Thursday, August 28, 2014

Justine has left the building


Justine Jorgensen

Working at the Pincher Creek Voice this summer has been my first ever "real" job. Well, that's not entirely true - last year I did work one day at a greenhouse; unfortunately, a few days later I sustained a rugby injury, thus terminating my ability to be of any use to my employer. So I'm not sure if that counts.

It has been a great experience working as a reporter these past two months. When I showed up on the first day, I spent maybe ten minutes in the office as Toni explained my job, then I was sent out for my first story, on July 1. I have to admit, I might have been a bit flustered amid the Canada Day bustle. Nonetheless, I snapped pictures, took notes, and interviewed strangers, all in all discovering it wasn't as difficult and terrifying as I expected. When I returned to the office at the end of the day, Toni remarked cheerfully, "So you haven't run screaming yet!"

Canyon School Daycare opens September 2

Lynn Lievers with her son Kash signing up for daycare
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Canyon School is opening the Canyon School Daycare facilities on September 2, under the management of  Director Catherine Oczkowski. They held an open house for parents and children to visit on Wednesday, August 27. People were welcomed into a  room was bright and well appointed with toys and supplies.

Kash and Stran playing while mom gets more information

Policing in Alberta to August 28, 2014


Investigation into James Lee's disappearance continues
Fort McMurray flasher sought by police
Airdrie B&E suspect sought by police
Unique gold ring found in Red Deer
Please drive safely this weekend
Retired Chief Judge Gail Vickery passes away
Back to school safety reminders
Man arrested for Fox Lake homicide
Chainsaw theft near Girouxville
Free the Fuzz Red Deer raises more than $21,000
Danny soon to be returning to work
MVC on Highway 1 at Redcliff
Firearm found near McLennan
1,100 vehicles checked at Calgary landfills
Man charged in Farah shooting
Nighttime break-ins in Calgary
New elementary school zone speed limits in Edmonton

Notes from August 25, 2014 meeting of Pincher Creek Town Council

Land Use Bylaw amendments: Bylaw 1547 T, U, and V
Budgets approved for aesthetic improvement 
Signing authority assigned to positions, rather than people
AUMA planning discussed
Related stories:
Toni Lucas

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek met on the evening of August 25, 2014. In attendance were Mayor Don Anderberg and Councillors Adrian Hartman, Wayne Elliott, Mark Barber, Tammy Rubbelke, Lorne Jackson, and Doug Thornton. CAO Laurie Wilgosh and Oldman River Regional Services Commission Planner Ryan Dyck were also in attendance.

Livingstone School registration August 28 and 29

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Livingstone School Registration
New Students Only
(Returning students do not need to pre-register!)

Thursday, August 28 8:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Friday, August 29 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Please bring your child’s birth certificate and Alberta Health Care Card

Classes begin on Tuesday, September 2


MCC Arena ice scheduling meeting September 16

MCC ARENA ICE SCHEDULING MEETING

All groups or individuals wishing to use the MCC Arena on a regular basis for the 2014/2015 Winter Season are requested to attend a Scheduling & Information meeting to be held Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Arena Lobby. Allocations for weekly ice time and special events will be discussed at the meeting. 

For more information contact the Recreation Office at 403-627-4322 or email rec@pinchercreek.ca.

Marshmallow roast held at Crestview Lodge


Justine Jorgensen

On Thursday August 28, nine residents from Vista Village travelled to Crestview Lodge to join in a marshmallow roast. The group lounged in chairs and basked in the sun behind the main building at Tranquility Park while a fire was lit and drinks were handed out. "We try to get out as often as we can but this is the first time we've had Vista Village," explained Crestview Lodge Activity Coordinator Charmaine Tienkamp. Both Tienkamp and Jennifer Crook, the organizer from Vista Village, helped roast the marshmallows and make s'mores.

Alberta Ombudsman to visit Pincher Creek and Lethbridge

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Do you have a complaint with how you were treated by an Alberta government department, agency, board, commission, designated professional organization, or Alberta Health Service’s patient concerns office?

Alberta Ombudsman investigators are visiting Lethbridge and Pincher Creek. You can book an appointment to discuss your concerns with them.



September 17
Lion’s Den Hall
644 Main Street, Pincher Creek
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September 18
Lethbridge Public Library
Theatre Gallery and Community Meeting Room
810 - 5 Ave. South, Lethbridge
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To book a consultation with an investigator, 
call toll-free 1-888-455-2756.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beaver Mines residents propose a community pathway

Toni Lucas

A delegation of citizens from the Hamlet of Beaver Mines appeared before the council for the MD of Pincher Creek on Tuesday August 26 regarding the possible development of a pathway system in Beaver Mines. Several that made a presentation in favour of the idea, and one citizen, Mike Lynch,  was opposed. Those that spoke in favour expressed concerns about people walking, jogging, or cycling along the highway and having a safe area for children to navigate the hamlet was also a stated priority.

Byelection for new Cowley councillor to be held September 22 (updated)

Linda Findlater resigned her position as Mayor and Councillor for the Village of Cowley effective July 7, 2014.

The Village of Cowley held a Nomination Day on Monday, August 25, 2014. Nominations for the election of candidates for the position of Councillor were received at the Village of Cowley Office.   A byelection has been scheduled for September 22, 2014.  The candidates are:
  • Mary Kittlaus
  • Warren Mickels
  • Doug Paton
  • Florence Williams
Voting will take place on Monday, September 22, 2014 between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm at the Cowley & District Community Hall, 122 Cameron Street, Cowley, Alberta

Advance voting will take place on Monday, September 15, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Village of Cowley Office, 518 Railway Avenue, Cowley, Alberta.

In order to vote you must produce identification:  photo ID and/or documentation with your name and address.

Policing in Alberta to August 27, 2014


Grande Prairie/Hythe fraudster sought
Copper wire theft in Grande Prairie
Pilot dies in amateur-built plane crash
Pedestrian fatality on Highway 2 near Balzac
LRPS investigates motorcycle collision
Armed Robbery at Mac’s in Airdrie
Multiple vehicle thefts in Airdrie
Do you know what you are taking?
Charges laid in Red Deer stabbing
Wood Buffalo traffic report
Update re weekend shooting in Calgary
Calgary car prowling suspects nabbed
Witnesses to incident in downtown Edmonton sought

Washed out road a concern for Twin Butte area landowner


Toni Lucas

Tony Bruder of Twin Butte Simmentals appeared before MD Council on Tuesday, August 26 to talk about the bridge washouts on Township road 29-2, and landslides below MD Township Road 29-2A by Yarrow Creek. He additionally brought before council concerns about the condition of MD Township Road 4-1A and MD Range Road 29-3, all south of Highway 505. His first comments were about the road washed out by the bridge. "This is a very heavily used road, and it has been out since the 28th of June flood. We are wondering when that repair will begin." Next Bruder discussed the washouts on 29-2A. "Obviously, if the bridge is out to the north of us, and washouts to the road to the south of us, we are very concerned how we are going to be able to get in and out of our place."

One of his concerns was about school busing. He said that Township Road 4-1 was poorly constructed for transit to the Gulf Plant in the area in the 1950s, which was demolished in 2006 after ceasing operations in the early 1980s. "It is an extreme drift hazard, as well as too narrow for MD standards," Bruder said.

Dead end bridge on Township Road 29-2

Town of Pincher Creek Fall Fitness offerings

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Town of Pincher Creek
FALL FITNESS OFFERINGS
AFTERNOON FITNESS BREAK &  COMMUNITY KEEP FIT


AFTERNOON FITNESS BREAK:

A variety of activities and exercises to accommodate all fitness levels – a little STEP, Circuit, Weight Training, Core Strength and Piloga to improve cardiovascular and strength. Newcomers and beginners always welcome! A good overall workout for all ages! Held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Date: September 9 – December 18, 2014 (cancelled November 11)
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Town Hall Gym, 962 St. John Avenue
Instructor: Hilary Matheson

Fees: 
3 Options: $145/adult and $72.50/student 
$55 - Book of 10 classes
$6.00 - Daily Drop-in Fee 

*This class requires a minimum of 5 full-time participants in order to run.

COMMUNITY KEEP FIT:

Held Monday and Wednesday, this class is designed for adults with chronic health conditions, those recovering from surgery or with inactive lifestyles. Start on the road to better health! Work at a level that is right for you! All ages welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. 

Date: September 15 – December 15, 2014
Time: 10:00 – 11:00am
Location: Town Hall Gym, 962 St. John Avenue 
Instructor: Jane Bruder

Fees: No Fees – this program is free of charge.

*REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES*

Register at the Recreation Office, 895 Main Street or with the Instructor.

Call 403-627-4322 for more information.

Honey harvest time at Ewelme Colony

Ewelme apiarist Phillip Walter
Chris Davis

Ewelme Hutterite Colony occupies a pretty piece of Alberta prairie next to the Waterton river north of Glenwood.  Equidistant to it are the towns of Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod.  The village of Glenwood just down the road to the south.  I visited during the final honey harvest of the year, earlier this month.

Ewelme was established in 1927 as an offshoot of the East Cardston Hutterite Bruderhof (founded in 1918), and is home to 87 people.  "We have branched off three times already," explained Ewelme apiarist Phillip Walter, when asked about the construction and beautification efforts evident at the colony.  "Things are looking up."


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

When to swath canola

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Agri-News

When it comes time to decide whether canola is ready to swath, it’s key that growers crack pods open and look for seed colour change before making the final decision.

“We’ve got a really wide variation in how much colour change might take place on the plant on the outside as opposed to what might be happening to the seeds on the inside,” says Keith Gabert, agronomist with the Canola Council of Canada. “The key is the seed colour change on the inside of the pod.”

St. Albert teen survives cougar attack in Waterton Park

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According to a report by the Canadian Press, Mykaela Belter, 17, of St. Albert had a close call on a trail in Waterton Lakes National Park after being grabbed by a cougar.  Her father yelled at the cougar, scaring it away, and she received some scratches. According to the Canadian Press report,  Resource Conservation Manager Dennis Madsen said the cougar was subsequently shot and killed by wildlife officers.

Click here for the full Canadian Press story, as published by nationalnewswatch.com

Proposed Turcott/Bank of Commerce addition to KBPV discussed again at Town Council meeting

Justine Jorgensen

The Pincher Creek and District Historical Society (PCDHS) has been planning to add the 110 year-old Turcott/Bank of Commerce building to the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) collection. The first proposed location was received with much displeasure from some of those who live close to the museum, who indicated their position at a Town Council meeting held July 28, 2014. A new location was suggested. PCDHS President Colleen Cyr attended a later Town Council meeting on Monday August 25 to reveal the response of many of the public on the new site.

Pincher Creek Community Adult Learning Council Fall Schedule

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PINCHER CREEK COMMUNITY ADULT LEARNING COUNCIL

What Did You Learn Today?



Call Monica or Annie @ 403-627-4478 / pinchercreekalc@gmail.com

We are now located at St. Michael’s school, Room 11. 



View our Calendar Online at: www.pincherlearn.ca or Visit us on Facebook!


Continue to read our Fall Schedule:

Trevor Birkmann talks business with Town Council

Justine Jorgensen

On Monday August 26, citizen Trevor Birkmann appeared before Pincher Creek's Town Council as a delegation in order to discuss business in Pincher Creek. Birkmann is a former member of Council.  He said he recently he toured the town and became aware of a growing issue. "I noticed... changes in the business atmosphere in Pincher Creek," he explained. "I want to highlight a couple of those changes and give you maybe an idea that I have of where I think maybe we're missing the advantage here." Birkmann mentioned noticing businesses pulling out of town, and wondered about plans to stop future closures. "What is the town's plan going forward?"

One recent loss of a business Birkmann referenced is that of Sobeys, which closed its doors this summer. "I realize it's not the Council's responsibility- no one could stop Sobeys from going the direction it went. But it's a big empty building on our Main Street. We got several." He proposed the Council reach out to discover a solution. "We have tons of different committees," he said. "Where's the business committee? Where's the committee that says, 'Hey put the brakes on, folks.' It's time to go to meet the business owners that pay license in this town and do some kind of a statistic study and say 'Are you growing? Are you slowing? And what can we do to help?'."

Missing Grande Prairie teen FOUND


Update: Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Jesse Fawcett was located on August 27, 2014. Fawcett is healthy and safe. Police would like to thank the media and public for their assistance.

Practice good cereal grain storage techniques

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Agri-News
An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development specialist says proper storage techniques are a must to maintain the quality of stored grain.  Producers that are harvesting their crops typically manage the grain by hauling directly to a grain buyer or putting the product into storage on the farm. If cereal grain is stored on the farm it is important to maintain the quality of the grain.

“The temperature and moisture content of the grain are two important factors that influence the length of time grain can be stored without a change in quality,” says Mark Cutts, crop specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Stettler. “In general, as grain temperature and moisture content increase, the allowable storage time decreases.”

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Pincher Creek (updated)

Co-op GM David Crowell takes the challenge
T. Lucas photo
Whispering Winds Community Manager Eileen Woolf
J. Jorgensen photo


Justine Jorgensen and Toni Lucas

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has hit Pincher Creek. On Monday August 25, Pincher Creek Co-op's General Manager David Crowell participated - he was nominated by his sister Jackie Knickle from Nova Scotia and in turn nominated three others: Robert Yankee, Nicki Schoening, and Doug Patten. This challenge has been sweeping social media as of late - many celebrities have even joined in. The goal is to raise money and awareness for the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.




On Tuesday August 26, residents at Whispering Winds also participated in the challenge, responding to their nomination by Golden Life Management. "It was good to have the residents involved," said Community Manager Eileen Woolf with a smile, as ice water dripped from her hair. Woolf did the challenge twice, as she was nominated a second time.

C&D Floral's Nicki Schoening's turn
T. Lucas photo
Update, August 28, 2014: On Wednesday, August 27, Nicki Schoening, the owner of C and D Floral Boutique accepted the challenge from David Crowell.  Schoening let her staff have the honour of dousing her.  "I told them 'This is your one time offer, do you want to dump a bucket of ice water on me?' Go figure, they all wanted to do it."  Linda Besler, Maureen Akitt, and Tammy Rubbelke each had a bucket to to pour.  Schoening took it in stride, declaring 'Refreshing'! as the ice water dripped off of her.


The staff showed their compassionate nature by presenting Schoening with flowers after her challenge.  She did not chose three people to nominate in the challenge, but instead offered that if anyone wishes to take her nomination to keep things moving forward she is more than agreeable.

Western Winter Wheat Initiative


Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Agri-News

A new group aims to offer information and support to winter wheat growers.

“The Western Winter Wheat Initiative is a collaboration among Bayer Crop Science, Richardson International, and Ducks Unlimited,” says Janine Paly, agronomist, Ducks Unlimited. “The purpose of this initiative is to build awareness and credibility of winter wheat as a highly productive crop option for western Canadian farmers.”

Winter Wheat tips

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Agri-News

“Winter cereal crops, including winter wheat, fall rye and winter triticale, are excellent for inclusion in a crop rotation,” says Mark Cutts, crop specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Stettler. “Winter wheat should be direct-seeded by early September, depending on the area of the province, and is usually harvested several weeks earlier than spring wheat the next year.”

Policing in Alberta to August 26, 2014


Missing Red Deer teen Andy Ferrier
Missing Red Deer man Duncan Lagrelle FOUND
4th person sought in downtown Calgary shooting
Cessna crash near Lloydminster
Injury MVC near High River
B&E to Dollar Store in Airdrie
B&E to business in rural Wetaskiwin
Stolen Trailer and contents recovered near McLennan
Vehicles recovered from Innisfail area chop shop
MVC near Nobleford
Armed robbery in Strathmore
Shooting incident in NE Calgary
U of C groper identified to police
Suspected voyeur busted in Calgary
Suspicious death in Edmonton
Man shot in Edmonton suite
Double fatality MVC in Edmonton
iTunes phishing scam


Missing Red Deer teen Andy Ferrier
Red Deer RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 14 year old Andy Ferrier. Ferrier was reported missing on August 16. He is known to spend time at Collicutt Centre, the G.H. Dawe Centre, downtown and at the skate parks, but RCMP checks at these locations have not located him so far.

Missing: Andy Ferrier
Andy Ferrier is described as:
  • Aboriginal
  • 5'8" tall
  • Approximately 140 – 150 lbs
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Last seen wearing a blue and yellow plaid shirt, dark jeans and black shoes
  • Last seen wearing a black hat with a blue brim; often may also be seen wearing a Chicago Bulls cap with a leopard print brim
If you have any information on Andy Ferrier’s whereabouts you are asked to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403.343.5575

Missing Red Deer man FOUND

4th person sought in downtown Calgary shooting

The Calgary Police Service is looking for a fourth person in relation to a weekend shooting that killed an innocent bystander.  The man is described as black, approximately 20-years-old, 5’10” tall and about 160 lbs. The man often wears a gold medallion around his neck.


At approximately 3 am Saturday, August 23, 2014, police were called to 11 Avenue and 1 Street S.W., for reports of gunfire.  Upon arrival, officers found a female suffering from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead on scene. An autopsy conducted today confirms her identity as Natasha Mohamed FARAH, 26, of Toronto.

The Calgary Police Service has three people already in custody in relation to to the incident.  The three individuals were arrested at a hotel in northwest Calgary and are currently being questioned.  A suspect vehicle that was observed leaving the scene of the shooting has been identified and located.

Any related photographs or videos can be sent to homicidetips@calgarypolice.ca

Cessna crash near Lloydminster

Kitscoty RCMP

On Saturday, August 23rd at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon, Kitscoty RCMP along with Marwayne Fire Department, Lloydminster Rescue Squad and Lloydminster Ambulance were dispatched to a plane crash that occurred approximately 35 km northwest of Lloydminster. The aircraft involved was a Cesna 180 float plane. The plane was travelling from Shoal Lake, MB with a final destination of Sherwood Park, AB.

The plane had 2 scheduled stops for refuelling, the first one in Prince Albert, SK and the second was at Pasatchaw Lakes, northwest of Lloydminster. The plane had just refuelled and was attempting to take off. The wind had calmed down, making it difficult for the pilot to get the plane off the water. On the third attempt the plane lifted off but the wind died down and the plane came down at an angle and caught the wing on the water, causing the plane to cartwheel and land upside down on the water. Both the pilot and passenger were able to get out of the plane and swim to shore. 

 Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured in the crash. Both were checked over by ambulance personnel and released. The crash was referred to the Transport Safety Board for their follow up.

Injury MVC near High River

High River RCMP

On Monday August 25, 2014 at approximately 8:04 am The High River RCMP were dispatched to an injury motor vehicle collision of Highway 552 and 192 nd Street East, involving a pickup truck and passenger car. The collision occurred at a controlled intersection, however at the time the intersection was foggy. Fire departments from the MD of Foothill and Blackie were on scene and extracted a female driver, who was listed in critical condition. This driver was transported by STARS air ambulance. A male, who was the driver of a pickup truck, did not appear to be injured. An RCMP collision re-constructionist as well as the Integrated Traffic Unit assisted with the investigation which remains active. The pickup truck was equipped with "On Star" which initiated the 9-1-1 system following the collision.

B&E to Dollar Store in Airdrie

Airdrie RCMP

On 24 August, 2014 Airdrie RCMP responded to a Break and Enter at The Dollar Store on Yankee Valley Boulevard.

Entrance to the store occurred sometime between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm, when an unknown suspect pried open the front door. RCMP and a Dollar Store employee attended, and found that the only items that appeared disturbed were cans of Silly String. Numerous cans appeared to be missing. Investigators also located cans outside the store.  Airdrie RCMP has seized evidence from the scene which is being analyzed by RCMP Forensic Identification Services. A local business with video surveillance has also agreed to assist.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to come forward.

B&E to business in rural Wetaskiwin

Wetaskwin RCMP

On August 9, at approximately 6:30 p.m., two male suspects driving a blue Jeep broke into a rural business in Wetaskiwin County. The two suspects removed a window and crawled through to gain entry into the shop. Jerry cans, tools, and other miscellaneous items were taken.

At 9:50 p.m. the Jeep and another unknown vehicle returned to the area and stole machinery and copper wire. The stolen items are valued at over $10,000.

Above is a picture of the two male suspects and the Jeep.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment at 780-312-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers does not require you to reveal your identity. Further, if your tip leads to an arrest, you may qualify for a cash reward.

Stolen Trailer and contents recovered near McLennan

McLennan RCMP

On August 22nd, 2014, the McLennan RCMP Detachment was advised of a trailer being suspiciously abandoned in a secluded area of Township Seven-Ninety, north of McLennan, Alberta.

Members attended and recovered an enclosed trailer and contents valued at approximately $30,000. Investigation revealed that the trailer had recently been stolen then left in a secluded spot where members of the McLennan RCMP Detachment believe the suspect(s) planned upon removing the contents of the trailer. A white Dodge SXT pick-up with aluminum wheels was reported in the area the trailer was recovered. The McLennan RCMP Detachment would like to thank the area residents who observed/reported the suspicious activity as they likely prevented the completion of the theft and allowed police to quickly recover the stolen property.

The McLennan RCMP Detachment would like to encourage area residents to remain vigilant to suspicious activity, people and vehicles and immediately report them to police as these reports often contribute to preventing and solving crime.

Vehicles recovered from Innisfail area chop shop

Innisfail RCMP

On the morning of August 23, 2014, Innisfail RCMP executed a search warrant at a rural property on South Pine Lake Road in located east of Innisfail, in Red Deer County, Alberta. With the assistance from members from the RCMP Auto Theft Units, Red Deer Police Dog Service, a search was conducted of the property in relation to an investigation into a possible 'chop shop' being operated at the location.

The search lead to the recovery of five stolen vehicles:
  • a 2012 Ford F350 diesel pickup truck with the engine and drive-train removed
  • a 2007 Ford F350 diesel pickup truck with the engine and drive-train removed
  • a 2013 3500 Chevrolet pickup truck, undamaged
  • a 2008 Ski Doo mountain snowmobile
  • a 27 foot Sunset Travel Trailer
Also located during the initial entry was a loaded .22 caliber rifle with a homemade silencer affixed to the barrel. In Canada any rifle which has a silencer attached is considered a prohibited firearm.

Two individuals were located and arrested on site. A 30 year old male Andrew MONTAGUE of Pine Lake, and a 37 year old male Kris ROWE are facing numerous charges most notable possession of stolen property exceeding $5000, and are scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court in September of 2014.

The file is still under investigation by the Innisfail RCMP.

MVC near Nobleford

Picture Butte RCMP

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m. Picture Butte RCMP attended a 2 vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 23 and Highway 519 near Nobleford, AB. Nobleford Fire Department and Emergency services on scene.

A south bound Lincoln MKZ, was in the left turning lane of Highway 23 waiting to turn east onto Highway 519. There were 2 vehicles stopped in northbound left turning lane of Highway 23 waiting to turn westbound on Hwy 519 obscuring the line of sight of the driver of the Lincoln. The Lincoln proceeded to turn left and struck a trailer being towed by a northbound Honda motorcycle, as the motorcycle was clearing the intersection.

No injuries were sustained by any involved.

Alcohol was not a factor in the collision. Charges are pending further investigation.

RCMP are encouraging drivers to take a little extra time at intersections to insure it is safe, before deciding to move through intersections.

Armed robbery in Strathmore

Strathmore RCMP

On August 23rd at approximately 9:00 pm Strathmore RCMP responded to an Armed Robbery at the Auto Spa located at 755 Lakeside Boulevard in Strathmore. Sometime after 8 PM on August 23rd, a male entered the car wash holding a knife and demanded the money from the clerk. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 30-40 years old wearing black coveralls and a full faced 'paintball ' style mask.

Shooting incident in NE Calgary

Calgary Police Service

The Calgary Police Service is currently investigating a shooting incident in the city’s northeast.

At approximately 1 a.m., today, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, police responded to reports of gunfire in the 0-100 block of Anaheim Circle N.E. When officers arrived they located two homes and a vehicle damaged by gunshots. Several casings have been seized by the Forensic Crime Scenes Unit for further testing.

No one was injured during the incident.

U of C groper identified to police

The Calgary Police Service has identified the offender in a recent groping incident at the University of Calgary.

The offender, who was spoken to by officers last week, has mental health and behavioural issues that detectives believe led to his approaching females on campus.

The encounters were mostly verbal, however, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, an 18-year-old woman was forcibly hugged by the man against her will.

After speaking with the man and his social worker, it has been determined that criminal charges would not serve the public interest in this case and a plan for increased supervision by his caregivers has been devised.

Man in custody for NW Calgary shooting

The Calgary Police Service can confirm Ulises Boris QUINTEROS, 51, has been arrested in Ontario.

At approximately 4 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, police were called to the 0 -100 block of Tuscany Springs Hill N.W., where a woman had been shot.  The victim was taken to hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition.

QUINTEROS is charged with:
  • Attempted murder
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Discharge of firearm with intent to wound, maim, disfigure
  • Choking with intent
  • Break and enter with the intent to harass
Details are still being worked out for QUINTEROS to be transferred to Calgary.

Suspected voyeur busted in Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance in relation to a voyeurism case which occurred earlier this month.

At approximately 5:25 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, a woman was riding the escalator at the Whitehorn LRT Station located at 3801 36 St. N.E., when she noticed an unknown man using a recording device to film underneath her skirt. She confronted the man, who fled in an unknown direction, before reporting the incident to Calgary Transit Peace Officers.

On Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at approximately 7 p.m., CPS was called to the Marlborough LRT Station located at 889 36 St. N.E., by Calgary Transit in connection to the voyeurism case. One man was arrested without incident.

Upon reviewing CCTV footage, it was discovered that he had taken additional images of two other female victims, who remain unidentified.

Investigators are now looking to identify the women and encourage them to come forward. Both victims are believed to have boarded an outbound CTrain at a downtown station, possibly 3rd Street, Centre Street or City Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

The first victim is described as an Asian woman, 20 to 35 years old, with dark hair pulled into a ponytail. She was wearing a pink and grey short-sleeved dress, sunglasses, a black purse, headphones and was carrying a shopping bag. She disembarked the lead car at the Whitehorn LRT Station at approximately 5:10 p.m.

The second victim is described as a Caucasian woman, 20 to 35 years old with red hair. She was wearing a dark-coloured pencil skirt, a grey ruffled top, a black cardigan, light-coloured flats and was carrying a large-sized purse. She disembarked the middle car at the Whitehorn LRT Station at approximately 5:20 p.m.

Christopher DARICHUK, 28, of Calgary has been charged with three counts of voyeurism.

Citizens are reminded to remain alert when in any public space and report suspicious activity to police. Investigators would like to thank Calgary Transit for their continued assistance with this investigation.

Anyone who has information about this case or believes they may have been a victim is encouraged to contact police at 403-266-1234.

Suspicious death in Edmonton suite

The Edmonton Police Service is investigating the suspicious death of a male, who was discovered in a suite near 107 Avenue and 110 Street.

Downtown Division patrol members responded to a ground floor suite at approximately 1:25 pm on Monday, August 25, 2014. Upon arrival, EPS patrol members discovered a deceased male, who appeared to be in his early 20s.

Homicide detectives have since taken over the scene, and continue to conduct interviews with residents in the building. Investigators have not yet determined whether the male’s death is criminal or non-criminal in nature.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted sometime on Tuesday to determine the cause of death and identity of the deceased.

Investigators believe there may have been several individuals in the suite over the past 24 hours. Anyone with information about the death of this male is urged to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm

Man shot in Edmonton suite

The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a shooting involving a 20-year-old male that occurred in a suite near 105 Street and 83 Avenue earlier today.

Southwest patrol members responded to a report of shots fired at approximately 4:30 pm on Monday, August 25, 2014. Upon arrival, patrol members discovered a male in distress, who had sustained a gun-shot wound to his head.

Paramedics treated the male on scene, before transporting him to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The male’s identity is not being released at this time until next of kin can be notified. Southwest Division detectives continue to interview residents in the area.

Investigators have not yet determined whether the shooting is criminal or non-criminal in nature.

Double fatality MVC in Edmonton

The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a double fatal collision that occurred Sunday night in west Edmonton, which claimed the lives of two males and left a third male with injuries.

It was reported that a Ford Crown Victoria was travelling northbound on 151 Street approaching 95 Avenue at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 24, 2014. The vehicle was allegedly travelling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at a stop sign at 95 Avenue.

Upon entering the intersection, the Ford was struck on the left rear corner by a Chrysler Concorde travelling eastbound on 95 Avenue. The Ford rotated counter-clockwise, continued northbound on 151 Street and collided with an unoccupied Mazda A31, parked on the west side of the street. The Ford then struck a large tree, causing catastrophic damage to the vehicle.

The driver of the Ford, a 50-year-old male, and passenger, yet to be identified, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The 28-year-old male driver of the Chrysler sustained minor injuries.

“Speed played a role in this collision. Alcohol may have also been a factor,” says Acting Staff Sgt. Gener Alvarado with the Major Collision Investigation Unit.

The Edmonton Police Service continues to investigate.

These are Edmonton’s 15th and 16th traffic fatalities of 2014. There were 17 traffic fatalities at this time in 2013.

iTunes phishing scam

Medicine Hat Police Service

There is an iTunes phishing scam that is currently making the rounds on the internet. You may recieve an email which will appear to be from iTunes listing sometimes a large number transactions on your account, with a link at the bottom to click if you didn't make the purchases. If you click the link the scammers may either steal your itunes password or otherwise infect your computer with malware. To avoid falling victim to such a scam, never access your iTunes account through an email link. Instead always type itunes.apple.com directly into the browser and log in that way.

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