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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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/

Email: [email protected]

President Todayville Inc., Honorary Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Director Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Alberta) musician, photographer, former VP/GM CTV Edmonton.

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Red Deer Games Foundation awards Spring Scholarships

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News release from Central Sport

The Board of Directors of the Red Deer Games Foundation (RDGF) are pleased to announce the recipients for the
Athlete Development Grant for the spring awards. The grants are awarded to individuals living in Red Deer and area who
have demonstrated a high level of ability and a strong commitment to their sport. These athletes have achieved
competence at the international, national, provincial, or regional level and the funds are provided to the athletes to help
offset the costs of training and equipment as they continue to pursue their training and competition programs.

Nathon Kettyle Kozuback-Speedskating: Nathon is a member of the Red Deer Lions Speedskating club coached by Nick Schultz and he currently trains long track and short track in both Red Deer and Calgary. He is currently ranked 2 nd in Alberta in both short track and long track for his age group. He is one of 5 athletes to qualify for the Canadian Neo-Junior short track competition. He competed in the Alberta Winter Games in Grand Prairie and earned a silver medal in the team relay. He is a recipient of the 2023/2024 Most Dedicated Skater award from the Red Deer Speedskating Club.

Hayden Matthews-Freestyle Ski: Hayden is a member of the Central Alberta Freestyle club. He has attended training camps in Mt. Hood, Oregon and with the Panorama Freestyle club. As a provincial athlete, he qualified for the Alberta Winter Games and has participated in two Canada Cup events and has been selected to represent Alberta at the Jr. Nationals in Whistler B.C.

Joshua Gillard-Track and Field: Joshua is a member of the Red Deer Titans Track and Field club and is coached by Sigurd DeBruijn. He is a provincial medalist in the 300-meter, long jump, 4 X 400 relay and 400 and 600 m run. He will be attending the 2024 U20 Olympic Trials in June and the Western Canadian U23 Team Alberta Qualifiers.

Maksym Troyan-Trampoline and Tumbling: Maxim is a member of the Exelta Gymnastics Club and is coached by Jie Wong. Maksym is a member of Team Alberta and has attended the age group World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. Provincially, he has been consistently ranked first or second for his age group in Trampoline.

Madilynn Phillips-Freestyle Ski: Madi is a member of the RT Freestyle Club out of Winsport in Calgary. She has participated in 3 provincial level competitions and achieved a gold and 2 silver medals. She was a silver medalist at the Alberta Winter Games. she qualified for the Junior Nationals and won 1 st in halfpipe, 6th in slopestyle and 7 th in big air.

Tricia Madourie-Track and Field: Tricia is a member of the Red Deer Titans Track and Field club and is coached by Max Legault. She won gold in the U20 High jump competition at the Canadian Track and Field championships in Langley B.C. A former member of the RDP Women’s Basketball team, Tricia will be attending the 2024 National Track and Field Trials in Montreal in June 2024.

For further information regarding Red Deer Games Foundation Grant Program, please contact [email protected] or visit the Central Sport website at www.centralsport.ca.

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Innisfail RCMP police vehicle rammed by fleeing suspect

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News release from Innisfail RCMP

On June 5, 2024, at around 9:20 a.m.,  Innisfail RCMP responded to a complaint of a suspicious truck at the Ghost Pine store in Pine Lake. Witnesses suspected the occupants of the vehicle were using drugs.  RCMP located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.  When the RCMP officer was outside of his vehicle the suspect vehicle reversed at a high rate of speed.  The officer moved out of the way and was nearly hit; the suspect vehicle struck the RCMP vehicle causing significant damage. The vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed and has not been located.

The suspect vehicle is described as:

  • 2016 Ford F-150;
  • 4 door;
  • White,
  • Significant scratches all over the truck,
  • Alberta Licence plate CMN2779.

While RCMP continue their investigation we are asking for public assistance in locating the vehicle and identifying the driver.

Anyone with information about this vehicle or the driver are asked to call the Innisfail RCMP at 403-227-3342. 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. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play.

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