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This hits pretty close to home

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Curtis Phagoo is a well-known musician and business person who I’ve come to know through the local music scene. This is his description of a harrowing experience this past Friday night in our city. It’s a reminder to be very careful and vigilant with your personal safety.

Re-printed with permission by Curtis Phagoo

Addressing personal experiences is not an easy thing for me to do, but my experience this weekend needs to be told, as I believe many people close to me and working in the same industries as me are in danger of the same thing happening to them.

On Friday night, at 10pm myself and a friend ran into each other outside an establishment and were catching up when we were attacked by 3 men, one using a cane as a weapon.

I also think it is important to note that I am not naming the establishment or general location. Unfortunately, I believe it is important to know that this sort of thing can happen anywhere in Red Deer. We need to understand that this is not some sort of isolated incident. This happened at a busy time, 10 feet directly outside the entrance, not some dark corner or alley.

Now let’s talk about the 3 men. These men were more like zombies than men. They showed no emotion, or remorse. I don’t know for sure, but I would assume they were in some sort of drug-induced state. It’s hard to say exactly what happened, but this is what I remember;

They came around the corner and attacked with the cane, dropping one of us. Then they started kicking and reaching…maybe for keys (I think the aim was to steal a vehicle). 

I think they were expecting less of a fight, or maybe just one person to be there, but what started as a very aggressive act quickly died as they returned to a Zombie like state of confusion and we were able to escape into the establishment.  Make no mistake, this was an incredibly violent act hospitalizing one of us. This ended very badly, but could have been much worse, if not fatal. 

In sharing this story I hope that people will be more active in their own safety, as I wasn’t.  I think it is really important to be in groups. Going for a smoke? Grabbing something from your car? Headed home? Go in numbers! 

The more the better. We need to be proactive in protecting ourselves and one another.  It is really dangerous out there.

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President Todayville Inc., Former VP/GM CTV Edmonton, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Past Board Member United Way of Alberta Capital Region, Musician, Photographer.

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Lac La Biche RCMP investigate attempted child luring

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Lac La Biche, Alta. – Lac La Biche RCMP are investigating a report of attempted child luring that occurred at approximately 8:00 p.m., on June 18, 2019 near 102 Avenue in Plamondon, Alberta. 

Lac La Biche RCMP were notified minutes after the incident. A suspicious male wearing all black clothing, driving in a vehicle pulled over and asked a young boy if he wanted a chocolate bar. The boy ran from the suspect vehicle and the male left the area. 

The suspect vehicle is described as a newer black SUV or a black pickup truck with a canopy. No further description of the suspect male is available. 

Police commend the boy for refusing to approach the vehicle and for advising adults, and remind parents and caregivers of the importance of educating children about safety. 

Lac La Biche RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident (or identifying those responsible). Please contact Lac La Biche RCMP at 780-404-2500 or your local police. 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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Update: RCMP charge 3 youth with weapon possession after incident at Red Deer Middle School

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From Red Deer RCMP

Red Deer RCMP respond to threat at Eastview Middle School – Update Charges laid

Following an investigation into a threat at Eastview Middle School, RCMP have now laid charges against three youth.

On June 11, two of three suspects were apprehended by the RCMP and a third suspect was not immediately located.  On June 12 in the evening, the third youth involved cooperated with RCMP by turning himself in.

All three youths, aged 15, 16, 17, are facing charges of possession of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon under the criminal code, as well as disturb or interrupt proceedings of a school under the School Act.  The three are scheduled to appear in youth court on June 27, 2019 in Red Deer Provincial Court. 

No further information will be made available in relation to this incident.

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ORIGINAL MEDIA RELEASE FROM RCMP: Red Deer RCMP respond to threat at Eastview Middle School

On June 11, 2019, at approximately 3:22 p.m. Red Deer RCMP responded to a call at Eastview Middle School after three male youth entered the school with a possible firearm.  

Eastview Middle School, along with surrounding schools, were put into lockdown as a result. 

There were no injuries as a result of this incident.   

RCMP cleared the building and the suspects fled. Two of the three suspects have been apprehended and charged with firearms related offences. RCMP continue to search for the remaining suspect. 

A replica firearm was later located. 

RCMP continue to investigate this incident and are asking for the public’s assistance. If you have information about this investigation, please call the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575, or your local police detachment. 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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