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Red Deer Mounties Arrest Four With Outstanding Warrants

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By Sheldon Spackman

It’s been a busy week for Red Deer City RCMP as four people wanted on outstanding warrants have now been arrested.

The first one happened October 18th around 3:30pm when Mounties found a suspicious vehicle in a residential parking lot and arrested 27 year old Debra-Lynn Pidhirney who was wanted on 18 outstanding warrants and 34 year old Francois Joseph Alexander who was wanted on three. The pair face various possession of stolen property, failing to comply with conditions, weapons, assault with a weapon and fraud charges. Later that afternoon, police arrested 24 year old Todd Kenneth Deschambeault, who was wanted on four warrants for failing to comply with court-ordered conditions.

Then around 1am on October 19th, RCMP spotted a suspicious vehicle in a hotel parking lot and subsequently arrested 34 year old Darren Christopher Ray. Ray was wanted on 15 warrants out of Blackfalds, Red Deer and Innisfail for charges including possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property, unauthorized possession of a firearm, resist or obstructing police, failing to attend court and failing to comply with conditions. All four now have upcoming court dates.

Red Deer’s RCMP Inspector Inspector Gerald Grobmeier says “As part of our Project Pinpoint initiative, we continue to aggressively focus on prolific offenders who continue to engage in criminal behaviour”, adding “We’re checking to ensure they’re complying with conditions that have been imposed on them by the courts and we’re putting them back in jail when they refuse to do so.”

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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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