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Charges laid in connection to extensive damages to Edson Provincial building

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One male has been arrested and charged in relation to an investigation that began Saturday morning when a suspect drove a stolen vehicle through the Provincial Building and Provincial Court House in Edson, causing extensive damage.

Kelvin Brent Zawadiuk (35) of Edson has been charged with:

–      Break & enter

–      Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

–      Theft of truck

–      Mischief under $5000 (x2)

–      Fail to comply with probation order (x2)

 

Zawadiuk is due in Whitecourt Provincial Court on May 14, 2019.

Background

At approximately 9:30 am on May 11, 2019, Edson RCMP received a complaint of extensive damage to the Provincial Building and Provincial Court House in Edson, Alberta. Investigation revealed that a lone male stole a vehicle from the ATCO Electric compound next to the Provincial Building, drove through the fence, through the east entrance to the Provincial building, through the building and exited the west side of the building. Anti-Semitic messaging was written throughout the building.

Central Alberta

Ponoka RCMP lay charges following aggravated assault

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August 21, 2019

Ponoka RCMP lay charges following aggravated assault

 

Ponoka, Alta. – The RCMP arrested and laid charges against one male following an aggravated assault that occurred on August 13, 2019.

At 7:47 p.m., Ponoka RCMP responded to a 911 call that an assault had just occurred downtown in Ponoka.  RCMP members located the victim at a residence and launched an investigation.  The victim was suffering serious, but not life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

Witness statements were taken and a search warrant conducted at a residence revealed the suspect weapon and other evidence of the offence.

22-year-old Taylor Hart of Ponoka is charged with four criminal offences:

–      Aggravated assault

–      Assault with a weapon

–      Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

–      Fail to comply with a Recognizance

Hart was subject to a judicial interim release hearing.  He was remanded for a first court appearance on August 16, and remains remanded.  His next court date is August 23, 2019

The victim was a 29-year-old male from Ponoka.  The two subjects were known to each other and preliminary investigation indicates that this was not a random attack.

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Alberta

The old paving scam is back – don’t fall for it

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August 19, 2019

 

Alberta RCMP warns property owners of paving contractor scams

Edmonton—This summer, the Alberta RCMP has received reports of several incidents involving paving scams in Western Alberta. Travelling companies, posing as legitimate contractors, offer paving or sometimes roof sealing services typically to senior citizens in rural communities. These individuals have been known to provide few details of their identity and utilize non-descript vehicles rarely bearing commercial logos.

The Alberta RCMP urges property owners to beware of out-of-town companies offering such services. The contractors claim to have leftover asphalt from previous jobs and promise to provide quality services. However, the product used is believed to be cold, recycled asphalt or a gravel and oil mixture with no lasting properties. This results in the asphalt falling apart once it is driven on. By that time, these fraudsters are long gone, disappearing with their payment before the customer realizes they have been scammed.

We would like to remind residents to exercise caution when retaining contractor services and if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

Residents should be weary of any contractors who:

  • Come to your door saying they are working in the area offering a deal for leftover asphalt
  • Drive vehicles bearing no business names or logos
  • Pressure you into making a quick decision or refuse to take “no” for an answer
  • Ask for a down payment to buy materials
  • Refuse to give you a written quote with their business name, physical address and outlining the services they will provide prior to completing the work

Here a few tips to avoid falling prey to scammers:

  • Before agreeing to contract a person who comes to your door, get names of their previous customers and verify that they were satisfied with the work
  • Do some research on the company with either the Better Business Bureau in Alberta, with the Consumer Investigations Unit, with your local Rural Crime Watch or on social media site
  • Make sure to obtain a written quote from the contractor that includes the full business name, full address, phone number, GST number and provincial and municipal license numbers, if applicable
  • Ensure the quote you receive gives details such as the quantity and specifies the quality of materials being offered
  • Obtain quotes from local supplier as a form of comparison

The Alberta RCMP is working with the Alberta Consumer Investigation Unit (CIU) to counter this trend. If you or anyone you know have any information on these companies, please contact the Consumer Investigations Unit – North (north of Ponoka) at 587-985-4735 or the Consumer Investigations Unit – South (south of Ponoka) at 403-803-8229.

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