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Alberta-Wide Warrant Issued For Red Deer Gunpoint Robbery Suspect

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By Sheldon Spackman

Alberta Mounties are hoping the public might be able to help them find a man wanted in connection with the gun point robbery of a woman in Red Deer’s West Park neighbourhood on Remembrance Day.

47 year old Michael Lamontagne is wanted on warrants for armed robbery with a firearm, possession of a weapon contrary to a court order, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and fraud under $5,000. He is also wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for violating his parole.

The incident happened around 11:00am on November 11th when a man approached a woman as she got out of her car and demanded money while displaying a handgun. When the victim got back in her car and locked it, the suspect smashed the car window and took her backpack as she fled the vehicle through the passenger door. The victim was not injured and the suspect ran from the scene on foot.

In a release, RCMP identified the man within an hour of the robbery, when he and a female companion were caught on video in a convenience store, using the victim’s credit card. The woman was driving a truck that had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on November 1st. Mounties recovered the stolen truck after it was abandoned in Gasoline Alley shortly after midnight on November 12th.

Police soon identified that woman and arrested her the afternoon of November 17th. 44 year old Diane Fiddler of Red Deer faces Criminal Code charges for possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and fraud under $5,000. She will appear in court in Red Deer on November 30th.

If you spot Michael Lamontagne, do not approach him as he may be armed. Contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

(Photo courtesy of Alberta RCMP)

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Canada ends scoring drought at men’s World Cup but can’t hold off Croatia

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Umm Şalāl ‘Alī – Canada wasted little time Sunday ending its scoring drought at the men’s World Cup via Alphonso Davies but could not hold off Croatia, losing 4-1 to end its hopes of reaching the tournament’s knockout round.

Ranked 12th in the world and runner-up to France four years ago in Russia, Croatia is filled with talent from top clubs and its class showed in rallying from an early 1-0 deficit.

Two goals by Andrej Kramaric and one by Marko Livaja accounted for the Croatian comeback. Lovro Majer added a stoppage-time goal in the 94th minute on a two-on-none attack.

The 41st-ranked Canadians started with a bang with a Milan Borjan goal kick finding Cyle Larin at midfield. Larin controlled the ball deftly with his foot and sent it over to Tajon Buchanan down the right flank. Buchanan surged ahead, took two touches, lifted his head and sent in a cross that Davies, soaring through the air high above fullback Josip Juranovic, headed home past goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

The Canadians came into the contest — the first-ever meeting between the two countries — needing at least a point to keep alive their hope of advancing out of the group stage with coach John Herdman calling it “one of those do-or-die games.”

Croatia also needed a result after tying Morocco 0-0 in its opener.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2022

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Canada ends scoring drought at men’s World Cup but can’t hold off Croatia

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UMM ŞALĀL ‘ALĪ, Qatar — Canada wasted little time Sunday ending its scoring drought at the men’s World Cup via Alphonso Davies but could not hold off Croatia, losing 4-1 to end its hopes of reaching the tournament’s knockout round.

Ranked 12th in the world and runner-up to France four years ago in Russia, Croatia is filled with talent from top clubs and its class showed in rallying from an early 1-0 deficit.

Two goals by Andrej Kramaric and one by Marko Livaja accounted for the Croatian comeback. Lovro Majer added a stoppage-time goal in the 94th minute on a two-on-none attack. 

The 41st-ranked Canadians started with a bang with a Milan Borjan goal kick finding Cyle Larin at midfield. Larin controlled the ball deftly with his foot and sent it over to Tajon Buchanan down the right flank. Buchanan surged ahead, took two touches, lifted his head and sent in a cross that Davies, soaring through the air high above fullback Josip Juranovic, headed home past goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

The Canadians came into the contest — the first-ever meeting between the two countries — needing at least a point to keep alive their hope of advancing out of the group stage with coach John Herdman calling it “one of those do-or-die games.”

Croatia also needed a result after tying Morocco 0-0 in its opener.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2022

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