Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Policing in Alberta to December 25, 2013

Fatal collision on Highway 22 near Cochrane
Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision north of Valleyview
Castor house fire investigation continues
Vermilion area Christmas crime spree ends with 7 in custody
Hobbema man charged with Attempted Murder and Arson
RCMP Red Deer City Public Safety Compliance Team 

Fatal collision on Highway 22 near Cochrane

On December 25th, 2013, Cochrane RCMP members responded to a head on collision of a car and semi truck. Investigation reveals that the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am was traveling northbound on Highway 22 approximately 2 km south of Highway 1, when it crossed the center line of the highway striking a southbound semi truck.

The lone 51 year old female occupant of the Pontiac was pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of the semi truck were transported to hospital with what appears to be minor injuries. The identity of the involved people is not being released at this time.

Highway 22 was closed from 2:00 pm until 6:30 pm while the collision was being investigated by Cochrane RCMP members and the RCMP Collision Reconstructionist. Further investigation will be conducted, however alcohol and weather are not being considered at this time.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision north of Valleyview

On December 23rd, 2013, at approximately 3:00 PM, the Valleyview RCMP, Valleyview Volunteer Fire Department and the Valleyview and High Prairie Alberta Health Services EMS were dispatched to a fatal motor vehicle collision near the Intersection of Highway 49 and Township Road 720 approximately 16 km North of Valleyview. The weather and road conditions were poor at the time of the collision, with a mix of rain, snow and freezing rain throughout the day.

The driver of the passenger car, a 75 year old Edmonton woman, was pronounced deceased at the scene. A 20 year old female passenger of the car was taken to Valleyview hospital and then transferred to Grande Prairie with serious but undetermined injuries.

The driver of the minivan was admitted to the Valleyview hospital with undetermined injuries.

The driver of the pick up truck and passengers of the minivan were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. It is unknown at this time if they suffered any injuries.

Traffic was halted in each direction for approximately 6 hours while emergency services were on scene. Vehicle traffic was rerouted where possible.

The collision is still under investigation, however alcohol is not considered to be a contributing factor and charges are not anticipated at this time.

At this time the deceased's name or the names of those injured will not be released.

Castor house fire investigation continues

Castor, Alberta - RCMP Major Crimes are advising that the Calgary Medical Examiner's Office has concluded the examination of the recovered remains from the house fire that occurred in Castor, Alta. on Dec. 8, 2013.

The deceased have been identified as Gordon Klaus, age 61, and Monica Klaus, age 40.

Sandra Klaus, age 62, has not been accounted for.

Investigators are treating these deaths as suspicious, and the investigation is ongoing.

Castor is a small town of approximately 945 people in the Coronation RCMP's jurisdiction.

Vermilion area Christmas crime spree ends with 7 in custody

During the early hours of 24 December 2013, Vermilion RCMP were dispatched to a home invasion in progress at a rural property near Dewberry, Alberta. A male youth was arrested at the scene while a second adult male was arrested nearby after being located with the aid of a police service dog. At the time of the home invasion, members of Kitscoty Detachment assisted by Elk Point RCMP had located a stolen vehicle nearby and had taken a female adult, a male youth and two female youths into custody.

The investigation has revealed that the group was responsible for a series criminal acts throughout the region starting with a theft of liquor and attempted car jacking in the Cold Lake area. They then committed a second successful car jacking where several elderly females were physically forced from their vehicle. Excellent descriptions of the attackers allowed police to effectively deploy resources from Cold Lake, Bonnyville, Elk Point and Kitscoty Detachments of the RCMP and the car jackers were soon located and a short hazardous pursuit with police ensued. The crime spree finally culminated with the home invasion and the subsequent arrest of the majority of those involved. During the home invasion two of the males from the group entered a rural residence where they were confronted by the home owner. A violent altercation ensued and the homeowner was able to subdue one of his attackers while the other fled. Others from the group were arrested nearby in possession of a stolen vehicle.

The victims of the robberies involving the car jacking although shaken were unharmed. The victims of the home invasion have been treated for minor injuries and released from hospital.

Facing charges of Robbery and numerous related offences of violence in relation to the car jackings near Cold Lake are Andy LACOMBE (18) and Reena MOYAH (18) of Fishing Lake, Alberta, and Tasheena YOUNGCHIEF (21) of Frog Lake, Alberta. Andy LACOMBE, who was wanted on unrelated warrants for arrest, is also charged with Robbery and related criminal offences in relation to the home invasion. Two males youths aged 16 and 14, face numerous charges including robbery as does a female youth aged 15. A 12 year old, who was in the company of the accused, has been released without charge but remains under investigation. A warrant for the arrest of Myles LAJIMODIERE (27) of Fishing Lake, also known as Myles DESCHAMPS, has been issued in relation to the robberies near Cold lake and he remains at large.

After a four hour rampage spanning over 300 kilometres, a total of 89 charges for property related offences and offences of violence have been laid against the seven accused. The series of crimes is still under investigation with the RCMP wishing to speak to several more subjects believed to be involved. Anyone with information regarding these events is asked to contact their local RCMP Detachment or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Myles LAJIMODIERE should not approach him and is asked to call 911 with the location immediately.

Dewberry is located 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

Hobbema man charged with Attempted Murder and Arson

On Dec. 21st, 2013 Maskwacis RCMP, EMS, and Fire were dispatched to a house fire on the Samson Cree Nation, approximately 2 miles south of the Hobbema townsite. Shortly afterward , the home owner, a 50 year old male, was located at a neighboring residence, suffering from multiple stab wounds.

 The male victim was taken to an Edmonton hospital by STARS Air Ambulance where he was treated and is now in stable condition. It is believed the victim was stabbed inside his residence where it was then set on fire. The victim was able to flee his burning house where he walked to a nearby residence for help. The home was destroyed by the fire and police do not believe there to be any casualties. The fire scene will be examined by the RCMP Forensic Identification Section and a Fire Investigator. 

 Twenty six year old Ryan OKEYNAN from the Samson Cree Nation was arrested shortly after the incident, and has since been charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Arson, and Breach of Conditions. He is remanded in custody and will be appearing in court on December 24th in Wetaskiwin. This is not believed to be a gang related incident.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Maskwacis RCMP at 780-585-4600 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

RCMP Red Deer City Public Safety Compliance Team checks local drinking establishments

On Friday, December 20, the Red Deer Public Safety Compliance Team (PSCT) paid unannounced visits to 10 drinking establishments in Red Deer to check for over-serving of alcohol, serving of underage patrons, fire code violations, and to ensure the establishments weren’t exceeding their occupancy limits.

Members of PSCT noted minor infractions during the check, including snow and ice accumulation near doors, exit pathways that were not cleared of snow and ice, overcrowding inside establishments, and some administration errors. Verbal warnings were given to owners/managers on site, and no charges were laid.

PSCT members would like to commend the owners and managers of Red Deer drinking establishments for their continuing efforts to ensure their patrons' safety. Red Deer Emergency Services would like to remind all business owners to keep snow and ice from accumulating near doors, as this may cause some doors not to open properly. As well, people clearing snow should ensure they create a clear path to a safe place away from the building.

PSCT was formed earlier this year to address concerns related to drinking establishments in Red Deer. It is a partnership between Red Deer City RCMP, Red Deer Emergency Services, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission Red Deer Branch, City of Red Deer Inspections and Licensing and Alberta Health Services; PSCT focuses on prevention and enforcement, with the goals of improving the safety of staff and patrons, decreasing violence, and reducing the negative impact drinking establishments have on the community.

PSCT will continue with unannounced inspections of Red Deer drinking establishments on a regular basis.

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