Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Policing in Alberta to June 24, 2014

press releases

Missing 13 year old Red Deer girl
Fatal MVC in rural Grande Prairie
Cyclist seriously injured in Sherwood Park
Man exposes himself at Sherwood Park playground
Pincher Creek RCMP complaints June 16 to June 23, 2014
Man charged in Lethbridge collision with motorcyclist 
Edmonton fatal hit-and-run suspect arrested 
Arson in Fort McMurray 
Spruce Grove trio charged with drug offences
Charges laid in Pine Lake area shooting 
Leduc man charged with Impaired Driving and Flight From Police

Missing 13 year old Red Deer girl

Red Deer RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 13 year old Nakayo Poucette. Poucette was last seen on June 14 at around 7:00 pm, walking south from the Collicutt Centre in south-east Red Deer. It is believed she may be trying to travel to Morley, Alberta, but police checks throughout Red Deer, Cochrane and Morley have not located her to date.

Nakayo Poucette is described as:
  • Aboriginal
  • 5’4” tall
  • 130 lbs
  • Long brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Last seen wearing a blue sweater, black pants and blue shoes
No photo of Poucette is available at this time.

If you have any information on Nakayo Poucette’s whereabouts you are asked to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403.343.5575

Fatal MVC in rural Grande Prairie

A 21 year old Grande Prairie man has been killed in a single vehicle collision in the rural Grande Prairie area.

On June 22, at 8:50 pm, Grande Prairie rural RCMP were dispatched to the Canfor Road, approximately 1-2 kilometres south of the Weyerhaeuser turn off. The preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of a dirt bike lost control and went over an embankment on the road. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene. Grovedale EMS and Fire department were also in attendance. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The name of the deceased man will not be released at this time.

As the investigation is still ongoing, police ask anyone who may have information relating to the collision to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment at 780-830-5700.

Cyclist seriously injured in Sherwood Park

On June 23 at approximately 2:45 p.m. Strathcona County RCMP and Strathcona County Emergency Services responded to a serious motor vehicle collision involving a mini van and a cyclist at the intersection of Cloverbar Road and Granada Blvd.

A 2006 Honda Odyssey mini van, being driven by a 73 year old female, was south bound on Cloverbar Rd proceeding through a green light at the intersection with Granada Blvd. A cyclist traveling east bound in the cross walk portion of the intersection crossed in front of the mini van, which was unable to avoid the collision and struck the cyclist while traveling at approximately 55-60 km/hr. Several witnesses advised that the cyclist was not wearing a helmet and crossed the  intersection against the red light while still riding her bicycle.

The cyclist has been identified as a 15 year old female from Sherwood Park and her name is not being released. The female's family has been notified and is with her at the hospital. Her injuries have been updated as serious, but non life threatening and she remains in hospital.

Strathcona County RCMP would like to thank the public for responding to the request for assistance in attempting to identify the unknown female. Information provided by a citizen in the community helped the police positively identify the injured female and contact her family.

Strathcona County RCMP Traffic Services and a RCMP Collision Analyst were on scene investigating the collision and as a result the south bound lanes of Cloverbar Rd were closed for approximately 1 hour. The road was re-opened at 4:00 p.m.

Speed, alcohol and road conditions were not factors in the collision. Charges are not pending at this time.

RCMP would also like to remind cyclists of all ages of the importance of wearing proper safety equipment including a properly fitted, safety-approved bike helmet. In addition to following basic safety rules cyclists should also be aware that if they choose to ride on the road they must follow the same rules of the road as a motor vehicle.

Riding across intersections is extremely dangerous and it is difficult for a driver to see you. Crosswalks are for pedestrians, so if you are riding your bicycle on the side walk dismount and walk the bike across intersections. If you are riding on the road, you are considered a motor vehicle and should not be in a crosswalk.

Man exposes himself at Sherwood Park elementary school playground

Sherwood Park, Alberta- Strathcona County RCMP are requesting the public's assistance in identifying a male involved in the following crime.  On Sunday June 22, 2014 at approximately 2:45 P.M Strathcona County RCMP received a complaint of an unknown male exposing himself to two young girls in the playground area of the Pine Street Elementary School located at 133 Pine Street, Sherwood Park.  The male suspect approached the two girls who were playing in the sand area of the playground. The male sat down with the girls, started casually talking to them and then exposed his genitals. The young girls, aged 5 years and 8 years old, left the area and were not physically touched or harmed in any way.

Numerous police resources were utilized to conduct an extensive search of the area, however the suspect male was not located.

The suspect is described as:
  • a Caucasian male,
  • approximately  20-30 years old, 
  • short shaved hair,
  • short facial hair/beard,
  • wearing black and green shorts,
  • grey t shirt,
  • black baseball cap with a black design, possibly a "B" on it
Several adult witnesses on scene provided the same description of the suspect male and stated he was last seen leaving the park on foot, direction of travel unknown. The adult witnesses will be meeting with a RCMP sketch artist to complete a composite drawing of the suspect. Once the drawing is completed it will be released to media and the public in a hope to assist in identifying the male.

Based on information provided by witnesses, RCMP do not believe this is the same male involved in similar occurrences at Brentwood Elementary School on June 13, 2014 and 3 businesses in the Village Market Shopping Center on June 2, 2014. Those investigations are also still on-going.

Out of an abundance of caution Strathcona County RCMP notified all area schools and school district offices to ensure they are aware of the occurrence and police will be making extra patrols in  playground and school areas.

No further information is available at this time as the investigation continues. Again, once a composite drawing is completed of the suspect it will be released to media and the public.

Anyone with any information on this incident is encouraged to contact Strathcona County RCMP at (780) 467-7741. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online at

Pincher Creek RCMP complaint overview June 16 to June 23, 2014

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received from June 16 8:30am to June 23, 8:30am. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service – 61
Assaults - 2
Break and Enter (commercial) -1
Uttering Threats - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 5
Theft under $5000 - 3
Disturbing the Peace - 1
Driving complaints (general) - 1
MV Collisions - 7
Liquor offences -2
Assistance to General Public (general) - 5
Assistance to other agencies -4
False Alarms - 5
911 calls (invalid) - 5
Animal calls - 1
Prisoners held - 7

Man charged in Lethbridge serious injury collision with motorcyclist

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 58-year-old man with dangerous driving following a collision with a motorcycle.

On June 21, 2014 at approximately 12:26 a.m. police and EMS responded to a report of a collision at the intersection of 13 Street and 12 Avenue South. Investigation determined that a motorcycle, operated by a 35-year-old Cardston man, was southbound on 13 Street when it was struck by a taxi cab that had been travelling northbound and attempted to turn westbound onto 12 Avenue South. The 35-year-old motorcyclist was transported to Chinook Regional Hospital then transferred to Calgary Foothills Hospital. He remains in serious, but stable condition.

Estifanos Abraha Ogbagebriel, 58, is charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm. He is scheduled to appear in court June 25.

Edmonton fatal hit-and-run suspect arrested

The Edmonton Police Service has arrested Jonathan Jake Cardinal, 31, the suspect alleged to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident from Friday, June 13, 2014.

Downtown Division members responded to 86 Street and 106 Avenue at approximately 9:47 a.m. this morning (Monday, June 23), to investigate a report of an unconscious male passed out in a vehicle. Patrol members approached the vehicle, subsequently confirmed as stolen, and roused the accused, suspected of being intoxicated by either drugs or alcohol.

The accused fled on foot from the stolen vehicle, breaking through a glass patio door and entering an unoccupied residential suite, whereby the accused sustained multiple lacerations. The accused continued to evade police, entering a second residential suite and stealing car keys. The accused then fled the suite and concealed himself nearby to avoid apprehension.

The EPS Canine Unit and Downtown Division officers tracked the accused to Jasper Avenue and 90 Street, where he was taken into custody at approximately 10:12 a.m. Paramedics responded to the scene and the accused was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Jonathan Jake Cardinal is facing charges of manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and theft over $5,000. Additional charges are pending.

At approximately 8 a.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014, EPS Downtown Division Patrol officers attempted to stop a stolen Ford F-150 truck in the area of 82 Street and 120 Avenue. The truck fled at a high rate of speed northbound on 82 Street, then westbound on 120 Avenue. The Patrol unit did not enter into a criminal flight pursuit, however, all EPS units were provided with a description of this vehicle. Later the same morning at approximately 9 a.m., EPS Northeast Division Neighbourhood Foot Patrol officers located the stolen Ford F-150 in a parking lot in the area of 32 Street and 113 Avenue. A male and female had just left the parked vehicle and were running away northbound. The officers apprehended the female with the male stealing a nearby running 2006 Dodge Ram to try and escape. The vehicle was parked in the laneway at approximately 29 Street and 116 A Avenue. The owner attempted to prevent the theft and ultimately ended up being struck by the vehicle and dying on scene. The victim was identified by family members as 33-year-old Adam John Groves.

Arson in Fort McMurray

The Wood Buffalo RCMP is seeking the assistance from the general public in relation to a fire that occurred at 1 Haineault Street, Fort McMurray in the early morning hours of June 22, 2014.

Shortly after 4:00 a.m. RCMP officers responded to Haineault Street to assist Regional Emergency Services with an apartment fire. The fire was contained to one apartment however the building was evacuated as a safety precaution. Once it was safe, residents were allowed back into the building.

The initial investigation reveals that the fire is deemed to be suspicious and started in a bedroom of the apartment, therefore an investigation into arson has commenced. No one was injured as a result and only minor damages incurred. At this time no charges have been laid, anyone with information in regards to this investigation is asked to contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP.

If you have information about this, or any other investigation(s), please call the Wood Buffalo RCMP at (780) 788-4000, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [] for instructions on how to do). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Spruce Grove trio charged with drug offences

The Spruce Grove/Stony Plain Drug Section has laid more charges relating to drug activity in the Tri-Municipal region.

On Thursday, June 19th, police executed a search warrant on a home in Stony Plain. Police located evidence supported both cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking, including:
  • 15.4 grams of cocaine, packaged in small individual bags for re-sale
  • 6.5 grams of methamphetamine, packaged in small individual bags for re-sale
  • approximately $500.00 cash
  • drug paraphernalia to support the trade
Charges have been laid against three Stony Plain residents.

22 year old Wayne Darrel BROWN stands charged with:
possession for the purpose of trafficking- Schedule I substance- cocaine
possession for the purpose of trafficking- Schedule I- methamphetamine (crystal meth)
possession of Schedule II substance (cannabis)
possession of property obtained by crime, under $5000
fail to comply with probation, x 4
fail to comply with conditions of undertaking
Wayne BROWN was charged with trafficking in cocaine and methamphetamine in April of this year, when a search warrant was executed on his residence. He was released on conditions at that time. He remains in custody, and has not spoken to bail. His first court appearance is June 25th in Stony Plain.

24 year old Shawn Karl BROWN stands charged with:
possession for the purpose of trafficking- Schedule I substance- cocaine
possession for the purpose of trafficking- Schedule I- methamphetamine (crystal meth)
possession of property obtained by crime, under $5000
He was released from custody on a no-cash Recognizance with conditions, to appear in Stony Plain Provincial Court on August 6th.

22 year old Jessica Rose SCHMIDT stands charged with:
possession of a Schedule II substance (cannabis)
She was released from custody on a Promise to Appear, for August 6th court in Stony Plain.

"The Spruce Grove/Stony Plain Drug Section continues to gather intelligence and lay charges, sending a strong message that drug trafficking will not be tolerated in our communities", states Cpl. Colette Zazulak of the Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP.

Charges laid in Pine Lake area shooting

On June 2, 2014 at approximately 4:15 am Innisfail RCMP officers responded to a report of a male shot in the rural Pine Lake area. He was transported to the hospital by EMS and is expected to live. The person responsible and victim are believed to be known to each other.

On June 21st, 2014, RCMP have laid charges in relation to this report of a male shot. Cory Lavallee of Pine Lake was arrested near Bashaw, with the assistance the RCMP Emergence Response Team and the RCMP Serious Crimes Branch. He has been charged with the following offences and is appearing today (June 23) in Red Deer Provincial Court:
  • 239 (A) Attempt to Commit Murder
  • 85 (1)(A) Using a firearm in the commission of an offence
  • 91 (1) Unauthorized Possession of a firearm
Leduc man charged with Impaired Driving and Flight From Police

RCMP Leduc have charged a 43 year old man with a variety of driving and alcohol related offences.

On the 21st of June, 2014 at approximately 11:00am, RCMP responded to a complaint of a male being refused service at a local liquor store in Leduc due to intoxication. The male departed in a pickup truck and police were provided a description of that vehicle, including the licence plate. Moments later attempts were made to stop the truck however it would not stop and eventually collided with a police vehicle (police vehicle suffered minor damage). The male was brought to Leduc detachment where he provided two samples of his breath. Those samples were analysed at more than twice the legal limit.

"Driving at that level of intoxication places the community at risk" says Cst. CELMS of the Leduc RCMP. "We appreciate the information that was passed on to us and continue to urge the public to call in impaired drivers."

Charged with Impaired Driving, Driving over .08, Flight from Police, Dangerous Driving, Breach of Release Conditions, Driving Contrary to Licence Conditions, and Having Liquor Within Easy Access of an Occupant is 42 year old Warren Christopher HOLT of Leduc, Alberta. HOLT will appear in Leduc Provincial Court on Thursday June 26th, 2014 at 09:30 AM.

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