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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 www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

 

 

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Regulator lays charges against Tidewater Midstream for acidic water release

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CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator has laid charges against Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. for a release of acidic water in west-central Alberta.

The regulator says the release occurred in Oct. 2019 at Tidewater’s Ram River sour gas processing plant near Rocky Mountain House. 

It says the acidic water flowed into a nearby creek.

Calgary-based Tidewater has been charged with 10 violations under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, including releasing a substance to the environment that caused or may have caused an adverse effect. 

The regulator also alleges that Tidewater failed to report the release of the acidic water as soon as possible, and failed to take all reasonable measures to repair and remedy the spill.

Tidewater is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 8 in Rocky Mountain House.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 21, 2021.

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Alberta's top doctor says COVID-19 cases receding but vigilance needed at Halloween

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says COVID-19 case numbers in the province continue to recede.

But Dr. Deena Hinshaw cautions that the hospital situation remains precarious given the high number of patients.

And she says Albertans can’t afford to let up on health restrictions, particularly with Halloween coming up.

There were 770 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday for a new total of 10,434 active cases.

There were eight more deaths, bringing that total to 3,014.

Alberta Health Services says there are 912 people in hospital with COVID-19, and that 201 of them are in intensive care.

Alberta remains under gathering restrictions for indoor and outdoor events, and Hinshaw says it’s important to stick to those limits at Halloween.

Hinshaw urged those setting out candy for trick or treaters to not use bowls, but to set out the candy spaced apart on a surface like a blanket.

She says those who want to have a Halloween party should consider a small gathering of vaccinated people.

“This is not the year for large Halloween parties,” Hinshaw said.

“If you’re planning a Halloween gathering try to have it outdoors and make sure the limit of no more than 20 people is observed.”

Hinshaw noted that last Oct. 31 there were 5,600 active COVID-19 cases, about half the current total. There were 141 people in hospital with the illness a year ago.

Alberta continues to battle a fourth wave of the pandemic.

It has more than doubled the normal number of 173 critical care beds and has had to cancel thousands of non-urgent surgeries to handle the surge.

Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley says with winter coming and COVID-19 still circulating, the province needs to provide stable funding to social agencies for winter emergency shelters.

“All people deserve to live in dignity and have a safe place to call home,” said Notley. “These calls are urgent. It’s getting cold outside, and our northern winter will be here soon.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 21, 2021.

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