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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Policing in Alberta to July 30, 2014


Missing Red Deer teen FOUND (update)
Death investigation of Jessica Boysis
CPS statement about Colton Crowshoe case
$70,000 identity theft case
Teenager drowns in Whitecourt
Fatal MVC near Faust
Overdoses in Morley
Minor injury hit and run in Redcliff
Motorcyclist injured in Medicine Hat
Hit and run MVC near Aldersyde
MVC near Taber results in serious injuries
Victim identified in Calgary homicide
Two RCMP officers face criminal charges
Wanted man's vehicle breaks down in front of police
Mundare grow-op busted
Five charged in Calgary social disorder operation
911 gets funding boost from cellphone levy
Job seekers warned of money laundering scams
Ipad stolen from Airdrie store
Car prowlers busted in Penhold
Company pays $20,000 for illegal telemarketing

Missing Red Deer teen FOUND

Update August 8, 2014: Red Deer RCMP would like to inform the public that Chaz Kujala has been located in good health. RCMP thank the public for their assistance in locating him.

Assistance requested in death investigation of Jessica Boysis

Jessica Wyoma Lynn Boysis
Jessica Wyoma Lynn Boysis
The Wetaskiwin RCMP and the Edmonton Medical Examiner’s Office is seeking information into the Death Investigation of Jessica Wyoma Lynn Boysis of Maskwacis, Alberta. On Friday, July 18th, 2014, the deceased was located in a treed area adjacent to a Wetaskiwin business. Jessica Boysis was last seen alive on Monday evening, July 14th, 2014, at approximately 8:30 pm. The RCMP is seeking information about her activities and whereabouts between July 14th and July 18th, inclusive.
This information includes possible associates and/or persons who may have been in contact with her. Please contact the RCMP Complaint Line at 780-312-7267.

CPS statement about Colton Crowshoe case allegations

Calgary Police Service, July 29, 2014

Over the past few days, several allegations have been made against the Calgary Police Service with regard to the disappearance and investigation of Colton Crowshoe.

Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Crowshoe family, but we will not address or comment on these allegations through the media or in a public forum. Our focus remains on the homicide investigation and in bringing the person(s) responsible for Colton's death to justice.

Should any member of the public have a concern or complaint relating to the actions of any member of the Calgary Police Service, a formal process exists to do so, and those matters will be investigated under the provisions outlined in the Alberta Police Act.

A spokesperson will not be available to answer questions or reiterate this statement.

$70,000 identity theft case

An Ontario woman is frustrated that a woman in the Spruce Grove/Stony Plain area has used her identity to steal upwards of $70,000.00 from her bank account.

In mid-July, Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP became aware of a woman who attended TD and Scotiabank locations in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain with forged identification in the name of this Ontario woman. The suspect had somehow obtained the woman's Social Insurance Number, and utilized it to obtain replacement photo identification. The suspect has accessed the victim's bank accounts and Line of Credit, in addition to making fraudulent purchases. Thus far, about $70,000.00 has been stolen.

Identity theft suspect

Anyone with information that may assist the police in locating or identifying this woman is asked to call the Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP at 780-968-7200 or 780-962-2222. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions). 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. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and the identity of the caller will remain anonymous. 

Teenager drowns in Whitecourt

At approximately 5:25 PM, Whitecourt RCMP in coordination with emergency personnel and volunteer searchers and divers, located the body of the 19 year old male from Whitecourt. He was found in the body of water that had been the subject of the day and half long search. The RCMP are now continuing to investigate with assistance of the Edmonton Medical Examiners Office.

The Family of the deceased 19 year old, released a statement through the RCMP requesting people respect their privacy, while they cope and grieve through this difficult time. They would also like to thank everyone for their hard work and prayers. The RCMP would like to thank all the volunteers, that assisted in the search effort and Victim Services for their support. The Rotary Park will remain closed until tomorrow.

Fatal MVC near Faust

On July 28th, 2014, at 2:40 p.m., Faust RCMP Detachment was dispatched to a single vehicle collision on Highway # 33 approximately 4 km south of Highway # 2. Emergency Medical Services and Kinuso Fire Department also attended the scene. It is believed a loaded transport truck hauling tar was traveling northbound on Highway # 33, lost control and entered the east ditch and began to roll. The driver and sole occupant succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene. The male's identity is not being released until a NOK is completed. An autopsy is being scheduled at the office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton.

Speed and Alcohol where not factors in the collision . Traffic on Highway #33 was restricted for approximately three hours. Highway # 33 has reopened to traffic. This matter remains under investigation, Police are requesting anyone who may have witnessed this collision are asked to call the Faust RCMP at (780)355-3670 or Crime Stoppers

Overdoses in Morley

The Cochrane RCMP is currently investigating the death of a young man in his late 20s and a woman in her 40s that may be related to the use street and non prescribed prescription drugs. Both incidents occurred near Morley, on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation Reserve.

Just before 3:30 am on July 29th, 2014, police and paramedics were called to an open area on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation for a report of a man in medical distress. CPR was administered by both RCMP and EMS. Unfortunately, the male was declared deceased despite life saving efforts. It is believed that the deceased had consumed street and non prescribed prescription drugs as well as alcohol during the evening.

Later the same day, a second incident was reported to police. Shortly after 8:30 p.m., a woman in her mid 40's was reported in medical distress and unresponsive. CPR was administered by family members while waiting for EMS and RCMP. Once emergency responders arrived on scene, CPR was administered but the woman was pronounced deceased about an hour later. The second victim was the mother of the first victim.

Investigators believe that the second victim had consumed non prescribed prescription drugs, as pills were found on scene.

The deceased's identities are not being released at this time and an autopsy for both victims will be scheduled for early next week. Investigators will await results from the medical examiners office to determine the cause of death and samples of the prescription pills will be tested to determine the type of drugs involved.

Police remind the public that there is no such thing as a safe street drug and prescription drugs should only be taken by the person the drugs are prescribed for, and according to the direction of a medical professional. Police are asking anyone who may have information about this case to call police at 403-851-8000 or 403-932-2211, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Minor injury hit and run in Redcliff

On July 29th, 2014, Redcliff RCMP responded to a hit and run motor vehicle collision on the 300 block of Redcliff Way SE in Redcilff, AB. The suspect vehicle was west bound and side swiped an east bound black Ford Explorer. The driver of the Ford Explorer received minor injuries. The driver of the suspect vehicle stopped briefly but fled before the victim was able to speak with her.

Suspect vehicle:
  • Dark red or burgundy Chevrolet Silverado(2008-2009 model) extended cab.
  • Vehicle will be missing the driver side mirror and possibly damage to the driver side front end or side.
Suspect driver:
  • Female 30-40 years old
  • Heavy set
  • Approx 5' 4"
  • Shoulder length brown curly hair
  • wearing a blue and white shirt and blue jeans
Motorcyclist injured in Medicine Hat

On July 29, 2014 at about 12:50 pm emergency services attended to the Trans Canada Highway at Dunmore Rd SE for an Injury MVC. A motorcyclist was eastbound in the left hand lane and just after crossing Dunmore Rd, a white Dodge minivan suddenly changed lanes from the right to the left lane, cutting off the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist lost control as a result of taking evasive action to avoid a collision, and dumped the motorcycle. The white minivan left the scene without stopping, and perhaps without knowing they had almost struck the motorcycle. The rider of the motorcycle was transported to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital by EMS with road rash and possible broken ribs. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Cst. Wyrostok of the MHPS Traffic Unit.

Hit and run MVC near Aldersyde

On July 27, 2014 shortly after 7:00 PM the Okotoks RCMP, High River Integrated Traffic services, Okotoks Fire and EMS responded to a 2 vehicle collision on Highway 2A. The collision occured approximately 1 km south of the Aldersyde Petro Canada. According to witnesses, the driver of a silver Ford SUV was traveling southbound in the northbound lane. The driver of an oncoming Chevrolet Tahoe pulled over to the shoulder to avoid a collision, in doing so the driver of the Tahoe lost control and rolled. The vehicle struck the side of a south bound Chevrolet Traverse. The driver of the silver Ford SUV stopped initially, but then left the scene before police arrived.

3 of the occupants in the Tahoe were taken to hospital with unknown injuries. The lone occupant of the Traverse was not injured.

MVC near Taber results in serious injuries

RCMP responded to a single vehicle rollover near Taber, Alberta, that has resulted in serious injuries to the two occupants. A 65 year old female was transported by STARS to Calgary in serious condition, and a 32 year old female is in hospital and in stable condition.

The RCMP continue to investigate this collision and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Victim identified in Calgary homicide

Following an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the victim of a suspicious death has been identified, and the death has been deemed a homicide.

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. Investigators believe the man was approached by another man and struck in what appears to be an unprovoked attack. It is believed the offender and the victim were known to each other and the incident is not considered random.

Following an autopsy performed Monday, July 28, 2014, the victim has been identified as Brian BLACKKETTLE, 35.

This is Calgary’s 22nd homicide of 2014.

Investigators continue to review CCTV footage and wish to speak with anyone who may have information about the incident.

Two RCMP officers face criminal charges

On June 10, 2014 Constable Dumont-Fontaine and Constable Cutcliffe of the Banff RCMP were charged with one count of being Unlawfully in a dwelling contrary to section 349 (1) and one count of Obstruct Justice 139(2) respectively.

The officers will make a first appearance in Canmore Provincial Court on August 13, 2014.

The charges are the result of an RCMP investigation into an on-duty related incident. The incident occurred on June 26, 2103 involving an unrelated civilian.

Constable Dumont-Fontaine and Constable Cutcliffe have been suspended from duty pending the resolution of the charges against them. An internal RCMP Code of Conduct investigation has been ordered and will be completed upon resolution of the court process.

Wanted man's vehicle breaks down in front of police

On July 29th at approximately 3 PM in the afternoon Leduc Integrated Traffic Services was on scene on the QE II in Nisku, AB with a collision. What occurred next was like a scene from a movie. Traffic was slowly proceeding past officers when a vehicle sputtered to a stop in front of a group police officers. The male driver appeared anxious and was desperately trying to re-start his vehicle.

The officer spoke to the driver to see if he needed assistance. The driver was identified as having an outstanding warrant for his arrest for assault from an occurrence in the past week in Maskwacis. The driver was also driving with a suspended licence. The passenger in the vehicle also had an outstanding warrant.

"This vehicle the individual was driving broke down at the wrong place, at the wrong time." Notes Cst. Julian CELMS of the Leduc RCMP. "Our first thought was to help him, but it turned out he and the passenger helped us clear up some outstanding warrants."

The driver, Madison Dale SOOSAY of Maskwacis, was charged with Driving While Suspended. He was released by a Justice of the Peace on cash bail. His First Appearance for his driving charge will be on July 31st, 2014 in Leduc Provincial Court.

Mundare grow-op busted

On July 23rd, 2014, Vegreville Detachment, during an assault investigation discovered evidence of a Cannabis Marihuana grow operation. RCMP subsequently executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a Mundare residence. As a result of the search warrant, RCMP dismantled a small Cannabis Marihuana grow operation that was taking place inside the residence. 

William Murtagh, 20 years old and James Murtagh, 53 years old, both of Mundare, each face (2) charges of production of Cannabis Marihuana, under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as well as 1 count of assault with a weapon, under the Criminal Code. Also charged in the incident was Richard Skoropad, 52 years old of Mundare, charged with assault and failing to comply with an undertaking. William Murtagh and Richard Skoropad have since been released from custody on bail pending their first court appearance in Vegreville Provincial Court on August 18th, 2014. James Murtagh remained in custody pending his next court appearance.

Five charged in Calgary social disorder operation

The Calgary Police Service District 8 Office has charged five individuals in relation to an ongoing operation addressing social disorder and criminal complaints in the city’s south end. The operation initially began in 2013 following public concern in and around the Shawnessy Shopping Centre. This phase of the operation concluded in June 2013 with nine charges laid and 75 summonses issued.

A second phase of the operation began in April 2014. To date, this phase has resulted in a number of drug and theft related charges laid against five Calgary teens. From the beginning of January to the end of March 2014, CPS received 95 calls for service relating to social disorder around the Shawnessy Shopping Centre. In the three month period following the launch of the second phase, CPS received only 57 calls for service relating to social disorder in the same area.

911 call centres get boost in funding from cellphone levy

Funding from a 44 cent monthly levy ensures Albertans will continue to get the help they need in emergencies.

911 emergency call centres across the province will soon start receiving funds collected through a cellphone levy implemented earlier this year. The initial payments, totaling more than $2 million, will be put towards managing increased call volumes and upgrading resources and technology.

“911 is one of the most vital public safety services – one that Albertans rely on in some of their most critical times of need. This funding will go a long way to help cover the costs of sustaining our call centres, so we can remain focused on helping Albertans.” - Greg Weadick, Minister of Municipal Affairs

The levy on cellphones was implemented April 1. Previously, only landline users contributed directly to the cost of 911 services. As the use of landlines continues to decline, and more Albertans rely on their cellphones, this funding provides 911 centres with the much-needed revenue to keep up with demand.

Alberta’s 911 call centres can use the funding from the levy towards:
  • updating hardware, such as computers and phones;
  • updating software;
  • paying for staffing and training costs; and
  • implementing “next generation” technology, like text and video messaging.
RCMP warn job seekers of money laundering scams

A Red Deer woman who posted her résumé online has reported being approached by two different companies that attempted to involve her in money exchange transactions. The woman was hired by a company that claimed to be based out of the United States; the company offered her a job working from home in a customer service position, then asked her to use her personal bank account to funnel electronic money transfers.

The woman reported the incident to RCMP because of the suspicious nature of the requests; she was not defrauded of money. However, a second company soon contacted her, asking her to do similar work; this company claimed to be based in Russia and also approached her as a result of her online résumé.

RCMP would like to remind people to carefully screen any online employment offers they may receive, and not to get involved with a company until you are certain it is legitimate. No legitimate business will ask an individual to use their personal bank account for company business.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website contains useful information on how victims can avoid getting unintentionally involved in criminal money laundering, including reports that criminals have targeted job seekers in Canada, the USA and the UK in order to recruit them as money laundering mules. The criminals post or email fake job offers under a variety of titles, including customer service positions or titles such as "money transfer agent" or "payment processing agent." They ask employees to receive large sums of money in their personal bank accounts and to then make international wire transfers of the money. They offer employees a small portion of the money as payment.

Money laundering mules are committing criminal offences and facilitating the destructive work of organized crime syndicates. Learn more about how to protect yourself from scams, frauds and unwitting involvement with criminal elements: www.antifraudcentre.ca

Ipad stolen from Airdrie store

On April 25th, 2014, an unknown male attended the Airdrie London Drugs and stole an iPad from behind the counter.

The store manager reported the theft and video surveillance was provided. Screenshots were taken of the suspect on two separate visits to the store.




Police are seeking assistance in identifying the suspect and asking for any information regarding this incident. If you have any information please contact the Airdrie RCMP at (403) 945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

Car prowlers busted in Penhold

In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 27th, 2014, members of the Innisfail RCMP Detachment were dispatched to a complaint of car prowling in Penhold, Alberta. Investigation resulted in the arrest of two males responsible.

A 18 year old Lacombe male and a 19 year old Blackfalds male were arrested for Possession of Stolen Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000. The pair have been released to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court in early September, 2014.

Items seized from the males included, a Noco Genius G3500 battery charger, an Apple iPhone, a JVC KD-S5050 stereo deck, a Bezel 1312 watch and 2 gold rings studded with diamonds. Innisfail RCMP members are requesting that anyone in the municipality of Penhold that may have been victim of theft from their vehicle on the weekend of July 26, 27th, to contact the Innisfail RCMP at 403-227-3342 to identify and claim the listed items.

Company pays $20,000 for illegal telemarketing

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced today that Suitelife Vacations Club, which sells travel and vacation packages, has paid $20,000 in administrative monetary penalties as part of a settlement over violations of the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules. The company also agreed to end its previous telemarketing practices.

Acting on complaints submitted by Canadians, the CRTC investigated Suitelife for alleged violations of the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules. The CRTC found that through third-party firms, the company made unsolicited telemarketing calls to Canadians who had registered their numbers on the National Do Not Call List. Suitelife had also failed to register with and subscribe to the List before the calls were made. Additionally, Suitelife’s third-party telemarketers did not properly address consumers’ requests to receive no further calls.

In addition to paying administrative monetary penalties, Suitelife has committed to ensure future compliance with the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules and to implement a comprehensive compliance program that will include:
  • the development and implementation of a corporate compliance program
  • the appointment of an internal compliance officer to ensure ongoing adherence to the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules
  • an education and training program for employees
  • monitoring, auditing and reporting mechanisms, and
  • disciplinary procedures.
The CRTC is continuing to enhance its monitoring to ensure telemarketers follow the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules and to reduce the number of unwanted calls to Canadians. The CRTC can discuss corrective actions with individuals, firms or organizations engaged in telemarketing, which may lead to a settlement that includes an administrative monetary penalty and other corrective measures. The CRTC can also issue warnings and citations, conduct inspections and issue notices of violation.

To date, the CRTC’s enforcement actions have yielded over four million of dollars in administrative monetary penalties, which are remitted to the Receiver General for Canada, and $741,000 in other payments.

About the National Do Not Call List

The National Do Not Call List was launched in 2008 to protect Canadians from unsolicited telecommunications. Canadians may register on the National Do Not Call at no charge. Over 12 million numbers are currently registered on the List.

Canadians can register their numbers, verify whether a number is on the List or file a complaint about a telemarketer by calling 1-866-580-DNCL (3625) or visiting www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca

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