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Attempted Robber learns not to mess with patrons at the Blackfalds Motor Inn

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Blackfalds RCMP lay charges following robbery attempt

On Nov. 1, 2019 the RCMP took one male into custody following an attempted robbery at the Blackfalds Motor Inn.  The male is facing several criminal code charges and the investigation into the incident continues.

At 12:42 a.m., the RCMP responded to a 911 call that a male fired a shot in the bar and that he was being held by bar patrons after he attempted to rob the bar.  Responding officers took the adult male into custody and launched an investigation.

It was determined that one shot appears to have been fired, but not towards any person.  Another shot from the gun was discharged during a struggle for the gun.  Nobody in the bar was injured from either of the gun shots.

27-year-old Ryan Allan Bell from Red Deer is charged with 14 criminal charges, most being firearms related.  They include discharge firearm while being reckless, careless use of a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.

He remains in custody and is next scheduled for court in the Provincial Court of Alberta in Red Deer on Nov. 7, 2019.

The investigation into this incident remains ongoing.

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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$100,000 to the winning community – Come on Red Deer – we can do this!

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The Red Deer Wellness Network is excited to announce that Red Deer will be participating in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge from June 1st – June 30th, as we strive to be named Canada’s Most Active Community.

The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is helping strengthen communities through physical activity and sport because everything gets better when you get active. ParticipACTION is awarding $100,000 to the community who rallies the most participants and accumulates the most active minutes during the challenge. There is also a new this year, Provincial Prize. Participants can also win individual prizes through the ParticipACTION app when activity minutes are logged.
We are encouraging all residents aged 17 and older to download the app and track their activity to support our Community Better challenge! You can also track it on the website. 

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Download the new ParticipACTION app
2. Track and contribute to total active minutes from June 1st to June 30th.
3. Invite your friends to do the same! You can also create a team on the app to encourage one another along the way and win team prizes.

Schools, Sport Organizations, Workplaces and Gyms are encouraged to track their activities as a group on the ParticipACTION website. Families can track for their whole family on the website and groups can track for large group participation.

Steps to log as a group:
Step 1:  Go to www.participaction.com/challenge

or scan this QR Code.

Step 2: Sign up as a group organization or as a family with a name and e-mail
Step 3: Start tracking activity minutes from June 1-June 30th. You may enter daily or all at once.  Example: School Name, 500 students, 60 minutes of activity/day, 10 days
Step 4: Deadline to enter all minutes is July 1st at midnight

The Red Deer Wellness Network is an umbrella organization for a variety of non profit groups in the city that have a focus on wellness, active living and healthy nutrition.
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Town of Blackfalds introduces safe “Exchange Zone” to protect online buyers and sellers

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From the Town of Blackfalds

Blackfalds Adopts Exchange Zone

Blackfalds has designated a safe ‘Exchange Zone’ thanks to the suggestion brought forward by community members to the Town’s peace officers and the Blackfalds Policing Committee.

Exchange zones provide a safe way for the public to exchange goods without the need to provide personal information or have strangers come to your home address.

“The need for a public location for exchanges to occur between people is something which has been brought forward in many communities as they grow,” explains Ken Morrison, Emergency Management and Protective Services Manager. “It provides [buyers or sellers] a place to arrange an exchange without having people attending their home.”

Morrison elaborated that the City of Edmonton implemented exchange zones in March of 2020 as there was an increase in online purchases, and consequently, crime in relation to those purchases. “The previous year, Edmonton Protective Services had made 77 arrests and laid 218 charges relating to the face-to-face buying and selling of online items. Internet communities all over [Alberta] have adopted these initiatives in the hopes of keeping people reasonably safe when making in-person exchanges.”

The Blackfalds exchange zone consists of two designated parking stalls and is located in the parking lot in front of the Protective Services building at 4405 South Street.

RCMP Sergeant Brent Dueck said that the location was chosen because of its already established security measures in and around the building and is manned 24 hours a day. “The Protective Services building was chosen as there are security cameras in place and outside lighting along with police officers and Fire Department personnel coming and going all hours of the day and night.”

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