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1:21 pm – Officials with Catholic Social Services and the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) in Red Deer, are hoping you can help them find a missing man. 22 year old Heri Lumwanga has only been in Red Deer for one month and speaks no English, only Swahili and a little French. He has a medical condition that requires daily medication and he hasn’t been seen since July 18th. He’s 5’6, 140-150 lbs. If you see him, contact Lusambiya at 403-598-3625, Elisabeth at 403-598-0194 or Red Deer City RCMP at 403-304-7764.

10:09 am – On July 11, 2017, Blackfalds RCMP located and recovered a stolen mini excavator, a stolen John Deere tractor and an outboard boat motor from a rural location near Blackfalds. The John Deere tractor and mini excavator have been returned to their owners. Police have not been able to identify the owner of the boat motor and are seeking the public’s assistance to locate the owner. Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence to contact Blackfalds RCMP at (403) 885-3300.

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10:01 am – From Live Theatre, to Rappelling down a Red Deer high rise, to a mobile escape room, there’s lots to do in and around Red Deer this weekend. Check it out Here!

9:54 am – Swing Dancing at “Cool Beans” tonight from 7:00 – 9:30 pm, hosted by the Red Aces Dance Club! Details Here.

9:43 am – It’s the Bard on Bower tonight with a live theatrical performance of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” on the Bower Ponds stage,  7:00 – 9:30 pm. Read More.

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9:39 am – A BBQ and live music at the Bower Branch of ATB today from 11 – 3 in support of their Financial Literacy program! Read More.

9:12 am – Check out the festive atmosphere with some live music on the Alexander Way Parklet today from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Read More.

9:02 am – Going to be out and about today and over the weekend? Know where the road and trail closures are, so you don’t encounter any traffic delays! Details Here.

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8:50 am – Red Deer RCMP worked with Sylvan Lake RCMP to arrest and charge a woman after a stabbing on July 13, while a number of other recent arrests by Red Deer RCMP involved crimes in progress that were reported by citizens, including frauds, the recovery of several stolen vehicles and a break and enter in progress. Read More.

8:42 am – A Red Deer man faces 12 Criminal Code charges after a months-long RCMP investigation in which the suspect is alleged to have defrauded a number of victims between December 2016 and April 2017 while representing himself as a lawyer. Read More.

8:32 am – It’s day three today of Westerner Days at Red Deer’s Westerner Park. The gates open at 12 noon with tonight’s musical entertainment including Jamie Woodfin, Ken Stead and Tom Cochrane with Red Rider. The shows start at 8 pm on the Enmax Centrium Main Stage. Read More.

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CP NewsAlert: Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor back in Canada after detention in China

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Two Canadians who were imprisoned in China for nearly three years are home.

Video from CTV shows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeting Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on the tarmac at the airport in Calgary early this morning.

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Last-minute Fajardo TD gives Roughriders 31-24 victory over B.C. Lions

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VANCOUVER — A last-minute touchdown by quarterback Cody Fajardo gave the Saskatchewan Roughriders a 31-24 road victory over the B.C. Lions on Friday.

Fajardo scored on a quarterback sneak on third down with two seconds left on the clock, clinching a back-and-forth game between the two sides.

Damon Webb poured salt in the Lions’ wounds, recovering a fumble by B.C. wide receiver Lucky Whitehead and darting into the end zone for a touchdown as time expired.

Fajardo threw for 279 yards, one touchdown and one interception on the night, completing 24-of-31 attempts. Kicker Brett Lauther had four field goals for Saskatchewan, including a 49-yard bomb in the first quarter.

Lions quarterback Michael Reilly had 259 passing yards, and made good on 23-of-34 attempts, including a pair of touchdown passes to Whitehead.

The win gives Saskatchewan (5-2) sole possession of second place in the West Division and snapped a three-game win streak for the Lions (4-3).

The Riders were first on the scoreboard when Lauther made a 38-yard field goal 5:52 into the game.

B.C. was quick to respond. Reilly connected with wide receiver Bryan Burnham on a 28-yard pass on the next play, then followed it with a short toss to Whitehead.

The speedy Florida Atlantic product evaded several Saskatchewan defenders and streaked 47 yards down the sideline for his first touchdown of the night.

Whitehead leads the CFL in receiving this season with 665 yards in seven games.

A solid Lions defence kept the Riders frustrated and pinned in their own territory for much of the first half.

Lauther kept Saskatchewan within striking distance, booting a 49-yard field goal to close out the first quarter and a 28-yard kick early in the second.

Reilly struggled at times to connect with his receivers across the first half.

But with less than a minute to go in the second frame, the veteran QB narrowly avoided a sack, then got a running pass off to Jevon Cottoy for a 26-yard gain. He then sent an 11-yard dish to Whitehead to set up a first-and-goal, then once again found Whitehead in the end zone for B.C.’s second major of the night.

Jimmy Camacho made the converts on both plays and the Lions took a 14-9 lead into halftime.

A 21-yard pass from Fajardo to Kyran Moore put the Riders in good position early in the third, but B.C.’s Jalon Edwards-Cooper spoiled the ensuing touchdown attempt, knocking down a pass before it reached the hands of Mitchell Picton as he waited in the end zone.

Saskatchewan settled for yet another Lauther field goal, this time from 30-yards out.

B.C. responded with a field goal of its own, a 32-yard kick by Camacho.

Saskatchewan caught a big break in the final minutes of the third when Whitehead fumbled a punt return, giving the Riders the ball at the Lions 48-yard line.

Minutes later, Fajardo blasted a 23-yard pass to Ricardo Louis in the end zone, giving the Riders their first touchdown of the night 13:16 into the quarter. Saskatchewan was stymied on the two-point conversion attempt, though, keeping the score 18-17.

The strike was Louis’ first in the CFL. The 27-year-old wide receiver is playing his first season in the league after spending three years with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.

Down a point heading into the final frame, the Lions refused to relent.

About four minutes into the quarter, Reilly made an 11-yard run to give his side a first down at Saskatchewan’s 31-yard line. Ed Gainey tripped Burnham in the end zone on the next play and the pass interference created a first-and-goal opportunity for the Lions.

Reilly handed the ball off to Shaq Cooper and the running back snuck across the goal line for the touchdown. B.C. went up 24-18 after Camacho made the convert.

Camacho later missed a 43-yard field goal attempt.

Edwards-Cooper came up big once again with three minutes left in the game, intercepting a long pass from Fajardo along the sidelines, but the Lions couldn’t whether the Riders’ final push.

The Lions will face a tough test on Oct. 1 when they host the league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Saskatchewan will visit the Calgary Stampeders the following night.

NOTES: Saskatchewan defensive back Ed Gainey returned to the lineup after missing two games with an injured toe. … The Lions gave out 10,000 orange shirts with a reimagined logo by Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt to mark the first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2021.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

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