July 30, 2020
Drayton Valley RCMP on scene at firearms incident – charges laid
Moon Lake, Alta – Following an incident on July 28 that saw a pursuit, a vehicle fire, and the deployment of the RCMP Emergency Response Team, charges have been laid against four accused subjects.
At 8:32 a.m., Drayton Valley RCMP were dispatched to a home invasion which had just occurred. The suspects fled the house prior to police arrival.
The suspect vehicle was initially spotted on Highway 759 by an Alberta Sheriff, but an attempt to stop it was not successful. The vehicle continued to flee. The vehicle was spotted by a homeowner on Range Road 72 near Highway 624. The vehicle fled that property and was located by members in a field off of Range Road 73 near Moon Lake Hall. The RCMP set up containment when the vehicle was spotted on a field. The vehicle caught fire in the field, and the attending RCMP members contained the area.
Neighbouring detachments of Evansburg, Mayerthorpe and Parkland all provided assistance with the containment. Supporting units, including Police Dog Services, Emergency Response Team and Air Services were all engaged.
Two males were located initially at a residence near Highway 22. The other two subjects were located as a result of a tip from the member of the public.
Three of the accused were treated and released at a local hospital as a result of injuries believed to have been sustained by jumping from the moving vehicle. No one else was injured during these incidents.
Shawn Victor Fleming (30), Stuart Kevin McMillan (19) and Dylan Alexander Andres (21) all of Edmonton are jointly facing numerous criminal code charges including; break and enter to a dwelling house, using a firearm while committing an indictable offence, possession of a prohibited weapon, et al.
Judicial Interim Hearings were held and all three accused remain in custody to attend court on August 4 in Drayton Valley.
A 38-year-old female from Edmonton is also facing charges which have not been sworn in court yet.
Information received led investigators to a location where two firearms were recovered.
The public assistance received by the RCMP was very appreciated throughout this incident.
July 28, 2020
Drayton Valley RCMP on scene at firearms incident – All suspects in custody
Moon Lake, Alta. – Thanks to a public tip, the male and female suspects have been arrested without incident, with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team.
Residents in the area are free to leave their homes, and the public is thanked for their assistance during this unfolding incident.
The investigation remains ongoing. A further update by the RCMP is not anticipated until tomorrow morning. This allows the RCMP an opportunity to conduct their investigation which includes determining the nature of the incident and gathering facts.
July 28, 2020
Drayton Valley RCMP on scene at firearms incident – Two in custody
Moon Lake, Alta – Two males have been taken into custody by the RCMP and two suspects remain at large in the Moon Lake Hall area.
Following a home invasion resulting in a stolen vehicle, reported at 8:32 this morning, the RCMP continue to search for a male and a female suspect. They are believed to be armed and should be considered dangerous.
The RCMP Emergency Response Team has been deployed to assist in their capture.
Further updates will be provided when available
Background – Drayton Valley RCMP on scene at firearms incident
Moon Lake, Alta. – The Drayton Valley RCMP currently have a field contained in the Moon Lake Hall area, north of Drayton Valley, near Township Road 520 and Highway 22. All area residents are asked to remain in their homes and shelter in place.
An unfolding incident involving firearms is actively occurring. The police have suspects contained in an area. This is a dynamic situation and an update will be provided when available.
Alberta premier to outline more support for business during COVID health restrictions
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is to speak this morning on providing more support to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kenney promised more aid last week after his government introduced a new round of restrictions to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Retailers are limited to 15 per cent customer capacity and restaurants can only offer takeout or curbside service, although patios remain open.
The Opposition NDP says Kenney’s government has failed for a year to properly manage economic supports, saying the money is always too little, too late.
Kenney faces opposition from some quarters — even within his own caucus — to ease up on public-health measures even as the province is recording more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day.
He says restrictions on public gatherings need to be in place a bit longer until vaccination rates reach critical mass.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 13, 2021
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Positive COVID-19 tests at world men's curling championship deemed “false positives”
CALGARY — The four positive COVID-19 tests that interrupted the men’s world curling championship are considered “false positives” from potentially contaminated samples, according to the World Curling Federation.
The men’s championship concluded late Sunday night with Sweden’s Niklas Edin winning a record fifth world men’s title.
No games were played Saturday because four participants, including one from a playoff team, tested positive for the virus in “exit” tests before leaving Calgary’s curling bubble.
None had symptoms of the illness.
All have tested negative in multiple re-tests since then, the WCF said Monday in a statement. All tests were conducted via PCR throat swabs.
“According to Alberta Health, PCR testing remains the gold standard for COVID-19 testing,” the WCF said. “Very rarely, there are occurrences through sampling or testing processes when samples may become contaminated and a false positive may result.
“Following an investigation over the weekend, it appears that this may have occurred in this case and follow-up testing was undertaken.”
All athletes and personnel considered close contacts of the four underwent testing Saturday with all results negative.
Every playoff team member was tested before and after each game Sunday with those results also negative, the WCF said. Hotel staff were also tested Sunday and cleared.
“With the original four positive test results now deemed as false positives, the integrity of the Calgary bubble remains intact,” the WCF declared.
“The change also allows international athletes who were considered close contacts, and who would have had to remain in isolation in Calgary for 14 days, will now be able to depart Calgary.”
The fifth of seven events in Calgary’s curling hub, the Humpty’s Champions Cup, gets underway Thursday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.
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