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Bonnyville RCMP arrest two after police vehicle rammed

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Bonnyville RCMP arrest two after police vehicle rammed

Bonnyville, Alta. – On Feb. 27, 2019 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Bonnyville RCMP responded to a break and enter at a business on the north side of Bonnyville.

Prior to police arrival, the owner of the business was hit by the fleeing U-Haul truck used in the offence and suffered minor injuries.

Police located the truck driving on Highway 28 at a high rate of speed and a pursuit was initiated.

The truck came to a stop near the Village of Glendon where the suspect driver then reversed into the police cruiser that was pursuing it. A passenger jumped out of the truck and was arrested without incident before it sped off a second time. A police officer suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision and was taken to hospital.

After fleeing the truck collided into a ditch near St. Lina and the suspect driver fled on foot. He was apprehended a short time later by RCMP Police Dog Services. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital and later released back into police custody.

Christian Lee Bubar (32) of no fixed address was charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Break and enter
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Assault police office with weapon
  • Fail to comply
  • Fail to comply with Recognizance
  • Fail to attend court
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Flight from police

He was also wanted on three outstanding warrants from Bonnyville RCMP. Bubar was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and will be appearing in Bonnyville Provincial Court on March 5, 2019.

Kaylin Desmarais (26) of La Corey, was charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Break and enter
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Assault police office with weapon
  • Fail to comply with a Recognizance

She was also wanted on a warrant from Bonnyville RCMP. Desmarais was released after a judicial hearing with conditions and will be appearing in Bonnyville Provincial Court on March 26, 2019.

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Southern Alberta hailstorm caused almost $1.2B in damage: insurance bureau

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EDMONTON — The powerful hail storm that pounded homes, vehicles and crops across parts of southern Alberta last month caused almost $1.2 billion in insured damage.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada says the hail, rain and wind that hit Calgary, Airdrie and Rocky View County on June 13 were part of the costliest hailstorm and the fourth most expensive insured natural disaster in Canadian history.

Hail as big as tennis balls shredded vinyl siding, pounded roofs, smashed windows and flattened crops.

Celyeste Power, a vice-president with the bureau, says insurers are still processing claims.

The bureau says damage caused by hail and wind is typically covered by home, commercial and comprehensive auto insurance policies.

It notes that the Alberta government is offering some support for people who experienced overland flooding in flood-prone areas.

“Albertans know too well the stress, turmoil and financial hardships that severe weather events can cause,” she said Wednesday in a release.

“Of the 10 most costly disasters in Canada, six of these have hit Alberta. Fortunately, Albertans are resilient and continue to come together in difficult times like these.”

The most expensive insured natural catastrophe on record is the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, which cost almost $4 billion.

The next highest loss was the 2013 flooding in southern Alberta at $3.5 billion.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 8, 2020

 

 

 

 

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Alberta RCMP Officer attacked with own baton

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Cold Lake RCMP officer recovering after aggravated assault

A 44-year-old male is in custody in Cold Lake following yesterday’s violent attack on the RCMP officer trying to effect his arrest.

At 5:30 p.m., Cold Lake RCMP located a stolen vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and the responding officer made an effort to deal with the vehicle and arrest the male who was believed to be responsible.  The male allegedly assaulted the RCMP member by punching the member in the head.  The RCMP member’s baton was taken by the male and the member was struck in the head numerous times with the baton.

The male fled on foot with the RCMP baton. The male smashed the window of a different, occupied vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to steal it.  He then threatened another driver with a knife and the baton and fled southbound on Highway 28 in the newly stolen Trailblazer.

Cold Lake RCMP initiated a pursuit and managed to cause the stolen Trailblazer to become disabled.  The male was arrested on scene without further incident.  The RCMP baton was recovered in the vehicle.

The RCMP member has been treated at the hospital for non life-threatening, but serious injuries and is recovering at home.

The male remains in police custody and will be facing charges as this investigation continues. An update will be provided when available.

“I want to thank the community members who came forward to assist our RCMP member and to provide valuable witness evidence in relation to this terrible incident” says Sergeant Ryan Howrish of the Cold Lake RCMP.  “An incident like this highlights the unpredictable and dangerous situations we face on a daily basis.”

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