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Red Deer RCMP arrest numerous prolific offenders in targeted hot spots

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 Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP recent arrests include the arrests of numerous prolific offenders identified through Pinpoint, the Red Deer crime reduction strategy; a number of offenders were arrested in stolen vehicles while police were patrolling identified crime hot spots, and several arrests were thanks to the tracking abilities of Red Deer police dogs. More arrests came thanks to tips from the public regarding stolen vehicles and suspicious activity.

December 22 – 20171719974

Shortly before 1:30 am on December 22, RCMP located a stolen truck as it drove in north Red Deer. The truck fled from RCMP into the Pines neighbourhood where officers quickly located it abandoned in a nearby alley. Police Dog Services attended and tracked the suspect to the foyer of an apartment building on Patterson Crescent, where she was taken into custody without incident. The truck had been reported stolen out of Leduc on December 20.

A 29 year old woman faces charge of dangerous operation of motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while pursued by police, possession of stolen property and a number of traffic charges. Her name cannot be released at this time as those charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.

December 19 – 20171566703

On December 19, Red Deer RCMP located and arrested the second suspect in a personal robbery that took place the evening of November 18 when a man walking home through downtown Red Deer was assaulted by two men in an attempted robbery. RCMP arrested the first suspect on November 24, and identified the second suspect shortly afterward and issued a warrant for his arrest. RCMP located him at a residence at 10 am on December 19 while on a different call, and took him into custody without incident. 

James Mitchell was wanted on 10 outstanding warrants out of Medicine Hat at the time of his arrest. He faces the following charges regarding the Red Deer incident on November 18:

·         Criminal Code 344(1)(b) – Attempted rRobbery

·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions X 2

Mitchell was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on December 19 and is scheduled to appear again on January 2 at 9:30 am.

December 16 – 20171696940

Shortly before midnight the night of December 16, RCMP on patrol in an area known for criminal activity located a stolen truck being driven by a female suspect. The truck fled police but RCMP located it nearby immediately thanks to a tip from the public, and arrested the woman without incident.

25 year old Madison Leigh Coutre was wanted on nine outstanding warrants at the time of her arrest for possession of stolen property (X 4), breach of probation (X 3), fail to attend court and fail to attend for fingerprinting. She now faces the following additional charges:

·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions

·         Criminal Code 733.1(1) – Fail to comply with probation order

Coutre is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on January 4 at 9:30 am.

December 16 – 20171693373

Shortly after 8 am on December 16, RCMP were called to a store to arrest a shoplifter who had been detained by store security. The suspect resisted arrest and attempted to assault police; he was subdued and arrested without injury to himself or to the arresting officers. He was found to be wanted on three outstanding warrants out of Edmonton.

37 year old Gary Reginald Mills faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 270(1)(a) – Assault on police officer X 2

·         Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist/ obstruct peace officer

·         Criminal Code 430(4) – Mischief under $5,000 X 2

Mills is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on January 11 at 9:30 am.

December 15 – 20171691786

Shortly after 9:30 pm on December 15, RCMP responded to a report of a theft of vehicle in progress in Northwood Estates after a man intercepted a suspect in the process of stealing his truck and detained him until police arrived. RCMP immediately responded and took a 37 year old man into custody without incident.

 37 year old Jason Romeo Denomme faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 333.1 – Theft of truck

·         Criminal Code 259(4) – Operate motor vehicle while disqualified

·         CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule I substance (methamphetamine)

Denomme was remanded to appear in court on December 20; he is scheduled to appear again on January 3 at 9:30 am. 

December 14 – 20171682155

 Shortly before 12:30 am on December 14, RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Riverside Industrial area and attended immediately. On arrival they located a parked Dodge truck with no license plate, with a male behind the wheel. The driver rammed the police car and fled at high speeds through the Normandeau and Glendale neighbourhoods before coming to a stop, likely due to an engine malfunction. The driver attempted to flee police on foot and resisted arrest but was taken into custody without injury to himself or to police officers.

29 year old Jesse Joseph Cecka faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist/ obstruct peace officer

·         Criminal Code 249(1)(a) – Dangerous operation of motor vehicle

·         Criminal Code 249.1(1) – Operate motor vehicle while pursued by police

·         Criminal Code 252(1)(b) – Fail to stop at scene

·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions

·         Criminal Code 430(4) – Mischief under $5,000

Cecka is scheduled to appear in court on January 5 at 9:30 am.

December 14 – 20171682444/ 20171682047

At 4 am on December 14, RCMP on patrol in an area known for criminal activity located a suspicious truck that fled police. RCMP didn’t pursue the truck but other police officers moved to intercept it as it fled and located it abandoned shortly afterward. Police Dog Services attended and tracked both suspects, who were taken into custody without incident. The female driver was arrested for possession of stolen property and the male passenger was arrested for a file earlier the same night where he was seen by police in a stolen vehicle and fled police on foot.

24 year old Derica Patricia Mercer faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 56.1 – Illegal possession or trafficking in government documents

·         Criminal Code 249(1)(a) – Dangerous operation of motor vehicle

·         Criminal Code 249.1(1) – Operate motor vehicle while pursued by police

·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

·         Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000 X 2

·         TSA 51(a) – Drive without operator’s license

·         TSA 52(1)(a) – Drive without registration

·         TSA 54(1)(a) – Drive without insurance

Mercer was scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on December 21 and did not appear; her charges have now gone to warrant status.

The 32 year old male passenger faces a charge of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and a traffic charge. His name cannot be released at this time as those charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.

December 14 – 20171386449

In the early morning of December 14, RCMP located a woman who was wanted on a number of outstanding warrants after she failed to appear in court in Red Deer in November regarding the theft of two purses from two Red Deer fitness facilities in October and her subsequent use of one of the credit cards to purchase almost $1,000 in prepaid Visa cards.

At the time of her arrest on December 14, 27 year old Brittany Danielle Aebly was wanted on outstanding warrants for other files, as well, including possession for the purpose of trafficking (X 2), careless use of a firearm (X 4), possession of a firearm (X 4), possession of a weapon dangerous to the public (X 4), all out of Red Deer, and three warrants out of Grande Prairie for theft (X 2) and possession of counterfeit currency.

She also faces the following charges regarding the purse theft:

·         Criminal Code 342(1)(a) – Theft, forgery, misuse of credit card

·         Criminal Code 334(b) – Other theft under $5,000 X 3

·         Criminal Code 145(2)(a) – Fail to attend court X 2

Aebly is scheduled to appear in court on January 9, 2018 at 9:30 am. 

December 11 – 20171671413

At 4 pm on December 11, RCMP received several reports of a suspicious vehicle in the downtown and determined the truck had been reported stolen out of Red Deer earlier the same day. RCMP located the truck and executed a traffic stop after it pulled into a parking lot in West Park. The male driver and female passenger were arrested without incident; the female passenger was later released without charge. In the truck, RCMP located a large collection of tools that had been reported stolen in a commercial break and enter earlier the same day and were estimated to be worth $15,000. Those tools were returned to their owner. Police also seized several sets of vehicle keys that had been reported stolen.

41 year old Aaron James Campbell faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000 X 3

·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions

·         TSA 94(2) – Drive while unauthorized

·         TSA 54(1)(a) – Drive without insurance

Campbell is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on January 10 at 9:30 am.

December 5 – 20171643061

At 1 pm on December 5, RCMP on patrol in an area known for criminal activity located a stolen car being driven by a female suspect. RCMP tracked the vehicle at a distance until it was parked and the driver had exited the car, then arrested her without incident. RCMP seized fentanyl and meth in quantities and packaging that indicated trafficking, and seized smaller amounts of heroin and ecstasy. The car had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on November 3 after it was left running and unlocked. 

22 year old Reanne Brodersen faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

·         Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000

·         CDSA 5(2) – Possession of Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking X 2 (fentanyl, methamphetamine)

·         CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule I substance (heroin)

·         CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule III substance (ecstasy)

Brodersen is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on January 18, 2018 at 9:30 am.

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Author Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage in New York

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CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck Friday by a man who rushed the stage as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man confront Rushdie on stage at the Chautauqua Institution and punch or stab him 10 to 15 times as he was being introduced. The 75-year-old author was pushed or fell to the floor, and the man was arrested.

State police said Rushdie was apparently stabbed in the neck and was flown to a hospital. His condition wasn’t immediately known. The moderator at the event was also attacked and suffered a minor head injury, police said.

Rabbi Charles Savenor was among the roughly 2,500 people in the audience. Amid gasps, spectators were ushered out of the outdoor amphitheater.

The assailant ran onto the platform “and started pounding on Mr. Rushdie. At first you’re like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then it became abundantly clear in a few seconds that he was being beaten,” Savenor said. He said the attack lasted about 20 seconds.

Another spectator, Kathleen Jones, said the attacker was dressed in black, with a black mask.

“We thought perhaps it was part of a stunt to show that there’s still a lot of controversy around this author. But it became evident in a few seconds” that it wasn’t, she said.

A bloodied Rushdie was quickly surrounded by a small group of people who held up his legs, presumably to send more blood to his chest.

Rushdie has been a prominent spokesman for free expression and liberal causes. He is a former president of PEN America, which said it was “reeling from shock and horror” at the attack.

“We can think of no comparable incident of a public violent attack on a literary writer on American soil,” CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement.

Rushdie “has been targeted for his words for decades but has never flinched nor faltered,” she added.

His 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” was viewed as blasphemous by many Muslims. Often-violent protests against Rushdie erupted around the world, including a riot that killed 12 people in Mumbai.

The novel was banned in Iran, where the late leader Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a 1989 fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death. Khomeini died that same year.

Iran’s current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has never issued a fatwa of his own withdrawing the edict, though Iran in recent years hasn’t focused on the writer.

Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday’s attack.

A bounty of over $3 million has also been offered for anyone who kills Rushdie.

The death threats and bounty led Rushdie to go into hiding under a British government protection program, which included a round-the-clock armed guard. Rushdie emerged after nine years of seclusion and cautiously resumed more public appearances, maintaining his outspoken criticism of religious extremism overall.

He has said he is proud of his fight for freedom of expression, saying in a 2012 talk in New York that terrorism is really the art of fear.

“The only way you can defeat it is by deciding not to be afraid,” he said.

Iran’s government has long since distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment has lingered. The Index on Censorship, an organization promoting free expression, said money was raised to boost the reward for his killing as recently as 2016, underscoring that the fatwa for his death still stands.

In 2012, Rushdie published a memoir, “Joseph Anton,” about the fatwa. The title came from the pseudonym Rushdie had used while in hiding.

Rushdie rose to prominence with his Booker Prize-winning 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children,” but his name became known around the world after “The Satanic Verses.”

The Chautauqua Institution, about 55 miles southwest of Buffalo in a rural corner of New York, has served for more than a century as a place for reflection and spiritual guidance. Visitors don’t pass through metal detectors or undergo bag checks. Most people leave the doors to their century-old cottages unlocked at night.

Police said a state trooper was assigned to Rushdie’s lecture.

The Chautauqua center is known for its summertime lecture series, where Rushdie has spoken before. Speakers address a different topic each week. Rushdie and moderator Henry Reese were set to discuss “the United States as asylum for writers and other artists in exile and as a home for freedom of creative expression.”

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Associated Press writers Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, New York; Michael Hill in Albany, New York; and Jennifer Peltz in New York City contributed to this report.

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Wanted man cut through fence to cross U.S. border with children: Border Patrol

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United States Border Patrol says a convicted Canadian sex offender drove through a barbed wire fence to cross the intentional border with two children and their mother.

U.S. border patrol says agents found a cut fence near the Turner Port of Entry between Saskatchewan and Montana.

Mounties in Saskatchewan issued an Amber Alert for the boy and girl Monday and it was extended into South Dakota Wednesday.

Benjamin Martin Moore, who is 50, was taken into custody in South Dakota soon after.

The seven-year-old girl and eight-year-old boy, as well as their mother, were with Moore.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirm that Moore, as well as the mother, remain in custody.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 11, 2022.

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