Saturday, May 24, 2014

Policing in Alberta to May 24, 2014

Missing elderly Calgary man 
Missing Red Deer woman FOUND 
Public assistance sought to identify vehicle thief 
Motorcyclist dies after colliding with deer in Calgary 
Fatal MVC near Lake Louise 
Aggravated assault in Lloydminster 
Seven vehicles damaged in QEII incident 
Morinville creep sought by RCMP 
Leduc Suspect at Large turns herself in 
One man seriously injured in Suffield area MVC 
Couple charged for breaching conditions regarding children 
Arson investigation in Calgary 
St Albert RCMP teams up with FCSS 
Safety taught to St. Albert gas station employees 
St. Albert RCMP visits Paul Kane High School 
St. Albert RCMP team up with Kinsmen for safe Rodeo 
"Calgary Police Magazine" scam

Missing elderly Calgary man

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance to locate an elderly man who went missing May 22.

Missing: James Stephen McCaffrey
At approximately 8:30 pm Thursday, May 22, 2014, James Stephen McCaffrey, 85, was seen leaving the Canadian Martyr Roman Catholic Church located at 835 Northmount Dr. N.W.

The vehicle he left in is described as a green 1995 Honda Civic with license plate KAA 671.

McCaffrey was wearing a bluish grey 2 piece suit with a dress shirt and tie. He has grey hair and is clean shaven. A picture of McCaffrey can be found on the The City of Calgary Newsroom.

Anyone with information on McCaffrey’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Missing Red Deer woman FOUND

Public assistance sought to identify driver of stolen vehicle

On May 9, 2014 at approximately 3:00 pm, Red Deer RCMP received a report of a sighting of a vehicle that had been stolen a week earlier. The vehicle, a dark green 2002 Oldsmobile Alero, was seen at the Wendy’s restaurant in north Red Deer at around noon. Witnesses reported that the driver was a red-haired female in her late 30s, and that a male was in the passenger seat. RCMP located the vehicle abandoned a short time later. It was determined the same vehicle and female were at the Superstore Gas Bar earlier in the day, where video surveillance of the female suspect was obtained.

Red Deer RCMP are looking for assistance from the public to identify the female suspect. Please see attached photos. Police do not have a description of the male passenger at this time.

Anyone with information that may assist the police in identifying this suspect 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

Motorcyclist dies after colliding with deer in Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is investigating a fatal motorcycle collision that took place Friday, May 23, 2014. At approximately 5 am a 56-year-old man was operating a 2010 Honda VT1300 motorcycle northbound in the 21800 block of Macleod Trail. He was traveling in the left lane.

At that time, a deer entered his travel path from the center median or left side of the northbound travel lanes. The man braked for a distance of approximately 20 meters prior to striking the deer. The motorcycle went onto its left side and slid to its final rest with the man still on the motorcycle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The deer was thrown to the right and came to final rest in the middle northbound travel lane, slightly ahead of the motorcycle. The deer received fatal injuries as a result of the collision.

It does not appear that speed or alcohol contributed to this collision.

The Calgary Police Service Traffic Section is investigating the incident. Any witnesses to the collision or the events leading up to it are asked to contact the Traffic Section at 403-567-4000.

Fatal MVC near Lake Louise

On the 24th of May 2014 at 4:00 AM, Lake Louise RCMP, Lake Louise Fire/Rescue and Banff EMS, responded to a single motor vehicle Collision, on Highway 1, 1 km west of Lake Louise in the West bound Lane. A Dark colored SUV went into the ditch and the two occupants of the vehicle were both ejected. The 25 year old female passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene and the 32 year old male driver was taken to Banff hospital via ground ambulance and was then airlifted to Foothills Hospital by STARS. Speed and Alcohol are being looked into as possible factors in the collision.

Aggravated assault in Lloydminster

On May 21, 2014, police were dispatched to an altercation at Park Manor apartments. The alteration involved two females and a male. One female victim received a stab wound to her back. She was taken to hospital by EMS, her injury was considered serious and she was admitted in order to monitor her condition.

Blaine Phillip Lewis (33) of Onion Lake, SK, is charged with aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, utter threats, and two charges of failing to comply with probation order.

Lewis appeared before a Justice of the Peace, bail was not spoken to and he will appear on May 26, 2014 at Lloydminster, SK provincial court.

Seven vehicles damaged in QEII incident involving power lines

On May 23 at approximately 4:30 pm Innisfail Integrated Traffic Unit responded to an incident on the QEII Highway 1 km north of the Highway 42 overpass.
A semi tractor-trailer unit was dumping asphalt as part of the paving project to finish the on/off ramps at Highway 42 when the raised trailer came into contact with overhead power lines.  The power lines were pulled down across both northbound and southbound lanes of the QEII, causing a complete stoppage of traffic in both directions.  Six vehicles in the northbound lanes were damaged by contact with the fallen power wire, however the semi was the only vehicle damaged in the southbound lane.
Red Deer County Fire and EMS attended the scene.  Additional resources from Red Deer County Patrol, Red Deer and Blackfalds RCMP also attended to assist with diverting northbound traffic off at Highway 42, and SB traffic off at McKenzie Road.  Fortis Alberta attended to ensure the downed power line was no longer active, and subsequently removed it from the roadway and ensnared vehicles. 
There were no injuries in this incident, and the QEII Hwy was completely re-opened about 1.5 hours later.

Morinville creep sought by RCMP

The Morinville RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect that may have been involved in three recent incidents in the Town of Morinville.

The first reported incident occurred on April 4, 2014 at approximately 11:45 PM in the 100 block of Grandin Drive. The second occurred April 22, 2014 at approximately 10:15 PM in the 100 block of 99 Avenue. The third occurred May 22, 2014 at approximately 11:30 PM in the 9500 block of 97 Street. In each incident a male suspect was seen looking into windows of homes. During the most recent incident, the suspect attempted to take a photo of a female that was inside a house.

The suspect is believed to be a 5’10” Caucasian male. He is slim with dark colored hair and was wearing a black hoodie.

RCMP are asking the public to always practice safe home security. Be aware that at night people can see inside your house. Close your blinds and curtains if you are wanting to block others from seeing inside your home. Lock your doors when you leave your house and protect your privacy by preventing others from seeing into your home at night.

If you, or someone you know, may have information in regards to suspicious activity in Morinville on the dates indicated, or may be able to identify a suspect, please contact the RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Leduc Suspect at Large turns herself in

Following a plea to the public on May 22, 2014 to locate a female wanted on a warrant in relations to an attempt murder and other charges, Leduc RCMP would like to notify the public and media that Kathleen (Katie) Nioami Archibald turned herself in at an Alberta RCMP detachment in the late evening of Friday, May 23, 2014.

Archibald was arrested by officers without incident and has yet to speak to bail.

Three suspects remain at large and Leduc RCMP general investigation unit continues to investigate this matter.

Anyone having information about this matter is asked to contact the Leduc RCMP at: (780) 980-7200, (780) 980-7231, or Crime stoppers at: 1 800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.

One man seriously injured in Suffield area MVC

On May 23, 2014 at approximately 0645 Hours the Redcliff RCMP along with Medicine Hat EMS and Cypress County Fire Department were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover on Highway 1 West of Suffield, Alberta. A 2001 Blue Sunfire was westbound when the vehicle entered the ditch. The driver then attempted to correct the vehicle and lost control where it re-entered the ditch rolling. As a result of the collision the driver, a 28 year old male from Medicine Hat, Alberta suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver was taken to Medicine Hat Regional Hospital where it was determined he needed to be transferred to Foothills Hospital in Calgary due to his injuries.

Police are still investigating the cause to this collision and no further updates are available at this time.

Police would like to remind the motoring public that with the warmer weather and good road conditions they still need to obey the speed limits posted for the road they are traveling on. Police would also like to remind the public to wear their seat belts while driving.

Couple charged for breaching court conditions regarding children

A Red Deer couple face multiple charges after an RCMP investigation revealed that the male suspect ignored a court order and initiated contact with a young child, and that the suspect’s wife assisted him in making that contact despite her knowledge of the court orders. The couple befriended a young family and invited them to their home on several occasions.

The name, age and gender of the child and its parents’ names will not be released, nor will further details of the incidents, to protect the privacy of the family. A medical assessment shows the child was not physically harmed.

61 year old Allan William Halliday of Red Deer has been charged with:
Criminal Code 811 – Breach of Recognizance X 4 – refrain from engaging in any activity that results in contact with any person under the age of 16 years

57 year old Barbara Halliday of Red Deer has been charged with:
Criminal Code 21(1) – Aid and Abet Breach of Recognizance X 4

Allan Halliday has been remanded in custody and will appear in court on May 26, 2014 at 9:30 am at Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer. Barbara Halliday was released on a Promise to Appear and will appear in court on May 26, 2014 at 9:30 am at Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer.

Arson investigation in Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance with an arson investigation. At approximately 12:30 am May 23, 2014 the Calgary Police Service along with the Calgary Fire Department responded to a report of a car fire in the 1100 block of Falconridge Drive N.E. Once on scene, they found a vehicle and garage engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished and there were no injuries, although property damage was extensive.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Calgary Police Service is reminding residents in the area to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.

St Albert RCMP teams up with FCSS to promote neighbourhood development

Cst. Geoff McKay, a young supporter of the Bertha Kennedy community, Angie Dedrick, Cpl. Laurel Kading, and Linda Boyd - Fundraiser for the Friends of Bertha Kennedy School

On May 23, 2014, St. Albert RCMP teamed up with St Albert Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) to promote Neighbourhood Development at Bertha Kennedy Catholic Elementary School. As the Friends of Bertha Kennedy School held a fundraiser barbequing hotdogs and burgers as well as selling hanging flower basket and herb baskets, Angie Dedrick from FCSS and RCMP officers talked to community members about hosting Block Parties and keeping neighbourhoods safe.

Safety taught to St. Albert gas station employees

On May 23, 2014, St. Albert RCMP officers attended at several local gas stations to talk to employees about being safe when a customer steals gas. Although some clients think "Gas and Dash" is no big deal, St. Albert RCMP are trying to work with area gas station owners and employees to address this very real criminal behaviour.

In addition to teaching employees warning signs that might indicate a client is intending to steal gas, the St. Albert RCMP provided the gas stations with easier reporting sheets that might lead to solving more of these crimes.

St. Albert RCMP visits Paul Kane High School

On Friday May 23, 2014, St. Albert RCMP visited Paul Kane High School to support the Students Against Drinking and Driving car smash. While students and teachers BBQ'd burgers and enjoyed the great weather while listening to music, they were able to donate money to have a turn at smashing a used car. The car smash represents the motor vehicle collisions that can happen when people choose to drink and drive and remind the youth to make safe choices.

Cst. Avoine, Cst. McKay in the cart and Cst. Burroughs, wearing her BBQ apron at Paul Kane School

Cst. Avoine and Cst. Burroughs, wearing her BBQ apron after flipping many burgers watch the car smash event

The RCMP officers visited with the students and handed out thumb rings that are sponsored by the AMA. These thumb rings remind drivers not to text and drive.

St. Albert RCMP team up with Kinsmen for safe Rodeo

St. Albert RCMP are completing security planning by walking through the Rainmaker Rodeo site today with Director of Security for the Kinsmen Club of St. Albert. The final checks follow weeks of planning and discussions between the Kinsmen and the RCMP aimed at having the safest, fun Rodeo possible.

Greg Amyotte talking with Cst. Mathieu of St. Albert RCMP
"Calgary Police Magazine" scam

The Calgary Police Service is warning of a telephone scam in which the solicitor claims to be from the “Calgary Police News Magazine.”

Over the last few days, police have received reports of people receiving phone calls from a man aggressively requesting victims place ads in the magazine. He demands personal information about the victims and their credit card numbers.

The “Calgary Police News Magazine” does not exist, and the Calgary Police Service does not solicit advertisers.

People are asked to report any similar calls. Victims are asked to capture as much information as possible about the caller, including any numbers that may be visible on call display.

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