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2:21 pm – 28 year old Justin Simon has been charged after a stabbing on the Samson Townsite at Maskwacis on March 31st. A man and woman both suffered stab wounds but non-life threatening injuries during the incident.

2:03 pm – RCMP are looking for a suspect after a man with a knife allegedly stole cash from an 81 year old woman’s purse at the Victoria Park Senior’s Residence in Red Deer Monday morning. Read More.

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1:54 pm – RCMP have charged 19 year old Angel Judith Marie Sears after capturing a woman accused of fleeing police in a stolen vehicle Monday night. Read More.

9:09 am – At approximately 4:30 pm on April 3, Red Deer RCMP responded to the report of a deceased man on the riverbank north of the water treatment plant. The body of a 36 year old man was discovered near a walking path, and RCMP cordoned off the area while conducting their investigation. The investigation to date indicates that the death was not suspicious in nature, and next of kin have been notified. Out of respect for the privacy of the grieving family, Red Deer RCMP will not be issuing any further information on this incident.

8:37 am – Red Deer RCMP are thanking the public for their help in finding a missing woman. Mounties say 21 year old Sasha Firingstoney has been located.

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8:30 am – Rimbey RCMP are hoping you can help them identify a pair of suspected vehicle thieves. Have a look at them here.

8:21 am – Instructors at RDC are making an impact, globally! Read More.

8:08 am – Residents are being invited to an open house from 3-4 pm at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre today to learn more about the work of the facility’s new auxillary volunteers. Read More.

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Boy killed in Brampton fire called 911 to report that he was trapped

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BRAMPTON, Ont. — The mayor of Brampton, Ont., says one of the three boys killed in a house fire Thursday called 911 to report the blaze, but firefighters couldn’t get there in time to save the children.

Patrick Brown says the boy told the emergency dispatcher that he was stuck in the house.

Brown says it only took six minutes for fire trucks to reach the burning house, but by then, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

The boys, who have not been publicly named, but who were aged nine, 12, and 15, died after being taken to hospital.

The local fire department and Office of the Fire Marshal are investigating.

Peel Police Const. Akhil Mooken said Thursday that a mother left her home that morning to drop a younger child off at school, and returned to find the house engulfed in flames.

It’s one of five fatal fires across Ontario that have together claimed 15 lives so far this month.

The Office of the Fire Marshal, which is tasked with investigating such fires in the province, said the numbers of both fatal fires and deaths have dipped compared to January of last year, but there are significantly more deaths than in January 2020.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2022.

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Alberta RCMP investigating after child found wandering on highway near St. Paul

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ST. PAUL, ALBERTA — Alberta RCMP say they are investigating after a child was found wandering on a highway near a town northeast of Edmonton earlier this week.

Police in St. Paul say in a news release that they received a report about the child at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

They say a concerned motorist found the child on Highway 881 near Township Road 582 and brought the child to the RCMP detachment.

Police say they have started an investigation and are looking for dashcam footage from the area on Tuesday morning.

Earlier this week, St. Paul Education issued a statement on its website saying it was investigating after kindergarten student remained on a bus after it was returned to the driver’s yard following morning drop off.

They say the child left the bus and found their way to a road in a rural area, where a concerned citizen intervened and took the child to the RCMP.

“Drivers are trained to do a mandatory walk through of their bus to ensure it is empty before leaving it,” said the statement from board chairwoman Heather Starosielski and Glen Brodziak, superintendent of schools. “Our initial review indicates this was not done.”

They said the driver has been removed from his duties pending an investigation.

The statement said schools also typically call home to confirm any student absences.

“Our normal procedure is for schools to start to make in-person phone calls at 8:45 a.m. each day beginning with the youngest children first,” it said. “The delay in noting the absence was in part due to the large number of absences that day in the school as a result of several buses not running due to varying road conditions.”

The statement said the school division is reviewing its transportation practices as well as its student absence reporting process.

“We will also fully co-operate should there be an RCMP investigation,” it added.

They said they are thankful for the safe return of the child and the quick response from the concerned citizen.

Environment Canada shows the temperatures in the area hovered around -24 C on Tuesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2022.

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