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Monday, December 15, 2014

Policing in Alberta to December 15, 2014

Pincher Creek RCMP weekly summary
Suspicious death investigation in Calgary
Triply Fatal MVC near Rocky Mountain House
Fatal quad rollover on Pigeon Lake
Red Deer vehicle break-in suspects sought
MVC on Whoop Up Drive
Vehicle fire on Calgary's Deerfoot Trail
Parents charged in 2013 death of infant
Arrests made in relation to 2006 Calgary homicide
Fort Chipewyan man faces trafficking charges
Theft from oil lease site near Veteran
Horses stolen in Fort McMurray
Red Deer vehicle thieves sought
Arson and bomb hoax in Wetaskiwin
Injury MVC near Strathmore
RCMP Grande Prairie weekend news summary
“Make Your Move” to stop sexual violence



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Pincher Creek RCMP media summary for December 8-14, 2014

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the noted period.  Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 36
Assaults - 1
Fraud / Forgery - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 2
Theft under $5000 - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 2
Driving complaints (general) - 7
MV Collisions - 5
Liquor offences - 5
Assistance to other agencies - 1
False Alarms - 4
Animal calls - 4
Prisoners held – 1

Suspicious death investigation in Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is currently at the scene of a suspicious death.

At approximately 7:15 am this morning, Monday, December 15, 2014, police were called to the 5300 block of 5 Avenue S.E. for reports of a man found lying on a sidewalk suffering from stab wounds. A man in his 30s was transported to hospital in serious life-threatening condition. He succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

The Homicide Unit has been called out to investigate and further details will be provided as they become available.

Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637
CASE #14492126


Triply Fatal MVC near Rocky Mountain House

RCMP Rocky Mountain House

On December 13 at 2:54 pm Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to a two vehicle MVC at Highway 11 and Range Road 4-2 (east of Rocky Mountain House near Hespero Cemetery). A westbound Ford Mustang car carrying 3 males and 1 female entered ditch, overcorrected went left of center backwards striking a eastbound 5 ton moving truck with male driver and male passenger. One female and two male passengers in the Mustang were deceased on scene, the male driver is currently in critical condition and was airlifted by STARS to University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. The driver and passenger of the 5 ton semi truck were not injured.

Red Deer area RCMP collision Analyst attended and examined scene. RCMP Members have obtained witness statements. At this time there is no indication alcohol or drugs contributed to the collision.

All of the deceased are foreign workers from the Philippines and were returning to Rocky Mountain House after language training in Red Deer. Driver inexperience may be a factor in this incident. Next of kin notifications are ongoing and we will continue to work with the employers of the deceased to notify family overseas. No names are being released at this time. Rocky Victim Services has been engaged.

Fatal quad rollover on Pigeon Lake

RCMP Wetaskiwin

On December 13, 2014 at approximately 2:45 am the Wetaskiwin RCMP were dispatched to a quad rollover on Pigeon Lake.

Initial investigation shows that two individuals were in a quad being driven on Pigeon Lake during the early morning hours. Due to the recent warmer weather, areas of Pigeon Lake had thin ice. The quad struck the thin ice which caused it to rollover.

The 24 year old male passenger suffered serious injuries and died on scene. 43 year old Kevin Graham of Okotoks was charged with careless driving.

The RCMP want to remind the public to ensure ice conditions are safe before venturing onto frozen bodies of water.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this collision.

Horses stolen in Fort McMurray

Wood Buffalo RCMP is seeking the assistance from the general public in relation to stolen horses. On December 11th, Wood Buffalo RCMP received a call advising that sometime during the night of December 11th three male horses were stolen from their pen on Tower Road in Fort McMurray. Photos of the three stolen horses are below.






The investigation continues and police are asking anyone with information to contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP Detachment.

If you have information about this, or any other investigation(s), please call the Wood Buffalo RCMP at (780) 788-4000, or 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 (check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions on how to do). 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.

Red Deer vehicle break-in suspects sought

RCMP Red Deer

RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify a man and a woman who broke into an underground parking garage on Ironside Street at approximately 6 am on December 5. The suspects attempted unsuccessfully to break into a 2008 Suzuki Swift, and RCMP have been able to obtain images of the two suspects from the garage’s surveillance cameras, shown below.



If you can identify either of the suspects in the above photos, or have information regarding this crime, please 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

Parents charged in 2013 death of infant

The Calgary Police Service has charged the biological parents of a child who died in 2013. At approximately 3:50 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, 2013, a 14-month-old boy was taken to a local area hospital by his parents. The infant, John Clark, was treated but was declared deceased the following day. An autopsy was conducted on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Following further tests, the cause of death was determined to be related to malnutrition. Following a long and complex investigation, the biological parents of the deceased were arrested without incident on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Jennifer Clark, 38, and Jeromie Clark, 34, from Calgary, have both been charged with criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, December 15, 2014. Under the Criminal Code of Canada, it is a legal requirement for a parent or guardian to provide the necessaries of life; this is defined by the courts as food, shelter, care, and medical attention necessary to sustain life and protection from harm.

Arrests made in relation to 2006 Calgary homicide

RCMP Calgary

RCMP have arrested and charged 28 year old David Daviau, with First Degree Murder and 29 year old Kyle Andree, with Manslaughter and Accessory after the fact.  Both accused are from Calgary, Alberta.

Wayman Cornell Scott was 32 at the time of his death. His body was dumped in a frozen field near a rural road. On December 11, 2006, Strathmore RCMP were called to the rural location near Conrich, Alberta.

Investigation revealed that Scott had been shot at a Calgary residence and was transported to the Conrich area.  These charges come as a result of RCMP, with the assistance of the Calgary Police Service, conducting follow up inquiries and uncovered further evidence in this case.

Both accused were arrested in Ontario and are currently in custody. They will be transported to Alberta to make a court appearance for December 17, 2014 in relation to these charges.

This matter is still under investigation and RCMP would like to hear from anyone who may have additional information in this case.  Police are asking you to call Calgary RCMP Major Crimes Unit at 403.699.2640 or Crimestoppers to make an anonymous tip at 1800 222-8477

MVC on Whoop Up Drive

Lethbridge Regional Police are once again reminding motorists to adjust their driving habits according to the weather and road conditions following a chain reaction collision on Whoop Up Drive Sunday evening.

On Dec. 14, 2014 at approximately 5:45 pm a 30 year old female driver operating her vehicle eastbound on Whoop Up Drive in the right hand lane lost control due to the icy conditions. The vehicle initially spun to the left then came back across the roadway to the right and collided with an eastbound vehicle being driven by a 20 year old woman. Neither driver was injured. Minutes later a second collision involving two additional vehicles occurred in the same area.

Upon police arrival numerous vehicles had stopped along the roadway and it wasn’t immediately clear which ones had been involved in the collision. Police subsequently closed the eastbound lanes of Whoop Up Drive while the collisions were investigated. The speed limit on Whoop Up Drive was also lowered to 60 km/h. No charges were laid in either collision.

Police are reminding all drivers that they have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely in all road and weather conditions. When roads are icy, slow down, allow extra following distance between vehicles and be extra cautious when undertaking maneuvers such as lane changes and merging.

Driver overconfidence – driving too fast, following too closely and generally not adjusting driving habits for less than ideal road conditions – continues to be a primary cause of collisions.

Vehicle fire on Calgary's Deerfoot Trail

Calgary Fire Department

Shortly before 7:00on December 13 the Calgary Fire Department responded to Deerfoot Trail and Glenmore Trail SE for reports of a vehicle fire. Arriving crews found a late model Jeep in the southbound lanes of Deerfoot Trail fully engulfed in flames. The lone occupant of the vehicle, a man in his twenties, managed to escape the vehicle on his own prior to CFDs arrival. Apparently, the driver lost control of the vehicle rolling it onto its side before it burst into flames. Another vehicle was involved in the collision but only sustained minor damage. EMS treated one patient with minor injuries. CFD extinguished the fire and cleaned up debris. CPS investigated the scene.

Fort Chipewyan man faces trafficking charges

RCMP Wood Buffalo

On December 5 2014, Fort Chipewyan RCMP arrested and charged Jack MILLS (43) with two counts of trafficking marihuana. He was brought before a justice of the peace where he was released on $750.00 cash bail. He is to appear in court on January 8 2015. In addition the charges against MILLS, the investigation is ongoing.

Theft from oil lease site near Veteran

RCMP Consort

Sometime between 11 am on Friday, December 12, 2014 and 10:30 am on Saturday, December 13, 2014 unknown suspect(s) entered an oil lease site stealing a chart recorder at a rural location in the Veteran, Alberta area. This chart recorder is worth approximately $5,000.

Should anyone have any information regarding this theft or should you see any suspicious activity please contact the Consort RCMP Detachment at (403) 577-3001.

Turkey lunch at St. Mary’s School Ft. Vermilion
RCMP Fort Vermilion

On Friday December 12, 2014 officers and support staff from the Fort Vermilion RCMP attended St. Mary’s School in Fort Vermilion to celebrate the Holiday season. Each officer or support staff member supervised a classroom over the lunch hour and ate turkey dinner with them which gave the teachers an opportunity to enjoy their own turkey dinner.

Front Row: Cst. Casondra GREENE, Cindy JOHNSON, Carrie SIMPSON, Cst. Michelle BOUWSEMA (Drayton Valley RCMP)     Second Row: Cst. Matthew BENTZ (Assumption RCMP), S/Sgt. Jeff SIMPSON, Cst. Michael MOREHOUSE, Jennifer HANN, Cst. Jaimie METHVEN     Back Row: Dia THURSON, Cst. Dean HULL
photo by Sharon PARDY Principal St. Mary’s School

The RCMP would like to thank St. Mary’s School for the invitation to join them in celebrating the Holiday season. A good meal was had by all those involved.

Red Deer vehicle thieves sought

RCMP Red Deer

RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify two men who broke into an underground parking garage on Duston Street sometime late December 11 or in the early morning hours of December 12. The suspects broke into eight vehicles and stole various items from them before stealing a silver 2010 Jeep Patriot. RCMP have not yet recovered the Jeep Patriot. The men were caught on surveillance video.



Vehicle theft suspects
If you can identify the men in the above photos, or have information regarding this series of crimes, please 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

Arson and bomb hoax in Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin RCMP

On December 14, 2014 at 5:35 am Wetaskiwin RCMP and Wetaskiwin Fire Services were called to the Mega Pawn shop located on the 36 avenue area of Wetaskiwin.

The building was fully engulfed in flames, but while responding emergency crews located a device in the roadway that appeared be an possible explosive apparatus. The RCMP Explosive Disposal unit attended and examined the device, it was found not to be and explosive device but a hoax appeared to be deliberately set to distract emergency personnel. Fire crews continued to battle the blaze into the late afternoon.

The Provincial Fire investigator along with the Wetaskiwin General Investigation Unit have determined the fire to be of suspicious nature and deliberately set. Nobody was hurt as a result of the fire, however adjacent building have sustained smoke and fire damage. Investigators at this time are unable to determine the estimated dollar loss as a result of this fire.

The fire is still under investigation and police are asking for any witness to contact the Wetaskiwin RCMP or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

Injury MVC near Strathmore

RCMP Strathmore
 
On December 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm the Strathmore RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway #1 and Highway #561. The Standard fire department and Strathmore EMS attended to assist with injuries on scene. There does not appear to be any life threatening injuries as a result of the collision. Alcohol was not a factor. The investigation continues and charges are pending.

RCMP Grande Prairie weekend news summary

Between 4:00 pm Friday, December 12, 2014 and 7:00 am today, Monday, December 15, 2014, the Grande Prairie RCMP received 291 reports and/or calls for service which included:

19 911 calls
7 Abandoned Vehicles
3 Animal complaints
10 Assaults
3 Breach of or Fail to comply with conditions
5 Break and Enter
7 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Complaints
25 Disturb the Peace
8 Other Moving Traffic Complaints
10 Other Non-Moving Traffic Complaints
4 Fail to Remain at Scene of Accident
12 False Alarms
3 Frauds
21 Impaired Drivers
5 Items Lost or Found
7 Gaming and Liquor Act Complaints
15 Mischief complaints
4 Municipal Bylaw complaints
5 Theft of Motor Vehicle complaints
35 Theft related complaints
7 Suspicious person, vehicle, or property
24 Traffic Collisions
12 Other (Criminal Code/Provincial Act/Municipal Bylaw)
25 Assist (General Public, Other Agencies, Other Police)
5 Trespass Act
10 Utter Threats complaints

“Make Your Move” to stop sexual violence

EPS public awareness campaign to run through the holidays

The Edmonton Police Service is launching “Make Your Move” today, an awareness campaign that urges the public to get involved and interrupt behaviours that may lead to sexual violence.

“Sexual assault is a serious crime the Edmonton Police Service continues to see in the city, and these incidents are often facilitated by alcohol,” says Staff Sgt. Shawna Grimes with the Sexual Assault Section. “The ‘Make Your Move’ message encourages bar patrons to look out for each other by stopping comments and actions that promote sexual violence.”

So far in 2014, 374 sexual assaults have been reported to the EPS Sexual Assault Section, an increase from 355 reported in 2013 and 337 in 2012.

“Education and public awareness campaigns often encourage people to come forward and report incidents of sexual violence to the police,” comments Staff Sgt. Grimes. “We want to empower others to do the same.”

“Make Your Move” is aimed at bar patrons, both men and women, and the main messages are simple but head-turning: look out for each other, get your friends home safely and never feel like you owe anyone anything.

“We want to encourage patrons to drop the ‘it’s none of my business’ attitude and adopt a ‘that could be my family or friend’ approach, if they see someone who may need assistance. Intervention, when safe to do so, can prevent a potentially harmful situation,” says Staff Sgt. Grimes.

The campaign will run from Dec. 15, 2014 to Jan. 11, 2015, with print posters displayed in the public washrooms of approximately twenty bars across Edmonton. The campaign will also be featured on social media, through the EPS Facebook, Twitter and Flickr accounts.

The “Make Your Move” campaign originated in Montana as an effort from Missoula’s Intervention in Action Project, a group of community organizations dedicated to ending sexual violence.

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