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Sara Baillie and Taliyah Marsman. When the nation held its breath…

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This story is still fresh for many Albertans.  Just three years ago, police found the body of Sara Baillie in her Calgary home.

Her five year old daughter, Taliyah Marsman was missing.

For the next few days, people across Canada hoped and prayed that little Taliyah would somehow be found, safe.

Here’s Global News Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt with Part 1 of a 2 part podcast.. The Story of Sara and Taliyah.

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Calgary

Notorious drug house shut down by Alberta Sheriffs

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Sheriffs shut down Calgary drug house

The Alberta Sheriffs have shut down a house that has been a source of drug activity and ongoing problems for residents of a Calgary neighbourhood.

The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit has obtained a court order giving investigators the authority to close the house at 2000 Cottonwood Cr. SE for 90 days and impose strict conditions on the property’s use for the next five years.

“Our government is committed to using all means at our disposal to investigate, disrupt and dismantle criminal activity that endangers people in our communities. We value and have the utmost appreciation for the SCAN unit and its tireless work in ensuring Albertans are safe, secure and protected.”

Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

The closure took effect Sept. 17, as crews boarded up the house, changed the locks and erected a fence around the property to bar the owner and any occupants from entering for 90 days.

After the closure ends on Dec. 16, 2019, the order forbids the property owner from having any visitors or tenants for five years without prior approval from SCAN investigators. The order will remain in effect until Dec. 16, 2024.

The legal action is aimed at breaking a cycle of criminal activity at the property that has been ongoing for several years.

The conditions are among the most stringent imposed by the court since the SCAN unit’s inception in 2008. Investigators sought the five-year term, in part, because the property owner violated conditions of a previous community safety order (CSO) from October 2018.

SCAN’s latest investigation began in March 2019, in response to complaints that drug activity had resumed after the property was returned to the owner in January 2019.

SCAN investigators substantiated the complaints about renewed drug activity and gathered evidence in support of a CSO application in Court of Queen’s Bench.

Over the past two years, Calgary police have responded to 39 incidents at the property, including a fatal drug overdose in January 2018 and an assault in August 2019 that involved two men beating a resident of the house with a baseball bat and a ball-peen hammer.

The SCAN unit works with other law enforcement agencies to shut down properties being used for illegal activities. The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act gives sheriffs the authority to target these problem properties through civil enforcement.

Since its establishment in 2008, Alberta’s SCAN unit has investigated more than 5,000 problem properties and issued nearly 80 community safety orders. The majority of complaints are resolved informally, by working with property owners to keep criminal activity out of the community.

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UPDATE – Shooting at Cross Iron Mills – Police looking for suspect vehicle

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Dodge Ram 2019

From Airdrie RCMP and Calgary Police Service

Update at 11 AM September 17, 2019

Airdrie RCMP provide mall shooting update

At approximately 7:09 p.m. on September 16, 2019, Airdrie RCMP and Calgary Police Service responded to a report of an active shooter at the CrossIron Mills mall located in Balzac, Alta. Numerous resources were deployed to this incident including RCMP, CPS, RCMP Police Dog Services, the RCMP Emergency Response Team, Airdrie Municipal Enforcement, Rocky View County Enforcement and Fire Department, EMS, CPS Hawcs and CPS canine unit. Assistance was also provided by Cochrane and Strathmore RCMP detachments.

Upon arrival it was determined that the shooting occurred in the parking lot of CrossIron Mills mall near the food court entrance and one male was injured.  He was taken to hospital with serious injuries.  He is still being treated and his location will not be released at this time.

The male suspect had a slender build, was dressed fully in black and he was wearing a ball cap and hood. The suspect and an accomplice fled the scene in a black 2019 Dodge Ram 4 door pick up truck and we are still looking to identify who these individuals are. In the photo is an example of what this truck would look like.

Dodge Ram 2019

2019 Dodge Ram

RCMP and CPS were on scene for numerous hours. The mall was placed in a “secure in place” while officers cleared the mall. It was several hours before all civilians were evacuated safely. The RCMP would like to thank CrossIron Mills Mall Security in their assistance in providing loudspeaker direction to the patrons that helped to ensure everyone remained calm and were safe. Approximately 600 employees and several thousand patrons were safely evacuated from the mall.

Airdrie and District Victim Assistance unit was called last night and will continue to support citizens who were impacted by the incident. If you or a loved one has been impacted, please reach out to ADAC at 403.945.7290. To connect immediately with a counsellor please call the Distress Center.

If you have information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or your local police service. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 online at www.P3Tips.com or by using “P3 Tips” app available through the Google Play or the Apple App Store.

 

Update at 11 PM  September 16, 2019
Our thanks to the public for your continued cooperation this evening at Cross Iron Mills. Currently, a suspect is still at large and the RCMP continue to clear civilians from the mall.

Airdrie RCMP and CPS on scene at mall shooting

Rocky View County, Alta – Airdrie RCMP and Calgary Police Service are currently on scene at Cross Iron Mall in Rocky View County, Alta. At approximately 7:11 p.m., RCMP received a report of shots fired at the mall. One male has been injured and the suspect is still at large.
The mall is currently in “Shelter in Place” and officers are clearing the mall store by store. If you have a family member/friend in the mall please know that they will not be released until the mall has been deemed safe.
RCMP are asking that everyone stay away form this area so that they can do their jobs safely.
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