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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Policing in Alberta to July 27, 2014


Fatality MVC near Stony Plain
Fatality MVC in Strathcona
Death at Upper Kananaskis Lake
Search for human remains near Banff
Vehicle torched in St. Albert
Lac La Biche MVC results in charges
Suspect arrested for alleged kidnapping
Impaired driver in Medicine Hat
Break and Enter charges laid against 2 Edmonton men
Suspicious death in Calgary
Edmonton woman charged after leaving children alone in vehicle
4 year Cold Lake homicide investigation results in charges
Injury MVC in Medicine Hat
Man arrested for vehicle theft and B&E in Beaverlodge
One year prison sentence for Olympic ring thief
Hit and Run MVC in Medicine Hat
Mischief to vehicle in Fort Vermilion
Do you know where your Sylvan Lake boat is?
Plant theft in St. Albert
DVDs stolen in St. Albert
Telephone scam - false RCMP officer
Tax scams
Door to Door Scams
Microsoft virus scam alive and well


Fatality MVC near Stony Plain

On July 26, 2014, at approximately 8:45 pm, Stony Plain RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck at Highway 16A and Range Road 15. Emergency Services attended with the police and the male driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. Highway 16A East bound was closed for several hours pending an investigation. The investigation revealed the truck driver entered the intersection off of Range Road 15 when unsafe to do so. The East bound motorcyclist struck the rear of the pickup truck. A next of kin notification was completed and the deceased’s name will not be released at the family’s request. Provincial charges are pending against the driver of the truck.

Fatality MVC  in Strathcona

Strathcona County detachment had a two vehicle fatal collision on Highway 15 just east of Range Road 213 on July 25. Investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing at this time. One subject was reported deceased at the scene while the other was transported by medical personnel to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Rain and wet roads may have contributed to the collision.

The RCMP is requesting the driver and/or passenger(s) of a medium blue Ford Focus who drove west bound past the collision scene, please contact the Strathcona RCMP as they may have witnessed the accident or have information which will assist the RCMP with their investigation.

Death at Upper Kananaskis Lake

On July 26, 2014 at approximately 12:56 p.m. Kananaskis RCMP were dispatched to a report of an unconscious male who had been pulled to shore at the Upper Kananaskis Lake. The 42 year old male had been kayaking when he was observed by witnesses to be in distress. Members of the public assisted and pulled the male to shore and performed CPR on him. STARS ambulance attended however, the male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This incident is still under investigation and further details will be release once they become available.

RCMP conducting search for human remains near Banff

Banff RCMP is working with Search and Rescue in conducting a search near Banff, Alberta for human remains.

This search is a follow up search from an earlier investigation in which partial remains were recovered in Banff National Park in August, 2013.

The identity of the person whom the search is being conducted for is known to police but is not being released. Since the initial findings the RCMP has determined this incident to be non-criminal.

The 25 person volunteer search party consists of members from both Cochrane Search and Rescue and Calgary Search and Rescue. The search is not interfering with any access to the Park or its amenities and will be completed early this evening.

Vehicle torched in St. Albert

On July 23, 2014, at approximately 2:30 am a white 2013 Mazda 3 was set on fire at the corner of Kingswood Blvd and Kenilwood Crescent, St. Albert, Alberta. Neighbours in the area heard a "pop" and saw flames which prompted them to called the St. Albert Fire Department. The fire was extinguished and the vehicle sustained considerable damage (no value given at press time).

Attempted abduction in Medicine Hat

On July 12, 2014, at approximately 7:00 pm a female noticed a newer white Dodge pickup truck slow down beside her as she walked along the sidewalk of the Dunmore Road SE service road, approaching Southview Drive SE.

The four male occupants of the truck stared at her as they drove slowly past. A few minutes later the female was walking back to a residence in this same area when a lone male approached her, on foot, and began a conversation. Moments later the male grabbed the female around her waist and attempted to pick her up as the white truck began to approach them. The female struggled to get away and was able to free herself from the male. The female did not look back, ran to safety, and contacted police.

The truck is described a newer style, dirty white, Dodge Quad Cab pickup truck, with chrome tube-style running boards with black grips under each door. The truck also had a small vent window in the center of the back window. No other notable markings or accessories were noticed.

The Medicine Hat Police Service is asking for assistance from the public to identify the male in this composite drawing:

 

This male, who approached the victim, is described as a Caucasian male, in his late thirties or early forties, with short brown hair and a few days growth of stubble on his face. He was approximately 6’2” tall with broad shoulders and a narrow waist, and he was wearing a faded blue tank top with black cargo style shorts. 

The driver of the vehicle was described as a black, heavier set male. There were also two other Caucasian males in the vehicle that made four males in total.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Medicine Hat Major Crimes Section at (403)529-8420 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477

Impaired driver in Medicine Hat

On the 25th of July, 2014 members of the Medicine Hat Police Service Patrol Section responded to several different complaints of a suspected Impaired Driver in the area of the 600 Block of 5th St SW. Witnesses described the vehicle as running through at least 4 separate stop signs and collided with at least two parked vehicles.

Members of the Police Service located the vehicle after it collided with a tree in the area of 11th St and 8th Ave SW. The male driver of the vehicle was found to be in medical distress and was treated by EMS at the scene, and later released with minor injuries. 

The investigation is continuing and anyone with vehicle damage in the area is asked to contact the Police Service at 403-529-8481. Damage thus far is estimated at $35,000.00.

Lac La Biche MVC results in charges

On July 27, 2014 at approximately 2:45am Lac La Biche RCMP received a complaint of a single vehicle collision at the entrance to the Youngs Beach Subdivision area located south of Lac La Biche, AB.

RCMP attended and located the driver of a Dodge truck that had lost control and entered the ditch. The vehicle struck a power pole causing the lines to collapse and power was disrupted to approximately 250 residential homes. The 26 year old male driver of the vehicle was arrested by Police and has been charged with Impaired Operation Over 80mg% of a motor vehicle as well as Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle. The driver appears in Alberta Provincial Court on September 15, 2014. Alcohol and speed are considered factors in the collision.

Power was restored to the residences of the area by 8:30am.

Suspect arrested for alleged kidnapping

A suspect that was wanted on warrants earlier this week for an alleged kidnapping was arrested in Calgary yesterday.
The Calgary Police Service arrested Kemol Delano Creary, 25, on Thursday, July 24, 2014 after the Edmonton Police Service issued warrants for his arrest.

The accused allegedly went to Calgary in a stolen vehicle on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. It is reported that Creary attended another woman’s home, produced a weapon and demanded she make contact with the original female complainant.

The woman complied with the accused’s demand and made contact with the female complainant to arrange a meeting, but the complainant declined the offer to meet.

On Thursday, July 24, 2014, the woman was able to freely call the complainant and advised her that Creary allegedly had a weapon and was looking for her. The complainant subsequently attended a local police station to report the incident.

With the information the complainant provided, the Calgary Police were able to locate and arrest Creary on Thursday, July 24, 2014 around 2:30 p.m. at a bus stop in the area of Centre Street and Blackthorn Road NW in Calgary.

Kemol Delano Creary, 25, was charged with possession over $5,000, utter threats, forcible confinement with a firearm, unsafe storage of a firearm, possession of prohibited firearm, possession of a firearm with ammunition by the Calgary Police Service.

The Edmonton Police Service charged Creary with criminal hit and run, kidnapping, assault, dangerous driving, drive while suspended(x2), criminal flight, breach of emergency protection order(x2), possession of stolen property over $5,000, theft over $5,000 and breach of recognizance (x4).

The investigation is on-going with the Edmonton Police Service and Calgary Police Service.

Break and Enter charges laid against two Edmonton men

On July 26th, 2014 at approximately 10:00 am Morinville RCMP received a call of a robbery in progress involving firearms at a rural property in Sturgeon County near Morinville, Alberta. Further updates and investigation revealed the nature of the call was an actual break, enter, and theft in progress and not a robbery as initially reported. There were no firearms involved.

Two males were arrested on scene and were identified as Robert Earl MENDOZA and Brent Robert BROERE both of Edmonton, Alberta.

The suspect vehicle was seized by police and is being held for further investigation.

Both men are charged with the following offences:
  • Break, enter, and theft under $5000
  • Possession of stolen property not exceeding $5000
  • Mischief not exceeding $5000
  • Possession of Break-in Instruments
BROERE is also charged with an additional offence of driving while disqualified.

BROERE is remanded into custody for a Morinville Provincial Court date of July 31st, 2014 and MENDOZA is currently held in custody on significant cash bail to attend court on the same date.

The investigation is continuing.

Suspicious death in Calgary

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, officers were approached by an individual in the 2800 block of 14 Ave. S.E., who was concerned for the welfare of a neighbour.  Inside the unit, officers found a deceased woman, possibly in her 40s.

An investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner attended, and the death was deemed suspicious.  Because this is a suspicious death, the CPS Homicide Unit is investigating.  Officers continue to speak to anyone who may have information about this incident.

No charges are pending at this time.


Edmonton woman charged after leaving children alone in vehicle

The Edmonton Police Service has charged a woman for allegedly leaving her children unattended in a vehicle, as temperatures rose to 25 C on Thursday afternoon.
Southeast Division officers responded to a South Edmonton Common grocery store parking lot in the area of 97 Street and 23 Avenue at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, after it was reported that two young children had allegedly been left alone in a vehicle for 15 to 20 minutes.

The children’s mother returned to the vehicle as officers arrived on scene and discovered a four-year-old girl and eight-year-old boy left alone in a SUV.

“Although the vehicle was not running and the keys were not left inside, the bottom line is a vehicle is not a babysitter,” says Staff Sergeant Warren Driechel with Southeast Division. “Regardless of the weather, it is never safe to leave children unattended in a vehicle. They can suffer medical distress or become victims of crime. Make sure kids are always properly supervised and plan outings accordingly.”

The children did not require medical attention. The 39-year-old mother was charged with one count of cause a child to be in need of intervention under Section 130 of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.

Four year Cold Lake homicide investigation results in charges

On July 23rd, 2014 the KARE Historical Homicide Unit of the Edmonton RCMP, laid a second degree murder and indignity to a body charges against 28 year old Tyler Lionel John ARSENAULT of Cold Lake, AB.

A lengthy investigation into the reported disappearance and subsequent murder of Dennis Lenord CARDINAL who was 44 years old at the time of his disappearance, was conducted by the “K” Division KARE Historical Homicide Unit (HHU).

Tyler ARSENAULT was remanded into custody and is set to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court August 13th, 2014.

Kare is continuing their investigation.

Injury MVC in Medicine Hat

At about 1:45 am on Sunday July 27, 2014 a single 2003 blue Chevrolet Cavalier was on the eastbound ramp of the Trans-Canada highway from Box Springs RD NW. The car left the road and struck a light standard. There were two male occupants at the time of the collision. The Passenger had glass in his eye and the 35 year old Driver had minor facial injuries. Both were treated at the scene. Speed and alcohol were a factor. The damages are estimated at about $12,000.00. Charges pending.

Man arrested for vehicle theft and B&E in Beaverlodge

A 35 yr old male is facing 9 charges after he allegedly fled from police and broke into a residence.

Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m. Beaverlodge RCMP attempted to stop a vehicle that was believed to be stolen. After the suspect allegedly fled on foot, the accused broke into a private residence.

Beaverlodge RCMP removed the female occupant of the residence. Thereafter, with the help of Grande Prairie Rural, Grande Prairie City and Grande Prairie Police Dog Services, police contained the residence. Police were then able to enter and located the male. After a minor altercation with police the male was taken into custody. No injuries were sustained during this altercation.

The 35 yr old male with no fixed address remains in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

One year prison sentence for Olympic ring thief
The man charged in connection with the theft of a 2014 Sochi Olympic ring has pled guilty to two counts of break and enter.

On July 22nd, 2014 Terrell Cardinal, 23, pled guilty in Boyle Provincial Court to two counts of break and enter. Cardinal was sentenced to one year imprisonment and ordered to pay a $200 victim surcharge for his involvement in the theft of the ring. The ring had been stolen from Mr. Jacobs hotel room during a charity golf event.

Mr. Jacobs expects to have his Olympic ring reunited with him shortly. Other property stolen in the break-ins has been returned to their rightful owners.

“Our ultimate goal was to recover the stolen property and see it returned to the victims,” said Cst. Alex Ayres. “We are pleased to see this investigation come to a conclusion with a successful prosecution in Court.”

A female charged in this investigation is set to make her first appearance in Boyle Provincial Court on August 26th, 2014.

Mischief to vehicle in Fort Vermilion

Fort Vermilion RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in solving a crime in which suspect(s) broke the windows on a truck. During the overnight hours between 8:00pm July 25th, 2014 to the morning of July 26th, 2014, a blue Ford F150 had been left parked in the Co-Op Parking lot in La Crete, Alberta. The vehicle was found at approximately 8:00am with both the side windows smashed. A wallet had been left inside the vehicle in clear view. $40 Cash was the only thing taken from it. The matter is still under investigation.

Abandoned vehicle in St. Albert leads to charges

On July 23, 2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., St. Albert RCMP received a report from a concerned citizen, of an abandoned vehicle. Immediate attendance at the intersection of Sir Winston Churchill Avenue and Woodlands Road found a black Dodge Ram pickup truck with a New Brunswick license plate parked up over the curb sitting sideways on the grass. There were skid marks on the street near the truck and the both the front and rear tires of the truck were broken off the axle. This may indicate that the truck had hit something sideways at a very high rate of speed. The abandoned truck was towed and secured.

The RCMP investigation, which is ongoing, has determined that a 27 year old male resident of St. Albert, Alberta, the registered owner of the truck, will be facing charges of operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating a uninsured motor vehicle and failing to report a collision. As charges are pending, his name is not being released.

Hit and Run MVC in Medicine Hat

On July 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm hours Police responded to a complaint of a hit and run collision on 28 St SE at Dunmore Rd SE. With public assistance police located a damaged 2003 Chevrolet Ventura at Southview Drive SE and 13 AVE SE. Estimated damage was less than $5000. Alcohol was a factor and charges are pending against the female driver.

Do you know where your Sylvan Lake boat is?

Sylvan Lake RCMP are asking any boat owner who currently has a boat anchored or moored somewhere on Sylvan Lake, to go and check on your boat and make sure it is still secure and in it's proper place.

Since the storm July 25 which resulted in high winds, approximately 15 boats have washed ashore on the south shore of the Lake. The boats are strewn on the shoreline along Lakeshore Drive from 40 Street to Petro Beach. Some have been tied off and RCMP has made efforts to contact owners with little success. Several of the boats have taken on a lot of water. If the wind changes direction today, some of the unsecured vessels will be washed back out into the lake and become dangerous hazzards for other users of the lake and property as well. Please keep in mind, the owner of a boat that causes damage to other people's property or the environment will be held liable for damages.

RCMP would like to remind boat owners of the legal requirements under the Canada Shipping Act and Small Vessel Regulations. It is law for you to licence (register) your boat with Transport Canada. The Licence number should appear on either side of the bow of the boat and this number is how police or other enforcement agencies are able to track down boat owners.

Plant theft in St. Albert

On July 23, 2014, between 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m., persons unknown drove a vehicle onto the front lawn of a residence located on L'Hirondelle Court in St. Albert, Alberta, damaging the lawn. The suspects then dug up 3 large plants from the front yard and removed the plants from the property.

DVDs stolen in St. Albert

Between April 2014 and July 23, 2014, someone removed a suitcase containing approximately 86 DVDs from a residence located on Afton Crescent in St. Albert, Alberta. The approximate value of the DVDs is $2000.00.

Telephone scam - false RCMP officer

The RCMP is warning of fraudulent telephone calls in which the caller identifies themselves as an RCMP officer calling to collect fines or income taxes or a variety of other scam tactics. The callers inform the victims must pay immediately or will be arrested within 24 hours. In most cases, the number for RCMP National Headquarters General Inquiry's line – 613-993-7267 appears on the victim’s call display.

Be aware: the RCMP does not contact individuals for the purpose of collecting fines or taxes and NEVER asks the public to make a payment over the telephone.

Anyone who receives a call from someone alleging to be a police officer collecting fines or taxes should hang up immediately and contact their local police, and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca

Tax scams

It is tax time again in Canada and fraudsters are taking the opportunity to scam people out of their money. The Canadian Anti-fraud Centre has received numerous reports in 2014 involving scammers personating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Whether by telephone to by email the pitch involves one of two variations:
  1. You have a refund pending from CRA and the communications will go on to instruct the receiver to provide personal information in order to receive the benefit.
  2. You or your company, as a result of an audit, owe “back taxes”. You are advised you have to “pay up” ASAP to avoid a fine or the person is told there is an outstanding arrest warrant which can be avoided if the tax payment is made promptly. In many cases individuals are being told they will be deported if the taxes are not paid right away.
The fraudsters are either phishing for identification or are asking that outstanding taxes be paid by money service businesses or pre-paid debit / credit cards.

Warning Signs - How to Protect Yourself
  • Do not take immediate action. Verify that what you are being told is the truth.
  • Ask yourself why the CRA would be asking for personal information over the phone or e-mail that they likely already have on file for you as a taxpayer.
  • Contact the CRA to confirm that you in fact owe back taxes, or are entitled to a refund, before providing any personal or banking information.
For more information about Fraud Scams involving the CRA visit the Canada Revenue Web page at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ntcs/bwr-eng.html

Door to Door Scams

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) reports that door to door scams continue to pose a threat to Canadian consumers and businesses.

In 2013, Canadian’s reported over $41,000 in total dollar losses involving door to door solicitations.

Door to door sales people can use high pressure tactics and can be aggressive in nature, consumers may find themselves in a situation where they purchase a product or sign up for a service they neither need nor want.

Current trends show door to door solicitations involving services, maintenance, surveys and charitable donations.

Warning Signs - How to Protect Yourself
  • Don’t be rushed into making a decision, there is often a limited time offer where you need to commit to a purchase or service.
  • Do not sign a contract that you do not understand, have not fully read or that has blank spaces.
  • Check with your Provincial Ministry about laws involving contracts.
  • Make sure the person at your door has identification showing their name and company they work for.
  • In many municipalities business are required to be licensed to sell door to door.
Microsoft virus scam alive and well

On July 22, 2014, a 56 year old male resident of St. Albert reported that he had been a victim of a computer scam where he received a call from a person identifying himself as a Microsoft employee. The scam artist then stated that the St. Albert resident's computer was running slow as it had viruses and he needed to have it fixed immediately as the computer was at risk. The fraudster requested a payment of $350.00 US dollars to fix the problem. The St. Albert resident paid the money by credit card and has since found out that he was scammed.

This "Anti-Virus" or Microsoft Scam is not new, but the scam artists are very convincing when they talk about the threat to your computer. It is important to know that Microsoft does not call computer owners to report virus attacks on computers. Computer owners also need to know that allowing a third party to download software or to remotely access your computer carries inherent risks. They can install malicious software onto your computer and even capture sensitive information from your computer such as your on-line banking information and passwords.

To learn more about this and other Scams, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca

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