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Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit arrest five with assistance from eyes in the sky

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  • East District, Alberta – On Oct. 9, 2018, RCMP members from the Elk Point Detachment, Cold Lake, Bonnyville Detachments along with Cold Lake Police Dog Services (PDS), and the Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADRCRU) were involved in a pursuit that spanned through Fishing Lake, Frog Lake, Bonnyville County, Elizabeth Metis Settlement, and briefly into Saskatchewan. RCMP Air Services were also utilized which was crucial in bringing the pursuit to an end without injuries.

    “All RCMP members involved in this incident used teamwork and co-ordination to bring a safe resolution to the pursuit,” says Constable Guillaume Wilson (EADRCRU).  “They demonstrated a high level of professionalism despite the dangers they faced and the intensity of the situation.”

    This incident started on the morning of Oct. 9, 2018 when multiple detachments conducted a joint operation to apprehend a male wanted on several outstanding warrants for serious offences. While in Fishing Lake, police believed they spotted the male inside a vehicle that failed to stop for police and fled at high speed. A pursuit was initiated which went through Fishing Lake, Frog Lake, a section of Bonnyville County, and into the Elizabeth Metis Settlement. Once inside the Elizabeth Metis Settlement, the suspect vehicle was able to evade police after striking the windshield of a police vehicle with a metal pipe.

    Police believed the suspect vehicle was hiding in an area along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and were able to contain this area with the help of the Saskatchewan RCMP until Alberta RCMP Air Services could arrive.

    “Many people believe that crossing provincial lines will force us to cease efforts to apprehend them, but this is certainly not the case” says Constable Guillaume Wilson. “We are Canada’s police force and provincial borders will not prevent us from stopping criminals and keeping Canadians safe.”

    Air Services located the suspect vehicle in a trail system along the Alberta/ Saskatchewan border and police vehicles on the ground quickly surrounded the area. This led to members successfully deflating one of the fleeing vehicle’s tires with a spike belt. Following this, EADRCRU and Cold Lake PDS re-engaged the suspect vehicle in a pursuit which led them through the Elizabeth Metis Settlement again until the fleeing vehicle was no longer able to continue and its occupants fled on foot.

    All occupants were quickly arrested and taken into custody without incident. The vehicle used in this incident was later confirmed to be stolen.

    Desmond Spence (18) and Cody Spence (19) of Edmonton were charged with multiple Criminal Code offences which include:

    • Assault on a police officer with a weapon
    • Flight from police
    • Resisting a peace officer
    • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
    • Failing to comply with a probation order

    Both were remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and are scheduled to appear in Lac La Biche Provincial Court via CCTV on Oct. 15, 2018.

    A 16-year-old male from Cold Lake, a 17-year-old female from Frog Lake, and a 14-year-old female from Elizabeth Metis Settlement, all of whom cannot be named due to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act were charged with multiple Criminal Code offences which include:

    • Assault on a police officer with a weapon
    • Resisting a peace officer
    • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
    • Flight from police

    The 16-year-old male and 14-year-old female are also facing charges for failing to comply with conditions.

    All youth were released on conditions after a judicial hearing and are scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on Oct. 24, 2018.


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    Crime Beat podcast episode 3 with Nancy Hixt: ‘If I can’t have you… no one can’ -the murder of Nadia El-Dib

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  • From Curiouscast

    Curiouscast is a new podcast network from Corus Entertainment and home to The Ongoing History of New Music, Nighttime, Dark Poutine, This is Why, as well as news and talk radio shows from all across Corus Radio. All of our podcasts are completely free and can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Tune In or wherever you find your favourite podcasts. New shows are launching all the time so make sure to check back often and enjoy Curiouscast.

    People know their hometowns by streets, a favorite restaurant or the local mall. Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt knows hers by the crime scenes she’s been to.

    Journey deep inside some of Canada’s most high-profile criminal cases. Each episode will take you inside the story to give you details you didn’t hear on the news.

    Nancy Hixt – host of Crime Beat Podcast

    The podcast is hosted by Nancy Hixt, a former RDTV reporter in Red Deer, and for the past 2 decades, crime reporter with Global TV Calgary.

    In the third episode of Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells a story of a deadly infatuation.

    In “If I can’t have you… no one can” Nancy Hixt explains how Nadia El-Dib was targeted after she spurned a young man’s advances, and for the first time we hear from the police officer who was shot in the head as the manhunt for Nadia’s killer came to an end in a hail of gunfire.

    Check out episode three of Crime Beat for all the behind-the-scenes details of the El-Dib case.


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    “Nancy does a remarkable job taking you deep inside real cases she has worked on to give a voice to the victims of these crimes in a way only someone who was actually there could give,” said Chris “Dunner” Duncombe, Director of Streaming and Podcasting for Corus Entertainment. “We are so excited to bring Curiouscast listeners Crime Beat.”

    “These stories have left a lasting mark on my life,” said Hixt. “There are many things I witness and experience while covering a case, and the Crime Beat podcast allows me to share those extra details with you, with a full behind-the-scenes look at all the twists and turns.”

    Nancy Hixt has received numerous awards throughout her career covering Alberta’s crime beat. She was the winner of the 2015 Ron Laidlaw Award for Continuing Coverage – National Television, the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best Local Reportage, as well as the 2018 Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow Award in the large-market television category.

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

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    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca


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    RCMP campaign finds Red Deer drivers perform dismally … Are you inviting thieves to take your vehicle?

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  • From Red Deer RCMP

    Red Deer RCMP and Citizens on Patrol Lock it or Lose It campaign reminds drivers to secure their items 

    On March 15, Red Deer RCMP Members, Community Police Officers, and Red Deer Citizens on Patrol (COP) volunteers from Red Deer and Ponoka conducted Lock it or Lose It inspections at two locations in Red Deer.

    During the campaign, vehicles at Westerner Park and Carnival Cinemas were inspected. Volunteers did not try doors or touch vehicles, other than to leave a report card at the vehicle, flagging temptations that might encourage a thief to break into the vehicle or try to steal it. Results from the day were not encouraging.

    At Westerner Park, 194 vehicles were inspected and only 9.3 per cent of vehicles received a thumbs up.  Volunteers found personal documents, mail, retail items and garage door openers in plain sight. Further, three trucks had tools, tool boxes or valuable items in the box of the truck.

    At Carnival Cinemas, 105 vehicles were inspected with 35 per cent of vehicles receiving a thumbs up.  Again, volunteers found many items in plain sight, including cell phones, keys, bags and purses, work identification and garage door openers.

    RCMP flag visible garage door openers as a temptation because thieves will smash vehicle windows in order to steal garage door openers, which they can then use to access the garage – and the residence itself, if a connecting door is left unlocked.

    “We run the Lock it or Lose It campaign multiple times a year and we continue to see the same results, which is disappointing,” said Constable Sean Morris with the Red Deer RCMP. “Many smash and grab crimes are preventable, and we’re asking citizens to protect themselves by taking the extra few seconds to secure their valuables so as to not tempt would-be thieves.”

    Volunteers also attended the Red Deer Rebels game on March 15 to speak to citizens about auto theft awareness. Drivers were given “All Valuables Removed” window makers, with the purpose of notifying potential criminals that the owner has removed anything of value from the vehicle, in hope to deter auto theft.

    During Lock it or Lose it checks, vehicle owners also get reminders about expired or soon-to-expire registration, and volunteers flag issues such as cracked windshields or a note that the vehicle appeared to have been left unlocked.

    The Lock it or Lose it campaign is part of ongoing crime reduction work by Red Deer RCMP and local crime prevention agencies to educate Red Deerians.


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