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Major bust seizes guns and drugs in Sylvan Lake

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 Red Deer, Alberta – Four people face drug trafficking and weapons charges after the Priority Crimes Task Force executed search warrants on four Sylvan Lake homes and two vehicles on September 12, seizing four firearms and a variety of drugs in the culmination of a two-month drug trafficking investigation.

Shortly after noon on September 12, RCMP officers from Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds and ALERT took part in simultaneous search warrants on Lindsay Crescent, 47 Street, Ryders Ridge Boulevard and Richfield Crescent in Sylvan Lake. Police officers seized cocaine, oxycodone and what is believed to be hydromorphone, much of it packaged for individual sale. Police seized two shotguns, a rifle and a loaded handgun, about 2,000 rounds of ammunition, numerous items consistent with drug trafficking and more than $2,400 cash. One of the firearms had been stolen out of Edmonton.

 “The drugs and firearms seized represent criminal activity that impacted communities across central Alberta,” says Superintendent Ken Foster of the Red Deer RCMP. “The Priority Crimes Task Force identified these targets as a group that is active in the drug trade and gathered intelligence and evidence that led to their arrests. We all know the drug trade brings violence, weapons and home invasions into communities, and the task force will continue to target those offenders, repeatedly putting dents in their trafficking operations and taking the weapons out of their hands.”

38 year old David Edward Docherty faces the following charges:

·         CDSA 5(2) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking X 2

·         Criminal Code 355(b) – Proceeds of crime

·         Criminal Code 91(2) – Possession of prohibited weapon (brass knuckles)

·         Criminal Code 86(1) – Careless storage of a firearm X 3

·         Criminal Code 127(1) – Disobeying court order

Docherty made his first court appearance in Red Deer on September 13 and is scheduled to appear again on October 12 at 9:30 am.

55 year old Arthur Murray Doyle faces the following charges:

·         CDSA 5(2) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking X 3

·         Criminal Code 86(1) – Possession of a restricted weapon

·         Criminal Code 117.01(1) – Possession of restricted weapon while restricted from doing so

 Doyle made his first court appearance in Red Deer on September 13 and is scheduled to appear again on September 28 at 9:30 am.

55 year old Elizabeth Anne Grant

·         CDSA 5(2) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking X 3

·         Criminal Code 86(1) – Possession of a restricted weapon

·         Criminal Code 91(1) – Unlawful possession of restricted weapon

Grant made her first court appearance in Red Deer on September 13 and is scheduled to appear again on September 28 at 9:30 am.

29 year old Beverly MacSween faces the following charge:

·         CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule I substance

MacSween makes her first court appearance in Red Deer on December 14 at 9:30 am.

Priority Crimes Task Force members continue to investigate and RCMP will issue updates if new information becomes available.

The Priority Crimes Task Force is made up of members from Red Deer RCMP General Investigative Section (GIS), Sylvan Lake, Innisfail, Blackfalds, Ponoka, Rimbey and Rocky Mountain House RCMP detachments and Lacombe Police Service. The task force is committed to increased inter-agency communication, shared criminal intelligence and a strategic focus on prolific property crimes offenders, in keeping with the K Division emphasis on crime reduction strategies.

 

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City of Red Deer survey says 93% of Red Deerians say life is good.. 50% concerned with crime rates

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Red Deerians happy with quality of life but crime is top concern

Ninety-three per cent of Red Deerians say their overall quality of life is good or very good and overall satisfaction with municipal services remains high, according to the 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey released today.

“Red Deer is consistently described as a beautiful and friendly city with numerous amenities and an expansive trail system that citizens cite year after year as reasons why quality of life here is so good,” said Allan Seabrooke, City Manager. “Like any growing city, Red Deer is facing significant challenges, particularlyin regards to crime and social issues and these issues are top priority for The City.”

Eighty-three per cent of respondents said they receive very good or fairly good value for tax dollars. When asked about how The City should balance taxation and service delivery levels, 47 per cent of respondents supported increasing taxes, while 41 per cent of respondents favoured cutting services.

When asked about the change in quality of life, 15 per cent of respondents said things have improved, attributing a well-managed municipality, job opportunities and enjoyment of living in Red Deer for the increase. For those who said their quality of life had remained the same (43 per cent), or worsened (41 per cent), crime, unemployment and social issues were identified as the top reasons.

From the survey, the top issues facing our community are crime (50 per cent), social issues (23 per cent) and transportation (14 per cent).

“This annual survey is one tool City Council uses to identify and respond to citizens’ priorities,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Crime has doubled in importance for Red Deerians this year compared to last year, and this issue will continue to remain City Council’s top priority until we see substantial improvements in the crimeand social challenges our community is contending with.”

Roads were identified as the highest priority for residents in terms of infrastructure (76 per cent), followed by water treatment facilities (69 per cent), recreation facilities (43 per cent), wastewater treat ment facilities (43 per cent), and the transit system (38 per cent).

The Citizen Satisfaction Survey was conducted over the phone by Ipsos Public Affairs between May 13 and 24, 2019, with a randomly selected sample of 300 Red Deer residents aged 18 years or older; 30 per cent of interviews were conducted on cell phones. The margin of error is +/-5.7%, 19 times out of 20.

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Police make arrest after fires in Eastview’s Terrace Park

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Terrace Park Vehicle Fire

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Red Deer RCMP arrest man for arson after vehicles fires

A Red Deer man is facing arson charges after two vehicles were set on fire early this morning.

At 3:25 a.m. Red Deer RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services were called to an address in Terrace Park for a vehicle on fire. A short time later, at 4:15 a.m., they responded to a call for another vehicle on fire at a separate address in Terrace Park.

Residents were briefly evacuated from their homes, but there were no injuries.

RCMP have arrested a 43-year old male in connection with the fires. RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services continue to investigate.

Terrace Park vehicle fire

 

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