAT LACOMBE IS EXPERIENCEING STABLE GROWTH AND THE DATA COLLECTED WILL ALLOW THEM TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE MORE EFFECTIVELY.
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 WEST COUNTRY WILDFIRE -  THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE IS STILL CONSIDERED "HELD" BY ALBERTA ENVIORNMENT.  THE BLAZE IS NOW COVERING SEVEN THOUSAND HECTARES WEST OF NORDEGG, BUT AT THE MOMENT THERE IS NO DANGER TO THE PUBLIC.  HOWEVER  THERE IS STILL A FOREST AREA CLOSURE TO TAKE NOTE OF.  THIS MEANS THE PUBLIC IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE MOUNTAINS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 11, NORTH TO THE CLINE RIVER AND EAST FROM THE BANFF PARK BORDER TO WHITE RABBIT CREEK. TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION HAS CLOSED CAMPGROUNDS IN THE AREA.  SEVERAL BACK COUNTRY CAMPERS HAVE BEEN RELOCATED BY OFFICIALS.  THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTED INJURIES DUE TO THE FIRE.  RIGHT NOW ABOUT 125 FIREFIGTHERS, 7 HELICOPTERS AND VARIOUS EQUIPMENT ARE BATTLING THE BLAZE AROUND THE CLOCK.  THIS WILDFIRE IS UNIQUE IN IT'S SETTING AND IS ALLOWING FIREFIGHTERS TO STEER THE FIRE INTO NATURAL FIREGUARDS SUCH AS THE MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS, HELPING US TO CONTAIN THE WILDFIRE TO THE AREA. 

 

 

MON PM NEWSFILE (JULY 14)

 

MURDER CHARGES ON THE WAY (JUL 14) - A heartbreaking development in the disappearance of a 5-year old Calgary boy and his grandparents. Today Calgary police Chief Rick Hanson told reporters its now a homicide case even though the bodies of Nathan O'Brien, Alvin and Kathy Liknes have not been found. A man was arrested in the Airdrie region this morning and charges are pending against him. He is looking at two counts of first degree murder and one count of 2nd degree murder. 

WILDFIRE CONSIDERED "HELD" (JUL 14) - WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO BURN IN THE NORDEGG AREA. AS OF THIS AFTERNOON, THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE IS NOT CONSIDERED A DANGER TO THE PUBLIC, BUT SOME AREAS ARE BLOCKED OFF FOR PUBLIC SAFETY. THIS MEANS THE MOUNTAINS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 11, NORTH TO CLINE RIVER AND EAST FROM THE BANFF PARK BORDER TO WHITERABBIT CREEK ARE OFF LIMITS. THERE ARE NO ROAD CLOSURES, BUT YOU CAN CHECK ALBERTA 511 FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE CLOSURES.

ADVISORY FOR PINE LAKE (JUL 14) - ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HAS ISSUED A BLUE GREEN ALGAE WARNING FOR PINE LAKE. BECAUSE OF THIS, AHS IS ASKING RESIDENTS TO NOT SWIM IN THE LAKE OR DRINK ANY WATER FROM THE LAKE. IN FACT, AHS IS RECOMMENDING TO NOT BE IN CONTACT WITH PINE LAKE AT ALL AT THE MOMENT, AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. YOU CAN CONTACT AHS IF YOU HAVE A CONCERN.

FIRE BAN IN RED DEER COUNTY (JUL 14) - THE HOT HEAT AND LACK OF RAIN HAS FORCED RED DEER COUNTY TO ISSUE A FIRE BAN AS OF THIS AFTERNOON. THIS MEANS FIRES OF ANY KIND ARE NOT PROHIBITED, AS THE DRY CONDITIONS CAN EASILY LEAD TO GRASS OR BRUSH FIRES

WATER BAN FOR SYLVAN LAKE (JUL 14) - THE HEAT WAVE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS TRIGGERED A WATER BAN FOR SYLVAN LAKE. THE TOWN OF SYLVAN HAS ISSUED A BAN TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES FROM ALL FORMS OF OUTDOOR WATER USE. THE INFLUX OF TOURISTS, ALONG WITH THE HOT WEATHER HAVE PUT INCREASED PRESSURE ON SYLVAN'S RESERVOIRS, FORCING THE WATER BAN. IT INCLUDES WATERING LAWNS, WASHING VEHICLES, FILLING OUTDOOR POOLS, PRESSURE WASHING DRIVEWAYS, DECKS AND BUILDINGS. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS FOR NEW LAWNS, AS RESIDENTS WITH NEWLY PLANTED LAWNS ARE ASKED TO HAND WATER ONLY, BEFORE NOON OR AFTER 7 PM. SYLVAN LAKE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ARE ALSO ASKED TO CONSERVE INDOOR WATER USE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THE OUTDOOR WATERING BAN IS IN EFFECT IN SYLVAN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 
SCAM TARGETING BUSINESSES (JUL 14) - MOUNTIES ARE WARNING RED DEER BUSINESS OWNERS OF A POTENTIAL SCAM. ON FRIDAY, RCMP RECEIVED REPORTS OF TWO MALES MAKING SUSPICIOUS "COLD CALLS" TO NUMBERS BUSINESSES IN THE AREA OF 43RD STREET AND 54TH AVENUE. TWO MEN IN SUITS CLAIMED TO OFFICER LOWER RATES FOR DEBIT MACHINES.  THE MEN ASKED TO HANDLE THE BUSINESSES CURRENT DEBIT MACHINE, BUT WERE REFUSED IN ALL CASES. POLICE AREN'T SURE THESE MEN WERE ATTEMPTING TO ENGAGE IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY, BUT WANT TO REMIND BUSINESSES NOT TO LET DEBIT MACHINES OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.

MON AM NEWS (JULY 14)
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SYLVAN WATERING BAN -    THE HOT WEATHER HAS FORCED THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE TO ISSUE A WATERING BAN.    THE INCREASE IN TOURISTS, ALONG WITH THE RECENT HEAT WAVE HAS INCREASED THE PRESSURE ON SYLVAN'S RESERVOIRS.    RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN SYLVAN ARE BANNED FROM ALL FORMS OF OUTDOOR WATER USE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.   THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS FOR RESIDENTS WITH NEWLY PLANTED LAWNS, WHO ARE ASKED TO HAND WATER ONLY, AFTER 7 PM OR BEFORE NOON.
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THREE HILLS TRAIN DERAILMENT -   NATIONAL SAFETY OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A TRAIN WENT OFF THE TRACKS IN THREE HILLS SATURDAY NIGHT.     15 CARS CARRYING GENERAL MERCHANDISE AND HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS WERE INVOLVED IN THE DERAILMENT, BUT NO LEAKS WERE DETECTED.    NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED, AND THE COMPANY SAYS THERE ARE NO ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS.    CN CREWS WERE ON THE SCENE ALL DAY SUNDAY WIORKING TO GET THE LINE BACK IN OPERATION.  THE LINE RE-OPENED AROUND 2 MONDAY MORNING.      THE CLEANUP WILL CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS TO REMOVE ALL THE DEBRI FROM THE SITE.
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LACOMBE AREA CRASH -  A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLL-OVER SUNDAY AFTERNOON ON HIGHWAY 2-A SENT AN 18 YEAR OLD MAN TO HOSPITAL IN SERIOUS CONDITION.  HE WAS AIRLIFTED TO CALGARY BY STARS AIR AMBULANCE. THE CRASH HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER NOON YESTERDAY NEAR LACOMBE LAKE TIEING UP TRAFFIC BETWEEN BLACKFALDS AND LACOMBE.
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WILDFIRE UPDATE -  SCORCHING TEMPERATURES AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL ONLY FAN THE FLAMES OF WILDFIRES ACROSS ALBERTA.   THA LARGEST IS WEST OF NORDEGG, THE SPREADING CREEK FOREST FIRE IS BEING HELD AT ITS CURRENT BOUNDARIES.   FORESTED AREAS IN THE VICINITY REMAIN OFF LIMITS, AND ONLY THOSE WITH A VALID PERMIT FROM ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT WILL BE ALLOWED IN. HAZY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO WORSEN ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA IN THE COMING DAYS, AND THOSE WITH BREATHING PROBLEMS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS.
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RCMP SCAM WARNING -  MOUNTIES ARE WARNING RED DEER BUSINESS OWNERS OF A POTENTIAL SCAM.  ON FRIDAY, RCMP RECEIVED REPORTS OF TWO MALES MAKING SUSPICIOUS "COLD CALLS" TO NUMBERS BUSINESSES IN THE AREA OF 43RD STREET AND 54TH AVENUE.  TWO MEN IN SUITS CLAIMED TO OFFICER LOWER RATES FOR DEBIT MACHINES.  THE MEN ASKED TO HANDLE THE BUSINESSES CURRENT DEBIT MACHINE, BUT WERE REFUSED IN ALL CASES.  POLICE AREN'T SURE THESE MEN WERE ATTEMPTING TO ENGAGE IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY, BUT WANT TO REMIND BUSINESSES NOT TO LET DEBIT MACHINES OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.
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RED DEER POWER OUTAGE -  THERE WAS A HUGE POWER OUTAGE IN RED DEER LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.  A GLITCH AT ONE OF RED DEER'S THREE MAJOR SUB-STATIONS CAUSED THE LIGHTS TO GO OUT FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AROUND 4:30 P.M. THROUGH DOWNTOWN, IN WESTPARK, MOUNTVIEW AND ORIOLE PARK.  THE OUTAGED FORCED THE CLOSURE OF NUMEROUS STORES AND RESTAURANTS AND DISABLED SEVERAL TRAFFIC LIGHTS.
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PENHOLD SKATEBOARD PARK  -  PENHOLD WILL SOON BE A SKATEBOARDERS DELIGHT.  THE TOWN HAS UNVEILED CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS FOR A NEW SKATEPARK WHICH WILL BE SPREAD OUT OVER ONE ACRE OF LAND JUST SOUTH OF THE MULTIPLEX.  THE SITE WILL CATER TO ALL SKILL LEVELS WITH WEDGES, RAILS AND A CLOSED BOWL.  HOWEVER, FUNDRAISING FOR THE 500-THOUSAND DOLLAR PROJECT IS JUST GETTING STARTED.
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SUNDAY MORNING NEWS FILE, JULY 13TH

 

TRAIN DERAILMENT IN THREE HILLS - NATIONAL SAFETY OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A TRAIN WENT OFF THE TRACKS IN THREE HILLS LAST NIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD, THE CN RAIL CONTAINER CAR CRASHED IN A REMOTE AREA, WITHIN TOWN LIMITS. 15 CARS CARRYING GENERAL MERCHANDISE AND HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS WERE INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT, BUT NO LEAKS WERE DETECTED. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED, AND THE COMPANY SAYS THERE ARE NO ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS IN THE WAKE OF THE DERAILMENT. CN CREWS WILL REMAIN ON SCENE THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON, LOOKING TO GET THE LINE BACK IN OPERATION BY DAYS END.

VEHICLE FIRE STIFFLED - BILLOWING SMOKE IS NOW CLEARING FROM THE RED DEER SKYLINE. A VEHICLE FIRE JUST OFF KERRYWOOD DRIVE WAS TO BLAME FOR A THICK PLUME OF SMOKE VISIBLE OVERHEAD THIS MORNING. RED DEER FIRE CREWS REPORTED THAT THE BLAZE WAS KNOCKED DOWN AROUND 8 THIS MORNING. THE CAUSE IS UNKNOWN, BUT POLICE AND FIRE INSPECTORS WILL BE EXAMINING THE SCENE FOR ANY SIGNS OF FOUL PLAY.

THREE INJURED IN COCHRANE CRASH - THREE PEOPLE, INCLUDING AN INFANT, ARE RECOVERING FROM A CRASH NEAR COCHRANE.   JUST BEFORE 3:30 YESTERDAY, POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE ON HIGHWAY 22, JUST SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 1.  A MOTORCYCLE, HEADING SOUTHBOUND, TURNED ONTO HIGHWAY 22 WHEN IT COLLIDED WITH A SOUTHBOUND SEDAN.  THE BIKER INCURRED SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.  THE WOMAN AND CHILD WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES.  NO WORD ON THE CAUSE.

FRADULENT R-V DEALS LAND MILLET MAN JAIL TIME - DEFRAUDING DOZENS OF HIS CUSTOMERS IS LANDING A MILLET BUSINESSMAN BEHIND BARS.  ARNOLD DONSZELMAN WAS FOUND GUILTY OF 31 COUNTS OF FRAUD IN JUNE.  AND THIS WEEK HE WAS SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON AND ORDERED TO PAY 2.3 MILLION DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION.  MORE THAN 36 CUSTOMERS FELL VICTIM TO HIS SCHEME WHICH WOULD SEE THE COMPANY SELL R-VS WITHOUT THE NECESSARY DEEDS- MEANING CUSTOMERS WERE PAYING OUT OF POCKET FOR MOTORHOMES THEY DIDN'T OWN.  ALL THE FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS WERE DONE THROUGH LEISURE RV RENTALS LIMITED IN MILLET.

MENDING MIKAYLA - AFTER SURGERY TO REMOVE A DEBILITATING BRAIN TUMOR, A LOCAL GIRL IS RETURNING HOME TO WETASKAWIN.  11-YEAR OLD MIKAYLA CURRAN HAS BEEN DISCHARGED FROM A HOUSTON HOSPITAL, FOLLOWING A PROCEDURE PAID IN FULL BY COMMUNITY DONATIONS. HER MOTHER ANGELA SAYS MIKAYLA IS ON THE MEND- THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF ALBERTANS.  MIKAYLA HAS NOT ONLY BEEN FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE BUT ALSO BATTLING FOR MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR THE $210,000 SURGERY WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE IN CANADA. THE PROVINCE HAS DENIED THE FAMILY MEDICAL COVERAGE, DESPITE HER DIAGNOSIS.


LIGHTS OUT DOWNTOWN - ROLLING POWER OUTAGES ACROSS THE CITY HAVE BEEN REPAIRED. THE CITY IS THANKING RESIDENTS FOR THEIR PATIENCE DURING THE MAJOR SERVICE DISRUPTION YESTERDAY EVENING. STAFF WERE UNABLE TO SAY WHAT CAUSED THE OUTAGE.

 

 

SATURDAY MORNING NEWS FILE, JULY 12

 

PAIR OF PONOKA THIEVES CAUGHT RED-HANDED - A PAIR OF SUSPECTS ARE DUE IN COURT AFTER TWO THIEVES WERE CAUGHT RED-HANDED IN PONOKA.  EARLY FRIDAY MORNING, POLICE ON PATROL SPOTTED A TRUCK PARKED SUSPICIOUSLY BESIDE A LOCAL TIRE SHOP.  AS OFFICERS APPROACHED, TWO SUSPECTS RAN BACK INSIDE THE VEHICLE AND ATTEMPTED TO FLEE, RAMMING A POLICE CRUISER THREE TIMES IN THEIR BID TO ESCAPE.  THE PAIR WERE EVENTUALLY ARRESTED AND TWO OFFICERS WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES ON SCENE.  POLICE SAY THE DUO WERE DRIVING A STOLEN VEHICLE AND WERE IN THE PROCESS OF STEALING TIRES.  35-YEAR OLD GINA GODUTO AND 50-YEAR OLD KENNETH BRIMMER HAVE BEEN NAMED IN THE CASE.

ONE KILLED IN FIERY HWY 22 CRASH - ONE DRIVER IS DEAD, ANOTHER CRITICALLY INJURED AFTER A CRASH NEAR EVANSBURG LAST NIGHT.  AT APPROXIMATELY 9 PM, A GRAIN TRUCK AND CRUDE OIL TANKER COLLIDED NEAR ENTWISTLE.  BOTH VEHICLES WERE ENGULFED IN FLAMES AND CLOSURES BETWEEN TOWNSHIP ROAD 524 AND 530 ARE EXPECTED TO LAST THROUGHOUT THE MORNING AS CLEAN-UP CONTINUES.  THE IDENTITY OF THE VICTIM HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED. THE SURVIVOR REMAINS IN HOSPITAL AND HAS NOT BEEN NAMED BY POLICE.

'AFTER THE FIRE' CAMPAIGN SPARKS AWARENESS -  NEIGHBORHOODS TOUCHED BY FIRE WILL THE TARGET OF A NEW PREVENTION CAMPAIGN. RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES WILL BE KNOCKING ON DOORS IN AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT TRAGEDY FROM STRIKING THE SAME PLACE TWICE.  WITHIN 24 HOURS OF AN EMERGENCY, UNIFORMED MEMBERS WILL CANVASS NEARBY STREETS TO ADDRESS RESIDENT CONCERNS. THE 'AFTER THE FIRE CAMPAIGN WILL INCLUDE HOME VISITS, SAFETY CHECKS AND SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATIONS.

ALBERTA IMPROVES PARKS ACCESSIBILITY - EVERYONE BELONGS OUTSIDE.  THAT'S THE RATIONALE BEHIND A NEW PROVINCIAL CAMPAIGN AIMED AT PROVIDING BETTER ACCESSIBILITY TO ALBERTA'S PARKS.  AMONG THE NEW SERVICES IN THE WORKS IS A DURABLE WHEELCHAIR, CALLED THE PARK EXPLORER, WHICH ALLOWS THOSE WITH MOBILITY ISSUES TO NAVIGATE RUGGED TERRAIN.
THE PROVINCE IS NOW EXPLORING FUNDING OPTIONS TO MAKE THE OFF-ROAD WHEELCHAIR AVAILABLE AT ALL GOVERNMENT SITES.

PROVINCE LETS ANGLERS OFF THE HOOK - FISH FOR FREE THIS WEEKEND. AS PART OF ITS FAMILY FISHING WEEKENDS CAMPAIGN, THE PROVINCE HAS LET YOU OFF THE HOOK. BOTH TODAY AND TOMORROW, LISCENCES WON'T BE NEEDED, ALLOWING PEOPLE TO FISH ON WATER BODIES WITH OPEN FISHING SEASONS. NATIONAL PARKS ARE NOT INCLUDED. ALL OTHER FISHING REGULATIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT.

 

 

FRI PM NEWSFILE (JUL 11)

 

MAN STABBED ON CPR BRIDGE (JUL 11) - A STABBING HAS BEEN REPORTED ON THE CPR WALKING BRIDGE EARLY THIS MORNING.
AT AROUND1:30, RCMP SAY A MAN WALKING ON THE BRIDGE WAS APPROACHED BY 3 MEN WHO DEMANDED HIS WALLET. AFTER A SCUFFLE, THE VICTIM WAS STABBED IN THE HAND BEFORE HE RAN WAY. RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE NOW SEARCHING FOR 3 SUSPECTS. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS INCIDENT YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP. A SIMILIAR STABBING HAPPEND ON THAT SAME BRIDGE ON JULY 5TH, AND RCMP DON'T BELIEVE THE INCIDENTS WERE RELATED.


MISSING WOMAN (JUL 11) - RED DEER RCMP NEED YOUR HELP IN FINDING A MISSING PERSON. 29 YEAR OLD ANGIE BEAVERBONES WAS LAST SEEN ON JULY 5TH ON THE OCHIESE FIRST NATION NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, BUT SHE LIVES IN RED DEER. YOU CAN CONTACT THE RCMP IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING.

ATV RIPS THROUGH CITY HALL PARK (JUL 11) - CITY RCMP ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP IN IDENTIFYING TWO SUSPECTS THAT TORE THROUGH CITY HALL PARK ON AN ATV EARLY THIS MORNING. IT HAPPENED AROUND 4:45 WITH WITNESSES SAYING THE PAIR APPEARED TO BE DRUNK BUT NO DESCRIPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE. THE ATV HOWEVER IS DESCRIBED AS A CAN-AM RENEGADE. PATROLS OF THE AREA WERE UNABLE TO LOCATE THE SUSPECTS. RCMP SAY THERE IS EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO SEVERAL FLOWER BEDS IN THE PARK BUT NO DAMAGE ESTIMATE IS AVAILABLE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS INCIDENT IS ENCOURAGED TO CALL CITY RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.
 

WILDIRES CLOSING ROADS (JUL 11) - ACCESS TO CERTAIN PORTIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS WEST OF NORDEGG IS NOW BEING RESTRICTED. PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS SAY THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE IS OVER 56 HUNDRED HECTARES WITH THE FIRE'S BEHAVIOUR AND FIRE HAZARD CONDITIONS BEING DESCRIBED AS EXTREME RIGHT NOW. THIS MEANS ALL RECREATIONAL, INDUSTRIAL AND PUBLIC ACCESS IN THE AFFECTED AREA IS BEING RESTRICTED. THE FOREST AREA CLOSURE EXTENDS FROM THE MOUNTAINS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 11 AND NORTH TO THE CLINE RIVER AND EAST FROM THE BANFF PARK BORDER TO WHITE RABBIT CREEK.

POPULATION RISES (JUL 11) - RED DEER IS NOW HOME TO 98,585 RESIDENTS. THAT ACCORDING TO THE LATEST CENSUS RESULTS RELEASED BY THE CITY TODAY (FRI) WHICH INDICATES NEARLY 15 HUNDRED PEOPLE MOVED TO RED DEER IN THE PAST YEAR, AN INCREASE OF 1.5 PERCENT. OFFICIALS SAY THE STRONGEST GROWTH TOOK PLACE IN THE VANIER WOODS NEIGHBOURHOOD WITH 603 NEW RESIDENTS AND TIMBERLANDS WITH 441 NEW RESIDENTS. STAFF ARE ALSO HAPPY THAT NEARLY 40 PERCENT OF CENSUS RESPONDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THE CENSUS ONLINE, UP FROM 30 PERCENT IN THE INAUGURAL VERSION LAST YEAR.

BUILDING PERMITS DOWN (JUL 11) - THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN THE VALUE OF BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED IN RED DEER LAST MONTH WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE OF 2013. THE LATEST FIGURES SHOW 16.3 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PERMITS ISSUED IN JUNE, DOWN FROM 30 MILLION DURING THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. YEAR TO DATE NUMBERS SHOW 78.4 MILLION IN PERMITS ISSUED SO FAR, DOWN FROM 132 MILLION DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2013.

HOUSING STARTS ON PAR (JUL 11) - HOUSING STARTS IN RED DEER LAST MONTH WERE PRETTY MUCH ON PAR WITH JUNE OF LAST YEAR. THE LATEST NUMBERS FROM THE CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION SHOW 52 HOUSING STARTS IN JUNE, UP FROM 50 IN JUNE OF 2013. YEAR TO DATE NUMBERS ARE HIGHER AS WELL WITH 471 HOUSING STARTS SO FAR THIS YEAR, UP FROM 414 IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2013. AROUND THE REGION, HOUSING STARTS ARE UP IN RED DEER COUNTY, SYLVAN LAKE AND MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY AND DOWN SO FAR THIS YEAR IN LACOMBE AND LACOMBE COUNTY

 

 

THURS PM NEWSFILE (JUL 10)

 

RON AND CARI MCLEAN ARE READY (JUL 10) - SOME STAR POWER IS GETTING BEHIND RED DEER'S BID TO HOST THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES. THE BID COMMITTEE REVEALED RON MCLEAN AND HIS WIFE CARI AS HONORARY CHAIRS FOR RED DEER'S BID. BOTH RON AND CARI WERE BORN AND RAISED IN RED DEER AND DID NOT HESITATE AT THE CHANCE TO BACK OUR CITY'S BID TO HOST THE GAMES. THE COUPLE WILL BE IN RED DEER ON AUGUST 22ND FOR THE RED DEER IS READY RALLY, WHICH FALLS ON THE SAME DAY THE EVALUATION COMMITTEE MAKES THEIR VISIT. THE FINAL DECISION BETWEEN RED DEER AND LETHBRIDGE IS EXPECTED IN SEPTEMBER.

MAN INJURED ON HWY 22 (JUL 10) - A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER NORTH OF SUNDRE EARLY THIS MORNING (THU) HAS SENT ONE MAN TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES. IT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 4 WHEN A SOUTHBOUND TRUCK ON HIGHWAY 22 ROLLED INTO THE WESTSIDE DITCH, TRAPPING THE MALE DRIVER INSIDE. SUNDRE RCMP CONSTABLE MIKE MARTIN SAYS IT RESULTED IN THAT SECTION OF HIGHWAY BEING SHUT DOWN FOR OVER THREE HOURS WHIEL EMERGENCY CREWS TENDED TO THE SCENE. MARTIN BELIEVES THE DRIVER IS FROM THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE AREA BUT DOESN'T KNOW HIS AGE AT THIS TIME.
HE ADDS, IT APPEARS SPEED WAS A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

RCMP LOOKING FOR SUSPECT (JUL 10) - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY INVITED SEXUAL TOUCHING FROM A 12 YEAR OLD BOY LAST SATURDAY. RCMP SAY THE BOY WAS IN HIS PARKVALE YARD AT 48TH AVENUE AND 46TH STREET AROUND 5PM WHEN A MAN HANGING AROUND THE AREA, PASSED BY ONCE THEN APPROACHED HIM WITH THE OFFER. THE MAN LEFT WHEN THE BOY'S PARENT'S APPROACHED AND WAS LAST SEEN WALKING SOUTH TOWARDS ROTARY PARK BUT POLICE COULDN'T FIND HIM. A SIMILAR INCIDENT TOOK PLACE IN THE PINES NEIGHBOURHOOD ON JUNE 27TH WHERE A 14 YEAR OLD BOY WAS APPROACHED.

AHS WARNS ABOUT SMOKEY AIR (JUL 10) - ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES IS WARING PEOPLE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA ABOUT SOME SMOKEY AIR. SMOKE FROM FOREST FIRES IN THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ARE HEADING SOUTH, AND COULD BE SEEN OR SMELT IN OUR REGION WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS. AS A RESULT, A PRECAUTIONARY AIR QUALITY ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED. THE SMOKE SHOULDN'T BE A MAJOR HEALTH CONCERN, BUT IF YOU DO EXPERIENCE DISCOMFORT IN YOUR EYES OR THROAT IT'S BEST TO SIMPLY STAY INDOORS.

EVANS STILL MISSING (JUL 10) - RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A MISSING TEENAGER. 15 YEAR OLD SHAINA EVANS WAS REPORTED MISSING ON JUNE 27TH, AND AS OF TODAY RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE STILL UNSURE OF HER WHEARABOUTS. YOU CAN CONTACT THE RCMP IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING.


CHARGES DROPPED IN ALLEGED STABBING (JUL 10) - CHARGES WERE DROPPED IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (MON) FOR A THREE HILLS MAN ACCUSED IN AN ICE HUT STABBING ON SYLVAN LAKE LAST YEAR.
28 YEAR OLD CASEY STAPLE WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH FOUR COUNTS IN THE JANUARY 2013 INCIDENT WHERE RCMP SAY TWO MEN GOT INTO A FIGHT AT AN ICE HUT, WITH ONE GETTING STABBED.
STAPLE WAS IN COURT FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING TO DETERMINE IF THERE WAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR THE CASE TO GO TO TRIAL.
MOUNTIES SAY THEY DIDN'T KNOW THE MOTIVE FOR THE ASSAULT BUT ADD IT TOOK PLACE AFTER A NIGHT OF DRINKING

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE, JULY 9TH

 

PICK-UPS COLLIDE, KILLING ONE - ONE MAN IS DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED AFTER TWO PICK-UPS COLLIDED SOUTH OF SYLVAN LAKE.  AROUND 9 AM YESTERDAY, A WESTBOUND DRIVER FAILED TO YIELD AT THE INTERSECTION OF RANGE ROAD 10 AND TOWNSHIP ROAD 380.  A SOUTHBOUND DRIVER WAS BROADSIDED, BATTERED AND BRUISED WITH BROKEN FINGERS, BUT MANAGED TO FLAG DOWN HELP.  THE OTHER DRIVER, A 54-YEAR OLD MAN DIED ON SCENE.  ALCOHOL DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A FACTOR BUT THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

RCMP SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN - RCMP ARE EXPANDING THE SEARCH FOR A MISSING GIRL WHO HAS DISAPPEARED FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THE LESS THAN TWO MONTHS.TANEASHA THOM IS NATIVE, FIVE FOOT FIVE WITH HAIR DYED TEAL AND SHAVED ON ONE SIDE.  THE 16-YEAR OLD IS FROM PONOKA BUT POLICE BELIEVE SHE'S IN THE RED DEER AREA.  THOM WAS THE SUBJECT OF ANOTHER MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATION WHEN SHE DISAPPEARED IN LATE JUNE AND RESURFACED, UNHARMED MORE THAN 2 WEEKS LATER.  A PHOTOGRAPH OF THOM IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE.

RED DEER WARNED OF POSSIBLE CHILD PREDATOR  - A CHILD LURING INCIDENT HAS RCMP ON THE HUNT FOR THE MAN RESPONSIBLE.  POLICE SAY, ON JULY 3RD, A BOY WAS PLAYING IN HIS YARD IN THE ANDERS NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN HE WAS APPROACHED BY A STRANGER.  THE MAN, DRIVING A WHITE SUV CROSSOVER, CLAIMED HE WAS A CAB DRIVER, AND OFFERED THE CHILD A DRIVE TO THE BEACH.
THE FOUR-YEAR OLD WENT TO HIS MOTHER INSTEAD, AND MAN FLED THE AREA.  THE SUSPECT IS IN HIS LATE TWENTIES TO EARLY THIRTIES WITH DARK SKIN AND DREAD LOCKS.
 

MAN CHARGED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT - A RED DEER MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AFTER AN INCIDENT AT THE PORT O'CALL SAFEWAY DOWNTOWN ON MONDAY NIGHT.  IT HAPPENED AROUND 10 O'CLOCK WHEN A WOMAN CONFRONTED A MAN WHO HAD ALLEGDLY SEXUALLY TOUCHED HER.  THE SUSPECT WAS CHASED OUT OF THE STORE BY STAFF AND SPOTTED BY MEMBERS OF THE ALBERTA LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TEAM WHO WERE DRIVING THROUGH THE AREA AND SAW WHAT WAS HAPPENING.  THE SUSPECT WAS DETAINED UNTIL RCMP ARRIVED MOMENTS LATER.  THAT SUSPECT'S NAME WILL BE RELEASED ONCE THE CHARGES ARE SWORN, WITH MORE CHARGES STILL POSSIBLE.

VETERAN MARCHES FOR PTSD AWARENESS - GOVERNMENT FAILURES ARE RE-VICTIMIZING THOSE ALREADY TRAUMATIZED BY COMBAT.  THAT MESSAGE FROM CANADIAN VETERAN STEVE HARTWIG WHO IS MARCHING ACROSS CANADA TO RAISE AWARENESS SURROUNDING PTSD.  HE SAYS PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING WITHOUT ADEQUATE RESOURCES AND UNDERSTANDING. HARTWIG ARRIVED IN RED DEER THIS AFTERNOON.
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HOSPITAL OPENS NEW PARENT CARE SUITE - FAMILIES CARING FOR A SICK INFANT CAN NOW STAY TOGETHER.  WITH THE HELP OF A DONATION FROM THE KINSMEN CLUB, A NEW $140,000 SUITE HAS OPENED AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL.  THE THREE BEDROOM FACILITY ALLOWS BOTH MOTHERS AND FATHERS TO STAY OVERNIGHT WITH THEIR CHILDREN, UNDER THE WATCHFUL CARE OF NURSES. PAST CONTRIBUTIONS FROM KINSEM CLUB TO THE HEALTH FOUNDATION HAVE ALSO HELPED CREATE A LOUNGE FOR TEENAGED PATIENTS AND A NEW PLAY AREA FOR THE KIDS.

IMPAIRED DRIVERS BEWARE - A WARNING FROM RED DEER MOUNTIES THAT THEY'RE ZEROING IN ON IMPAIRED DRIVERS. RCMP SAY THEY NOW HAVE FOUR OFFICERS THAT HAVE BECOME CERTIFIED DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERTS OR "D.R.E.'S".  THEY SAY THESE OFFICERS WERE PUT TO GOOD USE DURING A CHECKSTOP ON JUNE 28TH WHEN THEY IDENTIFIED TWO MOTORISTS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS.
CORPORAL MATT LABELLE SAYS THE OFFICERS ARE TRAINED TO CONDUCT EXAMINATIONS OF PUPIL SIZE, REACTION TO LIGHT, BLOOD PRESSURE, PULSE RATE, BODY TEMPERATURE AND MUSCLE TONE IF DRIVERS PERFORM POORLY ON FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS.
 

 

TUESDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE, JULY 8TH

 

TODDLER DROWNS SOUTH OF OLDS - RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER TRAGEDY STRUCK DURING A FAMILY REUNION IN OLDS.  ON SUNDAY NIGHT, POLICE WERE CALLED TO A RURAL HOME SOUTH OF TOWN AFTER A FOUR YEAR OLD BOY WAS DISCOVERED FACE DOWN IN A POND.  THE TODDLER WAS RUSHED TO CALGARY HOSPITAL BUT LATER DIED.  THE BOY AND HIS FAMILY WERE VISITING FROM THE UNITED STATES. FOUL PLAY IS NOT SUSPECTED.


WOMAN DIES IN FIREPIT ACCIDENT - A RED DEER WOMAN IS DEAD AFTER FALLING INTO A CAMPFIRE.  THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AROUND 6AM SUNDAY AT A PRIVATE CAMPGROUND NORTH OF TORRINGTON.  POLICE SAY THE THE 53-YEAR OLD SUSTAINED SEVERE BURNS AFTER HER CLOTHING CAUGHT FIRE.  SHE SUCCUMBED TO HER INJURIES HOURS LATER IN CALGARY HOSPITAL.  AN AUTOPSY HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND THE DEATH IS NOT CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS.  THE WOMAN'S IDENTITY HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.


FOUL PLAY TO BLAME IN DOWNTOWN APARTMENT FIRE - CITY RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING AN ARSON AT A DOWNTOWN APARTMENT LAST MONTH.  IT HAPPENED ON THE EVENING OF JUNE 28TH ON 51ST STREET AND 50TH AVENUE WHEN ACCELERANT WAS THROWN ON AN APARTMENT DOOR AND THEN LIT ON FIRE.  THREE PEOPLE INSIDE THE PARTMENT TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY TO PUT IT OUT THEN ESCAPED THROUGH A REAR WINDOW.  EMS CREWS ARRIVED AND EVACUATED THE BUILDING BEFORE PUTTING THE FIRE OUT.  NO ONE WAS HURT AND NO WORD YET ON A DAMAGE ESTIMATE.


RCMP TURN UP THE HEAT ON IMPAIRED DRIVERS - IMPAIRED DRIVERS BEWARE.  THAT MESSAGE FROM RED DEER RCMP WHO SAY THE NOW HAVE FOUR OFFICERS RECENTLY CERTIFIED TO IDENTITY DRIVERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS.  CORPORAL MATT LABELLE SAYS THE DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERTS OR "D.R.E.'S" WERE PUT TO GOOD USE DURING A CHECKSTOP HELD ON JUNE 28TH.  TWO MOTORISTS WERE ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE BEING IMPAIRED BY DRUGS.  LABELLE SAYS THE OFFICERS CAN ADMINISTER EXAMINATIONS ON PUPIL SIZE, REACTION TO LIGHT, BLOOD PRESSURE, PULSE RATE, BODY TEMPERATURE AND MUSCLE TONE IF A DRIVER FAILS SOBRIETY TESTS.


NIXON IN, ANGLIN OUT - THE NEW WILDROSE NOMINEE IN THE RIMBEY-ROCKY RIDING SAYS HIS LEADERSHIP WILL NOT BE OVERSHADOWED BY THE CONTROVERSIES OF THE CAMPAIGN.  JASON NIXON HAS OUSTED SITTING MLA JOE ANGLIN.  AND HE'S IS DOWNPLAYING ACCUSATIONS OF CAMPAIGN MISCONDUCT MADE BY HIS OPPONENT, AND PROMISING TO UNIFY THE PARTY.  ANGLIN CLAIMED THAT NIXON BROKE CAMPAIGN RULES, AND SAID THAT THINGS HAD BECOME SO HEATED IN THE POLITICAL BATTLE THAT HE ALLEGEDLY RECEIVED DEATH THREATS AND BRIBES. NIXON NETTED 242 VOTES, ANGLIN ONLY FETCHED 122.


BBQ BRUSH LANDS RED DEER WOMAN IN HOSPITAL - AS SUMMER BARBECUE SEASON KICKS OFF, A RED DEER WOMAN IS OFFERING A CAUTIONARY TALE.  KIM SCHELENBERG IS RECOVERING FROM MULTIPLE SURGERIES AFTER ACCIDENTALLY INGESTING A METAL BRISTLE FROM A GRILL BRUSH. SHE SAYS HER FREAK ACCIDENT SHOULD ACT AS A WARNING TO CONSUMERS. ALTHOUGH RARE, GRILL BRUSHES ARE TO BLAME FOR OTHER MEDICAL SCARES AND THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL HAS A ISSUED WARNINGS IN THE PAST.


PLANNED OUTAGE SOUTH OF HOSPITAL - IT WILL BE LIGHTS OUT FOR HUNDREDS OF RED DEER RESIDENTS ON WEDNESDAY.  A HANDFUL OF APARTMENT BUILDINGS ALONG 52ND AVENUE, 36TH STREET, 37 STREET AND 39TH STREET WILL BE KICKED OFF THE GRID FOR MOST OF THE DAY.  POWER WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM APPROXIMATELY 8:30 UNTIL 4PM AS CITY CREWS COMPLETE UPGRADES TO THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM.  FOR A DETAILED LIST OF AFFECTED PROPERTIES, VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.


SAFE CAMPAIGN REACHES OUT - RESIDENTS IN THE MOUNTVIEW AND SUNNYBROOK NEIGHBOURHOODS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN SOME ACTIVITIES BEING RUN BY THE CENTRAL ALBERTA CRIME PREVENTION CENTRE THIS WEEK.  RESIDENTS ARE BEING ASKED TO GET OUT AND MEET ONE ANOTHER, TALK ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD AND CLEAN UP THEIR AREA.  THE CENTRE IS HOSTING A BBQ AND ALSO LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HAND OUT FLYERS FOR A COMMUNITY CLEAN AND GRAFFITI ABATEMENT TAKING PLACE ON THURSDAY.


ALBERTA SET TO DITCH OLD LISCENCE PLATES - IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO CHOOSE ALBERTA'S NEW LICENCE PLATE.  THE PROVINCE HAS LAUNCHED AN ONLINE SURVEY AS IT LOOKS TO REVAMP THE CURRENT DESIGN, WHICH HAS BEEN USED ON ALBERTA RIDES FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. YOU CAN VOTE ON THREE POSSIBLE OPTIONS AT ALBERTA.CA.
 

 

 

MON PM NEWSFILE (JUL 7)

 

DREAM HOME WINNER DRAWN (JUL 7) - THE LUCKY WINNER OF THIS YEAR'S RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION LOTTERY WAS DRAWN THIS AFTERNOON. BRUCE SEMENIUK OF RED DEER WAS DRAWN AS THE WINNER OF AN 800 THOUSAND DOLLAR DREAM HOME IN VANIER WOODS. THE REAL WINNER HOWEVER IS THE HOSPITAL ITSELF, WHERE ABOUT 1 MILLION DOLLARS IN PROCEEDS WILL SUPPORT THE NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE CENTRE, UPGRADED LIGHTING FOR LABOUR AND DELIVERY, AND SERVICES IN GASTROENTEROLOGY. THE LOTTERY SOLD OUT VERY QUICKLY, AND THE FOUNDATION IS VERY THANKFUL FOR EVERYONE WHO PURCHASED A TICKET.

WILDFIRE MAY BRING SMOKE TO RED DEER (JUL 7) - A WILDFIRE BURNING WEST OF NORDEGG MAY BRING A HAZE TO RED DEER. THE BLAZE, COVERING MORE THAN 16-HUNDRED HECTARES,  CAUSED BY LIGHTNING,  IS BEING HELD NEAR THE BANFF BORDER. WILDFIRE RANGER BARRY SHELLIAN (SHELLY-ANNE) SAYS, DEPENDING ON WEATHER, SMOKY CONDITIONS COULD BE CARRIED TO COMMUNITIES ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA IN THE COMING DAYS. THE BLAZE HAS CLOSED A PORTION OF HIGHWAY 11, AND A HANDFUL OF NEIGHBORING RECREATION SITES, INCLUDING THOMPSON PROVINCIAL PARK, ARE NOW OUT OF BOUNDS.

4,000 SOWS KILLED (JUL 7) - A PIG BARN AT THE BENTLEY HUTTERITE COLONY WAS RAVAGED BY FIRE THIS MORNING. ONE OF TWO ADJOINING HOG BARNS ON SITE HAS BEEN LEVELED. EMERGENCY OFFICIALS SAY UP TO 4-THOUSAND SOWS WERE KILLED BUT HAD NO OFFICIAL ESTIMATE ON THE COST OF DAMAGES. BENTLEY FIRE, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM SYLVAN, LACOMBE, BLACKFALDS AND ECKVILLE DEPARTMENTS REMAIN ON SCENE...EXTINGUISHING HOT SPOTS. THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE REMAINS UNDETERMINED.

DOWNTOWN POOL TO DISCUSSECOUNCIL MAY BE DIVING INTO A MAJOR RECREATIONAL INVESTMENT. RED DEER COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN AQUATICS CENTRE AT ROTARY PARK. PLANNERS SAY A 75 MILLION DOLLAR FACILITY WITH 54 METRE INDOOR POOL, AND A 25 METRE LEISURE OUTDOOR POOL-WOULD FOOT THE BILL. THE PROJECT, WHICH COMES AFTER YEARS OF PLANNING AND A PRICEY DESIGN PROCESS WILL BE UP FOR DEBATE DURING MONDAY'S MEETING.

HATCHING A NEW BYLAW (JUL 7) - RED DEER RESIDENTS ARE ALL AFLUTTER OVER THE PROSPECT OF BACKYARD CHICKENS. AND COUNCIL IS CLUCKING IT OVER FOR A FINAL TIME TODAY. REGIONAL GOVERNMENT WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON A BYLAW WHICH WOULD ALLOW FOR UP TO 4 BACKYARD HENS...AND PUT 65 OWNER LISCENCES UP FOR GRABS ACROSS THE CITY. THE PENDING VOTE COMES AFTER A YEAR-LONG PILOT PROJECT. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE IS NOW CONSIDERING A SIMILAR BIRD-FRIENDLY BYLAW.

BUSY TIMES FOR RED DEER AIRPORT (JUL 7) - THE NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT CONTINUES TO CLIMB AND LAST YEAR'S NUMBER HAS PUT OUR FACILITY AT NUMBER ONE IN THE COUNTRY FOR REGIONAL AIRPORTS. THAT ACCORDING TO AIRPORT CEO RJ STEENSTRA WHO SAYS THEY SAW OVER 49 THOUSAND AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS THERE IN 2013. HE SAYS THEIR RECENT RANKING IS FURTHER EVIDENCE OF THE GROWING ROLE THE AIRPORT IS PLAYING IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. 51 OTHER REGIONAL AIRPORTS WERE ALSO MEASURED IN THE ANNUAL REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY NEWS FILE, JULY 6TH

 

ANGLIN OUSTED - CARD CARRYING MEMBERS OF THE WILDROSE HAVE OUSTED JOE ANGLIN FROM HIS RIDING.  THE WILDROSE HELD A VOTE IN THE RIMBEY-ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE-SUNDRE DISTRICT THIS WEEKEND AND MEMBERS HAVE SELECTED JASON NIXON AS THEIR CANDIDATE FOR THE NEXT PROVINCIAL ELECTION.  THE TALLY COMES AFTER WEEKS OF CONTROVERSY, ACCUSATIONS OF MISCONDUCT AND ALLEGATIONS OF SHADY POLITICAL DEALINGS FROM ANGLIN. HOWEVER, PARTY LEADER DANIELLE SMITH SAYS SHE HAS FULL CONFIDENCE IN NIXON AS A CANDIDATE, AND THE PROCESS WHICH ELECTED HIM.

AIRDRIE PROPERTY LINKED TO MISSING TRIO - THE SEARCH FOR A MISSING CALGARY BOY HAS SHIFTED TO A RURAL PROPERTY OUTSIDE AIRDRIE.  A MAN, BEING DESCRIBED AS A PERSON OF INTEREST HAS BEEN TAKEN IN FOR QUESTIONING,  AND A GREEN FORD, SIMILAR TO THE ONE SOUGHT BY POLICE HAS BEEN LOCATED IN THE AREA. FIVE YEAR OLD NATHAN O'BRIEN AND HIS GRANDPARENTS HAVE BEEN MISSING FOR NEARLY A WEEK.

STABBING SUSPECTS SOUGHT - RCMP ARE SEEKING A TRIO OF SUSPECTS IN CONNECTION WITH A STABBING ON THE C-N WALKING BRIDGE. AROUND 2 AM SATURDAY, POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE OF THE ATTACK.  INVESTIGATORS SAY THE 21-YEAR OLD VICTIM AND ANOTHER MAN ENCOUNTERED A GROUP OF MEN ON THE BRIDGE, WHEN A BRAWL BROKE OUT. THE VICTIM WAS STABBED ONCE IN THE STOMACH BEFORE RUNNING TO A NEARBY HOUSE FOR HELP. HE WAS TREATED FOR NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL. A FULL DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECTS IS AVAILABLE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

TWO INJURED IN OLDS CRASH - RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A CRASH NEAR OLDS LANDED TWO PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL. AROUND 5:30 SATURDAY NIGHT, EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 27 AND RANGE ROAD 281. AN EASTBOUND VEHICLE WAS ATTEMPTING TO TURN LEFT OFF THE HIGHWAY WHEN IT WAS STRUCK BY ANOTHER VEHICLE ATTEMPTED TO PASS SEVERAL CARS AT A TIME,.
A WOMAN FROM THREE HILLS WAS AIRLIFTED TO CALGARY, WHILE THE MAN IN THE OTHER VEHICLE WAS TRANSPORTED TO RED DEER REGIONAL-BOTH WITH NON-CRITICAL INJURIES. POLICE SAY CHARGES ARE PENDING.

COUNCIL PONDERS POOL PROPOSAL - COUNCIL MAY BE DIVING INTO A MAJOR RECREATIONAL INVESTMENT.  RED DEER COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN AQUATICS CENTRE AT ROTARY PARK.  PLANNERS SAY A 75 MILLION DOLLAR FACILITY WITH 54 METRE INDOOR POOL, AND A 25 METRE LEISURE OUTDOOR POOL-WOULD FOOT THE BILL- THE PLAN, WHICH COMES AFTER YEARS OF PLANNING AND A PRICEY DESIGN PROCESS WILL BE UP FOR DEBATE DURING MONDAY'S MEETING.

MEASLE RISK DISSIPATES IN ALBERTA - A MEASLES OUTBREAK DECLARED IN EDMONTON THIS SPRING HAS BEEN CALLED OFF.  THE BULLETIN COMES WEEKS AFTER AN ALERT FOR CENTRAL ALBERTA-INCLUDING THE RED DEER AREA- WAS CALLED OFF.  HOWEVER, DOSES OF THE IMMUNIZATION ARE STILL FREELY AVAILABLE AND THOSE VULNERABLE, INCLUDING YOUNG CHILDREN, ARE ENCOURAGED TO UPDATE THEIR SHOTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES.CA.
 

 

SATURDAY MORNING NEWS FILE- JULY 5TH

 

VOTING DAY IN CONTESTED WILDROSE RIDING - A POLITICAL BATTLE, FUELED BY ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT AND ALLEGED DEATH THREATS IS COMING TO A HEAD TODAY.  THE WILDROSE IS HOLDING A VOTE IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE-SUNDRE RIDING TODAY, TO DETERMINE THEIR CANDIDATE FOR THE NEXT ELECTION.  THE TALLY COMES AFTER WEEKS OF WILD ACCUSATIONS FROM CURRENT MLA JOE ANGLIN.  ANGLIN SAYS HIS OPPONENT, JASON NIXON BROKE THE RULES IN MAKING HIS BID, AND HAS CLAIMED THAT TORY IMPOSTERS WITHIN PARTY MEMBERSHIP ARE OUT TO GET HIM.  PARTY LEADER DANIELLE SMITH HAS DOWNPLAYED THE CONTROVERSY- SAYING THAT ALL PROTOCOL HAS BEEN STRICTLY FOLLOWED.

SEARCH FOR MISSING SWIMMER CONTINUES - A HEART WRENCHING SEARCH CONTINUES, WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.  AROUND 8:30 ON CANADA DAY, A GROUP OF SWIMMERS AT THE BRAZEAU DAM CANAL LOST SIGHT OF ONE OF THEIR GROUP.  25-YEAR OLD TRENT BEAVERBONES WAS LAST SEEN JUMPING INTO THE WATER, BUT NEVER RESURFACED.  RESCUE CREWS, HAVE SCOURED THE AREA BY BOTH AIR AND WATER FOR DAYS, BUT HAVE FOUND NO TRACE OF THE MISSING MAN.

DRIVER KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH - EMERGENCY CREWS ARE RESPONDING TO A FATAL CRASH ALONG HIGHWAY 39.  AT 5:30 THIS MORNING, RCMP WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE OF A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLL OVER NEAR THE JUNCTION WITH RANGE ROAD 35.  THE DRIVER WHO SUCCUMBED TO THEIR INJURIES, WAS THE SOLE OCCUPANT OF THE VEHICLE.  AS THE ON-SCENE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES, DRIVERS CAN EXPECT DELAYS IN THE AREA THROUGHOUT THE MORNING.  NO FURTHER DETAILS WERE PROVIDED.

NORDEGG WILDFIRE BURNS UNABATED - A WILDFIRE BURNING WEST OF NORDEGG MAY BRING A HAZE TO RED DEER TODAY.  THE BLAZE, COVERING ROUGHLY 50 HECTARES AS OF FRIDAY NIGHT, CAUSED BY LIGHTNING IS CONSIDERED OUT OF CONTROL NEAR THE BANFF BORDER.  OFFICIALS SAY THE FLAMES WILL BE ALLOWED TO BURN UNABATED- ALLOWING FOR REGENERATION OF THE REMOTE FOREST.  IT'S THE ONLY ALBERTA WILDFIRE CURRENTLY CONSIDERED OUT OF CONTROL.
 

 

 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE - JULY 4TH


TEEN DENIES MAKING SCHOOL THREATS - NOT GUILTY PLEAS IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY BY A YOUTH ACCUSED OF MAKING THREATS AT HUNTING HILLS HIGH SCHOOL THIS SPRING.  THE 17 YEAR OLD WHO CAN'T BE NAMED PLED NOT GUILTY TO UTTERING THREATS AND MISCHIEF TO PROPERTY UNDER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, SO WILL NOW GO TO TRIAL ON OCTOBER 9TH.  IT WAS ON APRIL 16TH WHEN RCMP AND THE POLICE DOG SERVICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF AN ANONYMOUS NOTE FOUND IN THE SCHOOL, INDICATING A POTENTIAL THREAT TO SEVERAL STUDENTS.  A SEARCH OF THE BUILDING DID NOT FIND ANY ITEMS OR INDIVIDUALS THAT POSED A DANGER TO STUDENTS OR STAFF AT THE SCHOOL AND NO ONE WAS HURT.

CRIME SPREE SENTENCING SET - A RED DEER MAN CHARGED IN A ONE DAY SERIES OF CRIMES LAST MONTH WILL BE SENTENCED LATER THIS SUMMER.  27 YEAR OLD ANDREW LAGRELLE PLED GUILTY TO SIX OF NINE COUNTS AGAINST HIM EARLIER THIS WEEK AND WILL BE SENTENCED AUGUST 25TH.  IT WAS ON JUNE 9TH WHEN RCMP RESPONDED TO AN ARMED ROBBERY, CAR THEFT AND HIT AND RUN.  THE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY RESISTED ARREST WHEN FOUND HIDING IN THE BACKYARD OF A BOWER RESIDENCE.

INJURED QUADDER RESCUED -  SUNDRE RCMP WERE JOINED BY HELICOPTERS, FIRE AND SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS TO HELP RETRIEVE A 56 YEAR OLD MAN SUFFERING FROM SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER A QUADDING ACCIDENT ON THURSDAY.  IT HAPPENED ON SOME STEEP TERRAIN WHEN THE MAN ROLLED HIS QUAD AND HAD IT LAND ON HIM WHILE RIDING WITH A GROUP.  CORPORAL RYAN HODGE SAYS THE GROUP WAS EXPERIENCED AND WELL EQUIPPED TO HANDLE AN EMERGENCY, HAVING THE RIGHT GEAR THAT HELPED EMERGENCY CREWS FIND THE MAN.  HODGE SAYS GPS, SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, FIRST AID KITS, PRE-PLANNING AND SURVIVAL GEAR IS ESSENTIAL FOR A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE TRIP TO THE BACK COUNTRY.

SAFETY OFFICIALS HIGHLIGHT WATER RISKS - SAFETY OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING TO PREVENT TRAGEDY ON RED DEER WATERWAYS.  ALTHOUGH LOCAL RIVERS HAVE DROPPED FROM THEIR SPRING PEAK, THEY REMAIN CONGESTED WITH SILT AND DEBRIS. AND NO MATTER HOW CLEAR AND CALM THE WATER, FAILING TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS CAN LEAVE YOU AT RISK.  ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD, ENSURE SOMEONE KNOWS YOUR PLANNED ROUTE, WEAR A LIFEJACKET AND BRING PLENTY OF SUPPLIES.
 

NEW ENFORCEMENT FOR SATURDAY MARKET PARKING - VISITORS TO THE RED DEER MARKET TOMORROW CAN EXPECT TO SEE INCREASED PARKING ENFORCEMENT IN THE AREA FROM NOW ON.  CITY OFFICIALS SAY PARKING HAS BECOME A CONCERN AS THE NUMBER OF VISITORS CONTINUES TO CLIMB AND THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL PARKING JOBS INCREASING AS WELL.  CITY SPOKESPERSON DEB COMFORT SAYS NEARBY RESIDENTS HAVE HAD ISSUES WITH VEHICLES PARKING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY OR BLOCKING DRIVEWAYS AND GARAGES.  EMERGENCY ACCESS IS ALSO BEING RESTRICTED FROM BACK LANES BEING BLOCKED BY VEHICLES.  COMFORT ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO ALSO CONSIDER BIKING OR TAKING TRANSIT TO THE MARKET.

BENALTO RODEO - ABOUT 25 HUNDRED TOURISTS ARE EXPECTED TO ROLL THROUGH BENALTO THIS WEEKEND FOR THEIR 97TH ANNUAL PRO RODEO. IT ALL STARTS TONIGHT , WITH FIRST PERFORMANCES READY TO GO AT 7. EVENTS ARE ALSO ONGOING ALL DAY TOMORROW AND SUNDAY IN BENALTO. PERFORMANCES GET GOING AGAIN TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7 THEN AT 1 SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
 

 

TEENAGER MISSING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Nakayo Poucette Was Last Seen On Wednesday)

 

Red Deer RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 13 year old Nakayo Poucette who was reported missing on July 2nd.  She resides in the Red Deer area but police checks have not located her to date. She was last seen in the Glendale area of Red Deer.

Nakayo Poucette is described as:

·        Aboriginal
·        5’3 tall
·        145 lbs
·        Long black hair
·        Brown eyes
·        No scars or piercing's
·        Wearing jeans and black sweater

Photo attached.

If you have any information on Nakayo Poucette’s whereabouts you are asked to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403.343.5575.
 

 

 

THURS PM NEWSFILE (JUL 3)

 


MISSING TEEN -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(14 Year Old Sierra Puttick Is Missing)

 

RED DEER CITY RCMP ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP IN FINDING A MISSING TEENAGE GIRL. 14 YEAR OLD SIERRA PUTTICK WAS LAST SEEN ON TUESDAY.
 


CONNON GETS 7 YEARS (JUL 3) - IT'S SEVEN YEARS IN JAIL AND A TEN YEAR FIREARMS BAN FOR A RED DEER MAN CHARGED IN A HOME INVASION THIS PAST WINTER. THIS AFTER 27 YEAR OLD KYLE CONNON WAS CONVICTED ON FIVE COUNTS IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY. TWO OTHER MEN ARE ALSO CHARGED IN THE FEBRUARY 17TH INCIDENT IN WHICH RCMP DISRUPTED A HOME INVASION IN PROGRESS AT A WEST PARK RESIDENCE ON 56TH AVENUE. POLICE SAY THE SUSPCTES HAD A GUN AND MODIFIED BASEBALL BAT AND WEARING MASKS WHILE THE VICTIM HAD BEEN BOUND, GAGGED AND BEATEN.

LAGRELLE PLEADS GUILTY (JUL 3) - GUILTY PLEAS IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (WED) BY A LOCAL MAN CHARGED IN A SERIES OF CRIMES IN OUR CITY LAST MONTH. 27 YEAR OLD ANDREW LAGRELLE PLED GUILTY TO SIX OF NINE COUNTS AGAINST HIM IN THE JUNE 9TH INCIDENTS AND IS IN COURT AGAIN TODAY TO SPEAK TO THOSE CHARGES. LAGRELLE IS ACCUSED OF BEING INVOLVED IN AN ARMED ROBBERY, CAR THEFT AND HIT AND RUN BEFORE ALLEGEDLY RESISTING ARREST


HOUSING PROJECT UNDERWAY AT OLDS COLLEGE (JUL 3) - STUDENTS OF OLDS COLLEGE STAND TO BENEFIT FROM A SOD TURNING CEREMONY TODAY. SHUNDA CONSULTING AND CONSTRUCTION BROKE GROUND  ON A BRAND NEW STUDENT HOUSING FACILITY SLATED TO OPEN IT'S DOORS NEXT SUMMER. "OLDS COLLEGE CENTENNIAL VILLAGE" WILL HAVE SPACE FOR 450 STUDENTS AND FEATURE PRIVATE ROOMS THAT INCLUDE INDIVIDUAL WASHROOMS AND SHOWERS, DOUBLE SIZE BEDS, LARGE CLOSETS, WI-FI AND OTHER SHARED AMENITIES. THE NEW STUDENT AND CONFERENCE ACCOMODATIONS WILL BE LOCATED BEHIND THE OLDS AQUATIC CENTRE.

 

 

WED PM NEWSFILE  (JUL 2)

 

EXTREME WEATHER ON WAY (JUL 2) - ENVIRONMENT CANADA IS CALLING FOR SOME EXTREME WEATHER TOMORROW. IN A STATMENT THIS AFTERNOON, THEY SAY SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MAY DEVELOP TOMORROW NIGHT THAT COULD BRING WINDS AROUND 90 KILOMETRES AN HOUR AND LOONEY SIZED HAIL TO CENTRAL ALBERTA. THERE ARE NO WATCHES OR WARNINGS AT THIS POINT, BUT EVERYBODY'S ASKED TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE SKIES AND FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

C02 BLAMED IN DEATH (JUL 2) - MORE PUBLIC EDUCATION ABOUT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IS THE MAIN RECOMMENDATION STEMMING FROM A PUBLIC FATALITY REPORT INTO THE DEATH OF A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN. THE REPORT SAYS 85 YEAR OLD SUSANNA KLASSEN OF LINDEN, SOUTHWEST OF THREE HILLS, DIED OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING ON JANUARY 31ST OF 2008, TEN DAYS AFTER AN INCIDENT AT THE SUNSHINE VILLAS CONDOMINIUM BUILDING IN LINDEN. THAT'S WHEN SEVERAL RESIDENTS WERE REMOVED AND EVACUATED FROM THE BUILDING WHEN IT WAS DISCOVERED THERE WAS A CO2 LEAK AT THE FACILITY WHERE NUMEROUS OCCUPANTS WERE FEELING SICK AND WOOZY. THE REPORT FOUND THE

PHILIP TO BE SENTENCED (JUL 2) - SENTENCING WILL TAKE PLACE LATER THIS SUMMER FOR A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN ACCUSED OF ORDERING HER DOG TO ATTACK ANOTHER WOMAN. 59 YEAR OLD RITA PHILLIP OF SUNDRE WILL BE SENTENCED ON COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE CAUSING BODILY HARM AFTER BEING CONVICTED IN CALGARY COURT LAST MONTH. IT WAS IN AUGUST OF 2012 WHEN A 26 YEAR OLD WOMAN AT A MOBILE HOME PARK IN WEST CENTRAL ALBERTA SUFFERED CRITICAL INJURIES AFTER BEING MAULED BY A PITBULL TYPE DOG.
 


UBRAN CHICKENS IN ROCKY? (JUL 2) - URBAN CHICKENS MAY BE ROOSTING IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE NEXT. WEEKS AFTER RED DEER APPROVED A BACKYARD HEN PROGRAM AND THE CITY PUT 65 ANNUAL LICENCES UP FOR GRABS, ROCKY COUNCIL IS ALSO CONSIDERING THE MOVE. RESIDENTS CAN JOIN THE CONVERSATION AT AN UPCOMING PUBLIC HEARING ON JULY 7TH. ROCKY'S lIVESTOCK BYLAW WOULD ALLOW UP TO FOUR BACKYARD BIRDS.
 
A MOM IN NEED (JUL 2) - THE MOTHER OF RED DEER TWINS WHO HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES SINCE DAY ONE IS STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. KATRINA HATCH HAS BEEN LIVING AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE SINCE SHE GAVE BIRTH TO AUSTIN AND JAXSON AT ONLY 26 WEEKS GESTATION IN JUNE OF 2013. HEALTH COMPLICATIONS HAVE LEFT THE FAMILY STRUGGLING, BUT THERE IS A LOCAL CAMPAIGN ON 'YOU CARING DOT COM', WHICH IS LOOKING TO PROVIDE THE SOME FINANCIAL RELIEF. IN THE MEANTIME, HATCH HAS LAUNCHED HER OWN CAMPAIGN, LOOKING TO GIVE BACK TO THE HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY. SHE ASKING YOU TO GIVE BLOOD IN HONOUR OF THE TWINS FIRST BIRTHDAY.
 

 

 

 

 

RED CROSS STEPS IN AFTER CITY FIRE ON CANADA DAY (JUL 2) -- AN EARLY MORNING HOUSE FIRE ON TUESDAY HAS RESULTED IN FOUR LOCAL RESIDENTS RECEIVING HELP FROM THE CANADIAN RED CROSS. OFFICIALS SAY THE VICTIMS HAVE RECEIVED EMERGENCY FOOD, HYGIENE KITS, CLOTHING AND ACCOMODATION FOR THE NEXT 72 HOURS. DETAILS ON THE FIRE ITSELF ARE UNAVAILABLE AT THIS POINT.


MAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER CRASH NEAR STETTLER (JUL 2) -- A BASHAW MAN IS IN AN EDMONTON HOSPITAL WITH LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AFTER A CRASH NORTH OF STETTLER EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 9 ON HIGHWAY 56, ABOUT 19 KILOMETRES NORTH OF TOWN WHEN A 2012 FORD ESCAPE FAILED TO NEGOTIATE AN APPROACH AND ENDED UP IN A POND WITH THE DRIVER AND TWO DOGS TRAPPED INSIDE. ONE OF THE DOGS DIED IN THE CRASH WITH THE CAUSE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.


BC MAN CHARGED IN HIGHWAY CRASH (JUL 2) -- A 55 YEAR OLD MAN FROM KAMLOOPS B.C. WAS CHARGED AFTER A SEMI SIDE-SWIPED A MINIVAN, SUV AND CAR IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE QE2 NEAR BOWDEN MONDAY MORNING. IT HAPPENED AROUND 11:30 WITH THE JACK KNIFED SEMI FORCING TRAFFIC ONTO A PARALLEL GRAVEL ROAD FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND 45 MINUTES WHILE EMERGENCY CREWS TENDED TO THE SCENE. RCMP SAY HIGHWAY CREWS WERE CONDUCTING CRACK SEALING WORK IN THE AREA AND THE SEMI DRIVER FAILED TO SLOW DOWN TO THE POSTED 80 KILOMETRES PERHOUR SPEED LIMIT ON TIME.


INQUIRY FINDS ELDERLY WOMAN DIES FROM CO2 POISONING (JUL) -- A PUBLIC FATALITY INQUIRY INTO THE DEATH OF A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN SIX YEARS AGO HAS FOUND CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING TO BE THE CAUSE OF DEATH. 85 YEAR OLD SUSANNA KLASSEN OF LINDEN, SOUTHWEST OF THREE HILLS, WAS ONE OF SEVERAL OCCUPANTS OF THE SUNSHINE VILLAS CONDOMINIUM THAT WERE EVACUATED ON JANUARY 21ST OF 2008 AFTER MANY WERE FEELING SICK AND WOOZY THAT DAY. KLASSEN DIED TEN DAYS LATER. THE REPORT NOTES THE SUNSHINE VILLAS WERE NOT EQUIPPED WITH CO2 DETECTORS AS THEY WERE NOT PART OF ALBERTA'S BUILDING CODE AT THE TIME. MORE PUBLIC EDUCATION ABOUT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING WAS THE MAIN RECOMMENDATION STEMMING FROM THE INQUIRY.


SUNDRE WOMAN TO BE SENTENCED IN DOG ATTACK (JUL 2) -- SENTENCING WILL TAKE PLACE LATER THIS SUMMER FOR A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN ACCUSED OF ORDERING HER DOG TO ATTACK ANOTHER WOMAN. 59 YEAR OLD RITA PHILLIP OF SUNDRE WILL BE SENTENCED ON COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE CAUSING BODILY HARM AFTER BEING CONVICTED IN CALGARY COURT LAST MONTH. IT WAS IN AUGUST OF 2012 WHEN A 26 YEAR OLD WOMAN AT A MOBILE HOME PARK IN WEST CENTRAL ALBERTA SUFFERED CRITICAL INJURIES AFTER BEING MAULED BY A PITBULL TYPE DOG.


LARGE PART 55TH STREET CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER (JUL 2) -- A LARGE SECTION OF 55TH STREET WILL SOON BE OUT OF BOUNDS.
STARTING TODAY, CONSTRUCTION WILL CLOSE THE BUSY ROUTE BETWEEN 50TH AVENUE AND 48TH AVENUE. MAINTENANCE AND WORK TO UPGRADE UNDERGROUND UTILITIES IS EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER. THE UPGRADES ARE JUST THE FIRST PHASE OF CITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO SPAN WELL INTO 2015.


ACCUSED IN ROADSIDE DEATH IN COURT TODAY (JUL 2) -- A MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF A WOMAN ON A  ROADSIDE NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE IS DUE IN COURT TODAY. POLICE SAY TRISHA WISE OF ONTARIO WAS WALKING ALONG A GRAVEL ROAD NORTH OF HIGHWAY 12 ON JUNE 22ND WHEN WAS STRUCK BY AN SUV. RCMP ALLEGE THE 20 YEAR OLD VACATED THE VEHICLE AFTER A HEATED ARGUMENT WITH THE DRIVER MOMENTS BEFORE. CHRISTOPHER ROSS OF CLEARWATER COUNTY IS CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH. POLICE CLAIM THE ACCUSED BLEW NEARLY THREE TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT.


ALBERTA RANKS HIGH IN ONLINE SURVEY (JUL 2) -- WE'RE NUMBER ONE. THAT IS IF YOU HEED THE RESULTS OF THE LATEST ABUCUS DATA SURVEY. THEIR ANNUAL 'BEST AND WORST PROVINCES' REPORT HAS HIGH PRAISE FOR ALBERTA. WE EARNED TOP MARKS FOR GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT, LOW INCOME TAXES AND A BUSINESS FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT. NEARLY 1-THOUSAND PEOPLE RESPONDED TO THE ONLINE SURVEY, CONDUCTED IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR.

 

MONDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE, JUNE 30TH

 

PROBE DETERMINES SYLVAN LAKE MAN DIED OF DRUG OVERDOSE-

THERE ARE NO RECOMMENDATIONS STEMMING FROM A PUBLIC FATALITY REPORT INTO THE DEATH OF A FORMER SYLVAN LAKE MAN SIX YEARS AGO. 31 YEAR OLD COLIN CASSELL WAS THE FATHER OF TWO YOUNG CHILDREN AND DIED AT THE U OF A HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON ON MAY 21ST OF 2008. THE INQUIRY FOUND CASSELL HAD BEEN USING COCAINE AND DIED AFTER DEVELOPING SOME BLEEDING ON HIS BRAIN. RUN INS WITH RCMP AND DRUG DEBT COLLECTORS IN FORT MCMURRAY THAT YEAR ALSO PRECEDED HIS DEATH.


SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN EXPANDS - THE SEARCH IS ON FOR A MISSING 15-YEAR OLD GIRL. SHAINA EVANS WAS REPORTED MISSING ON JUNE 27TH. SHE LIVES IN THE RED DEER AREA BUT HAS BEEN KNOWN TO FREQUENT ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.  SHE'S ABORIGINAL, 5 FOOT 5, 115 POUNDS WITH BLACK HAIR AND BROWN EYES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT POLICE.
 

FUGITIVE FOUND IN BLACKFALDS - A BLACKFALDS MAN WANTED ON 33 OUTSTANDING CHARGES WAS CAPTURED BY LOCAL MOUNTIES OVER THE WEEKEND. RCMP WERE SEARCHING FOR THE MAN ON SUNDAY AND LOCATED HIM AT A BLACKFALDS RESIDENCE AFTER CONTAINING THE HOME. AFTER THE HOMEOWNER CONSENTED TO A SEARCH, THE SUSPECT WAS FOUND HIDING IN A CLOSET UNDER A BLANKET. 37 YEAR OLD MARVIN LODGE IS SLATED TO BE IN RED DEER COURT ONO MONDAY.


HIT AND RUN SUSPECTS SOUGHT - RCMP ARE LOOKING TO TRACK DOWN THE DRIVER RESPONSIBLE FOR A HIT AND RUN. POLICE SAY A YOUNG BOY WAS STRUCK WHILE BIKING ALONG GREENHAM DRIVE ON THURSDAY. AROUND 4:40 PM A VEHICLE BACKED INTO THE BOY IN THE EXPRESS 24 PARKING LOT. MOUNTIES SAY TWO YOUNG WOMEN IN A LIGHT BROWN VEHICLE, POSSIBLY A FORD, SPED AWAY FROM THE SCENE, HEADED NORTH. THE BOYS INJURIES WERE MINOR.


FIRE INCINERATES VEHICLE - FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO A BLAZE AT A RIVERSIDE BUSINESS THIS AFTERNOON. OFFICIALS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE AT BULLDOG SCRAP METAL AROUND 4 PM. A VEHICLE WAS ABLAZE IN THE PARKING LOT ALONG 78TH STREET CRESCENT. DETAILS ARE LIMITED BUT OFFICIALS SAY THE FIRE WAS INTIALLY AT RISK OF ENVELOPING THE MAIN GARAGE BUILDING ON SITE. FIRE OFFICIALS WERE UNAVAILABLE TO CONFIRM REPORTS THAT THE BLZE WAS EXTINGUISHED SHORTLY BEFORE 5PM.


RED DEER CELEBRATES CANADA DAY - THE COUNTDOWN TO CANADA DAY BEGINS. THE ANNUAL BASH AT BOWER PONDS WILL BE BACK AGAIN, WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, ETHIC FOOD AND PERFORMANCES ...AND THE FINALE- A FIREWORKS DISPLAY STARTING AT 11 PM. A REMINDER, ACCESS TO BOWER WILL BE LIMITED TO TRAILS AND TRANSIT THIS YEAR, IN LIGHT OF ONGOING CONSTRUCTION ON TAYLOR DRIVE. A PARK AND RIDE SERVICE WILL BE RUNNING FROM MEMORIAL CENTRE EVERY 15 MINUTES.... AND A CITY CENTRE SHUTTLE WILL BE RUNNING FROM SORENSON STATION EVERY 30 MINUTES.

PLAY WITH FIRE AND YOU MIGHT GET BURNED- FEDERAL SAFETY OFFICIALS ARE REMINDING YOU TO CELEBRATE WITH CARE THIS CANADA DAY. YOU'RE ENCOURAGED TO LET THE PROFESSIONALS HANDLE THE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS BUT IF YOU PLAN ON SETTING SOME OFF ANY WAY- ENSURE YOU FOLLOW ALL MUNICIPAL BYLAWS. PURCHASE THEM FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE, SET THEM UP IN A CLEAR, OPEN SPACE AND KEEP A SUPPLY OF WATER AND A FIRE EXTINGUSIHER ON HAND.


55TH STREET CONSTRUCTION - A LARGE SECTION OF 55TH STREET WILL SOON BE OUT OF BOUNDS.  STARTING JULY 2ND CONSTRUCTION WILL CLOSE THE BUSY ROUTE BETWEEN 50TH AVENUE AND 48TH AVENUE. MAINTENANCE AND WORK TO UPGRADE UNDERGROUND UTILITIES IS EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER. THE UPGRADES ARE JUST THE FIRST PHASE OF CITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO SPAN WELL INTO 2015.
 

 

 

UPDATE -WOMAN KILLED IN FIERY CRASH, JUNE 30TH

POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM IN A FIERY CRASH ON 67TH STREET, BUT THEY WILL NOT BE DIVULGING HER NAME.  A WOMAN'S BODY WAS RECOVERED FROM THE WRECKAGE NEAR ORR DRIVE LAST NIGHT. POLICE SAY A SILVER PORSCHE WAS SPEEDING ERRATICALLY , TRAVELLING EASTBOUND FROM HIGHWAY 11.  THE FEMALE DRIVER RAN TWO RED LIGHTS, MOMENTS BEFORE LOSING CONTROL, CROSSING THE MEDIAN AND CAREENING INTO A TREE.  THE DECEASED WAS ALONE IN THE VEHICLE AND NO OTHER INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

 

 

SUNDAY MORNING NEWS FILE, JUNE 29TH

 

ACCUSED PREDATOR PLEADS NOT GUILTY - A 21-YEAR OLD MAN, ACCUSED OF USING FACEBOOK TO PREY ON CHILDREN IS FIGHTING THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM. THE ACCUSED HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY IN THE CASE.  ACCORDING TO POLICE, THE RED DEER SUSPECT PRODUCED CHILD PORN AND USED SOCIAL MEDIA SITES TO COERCE A 13-YEAR OLD VICTIM INTO SENDING HIM EXPLICIT IMAGES ONLINE.  JUSTIN ANDREW PECK WILL APPEAR BEFORE THE COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH ON JULY 11TH FOR ARRAIGNMENTS.

RED DEER FRAUDSTER JAILED - A RED DEER MAN ACCUSED OF DEFRAUDING HIS FORMER EMPLOYER OF OVER A HUNDRED GRAND HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN JAIL.  52 YEAR OLD NIALL SHARPE WAS CONVICTED ON ONE COUNT OF FRAUD OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DRUMHELLER COURT ON THURSDAY AND SAW TWO OTHER COUNTS AGAINST HIM DROPPED.  HE WAS ARRESTED IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR AFTER THREE HILLS RCMP CONCLUDED A LENGTHY INVESTIGATION.  SHARPE WAS A SIX YEAR EMPLOYEE OF KNEEHILL COUNTY WHO RESIGNED FROM HIS POSITION AS EMERGENCY SERVICES OFFICER IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR.

DOWNTOWN FIRE CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS - AN INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AFTER AN EARLY MORNING FIRE ERUPTED INSIDE A DOWNTOWN APARTMENT BUILDING.  EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE AT 5129 50TH AVENUE SHORTLY AFTER 8 YESTERDAY MORNING.  MINOR SMOKE AND FIRE DAMAGE WAS INCURRED BUT NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  POLICE CONSIDER THE FIRE SUSPICIOUS IN NATURE BUT SAID THERE IS NO RISK TO PUBLIC SAFETY. NO SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN NAMED IN THE CASE.

TAX DEADLINE LOOMS - TIME TO GET YOUR PROPERTY TAXES IN ON TIME IS RUNNING OUT.  THE CITY OF RED DEER IS REMINDING YOU THAT THE DEADLINE IS TOMORROW, THE 30TH.  THOSE WHO FAIL TO MEET THE DEADLINE WILL BE FORCED TO PAY A PENALTY- SIX PER CENT WILL BE TACKED ON TO YOUR OUTSTANDING BILL.   PAYMENTS CAN BE SENT IN BY MAIL, BUT THEY MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JUNE 30TH TO AVOID ANY LATE FINES. YOU CAN ALSO COUGH UP, IN PERSON, AT CITY HALL.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT RED DEER.CA

RED DEER WOMAN'S MEMOIRS TO HIT SILVER SCREEN - A RED DEER WOMAN WHO SURVIVED A MONTHS-LONG KIDNAPPING IN SOMOLIA HAS SOLD HER STORY TO HOLLYWOOD. AMANDA LINDHOUT WAS WORKING AS A JOURNALIST IN MOGADISHU IN 2008 WHEN SHE WAS CAPTURED BY A GROUP OF REBEL TERRORISTS AND HELD CAPTIVE FOR MONTHS- BEFORE HER FAMILY WAS ABLE TO PAY HER RANSOM. HOW HER ACCLAIMED MEMOIR, A HOUSE IN THE SKY, WHICH DETAILS HER BRUTAL TIME IN CAPTIVITY WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO A FILM.
ANNAPURNA PICTURES, ALONGSIDE ACTRESS ROONEY MARA WILL ADAPT THE STORY FOR THE SILVER SCREEN.
 

 

SATURDAY MORNING NEWS FILE, JUNE 28TH

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE DOWNTOWN APARTMENT FIRE- A DOWNTOWN APARTMENT FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE AT 5129 50TH AVENUE SHORTLY AFTER 8 THIS MORNING. THE SMALL BLAZE ERUPTED INSIDE A TOP STORY UNIT AND CAUSED MINOR SMOKE AND FIRE DAMAGE BEFORE IT WAS EXTINGUISHED.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED BUT POLICE HAD TO HELP CONTROL AT LEAST ONE TENANT WHO BECAME AGGRESSIVE WITH FIREFIGHTERS ON SCENE.  POLICE WOULD NOT CONFIRM OR DENY WHETHER THE FIRE WAS SUSPICIOUS IN NATURE. 52ND STREET BETWEEN GATZ AND 49TH AVENUE WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR SEVERAL HOURS AS THE ON SCENE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES ARE YOU'RE ASKED TO AVOID THE AREA.

FRAUD CASE LANDS RED DEER MAN IN JAIL - A RED DEER MAN ACCUSED OF DEFRAUDING HIS FORMER EMPLOYER OF OVER A HUNDRED GRAND HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN JAIL.  52 YEAR OLD NIALL SHARPE WAS CONVICTED ON ONE COUNT OF FRAUD OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DRUMHELLER COURT ON THURSDAY AND SAW TWO OTHER COUNTS AGAINST HIM DROPPED.  HE WAS ARRESTED IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR AFTER THREE HILLS RCMP CONCLUDED A LENGTHY INVESTIGATION.  SHARPE WAS A SIX YEAR EMPLOYEE OF KNEEHILL COUNTY WHO RESIGNED FROM HIS POSITION AS EMERGENCY SERVICES OFFICER IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR.

RAUNCHY PHOTO LANDS LOCAL EDUCATOR IN HOT WATER - A LEWD PHOTO HAS A HANDFUL OF PARENTS WITHDRAWING THEIR CHILDREN FROM A CENTRAL ALBERTA SCHOOL. THE IMAGE POSTED TO FACEBOOK IN 2009 SHOWS THE PRINCIPAL OF CRESTOMERE SCHOOL SIMULATING FELLATIO ON THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT WHILE ON AN EDUCATION CONFERENCE. ALTHOUGH PENNY MUELLER HAS BEEN CLEARED OF ANY WRONDOING BY THE ALBERTA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, PARENTS SAY SHE SHOULD BE DISCIPLINED BY ADMINSTRATION.  THEY CLAIM THAT MUELLER'S QUESTIONABLE CONDUCT ON SOCIAL MEDIA HAS CONTINUED UNABATED WITH OFF COLOUR JOKES AND CONTENT, AND THEIR FORMAL AND INFORMAL COMPLAINTS OVER HER BEHAVIOUR HAVE GONE UNHEARD.

RCMP CALL FOR HELP IN BATTLE AGAINST BAD DRIVING - WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE.  LEFT IN THE DUST OF A DANGEROUS DRIVER WITH LITTLE MORE THAN ROAD RAGE TO SHOW FOR IT.  CITY RCMP ARE ENCOURAGING YOU TO REPORT BAD DRIVING BEHAVIOUR, AND THEY SAY THREE PIECES OF INFORMATION ARE CRITICAL WHEN MAKING THAT CALL. A LICENCE PLATE NUMBER, DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE AND A WRITTEN STATEMENT FROM YOU.  YOU SHOULD CALL THE RCMP COMPLAINT LINE, EXPECT WHEN YOU SUSPECT THE DRIVER MAY BE IMPAIRED...IN THAT CASE, CALL 9-1-1 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

BLOOD BANKS RUN DANGEROUSLY DRY - IT'S IN YOU TO GIVE, BUT NOT ENOUGH CANADIANS ARE ACTUALLY GIVING IT.  CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES IS APPEALING FOR LIFE-SAVING DONATIONS AS THEY COPE WITH A FIVE-YEAR LOW IN INVENTORY.  A SPIKE IN DEMAND, PAIRED WITH AN AGING DONOR BASE AND THE SUMMER SEASON HAS CREATED THE PERFECT STORM FOR THE CRITICAL SERVICE  THE AGENCY SAYS THE SHORTAGE HAS, SO FAR, NOT AFFECTED THE LEVEL OF CARE AFFORDED TO PATIENTS, BUT THEY'RE CONCENRED THAT SITUATION MAY CHANGE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RED DEER CLINIC, CALL 1-800-2-DONATE.
 

 

FRI PM NEWSFILE (JUNE 27)

 

WOMAN DIES IN CLEARWATER COUNTY (JUNE 27) - AN ARGUMENT TURNED FATAL FOR A 20 YEAR OLD NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE LAST WEEKEND. RCMP SAY JESSICA WISE OF ONTARIO WAS WALKING ON RANGE ROAD 54 NORTH OF HIGHWAY 12 AT AROUND 2 AM LAST SATURDAY WHEN SHE WAS HIT BY AN SUV. IT'S ALLEGED HER BOY FRIEND WAS BEHIND THE WHEEL, AND THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AFTER AN ARGUMENT.
WISE WOULD SUCCUMB TO HER INJURIES. RCMP HAVE CHARGED 28 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM ROSS, WHO MOUNTIES SAY BLEW 3 TIMES OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT.

DESHARNAIS HEADING TO JAIL (JUNE 27) - A SIX YEAR JAIL SENTENCE HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN TO A RED DEER MAN CONVICTED OF BRUTALLY RAPING A SEX TRADE WORKER. THIS AFTER 25 YEAR OLD NATHAN DESHARNAIS WAS CONVICTED ON THREE COUNTS DURING HIS TRIAL IN RED DEER COURT THIS WEEK. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED IN JUNE OF 2012 WHEN DESHARNAIS MET THE WOMAN ONLINE AFTER ANSWERING AN ADD ON CRAIGSLIST. DESHARNAIS WAS GIVEN CREDIT FOR TIME ALREADY SERVED SO NOW HAS FOUR YEARS LEFT BEHIND BARS.

 

O'CONNELL SENTENCED (JUNE 27) - A RED DEER BOXER WAS SENTENCED TO THREE AND A HALF YEARS IN JAIL THIS WEEK AFTER BEING CONVICTED IN CALGARY COURT THIS SPRING OF POSSESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING. 25 YEAR OLD CAMERON O'CONNELL WAS ALSO GIVEN A TEN YEAR FIREARMS BAN FOR HIS PART IN A POLICE BUST WHERE NINE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AND ACCUSED OF SUPPLYING DRUGS TO SEVERAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS AND STREET GANGS IN THE PROVINCE. THE RAIDS TOOK PLACE IN RED DEER, CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE IN OCTOBER OF 2009 AND SAW 1.5 MILLION BUCKS WORTH OF COCAINE SEIZED.

COUNTY WARNS ABOUT RIVER SAFETY (JUNE 27) - SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE AND EMERGENCY OFFICIALS WANT YOU TO HAVE FUN, BUT BE SAFE. RED DEER'S DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF GREG ADAIR SAYS IF YOUR LONG WEEKEND PLANS INCLUDE RAFTING ON THE RIVER, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PROPER EQUIPMENT.  A LIFE JACKET THAT FITS, SUITABLE CLOTHING, WATER AND OTHER NECESSITIES IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES. HE ADDS, ALTHOUGH THE RED DEER RIVER HAS DROPPED A BIT OVER THE PAST WEEK, IT IS STILL HIGHER AND FASTER THAN NORMAL, VERY DIRTY AND HAS DEBRI FLOATING IN IT, SO BE CAREFUL.

DANIELLE SMITH VISITS MICHENER CENTRE (JUNE 27) - ALBERTA'S WILDROSE PARTY WOULD INVEST AN ADDITIONAL 50 MILLION DOLLARS IN HOMECARE AND STRENGTHEN THE AISH PROGRAM IF ELECTED AS THE NEXT GOVERNMENT IN 2016. THAT ACCORDING TO LEADER DANIELLE SMITH WHO STOPPED IN RED DEER TODAY (FRI) TO OUTLINE HER PARTY'S POLICIES ON THE PROVINCE'S MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS.
SMITH SAYS HER GOVERNMENT WOULD ALSO KEEP RED DEER'S MICHENER CENTRE OPEN. SMITH'S POLICY ON CARING FOR SENIORS, CHILDREN AND THE DISABLED IS THE THIRD OF NINE ANNOUNCEMENTS THE PARTY IS MAKING THIS SUMMER DURING IT'S "MOVING ALBERTA FORWARD" CAMAPIGN.


WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE (JUNE 27) -  LEFT IN THE DUST OF A DANGEROUS DRIVER WITH LITTLE MORE THAN ROAD RAGE TO SHOW FOR IT. CITY RCMP ARE ENCOURAGING YOU TO REPORT BAD DRIVING BEHAVIOUR, AND THEY SAY THREE PIECES OF INFORMATION ARE CRITICAL WHEN MAKING THAT CALL. A LICENCE PLATE NUMBER, DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE AND A WRITTEN STATEMENT FROM YOU. YOU SHOULD CALL THE RCMP COMPLAINT LINE, EXPECT WHEN YOU SUSPECT THE DRIVER MAY BE IMPAIRED...IN THAT CASE,  CALL 9-1-1 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.