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Vegreville RCMP charge seven and seize drugs after search warrants executed 


July 16, 2019

Vegreville, Alta. – On July 12, 2019, the Vegreville RCMP with assistance of the Tofield and Viking Detachments, Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit, Police Dog Services and Edmonton ALERT executed simultaneous search warrants on two residences in the Town of Vegreville. A short time later a third search warrant was executed on a vehicle.

In total, seven persons were arrested and charged with a number of drug, weapons and other offences.  A total of 70 grams of methamphetamine, 155 grams of marihuana, heroin, cocaine, drug trafficking paraphernalia and numerous edged weapons were seized.

The following persons have been charged:

  • Brendan John Lebid (36) of Vegreville was charged with 28 offences some of which include, trafficking in controlled substances, weapon/firearm prohibitions, breach of court orders
  • Gordon Donald Brown (63) of Vegreville was charged with trafficking in controlled substance (x2) and possession or property obtained by crime (x2)
  • Leon Jordan Tremblay (33) of Vegreville was charged with trafficking in controlled substance (x2), breaching court orders (x2) and a wepons offence
  • Crystal Lea Williams (31) of Vegreville was charged with trafficking in controlled substances (x2) and possession of property obtained by crime (x2)
  • Sherry Lynn Cannan (31) of Vegreville was charged with trafficking in controlled substance (x4) and eight other offences
  • Kevin Duane Vrodlak (49) of Snow Lake, Manitoba was charged with obstruction (x2). At the time of his arrest he was also wanted on outstanding warrants out of Vegreville, Edmonton and Hinton
  • Bernie Patrick Chrapko (63) of Vegreville was charged with six offences which included: trafficking in controlled substances, possession of property obtained by crime and breaching court orders

The accused appeared in Vegreville Provincial Court on Monday July 15, 2019.

“This investigation was over a six-month period and through the diligence of investigators efforts were made to disrupt the illicit drug trade along with reducing crimes that are common within the subculture,” says Corporal Leigh Drinkwater, Vegreville Detachment. “This investigation will certainly serve to reduce a number of crimes in the Town of Vegreville and surrounding areas.”

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Police fire shots this morning while chasing B&E suspects – ASIRT Investigating



ASIRT investigating officer-involved shooting

January 13, 2020

At approximately 4:10 a.m. this morning, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, two Northeast Division officers came upon a break and enter in progress at a gas station in the area of Range Road 244 and Hwy 37. When members challenged the suspects, contact between the suspect and EPS vehicles occurred, resulting in EPS members discharging their firearms.

A criminal flight ensued, which led the officers to the area of 25005 Sturgeon Road. A second vehicle contact occurred, at which point the officers again discharged their firearms.

One male sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and transported to hospital. Three other suspects were taken into custody.

No EPS officers were harmed during this incident.

The EPS will not be providing further comment, as the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has since taken the lead in this investigation.



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Suspect arrested in December 3 homicide



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Suspect arrested in December 3 homicide

For Immediate Release: 13-Jan-2020 @ 9:39 AM

The Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section has arrested a 31-year-old male in connection with the shooting death of a man in central Edmonton in early December.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, Michael Tyrel Arnold, 31, was arrested without incident at a residence in central Edmonton. Arnold was wanted in relation to the shooting death of 45-year-old Arthur Charles Edward Beauchamp on Dec. 3, 2019.

Arnold is charged with second degree murder and breach of firearms prohibition order (x3).

Police are not looking for additional suspects in relation to this homicide


On Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 just after 10 a.m., Downtown Division patrol members responded to a 911 call regarding a family dispute at an apartment building near 103 Avenue and 115 Street.

Upon arrival, police and paramedics discovered Beauchamp in medical distress outside the apartment complex.
Paramedics treated and transported him to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

On Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, autopsy results confirmed Beauchamp died from a gun-shot wound, and the manner of death was homicide.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, the EPS issued a request for public assistance in locating Michael Tyrel Arnold, 31 in connection with the homicide.

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