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Home invasion suspects allegedly shoot at victim who tried to follow them during getaway

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Parkland RCMP make arrests for break and enter

On Aug. 26, 2019 at 12:00 a.m., Parkland RCMP responded to the report of a home invasion that occurred at a rural residence in the area north of Hwy 16 on Range Road 264.

The female home owner heard someone trying to break down the garage door. She contacted her husband who arrived in time to observe several individuals entering a car that was parked in his driveway.  When confronted, the car fled the scene. The home owner was following the suspects in his vehicle when one of the car`s occupants proceeded to shoot at him. The home owner immediately stopped and called and updated police.  No one was injured.

The RCMP located the car. The occupants of the car had fled the scene on foot. With the assistance of Edmonton Police Services Helicopter Air One and RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS), police were able to locate all five suspects in the bush near the car. The gun safe that was stolen from the residence and a shot gun were located in the car. The car and the license plate were determined to be stolen out of Edmonton. The five suspects were arrested without incident.

RCMP PDS returned in the daylight to the area where the subjects had been apprehended and located the stolen rifles and a quantity of drugs believed to be methamphetamine.

Elliot Steinhaeur (21) of Saddle Lake, Chantel Cardinal (24) and Dorian Hunter (18) of Edmonton, and James Auigbelle (25) and Aaron Auigbelle (34) of Morinville are facing 14 charges including:

  • Pointing a firearm
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Break and enter with intent – residence
  • Assault with weapon
  • Possession of property obtained for the purpose of trafficking over $5000
  • Possession of methamphetamine

Elliot Steinhauer has additional charges of:

  • Weapons possession contrary to order and fail to surrender authorization
  • Fail to comply with probation order

Aaron Auigbelle has additional charges of:

  • Weapons possession contrary to order and fail to surrender authorization (x2)

All five were held for justice interim hearings. Dorian Hunter and Chantel Cardinal were released with a recognizance. Their first appearance is on Aug. 28, 2019 at the Stony Plain Provincial Court. Elliot Steinhauer, Aaron Auigbelle and James Auigbelle were remanded into custody and will be appearing via CCTV on Aug. 28, 2019 at the Stony Plain Provincial Court.

The RCMP would like to remind everyone not to put their own safety at risk when providing assistance.  Call 911 immediately and try to provide as many details as possible.

If you have any information in relation to this investigation, please contact Parkland RCMP at 780-968-7267. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Alberta looking to ban electronic vote tabulators ahead of next provincial election

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By Anthony Murdoch

electronic voting tabulators, which were supposed to speed up vote counting, instead saw election results delayed due with workers having to manually enter the results that each tabulator printed out.

The conservative Premier of Alberta, Danielle Smith, has confirmed she is looking to ban the use of electronic vote tabulators in future provincial elections after issues with them in the 2023 election saw massive delays in the tallying of votes.  

Smith, according to a report from True North, while speaking to a United Conservative Party (UCP) fundraiser on January 26 in the community of Bonnyville was asked if she would “end the use of voting tabulators across the province?” 

Smith replied with a firm “yes.” 

The 2023 Alberta provincial elections held in May saw Smith and her UCP win a majority, although a slim one, over the left-wing Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP).

Elections Alberta used what is called a Vote Anywhere Service, which allowed anyone to vote at any voting place regardless of which riding (jurisdiction) they were actually voting in. While paper ballots were used for the election, electronic tabulators were used to count the votes from all hand ballots. A form was then printed out with the result of each riding from the tabulators count of the hand ballots.  

However, the electronic voting tabulators, which were supposed to speed up vote counting, instead saw election results delayed due with workers having to manually enter the results that each tabulator printed out.  

Elections Alberta noted in June 2023, per True North, that “[w]e did not use any electronic data transfer from the tabulators, as the tabulators used for advance voting were never connected to a network at any time.” 

“As a result, it was a manual process to verify and enter these results.”  

As for Smith, before the 2023 election, she noted that she was confident in Elections Alberta’s plan to use electronic tabulators, as “we have the ability to do a hand count as a follow up in the event there are close results, I believe that’s going to be sufficient.” 

“That’s, I think, something that people expect in democracy – that you should be able to verify a vote if results end up very close,” she added.  

Elections Alberta, however, has pushed back on returning to hand counting ballots, saying it would increase the manual workload of employees.

There were many close results on election night, with the NDP losing a few seats by only a handful of votes in some Calgary ridings.  

Smith gave no timeline as to how or when she would make the change.

Many large municipalities in Alberta, including the province’s two biggest cities, Calgary and Edmonton, use electronic tabulators for ballot counting.

Issues surrounding electronic voting machines as well as tabulators came to a head in the aftermath of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, which saw Joe Biden declared the winner over Donald Trump. 

A report published by LifeSiteNews last year documented how a computer programmer, Clinton Eugene Curtis, who had previously testified to Congress on the integrity of voting machines, warned lawmakers in Arizona to never trust them.  

“Don’t use machines, because you can never, ever trust them to give you a fair election,” said Curtis. 

“There are too many ways to hack them. You can hack them at the level that I did when you first build them, you can hack them from the outside, you can hack them with programs that load themselves on the side. It’s impossible to secure them. You will never beat the programmer. The programmer always owns the universe.”  

Of note is that Curtis is a Democrat who had worked as a programmer for NASA, as well as the Department of Defense and other government agencies.

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