Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Policing in Alberta to May 27, 2014

Warrant issued for Lethbridge woman charged with arson 
Pincher Creek RCMP complaints summary May 19-26, 2014 
Two dead after MVC near Tofield 
Penhold woman charged in fatal hit and run collision with longboarder 
Red Deer RCMP investigate theft of skid steer loader and trailer 
Firearms stolen from Calgary gun range and store 
LRPS charge man with numerous break-ins to businesses 
Second suspect charged in connection with Pamfil homicide 
RCMP investigate mischiefs in Daysland 
Irvine campground fire results in arson charge 
Thefts from vehicles in Morinville area 
Non-injury collision involving School Bus in Innisfail 
Fuel theft near Two Hills 
Motorcyclist injured on Yellowhead Highway 
Canada Road Safety Week in Vegreville and Two Hills 
Northeast ITU May traffic enforcement project

Warrant issued for Lethbridge woman charged with arson

Lethbridge Regional Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a 48-year-old woman charged with arson in connection with a suspicious house fire.

Wanted: Kathy Jean Petersen
On May 23, 2014 at approximately 7 a.m. police responded to a report of a possible break and enter at a home along the 1200 block of 8 Avenue South after the homeowner returned to the residence and noticed signs of forced entry. While police were enroute smoke began pouring from the home and the Lethbridge Fire Department was dispatched.

A total of 18 firefighters from three stations attended and extinguished the blaze in approximately 2.5 hours. Damage is estimated at $250,000. No one was inside the home at the time of the fire and no one was injured. Investigation determined the fire was the result of arson. A female subject, known to the homeowner, was identified and following further investigation was charged. The woman’s whereabouts are currently unknown and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Investigation by police and the fire department is ongoing. No further information will be released.

Kathy Jean Petersen, 48, is charged with one count of arson to property.

Anyone with information on Petersen’s whereabouts is asked to contact police 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers will pay for information leading to an arrest.

Pincher Creek RCMP complaints summary May 19-26, 2014

Assaults - 5
Domestic Assaults - 1
Fraud/Forgery - 1
Uttering Threats - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 2
Theft under $5000 - 3
Impaired driving - 2
Drugs - 2
Disturbing the Peace - 3
Driving Complaints (general) - 3
MV Collisions - 2
Liquor Offences - 5
Suspicious Occurrences (general) - 5
Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
Assistance to other agencies - 1
False Alarms - 1
911 calls (invalid) - 1
Animal Calls - 1
Prisoners held - 6

Two dead after MVC near Tofield

On Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm., RCMP Tofield were dispatched to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 26 near Range Road 161.

A west bound car collided head on with an eastbound car. The east bound car then rolled into the south ditch and came to rest on its roof. A passing motorist came across the scene and notified emergency services.  Beaver Country Fire and Flagstaff Country EMS attended the scene.

The 37 yr old male driver of the west bound car and the 10 month old male passenger, both from Wetaskiwin, were declared deceased at the scene. The 67 yr old female driver, from Two Hills, and lone occupant of the east bound car was also declared deceased at the scene. All persons involved were wearing seatbelts.

Highway 26 was closed to traffic both directions during the night as an RCMP Collision Analyst conducted their investigation. The highway has since been re-opened to traffic.

Penhold woman charged in fatal hit and run collision with longboarder

On May 20, 2014 at 1033 p.m., Innisfail RCMP responded to a fatal hit and run collision with a pedestrian on Highway 592 approximately 4 km west of Penhold. An 18 year old male was struck by an east bound vehicle while long boarding along side of the highway with a friend. The deceased has been identified as Trystan Sorensen of Penhold, Alberta.

On May 21, 2014 a 2003 Dodge Durango was reported stolen and was soon located burnt in a farmers field east of Innisfail. On May 24, 2014 the registered owner and alleged driver was contacted. She turned herself in to the Innisfail RCMP detachment. As a result, 25 year old Jessica Masyk of Penhold Alberta has been charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident (Section 252 of the criminal Code), Public Mischief (Section 140 (1) (A) of the Criminal Code) and Drive while Unauthorized (Section 94 (2) of the Highway Traffic Act). She has been released from custody with a court appearance on Friday 20th June. 2014 at 9:30 am.

Police are still vigorously investigating the details of the collision and are seeking public assistance. Anyone that may have witnessed the collision or provided assistance to the suspect is asked to contact the Innisfail RCMP Detachment at 403-227-3342 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).

Red Deer RCMP investigate theft of skid steer loader and trailer

Red Deer RCMP are investigating the theft of a Skid Steer loader, two buckets, a trailer and various tools worth more than $42,000. The theft occurred on or before May 8, 2014 at a rural property east of the Rosedale neighbourhood in Red Deer, Alberta. A witness reported seeing a black Ford F350 with a welder in the back on the property the evening of May 8.

The following items were stolen:
  • 2007 Caterpillar 277b Skid Steer with attached bucket
  • Black flat deck 20 foot trailer with tool box
  • 96 inch Blue Diamond snow bucket
  • Chains, a laser level, a chainsaw and a Dewalt drill set
Anyone with information that may assist the police in identifying the suspect responsible for this crime 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

Firearms stolen from Calgary gun range and store

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance for information related to two break and enters, and the theft of handguns from a local gun range and store.

At approximately 12:20 a.m., on Sunday, May 11, 2014, a man forced entry through the main door of The Shooting Edge, 510 77 Ave. S.E. Once inside the facility, the man used a baseball bat to smash open a display case. He removed 11 handguns, placed them into a backpack and left the area on foot.

The man was wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, red gloves with grey palms and white shoes. Photos of the man are available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.

At approximately 8 a.m., on Monday, May 26, 2014, officers were called to, for reports of a break and enter. Upon arrival, officers observed the front window of the store had been smashed and weapons had been taken.

Investigators currently believe more than 20 firearms were taken, however this number may increase once a full inventory has been completed. The investigation continues to determine if the two offences are connected, and if a suspect description from today’s offence can be obtained from reviewing CCTV.

Anyone who may have information about these cases is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637
Case # 14170777

LRPS charge man with numerous break-ins to businesses

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 41-year-old man in connection with numerous break-ins to businesses on the industrial estate over the past month.

Between May 6 and May 23, 2014 a male subject broke into nine businesses in north Lethbridge – returning and breaking into two of them a further time – and stole various property including electronics, medication, cash, copper wire, copper pipe and tools. On May 23, 2014 members of the Priority Crimes Unit located and arrested the male subject while he was attempting to break into a business along the 1100 block of 41 Street North.

Peter Conrad Bissonette, 41, of Lethbridge, is charged with 11 counts of shop breaking and commit theft. He was remanded to appear in court today.

Second suspect charged in connection with Pamfil homicide

Edmonton homicide detectives have arrested and charged a second suspect in connection with the Sept. 4, 2012 death of Bogdan Pamfil, 25. Boutros Abdiaziz Mohamed, 21, was arrested on May 23, 2014, as a result of an ongoing investigation. Mohamed is charged with second degree murder in relation to Pamfil's murder. On March 14, 2014, investigators also arrested and charged another male with second degree murder. The accused was 17 years old at the time of the murder, and therefore his identity cannot be revealed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Edmonton police responded to a complaint of shots fired around 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, near 97 Street and 82 Avenue. Upon arrival, EPS officers discovered the body of a 25-year-old deceased male in the mechanical room of an apartment building.

An autopsy performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office on Sept. 6, 2012, determined that Pamfil died from a gunshot wound.

RCMP investigate mischiefs in Daysland

Between Tuesday, May 20, 2014 and Thursday, May 22, 2014, the Killam/Forestburg RCMP Detachment received a number of complaints of mischief to vehicles in the town of Daysland, Alberta. At least three vehicles were vandalised with black spray paint. The licence plate of vehicle was spray painted completely black as were the signal lights of another vehicle, while the numbers "420" were spray painted on the back of a third vehicle.

Further, on May 23, 2014 Killam/Forestburg RCMP received a complaint that a derogatory word had been spray painted on a fence in Daysland.

Irvine campground fire results in arson charge

On May 15, 2014 at approximately 1652 Hours the Redcliff RCMP along with Cypress County Fire Department and Irvine Fire Department attended a fire at the Irvine campground. The camp kitchen was set on fire and there was no one around upon arrival of police and fire. Police belived the fire to be intentionally set.

On May 24, 2014 police made an arrest in relation to the arson at the campground. A 13 year old male from Irvine, Alberta who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act has been charged with one count of Arson causing damage to property. The 13 year old has been released with strict conditions and has a court appearance in June of 2014.

Police would like thank the public for their assistance in solving this crime. Anyone with any information relating to this crime or any other crime can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Thefts from vehicles in Morinville area

There have been a number of complaints recently of thefts from Motor Vehicles in Morinville and the surrounding area.

Over the upcoming weekends, Members of the Morinville RCMP along with volunteers from Morinville Citizens on Patrol (COP) will be out checking vehicles to see if they are secure. Pamphlets will be left on vehicles advising you that your vehicle has been checked and providing information on how to protect your property.

Some simple tips to prevent theft from your vehicle:
  • Remove all valuables (backpacks, cell phones, purses, wallets, sunglasses, GPS systems, keys, iPod’, shopping bags, cigarettes, etc) from your vehicle
  • If you must keep valuables in your vehicle, store them in your trunk
  • Never leave a spare vehicle or house key in your vehicle
  • Whenever possible, park your vehicle in your garage or in a well lit area and lock your doors
  • Protect your insurance and registration documents as well as your garage door opener. (Carry them in your wallet or conceal them)
  • If your garage door opener is stolen, ensure you change your system code
  • Install a car alarm, or use “the club” to lock the steering wheel
  • Use locking screws for your license plate
Morinville RCMP encourages everyone to call police to report any suspicious activities. 

Non-injury collision involving School Bus in Innisfail

Around 8:30 am on May 26, 2014, Innisfail RCMP was dispatched to a multi vehicle collision at the 42 Avenue / Highway 54 intersection of Innisfail, AB. The collision was investigated by Innisfail RCMP detachment with the assistance of the Innisfail Integrated Traffic Unit, Town of Innisfail Peace Officers and the Red Deer Collision Reconstruction Unit.

A northbound 42 Avenue pickup truck crossing Highway 54 was struck by a maintenance van westbound on Highway 54  that sent the pickup truck into a school bus stopped at a stop sign on the opposite side of the intersection. The school bus was loaded with children at the time. The driver of the pickup truck, a 79 year old Innisfail man, was charged with failing to proceed safely after stopping at an intersection, under section 38 of the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation. All children were transferred to another School bus without any injuries and continued on to school.

Fuel theft near Two Hills

On May 16, 2014, Two Hills RCMP received a complaint of stolen fuel in the Two Hills area on Township Road 552 near Range Road 181. A dark blue Chevrolet pickup truck with 2 tidy tanks in the back was seen in the area the day of the theft.

Two Hills RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the persons responsible for the theft. If anyone has any information regarding this crime or any other criminal activity in the area they are encouraged to contact their local Police Department or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Motorcyclist injured on Yellowhead Highway

Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) was shut down eastbound between Century Road and Campsite Road by Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP on May 26 due to a single vehicle motorcycle collision. The motorcyclist has been transported by ground ambulance to an Edmonton area hospital, condition undetermined.

Canada Road Safety Week in Vegreville and Two Hills

Vegreville and Two Hills Detachments along with the Town of Vegreville Peace Officer teamed up from May 13th to May 19th, 2014, to make Alberta roads safer for Canada Road Safety Week. 

 A total of 166 charges were laid during the week long campaign. 115 charges were laid relating to speeding offences, 39 of which were in the Andrew School Zone. 28 charges were laid for driver's failing to wear their seatbelts, 25 of which were laid within the Town of Vegreville. Other charges were also laid in the area relating to operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's licence, having tinted windows, as well as other charges and warnings relating to other provincial traffic offences. 

 Two Hills and Vegreville Detachments also laid several criminal code traffic charges relating to a fatal impaired motor vehicle collision and a high speed pursuit. In both cases the drivers were apprehended at the scene and face numerous charges.

Northeast Integrated Traffic Services May traffic enforcement project

The Redwater Integrated Traffic Unit with assistance from the Northeast Integrated Traffic Unit, including Alberta Sheriffs, conducted an enhanced traffic policing initiative May 22 to May 25 on Highway 28 from Redwater to Cold Lake, Alberta.

The purpose of this four day project was to enforce the traffic laws in an attempt to deal with the aggressive driving behaviors and the high driving speeds that are reported on this stretch of Highway 28, with the overall goal to reduce death and serious injury motor vehicle collision on our roadways.

During the four days of these high visibility patrols, RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs stopped close to 600 vehicles. RCMP and Sheriffs issued 416 speeding charges, with two drivers exceeding 51 over the posted speed limit, 1 impaired driver, 1 suspended driver, 48 fail to wear seatbelt charges, 15 distracted driving charges, 1 uninsured motor vehicle charge and 72 other traffic related charges.

Speeding is one of the top four driving behaviors that are a priority issue for the Alberta RCMP Integrated Traffic Units. Reducing overall speed will have an impact on injury severity

RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs will continue with similar enhanced traffic projects on Alberta Highways.

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