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Lacombe Kicks Off Annual Poppy Campaign

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By Sheldon Spackman

Lacombe City Hall was the site of a special ceremony on Friday to kick-off the Royal Canadian Legion’s Lacombe Branch #79 annual Poppy Campaign.

Branch President Susan Churchill and Poppy Campaign Chair Barb Burnett presented the first poppy to Mayor Steve Christie who says “The citizens of Lacombe stand together with our fellow Canadians to honor the memory of all veterans who served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that others may live in freedom. I encourage everyone to purchase a poppy and be part of this national campaign. ”

City officials say money donated during the campaign is placed in a public trust fund and is used to improve life for people in the community. Donations go toward four $1,000 educational bursaries for students attending École Lacombe Composite High School and Lacombe Christian High School. $5,000 has been donated so far this year to the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre. Also, there are school and student prizes for the annual Remembrance Day Poster and Literary poem and essay contests, not to mention funding support for local community groups, based on an application process.

The poppy has been a symbol of remembrance to never forget those Canadians who have fallen in war and military support operations since 1921.

(Photo courtesy of the City of Lacombe)

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12 rifles including semi-automatic seized in Clearview Ridge

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From The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

Large Cache of Guns Seized in Red Deer

More than a dozen firearms, some of which were stolen, have been recovered by ALERT’s Red Deer organized crime and gang team.

On September 11, 2019, ALERT executed a search warrant at a home in the Clearview Ridge subdivision. Red Deer RCMP provided assistance with the short-term investigation that began just weeks earlier.

Once inside the home, investigators seized:

  • 56 grams of cocaine, worth an estimated $5,600;
  • 12 rifles, including one semi-automatic rifle;
  • two handguns;
  • a sawed-off shotgun;
  • a prohibited magazine; and
  • more than 9,000 rounds of ammunition.

A preliminary check found that four of the weapons were reported stolen after a break-and-enter in Three Hills, Alta., in August. All the firearms seized will be submitted for forensic analysis and ballistic testing to determine if they were used in any criminal activities.

ALERT alleges that the home’s residents were involved in firearms and drug trafficking.

Two people were arrested when the search was carried out. Zane Middlemiss, a 26-year-old man, and Sage Sunderwald, a 21-year-old woman, have been charged with a total of 80 firearm- and drug-related offences.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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Red Deer cyclist killed on Highway 2… Edmonton driver charged

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From Blackfalds RCMP

Blackfalds RCMP investigate fatal collision with cyclist on Highway 2

On Sept. 14, 2019, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Blackfalds RCMP responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a cyclist at Highway 2 between Highway 11 and 32nd Street overpass near Red Deer.

Preliminary investigation revealed a SUV was travelling southbound on Highway 2 near the overpass when it collided with a cyclist.

The 32-year-old male cyclist from Red Deer was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Edwin Aklamanu (36) of Edmonton has been charged with failure to provide a breath sample causing death and operation while impaired causing death and will be appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on Oct. 16, 2019.

Blackfalds RCMP along with a RCMP Collision Analyst continue to investigate. The name of the deceased will not be released.

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