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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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    Picture 5: (L to R) S/Sgt. Andrew Shepherd, Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment commander; Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre; Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer; Supt. Ken Foster, Red Deer RCMP detachment commander; Sgt. Robert Schultz, Red Deer RCMP GIS

     


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    Central Alberta family looking for someone to be their Easter Miracle

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  • This post has been submitted by the mother of a young Central Alberta father.  He moved to Calgary years ago to be closer to medical care.   His wife grew up in Sylvan Lake and Lacombe.  Together they’re raising 2 children and unfortunately their future is uncertain.  

    From Julie. 

    You may or may not have seen a desperate plea from a Central Alberta family trying to save a loved one’s life.  This is the kind of situation that requires a really large number of people to help out.  You never know who’s going to step forward and become someone’s hero.  The key is, they have to know about the situation before they can act on it.  So.. here’s a bit of information about this

    Alex’s Journey

    Having a baby is supposed to be a wonderful time in your life. Alex was born looking healthy; however, it all went wrong for him at 22 months of age.

    After being rushed by his Father and I by car to our nearby city hospital, Alex was hospitalized for 5 days with a 105 degree fever, which nothing would bring down. Alex was in so much pain, screaming a blood curdling sound that made you think someone was murdering this poor baby slowly.

    Once at hospital he was whisked away to try to identify the problem. They told us he was a mess inside and needed to be airlifted to Sick Children’s Hospital. Once there it became a series of surgeries and a lengthy hospital stay. His kidneys were being affected by a blockage he had developed.

    By age four he lost one kidney and again needed several hospital visits and surgeries to help save his other kidney. The doctors explained that Alex has Chronic Renal Failure and would eventually need a kidney transplant. At age 8 we almost lost him again due to a potassium overload in his remaining kidney that gradually slowed his heart dangerously. We made another trip to Sick Children’s Hospital to get his levels back down before his heart stopped.

    Through all these hardships Alex always remained a tough little guy. Now as a 29-year-old with a loving wife and 2 little ones, the time has come for our son and he is in need of a kidney.

    My name is Julie, I am his mother and I have said from the beginning of this journey that I will give my kidney. That being said, it would be wise to have more donors that are willing as well to help him have a greater chance of success. His older brother has also volunteered, so please help us give Alex and his family a happy, healthy life.

    Julie (mom)

    If you have Blood Type O and this something you could do, our family would be so grateful to have the chance to keep him in our lives and give him the opportunity to watch his children grow up. Anyone can be tested to see if they are a match. You will need Alex’s full name so please visit the Facebook Group we have set up and reach out to our admin/s. https://www.facebook.com/groups/708888052863495/

    To Get Tested: 403 944 4635


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    Watch: Their lives were changed forever in a moment! CACAC Dream Home Lottery winners on site within moments

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  • You couldn’t have written a better script!  When the Central Alberta Dream Home Lottery Grand Prize was drawn at noon Wednesday, the winners were just around the block!  A police officer sleeping after a busy night shift must have thought he was still dreaming when he replied to a string of phone messages he’ll never forget.  His wife, a social worker at a local high school had just left to return to work when he called her back.  They won the Dream Home and they could go see it right away.  It was took them about a minute to arrive.   Here’s what happened…

    It was an honour to experience this moment with the crew from the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre!  We’d like to share it with you.


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