Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Policing in Alberta to July 29, 2014

Shooting incident in Calgary
Fort McMurray man charged in fatal hit and run
Homicide suspect turns himself in to EPS
Serious injury collision in Edmonton
Forcible confinement investigation in Fort McMurray
Red Scorpions gang member and associates arrested
Beaverlodge man faces multiple charges (update)
Online prescription narcotics scam
Suspicious death in downtown Calgary
Charges laid in Calgary street racing incidents

Fort McMurray man charged in fatal hit and run

On July 26, 2014 at approximately 2:00 AM the Wood Buffalo RCMP received a complaint call of a hit and run motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Initial reports indicated a male pedestrian had been struck while crossing the street in front of the 711 gas station located at 10002 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB. Reports indicated the male victim had serious injuries and the suspect vehicle had fled the scene.

The male victim was transported to an Edmonton area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Out of respect for the victim and his family, the victims name will not be released.

With the assistance of a witness, the Wood Buffalo RCMP located the suspect vehicle and the driver a short time later.

As a result of the investigation, 28 year old Gaetan Henri Joseph CARTIER of Fort McMurray, AB was arrested and charged with the following:
  • Failing to stop or remain at the scene of an accident involving an injured person - Section 252 of the Criminal Code.
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm- Section 249(3) of the Criminal Code.
  • Criminal negligence causing bodily harm- Section 221 of the Criminal Code.
  • CARTIER did not speak to bail and was held in custody until his first court appearance on July 28th, 2014.
Shooting incident in Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is investigating a shooting in the Bowness area. At approximately 12:30 am on Monday, July 28, 2014, police were called to a residence in the 7700 block of 41 Avenue N.W. where a man had been shot. It is believed the victim was shot outside his residence. The victim sustained a single gunshot wound to his torso. He was transported to hospital with serious injuries and has since been upgraded to stable condition.

Witnesses report hearing shouting outside, prior to the shooting. It is believed the suspect is known to the victim and this was not a random incident. Investigators are following up on several leads.

Homicide suspect turns himself in to EPS

EPS officers responded just before 7 pm Tuesday, July 8, 2014, to a report of a deceased male in a residence in the area of 105 Street and 99 Avenue. An autopsy was conducted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by the Edmonton Medical Examiner; however the cause of death of Kerry McGill, 41, is pending toxicology results.

Aaron Mullins, 28, turned himself into homicide detectives on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Edmonton Police Headquarters and was charged with manslaughter and possession of a weapon.

Serious injury collision in Edmonton

Edmonton Police Service Northeast Division patrol officers responded to a report of an injury collision at Castle Downs Road (113 A Street) and 139 Avenue at approximately 5:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014. It was reported that a Can-Am Spyder was travelling southbound on Castle Downs Road. A Ford F-150 travelling northbound on Castle Downs Road allegedly attempted a left-hand turn westbound onto 139 Avenue and struck the Can-Am Spyder in the intersection. The 50-year-old male driver of the motorcycle suffered serious injuries and was treated and transported to hospital by EMS. The 52-year-old male driver of the truck did not report any injuries.

The EPS Major Collision Investigation Section continues to investigate, but speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision. It is not known at this time whether there will be charges against the driver of the truck.

Forcible confinement investigation in Fort McMurray

On July 27th, 2014 the Wood Buffalo RCMP received a complaint call that a male was being held against his will in Fort McMurray, AB. Initial reports indicated that a victim contacted his family advising he was being held captive and he needed his family to send him a sum of money so he could pay for his release.

This was a priority investigation using a large number of RCMP resources. As a result of the quick response and hard work by investigators, the victim was located safe and sound in a downtown Fort McMurray business. The victim was alone when he was located and did not appear to be in any imminent danger.

The Wood Buffalo RCMP Detachment is continuing to investigate this incident. Further details about the victim and allegations will not be released to protect the integrity of the investigation.

The Wood Buffalo RCMP believe this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the safety of the general public.

Red Scorpions gang member and associates arrested

A member of the Red Scorpions gang and three associate members have been arrested following a coordinated series of search warrants in Red Deer County, Airdrie, and Calgary.

Red Deer RCMP, Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), Calgary Police Services, and Airdrie RCMP members executed the search warrants on July 23. The investigation focused on the Red Scorpions drug trafficking operation and their infiltration of the Alberta market.

Cory James Lesperance, a 29-year-old man originally from British Columbia, is a member of the Red Scorpions and is alleged to be at the centre of a drug trafficking network operating in Alberta. Lesperance faces a total of 14 drug and weapons related charges as the result of this investigation.

Lesperance was arrested at a residence in the Balmoral Heights neighbourhood just outside Red Deer city limits, where two firearms were found, along with a large amount of drugs. Lesperance is currently bound by two firearm prohibitions and a recognizance order stemming from a previous drug and weapons investigation in November 2013.
Three Red Scorpions associates were also arrested in the search warrants: Robin Joseph Stewart, 52, faces eight charges; Nicholas David James White, 21, faces six charges and Amber McLeod, 23, faces four charges. Additional charges and arrests may also be forthcoming.

In addition to the Red Deer County home, search warrants were executed at a Calgary home in the Thorncliffe neighbourhood and a home in Airdire’s Channelside area. The search warrants were executed by RCMP “K” Division Emergency Response Team and CPS Tactical team.

The search warrants yielded a number of firearms and drugs, including:
512 grams of methamphetamine;
517 grams of cocaine;
52 grams of heroin;
264 grams of marihuana
80 grams of psilocybin;
13 vials equaling 130 milliliters of anabolic steroids;
A cocaine conversion lab;
Scales, packaging, and other drug paraphernalia;
Loaded semi-automatic handgun;
Stolen shotgun with ammunition;
3 replica handguns;
$8,955 cash proceeds of crime and two vehicles.
The investigation was initiated in June by the Red Deer RCMP Street Team and expedited between the partnering agencies to address public safety concerns relating to gang activity. Members of the public who have concern about gang activity in their community can contact police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Beaverlodge man faces multiple charges (update)

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.

James Daniel Munro, a 35 year old male with no fixed address, has been remanded into custody. His next court appearance is August 6, 2014 in Grande Prairie Provincial Court. Munro is facing charges of resisting arrest, mischief, being unlawfully in a dwelling, operating a motor vehicle while being pursued by police, endangering an animal and two violations under the Traffic Safety Act.

Online prescription narcotics scam

The Medicine Hat Police Service has received several concerns from members of the public surrounding suspicious posts that occur on websites like Kijiji and Facebook. Often these posts are fraudulent in nature in an attempt to get money from a person who will never receive their requested goods or service.

Recently there has been a post appearing on several local Facebook pages, from an individual who is indicating that they are able to provide a number of different prescription narcotics. The post advises potential customers to send the advertiser a text message at a certain number which is often in the United States or overseas. The customer is then asked to send the advertiser the money for the type of prescription narcotic they want and is told that they will receive their drugs at a later date. This transaction is illegal and would constitute trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act, which could result in significant jail time, but in this case the consumer most likely won’t receive the drugs despite having sent the money.

Members of the public should be aware that transferring money, via money or wire transfer, to an unknown source, often leaves the sender without the money or the product and with very little recourse. The Medicine Hat Police Service recommends that when you notice these types of scams posted, that you report your concerns to the administrators of the website or Facebook page, who can then remove the post and block the individual from posting again.

Suspicious death in downtown Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is currently investigating a suspicious death that occurred downtown. Just before 11 p.m., Sunday, July 27, 2014, police were called to a waterpark in the area of 8 Street and 7 Avenue S.W. for reports of a man in medical distress. A man in his 30s was found unconscious and was transported to hospital where he later died.

The Homicide Unit was called out to investigate. An autopsy was expected to take place yesterday, Monday, July 28, 2014, to determine the cause and manner of death.

Charges laid in Calgary street racing incidents

The Calgary Police Service has laid several charges in relation to street racing. During regular traffic enforcement being conducted on the evening of Friday, July 25, 2014, in the area of Barlow Trail, officers witnessed a number of vehicles proceeding to Stoney Trail East for what was reported to be street racing. Over the course of five hours, police issued 25 summonses for stunting, speeding, and equipment violations. In one case, a vehicle was speeding on Stoney Trail near Glenmore trail at a speed off 251 km/h.

The Calgary Police Service Traffic Section is reminding drivers to obey the posted speed limit. Ongoing enforcement will continue.

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