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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Policing in Alberta to April 17, 2014 (updated)

press releases

  • Missing Blackfalds teen
  • Missing Red Deer teen
  • Dangerous driver eludes Ponoka police, smashes stolen vehicle into house
  • Red Deer RCMP convenience store robbery suspect apprehended (updated)
  • Update: New pictures of Grande Prairie robberies suspect
  • Taxi driver assaulted in Red Deer
  • RCMP respond to potential threat at Hunting Hills High School
  • Single vehicle follover in Strathcona County
  • Commercial Break, Enter and Thefts in Coronation
  • Strathcona County drug trafficker arrested
  • Critical injuries for Calgary driver
  • Investigation into Calgary homicides continues
  • Two charged with Turner Valley thefts
  • Grande Prairie Armed Robbery suspect apprehended
  • Red Deer RCMP investigate vehicle vandalism spree in Inglewood

Missing Blackfalds teen

Missing: Rolland Richard
Blackfalds RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen. On Tuesday April 15, 2014, Rolland Richard, 15 years old, walked away from his school midafternoon. Rolland Richard did not tell anyone where he was going, but it is believed the possible destination may have been Red Deer City.

At the time, Rolland Richard was wearing the following:
  • Jeans
  • A blue hooded sweater
  • A black coat with the insignia “Bulldogs Hockey”
  • A yellow / blue baseball cap
Rolland Richard is described as 5’10”, 170 lbs, blond/brown hair with a beard / goatee starting to grow on his chin.

Anyone with information on Rolland Richards whereabouts are asked to call Blackfalds RCMP at 403-885-3333.

Missing Red Deer teen
Missing: Denise Deschamps
Red Deer RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 15 year old Denise Deschamps. Deschamps was last seen in Red Deer on April 10 in the Deer Park area. Deschamps is often seen at Collicutt Centre and the Deer Park Co-op but RCMP checks of those areas have not located her.
Denise Deschamps is described as:
  • Aboriginal
  • 5’5” tall
  • Approximately 140 lbs
  • Brown eyes
  • Short dark brown hair growing out of a brush cut
  • No piercings or tattoos
Last seen wearing  a blue hoodie, black hat, black sweatpants and purple high top shoes
If you have any information on Denise Deschamps’ whereabouts you are asked to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.

Dangerous driver eludes Ponoka police, smashes stolen vehicle into house

On April 16, 2014 Ponoka Traffic Services was dispatched to 911 complaint of an erratic driver southbound on the QEII Highway from Lacombe. The complainant reported a bronze Dodge Dakota was all over the road and had almost hit the ditch three times.

Approximately 10 minutes later a member of Innisfail Traffic Services located the suspect Dakota southbound at Highway 11A. An attempt was made to stop the suspect pickup, which fled from RCMP. The license plate was obtained and a query showed it was reported stolen to Calgary Police Service on April 14. The pickup exited the QEII Highway at Highway 11, drove through the ditch get around vehicles stopped at the red light, and was almost involved in a collision with westbound traffic on Highway 11. Attempts to stop the pickup were terminated due to the potential danger to the public of the pursuit.

The pickup was last observed southbound on Orr Drive in Red Deer, where it was subsequently involved in a hit and run collision. An RCMP PDS member located the pickup a couple minutes later, abandoned, running and in gear, wedged up against the front of a private residence in the 6200 block of Orr Drive.

Two members of PDS conducted an unsuccessful extensive tracking of the suspect(s).

It appears the occupant(s) of the pickup exited the vehicle while it was still in motion, and it was allowed to careen down the street driverless until it collided with the house, which is directly across the street from a daycare centre.

Red Deer RCMP convenience store robbery suspect apprehended

Update

Less than 21 hours after an armed robbery of a Mac’s Convenience Store in Red Deer, Alberta, RCMP arrested a 16 year old youth for the crime. The youth was taken into custody at approximately 11:30 pm on April 16, 2014, the same day the robbery was committed.

A Red Deer male, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with:
  • Criminal Code 344 – Armed Robbery
He was released from custody and will appear in court on May 1, 2014 at 9:30 am in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer.

Taxi driver assaulted in Red Deer

On April 10, 2014 at approximately 8:40 pm, Red Deer RCMP responded to a report of an assault on a taxi driver at Northey Avenue in Red Deer, Alberta. Two males in their late teens to early 20s took a taxi and then refused to pay once they had reached their destination. When the driver attempted to stop them, they assaulted him by punching him and kicking him in the stomach.

The suspects were last seen heading southbound on Northey Avenue on foot. Police vehicles and Police Dog Services patrolled the area, but the suspects were not located.

The taxi driver was taken to hospital and later released; he is expected to recover fully from his injuries.


Photos: Assault suspects



The two suspect males are described as:

Suspect 1:
  • Caucasian
  • approximately 20 to 24 years old
  • taller than suspect 2
  • wearing a grey hoodie
  • very short, dark hair
  • possible first name Mike


Suspect 2:
  • Caucasian
  • approximately 18 to 21 years old
  • 5’5” to 5’9” tall
  • dark, curly hair
  • dark eyes
  • wearing a white hoodie and carrying a black backpack,
  • possible first name Jay
Anyone with information that may assist the police in identifying these suspects is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403.343.5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Update: New pictures of Grande Prairie robberies suspect

Grande Prairie, AB: RCMP have obtained more photos of the suspect who is wanted in connection to a string of armed robberies throughout the city of Grande Prairie and are continuing to ask the public to help identify the suspect.

As a result of the on-going investigation into a string of 13 armed robberies that are all believed to be related, police have obtained three additional photographs of the suspect. Police are continuing to ask that if the public recognizes the suspect to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-22-8477.
RCMP respond to potential threat at Hunting Hills High School

On April 16, 2014 at approximately 2:50 pm, Red Deer RCMP attended Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer, Alberta in response to a report of an anonymous note found in the school. The note indicated a potential threat to several students at the high school.

RCMP contained the scene with police presence around the school as well as uniformed officers patrolling inside the school. RCMP ensured that students left the building as soon as possible and did not allow re-entry.

RCMP members and the Police Dog Service completed their search of Hunting Hills High School and they did not find any items or individuals that would pose a danger to students or staff at the school. No one was injured as a result of this incident.

Single vehicle follover in Strathcona County

SStrathcona County RCMP are advising that they are currently on scene of a single vehicle rollover collision on Range Road 223 just north of Township Road 523. The collision involved a power pole and a live power line has been knocked down. As a result, Range Road 223 between Township Rd 522 and Township Rd. 524 will remain closed and traffic is being diverted around the scene..

At approximately 2:25 pm April 16 Strathcona County RCMP responded to the collision involving a 1991 Oldsmobile 88 Royale. The Oldsmobile was traveling northbound on RR 223 when it veered off the road, rolling and striking a power pole.

The lone occupant, a 35 year old male driver from Killam, Alberta, sustained minor injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to an Edmonton hospital as a precaution.

The male driver was issued Provincial Violation tickets for driving an uninsured motor vehicle on a highway and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Drugs, alcohol, speed, and road condition do not appear to be factors in the collision. Fatigue may have been a factor in the collision and the investigation continues.

Fortis Alberta responded to the scene to repair the power line and power pole.

Commercial Break, Enter and Thefts in Coronation

Some time during the night of April 16, 2014 unknown suspects entered the R.E. Brigley and Sons impound lot and stole a 2007 Freightliner flat deck Tow Truck. It is a white truck with "R E Brigley and Sons" logo on the doors. The suspects entered the Cervus John Deere dealership in Coronation as well and proceeded to steal three John Deere Utility vehicles (Gators) and one 16 foot flat deck TNT trailer with the Cervus logo on the fenders. The three utility vehicles are RSX 850I models. One of the three utility vehicles had a track system. The tracked vehicle is olive green in colour and the other two were wheeled and camo in colour. This matter is currently under investigation and the Coronation RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in locating the suspects who are responsible for these crimes.

If you or someone you know has any information regarding these incidents, or any other incidents, Please contact the Coronation RCMP Detachment at 403-578-3666 or you can make an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-TIPS(8477).

Strathcona County drug trafficker arrested

The Strathcona County RCMP Drug Unit has arrested one individual after a week long investigation into the trafficking of Cocaine and MDMA (Ecstasy) in Strathcona County and Edmonton.

As a result of the investigation, RCMP, assisted by Strathcona County Police Dog Services, arrested one male and executed a search warrant on April 11, 2014 at a residential address in Edmonton. Police discovered the following illegal drugs and weapons:
  • approximately 1 LB of MDMA 
  • approximately 88.17 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy, loose powder) 
  • approximately 54 capsules of MDMA (Ecstasy)
  • approximately 10.5 ounces of Soft Cocaine
  • approximately 16.71 grams of Cannabis Marihuana 
  • approximately 57.50 grams of Cannabis Marihuana Candy (14 candies)
  • approximately 11.3 grams of Cannabis Resin (Hash)
  • approximately 1.5 ml of Cannabis Resin (Hash) Oil
  • approximately 37.42 grams of Ketamine powder
  • approximately 161 doses of LSD/Acid
  • approximately 27 tablets of Dexedrine prescription medication
  • an illegal stun/taser gun

The street value of seized drugs is approximately $67,065.00

Also located and seized was approximately $53,890.00 cash and numerous other drug paraphernalia related to drug trafficking.

Derrick CHEUNG , age 26 of Edmonton was arrested without incident and has been charged with:
  • Three counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
  • Five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • One count of Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Three counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime under $5000
  • One count of Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000
  • One count of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon

CHEUNG was taken before a Justice of the Peace, and released on $7500 cash bail with numerous conditions.

CHEUNG appeared in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Wednesday April 16, 2014, and the matter was set over to May 28, 2014 at 09:30 am.

Critical injuries for Calgary driver

At approximately 2 a.m. today, Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014, a 1999 Infiniti G20 exited Stoney Trail onto Harvest Hills Blvd N.W., drifting close to the curb. The driver made two sharp turns, losing control and ending up on the grass median. The vehicle struck a tree causing it to roll over and come to rest on its roof in the northbound lane of Harvest Hills Blvd.

The driver, a 20-year-old female was not wearing a seatbelt, causing her to be ejected from the vehicle. She sustained critical head and neck injuries.

Alcohol, speed and driver error are currently being investigated.

Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to call the Calgary Police Traffic Section at 403-567-4000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TYPE: tttTIPS.com
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Investigation into Calgary homicides continues

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner continues to conduct autopsies on the victims of Tuesday’s homicide in Brentwood.

While it was originally anticipated the examinations may have been completed today, the official process will not done until Thursday. It is expected the names of the victims will be released at that time.

The Calgary Police Service was advised Wednesday, the prosecution of the case will be handled out of the Edmonton Crown Prosecutor’s Office. This was done to address any perceived conflict of interest in the prosecution of the case.

Members of the Service’s Forensic Crime Scene Unit continue to collect evidence at the scene of the homicide on Butler Crescent N.W., and there is a potential their work at the home may continue until at least Saturday, April 19, 2014.

The accused in this case, Matthew de Grood, has been transported from a local hospital to the Calgary Remand Centre until his next court appearance on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Detectives are working closely with the families of the five victims, who have declined to comment publicly. They have asked for privacy during this difficult time. The Service will assist the families should they wish to make a statement at a later date.

Two charged with Turner Valley thefts

In the early morning hours of April 16, 2014 Turner Valley RCMP responded to a complaint of a stolen vehicle in the town of Turner Valley.  Due to the quick actions of the vehicle's owner and the fact that fresh snow had fallen, Police were able to locate and follow a set of fresh tire tracks believed to be from the stolen vehicle.

Patrols made by Police North out Turner Valley on Highway 22 located the stolen vehicle. Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop with the vehicle, the driver chose not to stop and made attempts to flee. A short time later the vehicle was observed to lose control, sliding off the road. Police observed 2 suspects flee from the stolen vehicle on foot, the driver was apprehended by attending officers after a brief foot chase. The passenger was apprehended a short time later with the assistance of the RCMP Police Dog Service from Calgary.

Further investigation revealed these suspects were responsible for over a dozen vehicle break ins and Thefts in the town of Turner Valley from earlier in the morning. Police were able to speak with the majority of victims and return most of the stolen property that included cash, electronics and various other valuables.

Austin Joel SAVARY (20 years old) and Brian Ronatty HOSKER (21 years old) both of Calgary, Alberta stand charged with a variety of Criminal Code charges including:
  • Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Being Pursued by Police
  • Theft of a Motor Vehicle
  • 9 counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Breaking and Entering with Intent to Commit and Offence
  • 2 Counts of Mischief
HOSKER alone faces 2 additional charges of Obstructing a Peace Officer and Failing to Comply with an Undertaking.

SAVARY and HOSKER have been Remanded into custody pending court appearances April 22, 2014 in Okotoks Provincial

Court and April 23, 2014 in Calgary Provincial Court.

Police are reminding citizens to ensure their vehicles and residence doors are secure and not to leave any valuables in vehicles they are not willing to part with. Most vehicle break ins are crimes of opportunity and thieves are generally looking for open, unlocked vehicles. Police are also reminding citizens to call Police for any activity they think may appear suspicious in nature.

The Turner Valley RCMP Detachment are still looking for owners of some recovered property and encourage residents to take inventory of what may be missing from their vehicles.

Grande Prairie Armed Robbery suspect apprehended

Grande Prairie, AB:  Police have taken a male into custody after a west side food retailer was robbed yesterday morning.

Yesterday morning at approximately 9:45 a.m. a male entered a west end food retailer, produced a knife and demanded cash.  The suspect fled the store on foot and police were notified immediately  responding to the area.  A short time later a business called to report a suspicious person on their premises who asked for a cab to be called.  The suspect was tracked to the location where the cab dropped the male off and was detained by police.  Further investigation gave police grounds to believe this was the person responsible for the robbery and the male was arrested without incident.

The male remains in custody awaiting a bail hearing at which time he will be charged with:

  • 15 counts of armed robbery
  • 14 counts of wearing a disguise with intent
  • 2  counts of breaching conditions of his release

The accused is a 29 year old male from Grande Prairie.  RCMP will provide an update later regarding the name of the accused and his next court appearance.  RCMP believe that the male in custody is responsible for the 15 armed robberies that have recently occurred throughout the city.

Red Deer RCMP investigate vehicle vandalism spree in Inglewood

At approximately 8:10 am on April 17, Red Deer RCMP responded to a report of numerous vehicles that had been vandalized sometime during the night in the Inglewood neighbourhood of Red Deer, Alberta. Six vehicles parked on Inglewood Drive had front or rear windows smashed in on the driver’s side. Not all vehicles parked on the street were vandalized; the windows appear to have been randomly smashed and nothing appears to be missing from those vehicles.

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