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FRIDAY, JULY 11

 

THE BODY OF A MAN FOUND IN THE BOW RIVER EAST OF CALGARY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. OKOTOKS RCMP SAY THE BODY OF JUSTIN MACNEIL, WHO WAS 19, WAS FOUND JULY 5. MACNEIL WAS REPORTED MISSING ON JUNE 22 AFTER HE WENT FOR A SWIM IN THE HIGHWOOD RIVER NEAR NATURE'S HIDEAWAY CAMPGROUND. FRIENDS WHO WERE WITH HIM SAID HE WAS IMMEDIATELY SWEPT AWAY BY THE STRONG CURRENT. THE RIVER HAD BEEN UNDER A FLOOD ADVISORY DUE TO HEAVY RAIN.

ABOUT 500 PEOPLE TURNED UP IN CALGARY LAST NIGHT FOR A CANDLELIT VIGIL FOR THREE PEOPLE WHO DISAPPEARED 11 DAYS AGO. THEY PRAYED FOR THE SAFE RETURN OF FIVE-YEAR-OLD NATHAN O'BRIEN AND HIS GRANDPARENTS, ALVIN AND KATHY LIKNES. AMONG THOSE WHO ATTENDED WERE NATHAN'S PARENTS, JENNIFER AND ROD O'BRIEN. JENNIFER O'BRIEN SAID SHE AND HER HUSBAND ARE THANKFUL FOR THE SUPPORT THEY'RE RECEIVING AND ARE VERY HOPEFUL THE TRIO WILL BE FOUND SAFE.

A 54-YEAR-OLD MAN POLICE SAY IS A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE JUNE 29TH DISAPPEARANCE OF FIVE-YEAR-OLD NATHAN O'BRIEN AND HIS GRANDPARENTS HAS BEEN GRANTED BAIL, BUT WITH STRICT CONDITIONS. DOUGLAS GARLAND'S BAIL WAS SET AT 750 DOLLARS, BUT HE MUST REPORT TO A BAIL SUPERVISOR THREE TIMES A WEEK AND TO POLICE ONCE A WEEK. HE ALSO IS NOT ALLOWED TO RETURN TO HIS HOME, WHICH IS STILL THE FOCUS OF A POLICE SEARCH. GARLAND WAS DETAINED ON IDENTITY THEFT CHARGES UNRELATED TO THE MISSING PERSONS CASE.


FOUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED AFTER A FIRE THAT DESTROYED A WELL-KNOWN RESTAURANT WEST OF CALGARY. THE DAMAGE ESTIMATE WAS ONE-MILLION DOLLARS WHEN THE CHIEF CHINIKI RESTAURANT NEAR COCHRANE BURNED DOWN LAST AUGUST. ARSON WAS DETERMINED AS THE CAUSE AND FOUR PEOPLE, INCLUDING ONE ADULT AND THREE PEOPLE UNDER 18, WERE EVENTUALLY ARRESTED. NOELAN TWOYOUNGMEN, WHO IS 22, PLEADED GUILTY THIS WEEK TO ONE COUNT OF ARSON AND WAS SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON.

CHARGES HAVE BEEN LAID WITH MORE CHARGES POSSIBLE AFTER A SEXUAL ASSAULT AT THE DOWNTOWN PORT O'CALL SAFEWAY IN RED DEER MONDAY NIGHT (JULY 7). THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 10 O'CLOCK WHEN RCMP SAY A WOMAN CONFRONTED A MAN WHO HAD ALLEGEDLY TOUCHED HER SEXUALLY. STAFF CHASED THE SUSPECT OUT OF THE STORE AND SAW HIM DETAINED AFTER MEMBERS OF THE ALBERTA LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TEAM WERE DRIVING BY AND SAW WHAT WAS HAPPENING. THE SUSPECT WAS CAUGHT AND DETAINED UNTIL RCMP ARRIVED MOMENTS LATER. THE MAN'S NAME WILL BE RELEASED ONCE THE CHARGES HAVE BEEN SWORN.

THIS YEAR'S EDITION OF THE CANADIAN BADLANDS PASSION PLAY IN DRUMHELLER, NORTH EAST OF CALGARY BEGINS ITS RUN THIS EVENING (JULY 11). THIS YEAR THEY'VE ADDED A THIRD WEEKEND OF SHOWS AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VANCE NEUDORF SAYS ITS HOPED THEY HAVE MADE IT MORE CONVENIENT FOR PEOPLE TO ATTEND. THE 6:00PM SHOWS ARE ON JULY 11, 12, 18, 25, AN 26. 3:00PM PERFORMANCES ARE ON JULY 13, 19, 20, AND 27.  THE PASSION PLAY IN DRUMHELLER TELLS THE STORY OF JESUS CHRIST IN A NATURAL SETTING THAT LOOKS SIMILAR TO ISREAL. THERE ARE 200 ACTORS INVOLVED AS WELL AS AN ORCHESTRA, LIVE ANIMALS, AND STATE OF THE ART SOUND SYSTEM. FOR TICKET INFORMATION GO ONLINE AT CANADIAN PASSION PLAY DOT COM OR CALL 1-888-823-2001.

THE RUMBLE OF MOTORCYCLES WILL BE HEARD THIS WEEKEND IN THE DRUMHELLER VALLEY. THE ANNUAL "MOTORCYCLE MADNESS" GOES THIS EVENING AND TOMORROW (JULY 11-12) IN THE DRUMHELLER COMMUNITY OF WAYNE.  TREASURER OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, TERRY KUHL SAYS IT ALL BEGINS AT 5:00 THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE "STEAK RUN". RIDERS ARE ASKED TO GATHER AT YAVIS'S PROPROOM LOUNGE FOR A "MEET AND GREET", THEN GO ON A RIDE TO A LOCATION IN THE VALLEY WHERE THERE WILL BE A GREAT STEAK SUPPER.  ON SATURDAY THERE'S A NUMBER OF EVENTS HAPPENING IN WAYNE INCLUDING A BIKE "SHOW AND SHINE" STARTING AT 10:00 IN THE MORNING, FOLLOWED BY THE "BIKE GAMES", A POKER RUN, ALL WINDING UP WITH A SUPPER AND ENTERTAINMENT.  THE DRUMHELLER MOTORCYCLE MADNESS EVENT SUPPORTS A DIFFERENT CHARITY EACH YEAR...AND THIS YEAR IT'S THE CONTINUING CARE "REC DIVISION" AT THE DRUMHELLER HOSPITAL.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 10

POLICE SAY THEY ARE LOOKING INTO BUSINESS DEALINGS AS THEY SEARCH FOR A MISSING CALGARY COUPLE AND THEIR GRANDSON. ALVIN AND KATHRYN LIKNES (LICK'-NESS) AND FIVE-YEAR-OLD NATHAN O'BRIEN HAVEN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE JUNE 29. THERE ARE MEDIA REPORTS THAT ALVIN LIKNES WAS RECENTLY FORCED TO CLOSE HIS SMALL GAS EXPLORATION COMPANY AND HAD DECLARED BANKRUPTCY IN THE 1990S. THERE ARE ALSO REPORTS THAT SAY HE ONCE HAD A BAD BUSINESS DEAL WITH DOUGLAS GARLAND, WHO POLICE SAY THEY HAVE QUESTIONED AS A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE MISSING PERSONS CASE. POLICE SPOKESMAN KEVIN BROOKWELL SAYS INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO BUSINESS ISSUES INVOLVING THE FAMILY, BUT REFUSED TO ELABORATE. OFFICERS CONTINUE TO SEARCH PROPERTY OWNED BY GARLAND'S PARENTS NORTH OF CALGARY, AS WELL AS TWO CITY GARBAGE DUMPS.

ONE MAN IS DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED AFTER TWO PICK-UP TRUCKS COLLIDED SOUTH OF SYLVAN LAKE. CONSTABLE ROD JOHNSON SAYS THE CRASH OCCURRED AROUND 9:00 TUESDAY MORNING (JULY 8) , AT THE INTERSECTION OF RANGE ROAD 10 AND TOWNSHIP ROAD 3-80. THE SOUTHBOUND DRIVER WAS BROADSIDED, SUFFERING A VARIETY OF INJURIES INCLUDING BROKEN FINGERS, BUT MANAGED TO FLAG DOWN HELP.  THE OTHER DRIVER, A 54-YEAR OLD MAN DIED ON SCENE. ALCOHOL DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A FACTOR BUT THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

A WOMAN WHO SUFFERED BURNS TO VIRTUALLY HER ENTIRE BODY WHEN SHE FELL INTO A LARGE FIRE PIT AT A PRIVATE CAMPGROUND IN CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS DIED.
THE 53-YEAR-OLD DIED SUNDAY (JULY 6) SHORTLY AFTER ARRIVAL AT HOSPITAL IN CALGARY FROM THE CAMPGROUND NEAR TORRINGTON. R-C-M-P SAY HER CLOTHES CAUGHT FIRE WHEN SHE APPARENTLY TRIPPED AND FELL INTO THE PIT EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. AN AUTOPSY HAS BEEN DONE AND THE DEATH IS NOT CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS, ALTHOUGH POLICE ARE WAITING FOR THE RESULTS OF TOXICOLOGY TESTS. THE WOMAN WAS FROM RED DEER, BUT HER NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

A CHILD LURING INCIDENT IN RED DEER HAS RCMP ON THE HUNT FOR THE MAN RESPONSIBLE. POLICE SAY, ON JULY 3RD, A BOY WAS PLAYING IN HIS YARD IN THE ANDERS NEIGHBORHOOD OF RED DEER WHEN HE WAS APPROACHED BY A STRANGER.  THE MAN, DRIVING A WHITE SUV CROSSOVER, CLAIMED HE WAS A CAB DRIVER, AND OFFERED THE CHILD A DRIVE TO THE BEACH. THE FOUR-YEAR OLD WENT TO HIS MOTHER INSTEAD, AND MAN FLED THE AREA. THE SUSPECT IS IN HIS LATE TWENTIES TO EARLY THIRTIES WITH DARK SKIN AND DREAD LOCKS. RED DEER POLICE VERY CONCERNED AS THE SUSPECT ATTEMPTED TO LURE THE YOUNGSTER IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA, AND HE'S LIKELY BOLD ENOUGHT TO TRY AGAIN.

THE SOCCER WORLD CUP WINDS UP ON SUNDAY IN BRAZIL AND MCDONALD'S IN DRUMHELLER IS CELEBRATING THE LAST FEW DAYS OF THIS EXCITING EVENT. RONALD MCDONALD IS AT THE DRUMHELLER RESTAURANT TO CELEBRATE THE FIFA WORLD CUP. ALL THE FUN BEGINS AT 6:00 THIS EVENING WITH LOTS OF GAMES, TRIVIA, AND MUCH MORE. ALL SOCCER PLAYERS ARE WELCOME TO DROP BY, WEAR YOUR JERSEYS AND SHOW YOUR COLORS. THAT'S RONALD MCDONALD CELEBRATING THE FIFA WORLD CUP, STARTING AT 6:00 THIS EVENING AT MCDONALD'S IN DRUMHELLER. 

   

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9

 

A WOMAN WHO SUFFERED BURNS TO VIRTUALLY HER ENTIRE BODY WHEN SHE FELL INTO A LARGE FIRE PIT AT A PRIVATE CAMPGROUND IN CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS DIED.
THE 53-YEAR-OLD DIED SUNDAY (JULY 6) SHORTLY AFTER ARRIVAL AT HOSPITAL IN CALGARY FROM THE CAMPGROUND NEAR TORRINGTON. R-C-M-P SAY HER CLOTHES CAUGHT FIRE WHEN SHE APPARENTLY TRIPPED AND FELL INTO THE PIT EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. AN AUTOPSY HAS BEEN DONE AND THE DEATH IS NOT CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS, ALTHOUGH POLICE ARE WAITING FOR THE RESULTS OF TOXICOLOGY TESTS. THE WOMAN WAS FROM RED DEER, BUT HER NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

A CHILD LURING INCIDENT IN RED DEER HAS RCMP ON THE HUNT FOR THE MAN RESPONSIBLE. POLICE SAY, ON JULY 3RD, A BOY WAS PLAYING IN HIS YARD IN THE ANDERS NEIGHBORHOOD OF RED DEER WHEN HE WAS APPROACHED BY A STRANGER.  THE MAN, DRIVING A WHITE SUV CROSSOVER, CLAIMED HE WAS A CAB DRIVER, AND OFFERED THE CHILD A DRIVE TO THE BEACH. THE FOUR-YEAR OLD WENT TO HIS MOTHER INSTEAD, AND MAN FLED THE AREA. THE SUSPECT IS IN HIS LATE TWENTIES TO EARLY THIRTIES WITH DARK SKIN AND DREAD LOCKS. RED DEER POLICE VERY CONCERNED AS THE SUSPECT ATTEMPTED TO LURE THE YOUNGSTER IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA, AND HE'S LIKELY BOLD ENOUGHT TO TRY AGAIN.

THE SOCCER WORLD CUP WINDS UP ON SUNDAY IN BRAZIL AND MCDONALD'S IN DRUMHELLER IS CELEBRATING THE LAST FEW DAYS OF THIS EXCITING EVENT. RONALD MCDONALD IS AT THE DRUMHELLER RESTAURANT TO CELEBRATE THE FIFA WORLD CUP. ALL THE FUN BEGINS AT 6:00 THIS EVENING WITH LOTS OF GAMES, TRIVIA, AND MUCH MORE. ALL SOCCER PLAYERS ARE WELCOME TO DROP BY, WEAR YOUR JERSEYS AND SHOW YOUR COLORS. THAT'S RONALD MCDONALD CELEBRATING THE FIFA WORLD CUP, STARTING AT 6:00 THIS EVENIN AT MCDONALD'S IN DRUMHELLER.

 

A four-year-old boy has died after being found face down in a pond south of Olds on the weekend. The boy was taken to the Children's Hospital in Calgary where he died. THE CHILD and his family are from the United States and were visiting Alberta for a family reunion. Foul play is not suspected and the name of the child is not being released.

Calgary police say a man taken in for questioning in the case of a missing five-year-old boy and his grandparents is not the only person of interest in their investigation. But spokesman Kevin Brookwell isn't willing to discuss any of the other leads police are pursuing. Douglas Garland was taken into custody over the weekend for questioning in the disappearance of Nathan O'Brien and his grandparents Alvin and Kathy Liknes (LICK'-ness), who have been missing since June 29th. Court records show Garland, who is 54, has a criminal past and Calgary police confirm his sister is in a relationship with a member of the Liknes family. Calgary police have expanded their search for a missing boy and his grandparents to a dump northwest of the city. Spokeswoman Emma Poole says seven officers were going through the Spyhill Landfill looking for evidence TODAY (JULY 9).

STRATHMORE RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A FATAL SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER. THE INCIDENT HAPPENING AROUND 9:30 LAST NIGHT (JULY 8), ON HIGHWAY ONE AT RANGE ROAD 2-83 NEAR CHESTERMERE. POLICE SAY AN EAST BOUND MINI-VAN LOST CONTROL  AND ROLLED THROUGH THE MEDIAN TO THE WEST BOUND SHOULDER OF HIGHWAY ONE. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE VAN'S DRIVER DYING AT THE SCENE, WHILE A FEMALE PASSENGER WAS SENT TO HOSPITAL, WHERE SHE LATER DIED. THE CHESTERMERE RCMP ALSO ASSISTING. IT'S BELIEVED SPEED IS A FACTOR IN THE CRASH. NO NAMES ARE BEING RELEASED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FAMILY.

The Alberta government is getting rid of its Wildrose Country licence plates. Doug Griffiths, minister of Service Alberta, says the current licence plate is more than 30 years old and lack features such as reflective coating that would making driving safer. But Opposition Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says she thinks the move is political because of the similarity between her party's name and the Wildrose Country slogan.
Albertans can vote for their choice of three new designs by going to the government's website.

TOURISTS IN THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER HAVE A NEW WAY TO GET AROUND TO SEE ALL THE MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. THE "DINOSAUR VALLEY EXPRESS", A SAN-FRANCISCO TROLLEY TYPE VEHICLE IS NOW TRAVELING AROUND THE COMMUNITY. OWNER OF THE EXPRESS, KARL STOJAN SAYS THEY HAVE A SPECIFIC ROUTE AROUND TOWN WITH STOPS AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS. HE SAYS THE ROUTE BEGINS AT THE DRUMHELLER BRICK STORE PARKING LOT. STOJAN SAYS ONCE YOU PURCHASE YOUR FARE, YOU CAN USE THE TROLLEY ALL DAY. TO GET MORE INFORMATION GO TO THEIR WEBSITE AT DINOSAUR VALLEY EXPRESS DOT COM.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 8

ONE OF TWO HOG BARNS ON A HUTTERITE COLONY IN CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS BURNED, KILLING 4,000 SOWS. THE FIRE HAPPENED MONDAY MORNING (JULY 8) ON THE COLONY NEAR BENTLEY. SEVERAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS BATTLED THE BLAZE. IT'S NOT KNOWN WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE AND THERE IS NO ESTIMATE OF DAMAGE.

POLICE ARE CONTINUING THEIR SEARCH OF A RURAL AREA NORTH OF CALGARY FOR CLUES TO THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF FIVE-YEAR-OLD NATHAN O'BRIEN AND HIS GRANDPARENTS. THE TRIO VANISHED FROM THE CALGARY HOME OF ALVIN AND KATHY LIKNES ON JUNE 29TH. POLICE BRIEFLY TOOK A MAN IDENTIFIED IN MEDIA REPORTS AS DOUGLAS GARLAND INTO CUSTODY BUT THEN LET HIM GO BEFORE TAKING HIM BACK INTO CUSTODY ON CHARGES OF IDENTITY THEFT IN AN UNRELATED CASE. COURT DOCUMENTS SAY THAT THE 54-YEAR-OLD GARLAND SERVED TIME IN PRISON FOR MAKING AMPHETAMINES AT HIS PARENTS' FARM NEAR AIRDIRE. COURT DOCUMENTS ALSO SAY HE HAS HAD A MENTAL BREAKDOWN IN THE PAST AND WAS TRAUMATIZED AFTER A CAR CRASH WHERE HE FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.

A MOTORCYCLIST HAS BEEN KILLED IN A CRASH SOUTH OF CALGARY. THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT (JULY 7)ON HIGHWAY 2, JUST NORTH OF ALDERSYDE. R-C-M-P SAY A MINIVAN CROSSED INTO THE PATH OF A BIKE DRIVEN BY A 30-YEAR-OLD MAN, WHO DIED AT THE SCENE. WEATHER, SPEED AND ALCOHOL WERE NOT FACTORS, BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY'RE CONSIDERING CHARGES AGAINST A 48-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO WAS DRIVING THE VAN.

ONE PERSON HAS BEEN HURT AND A HORSE HAS DIED DURING SEPARATE CHUCKWAGON TRAINING EXERCISES AT THE CALGARY STAMPEDE. THE STAMPEDE SAYS DRIVER TIM HAROLDSON WAS A PASSENGER ON A WAGON DRIVEN BY FELLOW DRIVER JERRY BREMNER. THE WAGON ROLLED WHILE COMING AROUND ONE OF THE BARRELS DURING THIS MORNING'S TRAINING (JULY 8), AND HAROLDSON WAS THROWN. HE WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR EVALUATION AND TREATMENT. BREMNER WAS NOT INJURED. IN A SEPARATE INCIDENT, A 12-YEAR-OLD HORSE BELONGING TO THE TEAM OF REG JOHNSTONE COLLAPSED AFTER COMPLETING A RUN.

THERE ARE STILL MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH THIS YEAR'S CANADIAN BADLANDS PASSION PLAY IN DRUMHELLER. THEY REQUIRE ABOUT 200 PEOPLE TO HELP IN A NUMBER OF AREAS INCLUDING PARKING ATTENDANTS, USHERS, AND CART DRIVERS. PASSION PLAY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR VANCE NEUDORF SAYS YOU HAVE SEVERAL WAYS TO SIGN UP. GO TO THEIR WEBSITE AT CANADIAN PASSION PLAY DOT COM . OR CALL THE PASSION PLAY OFFICE AT 823-2001. THE FIRST PERFORMANCE BEGINS THIS FRIDAY EVENING (JULY 11) AT 6:00 O'CLOCK. 

 

MONDAY, JULY 7

POLICE ARE EXPECTED TO RESUME THEIR SEARCH TODAY OF A PROPERTY NORTHEAST OF CALGARY IN CONNECTION WITH LAST MONDAY'S DISAPPEARANCE OF FIVE-YEAR-OLD NATHAN O'BRIEN AND HIS GRANDPARENTS.  A MAN WHO LIVES ON THE PROPERTY NEAR AIRDRIE HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR QUESTIONING. POLICE SAY HE'S A ``PERSON OF INTEREST.'' ON THE PROPERTY, POLICE FOUND A GREEN PICKUP TRUCK SIMILAR TO ONE THEY WERE LOOKING FOR.

AN AUTOPSY IS PLANNED TODAY (JULY 7) FOR A BODY THAT WAS FOUND IN THE BOW RIVER BY A FISHERMAN. POLICE SAY IT WAS THE BODY OF A YOUNG MALE, BUT THEY COULDN'T SAY FOR SURE YESTERDAY IF IT WAS A MAN THEY HAD BEEN SEARCHING FOR SINE JUNE 22ND. R-C-M-P SAY THEY HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH 19-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN MCNEIL'S FAMILY TO INFORM THEM OF THE FIND.

RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A CRASH NEAR OLDS LANDED TWO PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL. AROUND 5:30 SATURDAY AFTERNOON (JULY 5), EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 27 AND RANGE ROAD 2-81. AN EASTBOUND VEHICLE WAS ATTEMPTING TO TURN LEFT OFF THE HIGHWAY WHEN IT WAS STRUCK BY ANOTHER VEHICLE ATTEMPTED TO PASS SEVERAL CARS AT A TIME. A WOMAN FROM THREE HILLS WAS AIRLIFTED TO CALGARY, WHILE THE MAN IN THE OTHER VEHICLE WAS TRANSPORTED TO RED DEER REGIONAL...BOTH WITH NON-CRITICAL INJURIES. POLICE SAY CHARGES ARE PENDING.

A 56 YEAR OLD MAN SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER ROLLING HIS QUAD NEAR PINE NEEDLE CREEK, WEST OF SUNDRE ON THURSDAY OF THIS WEEK (JULY 3) RCMP SAY THE MAN WAS PART OF A VERY EXPERIENCED GROUP OF BACK COUNTRY USERS WHO WERE RIDING ON SOME STEEP TERRAIN AT THE TIME AND FORTUNATELY WERE WELL PREPARED FOR ANY EMERGENCIES. CORPORAL RYAN HODGE SAYS KANANASKIS PUBLIC SAFETY, SUNDRE FIRE AND RESCUE AND SUNDRE SEARCH AND RESCUE ALL HELPED IN RETRIEVING THE MAN. HE SAYS THE MAN'S SATELLITE TELEPHONE AND GPS UNIT WERE VERY HELPFUL IN FINDING HIM.

THE SITTING M-L-A FOR THE RIMBEY-ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE-SUNDRE CONSTITUENCY HAS BEEN UNSEATED AS THE CANDIDATE FOR THE WILDROSE PARTY IN THE NEXT PROVINCIAL ELECTION. THE PARTY SAYS JASON NIXON IS THE WINNER OF THE NOMINATION CONTEST FOR THE CONSTITUENCY OVER THE WEEKEND. JOE ANGLIN OF WILDROSE WAS ELECTED AS M-L-A FOR RIMBEY-ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE-SUNDRE IN 2012. WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH CONGRATULATED NIXON AND WISHED ANGLIN LUCK, SAYING SHE IS CONFIDENT HE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT HARD FOR HIS CAUSES. ANGLIN ALSO CONGRATULATED NIXON IN A FACEBOOK POST.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 4

CALGARY POLICE SAY THEY HAVE ACCESS TO CLOSED-CIRCUIT VIDEO FROM HOMES AND BUSINESS NEAR THE HOME OF THE GRANDPARENTS OF A MISSING FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY. THEY SAY THE VIDEO AND TIPS FROM THE PUBLIC HAVE HELPED, BUT HOMICIDE UNIT STAFF-SERGEANT DOUG ANDRUS SAYS INVESTIGATORS STILL DON'T HAVE ANY SUSPECTS THEY CAN NAME. NATHAN O'BRIEN AND HIS GRANDPARENTS HAVEN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE SUNDAY NIGHT (JUNE 29). POLICE SAY THEY'RE CLOSER TO UNDERSTANDING WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BOY AND HIS GRANDPARENTS, BUT WON'T SAY ANYTHING MORE THAN THAT.

A CALGARY MAN WHO FATALLY STABBED HIS FRIEND DURING A NIGHT OF DRINKING AND FIGHTING HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN JAIL. BYRON BLANCHARD, WHO IS 20, PLEADED GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN THE DEATH OF 18-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA HOGARTH IN AUGUST 2012. DURING THE TRIAL, COURT HEARD POLICE BROKE UP THE PAIR OUTSIDE A BAR AND SENT THEM HOME, BUT THE FIGHTING CONTINUED THROUGH TEXTS AND A CALL. THEN HOGARTH WENT OVER TO A RESIDENCE WHERE BLANCHARD WAS STAYING AND THAT'S WHEN HOGARTH WAS STABBED TWICE. WITH CREDIT FOR TIME ALREADY SERVED, BLANCHARD HAS FOUR YEARS AND THREE MONTHS LEFT BEFORE HIS SENTENCE IS COMPLETED. HOGARTH'S FAMILY SAYS THEY ARE DISAPPOINTED BLANCHARD WILL BE FREE SO SOON, BUT ARE THANKFUL THE CASE IS OVER.

AIRDRIE RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A STRANGE INCIDENT. LAST FRIDAY (JUNE 27), AROUND 4:15 IN THE AFTERNOON, AN AIRDRIE MALE BECAME INVOLVED IN AN ARGUEMENT WITH A SECOND UNIDENTIFIED MALE WHO THE AIRDIRE MAN DID NOT KNOW. THE AIRDRIE MAN TRIED TO LEAVE THE SCENE IN A VEHICLE ON BIG HILL ROAD. HOWEVER, THE SECOND MAN JUMPED A FENCE AND RAN ONTO THE ROAD IN FRONT OF THE LEAVING VEHICLE.  THIS SECOND MAN  IS THEN ALLEDGED TO HAVE SMASHED OUT THE WINDOW OF THE AIRDRIE MAN'S VEHICLE WITH A PIPE AND WENT ON TO HIT THE DRIVER WITH THE PIPE. THE SUSPECT THEN PULLED THE DRIVER FROM THE VEHICLE AND STRUCK THE VICTIM IN THE FACE. THE SUSPECT FLEEING THE SCENE WITH A THIRD UNIDENTIFIED MALE, WHO PICKED UP THE PIPE WEAPON BEFORE LEAVING. THE VICTIM SUSTAINED UNDISCLOSED INJURIES. AIRDRIE RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR THE SUSPECT WHO IS DESCRIBED AS CAUCASIAN, WITH LONG BLACK HAIR, ABOUT 5 FEET 9 IN HEIGHT, WITH A MOUSTACHE/GOATEE. HE WAS WEARING A BLACK T-SHIRT AND SHORTS, WITH A CHAIN ON HIS WALLET. IF YOUR KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS INCIDENT, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

LOTS OF FUN AND EXCITEMENT IN THE TOWN OF CORONATION TODAY AND TOMORROW (JULY 4-5). THE ANNUAL  CORONATION PRO RODEO KICK OFF AT NOON TODAY WITH RODEO SLACK. THE FIRST RODEO PERFORMANCE GOES THIS EVENING AT 6:00 O'CLOCK WITH THE RODEO DANCE TO FOLLOW AT THE RODEO GROUNDS. TOMORROW (JULY 5), ENJOY THE FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST FROM 7:00 TO 10:00 AT THE CORONATION CURLING RINK. THEN SATURDAY MORNING AT 10:30, THE GIANT PARADE GETS UNDERWAY THROUGH DOWNTOWN CORONATION. THE SECOND RODEO PEFORMANCE GOES SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT 1:00, WITH ANOTHER RODEO DANCE SATURDAY NIGHT 8:00 O'CLOCK AT THE CORONATION RODEO GROUNDS. THAT'S THE CORONATION PRO RODEO TODAY AND TOMORROW.

THE TOURIST COMMUNITY OF DRUMHELLER IS GETTING A NEW BUSINESS STARTING TODAY (JULY 4) THAT WILL HELP VISITORS TO THE VALLEY TO GET AROUND BETTER. IT'S CALLED THE DINOSAUR VALLEY EXPRESS, AND IS A SPECIAL TROLLEY VEHICLE THAT WILL FOLLOW A CERTAIN ROUTE, CARRYING TOURISTS TO DIFFERENT ATTRACTIONS. OWNER OF THE EXPRESS, KARL STOJAN SAYS IT'S A SERVICE HE FELT WAS NEEDED IN THE VALLEY. AND STOJAN SAYS ONCE YOU PURCHASE YOUR FARE, YOU CAN USE THE TROLLEY ALL DAY. THE DINOSAUR VALLEY EXPRESS STARTS TODAY AND RUNS 7 DAYS A WEEK, FROM 9:30 IN THE MORNING UNTIL 8:30 IN THE EVENING. THEY'LL ALSO HAVE TOUR GUIDES TO PROVIDE INTERESTING INFORMATION ON DRUMHELLER TOURIST SITES. TO GET MORE INFORMATION TO TO THEIR WEBSITE AT DINOSAUR VALLEY EXPRESS DOT COM.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 3

THE PARENTS OF A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO HASN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE MONDAY URGED HIM TO BE A SUPERHERO AND TO STAY STRONG. JENNIFER AND ROD O'BRIEN CRIED AT A NEWS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY (JULY 2) ORGANIZED BY CALGARY POLICE AS THEY PLEADED WITH WHOEVER HAS THEIR CHILD TO BRING HIM BACK. POLICE SAY NATHAN O'BRIEN AND HIS GRANDPARENTS, ALVIN AND KATHY LIKNES (LIHCK'-NESS), DISAPPEARED UNDER SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES IN CALGARY EARLIER THIS WEEK. THE OLDEST OF THREE BOYS, NATHAN WAS REPORTED MISSING MONDAY (JUNE 30) AFTER HIS MOTHER WENT TO PICK HIM UP FROM A SLEEPOVER AT HER PARENTS' HOUSE IN A NEIGHBOURHOOD NEAR DOWNTOWN CALGARY. THE GRANDPARENTS HELD AN ESTATE SALE ON SUNDAY BECAUSE THEY HAD PLANNED TO MOVE TO A NEW HOME IN EDMONTON AND THEN TO MEXICO. NATHAN AND HIS MOM HELPED WITH THE SALE, AND THEN NATHAN HAD A SLEEPOVER WITH HIS GRANDPARENTS. WHEN JENNIFER O'BRIEN RETURNED THE NEXT DAY TO PICK UP NATHAN, EVERYONE WAS GONE. AN AMBER ALERT WAS ISSUED, BUT THE THREE HAVE NOT BEEN HEARD FROM SINCE. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY DON'T BELIEVE THE THREE LEFT TE HOME VOLUNTARILY. OFFICERS HAVE NO SUSPECTS AND DON'T KNOW WHY ANYONE WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE TRIO.

THE FATHER OF A SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO DIED THREE YEARS AGO HAS BEEN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL FOR FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. SPENCER JORDAN AND HIS WIFE MARIE MAGOON WERE ARRESTED AFTER MEIKA (MEE-KAH) JORDAN DIED OF BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA IN 2011. BOTH WERE CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER, BUT JORDAN ARGUED IN MAY FOR HIS CHARGE TO BE REDUCED. A JUDGE RULED WEDNESDAY (JULY 2) THAT THE ORIGINAL CHARGE WILL STAND, AND BOTH WILL BE TRIED BY JUDGE ALONE IN MARCH 2015.

A CALGARY MAN WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN THE STABBING OF HIS FRIEND HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON. BYRON BLANCHARD AND 18-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA HOGARTH WERE OUT DRINKING BEFORE BEING KICKED OUT OF A BAR IN AUGUST 2012 FOR FIGHTING. BLANCHARD WAS INITIALLY CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN HOGARTH'S DEATH. WITH CREDIT FOR TIME SERVED, BLANCHARD STILL HAS FOUR YEARS AND THREE MONTHS TO SERVE. THE VICTIM'S MOTHER, DEBBIE HOGARTH, SAYS SHE IS DISAPPOINTED WITH THE PLEA DEAL. BUT SHE SAYS SHE'S HAPPY THE COURT PROCESS IS OVER AND WANTS TO MOVE ON WITH HEALING AFTER LOSING HER SON.

A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN ACCUSED OF ORDERING HER PITBULL-TYPE DOG TO ATTACK ANOTHER WOMAN AT A TRAILER PARK IN SUNDRE NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO, WILL BE SENTENCED LATER THIS SUMMER. 59 YEAR OLD RITA PHILLIP OF SUNDRE WAS CONVICTED IN CALGARY COURT LAST MONTH ON COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE CAUSING BODILY HARM IN THE AUGUST 2012 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN A 26 YEAR OLD WOMAN FROM CALGARY SUFFERED CRITICAL INJURIES AFTER BEING MAULED BY A DOG AT A MOBILE HOME PARK IN SUNDRE. FIRST RESPONDERS TO THE SCENE SAY THE VICTIM'S INJURIES WERE SO SEVERE, AT FIRST THEY THOUGHT SHE WAS DEAD.

A LOCKDOWN CONTINUES AT THE MEDIUM SECURITY PENITENTIARY IN DRUMHELLER, NORTH EAST OF CALGARY. PRISON OFFICIALS PUT THE LOCKDOWN IN PLACE ON MONDAY AFTERNOON (JUNE 30), SO STAFF MEMBERS COULD CARRY OUT AN EXCEPTIONAL SEARCH OF THE FACILITY. GUARDS ARE GOING "CELL TO CELL" LOOKING FOR ANY CONTRABAND OR WEAPONS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN SMUGGLED IN. ACTING ASSISTANT WARDEN, RICK EASTON SAYS THE SEARCH IS ON-GOING AND THE PRISON LOCKDOWN WILL REMAIN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. HE ADDS, DURING THE LOCKDOWN PERIOD, ALL REGULAR VISITS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2

POLICE IN CALGARY SAY THEY BELIEVE ALCOHOL AND SPEED WERE FACTORS IN A FATAL CRASH EARLY ON CANADA DAY (JULY 1). INVESTIGATORS SAY A CAR WENT OFF MACLEOD TRAIL, HIT A FENCE, THEN A LIGHT POLE AND TWO LARGE TREES BEFORE FINALLY COMING TO REST ON ITS ROOF. POLICE SAY THE 25-YEAR-OLD MALE VICTIM WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT AND WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS BRIEFLY ON FIRE BUT THE FLAMES WERE PUT OUT BY FIREFIGHTERS.

ONE MAN IS IN EDMONTON HOSPITAL AFTER A CRASH ON HIGHWAY 56 NEAR STETTLER. YESTERDAY MORNING (JULY 1), JUST BEFORE 9:00, STETTLER RCMP, EMS AND THE REGIONAL FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO REPORTS OF AN SUV THAT HAD LEFT HIGHWAY 56 ABOUT 19 KILOMETERS NORTH OF STETTLER.  POLICE SAY THE LONE MALE DRIVER WAS SEVERELY INJURED AFTER STRIKING AN APPROACH AND COMING TO REST IN A NEARBY POND. THE DRIVER FROM THE RURAL BASHAW AREA, SUSTAINED LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AND WAS TRAPPED INSIDE THE SUV. FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO USE THE JAWS OF LIFE TO REMOVE THE VICTIM FROM THE VEHICLE.  THE MALE WAS AIRLIFTED TO EDMONTON HOSPITAL BY STARS. POLICE SAY THERE WERE ALSO TWO PET DOGS TRAVELING INSIDE THE VEHICLE WITH ONLY ONE SURVIVING THE CRASH. THE CAUSE OF THE COLLISION REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

A MAN, CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF A WOMAN ALONG A ROAD NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE APPEARED IN COURT ON MONDAY (JUNE 30). POLICE SAY TRISHA WISE OF ONTARIO WAS WALKING ALONG A GRAVEL ROAD NORTH OF HIGHWAY 12 ON JUNE 22ND WHEN SHE WAS STRUCK BY AN SUV. RCMP ALLEGE THE 20 YEAR OLD WISE GOT OUT OF THE SUV AFTER A HEATED ARGUMENT WITH THE MALE DRIVER JUST MOMENTS BEFORE SHE WAS HIT. 28 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER ROSS OF CLEARWATER COUNTY IS CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH. POLICE CLAIM THE ACCUSED BLEW NEARLY THREE TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT.

AS THE CALGARY STAMPEDE GETS READY TO ROLL THIS WEEK, ONE OFFICIAL SAYS MANY PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE HOW CLOSE THEY CAME TO NOT BEING ABLE TO THROW OPEN THE GATES LAST YEAR. WARREN CONNELL, VICE PRESIDENT OF PARK DEVELOPMENT WITH STAMPEDE, SAYS IF THE FLOOD HAPPENED TWO DAYS LATER, THE STAMPEDE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OPEN IN TIME. CONNELL SAYS STAMPEDE OFFICIALS WERE ON THE PHONE THE NIGHT THE WATER PEAKED, ATTEMPTING TO GET COMPANIES TO FLY INTO CALGARY WITH THEIR EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL. HE SAYS THEY EVEN HAD SOME CREWS THAT HAD BEEN BUILDING THE NEW AIRPORT RUNWAY.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 29

R-C-M-P IN STRATHMORE SAY A SUSPECT IN AN ALLEGED HIT-AND-RUN NEAR THE COMMUNITY EAST OF CALGARY HAS TURNED HIMSELF IN TO POLICE. POLICE SAY A PEDESTRIAN WAS STRUCK BY A TRUCK SATURDAY NIGHT (JUNE 28). THEY ALLEGE THE DRIVER SPUN AROUND IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, AND THEN WENT INTO THE DITCH IN HIT A POWER POLE BEFORE GETTING BACK ONTO THE ROAD. CHARGES OF DANGEROUS DRIVING AND LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT ARE PENDING AGAINST THE SUSPECT. THE 21-YEAR-OLD VICTIM HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL.

A 40-YEAR-OLD MAN IN CALGARY FACES CHARGES FOLLOWING AN AMBER ALERT THAT ENDED WITH THE CHILD BEING FOUND SAFE. THE ALERT WAS ISSUED FRIDAY EVENING (JUNE 27) WHEN POLICE ALLEGE A NINE-MONTH-OLD BOY WAS TAKEN FROM A PARKING LOT BY HIS FATHER. POLICE SAY ASSOCIATES OF THE SUSPECT LATER CALLED THEM, AND THE BOY THEN WAS HANDED OVER TO OFFICERS. THE MAN FACES CHARGES THAT INCLUDE TWO COUNTS OF UTTERING THREATS AND THREE COUNTS OF BREACHING CONDITIONS. POLICE SAY FURTHER CHARGES ARE EXPECTED.

POLICE SAY A THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY IN CALGARY WILL NEED RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY AFTER HE WAS BITTEN ON THE HEAD BY A PITBULL DOG. AUTHORITIES SAY THE CHILD WAS PLAYING WITH HIS GODFATHER'S DOG IN A NORTHWEST NEIGHBOURHOOD YESTERDAY (JUNE 29)WHEN THE ANIMAL ATTACKED HIM. THE CANINE'S OWNER JUMPED IN AND SEPARATED THEM AND THE YOUNGSTER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL IN SERIOUS BUT STABLE CONDITION. ANIMAL AND BYLAW SERVICES HAS SEIZED THE DOG, BUT THERE'S NO WORD ON WHETHER THE OWNER WILL BE CHARGED.

A RED DEER MAN NAMED IN A CHILD PORN INVESTIGATION IS PLEADING NOT GUILTY. THE 21-YEAR OLD IS CHARGED WITH POSESSION OF CHILD PORN, AND LURING A CHILD WITH THE INTENT TO PRODUCE CHILD PORN. THE ALLEGED VICTIM WAS ONLY 13-YEARS OLD AT THE TIME OF THE ALLEGED CRIMES WHICH STEM FROM EXCHANGES MADE ON FACEBOOK. JUSTIN ANDREW PECK WILL APPEAR BEFORE THE COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH ON JULY 11TH FOR ARRAIGNMENTS.

IT'S FEDERAL ELECTION DAY IN CANADA TODAY (JUNE 30) -- FOR SOME CANADIANS. POLLS WILL OPEN IN FOUR FEDERAL RIDINGS THE DAY BEFORE THE CANADA DAY HOLIDAY. GOVERNING CONSERVATIVES ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE THE ALBERTA SEATS OF MACLEOD SOUTH OF CALGARY AND FORT MCMURRAY-ATHABASCA. ONLY THE TORONTO RIDING OF TRINITY-SPADINA IS REALLY UP FOR GRABS BETWEEN THE LIBERALS AND THE N-D-P. THE OTHER ELECTION IS IN SUBURBAN TORONTO'S SCARBOROUGH-AGINCOURT.

friDAY, JUNE 27

MORE THAN 400-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN SEIZED AS PART OF A JOINT R-C-M-P AND CALGARY POLICE THEFT INVESTIGATION. A 33-YEAR-OLD MAN HAS ALSO BEEN ARRESTED AFTER A RECENT POLICE SEARCH OF A PROPERTY IN ROCKY VIEW COUNTY WHICH SURROUNDS MOST OF CALGARY. INVESTIGATORS ALLEGE A COMPANY CALLED CALGARY LANDSCAPER RENTED OUT AND SOLD STOLEN MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT TO UNSUSPECTING CUSTOMERS THROUGH ADS LISTED ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITE KIJIJI. BERNARD PENNER IS FACING A DOZEN CHARGES, INCLUDING POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY, ASSAULT, FRAUD AND TAMPERING WITH VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS.

ALBERTA'S JUSTICE MINISTER SAYS HE WILL TAKE THE CONCERNS OF GRIEVING ALBERTA FAMILIES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS HE PRESSES FOR MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES IN DRUNK-DRIVING CASES. JONATHAN DENIS (DENNIS) MET WEDNESDAY (JUNE 25) IN COCHRANE WITH A GROUP OF WOMEN WHO HAVE LOST CHILDREN TO DRUNK DRIVERS, OR THOSE SUSPECTED OF DRIVING IMPAIRED. THE GROUP, FAMILIES FOR JUSTICE, WANTS TO SEE THE CHARGE OF IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH CHANGED TO VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER, WITH A MINIMUM SENTENCE OF FIVE YEARS. THE GROUP HAS COLLECTED 65-THOUSAND SIGNATURES ON A PETITION IT PLANS TO GIVE TO PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER.

A PROFESSOR AT MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY IN CALGARY IS ACCUSED OF HOLDING A FEMALE STAFF MEMBER AGAINST HER WILL. JOHN WINTERDYKE, WHO WORKS IN THE UNIVERSITY'S JUSTICE STUDIES DEPARTMENT, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FORCIBLE CONFINEMENT. THE WOMAN ORIGINALLY COMPLAINED TO POLICE, BUT WHEN NO CHARGE RESULTED FROM THEIR INVESTIGATION, SHE FILED A PRIVATE COMPLAINT. A JUDGE HEARD HER ALLEGATIONS AND RULED THAT SHE HAD A CASE. THAT PROMPTED THE CROWN TO CHARGE WINTERDYKE. MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY SAYS IT IS STANDING BEHIND THE ACCUSED PROFESSOR.

A CALGARY HIGH SCHOOL IS CHANGING THE NAME AND LOGO OF ITS ATHLETIC TEAMS AFTER COMPLAINTS THAT THE NAME WAS DEROGATORY OR EVEN RACIST. COME SEPTEMBER, WESTERN CANADA HIGH SCHOOL'S TEAMS WILL BE CALLED THE REDHAWKS RATHER THAN THE REDMEN. THE NEW LOGO IS A RAPTOR'S HEAD WITH THE NAME ``REDHAWKS'' ON A BANNER UNDERNEATH. THE CALGARY BOARD OF EDUCATION AND OFFICIALS AT THE SCHOOL DECIDED TO SCRAP THE OLD NAME ALONG WITH A LOGO DEPICTING AN ABORIGINAL MAN WITH BRAIDS AND FEATHERS. THE DECISION WAS MADE AFTER A YEAR-LONG CONSULTATION WITH STUDENTS, STAFF, PARENTS, ALUMNI AND ABORIGINAL LEADERS. THE SCHOOL WILL STICK WITH ITS COLOUR SCHEME OF RED AND WHITE, BUT IT WILL STILL COST ABOUT $200,000 TO REPLACE JERSEYS AND THE GYM FLOOR WITH THE OLD LOGO.



THURSDAY, JUNE 26

CALGARY POLICE AND RCMP SAY THEY'RE TRYING TO SORT OUT A BIZARRE CHAIN OF EVENTS AFTER A MAN WAS FOUND IN A STOLEN TRUCK ON A RURAL PROPERTY NORTH OF CALGARY, SUFFERING FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS. FAY RATCHFORD SAYS SHE WAS AWOKEN BY SCREAMS AT 2 A.M. YESTERDAY (JUNE 25) AND LOOKED OUT HER WINDOW AT A HOME LOCATED IN AN AREA WEST OF BALZAC, TO SEE HER NEIGHBOUR'S TRUCK. BUT WHEN SHE RAN OUT TO HELP, IT WASN'T HER NEIGHBOUR BUT A STRANGER SITTING IN THE VEHICLE, BLEEDING FROM HIS BELLY. POLICE BELIEVE THE 34-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS SHOT, THEN WENT TO A HOME JUST INSIDE CALGARY CITY LIMITS AND BROKE IN AND STOLE A TRUCK. THEY SAY THEY'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO SHOT HIM, WHERE AND WHY, BUT HE ISN'T COOPERATING.

 A 61-YEAR OLD PONOKA WOMAN IS DEAD AFTER A HEAD-ON COLLISION NORTH OF MASKAWCIS, FORMERLY KNOWN AS HOBBEMA. YESTERDAY (JUNE 25) SHORTLY AFTER NOON HOUR, RCMP WERE CALLED TO SCENE, JUST 2 KILOMETRES OUTSIDE TOWN, ALONG HIGHWAY 2A. POLICE SAY A SOUTHBOUND CAR CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE, INTO THE PATH OF AN ONCOMING SEMI TRAILER TRUCK. THE WOMAN BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE CAR WAS DECLARED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE DRIVER OF THE SEMI WAS NOT HURT. THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

A MAN IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE AFTER A HEAD ON COLLISION EAST OF RED DEER YESTERDAY MORNING (JUNE 25). FIRE, PARAMEDICS AND POLICE RESPONDED TO THE SCENE, ALONG HIGHWAY 11.  THE JAWS OF LIFE WERE USED TO REMOVE ONE PASSENGER FROM THE WRECKAGE. AN EASTBOUND CAR CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE EIGHT KILOMETRES FROM THE ALIX TURN-OFF, STRIKING A WESTBOUND TRUCK, HEAD ON. THE MAN BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE CAR WAS AIRLIFTED TO TO EDMONTON WITH SERIOUS, POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES. A MALE AND FEMALE INSIDE THE TRUCK WERE TRANSPORTED TO RED DEER HOSPITAL WITH UNDETERMINED INJURIES. DRUGS AND ALCOHOL ARE NOT CONSIDERED CONTRIBUTING FACTORS, BUT THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 A MAN HAS BEEN KILLED AND ANOTHER PERSON HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A HIGHWAY CRASH IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. REPORTS SAY BOTH VICTIMS WERE ON MOTORCYCLES WHEN THE INCIDENT HAPPENED LAST EVENING (JUNE 25) ON HIGHWAY 5-34 NEAR VULCAN. WORD IS THEY WERE RIDING ON SEPARATE BIKES WHEN THEY COLLIDED AND SLID INTO THE DITCH. THE INJURED PERSON IS REPORTED TO BE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. A SECTION OF THE HIGHWAY WAS CLOSED FOR SEVERAL HOURS WHILE POLICE INVESTIGATED.

SOCIAL AGENCIES ARE REPORTING AN INCREASE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND A NEED FOR MORE COUNSELLING A YEAR AFTER THE DEVASTATING FLOODS ROCKED PARTS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. ROBBIE BABINS-WAGNER FROM THE CALGARY COUNSELLING CENTRE SAYS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE SEEKING HELP WAS UP 14 PER CENT IN THE MONTHS FOLLOWING THE FLOODS. SHE SAYS THE NUMBERS ARE STILL SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL AND MANY OF THE DEMANDS FOR HELP ARE A RESULT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED MORE THAN TWO MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS TO HELP AGENCIES WHO DEAL WITH FAMILY VIOLENCE AND HOMELESSNESS.


A BIG BULLARAMA WAS HELD IN ARROWWOOD LAST EVENING, NOW THE SMALL COMMUNITY SOUTH EAST OF STRATHMORE IS GEARING UP FOR A HUGE RODEO THIS WEEKEND. IT'S THE 8TH ANNUAL ARROWWOOD AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY RODEO WITH PERFORMANCES SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON.  CHAIR OF THE SOCIETY'S RODEO COMMITTEE, DWAYNE ASHBAKHER SAYS SATURDAY IS GOING TO BE A VERY BUSY DAY WITH THE LION'S FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST STARTING AT 8:00, A PARADE AT 10:00, THE 4-H LIGHT HORSE CLUB A 4-H ACHIEVEMENT DAY BEGINNING AT 11:00AM. ASHBACKER SAYS THIS IS A CANADIAN COWBOY'S ASSOCIATION RODEO WITH COMPETITORS FROM ALL OVER TAKING PART.  RODEO PERFORMANCES GO SATURDAY AT 5:30 AND SUNDAY'S RODEO PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 1:00PM. THAT'S THE 8TH ANNUAL ARROWWOOD RODEO SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, IN ARROWWOOD, LOCATED SOUTH EAST OF STRATHMORE.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25

POLICE DIVE TEAMS WON'T SEARCH FOR A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN SWEPT DOWNSTREAM BY A SWOLLEN RIVER SOUTH OF CALGARY ON THE WEEKEND. THE RCMP SAYS THE HIGHWOOD RIVER IS HIGH AND MOVING QUICKLY DUE TO RECENT RAIN. JUSTIN MCNEIL'S FAMILY SAYS HE FELL INTO THE WATER NEAR THE NATURE'S HIDEAWAY CAMPGROUND ON SUNDAY (JUNE 22). BUT POLICE SAID MONDAY THAT MCNEIL HAD DECIDED TO GO FOR A SWIM, BUT GOT CAUGHT IN THE STRONG CURRENT. AN EXTENSIVE SEARCH, WHICH INCLUDED A PATROL BY CALGARY'S POLICE HELICOPTER, FAILED TO LOCATE THE VICTIM. MCNEIL'S COUSIN, MELANIE MURRIN, SAYS THE FAMILY ISN'T GIVING UP HOPE THAT HE WILL BE FOUND SAFE.

ONE MAN WAS INJURED AFTER HIS VEHICLE WAS STRUCK BY A TRAIN NEAR INNISFAIL TUESDAY MORNING (JUNE 24). A SERVICE VEHICLE WAS HIT ON THE TRACKS AT HIGHWAY 2-A AND RANGE ROAD 3-62 AT AROUND 6:20AM. AFTER FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVED, STARS AIR AMBULANCE WAS CALLED OUT TO THE SCENE WHERE THEY TREATED A MAN IN HIS 40'S. AFTER EXTRICATING HIM FROM THE VEHICLE, HE WAS TAKEN TO CALGARY HOSPITAL IN SERIOUS BUT STABLE CONDITION., STARS SAYS THE MAN WAS THE ONLY PATIENT THEY TREATED.

RESIDENTS FROM A SOUTHERN ALBERTA COMMUNITY HIT HARD IN LAST YEAR'S FLOOD HAVE UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH TO SUBMIT EXPENSE CLAIMS FOR DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE RCMP. HOMEOWNERS IN HIGH RIVER HAVE UNTIL JUNE 30 TO GET THEIR INVOICES TO THE MOUNTIES. CLAIMS CAN BE MAILED TO OR DELIVERED IN-PERSON TO THE HIGH RIVER RCMP DETACHMENT. THE RCMP BROKE DOWN DOORS OR SMASHED THROUGH WINDOWS AS THEY CHECKED PROPERTIES DURING THE EVACUATION OF THE TOWN LAST JUNE. AT THE TIME, RESIDENTS QUESTIONED WHETHER POLICE HAD THE RIGHT TO BREAK INTO THEIR HOMES. THEY ALSO EXPRESSED ANGER ABOUT THE RCMP'S SEIZURE OF GUNS FROM THEIR HOUSES.

HIKERS ON TRAILS IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK ARE BEING WARNED TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS ABOUT BEARS. PARKS CANADA SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE SIGHTINGS OF BLACK BEARS AND GRIZZLIES BOTH IN THE PARK AND IN THE BANFF TOWNSITE. THOSE SIGHTINGS HAVE LED TO THE CLOSURE OF MULTIPLE AREAS TO THE PUBLIC. OFFICIALS SAY THE BEARS ARE FORAGING FOR FOOD AND IT'S THEIR MATING SEASON.

THE CASE OF THE MISSING HEIFERS IN IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA TURNED OUT TO BE JUST A CLERICAL ERROR. A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE ALBERTA RCMP LIVESTOCK INVESTIGATION UNIT SAID 59 MIXED-BREED COWS WERE RECENTLY STOLEN FROM PROPERTY NEAR CZAR, A SMALL TOWN  SOUTH OF WAINWRIGHT. ALERTS WERE SENT OUT TO THE INSPECTED LIVESTOCK MARKETS IN ALBERTA, SASKATCHEWAN AND BRITISH COLUMBIA AND THE CATTLE OWNER PUT UP POSTERS OFFERING A $25,000 REWARD. THE POLICE INVESTIGATION, WHICH INVOLVED AN ON-SITE INVESTIGATION TAKING THREE DAYS, CHECKING CATTLE IDENTIFICATION TAGS AND SEEING HOW MANY WERE BROUGHT TO THE MARKET, DISCOVERED THAT WHILE 59 HEIFERS WERE MISSING, THE SAME NUMBER OF STEERS WERE BOUGHT. CORPORAL DAVID HEASLIP SAYS HE ASKED THE CATTLE OWNER TO CHECK HIS NUMBERS AGAIN. THE OWNER DID AND SHEEPISHLY TOLD CORPORAL HEASLIP THAT HE FOUND HE HAD PUT IN THE NUMBERS TWICE AND THE HEIFERS HAD NEVER BEEN STOLEN.

THE SMALL RURAL COMMUNITY OF ARROWWOOD, SOUTH EAST OF STRATHMORE IS READY TO CELEBRATE. THE ANNUAL "BULL-A-RAMA" GOES THIS EVENING AT THE ARROWWOOD RODEO GROUNDS. CHAIR OF THE ARROWWOOD AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY'S RODEO COMMITTEE, DWAYNE ASHBACHER SAYS THEY'VE ALSO MADE A FEW IMPROVEMENTS TO THE GROUNDS INCLUDING SOME NEW AND IMPROVED BLEACHERS. THERE'S FREE CAMPING AND YOU CAN STAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND TO TAKE IN THE ARROWWOOD RODEO ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. THIS EVENING'S PROFESSIONAL BULL-A-RAMA BEGINS AT 7:00 O'CLOCK WITH SOME OF THE TOP RIDERS FROM ACROSS CANADA. 

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