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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Policing in Alberta to May 28, 2014


Tofield area MVC results in three fatalities
Siksika First Nation infant dies
Fatal two vehicle collision near Hines Creek
Assault at Composite High School in Grande Prairie
CPS seeking public assistance in assault case
3 Lethbridge residents charged with fraud and other offences
Fort McMurray traffic stop leads to numerous charges
LRPS celebrating 50th anniversary of K9 Unit
Truck stolen early this morning in Hinton

Tofield area MVC results in three fatalities

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 eastbound 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 Hobbema male driver of the west bound car and the 10 month old male passenger were declared deceased at the scene. The 67 yr old Two Hills female driver and lone occupant of the eastbound 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. It has since been reopened.

Siksika First Nation infant dies

On May 25th, 2014, a 9 month-old female infant was treated by EMS after being found unresponsive at home. The child was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. An autopsy was performed by the Calgary Medical Examiner Office on May 26th, 2014. Police are awaiting the ME's report.

RCMP Major Crimes, Gleichen RCMP and other support services are continuing their investigation. Further details will be released once known.

Fatal two vehicle collision near Hines Creek

FA 27 year old Hines Creek man has died as a result of a two vehicle collision which occurred on Monday May 26, 2014 at approximately 9:50 p.m.

Fairview RCMP and other emergency services were dispatched to Highway 685 near Range Road 51 around 9:50 p.m. on Monday night. The deceased was the lone occupant of a car that reportedly crossed the center line colliding with a large service truck. The two male occupants of the service truck were taken to a local area hospital and were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The expertise of an RCMP Collision Analyst has been engaged to assist with the investigation.

RCMP are not releasing the name of the deceased and the investigation remains ongoing.

Assault at Composite High School in Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie RCMP are investigating an assault with a weapon after a 17 year male reported being assaulted by two other students in a parking lot outside of the Composite High School at approximately 1:20 pm on May 27. The initial investigation indicates that the victim was attacked with weapons that might have included a baseball bat and an extendable baton. As a result of the attack, the victim was taken by ambulance to a local area hospital for treatment of undetermined injuries.

RCMP continue to investigate and are trying to locate the suspects believed to be responsible for this assault.

CPS seeking public assistance in assault case

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance with information about a robbery that resulted in a sexual assault on the weekend.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, May 25, 2014, a woman in her 20s was walking northbound in the 1000 block of Macleod Trail South when she was approached by five men. A physical altercation occured and the woman was knocked to the ground where she was physically and sexually assaulted. The victim’s phone and other personal items were also stolen.

Once the men fled, the victim went to a nearby agency to request help. Police and EMS attended and the victim was transported to a medical care facility where she was treated for minor injuries.

One suspect is described as Caucasian, approximately 35 years old with a full, grey beard. A second suspect is described as Caucasian, approximately 35 years old with distinctive blue eyes.

The victim, who reported the incident, left the medical care facility before investigators had an opportunity to fully speak to her. Investigators are hoping the victim will contact police. Anyone who may have information about this case is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TYPE: tttTIPS.com
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Case # 14190662

3 Lethbridge residents charged with fraud and other offences

RCMP Federal Policing, Financial Integrity Unit charge Lethbridge residents with fraud, theft and breaching their conditions

Marisa PITTARELLI, also known as Giovanna CAMPANELLI-PITTARELLI (age 66), Anthony PITTARELLI (age 45) and Caroline TRYON (age 33) all of Lethbridge, Alberta were arrested and each charged under the Criminal Code with fraud and theft for their actions involving one member of the public. The allegations relate to an investment in an operation which purported to purchase event tickets to be re-sold generating a profit.

Marisa PITTARELLI and Anthony PITTARELLI were also charged with 4 counts each of Failing to Comply with Conditions of their release. These two individuals were previously charged with numerous Criminal Code offences where it was alleged that they defrauded investors through an investment operation that offered high rates of return through event ticket resale. The trial on these original charges is scheduled for February 2015.

Caroline TRYON was also charged, for her actions relating to the fraud, with disobeying a lawful order of a Provincial Court Judge that stemmed from an unrelated matter.

Summary of Charges under the Criminal Code:

Marisa PITTARELLI and Anthony PITTARELLI each charged with:
  • Fraud over $5,000.00 
  • Theft over $5,000.00
  • 2 counts of Fail to Comply with Recognizance entered before a Justice
  • 2 counts of Fail to Comply with Undertaking given to a peace officer
Caroline TRYON
  • Fraud over $5,000.00
  • Theft over $5,000.00 
  • Disobeying a lawful order of a Provincial Court Judge
All three accused are set to appear in the Lethbridge Courthouse on Tuesday, May 27 at 09:30.

The RCMP Calgary Financial Integrity Team received valuable assistance from the Lethbridge Regional Police Service.

The Financial Integrity Team’s mandate is to contribute to the security of the Canadian economy and to protect Canadians and their governments from financial crimes perpetrated by organized crime and others through prevention, investigation and disruption.

Fort McMurray traffic stop leads to numerous charges

On Thursday, May 22, 2014 Wood Buffalo RCMP members conducted a traffic stop in relation to a reported complaint. As a result of the traffic stop, two Fort McMurray men have been charged with several offences. Brandon Burry (26) and Thomas Shortt (28) were arrested at the scene and 142 grams of marihuana was seized.

Burry has been charged with Possession for the Purpose or Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Failing to Comply with his conditions. Burry has since been released from police custody and is scheduled to attend court on June 10.

Shortt has been charged with Possession for the Purpose or Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, five counts of Failing to Comply with his conditions as well as three charges under the Traffic Safety Act. Shortt is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

LRPS celebrating 50th anniversary of K9 Unit

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Lethbridge Regional Police K9 Unit and in conjunction with that milestone, the Service is also hosting the Canadian Police Canine Association spring training seminar May 27-29.

The three-day seminar will include canine teams from various police agencies, corrections and border services from across Canada and focus on canine case law, critical incidents, emerging trends, training techniques, search tactics, detection skills and a lot of friendly competition and camaraderie.

At the conclusion of the seminar the LRPS K9 Unit is hosting a commemorative dinner for past and present K9 handlers to celebrate 50 years of canines in local policing.

The Lethbridge Police Force acquired its first canine in 1964 when Chief Carpenter decided the department would benefit from the addition of a four-legged officer. Police Service Dog (PSD) Thors Yorker, better known as York, was selected from a kennel in Devon, Alberta. Initially training was conducted at the kennel, but in later years following PSD York’s retirement, a formal training program in Belt, Montana was used until an in-house training program was developed in the mid-90s. Over the years more dogs were added and today our current unit consists of four dogs – PSDs Ymos, Ivo, Figo and Arco – and their handlers. In total, LRPS has had 25 K9 handlers in the past 50 years.

Truck stolen early this morning in Hinton

On the morning of May 28, 2014 Hinton RCMP responded to a complaint of a theft of a pickup truck from the Crestwood Hotel in Hinton. A grey Ford F350 pickup truck with a welding deck in the back and bearing Alberta license plate BMR 5484 was stolen from the parking lot of the Crestwood Hotel between the hours of 7:00 PM and 4:50 AM. The direction of travel is unknown.

Anyone having information on this or any other investigation are asked to call the Hinton RCMP at 780 865-2455 or Crimestoppers at 1 800 222-TIPS.

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