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Mayor Sean McIntyre shares rules for the beach this weekend at Sylvan Lake

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From the Facebook page of  Sean McIntyre, Mayor of Sylvan Lake

Waterfront Crowd Control plans for July 18 and 19, 2020.

The Town of Sylvan Lake is aware that our waterfront, on Saturday, July 11, was at or near a maximum capacity, and that members of the public were concerned with public health and physical distancing practices, or lack thereof.
Albertans are being asked to stay-cation within their home province, and with limited options, are flocking to destinations such as Sylvan Lake. The Town recognizes that everyone is trying to find balance – to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while trying to seek a bit of “normal” again. We do not believe any ill-will was intended on July 11, with respects to the crowding; however, all of us must be more vigilant about respecting health and safety rules regardless of the circumstances.
Looking ahead, for the weekend of July 18/19, the Town of Sylvan Lake is taking the following action to help mitigate potentially negative impacts of crowding:
• Increased RCMP presence along waterfront, enforcing park rules including public health orders such as physical distancing.
• Increased number of Bylaw and Peace Officers to assist in educating the public on health orders, and to enforce municipal bylaws. Members will also have access to, and hand out face masks where they identify a need.
• Increased signage, including signage to reinforce public health orders, and signage to identify waterfront parking restrictions.
• Closure of public waterfront parking lots once they are full; once public waterfront parking lots are full, they will be closed and remain closed until 6:00 PM that evening.
o The parking lots and any associated closures will be staffed.
• Electronic signage into Town, which will indicate if and when the volume of people within the waterfront becomes a concern.
• Observation of successes, continued challenges, and potential needs. Following this weekend, Administration will again assess the health and safety needs of the waterfront, and where required, take additional measures to mitigate potential health and safety risks associated with an influx of visitors to the community.
The Town of Sylvan Lake reminds all Albertans to keep 2 metres from those outside of their family cohorts, to wear a mask when safe distancing is not possible, to wash/sanitize hands frequently, and to stay home if feeling unwell.
Additionally, please consider visiting our community another time/day if when upon arrival, the waterfront appears too busy to safely enjoy your time with us.
These measures have been developed after conversations with Alberta Health, Alberta Environment and Parks, the Solicitor General, RCMP, our Town of Sylvan Lake staff, and more.
As we continue into summer, additional measures may be taken to keep people safe. That is why this update is specific to the weekend of July 18 and 19, 2020. It’s important that we each conduct ourselves responsibly, that we remain vigilant about preventing the spread of Covid-19, that we keep our health and the health of those around us at top of mind, and that we are considerate of others as we try to enjoy our summer while navigating through a pandemic.
Please, be wise and enjoy Sylvan Lake responsibly.

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Blackfalds

RCMP looking for suspect in connection to robbery and kidnapping

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Ponoka RCMP lay charges after social media meeting results in kidnapping – Female Wanted

The Ponoka RCMP have laid charges and made arrests against two males and a female following a 911 complaint of a kidnapping, beating and robbery which occurred on Sept. 7.

At 4:23 a.m. on Sept. 7, Ponoka RCMP were alerted to the above incident which was reported to have occurred, hours earlier, in Ponoka.  Investigation reveals that a 22-year-old male victim from Slave Lake met a female online, and after almost a year of online communication, agreed to meet her.  The male got into a vehicle, determined to be previously stolen, with the female in Ponoka.

Allegations are that the while in the vehicle, the male was assaulted by two unknown males, one of whom had a gun.  Over a lengthy period, the male was driven to several banks where he was forced to provide his banking information in order for withdrawals to be made from his accounts. The victim’s truck and cell phone was stolen, and he was eventually dropped off in Blackfalds.

Ponoka RCMP General Investigation Section members collaborated with Red Deer and Blackfalds RCMP to coordinate intelligence on this incident. The suspects were identified as Amber Loretta Knickle (21), Jared Michael Mcleod (26) and Chasetin Jon Arthur Morin (25).  Charges were sworn against all three subjects. An arrest warrant was issued for Knickle on Sept. 9 and for Mcleod and Morin on Sept. 15.

Knickle is charged with robbery, while Mcleod and Morin are charged with robbery with a firearm (x2), kidnapping and assault.

On Sept. 16 at 11:58 a.m., the Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit located a stolen vehicle in Gasoline Alley, and with assistance from Blackfalds RCMP, arrested Jared Mcleod and Chasetin Morin, who were both in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle incidental to arrest led the RCMP to recover an imitation firearm, a loaded shotgun, ammunition, methamphetamine, and at least 61 pieces of miscellaneous stolen identity documents.  Charges are pending.

At the time of his arrest, Morin was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Red Deer for an earlier incident where he fled from police while driving the victim’s stolen truck.

The RCMP have been unable to locate Amber Loretta Knickle and are seeking public assistance.  Amber is described as:

–          Caucasian female

–          5’3” tall / 119 lbs.

–          Blonde / brown hair and green eyes

–          Unknown tattoo on one of her fingers

If you have information about the whereabouts of Amber Knickle, please contact the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com ( http://www.p3tips.com) or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Keep your eyes on the road – delayed ‘spring’ highway cleanup takes place this Saturday

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Volunteers cleaning up Alberta highways

September 16, 2020

The annual highway cleanup, which usually occurs in the spring but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sept. 19, volunteers wearing bright orange safety vests will be collecting trash along Alberta highways to raise funds for community organizations.

Motorists are advised to watch for the volunteers, slow down, obey signs and use caution when passing cleanup crews.

The organizations, which include 4-H clubs, Scouts, Girl Guides, schools, church organizations and other non-profit groups, earn $100 per kilometre cleaned.

Quick facts

  • Volunteers must be nine years old or older to participate.
  • They must take part in a safety training program and be under adult supervision.
  • Last year, the Alberta government contributed about $1.28 million to 740 volunteer organizations involved in the highway cleanup.
  • More than 18,000 volunteers collected more than 56,000 bags of garbage while cleaning up more than 13,700 kilometres of Alberta roads.
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