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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 Premier Jason Kenney, top health officials, to give COVID-19 update

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Premier Jason Kenney and top health officials are to provide an update on COVID-19 this afternoon as Alberta faces surging hospitalizations.

Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta Health Services CEO Dr. Verna Yiu, and Health Minister Jason Copping are expected to join Kenney.

A surging number of COVID-19 infections, driven by the Omicron variant, is putting increasing strain on the province’s already overwhelmed health-care system.

There were more than 1,100 people hospitalized for the virus in Alberta Wednesday, with expectations that admissions will soon exceed record highs seen during the previous wave.

Dr. Shazma Mithani, an emergency room physician in Edmonton, says wait times are longer than she has seen in at least five years.

Mithani says she is worried, as this wave continues to surge, that people needing treatment for COVID-19 and other medical emergencies could have worse outcomes because of stretched wait times.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2022.

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Alberta police chiefs say too soon to support drug decriminalization

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CALGARY — The association representing Alberta police chiefs says it’s too soon to decriminalize illicit drugs.

Calgary Chief Const. Mark Neufeld, president of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police, says a number of things need to be in place before decriminalization can be seriously considered.

Neufeld says that would include provincial regulations on drug consumption around minors, public consumption and the operation of vehicles.

He says some aspects of decriminalization are already in place in Alberta, where individuals are typically only charged with personal possession within the context of a public safety concern or other criminal conduct.

Neufeld says decriminalization alone wouldn’t reduce addiction or overdose rates.

He says there needs to be a connection between law enforcement and public health so that people who need help can get.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2022.

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