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Red Deer man arrested after home invasion and police chase in Wainwright


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News Release from Wainwright RCMP

Wainwright RCMP respond to home invasion – Update

On Aug. 16, 2021, shortly after 10 a.m., Wainwright RCMP responded to a report of a home invasion, searched the residence, deemed it safe and secured the scene. Simultaneously, nearby RCMP detachments were alerted to be on the lookout for a suspect and suspect vehicle. Within 20 minutes of being alerted, a neighbouring RCMP detachment had located the suspect vehicle.

Around 10:30 a.m., the police pursuit began. RCMP officers were able to keep eyes on the suspect vehicle throughout the police pursuit, from the time it was located, to the time it was rendered inoperable. The suspect was arrested and placed into police custody at approximately 11:30 a.m., on Aug. 16, 2021. The suspect is known to police.

Andre Robert Vromans (37), of Red Deer, Alta., after an in-custody judicial hearing, is being held until his scheduled court appearance on Sept. 3, 2021, in Wainwright. Vromans is facing more than 25 criminal charges, including but not limited to:

  • breaking and entering (x3),
  • pointing a firearm (x 2),
  • discharge firearm with intent,
  • robbery with firearm,
  • flight from peace officer,
  • dangerous operation of motor vehicle and operation while prohibited.

As this is now before the Court, no further updates will be provided.

“One of Wainwright RCMP’s goals is to ensure public safety. By working together within our community and with our neighbours, we will achieve this goal,” said Acting Detachment Commander Corporal Kirk Smith. “Seeing how Wainwright RCMP and all the surrounding RCMP detachments supported us to assist in making a safe and successful arrest, solidifies my belief that the Wainwright RCMP and our neighbours are doing their absolute best for the safety of our community. Thank you”.

This was a multi-agency response to a report of an alleged home invasion. Wainwright RCMP would like to thank the following organizations for their support: The Wainwright Fire Department, Town of Wainwright Public Works and RCMP police officers from Wainwright, Provost, Vermilion, Kitscoty, Viking, Cold Lake, Lloydminster, Eastern Alberta District, Edmonton General Investigation Section; Alberta RCMP Emergency Response Team, Forensic Identification Section and Police Dog Services. As well as RCMP members from Saskatchewan who also assisted, including Cutknife, Maidstone and Unity RCMP Detachments.

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Police arrest two more people following killing of eight-year-old girl in Alberta

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An Edmonton Police Service logo is shown at a press conference in Edmonton, Oct. 2, 2017. Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson


Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital.

Officers responded on April 24 to a welfare call about the girl at an Edmonton home but were unable to locate her.

Her remains were discovered five days later on the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis.

Shayden Lightning, who is 21, and Raighne Stoney, who is 36, have been charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.

Three others were initially charged in the case.

Police are not releasing the names of two of the accused in order to protect the identities of other children related to the victim, whose identity is under a publication ban.

A 27-year-old woman faces a charge of first-degree murder and a 25-year-old man faces charges of being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.

Edward Nievera, 67, was charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.

Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Colin Leathem said in a release Friday that the recent arrests will be the last in the case and that the investigation has concluded.

“We want to thank the RCMP in Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin for their assistance with this investigation,” he said. “Needless to say, this was an exceptionally distressing investigation to work on, and they went above and beyond in helping to facilitate these final arrests and bring this file to conclusion.

“While nothing can change the horror of what occurred, we hope (the arrests) can provide some measure of justice to those who knew and loved this little girl.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.

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Smith says despite difficulty with Ottawa, Alberta has allies in Trudeau cabinet

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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith speaks to business leaders at the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., Friday, Sept. 22, 2023. Smith told the conference that despite her concerns with the federal Liberal government there was some cabinet ministers she can work with. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith told a business conference on Friday that despite her concerns with the federal Liberal government, there are some cabinet ministers she can work with.

Smith has been at odds with federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson amid concerns over Ottawa’s climate-change policies and transition plan for a net-zero emissions economy.

Guilbeault intends to publish draft regulations this fall to cap emissions from oil and gas, then force them downward overtime. Ottawa has also set a target to have the electricity grid be net-zero by 2035, but Alberta says it’s unrealistic.

Smith says Alberta won’t implement the emissions cap, nor will it follow the 2035 target.

The premier told delegates at the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., that Wilkinson needs to answer for comments he made earlier this week at the World Petroleum Congress in Calgary.

Wilkinson’s call for the industry to work aggressively to get to net-zero was basically telling them to “pack it up, because the oil and gas industry is winding down,” said Smith.

“You could just feel the energy leave the room and you could just feel the investment dollars leave the room.”

Smith said energy producing provinces such as Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, can’t trust the Trudeau government to look out for their interests at international conferences.

“After hearing how the natural resources minister talks about our industry, after hearing how the federal environment minister talks about our industry, we can’t afford to let them carry our message,” Smith said.

“We can’t afford not to be there.”

Smith said she has been in discussions with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and intends to talk to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey about joint presentations at conferences in the future.

Despite her disappointment with Wilkinson and Guilbeault, Smith said it’s not all bad.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland among the top allies, she said.

“Let’s give her credit for shepherding through all of the constant need to give more debt financing to Trans Mountain pipeline to get that to the finish line. That has not been easy,” Smith said.

She also praised Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan and Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault.

“I would say it’s not uniformly negative in the Liberal caucus. But for some reason they’re allowing Stephen Guilbeault to be a maverick and a renegade and quite offensive to those of who are trying to be reasonable and adult about this,” Smith said.

Smith said it’s time for the federal government to back away from setting “aggressive targets” in dealing with the provinces.

“Aggressive targets are not helpful. They’re not helpful to us. They’re not helpful to investors.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.

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