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Lacombe Mayor Christie to receive prestigious award for civic leadership

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Lacombe, Alberta (October 11, 2017) – The City of Lacombe is proud to announce that Mayor Steve Christie has been chosen to receive the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding civic leadership by either past or present municipal elected officials who have held office for at least three years in Alberta.

“Mayor Christie has demonstrated his dedication and outstanding leadership on many levels and many fronts,” said Chief Administrative Officer Dion Pollard. “The City has continued to progress under his tenure and has established solid principles and policies for future growth. With Mayor Christie acknowledging his intent to not participate in the upcoming municipal election, this prestigious award ensures his legacy is recognized.”

The award will be presented at the AUMA Convention Session on November 22, 2017, in Calgary.

Mayor Stephen (Steve) Christie has had a long and distinguished career serving the residents of Lacombe, as a dedicated volunteer through his church, the local Rotary club, youth advisory boards, as a long-time volunteer firefighter and as an elected official.

Steve served as a councillor for six years before being elected mayor in 2010. His first term in office resulted in many positive developments for Lacombe, including achieving municipal oversight on the Highway 2A twinning project. He worked tirelessly to encourage open dialogue between members of Council, City administration and residents, promoted meaningful community consultation through the 2013 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, championed heritage preservation and continued investment in critical civic infrastructure.

Mayor Christie also introduced new initiatives to help the City connect directly with residents and stakeholders, such as the youth-oriented Mayor for a Day program and the Mayor’s State of the City Address, delivered annually at a joint City/Chamber of Commerce business luncheon for business professionals, political figures, service groups, and community influencers.

Mayor Christie’s second term in office yielded even more successes for the community, including the attraction of a new hotel to Lacombe along with a number of thriving businesses, which has led to Lacombe becoming an emerging foodie destination. His community boosterism has resulted in significant investment in the arts, and Lacombe is now considered as a regional culture hub.

Mayor Christie oversaw significant renovations and upgrades to the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex, the commissioning of a new municipal police station, the revitalization of Lacombe’s downtown core, and the development of an affordable housing strategy, which has led to partnerships with developers and Habitat for Humanity Red Deer to provide affordable housing to local families.

He also helped to introduce residential blue box recycling, and played an integral role in the development of a safe and affordable regional public transit project (BOLT Transit) that connects the communities of Lacombe and Blackfalds with Red Deer. Most recently, he realized a long-held dream to ensure a sustainable future for Lacombe by spearheading efforts to secure the construction of the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System.

Mayor Christie believes that accountability, teamwork and passion are key ingredients for successful leadership, and that the people of Lacombe have the ideas, talents, and energy to meet their challenges head-on and build sustainable opportunities to create a strong and successful future for their city.

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Ponoka RCMP Seize 9 Firearms in Stolen Vehicle

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Ponoka RCMP arrest males for break/enter and firearm offences

 You know your neighbourhoods better than anyone. If you see someone or something that doesn’t belong, call the police. Your call may save a life or lead to an arrest.

On Sept 18, 2018 at 12:48 a.m., Ponoka RCMP received a call of a suspicious vehicle on 51 Street and 64 Avenue in Ponoka. Police located the vehicle and further investigation revealed it had been previously been reported stolen from Wetaskiwin County.

The vehicle fled after police activated emergency equipment, but was located a short time later. Two males were arrested and are alleged to have committed break and enters in Wetaskiwin. The vehicle was searched and nine firearms were located and seven are believed to be stolen.

Kirk Illya Kuske (42) of no fixed address faces numerous charges which include:

. Possession of stolen property

. Possession of a firearm

. Failure to comply with a recognizance

. Being in a vehicle without owners consent

. Obstruction

Clyde Oran Rabbit (23) of no fixed address faces numerous charges which include:

. Possession of a firearm while prohibited

. Failure to comply with a recognizance

. Failure to comply with a probation order

. Possession of a weapon while prohibited

. Obstruction

In total there were 98 charges laid between Kuske and Rabbit.

Both  accused were remanded into custody and will appearing in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court on Sept. 20, 2018.

 


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Red Deer RCMP recent arrests include stolen vehicles, break and enters and drug charges

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Red Deer RCMP continue their focus on repeat offenders as part of the Pinpoint Crime Reduction Strategy, with numerous recent arrests involving stolen vehicles, illicit drugs, shoplifting, break and enters in progress, and the arrests of multiple individuals found to be breaching probation, parole and court-imposed conditions.

 

September 16 

At 4 pm on September 16, RCMP responded to a report of a stolen SUV at a 67 Street business. RCMP located the SUV and arrested the three occupants as they exited the business. The female, who had been identified as the driver, gave police a false name but her identity was soon confirmed. RCMP seized identity documents and what is believed to be methamphetamine.

At the time of her arrest, 25 year old Madison Coutre was wanted on warrants for assault, failing comply, and failing to attend court. She now faces the following additional charges:

  • Possession of stolen property under $5,000
  • Possession of identity documents
  •  Resist/ obstruct peace officer
  • Breach of recognizance X 5
  • Possession of Schedule I substance

The two male passengers, 43 year old Marty Roy and 33 year old Kleedis Lagrelle, were both arrested on outstanding warrants out of Calgary. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Red Deer on September 15 during a garage break and enter; the vehicle keys and a wallet containing cash and bank cards were stolen from the garage.

 September 14 

Around noon on September 14, RCMP responded to a report of suspicious activity in downtown Red Deer and located 35 year old Amanda Hadiken, who was wanted on nine outstanding warrants for theft (X 2), fail to comply with an undertaking or conditions (X 4), fail to appear in court (X 2) and breach of conditions. A court date has not yet been set.

 September 13 

Shortly before 3 am on September 13, RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter in progress at a downtown business; RCMP located the suspect nearby and arrested him without incident.

34 year old Steven Hubley faces a charge of  breaking, entering and committing.

September 12 

At 4 am on September 12, RCMP on foot patrol in downtown Red Deer located a suspect who was wanted on a warrant for assault. In the course of his arrest, RCMP seized pills and what is believed to be fentanyl.

In addition to his warrant, 46 year old Wessam Haimour faces two charges of possession of a controlled substance.

September 11 

At 7 am on September 11, RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a residential area in Oriole Park and located a man and a woman occupying a stolen vehicle that contained a number of stolen items, including electronics and identification documents.

39 year old Jason Gregory was wanted on warrants out of Strathcona area and Edmonton at the time of his arrest; he now faces charges of illegal possession or trafficking in government documents and possession of stolen property under $5,000 X 2

 September 10 

Shortly before 5 pm on September 10, RCMP responded to a report of shoplifting in progress at a south Red Deer store. The suspect was gone when police arrived, but was quickly identified through surveillance. RCMP located the suspect on September 11 and arrested him without incident.

27 year old Hayden William Smith faces charges of theft under $5,000, failure to comply with undertaking and failure to comply with probation.

September 10 

At 1:30 pm on September 10, RCMP on patrol in downtown Red Deer conducted a traffic stop and located a woman who was wanted on 10 outstanding warrants out of Edmonton for fail to attend court (X 6), assault, obstruct/ resist peace officer, identity fraud and theft under $5,000. At the time of her arrest, she was in possession of stolen identification documents.

In addition to her warrants, 28 year old Adut Garang faces a charge of illegal possession or trafficking in government documents.

 


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