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Wetaskiwin RCMP Investigate Armed Robbery – Arrest – Seek Information


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May 10, 2021

Wetaskiwin RCMP Investigate Armed Robbery – Arrest – Seek Information

Wetaskiwin Alta. – On Tuesday, May 4th, 2021, at 12:55 pm, Wetaskiwin RCMP responded to an armed robbery at the Rexall Drugs in Millet, AB.  Three young males entered the store, two of them had firearms. They stole prescription drugs valued at over $3,000. Fortunately, numerous witnesses informed police the licence plate of a brown vehicle that sped from the area. Police responded immediately to the scene and began patrols looking for suspects.  No one was hurt during the robbery.

Police believe the three males split up, and one male continued in a brown car back towards Millet, and the other two fled in an older blue SUV West towards QE II.

A short while later in Wetaskiwin County another witness noted a male in a brown car on the side of the road. Shortly after a fire started, growing to a small bush fire. Wetaskiwin Fire Services promptly attended and put out the blaze. While patrolling in the area of the fire police located the suspect vehicle, which fled from police. A pursuit was initiated. The suspect vehicle led police in a chase for over 30 km and the pursuit ended with the use of a Tire Deflation Device. Police Dog Services and the Central Alberta Crime Reduction Team as well as members from Leduc and Maskwacis detachments all assisted with the pursuit, resulting in the arrest of one male.

“This was a fantastic example of alert neighbours and community calling police when they see something suspicious” states Cst. Shaun Marchand of the Wetaskiwin RCMP.  “The success in locating and arresting the accused and providing critical information for this investigation has everything to do with members of the public recognizing something was out of places in three separate occasions.”

As a result of the investigation, the following charges have been laid against one male:

Beckham Terrence Rawcliffe (19) of Airdrie, AB:

  • Robbery with offensive weapon
  • Disguised with intent
  • Resist/Obstruct arrest (X2)
  • Mischief under $5000
  • Arson
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Using firearm in commission of an offence
  • Flight from police
  • Dangerous operation of motor vehicle
  • Fail to comply with release order (X3)
  • Fail to comply with undertaking
  • Fail to Remain at scene after MVC (x2)
  • Learner drive motor vehicle without proper supervision

Two other suspects remain outstanding. They are described as:

  • Male
  • Caucasian
  • Short (5’3 – 5’6)
  • Young (18-25 in age)
  • Wore all black during the robbery
  • Drove an older blue SUV
  • Have in their possession a firearm

Police consider the two outstanding suspects to be armed and dangerous.

Rawcliffe was brought before a Justice of the Peace. Beckham Rawcliffe was remanded and is scheduled to appear in court in Wetaskiwin on May 13th, 2021.

If anyone has information regarding these suspects, they are asked to contact the Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment at 780-312-7267 or their local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”



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Alberta paleontologists find dramatic change in bite force as tyrannosaurs matured

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Tyrannosaurs are well known as having been ferocious predators at the top of the food chain millions of years ago, but a study led by an Alberta-based researcher shows the reptiles didn’t start out life that way.

François Therrien, curator of dinosaur paleoecology at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alta., said the study focused on tyrannosaur teeth and their dramatic change as they matured. 

He collaborated with Darla Zelenitsky and Jared Voris of the University of Calgary, as well as Kohei Tanaka of the University of Tsukuba in Japan.

For the study, published this week in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, the researchers examined the lower jaws from the Albertosaurus and Gorgosaurus, types of tyrannosaurs commonly found in Canada that predated the T. rex by millions of years.

“Our fossil records for those two species of tyrannosaurs is excellent,” Therrien said about the collection at the museum.

“We have so many specimens of those … that represent a full growth series from very young individuals that were probably three or four years of age all the way to fully grown adults that were over 20 years of age.”

By examining a wide range of fossils, the researchers were able to see a significant change in tooth size and jaw force once the tyrannosaurs reached about 11 years of age.

Feeding behaviour did not appear to change during the lifespan of the tyrannosaurs, because their jaws were adapted to capturing and seizing prey with their mouths, probably because the forelimbs were too short to grasp food, Therrien said. 

“Tyrannosaurs were truly unique when you look at all the theropods,” he said. “They were atypical … because their bite and their skulls were their main weapon for killing prey.”

But what did change, he said, is the size of their teeth and their bite force.

A tyrannosaur at about three years of age was still a deadly predator, but it had smaller blade-like teeth that could only slice through flesh. The bite force, Therrien added, was about 10 per cent that of a fully grown alligator.  

That means younger tyrannosaurs ate smaller prey and had to compete with other like-sized predators such as the Velociraptor. 

Once tyrannosaurs turned 11, Therrien explained, they went through a growth spurt in which their teeth became larger and wider. By the time the reptiles were fully grown, their bite force was eight times more than that of an alligator. 

And that meant their diets also changed. 

“These teeth were better adapted for resisting twisting stresses either associated with biting of big prey or even crushing bone.”

Therrien said his study shows that young tyrannosaurs were distinct predators that occupied different ecological niches.

“Young tyrannosaurs were not just scaled-down versions of the mature parents,” he said. “They were creatures that actually had their own lifestyles.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 23, 2021. 

Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press

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Construction begins on new Alberta solar farm, Amazon to purchase power

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CALGARY — Amazon announced Wednesday it will purchase power from a massive new solar farm in Alberta, marking the e-commerce giant’s second renewable energy investment in Canada.

Construction began Wednesday on Travers Solar, a $700-million, 465-MW project southeast of Calgary, which its developers say will be the largest solar photovoltaic project in Canada and one of the largest in the world.

Privately held Greengate Power Corp. of Calgary says the solar farm will consist of 1.3 million solar panels and will provide enough electricity to power more than 100,000 homes by 2022.

Amazon, which has signed a deal to buy up to 400 MW of electricity from the project, previously announced plans to purchase power from an 80-MW solar farm in southern Alberta as part of its commitment to being fully powered by renewables by 2030.

Renewable electricity companies have credited Alberta’s unregulated electricity market for a recent boom in solar projects in the province.

Other projects include the 300-MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, which is now owned by French firm EDF EN and Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, and the proposed 130-MW Claresholm Solar project, a joint venture between Capstone Infrastructure and Obton, a Danish investment company.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 23, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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