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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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Red Deer RCMP arrest wanted woman in stolen truck after collision

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 Red Deer, Alberta – A Red Deer woman appears in court today after RCMP arrested her in a stolen truck on Orr Drive on February 16 and executed numerous outstanding warrants on her.

Shortly before 7 am on February 16, RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious truck parked on Orr Drive. As RCMP approached the truck it fled, narrowly missing colliding with the police cruiser and striking a vehicle in the intersection of Orr Drive and Oak Drive. The female driver then abandoned the truck and attempted to flee police on foot but was arrested after a brief foot chase. Several vehicles were damaged as a result of the collision, but, fortunately, no one was injured. The truck driven by the suspect had been reported stolen out of Edmonton.

At the time of her arrest, 27 year old Melissa Marie Bowie was wanted on warrants out of Edmonton for seven charges of possession of stolen property and two for failing to appear in court. She was further wanted on a warrant out of Leduc for failing to comply with court-imposed conditions.  

 Bowie now faces the following additional charges:

·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

·         Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist/ obstruct peace officer

·         Criminal Code 249(1)(a) – Dangerous driving

·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions

 Bowie was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer this morning, February 20.

 Red Deer RCMP thank the public for your continued engagement in Red Deer crime reduction efforts through reports of suspicious vehicles and suspicious activity. 

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Drayton Valley RCMP lay charges following pursuit of stolen vehicle

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 Drayton Valley, Alberta – The Breton RCMP were alerted to a truck spotted on Highway 39, that had been reported stolen in an earlier armed robbery/ car jacking in Stony Plain.  Following a brief pursuit which ended in Rimbey’s RCMP detachment jurisdiction, the truck was stopped, driver arrested and charges have been laid.

On February 16 just before 1:00 a.m., Stony Plain responded to an armed robbery/ car jacking that occurred on Highway 43, where a citizen had his truck stolen from him.  Two Caucasian males demanded his wallet, cellphone, Ipad and his truck.  The citizen complied and the suspects fled in both the truck they were initially driving and the stolen truck.

The male suspects were described as Caucasian in the age range of 20 – 30 years old.  They were driving a 2000s model GMC crew cab with a tidy tank in the back. 

Notification was sent to all surrounding detachments to be aware of this incident, and to monitor for both the stolen truck and the suspect truck.

At 8:30 a.m., Breton RCMP members received information that led them to locate the stolen truck on Highway 39.  The driver failed to comply with demands of the RCMP and fled.  A pursuit ensued which included assistance from the detachments of Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House, Drayton Valley and Thorsby. 

23-year-old Christopher Jacob Burke was arrested in the stolen truck and taken to Drayton Valley RCMP Detachment.  The truck was recovered by the RCMP for return to the owner.  Burke is facing criminal charges as follows: Operation of MV while being pursed by police, Dangerous Operation of MV, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000.00, and Mischief.

He has been remanded in custody and is scheduled for court on February 20 at the Provincial Court of Alberta in Drayton Valley.

The Stony Plain/Spruce Grove RCMP investigation into the initial armed robbery/ car jacking is ongoing.  The Stony Plain GIS Unit is investigating.  If you have information about this investigation, please call the Stony Plain RCMP at 780-968-7200 or call your local police detachment.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS. 

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