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Take Me Out To The Ball Game in Sylvan Lake

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Baseball fans in Sylvan Lake and the surrounding area will soon be able to buy peanuts and cracker jack while cheering on the home team.

The Western Canadian Baseball League approved the expansion team, that will hit the field in 2021 at their annual league meetings last weekend.

Edmonton Prospects Head Coach and AGM Jordan Blundell announced the news on the Prospects Baseball Show Friday. “2021  Sylvan Lake will be operational in the WCBL, really good group man. They’re going to look to put a facility up there.”

Hear the full episode of the Prospects Baseball Show.

Sylvan Lake’s population is almost 15,000 but when you add in Red Deer (103,558 according to the 2016 census) some say the area is more than 250,000 people.

“It is that area that is important” Blundell continued. “That area commerce wise has a couple of hundred thousand people within shooting distance of a ball park in Sylvan and if you’re around here you know what Sylvan Lake is like in the summer.”

The new owners, Hard 4 Sports will have Aqil Samuel as it’s General Manager and President of Baseball Operations and are planning a 2,200 state of the art facility which will be located in the west end of Sylvan Lake at Pogadl Park.

The WCBL is a summer collegiate league made up mostly of Canadian and American players, but there have been players from Japan and Mexico to name a few other countries. The league is for players who are in college or have just completed their senior season and are 25 and under.

The WCBL (then the Western Major Baseball League) has been in the area before as the Red Deer Generals competed in 2005.

After 22 years in the media world of television and radio, from Brandon, Manitoba to Red Deer, Alberta over to Regina, Saskatchewan and settling in Edmonton, Alberta, I found myself on the side of the desk with a pink slip in my hand, unexpectedly. ​ Over the next few weeks and with my mind racing to a million thoughts, I decided to embark on the journey of podcasting. My broadcasting background has mainly been in sports, and it will still be a big part of my podcasting, but I will be focusing on other subjects as well, from sports to cannabis education and more.

Crime

Stettler man charged with murdering his father

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From the RCMP Major Crimes Unit

RCMP Major Crimes Unit lays charges in Stettler death

The RCMP have laid charges against one male following a criminal death that occurred on Jan. 15, 2020 in Stettler.

At 2:55 p.m. on Jan. 15 the Stettler RCMP responded to a call of a deceased male at a residence.  The responding members determined that the death was suspicious and took an adult male into custody without issue. The RCMP Major Crimes Unit was deployed.

This morning, an autopsy was conducted in Calgary.  The cause of death was attributed to multiple blunt and sharp force trauma.

Nicholas Climb Johnson (32) of Stettler is charged with second degree murder in the death of his father, Barrie Douglas Johnson.  He has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Settler on Jan. 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Information about the nature of this incident will not be made available.  It is now a matter of court record.

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Car stolen at gunpoint in Blackfalds

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Blackfalds RCMP investigate car jacking

The Blackfalds RCMP are looking for two males who are alleged to have stolen a car at gunpoint on Jan. 1 in the evening.

At 9:30 p.m., the RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of an armed robbery which just occurred on Range Road 272A.  Four males were sitting in two separate cars, when a green Dodge Ram truck stopped on the road.  Two males from the truck showed what appeared to be shotguns, took the keys belonging to the occupied Mitsubishi Lancer then drove it away.  Before leaving, they slashed the tires on the second vehicle, leaving it not driveable.

One suspect male fled in the Dodge Ram, one in the Mitsubishi.

The male suspects, who are both believed to be in their early twenties, are described as:

Suspect #1

–          Caucasian

–          Approximately 5’8” to 6’ tall / slightly chubby

–          Blonde eyebrows

–          Wearing a green bandana on his face / black hat

–          Tattoos on his neck and hands

Suspect #2

–          Caucasian

–          Approximately 5’5” to 5’8” tall / skinny

–          Clean shaven, one tattoo on his hand

–          Wearing a grey hoodie

They were last seen driving south on Highway 2A.  The Mitsubishi Lancer is grey, 4 door. The Alberta license plate is CDS4455.

If you have seen this vehicle, or have information about the identity of these males, please call the Blackfalds RCMP at 403-885-3300.  Based on the information provided, these males are believed to be armed and should not be approached. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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