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Vulcan RCMP make arrest following snowmobile chase

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Champion, Alberta – The Vulcan RCMP have one male in custody following a series of events which started with a stolen snowmobile report and ended following a chase, involving Calgary Police Service – HAWCS and RCMP Police Dog Services.

At 5:02 a.m. Wednesday morning, the RCMP responded to a rural property where a homeowner reported a snowmobile stolen.  It was seen being towed on a trailer, behind a truck heading towards Highway 529.  An update was provided to the responding RCMP member, and the truck was located and pulled over shortly after 6:00 a.m..

The RCMP arrested the male driver of the truck, resulting in a physical confrontation.  The suspect male was able to get away, and fled in the truck, nearly running over the involved police officer.

A pursuit was engaged and RCMP from High River and Okotoks Detachments attended and assisted the Vulcan RCMP member in the pursuit.  This initial pursuit ended when the fleeing truck got stuck in a snow covered field on a property.  The suspect driver left the truck and fled on the stolen snowmobile. 

Almost immediately, the suspect driver stopped the snowmobile to collect a Chocolate Lab dog which was in the truck.  The male suspect, with the dog, then took off on the snowmobile.  Turner Valley RCMP members were deployed to attend with snowmobiles.

Calgary Police Service HAWCS assisted in locating the snowmobile stuck in a stand of trees, approximately six kilometres away from where the truck and trailer were abandoned.  RCMP Police Dog Services were on scene and assisted with tracking and securing the male, along with the Vulcan RCMP.

The male was arrested and taken into custody.  He suffered slight injuries as a result of colliding with a tree while on the snowmobile and was taken to the hospital.  The 34-year-old male remains in custody pending a bail hearing.  He cannot be named as charges have not been sworn. He will be facing 18 new charges as a result of this incident including assault police officer, flight from police, dangerous driving et al.

At the time of his arrest, he was wanted on 29 outstanding warrants from various detachments.

The police officer involved in the physical confrontation was not injured and was able to continue actively investigating this occurrence.

The Chocolate Lab was uninjured and returned by the RCMP to a family member, for safekeeping.

Investigation determined that both the truck and the trailer had earlier been reported stolen; the truck was stolen from Okotoks, the trailer from Taber and the license plate stolen from Creston, BC.

“This incident highlights the unpredictability of offenders” says Sergeant Troy Dobson, Detachment Commander of Vulcan Detachment.  “We’re thankful that the citizens reported this crime to us, and allowed us to do the job we’re trained to do.  The collaboration with Calgary Police Service was also instrumental in the positive outcome today.”

It is the RCMP’s continued mandate to apprehend repeat offenders and to partner with citizens to ensure the safety of the communities we serve.

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AP FACT CHECK: Biden hails record job growth, skips caveats

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WASHINGTON — Taking a page from his predecessor’s boastful ways, President Joe Biden is claiming credit for two months of record job creation as employers bring back many workers sidelined by the pandemic. Though his numbers are right, it’s a misleading portrait.

BIDEN: “The first two months of our administration, we’ve created more jobs than the first two months of any administration in American history.” — remarks to Asian American and Pacific Islander members of Congress on Friday.

THE FACTS: Yes, but records aren’t what they used to be. The pandemic has given rise to unprecedented economic losses and gains both. In this tumult, President Donald Trump also was able to claim record progress on some economic markers when the virus started to wane last year, only to come surging back.

Biden thanked the lawmakers for supporting the pandemic relief package that delivered $1,400 to most Americans and other aid, saying the job gains are “because of you all.” But the numbers Biden hailed also reflect the easing of state and local business restrictions that his administration said were being relaxed too soon in some cases.

When some public health experts implored the administration to send more vaccines to Michigan to help with spiking infections there, for example, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the “answer to that is to really close things down.”

The pandemic brought about such a fast and deep recession that nearly all the jobs data for the past year have been unprecedented. The same holds true for the first two months of Biden’s presidency: Employers added nearly 1.4 million jobs in March and April, impressive gains by any measure.

But they are at least partly a function of the deep losses that occurred in March and April of last year, when an unheard-of 22.4 million jobs were cut in just two months. And despite the strong gains cited by Biden, there are still 8.4 million fewer jobs than before the pandemic, nearly as many jobs as were lost in the 2008-2009 Great Recession.

Hiring has accelerated in the past two months as vaccinations have picked up, states and cities ease business restrictions, and Americans have started to venture out more. Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package, approved in March, with its big stimulus checks, probably helped accelerate the economy and may have encouraged some hiring.

Efforts by the Trump administration to speed up vaccine development may also deserve some credit. But hiring has been strong the last two months partly because it had fallen so far to begin with.

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Christopher Rugaber And Calvin Woodward, The Associated Press

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CP NewsAlert: Canucks games against Leafs postponed as team returns from COVID

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VANCOUVER — The NHL has postponed a pair of games between the Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs as Vancouver continues to work its way back from a COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Leafs were set to play in Vancouver on Saturday and Monday, but the league announced Friday that the games have been rescheduled for Sunday and Tuesday. 

The Canucks have had 11 games postponed since a COVID-19 outbreak swept through the team late last month.

At least 21 players and four members of the coaching staff have tested positive for the virus.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning said Thursday that several players had not yet received the medical clearance necessary to return to the ice.

More coming.

The Canadian Press

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