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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Policing in Alberta to October 31, 2014

Fatal MVC near Elk Point
Missing Red Deer man FOUND
Double Fatal MVC near Rocky Mountain House
Fatal MVC near Wabumun
Red Deer man dies as a result of house fire
2 charged with vehicle thefts in Okotoks
Con artist defrauds Red Deer woman
Attempted quad theft in Rocky Mountain House
Halloween safety tips from Red Deer RCMP
Suspect arrested in theft of Edmonton police service vehicle



Fatal MVC near Elk Point

Elk Point RCMP

On October 29th, 2014 at approximately 8:45 p.m. Elk Point RCMP were dispatched to single motor vehicle collision on Moose Hills Road approximately 2 km east of Highway 41 just north of Elk Point.

Initial Investigation found that a large double Axel water truck was travelling east bound on Moose Hills road. As the driver attempted to negotiate the corners an over correction lead to the driver losing control of the vehicle. The Freightliner entered the south ditch where the driver was ejected as the vehicle rolled.

A 37 year old male was the lone occupant and was pronounced dead on scene. It is believed the male was not wearing his seatbelt and factors such as alcohol are being considered as the investigation progresses. The name of the deceased is not being released at this time pending Next of Kin notification.

Double Fatal MVC near Rocky Mountain House

Rocky Mountain House RCMP is currently investigating a double fatal motor vehicle collision which occurred at approximately 6:18 p.m. on Wednesday October 29, 2014.

The single vehicle collision occurred approximately 20 km northwest of Highway 11 on Buster Creek Road (approximately 25 km northwest of Rocky Mountain House).

Preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle with 5 occupants left the road from a curve and rolled. Two individuals are deceased, one individual has been transported to hospital via STARS and two others were taken to hospital by ground ambulance. The extent of injuries to those taken to hospital are yet to be determined. Factors contributing to the collision, such as alcohol, are being considered as the investigation progresses.

Further details are currently unavailable as RCMP notify next of kin and continue to investigate.

Fatal MVC near Wabamun

Spruce Grove RCMP


RCMP photos
A serious motor vehicle collision on October 30 near Wabamun. RCMP have preliminary information indicating an Eastbound dump truck at Highway 16 and Range Road 50 crossed the median and collided with a Westbound dump truck.

The 35 year old driver of the Eastbound gravel truck, who was living in Edmonton, died on scene. Family have not consented to the release of his name.

The driver of the Westbound gravel truck was uninjured.

Red Deer man dies as a result of house fire

Red Deer RCMP

On Tuesday, October 28th Red Deer RCMP along with the Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services responded to a residential structure fire on Drummond Avenue in Red Deer, Alberta.

The fire was investigated and determined to not be an arson.

Dale Roth, a 69 year old man died as a result of the injuries sustained in the fire. There were no other victims involved in this fire.

2 charged with vehicle thefts in Okotoks

Okotoks RCMP

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Okotoks RCMP responded to the theft of a motor vehicle (Nissan Titan) which had been left running at the Petro Canada on Southridge Drive in Okotoks. Minutes later, RCMP received information of that vehicle and a second vehicle, a brown pick up truck, operating in a manner dangerous to the public, leaving the scene.

Patrols were made and RCMP located and conducted a traffic stop with the brown pick up behind the Okotoks Courthouse. Two (2) persons, a male and female attempted to flee the scene on foot. The female driver was immediately apprehended and the male was located a few blocks away. Investigation revealed this vehicle had been stolen out of Manitoba and the license plate attached had been stolen out of Saskatchewan. Numerous stolen items were located in the vehicle, including identification and credit cards, taken from throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Mitchell KARWANDY and Vanessa ROBERTS of Red Deer, Alberta, have been charged with over 40 Criminal Code Offences and the investigation is on-going. KARWANDY and ROBERTS continue to be investigated for various offences spanning 3 provinces and further charges are expected.

KARWANDY and ROBERTS have been remanded in custody and are expected to appear in Calgary Provincial Court on October 31, 2014.

Con artist defrauds Red Deer woman

Red Deer RCMP
Shortly before 2:00 pm on October 29th, Red Deer RCMP received a report of a lady having her debit card taken and cash withdrawn from her account fraudulently.

A senior was loading her groceries into her vehicle at a local business when a well-dressed man approached her identifying himself as the store manager. He told her that there had been a problem with her debit card and asked her for the card telling her he would be right back. When the man did not come back, the senior went into the store to look for him. She was told by an employee that she was the victim of a fraud and recommended she go to her bank immediately. By the time the senior got to her bank, there had been several withdrawals made.

Police believe the suspect watched the senior enter her PIN number and then used the claim to be the “manager” to get the debit card from her.

Police are reminding people to guard their PIN, also, a legitimate business person will never ask you to give up your debit card.

RCMP encourage you to protect yourself from fraud by learning how to recognize it. Police further urge you to take the time to identify the people in your life who may be vulnerable to the stories spun by scammers, educate them about these scams and help them develop responses to persistent, sometimes bullying people. You may also want to encourage the vulnerable people in your life to lower their daily withdrawal limit at their bank. Helpful information on common scams and ways to protect yourself can be found at www.antifraudcentre.ca.

Anyone with information that may assist the police in identifying or locating the person responsible for this crime is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403.343.5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com

Attempted quad theft in Rocky Mountain House

Rocky Mountain House RCMP

On October 15th, 2014 at Approximately 01:52 AM an individual reported that he interrupted three youth attempting to steal his quad. The youth ran off down the alley. Members attended and located a shoe left on scene by the quad. See attached photo. Police are seeking the public's assistance.

If the shoe fits...
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or the Rocky Mountain House RCMP Detachment at 403-845-2882

Halloween safety tips from Red Deer RCMP

Red Deer RCMP would like to remind drivers to use extra caution and watch for pedestrians on Halloween night.

Safety tips for trick or treaters:
· Do not go trick-or-treating alone; tell a responsible person where you’ll be and for how long;
· Wear a bright-colored costume with reflective tape, and carry a flashlight so you’re visible to drivers;
· Do not go to houses that have their lights out;
· Do not go inside a stranger’s house or car;
· You will be able to see better if you are wearing make-up instead of a mask;
· Use the sidewalk and cross the street in a crosswalk or at a well-lit corner;
· Do not eat any of your treats before you get home. Have a responsible person check all the candy and throw away anything that is not in a sealed wrapper;
· Never eat fresh fruit or home-made treats unless you know where they came from;
· Always stay in your own neighborhood and know where there is a safe house that you can go to if you need help;
· Start trick-or-treating early and finish early;
· Never go into alleys, parking lots, wooded areas, or vacant lots;
· Don’t go near any animals you do not know;

If you play tricks, your treat may be a criminal charge:

Theft and mischief which includes property damage and graffiti are not pranks, they are Criminal Code offences and, if you’re found guilty, you could face up to 6 months in prison or up to $2,000 in fines. You may also be charged under The City of Red Deer Community Standards Bylaw No. 3383/2007:
· Placing Graffiti on property carries a fine starting at $2,500;
· Fighting, Loitering, Littering, Spitting and Urinating in public all carry fines starting at $500;
· Bullying carries fines starting at $125 for youth and $500 for adults;
· Yelling, screaming and swearing in public carries fines starting at $150;
· Noise Offences, as in house parties, etc, carry fines starting at $250.

As always, Curfew is in effect for anyone under the age of 16 between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Fines start at $50 and can be issued to the child or the parents/guardians, if they knowingly allowed the children to be out past Curfew (City of Red Deer Curfew Bylaw No. 3216/98).

Parks and Public Facilities are closed to the Public from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Fines start at $100. (City of Red Deer Parks and Public Facilities Bylaw No. 3255/2000).

For more information on City of Red Deer Bylaws, please visit www.reddeer.ca

Suspect arrested in theft of Edmonton police service vehicle

Edmonton Police Service officers responded to the area of 132 Avenue and 113A Street at approximately 5:30 am Thursday, October 30, 2014) when a female motorist reported she was approached and threatened by a male on foot. The motorist drove away and called police. A Canine Unit located the suspect in the area. The male evaded officers and stole a police service vehicle, fleeing westbound on 132 Avenue.

The vehicle eventually proceeded eastbound on 137 Avenue, where it allegedly attempted to make a left-hand turn onto 113A Street. The vehicle struck a tree in the northeast corner of the intersection. The suspect was arrested and transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The file is still under investigation and charges are pending.

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