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Adèle Poratto Announces run for UCP Nomination in Red Deer South



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  • RED DEER, March 12, 2018 – Adèle Poratto, a local businesswomen and French educator, has announced she will be running for the nomination race of the United Conservative Party of Alberta for the constituency of Red Deer-South.

    “I am running to bring the voice of the people in my riding to the provincial legislature,” says Poratto, “I am committed to helping Alberta reach its potential through transparent political leadership with a servant heart.”

    Poratto has a strong lineage of political involvement, from working  with her Italian father who was president of the Progressive Party in Ontario to getting involved in her community for 22 years serving on numerous boards in Red Deer and Central Alberta.

    Fluent in both official languages, Poratto has a strong sense of patriotism and service. She has filled vital roles in many professional boards and volunteer organizations, such as the District and local Rotary Clubs, the 2019 Canada Winter Games Bid Committee, Community Housing Advisory Board and Cabinet for the United Way. Poratto was recently named Chair of the Black Tie Bingo Committee for Rotary Club of Red Deer 2018.

    “Much of the frustration of Albertans in the current government comes from a lack of transparency and legislation that contradicts the clear desires of the people,” says Poratto, “I am eager to embark on the hard road to real change, drafting legislation that benefits the lives of every Albertan and seeing it through to passing.”

    Poratto believes the function and role of government is bringing together all people, regardless of race, gender or creed. She seeks to make a deep impact for current and future generations by building community through partnership, commitment and community service.

    March 11, 2018 – Adele Poratto announces bid for UCP Nomination in Red Deer South

    Learn more about Adèle Poratto on her official campaign website at:

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    Leduc RCMP say two month old left in the car outside a bar by intoxicated father



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  • Leduc RCMP charge man with Child Abandonment

    Leduc, Alberta – On March 16th, 2018 shortly after 1030pm, Leduc RCMP were called to a complaint of a possible impaired driver in Calmar. A witness found the driver who appeared intoxicated, pulled over on the side of the road near a Calmar bar. The driver left his vehicle parked, abandoning his child who was not dressed for the weather, while he went into the bar.

    After being in the bar for a period of time, the driver disclosed that he had a child with him. A concerned citizen went out to his car and found the two-month old child alone, cold, and in distress. The child was cared for by some concerned citizens until police arrived and was taken via ambulance to the Leduc Hospital.

    Leduc RCMP partnered with Child and Family Services (CFS) and were able to identify the child’s mother who came to the hospital. The child did not suffer any adverse affects from this incident. The male left the bar and drove away before police arrived.

    The child’s father, a 33-year-old man from Drayton Valley was located, arrested and charged with:

    – One count of abandoning a child

    – One count of causing a child to be in need of intervention

    – One count of impaired operation of a motor vehicle

    – One count of impaired operation over 80mg%

    – One count of breach of a Recognizance

    The accused was released on his own Recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Leduc Provincial Court on Thursday March 22, 2018.

    The quick thinking of and care provide by concern citizens helped bring this incident to the attention of the Leduc RCMP. As this matter is now before the courts no further information is available.

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    Red Deer RCMP arrest man after collisions with building, cars and police vehicle



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  • Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP arrested a man Friday evening after the stolen truck he was driving crashed into a south Red Deer storefront, six parked vehicles and a police cruiser before fleeing police; RCMP located the suspect hiding in a north Red Deer apartment shortly afterward.

    Shortly before 5:30 pm on March 16, RCMP on patrol located a suspicious truck with a stolen license plate as it drove in south Red Deer. Due to public safety concerns, RCMP tracked the truck at a distance until it parked in the 2300 block of 50 Avenue before moving to block it in. When RCMP pulled in behind the suspect truck, it accelerated and reversed rapidly a number of times, crashing into the windows of the business it was parked in front of, the police cruiser, and a number of parked vehicles around it. In its efforts to flee, the truck narrowly avoided striking police officers who were on foot in the parking lot. There were a number of civilians in the parking lot, on foot and in vehicles, and police officers focused their efforts on ensuring the safety of those bystanders while the truck fled at a high rate of speed. Luckily, no one was injured in this series of fast-paced collisions; however, the truck caused significant damage to the storefront, to six parked vehicles and to the police vehicle.

    RCMP identified the suspect driving the truck, and quickly located him after further reports from the public of suspicious activity and a suspicious truck parked at an apartment building in the 5100 block of 60 Street. RCMP contained the area with support from Police Dog Services and located the suspect in one of the apartments, where he was taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant for breaching his probation.

    The truck driven by the suspect had been reported stolen out of Red Deer the morning of March 4 after it was left unlocked and running. It was heavily damaged as a result of the collisions.

    27 year old Jesse James Leckner faces the following charges related to this incident in addition to his outstanding warrant:

    ·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

    ·         Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000

    ·         Criminal Code 249(1)(a) – Dangerous operation of motor vehicle

    ·         Criminal Code 270.01(1)(a) – Assault on police X 2

    ·         Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist peace officer

    ·         Criminal Code 430(4) – Mischief over $5,000

    ·         Criminal Code 252(1.1) – Fail to stop or remain at scene X 8

    ·         Criminal Code 733.1(1) – Fail to comply with probation

    Leckner faces further charges in relation to a series of incidents involving a stolen truck, flight from police and two gas and dash reports spanning the time period between February 5 and February 24. Those charges are as follows:

    ·         Criminal Code 334(b) – Theft under $5,000 X 2

    ·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

    ·         Criminal Code 249.1(1) – Fail to stop for police

    ·         Criminal Code 733.1(1) – Fail to comply with probation 

    Leckner was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on March 19 at 9:30 am to speak to all the above charges.

    “The series of incidents Friday night posed a grave risk to the public, and we were able to move quickly on it and make the arrest as a result of intelligence gathered by police and great cooperation from the public,” says Staff Sergeant Rob Marsollier with the Red Deer RCMP. “We were able to bring this incident to a successful conclusion with no injury to innocent bystanders or police officers, thanks to good old-fashioned police work, tips from the public, and the quick cooperation of a number of people in sharing footage from various surveillance cameras with police.”


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