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LISTEN: Alberta-made true crime podcast nearly tops Apple Podcast charts



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  • We first told you about Curiouscast’s new podcast Crime Beat last week- it features crime reporter Nancy Hixt as she does a deep dive into some of the most high-profile cases she’s covered over the last two decades. Well as of Friday morning, Crime Beat has climbed nearly to the top of the Canadian Apple podcast charts. Be sure to add this one to your list- listen at the link below or subscribe to Crime Beat wherever you get your podcasts!

    The name Randy Safronovich has a familiar ring in Central Alberta.

    Twice the Sylvan Lake man has escaped attempts on his life; once in 1998 and again in 2013. His incredible story, “I Dodged a Bullet”, is featured here in the new podcast series Crime Beat.

    Nancy Hixt – host of Crime Beat Podcast

    The podcast is hosted by Nancy Hixt, a former RDTV reporter in Red Deer, and for the past 2 decades, crime reporter with Global TV Calgary.

    On this episode of Crime Beat, Hixt takes you through the mind blowing twists and turns in the life of Sylvan Lake’s Randy Safronovich’s.

    The Sylvan Lake businessman was the victim of a home invasion robbery in June 2013.

    At one point, the offender put a gun to his head, and pulled the trigger.

    By some miracle, the gun misfired and Safronovich survived. Safronovich jokes that he must have nine lives. It was a life-changing moment, but surprisingly, not the first time Safronovich managed to evade death.

    “I guess I will write a book called I dodged a bullet twice now,” Safronovich told Global News.

    Find out why the FBI was consulted for his case, in a real-life story that plays out more like a Hollywood film.

    “Nancy does a remarkable job taking you deep inside real cases she has worked on to give a voice to the victims of these crimes in a way only someone who was actually there could give,” said Chris “Dunner” Duncombe, Director of Streaming and Podcasting for Corus Entertainment. “We are so excited to bring Curiouscast listeners Crime Beat.”

    “These stories have left a lasting mark on my life,” said Hixt. “There are many things I witness and experience while covering a case, and the Crime Beat podcast allows me to share those extra details with you, with a full behind-the-scenes look at all the twists and turns.”

    Nancy Hixt has received numerous awards throughout her career covering Alberta’s crime beat. She was the winner of the 2015 Ron Laidlaw Award for Continuing Coverage – National Television, the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best Local Reportage, as well as the 2018 Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow Award in the large-market television category.

    Twitter: @nancyhixt



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    Edmonton hiker saved by SOS sign



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  • From Rocky Mountain House RCMP

    Rocky Mountain House RCMP and Search and Rescue airlift man from Pinto Lake

    On March 13, 2019, an Edmonton man hiked in from Highway #11 near the Cline River to Pinto Lake on a camping trip.  A remote Forestry camera captured an “SOS” signature in the snow on Pinto Lake a number of days later, and as a result, the Rocky Mountain House RCMP were notified on March 18.  Further investigation revealed the individual was supposed to have returned to Edmonton on March 17, and was overdue.
    Rocky Mountain House Search and Rescue, along with RCMP “K” Division Air Services personnel were deployed to Pinto Lake where the male and his dog were located at his camp in good health.  The male advised the RCMP he ran out of adequate resources, and was unable to successfully return to his vehicle.  He required assistance and stomped out an “SOS” signature in the snow on Pinto Lake, in an effort to get assistance.
    The male and his dog were airlifted from Pinto Lake back to the trailhead staging area.
    The Rocky Mountain House RCMP would like to remind the public to be adequately prepared for back country excursions and to preferably have a locating device in the event a rescue is required.

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    Didsbury RCMP charge teacher with sexual assault offences



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  • March 18, 2019

    Carstairs, Alta – A 54-year-old male is facing charges after a complaint was made to the Didsbury RCMP on March 11, 2019 concerning an alleged sexual assault.

    Henry John Paulgaard of Didsbury, Alta., has been charged with:

    • Sexual Interference
    • Sexual assault

    He has been released from custody on a promise to appear with condition and will be appearing in Didsbury Provincial Court on March 25, 2019.

    As this matter is now before the courts no further comment will be provided.

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    march, 2019

    fri8mar - 30aprmar 85:30 pmapr 30Real Estate Dinner Theatre5:30 pm - (april 30) 10:00 pm

    sat23mar10:00 am- 4:00 pmLet Them Be Little Market10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    sat23mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmMAGSaturday @ the MuseumMAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every week! 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    sat23mar8:00 pm- 10:30 pmA Night at the Movies8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    sat23mar8:00 pm- 8:00 pmA Night at the Movies8:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    sat30mar - 31mar 3010:00 ammar 319th Annual Central Alberta Family Expo10:00 am - 5:00 pm (31)

    sat30mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmMAGSaturday @ the MuseumMAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every week! 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm