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Maskwacis RCMP: two arrested after shots fired, police helicopters called out

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  • From Maskwacis RCMP

    Corrected: Maskwacis RCMP: two arrested after shots fired, police helicopters called out

    Two male youths from Maskwacis have been charged with multiple firearms and property offences following shots fired into a rural residence on the Samson First Nation. At approximately 9:29 PM on March 2, 2019, Maskwacis RCMP members were dispatched to a residence that had been shot at from a vehicle. None of the occupants of the residence were injured.

    Witnesses were able to identify a suspect vehicle, which was stolen. A short time later, this vehicle was located when the suspects abandoned it and stole a second vehicle from the Ermineskin First Nation. While on patrol, a Wetaskiwin RCMP member located the vehicle in an alleyway in the City of Wetaskiwin. The vehicle attempted to flee, but became stuck in the snow and the suspects fled on foot. A 30-06 rifle and magazine were located in the vehicle.

    Maskwacis Community Response Unit, RCMP Police Dog Services, RCMP Air Services, and the Edmonton Police Service’s Flight Operations Unit were engaged to assist with locating the suspects. One suspect, a 17 year-old male, was arrested on foot by a Ponoka RCMP Traffic Services member. The second suspect, a 16 year-old male, was tracked to a residence near the Poplar Grove area of Wetaskiwin and arrested without incident.

    A second firearm, a sawed-off .22 rifle, was located near the scene. Both youths have been charged with multiple counts related to the use and possession of firearms and to the stolen vehicles. Investigation by the Maskwacis Community Response Unit is ongoing and charges are expected against additional suspects.

    Corrections: The Maskwacis Community Response Unit was also engaged to assist with location of the suspects. A second residence was not shot. Further investigation is ongoing.


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    RCMP campaign finds Red Deer drivers perform dismally … Are you inviting thieves to take your vehicle?

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    Red Deer RCMP and Citizens on Patrol Lock it or Lose It campaign reminds drivers to secure their items 

    On March 15, Red Deer RCMP Members, Community Police Officers, and Red Deer Citizens on Patrol (COP) volunteers from Red Deer and Ponoka conducted Lock it or Lose It inspections at two locations in Red Deer.

    During the campaign, vehicles at Westerner Park and Carnival Cinemas were inspected. Volunteers did not try doors or touch vehicles, other than to leave a report card at the vehicle, flagging temptations that might encourage a thief to break into the vehicle or try to steal it. Results from the day were not encouraging.

    At Westerner Park, 194 vehicles were inspected and only 9.3 per cent of vehicles received a thumbs up.  Volunteers found personal documents, mail, retail items and garage door openers in plain sight. Further, three trucks had tools, tool boxes or valuable items in the box of the truck.

    At Carnival Cinemas, 105 vehicles were inspected with 35 per cent of vehicles receiving a thumbs up.  Again, volunteers found many items in plain sight, including cell phones, keys, bags and purses, work identification and garage door openers.

    RCMP flag visible garage door openers as a temptation because thieves will smash vehicle windows in order to steal garage door openers, which they can then use to access the garage – and the residence itself, if a connecting door is left unlocked.

    “We run the Lock it or Lose It campaign multiple times a year and we continue to see the same results, which is disappointing,” said Constable Sean Morris with the Red Deer RCMP. “Many smash and grab crimes are preventable, and we’re asking citizens to protect themselves by taking the extra few seconds to secure their valuables so as to not tempt would-be thieves.”

    Volunteers also attended the Red Deer Rebels game on March 15 to speak to citizens about auto theft awareness. Drivers were given “All Valuables Removed” window makers, with the purpose of notifying potential criminals that the owner has removed anything of value from the vehicle, in hope to deter auto theft.

    During Lock it or Lose it checks, vehicle owners also get reminders about expired or soon-to-expire registration, and volunteers flag issues such as cracked windshields or a note that the vehicle appeared to have been left unlocked.

    The Lock it or Lose it campaign is part of ongoing crime reduction work by Red Deer RCMP and local crime prevention agencies to educate Red Deerians.


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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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