Monday, April 21, 2014

Policing in Alberta to April 21, 2014

  • Suspects sought in relation to Lloydminster area rural break ins
  • Woman killed in collision near Grande Prairie Airport
  • Two Sylvan Lake long boarders injured
  • Motorcycle fatality in Calgary
  • $10,000 reward offered by Hazel Lloyd homicide investigation
  • Sexual assault in Lloydminster
  • Truck hits wall of Bashaw Servus Credit Union
  • Saddle Lake handgun theft suspect attempts to flee RCMP
  • RCMP investigate drive by shooting in Conklin
  • Impaired Driver arrested on Highway 2 after multiple 911 calls
  • EPS launches digital comic book
  • Multiple charges for Lloydminster man
  • Men charged with multiple St. Albert break ins
  • Man succumbs to injuries from Trans Canada collision
  • CBSA launches new forecasted border wait times tool
  • EPS detectives charge man for fatal 2008 shooting
  • Largest seizure in EPS history: 440lbs of marijuana
  • Statement from families of Brentwood victims
  • Statement from Rathwell Family

Suspects sought in relation to Lloydminster area rural break ins

Kitscoty RCMP officers are seeking the public's assistance in locating a male suspect in a series of break and enters in the rural area surrounding Lloydminster. A warrant has been issued for the arrest for Lee HANNAM, of no fixed address from the Lloydminster area.

Wanted: Lee Hannam

Wanted: Diana Bandura
HANNAM may be in the company of a female associate identified as Diana BANDURA. BANDURA is currently wanted on a number of outstanding charges associated to Possession of Stolen Property and Fraud related offences from the Edmonton Police Service.

Anyone with any information in regards to these persons is asked to call their nearest RCMP Detachment or Crimestoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

Woman killed in collision near Grande Prairie Airport

RCMP are investigating an collision that occurred yesterday evening near the Grande Prairie Airport that resulted in the death of a 63 year old female.

Last evening at approximately 9 p.m. Grande Prairie RCMP and other emergency responders were called to the intersection of Highway 43 and 124th Street, near the Grande Prairie Airport, in response to a collision between a small car and pick-up truck. The driver of the car, a 63 year old woman, was trapped for a period of time and had to be extricated by fire department personnel. The woman was rushed to a local area hospital where she later died. A female passenger in the pick-up truck was also injured but her injuries are not believed to be life threatening. The driver of the pick-up truck was also taken to hospital as a precaution.

Initial reports are that the car was attempting to turn left onto Highway 43 from 124th Street and turned into the path of the westbound pick-up truck. The exact cause of the collision is still under investigation. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Motorcycle fatality in Calgary

On April 19, 2014 at 1820 hrs a fatal motorcycle collision occurred in front of 194 Panamount Heights N.W.

A 24 year old male was test riding a 2013 Suzuki SV 650 Sport Bike in the residential neighborhood. He was traveling at a high rate of speed when he entered a patch of pea gravel. He lost control of the motorcycle and struck a light standard.

The male was transported to Foothills Hospital in life threatening condition. He died from his injuries shortly after arriving.

The victim did not own the Suzuki, but did have a proper class 6 driver’s license. He was also wearing a proper helmet and protective jacket.

Speed and driver error contributed to this collision. Alcohol and Drugs were not factors.

The Calgary Police Service Traffic Section is investigating.

$10,000 reward offered by Hazel Lloyd homicide investigation

As a result of further information that has been received, the Medicine Hat Police Service Major Crimes Section is releasing the following composites of three males that may have information in regards to Hazel Lloyd’s homicide. Anyone with information regarding these composites is asked to contact the Major Crimes Section at 403-529-8420.


The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) Major Crimes Section (MCS) continues to investigate the death of Hazel Lloyd. On August 29, 2012, the 94 year old Medicine Hat resident was found deceased in her Riverside apartment, the victim to what has been determined to be a homicide.

The MCS investigative team has been working diligently to bring those responsible to justice. Information continues to be received which has been of great assistance to progressing the investigation.

The MHPS are reminding the public that a $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the MHPS MCS at 403-529-8420.

Sexual assault in Lloydminster

The Lloydminster Municipal RCMP received a complaint from two young females advising that they were sexually assaulted multiple times, over the past year. An investigation ensued, and evidence was obtained to support multiple Criminal Code charges. The charges laid include several counts of sexual assault, sexual interference, and sexual exploitation. A warrant for arrest was obtained for the male suspect. The male was arrested without incident outside of Lloydminster the same day the complaint came in. The male will be held in custody until a bail hearing is conducted. The identity of the offender will not be released in order to protect the identity of the young victims.

Truck hits wall of Bashaw Servus Credit Union

RCMP Bashaw responded to a single vehicle collision at the Servus Credit Union in Bashaw around 2:30PM on Monday April 21st, 2014. A 57 year old woman backed into the South side wall of the bank, collapsing the wall. No injuries resulted from the collision, however, significant damage was caused inside the building. Police charged the 57 year old woman who is due to appear in court in early June. Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the collision.

Two Sylvan Lake long boarders injured

On April 20, 2014, at approximately 2:20 p.m. 3 adult males were "long-boarding" north bound down the hill on Old Boomer Road near Fern Glade Crescent at what witnesses described as a high rate of speed. Two of the men hit loose gravel, lost control of their boards and subsequently wiped out onto the asphalt road surface.

Immediate first aid was provided to both of the injured males by witnesses, including Sylvan Lake Fire Department's off-duty Deputy Chief. EMS, Police and the Fire Department attended the scene. One male, a 22 year old Red Deer man, suffered a severe head injury and required emergency air transport to the Foothills Hospital in Calgary by way of STARS Air Ambulance. A helicopter landing zone was established at the nearby Fox Run School field by the Sylvan Lake Fire Department. This male is currently in the ICU Unit at the Foothills Hospital. The second male, also 22 years old, suffered less severe injuries and was transported to Red Deer Hospital by ground Ambulance and since been released. The third male was able to maintain control of his long-board and assisted in providing first aid.

None of those involved were wearing safety equipment, including helmets. While the investigation is ongoing at this time, no charges have been laid and the names of those involved are not being released.

As a reminder, depending on the nature of this type of activity, Section 115(2)(e) the Traffic Safety Act applies - STUNTING is defined as to "perform or engage in any stunt or other activity on a highway that is likely to distract, startle or interfere with other users of the highway". The fine for this offence is $402.

Saddle Lake handgun theft suspect attempts to flee RCMP

On the evening of April 17, at approximately 8:00 PM, St. Paul RCMP members were on patrol on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and attempted to stop a vehicle believed to be related to a break and enter of a St Paul sporting goods store back on February 17, 2014 where a number of handguns were stolen.

The vehicle would not stop and took police on a lengthy pursuit through Saddle Lake and the County of St Paul. The vehicle finally stopped on the south side of Saddle Lake, and the driver and passenger both ran into the bushes. They were located after a lengthy foot chase involving members and the St. Paul Police Dog Services.

The driver was identified as Leslie Gerald WUTTUNEE (24) of Saddle Lake, Alberta. WUTTUNEE has been remanded in custody till his first court appearance in St Paul Court. WUTTUNEE is facing a number of charges including Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle while being Pursued by Police as well as break and enter, possession of property obtained by crime, theft and failing to comply with probation. The passenger was released without charges.

RCMP investigate drive by shooting in Conklin

At 4:30 a.m. on April 18, 2014 the Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a report of a drive by shooting in Conklin. As a result of the shooting two male victims were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The initial investigation reveals that the suspects and the victims are believed to be known to one another and there is no risk to the general public at this time.

No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP.

Impaired driver arrested on Highway 2 after multiple 911 calls

On Thursday April 17, 2014 shortly before 8:00 PM, members of the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) were advised of an erratic driver on southbound Highway 2 near Crossfield. Multiple callers to 911 reported a white Ford truck with an Ontario license plate driving erratically and passing on the shoulder. Officers located the vehicle a short time later just north of Airdrie.

A traffic stop was conducted, and with the assistance of the Airdrie Rural RCMP, two men were arrested and transported to the Airdrie RCMP Detachment – the vehicle driver, and one passenger.

Charges of impaired driving are pending against the driver of the truck, a 30 year old male from Ontario. The passenger, a 24 year old male from Calgary AB, was issued tickets for being intoxicated in public and illegal disposal of waste on a highway.

As a result of the traffic stop, traffic in the southbound lanes of Highway 2 became congested. This congestion led to two minor collisions in the backlog of traffic. The first was a 3-vehicle collision, and the second involved 2 vehicles. There were no injuries in either case.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive cautiously when they approach emergency vehicles on the highway.

EPS launches digital comic book

“Alex Decoteau!” Alex stepped forward at the sound of his name. The small crowd of family members and well-wishers who came to witness the swearing-in of the city’s newest police officers, clapped in appreciation.

One hundred and thirteen years ago, Alex Decoteau made Canadian policing history.

The young Metis man from Saskatchewan moved to Edmonton in 1909 to work in his brother-in-law’s machine shop. Two years later, Alex joined the Edmonton Police Department, becoming the first Aboriginal police officer in Canada.

Now, Alex’s life story is the subject of LEGACY OF HEROES, a digital comic produced by the Edmonton Police Service.  Click here to read it.

Multiple charges for Lloydminster man

The Lloydminster Municipal Traffic Section conducted a vehicle stop on April 16, 2014 in Lloydminster Saskatchewan, as a result of Traffic violations being observed. Gregory GREENWAY, age 33, a resident of Lloydminster Saskatchewan was charged with numerous criminal offences. GREENWAY was in possession of numerous stolen items including copper wire, tools, and oilfield related equipment. These items had been obtained during numerous break ins and thefts in the Lloydminster and surrounding area.

Gregory GREENWAY has been charged for possession of stolen property X 5, possession of break in instruments, possession of ammunition while prohibited, possession of a controlled substance X 2 as well as 2 charges with respect to the Traffic Safety Act. GREENWAY has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Saskatchewan Provincial Court on Monday April 21, 2014.

The Lloydminster RCMP are asking that if you have information about this or any other crime, please contact Lloydminster RCMP at (306)825-6350, or your nearest police service or any local RCMP detachment.

Men charged with multiple St. Albert break ins

After a lengthy investigation, St. Albert RCMP have pressed criminal charges against two B.C. men that were found living in St. Albert. On December 22, 2013, St. Albert RCMP received a report that the St. Albert Dodge dealership had been broken into and on December 23rd, a report was received that someone had tried to pry open the door at the Amber Lane Goldsmith business on McKenney Avenue in St. Albert, Alberta. On Christmas Day, St. Albert RCMP received a report of a break in to the Subway located on McKenney Avenue in St. Albert, followed shortly by a series of Break and Enter crimes to 5 businesses located in the Grandin Mall in St. Albert, including the Force on Force Tactical Training centre and the Shava Bookstore. On January 4, 2014, St. Albert RCMP were dispatched to a break and enter at Little Ceasar's Pizza located Hebert Road in St. Albert and on March 10, 2014, St. Albert RCMP were called to a break in to the Bingo hall, Kabul's Tailoring and the Grandin Mall.

On March 23, 2014, St. Albert RCMP General Investigative Section, assisted by St. Albert RCMP Drug Section, the St. Albert RCMP Crime Reduction Unit and the St. Albert RCMP General Duty Policing section, after conducting a search warrant on a home in St. Albert on an earlier date, arrested two men who are now facing numerous charges related to this long list of Break and Enters that occurred between December of 2013 and March of 2014.

Taylor MATCHETT, age 26 and Robert Fehlauer, age 25, recent residents of St. Albert, have been remanded into custody and are charged with 14 counts of Break and Enter contrary to the Criminal Code. They also face charges of Wearing a Disguise with the intent to commit a crime. Their next court date in St. Albert, Alberta is set for April 28, 2014.

St. Albert RCMP is looking for your help on this crime. 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.

Man succumbs to injuries from Trans Canada collision

At approximately 8:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, a serious-injury motor vehicle collision occurred on Highway 1, approximately 800 metres east of 133 Street N.W.

A 2000 Chevrolet Astro Van was being operated in the westbound lanes, when the 63-year-old male driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled into the median. The driver was extricated from the vehicle by the Calgary Fire Department and EMS transported him to hospital in serious, life-threatening condition.

The weather at the time was poor. Snow was falling and the road surface was icy. The environmental conditions and speed may be factors in this collision.

David FIDLER, 63, died the next morning as a result of the injuries he suffered in the collision.

CBSA launches new forecasted border wait times tool

The Canadian Border Services Agency is now offering forecasted BWT (click here) for its 26 busiest ports of entry. These forecasted times are based on a statistical analysis of past traffic volumes and BWTs for regular travel days and busier times, such as statutory holidays. This new tool provides an overall indication of wait times at specific ports of entry and complements several existing resources including, current wait times, to help travellers plan their border crossing before even leaving home. The CBSA is constantly working to increase efficiency and reduce congestion at the border, and this initiative supports the CBSA’s commitment to service, facilitation and border modernization.

Quick Facts

The forecasted border wait time tool provides historical wait times for the 26 busiest ports of entry.

Over 100 million travellers were processed by the CBSA last year.

Current wait times at the border, updated hourly, continue to be available through Twitter at BWT_CBSA and on the CBSA Web site. You can also subscribe to our CBSA E-mail Border Alert Service notifying subscribers when an unexpected event causes a significant disruption to normal border services and once the operations resume to normal.

Travellers can also consult the Directory of CBSA Offices that features a list of all designated CBSA offices, service locations and hours of operation across Canada.

EPS detectives charge man for fatal 2008 shooting

Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section detectives have charged a man in connection with the fatal shooting of Mitchell Chambers, 23, which took place in the city’s southwest in 2008.

“This was a lengthy and extensive investigation that would not have concluded without the cooperation of witnesses who came forward and provided key information,” says Det. Dale Johnson with the EPS Homicide Section. “Every case is unique and has its challenges, but, each homicide case is important and never closed until it is solved.”

At approximately 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, police received reports from neighbourhood residents that shots were fired in the area of 188 Street and 47 Avenue. Responding officers found a truck parked on the side of the road with a lone male occupant who had been fatally wounded.

An autopsy by the Medical Examiner on Dec. 9, 2008, identified the victim as Mitchell Chambers, 23, and that the cause of death was gunshot wounds.

Witnesses reported that the victim drove his Dodge Dakota truck to a female friend’s residence to pick her up for a movie. The suspect allegedly approached in a car and shot the victim while he sat waiting in his truck. Detectives learned that the shooting was connected to a former relationship between the suspect and the female.

Joshua Dylan Petrin, 31, has been charged with second degree murder. EPS detectives executed a warrant for the arrest of accused, who was being held on unrelated murder charges in the Regina Remand Centre, on Friday, April 11, 2014. The accused will appear in court in Edmonton.
Largest seizure in EPS history: 440lbs of marijuana

The Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) Unit within the Edmonton Police Service has seized the largest amount of marijuana from a single investigation and have charged four individuals for a number of drug related crimes.

EDGE Unit conducted a lengthy investigation that resulted in executing search warrants at three separate Edmonton residences.

On Friday, Apr. 11 around 8:30 p.m., a search warrant was executed at an apartment in the area of Clareview Station Drive resulting in the seizure of:
  • 70 lbs of marijuana with an estimated street value of $126,000
  • 1.6 kgs of mushrooms with an estimated street value of $6,300
  • 1L of GHB with an estimated street value of $1,000
  • 1423 oxycodone pills with an estimated street value of $14,230
  • 855g of ketamine with an estimated street value of $51,288
  • About 2068g of MDMA with an estimated street value of $124,068
  • Approximately $10,000 in cash was seized under the civil forfeiture
A male and female were arrested on scene. Two children in the home, ages seven and eight were removed by members of Child at Risk Response Team (CARRT).

The 29-year-old male, and 26-year-old female, were charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x7), cause a child to be drug endangered (x2) under the Drug Endangered Children’s Act and cause/need protective services under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.

The names of the two accused will not be released to protect the identity of the children.

A second search warrant was executed at a residence in the area of 91 Street and 159 Avenue. Police seized:
  • 2262g of ketamine with an estimated street value of $135,708
  • 125g of mushrooms with an estimated street value of $1,249
  • 699g of marijuana with an estimated street value of $700
  • 211g of marijuana wax with an estimated street value of $2,100
  • 14.5g of hash with an estimated street value of $145
  • 1068 oxycodone pills with an estimated street value of $ 10,680
  • Other various illegal pills were also found and seized
  • body armour
  • Just under $160,000 cash was seized under civil forfeiture
  • 2013 Toyota Forerunner was seized under civil forfeiture
Felix Aw, 31, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x17), and illegally possessing body armour.

EDGE Unit conducted a third search warrant on Saturday, Apr. 12. 2014 around 7 p.m. at a residence in the area of 219 Street and 95 A Ave and seized the following:
  • 370lbs of marijuana with an estimated street value of $670,000
  • 1562g of MDMA with an estimated street value of $93,720
  • 2890g hash with an estimated street value of $ 28,900
  • 10L of GHB with an estimated street value of $20,000
  • 1098g of marihuana wax with an estimated street value of $10,980
  • Over $95,000 cash was seized under civil forfeiture 
The accused was at the residence and was arrested without incident.

Robert Jeffery Kuspira, 36, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x4).

The total drug value seized from the three warrants is estimated at $1.29 million and total cash seized was approximately $265,000.

This investigation marks the largest marijuana seizure in the history of EDGE and EPS from one investigation.
Statement from families of Brentwood victims

In this time of tremendous grief and tragedy, our five families have come together as one. We know the public and media are searching to understand how this could have happened, as are we. But we also know that these answers will take time and nothing will come as quickly as we want or need.

As a group, we have come together to support one another, and in time, start the healing process. First, we must say goodbye to our loved ones, which includes memorials and funerals over the coming days and weeks.

We ask that in this time of unimaginable sorrow, you respect our privacy and give us the breathing room we need to come to grips with what has happened to Josh, Zack, Kaiti, Jordan and Lawrence.

We are not at a point where we are ready to speak publicly to any media outlet or reporter. We can assure you that when the time comes we, as a group, will do so. This will be co-ordinated through the Public Affairs/Media Relations Unit of the Calgary Police Service.

We ask that you extend this privacy to the witnesses and close friends of our beloved five, as they, too, are suffering unimaginable grief. When the time comes for them to speak out, they will do it with the help of the CPS.

Over the coming days, we will be releasing details of various funds where donations can be made to support the numerous bursaries and scholarships being planned to remember our loved ones.

We wish to extend our thanks to Calgarians, and others who have expressed their condolences for our loss. We know you are grieving, too, and we truly appreciate the support.

- The family of Kaiti Perras, the family of Josh Hunter, the family of Zackariah Rathwell, the family of Jordan Segura and the family of Lawrence Hong.

Statement from Rathwell Family

We are devastated by what happened. It is a struggle every day to understand that Zackariah won’t be coming home. He was so close to so many, and touched the lives of everyone he came into contact with.

We know that the City of Calgary is grieving for the loss of these bright young people.

To the other families, please accept our deepest condolences for your loss, no one should ever have to lose someone who was so young and full of so much potential.

We would like to thank the Calgary Police Service for their swift response and all of their support.

We would like to thank Air Canada for getting Zackariah’s brother, Mason, home to his family so quickly.

We would also like to thank everyone who has offered their prayers and condolences. We know that as we grieve, the city of Calgary grieves with us. Thank you for all your thoughts and all your prayers. Thank you for caring about Zack.

He was an amazing kid who grew into an amazing man. We didn't have him for very long, but we are so very grateful for the time that we did have him. We are all going to miss him so much.

We know that he touched the lives of so many through his kindness, his laughter and his music. Which is why we are inviting everyone to Zack’s funeral. Whether you met him once, or you didn’t know him at all but feel you need to be there to grieve, please come to Centre Street Church (3900 2 Street N.E.) on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., for Zack’s funeral.

In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to the Zackariah James Rathwell Trust Fund at any RBC location. This will be used to honour Zack's memory through the establishment of a scholarship which will help other students pursue their dreams in the arts.

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