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Policing in Alberta to December 23, 2013

RCMP press releases
  • Pincher Creek RCMP media summary for the week of December 16 to 23, 2013
  • Fatal rollover near St Paul
  • RCMP Spruce Grove/Stony Plain respond to fatal motor vehicle collision
  • Hinton RCMP investigate hit and run on pedestrian
  • St. Albert RCMP seek public's help to identify gas thief
  • Innisfail traffic stop leads to drug and cash seizure
  • Red Deer man faces numerous charges after being found slumped over wheel
  • Man sentenced for fatal Careless Driving incident
  • Woman sentenced for Impaired Driving Causing Death
  • Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit Enhanced Checkstop finds more than just alcohol
  • Multiple charges laid in Trochu and Tree Hills vandalism incidents
  • Penhold traffic stop leads to drug seizure
  • Spirit River RCMP Officer charged with Intent to Mislead and Perjury
  • Break and Enter in Hinton
  • "Grandparent" scam makes the rounds again
  • St. Albert RCMP seek public's assistance after hit and run incident

Pincher Creek RCMP media summary for the week of  December 16 to 23, 2013 

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of December 16 to 23, 2013. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 45

Assaults - 1
Fraud / Forgery -2
Uttering Threats - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 1
Theft under $5000 -1
Drugs - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 2
Driving complaints (general) - 3
MV Collisions - 9
Liquor offences -3
Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
Assistance to other agencies -2
False Alarms - 8
911 calls (invalid) - 2
Animal calls - 1
Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
Prisoners held - 2

Fatal rollover near St Paul

On the evening of December 21, St Paul RCMP, EMS and Fire Rescue were called to Highway 29 near Range Road 100. A single vehicle had rolled into the ditch and one person was trapped inside. Emergency crews attempted to free a trapped female but she was pronounced deceased on scene. The 3 other occupants from the vehicle were not injured as a result of the roll over.

Winter road conditions are believed to have played a part in the collision. Alcohol was not a contributing factor.

The female was identified as a resident of Goodfish Lake. The collision is still under investigation.

St Paul is located 240 KM northeast of Edmonton.

RCMP Spruce Grove/Stony Plain respond to fatal motor vehicle collision

Just after 7:00 pm on Thursday evening December 19, an RCMP member came across a two vehicle collision at Highways 16 and 770.

A passenger car was traveling Westbound on Highway 16, preparing to turn South onto Highway 770. As the vehicle made the turn, it was struck by an Eastbound passenger car.

The 19 year old male driver of the vehicle turning onto 770 was transported by ground ambulance with non life threatening injuries, and admitted into an Edmonton hospital. The 18 year old female passenger of this vehicle was transported to an Edmonton hospital via STARS air ambulance, and later succumbed to her injuries. Her name will not be released, as family continues to notify next-of-kin. She was from the Stony Plain area.

The 34 year old male driver of the Eastbound vehicle was not injured. His 38 year old female passenger was transported via ground ambulance with non life threatening injuries, and admitted to an Edmonton hospital.

Neither alcohol nor speed were factors in this collision. Winter driving conditions were present, though the highway was clear.

Hinton RCMP investigate hit and run on pedestrian

During the early morning hours of Saturday December 21, 2013, Hinton RCMP responded to a complaint of an adult female pedestrian being struck by a passing vehicle, which then left the scene.

The hit-and-run near the Switzer Drive/Hardisty Avenue traffic lights in Hinton's Valley area resulted in one female being transported from the scene to hospital with undetermined injuries. Several witnesses at the scene described the suspect vehicle as a dark, older model GM-styled extended cab pickup truck, which continued to drive Westbound on Switzer Drive before police arrived at the scene.

Further information gathered indicated there may have been several motorists in the area at that time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hinton RCMP or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

St. Albert RCMP seek public's help to identify gas thief

On December 7th, 2013, at approximately 4:12 p.m., an unknown male attended the Gate Avenue Petro Can and fueled the silver 4 door Honda he was driving. The male got back into the Honda and drove away without paying for the fuel.


The man was wearing a green jacket which had a blue hood, beige work pants and a black hoodie on his head

St. Albert RCMP is looking for your help to identify the individual involved in this Theft. If you have any information about this or any crime, call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700, or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers. At Crime Stoppers, you do not need to reveal your identity. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to Call Display, Call Trace or tape any phone calls. If your information leads to an arrest, you qualify for a cash award up to $2,000.00. We want your tip, not your name. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Innisfail traffic stop leads to drug and cash seizure

In the early morning hours of December 21, 2013 members of the Innisfail RCMP Detachment conducted a traffic stop in the town limits of Innisfail, Alberta, which led to the arrest of two 18 year old males. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a hidden compartment which contained Cannabis Marihuana and over five thousand dollars in cash.

As a result the driver of the vehicle, Brett WARD, 18, of Kirriemuir, Alberta faces charges of Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Proceeds of Crime over Five Thousand dollars and scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial court in January of 2014.

Red Deer man faces numerous charges after being found slumped over wheel

On December 21st, 2013, Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to a complaint of a possible impaired driver in Sylvan Lake. Upon locating the parked and running vehicle, Police located the driver, slumped over the steering wheel. After waking the driver and speaking to him, he was arrested for Impaired Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle.

A search of the male and the vehicle located cash and crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.

36 year old Rodney Ross ARENS of Red Deer, is now facing 14 charges stemming from the incident, including Impaired Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle and drug related charges.

ARENS is also facing several charges of failing to comply with a recognizance as a result of the investigation. ARENS had previously been on release in relation to a July 1st, 2010 collision in Red Deer in which claimed the life of a 13 year old boy. That matter is currently set for trial in April, 2014.

ARENS has been held in custody to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court, Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 9:30 A.M.

Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit Enhanced Checkstop finds more than just alcohol

Saturday evening, December 21st, 2013, into Sunday morning, eight officers from the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) conducted Enhanced Checkstops in the Beiseker and Airdrie areas.

Enhanced Checkstops utilize special funding provided by the Alberta Government and the Office of Traffic Safety to target impaired drivers and remove them from Alberta roadways.

Last night’s Checkstops discovered more than just driving and alcohol related offences.

Shortly after midnight, a 33 year old male from Edmonton, who is currently out on parole and is a suspended driver, pulled up to the Checkstop driving a vehicle with a stolen license plate. This male had no reason to be driving into Airdrie, however, was dressed in black and had a large number of tools with him. He was arrested and his parole was revoked. He is now facing numerous Traffic Safety Act related offences and new Criminal Code Charges of Possession of Break In Tools and Possession of Stolen Property.

Shortly after this, a 24 year old male from Calgary pulled into the Checkstop and officers entered into a drug investigation which led to the arrest of the male. This male also could not provide any reason to be coming to Airdrie and he was also discovered to be a suspended driver. He was found to be in possession of numerous items consistent with drug trafficking including suspected drugs and a large sum of cash. The male is now facing Criminal Charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Proceeds of Crime.

In addition to the above, the following charges were also laid:
  • One impaired driver charged (a male in his 20’s from Airdrie)
  • One 24-hr suspension issued for driving while under the influence of drugs
  • Two 30-Day driving suspensions for GDL drivers who were driving against their "no alcohol" conditions
  • Three - 72 hours suspensions for Alcohol
  • Several other traffic tickets issued for a variety of infractions

The interdiction of criminals as they travel on Alberta roadways is one of the top priorities of officers in the Integrated Traffic Units. Integrated Traffic Units consist of RCMP Traffic Services members and Sheriff Highway Patrol officers working together in a collaborative effort to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.

Man sentenced for fatal Careless Driving incident

Wood Buffalo RCMP report 27 year old Adam GAUTHIER of Edmonton, Alberta entered a guilty plea on December 12th, 2013 in Provincial Court in Fort McMurray. GAUTHIER was charged on January 30th, 2013 with Careless Driving under the Traffic Safety Act as a result of a crash where a 64 year old Medicine Hat area man, the driver of the small 4 door car, was declared deceased on the scene.

GAUTHIER received the maximum sentence of a fine of $2300.00 and driver licence suspension for a period of three months.

Police will not be releasing any further information concerning this occurrence out of respect for the family of the deceased man.

Woman sentenced for Impaired Driving Causing Death

Wood Buffalo RCMP report 46 year old Cheryl JANVIER of Fort McMurray, Alberta entered a guilty plea in Queens Bench Court in Edmonton, Alberta on November 29th, 2013. JANVIER was charged with Impaired Driving Causing Death in a crash in Fort McMurray. On October 1st, 2012, at around 2:30 p.m. Wood Buffalo RCMP received a complaint of a stolen vehicle in downtown Fort McMurray. Shortly after, that same vehicle lost control on King Street and collided with a parked vehicle. A female passenger of the vehicle sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision. She was air lifted to Edmonton where she was later pronounced dead.

JANVIER has been sentenced to 4 years in custody and she is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle for a period of 10 years.

Police will not be releasing any further information regarding this incident out of respect for the family of the deceased female.
Penhold traffic stop leads to drug seizure

In the early morning hours of December 22, 2013, members of the Innisfail RCMP Detachment completed a traffic stop in Penhold, Alberta. The two male occupants of the vehicle were arrested, and the vehicle was subsequently searched. The search of the vehicle revealed a significant amount of marihuana, along with a quantity of both cocaine and methamphetamine (crystal meth). A portion of the drugs were located in a concealment device which looked like a regular can of orange pop. The search also uncovered weapons including an air pistol, a large knife and a makeshift baton.

Two males from Penhold, Alberta, Michael LAWRENCE age 39, and Dustin BOWERS age 21, are facing charges of possession of marihuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine. The charges will be addressed in Red Deer Provincial Court in February of 2014.

LAWRENCE also had outstanding warrants out of Red Deer, Alberta.

Multiple charges laid in Trochu and Tree Hills vandalism incidents

On December 18th and 19th, 2013 Three Hills RCMP received several complaints from persons in the towns of Trochu and Three Hills regarding vandalism to parked vehicles. RCMP members initiated an investigation and found that 9 vehicles parked at residences were affected and were subject to windows smashed out, graffiti written on the vehicle, or both. Further investigation led to the arrest of a 13 year old male suspect and a 20 year old male suspect both from Three Hills AB. The suspects were charged with a total of 18 counts of Mischief Under $5000 and 7 counts of Theft Under $5000. The adult was released from custody and the youth remained in custody at time of media release.

Spirit River RCMP Officer charged with Intent to Mislead and Perjury

RCMP Constable Matthew Slipp of Spirit River Detachment has been charged with one count of Intent to Mislead (section 137 CC) and Perjury (Section 132 CC).

Cst. Slipp is suspended with pay, and will make his first court appearance in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on December 30, 2013.

Break and Enter in Hinton

On December 22nd, 2013 at approximately 10:30 pm Hinton RCMP received a complaint of a break and enter to a residence on Bradwell Street. The suspect(s) are believed to have stolen an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and a white 10" Samsung tablet with a white case.

If you have any information regarding this incident please do not hesitate to contact the Hinton RCMP Detachment at (780) 865-2455 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Grandparent scam makes the rounds again

Please be aware of a current phone scam that seems to be circulating in the Brooks area. Subject(s) call victims pretending to be a family member or a friend in need of money. Subject(s) will say that they are in trouble with the law or that they are injured and make it seem urgent, preventing the victims from taking their time to think things through and contact their friends or family to verify things.

On December 19 Kitscoty RCMP received a complaint from an elderly female who indicated that someone claiming to be her "grand-daughter" had called her residence looking for $4000.00 as she had been involved in an accident and needed the money right away to pay for damages to her vehicle.

The complainant was suspicious and contacted her daughter who stated that the grand-daughter was fine and had not been involved in any accidents and did not need any money.

It appears that one of the most common methods is to have the victims wire the money via Western Union, which makes it very difficult to track down the receiver. Potential victims vulnerable to this type of scam include people living in rural areas, with limited access to the Internet and media, and elderly people.

The RCMP wish to advise people, especially the elderly residents, that these types of calls are usually a scam and they should take care to confirm the request with other relatives prior to sending any monies. If there is any doubt as to the validity of the request, never send monies or act on the request and contact your local Policing agency for assistance.


St. Albert RCMP seek public's assistance after hit and run incident

On December 12th, 2013, at approximately 6:00 p.m., a blue Volkswagen Golf was traveling southbound on St. Albert Trail approaching Gervais Road in St. Albert, AB, when a white semi-truck sideswiped the Golf, causing damage to the driver's side of the vehicle. The force of the impact pushed the Golf into the curb causing the vehicle to stall. The driver of the semi-truck continued southbound on St. Albert Trail and did not stop.

St. Albert RCMP is looking for your help to identify the semi-truck and driver of the semi-truck involved in this Hit & Run. If you have any information about this or any crime, call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700, or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers. At Crime Stoppers, you do not need to reveal your identity. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to Call Display, Call Trace or tape any phone calls. If your information leads to an arrest, you qualify for a cash award up to $2,000.00. We want your tip, not your name. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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