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5 RCMP detachments, dog team, and Police Chopper combine forces to capture 3 in wild stolen vehicle pursuit

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Olds RCMP arrest 3 in stolen truck following multijurisdictional pursuit

Olds, Alta – A collaboration of efforts from Chestermere, Airdrie, Innisfail, Sundre and Didsbury RCMP, RCMP Police Dog Service (PDS) and Calgary Police Service Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety (CPS HAWCS) led to the arrest of a woman and two men in a stolen vehicle after they fled from police on June 1, 2019. 

On the morning of June 1, Chestermere RCMP tried to effect a traffic stop on Highway 9, and the suspect truck fled.  No pursuit was initiated.  At 9:37 a.m., RCMP received complaints about an erratic driver in the Airdrie area and it is believed to be the same vehicle as earlier. Police officers located the suspect truck, determined to be a stolen Ford pickup truck and initiated a traffic stop near the Carstairs exit northbound on highway 2. The pickup truck refused to stop for police. 

As the truck departed the Airdrie area, RCMP PDS became engaged in the incident, along with Olds RCMP members. The suspect vehicle travelled northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 2.  Responding Innisfail RCMP were able to stop southbound traffic in order to keep the public safe, while HAWCS monitored the vehicle.

The truck drove to, and then through, the town Olds causing damage to various homeowners’ private property. RCMP successfully laid a tire deflation device which caused the truck to become stuck in a field approximately 12 km northwest of Olds.  One male fled the truck and after a brief foot pursuit, with the assistance of the RCMP PDS, the male was arrested. The other male and the female were arrested at the truck without incident.

Dustin Edward Watetch (30) of Regina, Sask faces the following criminal charges:

·         Flight from peace officer

·         Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

·         Resist arrest

·         Possession of stolen property

·         Mischief x3

·         Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose x3

Watetch was remanded into custody and made his first appearance on June 3, 2019. The matter was adjourned to June 12, 2019 in Calgary Provincial Court and Watetch remains in custody.

Richard Mulvihill (27) of Strathmore, Alta faces the following criminal charges:

·         Theft of a motor vehicle

·         Resist arrest

·         Breach of probation x3

·         Breach of recognizance x2

·         Possession of a controlled substance; Fentanyl 

Mulvihill was remanded into custody and made his first appearance on June 5, 2019. His matter was adjourned to June 12, 2019 in Calgary Provincial Court and Mulvihill remains in custody.

Hannah Grace-Marie Davidson (18) of Calgary, Alta faces the following criminal charges:

·         Theft of a motor vehicle

·         Fail to comply with Undertaking x3

Davidson was released on a Recognizance by justice and is to make her first appearance on July 9, 2019 in Didsbury Provincial Court.

This incident involved resources from several different detachment jurisdictions who all worked together to bring this situation to a safe resolution.  The RCMP thanks our partner, CPS HAWCS, for the valuable assistance provided.

Olds RCMP continue to investigate and are asking that any property owners who suffered damage as a result of this incident contact Olds RCMP at 403-556-3323. If you have information to provide, and wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

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Two women arrested with drugs, guns, and cash at Innisfail

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Drugs, Guns Seized in Innisfail

A short-term investigation by ALERT’s Red Deer organized crime team has resulted in the seizure of a wide variety of drugs from a home in Innisfail. Two women were arrested.

The two-week investigation wrapped up on June 25, 2020, as ALERT investigators executed a search warrant at a house in the 4000 block of 48 Avenue in Innisfail. Assistance was provided by Innisfail RCMP.

Once inside, investigators seized more than $23,000 worth of drugs and cash, including:

  • 47 grams of fentanyl powder;
  • 146 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 18 grams of cocaine;
  • 445 millilitres of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB);
  • 8 blotters of LSD;
  • 198 illicit prescription pills;
  • 13.9 grams of cannabis resin; and
  • $1,750 cash proceeds of crime.

Two .22-calibre rifles — one of which had the barrel sawed off — and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were also seized.

“The wide variety of drugs seized during this investigation is remarkable, especially for a town such as Innisfail,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT Regional Teams. “Being able to act quickly to get drugs and firearms out of these suspects’ hands is a big win for community safety.”

“Having a partner like ALERT, who we can collaborate with on investigations like this one, is invaluable,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Matechuk, Innisfail RCMP detachment commander. “The drug trade and associated violence are problems that are not confined to urban centres. We will use every resource at our disposal to keep our community safe.”

Pamela Jacobson, 43, and Keanna Chuhaniuk, 24, are each charged with:

  • possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x5);
  • possession of proceeds of crime;
  • careless use of a firearm (x2);
  • unauthorized possession of a firearm;
  • possession of a prohibited firearm; and
  • possession of a weapon obtained by crime.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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RCMP deploying more Mounties in Alberta under agreement with the province

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EDMONTON — The RCMP says it will add 76 additional Mounties to Alberta this year, many of whom will serve as front-line police in rural detachments outside major municipalities.

There will also be 57 new civilian support positions.

RCMP say some of the additional Mounties are to serve in detachments at Beaverlodge, Edson, Evansburg, Mayerthorpe and Valleyview.

In the south, detachments in Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks and Strathmore will get more police.

New Mounties are to be assigned to the central district, including in Camrose, Blackfalds, Leduc, Morinville, Parkland, Rocky Mountain House, Stettler, Strathcona and Thorsby.

More RCMP are also being assigned to work in Athabasca, Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Elk Point and St. Paul.

Officials say the staffing increase is part of a five-year, $286-million policing agreement announced by the Alberta government in December.

“Rural Albertans asked for action against rising crime, and our government responded with Alberta’s largest single investment in policing since the RCMP’s March West,” Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer said Thursday in a release.

“Putting more boots on the ground in rural Alberta will help protect residents and ensure they feel safe in their communities.”

The force says so far it has filled 25 of the front-line positions in rural communities and 18 centralized police to provide support and specialized services to all rural detachments.

Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Alberta’s top Mountie, said the additional funding is in response to concerns expressed by rural Alberta communities.

He said the RCMP is committed to continuing to provide Albertans with the high quality, modern provincial police service that they expect and deserve.

“The RCMP is committed to working in partnership with our communities to ensure Albertans feel safe in their homes, in their backyards and in their farm yards,” Zablocki said in a release.

Last month, Alberta’s government-appointed Fair Deal Panel recommended the province examine the idea of creating a provincial police force. The panel suggested the RCMP is becoming too bureaucratically inflexible and smaller communities aren’t getting enough front-line officers.

Premier Jason Kenney has said his government will study the recommendation.

Under the program announced by the province in December, small and rural communities, with some exceptions, are to begin contributing part of their front-line policing costs starting this year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 2, 2020

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