Saturday, September 27, 2014

Policing in Alberta to September 27, 2014

Man wanted for Sylvan Lake armed robbery
MVC fatality near Leduc
MVC fatality in Tofield district

Armed robbery in High River
B&E charges for four in Medicine Hat
Calgary woman arrested for impaired causing death
Arrow damages parked vehicle in Fort Macleod
Balzac man injured by forklift
Duncan's First Nations man arrested on multiple charges
Armed robbery in Spruce Grove
CPS conducts commercial vehicle checkstops
Summer 2014 recap from CBSA southern Alberta

Man wanted for Sylvan Lake armed robbery

Sylvan Lake RCMP

Shortly after 8:00 pm on Tuesday evening September 16, 2014 Sylvan Lake RCMP, with assistance from both Blackfalds RCMP members and Red Deer Police Dog Service Member, responded to a report of a armed Robbery at Booster Juice in Ryders Ridge Plaza at Sylvan Lake. The clerk reported that a lone male had walked into the business and demanded money from the till. The suspect then departed with a undetermined amount of cash in an unknown direction.

 Based on information gathered during the investigation, an arrest warrant for Kevin Gray TAYLOR, a 30-year-old male of no fixed address, was issued on September 25, 2014.

TAYLOR is described as Caucasian, 178 cm (5'10"), 91 kg (200lbs), brown hair, blue eyes and is known to be operating a 2000 Black 4 door Chevrolet Impala with Manitoba license plates HAC 387. Of note, one of window on the driver side of the vehicle is missing.

Wanted: Kevin Taylor

Vehicle similar to Kevin Taylor's
TAYLOR has been charged with the following:
  • Robbery - with an offensive weapon (knife) - Section 344 of the Criminal Code
  • Uttering threats to cause bodily harm - Section 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Wearing a Disguise with intent to commit an offence - Section 351(2) of the Criminal Code 
TAYLOR is believed to be armed and dangerous and is known to be often travelling between Alberta and Manitoba. The RCMP is asking the public assistance for information on TAYLOR's whereabouts and to call the Sylvan Lake RCMP at 403-858-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Do not approach TAYLOR or his vehicle and call police immediately if sighted.

MVC fatality near Leduc

Leduc RCMP

Just after 8:30 PM on Friday September 26, 2014, a three vehicle collision was reported approximately 4 kilometers south of the City of Leduc on Highway 2. Leduc RCMP and Leduc Fire Services responded immediately to the scene.
The cause of the three vehicle collision at this time is unknown. One individual is deceased, there are no other injuries reported at this time. A collision analyst has been called to the scene to assist investigators.
Highway 2 southbound was diverted for a number of hours.
"When traffic is disrupted we appreciate the patience of the public on our highways as emergency services complete their work." Notes Cst. Julian CELMS of the Leduc RCMP.

MVC fatality in Tofield district

Tofield RCMP

On September 26, 2014, shortly after 1:30 a.m., RCMP officers along with Tofield Fire and Rescue were alerted to a single vehicle roll over on Highway 833 near Township Road 502. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle had been thrown from the vehicle upon impact. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigation indicates that the SUV had been travelling south on Highway 833 then crossed in to the east ditch and rolled upon coming back up on to the highway. The vehicle rolled and again entered the east ditch where it came to rest on its wheels. The SUV did catch fire after coming to rest and was engulfed in flames upon arrival of emergency crews.

The deceased is a 35-year-old man from the Tofield area and his name is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

Armed robbery in High River

High River RCMP

On September 26, 2014, at approximately 10:25pm, a lone male entered the B Square Liquor Store located on 5 Street SE in High River. The male approached an employee in the store and demanded money. The male took an undisclosed amount of money, exited the store and was seen fleeing north on foot. The male is described as Caucasian, approximately 5'6" - 5'7", slender build. The male was wearing black pants, a black coat, black gloves and brown shoes. The male was carrying a small black and purple backpack and his face was covered with a black balaclava.

A weapon was produced, however, police are not releasing the type.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the High River RCMP at (403)652-2357 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

B&E charges for four in Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat Police Service

On September 26, 2014, bail hearings were held for four individuals arrested for a Break and Enter into a residence in the 300 block of Sissons Cres SE, Medicine Hat. 

 On September 25, 2014, at approximately 6:40AM, a 911 call was received from a residence in the 300 Block of Sissons Crescent SE, regarding a Break and Enter into a residence that had just occurred. Police quickly identified some of the suspects in the matter and took two males and one female into custody shortly after 7:00 am near the El Bronco Motel on 1st ST SW. A second female was taken into custody later in the morning.

Major Crime’s investigators are looking into this matter to determine the motive for this Break and Enter, but believe at this time that this was a targeted offence. No one was injured in this event.  All the suspects are well known to police and at least one of the suspects was known to the victim. 

The four charged persons are:

Melissa Cassidy, 31yrs old has been charged with Break and Enter, Breach of Recognizance X 2 and Breach of Undertaking and has been remanded into custody to appear in court via CCTV on September 30, 2014;

Donald Cassidy, 29yrs old, has been charged with Break and Enter and has been remanded into custody to appear in court via CCTV on September 30, 2014;

Ryan Horb, 31yrs old, has been charged with Break and Enter and wearing a disguise during the commission of an offence and has been released on a $5000 no cash Recognizance to appear in court on September 30, 2014;

Olivia Macedo (Marshall) 24yrs old has been charged with Break and Enter and Breach of Recognizance and has been released on a Undertaking to appear back in court on October 2, 2014.

Calgary woman arrested for impaired causing death

St. Paul RCMP have arrested Fallon Jessica Ouellette in relation to an impaired driving causing death investigation, where a warrant for her arrest had been issued. At this time, Fallon Jessica Ouellette remains in police custody. The St. Paul RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance with this investigation.

An arrest warrant was issued for 27-year-old, Fallon Jessica OUELLETTE of Calgary, in relation to a fatal motor vehicle collision which occurred on June 30, 2014 East of the Mallaig turnoff on Highway 28 in Mallaig, Alberta. OUELLETTE has been charged with nine counts, including impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death (x2); impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm; impaired operation of a motor vehicle over .80 causing death (x2); impaired operation of a motor vehicle over .80 causing bodily harm; dangerous driving causing death (x2) and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

This arrest warrant was issued following a fatal collision investigation which occurred on June 30, 2014, where a 49-year-old man and his 52-year-old common-law wife died when the minivan they were driving became fully engulfed in flames as a result of the collision. The man's 12-year-old daughter was pulled from the minivan by quick acting bystanders.

Arrow damages parked vehicle in Fort Macleod

Fort Macleod RCMP

On August 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM, the Fort Macleod RCMP received a complaint of mischief to a parked vehicle on 15 Street in Fort Macleod where an arrow was fired and caused damage to the parked vehicle. There were no occupants in the vehicle at the time and there were no injuries reported. This incident look place sometime between Friday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

The RCMP is investigating this incident as a mischief and is seeking public assistance in identifying any suspects. Anyone that may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to provide are asked to contact the Fort Macleod RCMP at 403 553-7200 or call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS).

Balzac man injured by forklift

Airdrie RCMP

On September 26th, 2014 at 7:41 am, Airdrie RCMP along with Airdrie EMS and Rocky View Fire attended Zytech Building Systems Inc. located in Balzac for a report of a male's leg pinned by a forklift. The 46 year old Calgary resident was suffering from a serious leg injury and as a result was transported via STARS air ambulance to Foothills hospital. Traffic on Secondary Highway 566 was disrupted for a short time while STARS was landing.

As this occurred at a work site, Occupational Health and Safety officers were contacted and are currently on scene conducting their investigation.

As this is currently being investigated by Occupational Health and Safety, no further updates will be provided by RCMP.

Duncan's First Nations man arrested on multiple charges

Peace Regional RCMP

On September 20th, 2014, Peace Regional RCMP arrested 23 year old Jodi BORK for aggravated assault, uttering threats, and failing to comply with conditions at a residence on Duncan’s First Nations. At the time of the arrest BORK was also wanted for robbery, and 2 counts of theft.

The charges stemmed from a number of different occurrences that took place in July and August. On July 26th, 2014 BORK committed a theft of alcohol from The MacNamera Hotel in Peace River, and on August 27th, 2014 he committed a robbery, also involving alcohol, from The Grimshaw Hotel liquor store, and then a theft of alcohol later that night from the Sawridge Liquor store.

BORK was finally arrested on September 20th, 2014 after police were called to a report of an assault in progress. The victim in this incident sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. As a result of that incident BORK has been charged with aggravated assault, uttering threats and fail to comply.

BORK will be in Peace River court September 29th, 2014 for his first appearance.

Armed robbery in Spruce Grove

The Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP are seeking help from the community in locating a suspect after an armed robbery at a popular Spruce Grove restaurant.

At approximately 9:30 pm on September 25th, employees of Jack's Drive In, located on Hwy 16A in Spruce Grove, were preparing to close for the evening when an unknown male wearing a balaclava entered the restaurant. The male approached an employee and demanded money while brandishing a large knife.

After an undisclosed amount of money was handed over to the suspect, he left the restaurant on foot.

The male is described as:
  • a while male in his 30's
  • dressed in baggy black clothing
  • approximately 5'6"
  • average to stocky build
  • very short brown hair and clean shaven
Although the restaurant employees were shaken by the event, no one was hurt.

CPS conducts commercial vehicle checkstops

The Calgary Police Service Truck Unit in conjunction with Rocky View County and Foothills County conducted three days of commercial vehicle checkstops.

A total of 185 inspections were conducted, resulting in 156 summonses. Out of the 185 inspections, 55 per cent of the vehicles had to be pulled out of service, 22 per cent required attention and 23 per cent passed inspection.

All types and sizes of commercial vehicles were checked for mechanical fitness, driver qualification, hours of service compliance, load securement and transportation of dangerous goods compliance.

Similar joint services Commercial Vehicle Safety Checkstops occur throughout the province each year.

Summer 2014 recap from CBSA southern Alberta

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has had a summer filled with activity across its border crossings in southern Alberta. This summer, there was a slight increase in traffic in both July and August with 283,342 travellers. However, more significantly was the volume of seizures.

Here are some recent summer activities in southern Alberta:

On July 4, a 46-year-old man arrived at Chief Mountain en route to Waterton Lakes National Park. He was refused entry after officers discovered he had an extensive criminal record of over 30 convictions for various offences. He returned to the U.S.

On August 22, a man applying for his permanent residence status at Coutts was arrested by CBSA officers for possession of child pornography following a routine examination. Charges are pending from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

On August 24, a man in Canada on a work permit arrived at Coutts with his girlfriend to apply to have her added to his work permit as a dependant. Further examination revealed that the relationship was not genuine. An examination of their vehicle also uncovered 2.5 grams of marijuana. Both were charged by the RCMP and have returned to the U.S. pending court appearance. The man’s work permit was revoked.

On August 25, Craig Loren Balzer was arrested in Carway as he attempted to enter Canada with three firearms. He is facing 10 criminal charges under the Customs Act and Criminal Code and was released on $5,000 recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on October 8, 2014.

Carway weapons seizure

Quick Facts:
  • There were 30 firearms seized in July and August 2014, which is two times more than in 2013. As a result of these seizures, CBSA criminal investigators have laid 50 charges under the Customs Act and Criminal Code against 10 people.
  • There were 29 narcotics seizures, the majority of which were marijuana and hashish.
  • Officers issued $19,000 in penalties for various undeclared goods valued at over $113,000. The majority of undeclared goods were vehicles, boats and RVs.
  • CBSA officers also processed an abundance of immigration-related requests, including 2,032 confirmations of permanent residency status, 437 work permits, and 98 study permits.
  • Thorough background checks are conducted against each person entering Canada. As result of these checks, 374 foreign nationals were refused entry for criminality or other reasons. Nineteen returning Canadians were arrested, including 11 on outstanding warrants.

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