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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Policing in Alberta to June 26, 2014


Fatal MVC near Drayton Valley
Fatal MVC near Maskwacis
Police still looking for Andria Meise
Missing Edmonton girl located
Calgary stabbing victim dies
Secure and Hold situation at St. Albert schools
CPS and RCMP investigate shooting incident
Missing Calgary boater
Leduc crime spree suspect charged
60 yr old man assaulted in Calgary
String of B&Es and thefts in Mundare
Theft of Sochi Olympic Ring in Boyle
Canada Day long weekend QEII enforcement planned
Theft and Mischief in Strathmore results in charges
EPS launches Interactive Voice Response system
Give emergency crews a ‘brake’

Fatal MVC near Drayton Valley

RCMP are investigating a fatal collision between a Semi Tanker Truck and a Picker truck that occurred June 25 East of Drayton Valley. At approximately 11:50 am, Drayton Valley RCMP officers and other emergency services were called to the scene of a collision between a semi tanker truck and a picker truck on Highway 39 east of Range Road 64. The 38 year old driver of the picker truck was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the semi truck was transported to the local hospital with what are believed to be non life threatening injuries.

 


The name of the deceased is not being released. RCMP continue to investigate but do not believe speed or alcohol were a factor.
Fatal MVC near Maskwacis

On Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 12:15pm Maskwacis RCMP Detachment, Fire, EMS, and Wetaskiwin Detachment responded to a 2 vehicle collision, approximately 2kms North of Maskwacison Highway 2A.

Investigation found that a southbound car had collided with a northbound Semi truck and trailer. Preliminary investigation and with the assistance of witnesses and a Collision Analyst determined that the Southbound car crossed over the center line into the path of the Northbound truck and trailer.

As a result of the collision the driver and only occupant of the southbound car, a 61 year old female resident of Ponoka, was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim is not being released until next of kin have been notified. The driver of the truck did not sustain injury. Road conditions and visibility do not appear to have been factors. Traffic was diverted for about five hours during the investigation.

Police still looking for Andria Meise

Grande Prairie RCMP's General Investigation Section is continuing to investigate the disappearance of Kelowna, BC resident, 36 year old Andria Meise and are asking for the public's assistance to locate her.

Andria was originally reported missing to Kelowna RCMP in November 2012. Further investigation revealed that Andria was last seen sometime between July and September 2010, by a family member, in the downtown Grande Prairie area. At that time, she indicated that she might travel to Prince George.

Missing: Andria Meise
Andria is believed to have been involved in a high risk lifestyle since her teenage years and may possibly use the alias of Andy or Angie or go by the surname of Woodhouse. Her family is concerned for her well-being because although she moved around a lot, she always kept in touch with them and let them know where she may be headed. Andria was known to spend time in Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek, Ft St John, Kelowna and Vancouver.

Andria is described as Caucasian in appearance but having an aboriginal heritage, 5 feet 11 inches tall and approximately 135lbs, having brown eyes and shoulder length dark brown hair. (photo attached below)

Previous media releases have not generated any significant leads to bring police any closer to locating Andria or to provide any indication of where she may be. RCMP have actively pursued every investigative avenue and will continue to do so until she is found.

RCMP are requesting that if anyone has any information regarding Andria’s disappearance or whereabouts to please contact Grande Prairie detachment at 780-830-5700 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).

Missing Edmonton girl located

EPS West Division members located the previously reported missing 12-year-old girl safe and sound at approximately 4:30 pm yesterday afternoon. The girl was recently reported missing in north Edmonton. A member of the public saw the girl walking in the area of 124 Street and 118 Avenue and contacted police. Family members have been informed of the good news. Thank you to all media outlets who shared this information with the public.

Calgary stabbing victim dies

The Calgary Police Service is investigating a homicide after a stabbing victim succumbed to his injuries.

On Friday, June 20, 2014, just before midnight, a man was discovered suffering from stab wounds outside of Marlborough Mall. Investigators later determined the man had been attacked by a group, believed to be youths.

Soon after the victim was discovered, a suspect was located in the area and arrested. The 16 year old was charged with robbery. He cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The victim was transported to a local hospital in life-threatening condition. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy. The cause of death has been determined to be a stab wound.

The victim has been identified as Gabriel OKEYNAN, 45, of Calgary.

It is believed this was a random incident. Investigators are working to confirm the motive. Homicide investigators have consulted with the Crown and have been given approval to lay a second-degree murder charge against youth in custody.

Investigators are currently interviewing a second youth. Charges have not been laid at this time.

Officers are working to identify a number of other people who may have been involved in this incident and are attempting to determine what roles they played. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TYPE: calgarycrimestoppers.org
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Secure and Hold situation at St. Albert schools

On June 25 approximately 12:25 p.m. St. Albert RCMP received a call from Albert Lacombe Elementary School stating they currently put the school in a "Hold and Secure" state as there has been a unconfirmed report that a grade 8 male student may have had a knife in the playground area behind Albert Lacombe Elementary School. All Albert Lacombe students were accounted for.

St. Albert RCMP immediately responded to Albert Lacombe Elementary School and started to search the surrounding area for the grade 8 male student. Wild Rose Elementary School also put their school in a "Hold and Secure" state for precautionary reasons until the male was located.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. the male individual involved in the initial report was located near Sir George Simpson Junior High School and was taken into custody without incident. The individual's name and where he attends school will not be released under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Cpl. Niki Borden stated, "Thanks to the professional and prompt action of Albert Lacombe Elementary School and the immediate response of our officers, we were able to contain the situation quickly and safely".

At the time of the arrest, the male was not in possession of a knife or any other weapon.

"Secure & Hold" means the school accounts for all students and all doors to the school are locked/secured. Classes within the school remain ongoing and uninterrupted.

CPS and RCMP investigate shooting incident

The Calgary Police Service, with assistance from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), is investigating a shooting incident around the city’s northern limits.

At approximately 2 a.m., on Wednesday, June, 25, 2014, the RCMP requested assistance from CPS near 11 Street NE and Highway 566 in connection with a man found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man, who has been uncooperative with investigators, was found in a rural area with no obvious indication of where or why he was targeted.

It is believed that after the 34 year old was shot, he went to a home just inside the city limits and broke in, and then stole a truck from the property. The homeowner was not in town at the time. The man then drove across the road, on the north side of Highway 566, where he was discovered by members of the Airdrie RCMP. He is in stable condition in a local hospital.

Investigators from both the CPS and RCMP are now working together to locate where the man was shot and determine a motive for the crime.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TYPE: calgarycrimestoppers.org
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

At this time there is no further comment about this case. Details will be released as they become available.

Missing Calgary boater

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance for any information about a man believed to have capsized in the Bow River in May, and has not been seen since.

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at approximately 3:30 p.m., police received a complaint of a capsized dinghy in the Bow River, adjacent to the 2200 block of 8 Avenue S.E. The witness reported observing a man attempting to get back into the dinghy, but that he was unable to and eventually went under the water and was not seen again.

The Calgary Fire Department aquatics team, as well as several fire crews, and numerous CPS units, including HAWCS, were utilized to find the missing boater. The capsized dinghy and an oar were found a short time later, but unfortunately there was no sign of the man.

Missing: Stephen Kenneth Samson
On Saturday, June 7, 2014, a man was reported missing by family and friends. Stephen Kenneth SAMSON, 44, who goes by Ken, is believed to frequent the Bow River in a dinghy with a similar description to the capsized boat that was found on May 27.

SAMSON is described as Caucasian, approximately 5’5” tall, 150 lbs., with a medium build, blue eyes and blond hair. He is also known to walk with a limp.

Leduc crime spree suspect charged

Leduc RCMP are praising the assistance of the general public in identifying a male on a crime spree that lead to charges being laid for armed robbery.

On June 16th at approximately 1:30 pm a caucasian man entered Chad's Smoke Shop in Leduc. He pretended to shop around and waited until other customers left. He approached the staff member in the store and indicated he had a weapon and would use it, and demanded money. An undisclosed amount of money and merchandise was taken. No one was hurt as a result of this robbery.

Later that day Leduc RCMP made public photo's of the suspect in the Armed Robbery. Within a short period of time, police were quickly provided with information leading to the identify of the suspect as a result of the media reports.

It quickly became evident that the suspect in the armed robbery was involved in more crime. Earlier in the day, police were called twice to the Discovery Way shopping district in Leduc. Staff at the Staples store reported that a suspicious male's behavior led them to believe he had attempted to steal laptops from their store; their quick actions prevented this crime. Shortly after that police received a call from the Discovery Way Shell gas station and stole a carton of cigarettes after his credit card was declined twice. Further to this, a stolen vehicle was used by the accused during his crime spree in Leduc.

"This was a fantastic example of public assistance making a difference in our community" Notes Cst. Julian CELMS of the Leduc RCMP. "We received information almost immediately after the Media communicated what happened and who we were looking for. This has allowed us to hold the accused accountable for his actions, and solved a number of other crimes."

The following day, on June 17th 2014, 27 year old Mathieu Denis PLAMONDON, of Prince George, BC was arrested by Edmonton Police Service. PLAMONDON has been charged with two counts of theft, possession of stolen property, armed robbery, uttering death threats and six counts of breaching his recognizance. PLAMONDON's next court appearance is at 9:00 AM July 7, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta.

60 yr old man assaulted in Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is seeking the public assistance for information in relation to an assault that occurred in the city's southwest.

Just after 8 pm on Tuesday, June 24 the victim was walking south in the 1700 block of 24 Street SW when an unknown male and female riding their bicycles began to assault him. The victim, in his 60s, sustained non life threatening injuries.

The male is described as 5'8-6'1, short brown hair, black sandals, grey and black knee length shorts, no shirt, carrying a black backpack and was riding a dark black/green full suspension mountain bike.

The female is described as 5'4 - 5'11, blue sleeveless shirt, multi colored skirt, yellow and black hat, pink/blue and black running shoes, pushing a grey front suspension mountain bike.

String of B&Es and thefts in Mundare

Vegreville RCMP are currently investigating a series of Break and Enters and Thefts that occurred within the Town of Mundare. Between June 15, 2014, and June 17, 2014, an unknown number of suspects broke into a residence, two businesses and four vehicles all within the Town of Mundare. The suspects managed to steal power tools, a small amount of money and a variety of vehicle and personal documents.

All residents are strongly encouraged to not leave valuable items in your vehicles and to ensure that your vehicles are locked at all times.

Residents are also encouraged to contact the Vegreville RCMP at 780-632-2223 to report any suspicious activity, persons or vehicles.

Theft of Sochi Olympic Ring in Boyle

Boyle RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a Sochi 2014 Olympic Champions ring belonging to Canadian curler Brad Jacobs. The ring was stolen from a motel room during a visit to the Village of Boyle. On or between June 20th and 21st, 2014 two motel rooms are believed to have been entered including the room belonging to Mr. Jacobs. The Olympic ring was stolen along with other personal effects. Mr. Jacobs was participating in a charity golf tournament in Boyle at the time of the theft.

“This is a rare occurrence in Boyle,” states Boyle Mayor Don Radmanovich. “We happen to have a very strong police presence in the Village of Boyle and crimes like this just generally don’t happen in our community.”

The ring is a product of Mr. Jacobs and Team Canada’s success at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. The ring is described as having a square face that is curved around the edges and has the Olympic rings in the center. The face of the ring is inscribed with the words "Olympic Champions 2014" and on the inside engraved with "Brad Jacobs Skip".

“The ring has a great amount of sentimental value to Mr. Jacobs,” says Cst. Alex Ayres. “While we continue to investigate the theft, our hope is that the ring be reunited with Mr. Jacobs. We are seeking the public's assistance in it's recovery".

If you happen to have any information regarding this occurrence please contact Boyle RCMP at 780-689-3622. Information can also be anonymously reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppers.ab.ca/edmonton

Canada Day long weekend QEII enforcement planned

Starting on Thursday, June 26 and carrying right through the Canada Day long weekend, the four Integrated Traffic Units (ITU’s) along the QEII corridor will be conducting enhanced traffic safety patrols to help keep long weekend travelers safe on provincial highways.

During the Canada Day long weekend of 2013, there were a total of 6 injury collisions on the QEII.

Motorists traveling along the QEII can expect to see an increased enforcement presence, with officers focusing on unsafe driving habits that have demonstrative causal links to serious injury and fatal collisions. These identified unsafe driving habits include impaired driving, unsafe speed and aggressive driving, failing to wear occupant restraints, and distracted driving.

Holiday long weekend traffic enforcement is one of the top priorities of Alberta’s Integrated Traffic Units.

Integrated Traffic Units consist of RCMP Traffic Services members and Sheriff Highway Patrol officers working together in a collaborative effort to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.

Theft and Mischief in Strathmore results in charges

On May 2, 2014, Strathmore RCMP undertook the investigation of a complaint of a truck being stolen overnight from a hotel parking lot in the town of Strathmore. Further to this on May 7, 2014, RCMP received a theft complaint from the Strathmore Walmart in which a male was caught on video surveillance stealing three sets of headphones and then leaving in the above noted stolen truck. On May 28, 2014, while investigating a mischief complaint involving damage to a residence in Strathmore, the individual responsible for the offences reported above was identified and arrested.

James Procter, 25, of Strathmore, AB. has been charged with the theft of the truck, another count of theft under $5000, two counts of Mischief and four counts of Failing to Comply with a Probation Order. Procter is set to appear in Strathmore Provincial Court on July 04, 2014.

EPS launches Interactive Voice Response system

On Thursday, June 26, Police Communications Branch (PCB) of Edmonton will officially launch an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to the public.

Right now, PCB handles all emergency and non-emergency calls in their call center, which is located at Police Headquarters downtown. IVR will automate the non-emergency phone line (780-423-4567/#377) so that callers will be able to select from a menu that will provide two general call paths: 1, for “Questions or Information” calls and 2, for “Complaint” calls.

“We expect that the IVR system will allow callers to get some information faster, without having to wait for an operator,” says Sgt. Mitch Liwczak of Police Communications Branch.

The IVR will decrease the number of “general information” and “non-emergency” calls handled by call takers by approximately 20 per cent. Close to 50 per cent of calls into the non-emergency line are information-only calls. The IVR system will facilitate many common call types, reducing the need for call taker intervention but callers can still be transferred to a call taker if the nature of their call requires it.

Callers will be able to obtain information directly from IVR including:
  • Police Station locations, phone numbers and hours
  • Switchboard information and hours
  • Information on how to report a crime online
  • Vehicle Collisions Reporting
IVR will also automatically transfer callers, based on the reason for their call. This includes transfers to:
  • Police Information Check Section
  • Switchboard
  • Detainee Mgmt. Unit (Arrest/Person-in-Custody enquiries)
  • Landlord Tenant and Advisory Board
  • Tow Lot
  • Bylaw Enforcement
  • City of Edmonton 311
The EPS will pilot the IVR solution and assess its success and benefits at a later date.

For more information about IVR and PD/911 visit www.edmontonpolice.ca/377

Give emergency crews a ‘brake’

If our lights are flashing, slow down when passing.

Edmonton’s emergency crews are teaming up to educate motorists to slow down and give emergency vehicles room to work on the roadways. The Edmonton Police Service, AMA, EMS and Edmonton Fire will stand together to remind drivers to slow down. Emergency services personnel experience near-misses from motorists speeding by roadside emergency vehicles and tow trucks far too often.

“Whether it’s an ambulance, fire truck, police cruiser or a tow truck, the law says slow down to 60 km/h or less if traveling in the lane next to the stopped emergency vehicle,” says Sgt. Gary Lamont with Edmonton Police Major Collision Investigations Unit. “It is also appreciated if vehicles move over a lane away from the stopped emergency vehicle to ensure emergency crews have enough room to work.”

“Emergency responders aren’t just vehicles with flashing lights,” says Colin MacDiarmid, a tow truck operator with the AMA. “We are all people with families and loved ones who are counting on us to make it home safely.”

Speeding past emergency vehicles falls under the Traffic Safety Act which results in heftier fines than regular speeding offenses.

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