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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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    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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