We’ve all heard the saying “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Usually this is used to describe a mishap that was just waiting for someone to come along. Sometimes it describes a falling tree or a wash-out on the road ahead. But sometimes it’s a person or people… with evil intensions… lurking and waiting for a victim to come along.
This is the tragedy of Mark Mariani. He was having a great day, maybe the best in a long time, when circumstances lead him to a place he’d never return from.
Here’s Global News Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt with the 10th instalment of her hit podcast Crime Beat.
Notorious drug house shut down by Alberta Sheriffs
From the Province of Alberta
Sheriffs shut down Calgary drug house
The Alberta Sheriffs have shut down a house that has been a source of drug activity and ongoing problems for residents of a Calgary neighbourhood.
The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit has obtained a court order giving investigators the authority to close the house at 2000 Cottonwood Cr. SE for 90 days and impose strict conditions on the property’s use for the next five years.
“Our government is committed to using all means at our disposal to investigate, disrupt and dismantle criminal activity that endangers people in our communities. We value and have the utmost appreciation for the SCAN unit and its tireless work in ensuring Albertans are safe, secure and protected.”
The closure took effect Sept. 17, as crews boarded up the house, changed the locks and erected a fence around the property to bar the owner and any occupants from entering for 90 days.
After the closure ends on Dec. 16, 2019, the order forbids the property owner from having any visitors or tenants for five years without prior approval from SCAN investigators. The order will remain in effect until Dec. 16, 2024.
The legal action is aimed at breaking a cycle of criminal activity at the property that has been ongoing for several years.
The conditions are among the most stringent imposed by the court since the SCAN unit’s inception in 2008. Investigators sought the five-year term, in part, because the property owner violated conditions of a previous community safety order (CSO) from October 2018.
SCAN’s latest investigation began in March 2019, in response to complaints that drug activity had resumed after the property was returned to the owner in January 2019.
SCAN investigators substantiated the complaints about renewed drug activity and gathered evidence in support of a CSO application in Court of Queen’s Bench.
Over the past two years, Calgary police have responded to 39 incidents at the property, including a fatal drug overdose in January 2018 and an assault in August 2019 that involved two men beating a resident of the house with a baseball bat and a ball-peen hammer.
The SCAN unit works with other law enforcement agencies to shut down properties being used for illegal activities. The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act gives sheriffs the authority to target these problem properties through civil enforcement.
Since its establishment in 2008, Alberta’s SCAN unit has investigated more than 5,000 problem properties and issued nearly 80 community safety orders. The majority of complaints are resolved informally, by working with property owners to keep criminal activity out of the community.
UPDATE – Shooting at Cross Iron Mills – Police looking for suspect vehicle
From Airdrie RCMP and Calgary Police Service
Update at 11 AM September 17, 2019
Airdrie RCMP provide mall shooting update
At approximately 7:09 p.m. on September 16, 2019, Airdrie RCMP and Calgary Police Service responded to a report of an active shooter at the CrossIron Mills mall located in Balzac, Alta. Numerous resources were deployed to this incident including RCMP, CPS, RCMP Police Dog Services, the RCMP Emergency Response Team, Airdrie Municipal Enforcement, Rocky View County Enforcement and Fire Department, EMS, CPS Hawcs and CPS canine unit. Assistance was also provided by Cochrane and Strathmore RCMP detachments.
Upon arrival it was determined that the shooting occurred in the parking lot of CrossIron Mills mall near the food court entrance and one male was injured. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He is still being treated and his location will not be released at this time.
The male suspect had a slender build, was dressed fully in black and he was wearing a ball cap and hood. The suspect and an accomplice fled the scene in a black 2019 Dodge Ram 4 door pick up truck and we are still looking to identify who these individuals are. In the photo is an example of what this truck would look like.
RCMP and CPS were on scene for numerous hours. The mall was placed in a “secure in place” while officers cleared the mall. It was several hours before all civilians were evacuated safely. The RCMP would like to thank CrossIron Mills Mall Security in their assistance in providing loudspeaker direction to the patrons that helped to ensure everyone remained calm and were safe. Approximately 600 employees and several thousand patrons were safely evacuated from the mall.
Airdrie and District Victim Assistance unit was called last night and will continue to support citizens who were impacted by the incident. If you or a loved one has been impacted, please reach out to ADAC at 403.945.7290. To connect immediately with a counsellor please call the Distress Center.
If you have information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or your local police service. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 online at www.P3Tips.com or by using “P3 Tips” app available through the Google Play or the Apple App Store.
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