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Red Deer Man Charged In Dangerous Flight From Police


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Sheldon Spackman

A 31 year old Red Deer man is facing numerous charges after fleeing Police in a stolen truck Tuesday night, striking a vehicle and assaulting officers with bear spray during his eventual arrest.

The incident began shortly before 6 pm on August 29th when RCMP found a stolen Blue Dodge Ram in a parking lot on 67th Street. Mounties laid a spike belt behind the truck before attempting to arrest the male driver inside. When approached, the driver struggled with police and fled the scene, driving over the spike belt and flattening the truck’s two back tires.

For safety reasons, RCMP did not pursue the speeding truck. However, they soon received multiple reports of the truck driving erratically and often in the wrong lanes facing oncoming traffic. The truck later struck a vehicle in a traffic circle at 67th Street and Orr Drive but fortunately the driver of that vehicle wasn’t hurt.

A spike belt was also laid at Gaetz Avenue and 19th Street but the Blue Dodge Ram avoided it and started heading towards Penhold. At this point, the truck was now driving on it’s rims and they broke apart completely by the time it arrived at a gas station in Penhold. That’s where officers from Innisfail, Blackfalds and Police Dog Services arrested the suspect but not before he assaulted five members with bear spray.

Police say the officers suffered minor injuries as a result but fortunately no other serious injuries to RCMP or members of the public. The man’s name and the charges he’s facing will be released once they are sworn before the courts.

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Stars and RCMP chopper combine to rescue fallen ice climber

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From Alberta RCMP media relations

Rocky Mountain House RCMP assist in ice climber rescue

On Jan. 15, 2021 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Rocky Mountain House RCMP received a dispatch of a fallen ice climber who was in need of medical assistance. A SOS beacon was received locating the fallen ice climber at the south end of Abraham Lake. Reports indicate the climber fell approximately 12 meters.

RCMP, EMS, Search and Rescue (SAR), STARS air ambulance and Alstrom Helicopters assisted in the rescue. The 28 year old injured male was long line rescued from his location by Alstrom Helicopters, with the assistance of Rocky Mountain House SAR. STARS was waiting nearby and further transported the injured male to a Calgary hospital.

The rescued male suffered serious but non life threatening injuries as a result of his fall.

Everyone who assisted in this rescue should be commended for their professional, swift and incredible work. Well done!

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COVID cases falling! Below 200 in Red Deer and under 1200 in all of Central Alberta – Mike York Update

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Thursday January 14th, 2021 Covid-19 update from AHS goes like this.
In the Central Zone, 64 new cases and 186 new recoveries.
The total active cases has dropped dramatically since yesterday from 1275 to 1152 in our region.
There are now 75 people in hospitals which is 5 fewer than yesterday’s total. 15 of these people are in ICU. Sad to report 1 additional death in the zone since yesterday to bring that total to 65 to date.
Red Deer had some positive numbers also.
Just 13 new positive cases and 33 recoveries. Thus our active cases has decreased by 20 to just 196 at this time.
Very promising outlook going forward, it seems our current health measures are working, way to go people.
Cheers for now.
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