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Report from concerned citizen leads police to cash, guns, and meth

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Drumheller RCMP seize 5 restricted guns, two facing charges

On October 11th 2019 Drumheller RCMP were investigating a complaint from a concerned citizen about a suspicious vehicle.  Later the same day, a patrol officer located the vehicle parked in Downtown Drumheller.  While investigating the vehicle,  a green 2004 Audi stationwagon, it was determined the plate on the vehicle was not a match and had been stolen.  A female passenger of the vehicle was detained exiting a nearby business and soon after police entered the business to look for a second suspect, the male driver. The suspect attempted to flee on foot from police but was apprehended.  When arrested the male was in possession of substantial amounts of cash and a loaded handgun found to have been stolen.  On October 12th 2019 Drumheller RCMP executed a search warrant on the green 2004 Audi stationwagon.  In that search, multiple items were seized including another stolen licence plate, Methamphetamine and suspected GHB liquid.  Police also seized an additional 3 revolvers and 1 pistol, which were located with ammunition consistent with all the calibers.  One of the firearms was reported stolen from Saskatchewan.
Tyson McDonald-Sherba (24) of Trochu is charged with
Possession of property obtained by crime x 2
Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
Possession of stolen firearm x 2
Possession of restricted weapon together with ammunition x 5
Possession of concealed weapon
Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
Possession of Controlled Substance for the purpose of trafficking x 2
and Fail to comply with conditions of a Recognizance x 5
He is additionally facing one charge under the provincial Traffic Safety Act for operating a vehicle while unauthorized.
He has been remanded into custody and will be appearing via CCTV in Strathmore court Tuesday October 15, 2019
April Margaret Couturier (32) of Drumheller is charged with:
Possession of property obtained by crime x 2
Possession of restricted weapon together with ammunition x 4
Possession of stolen firearm
Possession of Controlled Substance for the purpose of trafficking x 2
Fail to comply with conditions of a Recognizance x 2
She has been released on her own recognizance to appear in Drumheller court on October 25, 2019
Drumheller RCMP would like to thank the public for continuing to report suspicious behaviour.   Investigation is ongoing and police are requesting anyone with information about the pictured 2004 green Audi Stationwagon to report any suspicious confirmed sightings from the past week in the city of Calgary or surrounding areas to Drumheller RCMP Cpl Pergunas or Calgary Police Service Det. Straub.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Alberta Liberals appoint John Roggeveen as interim party leader

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CALGARY, United Kingdom — Alberta’s Liberals have appointed a Calgary lawyer to hold the party’s top job months after the resignation of its former leader. 

The party issued a statement saying its board of directors named John Roggeveen to the role, but offered few other details. 

The party, which currently holds no seats in the provincial legislature, has been without a leader since November when David Khan stepped down to pursue a job in his previous field of law.

Roggeveen, too, is a lawyer by trade, most recently practising privately in Calgary. 

Liberal Party President Helen Mcmenamin describes him as “the ideal candidate” for the role, citing “years of political experience and a deep commitment to building the Party and serving Albertans.”

Roggeveen says it’s an honour to take the party reins and is pledging to bolster its presence in the province’s political landscape. 

“Good policies are one of the strengths of our party, but good organization will be the foundation for successfully implementing them,” he said in the statement. “My focus will be on creating a stronger organization so that the Alberta Liberals will be a force in the next election.”

The Liberals were once the province’s official Opposition, but after a high of 32 seats in 1993, the party suffered from ups and downs until it fell to third-party status in the legislature in 2012.

It secured a seat for only one member in 2015 and was shut out of the legislature entirely during the most recent election in April 2019.

Saturday’s statement neither specified the expected length of Roggeveen’s stint as party leader nor spelled out the process for choosing a permanent successor.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2021.

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Wayne Middaugh leads Howard rink to victory in its opening game of Tim Hortons Brier

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CALGARY — It was a triumphant return to the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier for Wayne Middaugh.

With Glenn Howard ailing, Middaugh led Howard’s Wildcard 3 team to a 9-5 win over Gregory Skauge of Northwest Territories in the opening game of the tournament for both rinks Saturday.

Middaugh originally joined Howard’s rink last month as a fifth but was forced into action after Howard suffered broken ribs in a snowmobile accident.

A broken leg derailed Middaugh’s competitive playing career in January 2016 when he was Howard’s vice at the time.

Middaugh was on crutches at the Brier that season to help the team from the coaching bench.

Middaugh last actively played in the Brier in 2013.

A Canadian Curling Hall of Famer, Middaugh has won Brier and world gold medals at three different positions.

He and Howard won a world title together in 2012 with a different lineup.

On Saturday, the Wildcard 3 team cemented its win with three in the ninth end.

In other action, New Brunswick’s James Grattan defeated Mike McEwen (Wildcard 1) 6-3, Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs got past Yukon’s Dustin Mikkelsen 11-3 in eight ends and Manitoba’s Jason Gunnlaugson edged Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher 5-4.

Two more draws were scheduled for later Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2021.

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