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18 year old Red Deer man charged with murder of Walmart shooting victim


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Red Deer RCMP on scene of a shooting at South Red Deer Walmart

Following the investigation into the South Red Deer Walmart shooting on December 20, RCMP confirm that the shooting was not targeted.  Charles (Jim) Williams, 69, and his wife were leaving the Walmart when Mr. Williams was approached by an individual unknown to them. There was an altercation and Mr. Williams was fatally shot. The suspect then fled the scene in a stolen vehicle being operated by a female.  

RCMP Air Services, Police Dog Services, the Emergency Response Team and RCMP members from surrounding detachments were deployed to assist.  Rimbey RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle from their detachment area and shortly thereafter both stolen vehicles were observed by RCMP Air Services.  Spike belts were deployed and successfully immobilized both vehicles.  A female suspect remained in one of the stolen vehicles and was arrested.  The male suspect fled on foot and was apprehended shortly thereafter. Both suspects were in custody by 10:30 p.m.

Chase Freed (18) of Red Deer, Alta. and Crystal Maurice (30) of Red Deer, Alta. face several charges.

Chase Freed has been charged with:

·       Second degree murder

·       Attempted murder while using a firearm (x2)

·       Fail to stop while being pursued by a police officer

·       Dangerous operation

·       Theft of motor vehicle

Crystal Maurice has been charged with:

·       Accessory after the fact to murder

·       Fail to stop while being pursued by a police officer

·       Dangerous operation

·       Theft of motor vehicle

Chase Freed has been remanded to be appear in Court on January 6, 2020 at 0930 hours in Red Deer via CCTV. 

Crystal Maurice has been remanded to be appear in Court on December 23, 2019 at 0930 hours in Red Deer via CCTV.

 As this matter is now before the courts, no further information will be provided.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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RCMP officer in Edmonton charged with sexual assault

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Alberta Serious Incident Response Team ASIRT

This release is distributed by the Government of Alberta on behalf of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

RCMP officer charged with off-duty sexual assault

On Feb. 26, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an alleged 2018 sexual assault by a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The officer and the woman had been involved in a relationship. Sometime between July 30 and Sept. 3, 2018, the officer and the woman were alone at her residence in Edmonton. As the woman attempted to end the relationship and asked the officer to leave, it is alleged that the officer proceeded to commit a serious sexual assault. The officer was off-duty at the time.

The evidence gathered during the investigation provided reasonable grounds to believe that an offence had been committed and, as is required by the Police Act, the investigation was forwarded to the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS) for an opinion on whether the evidence met the Crown standard for prosecution.

Having received and reviewed the Crown opinion, and having carefully examined the evidence obtained in the investigation, ASIRT executive director Susan Hughson, QC, made the determination that the officer should be charged. On Jan. 22, 2021, Cpl. Kire Kondoski was arrested and charged with one count of sexual assault. Cpl. Kondoski was released on an undertaking with conditions to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on March 4, 2021.

Questions regarding the officer’s duty status should be addressed to the RCMP.

As this matter is now before the courts, no further information will be released.



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Drugs, weapons, cash seized by Didsbury RCMP

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Didsbury RCMP execute search warrant for drugs and weapons offences

Didsbury RCMP, with assistance from Southern Alberta District’s RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, RCMP Emergency Response Team and RCMP Police Dog Services executed a search warrant on a residence in the Town of Didsbury, on Friday, Jan. 22.  An extensive search was conducted and evidence was seized by police.

Kristopher Ronald Neergaard (50) was arrested and is facing the following charges:

  • 7 charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • 20 firearm related charges, et al

The drugs seized by police are suspected to be Fentanyl, Cocaine, Heroin, GHB (Hydroxybutanoic acid), Hydromorphone (aka Dilaudid), Morphine, and Psyilocybin (magic mushrooms).  Canadian currency, several weapons and firearms were also seized by police.

Kristopher Neergaard has been remanded in police custody and is scheduled to appear in Didsbury Provincial Court on Jan. 25, 2021.

Didsbury RCMP investigation is ongoing.

Didsbury RCMP’s Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Chad Fournier said “This day is a culmination of a complex investigation and will have a significant impact on the Town of Didsbury and surrounding areas.  It is rewarding when we are approached on scene by residents of our community, personally thanking us for this work.”

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