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Regular Transit Service introduced from Red Deer to Innisfail, Penhold, and Springbrook

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Local municipalities launch 2A South Regional Transit

Communities of Innisfail, Penhold, and Springbrook now connected by transit thanks to pilot project.

Representatives from the Government of Alberta, Red Deer County, Town of Innisfail, Town of Penhold, and the City of Red Deer are pleased to announce the launch of a new pilot project for regional transit service. The service, known as 2A South Regional Transit, connects residents in these communities with various locations in the region.

The project is a collaborative effort between the partner municipalities and the province. The Government of Alberta provided $700,000 in funding from the Rural Transportation Pilot Project program to help launch this transit service.  2A South Regional Transit will connect with Red Deer Transit at the Bower Mall bus stop.  This means residents from these communities can connect with multiple Red Deer Transit routes using one main connection.

Anyone interested in trying 2A South Regional Transit is encouraged to take advantage of free rides during the first month of operations.  After January, fares will be priced at $5.00 per trip.

According to Red Deer County Community Services Manager Jo-Ann Symington, “The 2A South Regional Transit project will offer tremendous mobility for those who do not drive – or choose not to drive – to connect with the people and places that matter to them. This pilot project will serve as a real-time test of the demand for ongoing transit from these communities.

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Suspect in Innisfail armed robbery spree turns himself in

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News Release from Innisfail RCMP

Innisfail RCMP respond to armed robberies – UPDATE 3 – suspect arrested

This past weekend, RCMP were kept busy responding to multiple complaints of armed robberies.  On Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at approximately 11:30 p.m., RCMP received a report of an armed robbery at a business on 50 Street. A suspect entered the business, disguised with a balaclava and carrying a weapon. The suspect demanded cash from a customer and from the store employee. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and fled on foot. Despite a thorough, coordinated search of the area, the suspect was not located.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at 1:40 a.m., RCMP were dispatched to another report of a robbery from the same business. A suspect entered the business, disguised with a black face mask and carrying a weapon. The suspect demanded items from the same cashier. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and cigarettes. The suspect forced the cashier in to the back office, and the suspect attempted to destroy the video surveillance system. The suspect then fled on foot.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at 9:20 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to a third robbery complaint at an address on 46A Street. A suspect armed with a weapon attempted to steal a vehicle from a victim but was unsuccessful. At 9:24 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to a business on 42 Avenue for a similar complaint. The victim reported that a suspect who was carrying a weapon tried to steal the victim’s truck. When the suspect was unsuccessful, he fled the area on foot.

Police officers from Innisfail, Red Deer City, and Blackfalds RCMP detachments, as well as the RCMP Police Dog Services and the RCMP Emergency Response Team conducted an intensive search for the suspect.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., the suspect turned himself in to Innisfail RCMP and was arrested without incident.

Cyrus Jason Boysis (26) of Innisfail, Alta. has been charged several offences including:

  • Robbery with a firearm (x5)
  • Forcible confinement
  • Disguise with intent to commit an offence (x3)
  • Pointing a firearm (x3)
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x5)
  • Mischief under $5000

After a judicial interim release hearing, Boysis was released to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on September 27, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

Innsifail RCMP believe this suspect was responsible for all four incidents. There is no further concern for public safety at this time. Innisfail RCMP’s General Investigation Section is continuing with the investigation.

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Shooting Update: Deceased had broken into home where shooting took place

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News Release from Blackfalds RCMP

Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting – **UPDATE**

The RCMP Major Crime’s Unit is continuing with the investigation including examination of the scene with the RCMP Forensic Identification Services and interviewing witnesses. The initial investigation has indicated that the deceased broke into the residence and an altercation occurred with the homeowner. The homeowner was treated for injuries he sustained and has been released from the hospital.

The investigation is in the early stages. No charges have been laid at this time.  Further updates will be provided when further details can be shared.

Background:

August 2, 2021

Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting

On August 2, 2021, at 3:11 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a complaint of a residential break and enter in progress off of C & E Trail in Red Deer County. Upon arrival, police discovered that the homeowner had sustained injuries and another male in the residence had sustained a gunshot wound. EMS attended and pronounced the male with the gunshot wound as deceased. The homeowner was transported to the hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

RCMP Major Crimes Unit has been called in and has taken over the investigation.

There is no ongoing danger to the public.

 

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