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Yesterday my sister was brutally assaulted by two women


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This is posted with permission from Nicole Safron.   Her sister survived a terrifying experience at their home near Sylvan Lake this week.  

Following Nicole’s post is the RCMP report to the media on the alleged crime(s)

Yesterday my sister was brutally assaulted by two women

These women had been dropped off in front of her garage with a blue bag by a green ford truck. My sister who was upstairs in her home with her daughter and newborn baby looked out the window to see the girls jump out of the vehicle and the truck take off through her fence across the canola field.

She immediately called her husband and then a neighbor who is about a mile and a half away who could be there as soon as possible. JUST a week prior to this, a man walked into her home in broad daylight asking where Evergreen hall was, and later arrested (and is known to police) so she was taking it seriously. She got off the phone with her husband who called 911 for her at 8:44 am to dispatch police to her. She then activated her alarm system which has a loud outdoor siren to hopefully scare them away. The pair fled on foot towards the road. My sister, left her kids upstairs in the house (thankfully) locked the house and followed the girls to the end of the driveway in her car, while on the phone with my dad, to ensure she knew where the girls were. The neighbor got there at the same time and the girls were laying in the grass with the blue bag.

Meanwhile the green truck was speeding across the fields towards my other sisters home going through the fences. So the neighbor decided it would be good to make sure she was ok as well. She was still on the phone with my dad in her SUV when the girls attacked her punching her in the face and ripping her out of her vehicle. with my dad helpless on the other line.

The girls were kicking and punching her and telling her they were going to shoot her in the face. My sister was pleading for her life telling them she has a newborn baby and children and to take her car. My sister was fighting for her life in a ditch in rural Alberta wile my dad listened on the phone knowing anything could happen to his daughter.
The girls then got into my sisters vehicle and tore off towards highway 11, erratically driving down the wrong side of the highway at 160 km/hr + into oncoming traffic.
Meanwhile the truck that had crashed through the fences had caught fire behind my other sisters home after driving about 3/4 of a mile through fences and crop. The men in the truck had fled on foot. One of them stealing a vehicle from the neighbors down the road.

It was not until aprox 9:37am when the first police showed up out there.

My sister who was attacked did not see an officer until after 10:00am.

The reason I am writing this out in detail is to bring awareness to the crisis that we are facing in central Alberta with crime and drug related issues and thefts. Rurally it takes oficers time to get to victims. There are no other houses and rarely are others home. It is a hopeless feeling and people are scared to be home.

This is beyond petty theft. This is peoples lives and families at risk. You better believe what both my sister and my dad experienced yesterday will stick with them for years to come.

There is a meeting on Thursday November 7th from 6pm to 8pm in Rocky mountain house at the Lou Soppit centre with Doug Schweitzer, the minister of justice. I would encourage anyone who can to attend, in addition to writing a letter to your MLA. Honorable Jason Nixon has been outstanding with this situation contacting the family shortly after the events to discuss.

Lets send him the tools he needs to make a change. We need these drug houses wiped out. In ALL of ALBERTA. Central and rural Alberta is getting scary. These people need to be locked up. Both of these women had been arrested before and are known to police. They get released in a few days and have nothing to loose. I feel sorry for our police forces when they try and help us and the criminals are released within days!

They are dangerous.

I know I am speculating / putting the puzzle pieces together, however, those women had the intent of an armed robbery at my sisters home that morning. Armed and planned. Perhaps another vehicle would come and pick them up or they would meet the ford in the field.

But what I do know is that I am thankful Jolene was able to keep them away from her home, and her children did not have to witness anything.

You better believe they would have got into her home in the hour it took police to arrive. Or that our neighbor or my father would be in the wrong for trying to protect her.

And it may have been a different story entirely.

From Sylvan Lake RCMP:

The RCMP have laid charges against two females following several incidents that began with a complaint of suspicious females in Sylvan Lake and finished with a collision in Red Deer.

On October 23 at 8:48 a.m., Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to a rural complaint, that two females, believed to be intoxicated, were in a ditch. They were allegedly dropped off by a male driving a truck and that truck had driven through a fence. Property representatives in the area were taking steps to identify and detain the females. The truck, later identified as a 1997 Ford F150, was abandoned in a nearby field, on fire. Eckville Fire department attended and assisted with extinguishing the vehicle fire.

Sylvan Lake RCMP received a further update that one female property representative had been assaulted and had her vehicle, a Dodge Durango, stolen. RCMP Police dog services, Rocky Mountain House RCMP, and RCMP air services were deployed to the location to assist.

A short time later the Dodge Durango was observed travelling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Highway 11. The vehicle entered Red Deer. (see background media release).

Sylvan Lake RCMP later recovered the Ford F150, which had been stolen out of the Rocky Mountain house area. Two prohibited firearms were located, abandoned, in the area.

A second vehicle, a 2007 grey Chevrolet Silverado was stolen from a nearby residence and remains outstanding. The RCMP believe that the male who dropped off the suspect females stole the Silverado from an area property.

Sylvan Lake RCMP have charged Chelsea Crowley (27) and Brianna Crookedlegs (20) with the following offences:

– 2 counts of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon

– 2 counts of Possession of a weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

– 2 counts of Possession of Weapon without holding a licence

– 2 counts of Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm

– 1 count of Robbery

Crowley faces an additional five counts of Breach of Recognizance. Both females are scheduled for a Judicial Interim Release hearing on October 28.

Investigation into the circumstances of the recovered Ford F150 and the theft of the 2007 grey Chevrolet Silverado continues. The Silverado is described as grey, with black rims, a small push bar on the front and small dents.

If you have any information about these incidents, or information on the location of the stolen Chevrolet Silverado please contact the Sylvan Lake RCMP at 403-858-7200. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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UPDATE – RCMP charge 25 year old Red Deer man with second degree murder

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From Red Deer RCMP

Red Deer RCMP call in Major Crimes Unit to investigate incident – Update 3

The Red Deer RCMP and Major Crimes Unit can confirm Dustin Mitchell (Coats) was located today, Dec. 2. Mitchell has been arrested for second degree murder in the homicide of 34-year-old James Rufiange.

The Red Deer RCMP and Major Crimes Unit would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance. No further updates are to come.


Red Deer RCMP call in Major Crimes Unit to investigate incident 

The Red Deer RCMP and Major Crimes Unit are asking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted male in relation to an homicide that occurred on Nov. 25, 2020.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Dustin Mitchell (Coats), age 25 of Red Deer, Alta.

Dustin Mitchell is described as;

  • Caucasian
  • 6 feet tall / 160 lbs
  • Brown hair and brown eyes
  • Tattoos: Still (under right eye) breathing (under left eye) and scroll writing on neck

Dustin’s current whereabouts are unknown and is believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached by the public. If located, you are asked to call 911 and provide the location.

Red Deer RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in identifying his whereabouts. Please contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.


Nov 26, 2020

At around 5 p.m. on Nov. 25, Red Deer RCMP attended a residence on Stewart Street, in the Sunnybrook neighbourhood. Upon investigation of the scene, a deceased adult was located and the Major Crimes Unit was called in to take carriage of the investigation.

The Red Deer RCMP and Major Crimes believe this to be an isolated incident, and have no further public safety concerns.

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Harsher penalties and quicker enforcement for Impaired drivers in Alberta

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From the Province of Alberta

Tough, swift penalties for impaired drivers

The Provincial Administrative Penalties Act empowers police to get impaired drivers off the streets immediately.

Starting Dec. 1, police will be able to administer stricter impaired driving penalties on the road, while most first-time impaired driving charges will be handled quicker outside of court through SafeRoads Alberta. Impaired drivers could face larger fines and lose their vehicles for up to 30 days.

SafeRoads Alberta, a new adjudication branch, will allow drivers to pay their fees online, request more time to pay their penalty, or dispute their Immediate Roadside Sanction or vehicle seizure.

In the most serious cases, including repeat offenders and impaired driving causing bodily harm or death, individuals will still receive criminal charges on top of the other penalties.

Quick facts

  • Under the new impaired driving laws, significant penalties will be handed out roadside, getting impaired drivers off the streets immediately. Stronger penalties for impaired driving include:
    • Fines of up to $2,000
    • Vehicle seizure up to 30 days
    • New mandatory education programs for repeat offenders
    • Mandatory ignition interlock for repeat offenders
  • New zero-tolerance consequences for novice drivers and commercial drivers will also be introduced.
  • The Alberta Transportation Safety Board will finish hearing cases submitted before Dec. 1 and is expected to wrap up operations by March 31, 2021

Response from MADD to New Alberta approach to penalties for impaired drivers

Alberta’s New Sanctions Will Reduce Impaired Driving and Save Lives

New sanctions and penalties going into effect in Alberta on December 1 will reduce impaired driving, save lives and make roads safer, says MADD Canada.

Alberta’s Provincial Administrative Penalties Act introduced several new measures to combat impaired driving. They include: additional fines for drivers in the warn range (.05% and .08% BAC) and for new drivers who violate the zero alcohol and drug requirement; a new zero alcohol and drug requirement for commercial drivers; and a new Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS) program for certain impaired drivers over the legal limit of .08% BAC.

“When we look at ways to deter impaired driving, make roads safer and save lives, provincial administrative sanctions such as these are among the most effective,” said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. “We are pleased to see these changes coming into effect and thank the Government of Alberta for its leadership.”

The new IRS program is similar to programs in British Columbia and Manitoba, which provide an administrative option for sanctioning certain impaired drivers over the .08% BAC limit. In Alberta, those penalties include: a 15-month licence suspension, a 30-day vehicle impoundment, increased fines, ignition interlock requirements and remedial education requirements.

“This kind of administrative sanction option for certain impaired driving offenders provides a way to get them off the roads quickly while ensuring they still face strong consequences for their actions,” said Mr. Murie. “Most importantly, these programs save lives. Similar measures introduced in British Columbia have helped reduce alcohol-related crash deaths by 50%. That is hundreds of lives saved.”

It is important to note that the IRS program is not an option for all impaired drivers. It does not apply to repeat offenders or to impaired drivers who cause bodily harm or death; those offenders will continue to face Criminal Codecharges.

IRS programs also ease the burden on court and police resources, Mr. Murie noted, which ultimately helps the Criminal Code impaired driving charges that are laid proceed through the courts in a more timely fashion.

MADD Canada supports all provinces having immediate roadside sanction programs. It is a key recommendation in MADD Canada’s latest impaired driving policy recommendations: The Top 10 Report: Provincial/Territorial Recommendations to Minimize Impaired Driving and Support Victims.


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