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TUESDAY MARCH 3

A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL WILL BE HELD TONIGHT (MAR 3) NEAR AN ALBERTA COMMUNITY TO MARK THE TEN YEARS THAT HAVE PASSED SINCE THE SHOOTING DEATHS OF FOUR R-CM-P OFFICERS. FRIENDS, FAMILY, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND SOME DIGNITARIES WILL GATHER AT “THE  FALLEN FOUR MEMORIAL PARK”, JUST OUTSIDE MAYERTHORPE TO REMEMBER CONSTABLES ANTHONY GORDON, LEO JOHNSTON, BROCK MYROL (MY'-ROHL) AND PETER SCHIEMANN (SHE'-MUHN). PRESIDENT OF THE FALLEN FOUR MEMORIAL SOCIETY MARGARET THIBAULT SAYS IT'S A FAIRLY LOW KEY AND SIMPLE EVENT, IN HONOUR OF ALL THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. SHE SAYS THE CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY WILL "LIGHT UP" THE DARKNESS AND GIVES PEOPLE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. THE CEREMONY BEGINS THIS EVENING AT 6:30. THE FOUR MOUNTIES WERE GUNNED DOWN ON MARCH 3, 2005 BY JAMES ROSZKO (ROSS'-KOH) WHILE GUARDING A CRIME SCENE ON A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR MAYERTHORPE. ROSZKO LATER TOOK HIS OWN LIFE.  THE PARK WAS DEVELOPED TO HONOUR THE OFFICERS AND GETS ABOUT 10-THOUSAND VISITORS EACH YEAR.

 

HIGHWAY 12 WEST OF STETTLER WAS CLOSED FOR SEVERAL HOURS YESTERDAY (MAR 2) AFTER A MULTI VEHICLE PILE-UP ON THE ERSKINE OVERPASS. STETTLER RCMP, THE STETTLER REGIONAL FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND EMS ARRIVED TO APPROXIMATELY 40 VEHICLES AT THE SCENE AFTER A SERVICE TRUCK TOWING A TRAILER SPUN OUT ON THE OVERPASS DUE TO ICY ROAD CONDITIONS. THE COLLISION ALONG WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS FROM BLOWING SNOW CAUSED FOUR OTHER SUBSEQUENT COLLISIONS.  TWO PEOPLE WERE HOSPITALIZED, FOUR OTHERS SUSTAINED INJURIES, AND A TOTAL OF 11 VEHICLES WERE DAMAGED AS A RESULT OF THE PILE-UP. FIRE CHIEF MARK DENNIS SAID DURING HIS 20 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE STETTLER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THIS WAS THE LARGEST COLLISION THAT HE HAS ATTENDED. THE ERSKINE OVERPASS WAS RE-OPENED 5 HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL CRASH.

 

THE ARREST OF A DINE AND DASH SUSPECT IN NORTH RED DEER SUNDAY NIGHT (MAR 1) HAS LED TO THE CAPTURE OF A WANTED CRIMINAL.  RED DEER CITY RCMP ARRESTED THE MAN IN THE VILLAGE MALL PARKING LOT SHORTLY AFTER 9:30 AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY LEFT THE KEG RESTAURANT WITHOUT PAYING.  THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE SUSPECT HAD A PAIR OF ARREST WARRANTS OUT OF CALGARY AND WAS ALSO IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF TWO SUSPECTS IN A BREAK AND ENTER IN PENHOLD EARLY SATURDAY MORNING (FEB 28). REPORTS SAY TWO MEN BROKE INTO THE PENHOLDER INN IN PENHOLD AND STOLE AN AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINE BY TOWING IT AWAY.  

                                                                                                                                       

 

MONDAY MARCH 2

A MAN HAS BEEN KILLED IN A VEHICLE-PEDESTRIAN INCIDENT NORTH OF CALGARY.  R-C-M-P SAY THE 61-YEAR-OLD VICTIM WAS TRYING TO CROSS HIGHWAY TWO NEAR CROSSFIELD LAST NIGHT (MAR 1) WHEN HE WAS HIT. HE DIED AT THE SCENE, WHILE THE DRIVER SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. POLICE SAY ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND SPEED WERE NOT FACTORS AND CHARGES ARE NOT BEING CONSIDERED.

 

FRIENDS AND RELATIVES OF FIVE PEOPLE STABBED TO DEATH AT A CALGARY HOUSE PARTY PACKED A COURTROOM TODAY (MAR 2) FOR THE START OF A PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR A MAN CHARGED IN THE DEATHS. SEVERAL PEOPLE IN THE STANDING-ROOM-ONLY CROWD DABBED AWAY TEARS AS MATTHEW DE GROOD SAT QUIETLY DURING THE MORNING PROCEEDINGS.
THE 23-YEAR-OLD IS ACCUSED OF KILLING LAWRENCE HONG, JOSH HUNTER, KAITLIN PERRAS, ZACKARIAH RATHWELL AND JORDAN SEGURA LAST APRIL. THE HEARING WILL DETERMINE IF THERE'S ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO PROCEED TO A FULL TRIAL.

 

ANOTHER ONE OF THE WILDROSE FLOOR-CROSSERS IS QUITTING POLITICS. JASON HALE HAS ANNOUNCED ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE THAT HE WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION FOR THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES. HE SAYS HE PLANS TO INSTEAD FOCUS ON HIS FAMILY AND HIS CATTLE RANCH. HALE WAS ELECTED IN THE RIDING OF STRATHMORE-BROOKS FOR THE WILDROSE PARTY IN 2012. LATE LAST YEAR, HE AND 10 OF HIS FELLOW WILDROSE MEMBERS, INCLUDING THEN LEADER DANIELLE SMITH, CROSSED THE FLOOR TO JOIN PREMIER JIM PRENTICE AND THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES. THE FLOOR-CROSSERS WERE HARSHLY CRITICIZED FOR THE MOVE AND TWO OF THEM, ROB ANDERSON IN THE AIRDRIE CONSTITUENCY AND BRUCE ROWE IN THE OLDS-DIDSBURY-THREE HILLS CONSTITUENCY, HAVE ALREADY ANNOUNCED THEY ARE LEAVING POLITICS.

 

MORE THAN A DOZEN WILD ALBERTA HORSES THAT WERE AUCTIONED OFF OVER THE WEEKEND (FEB 28) HAVE BEEN SAVED FROM THE SLAUGHTER HOUSE. THE INNISFAIL AUCTION MART SAYS IT MADE SURE THE 14 ANIMALS, WHICH WERE AMONG 33 WILD HORSES CAPTURED IN THE GHOST RIVER AREA WEST OF CALGARY LAST MONTH, WERE SOLD ONLY TO RANCHERS, FARMERS OR PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS. THE REST WERE IN THE CARE OF RESCUERS WITH THE HOPE THEY WILL EVENTUALLY BE ADOPTED. BOB HENDERSON OF THE WILD HORSES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY HAD FEARED THE ANIMALS THAT WENT TO AUCTION WOULD END UP AS MEAT, NOTING OLDER WILD HORSES ARE DIFFICULT TO TAME. THE ORGANIZATION WORKS WITH THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TO MANAGE ITS WILD HORSE POPULATION, WHICH THE PROVINCE SAYS DAMAGES GRASSLANDS USED FOR LIVESTOCK GRAZING AND BY WILDLIFE SUCH AS ELK. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THE HORSES ARE DESCENDANTS OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS USED IN LOGGING AND MINING OPERATIONS IN THE EARLY 1900S.    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27

CALGARY POLICE HAVE LAID CHARGES AGAINST A BANK EMPLOYEE WHO IS ACCUSED OF USING CUSTOMERS' PERSONAL INFORMATION TO COMMIT IDENTITY THEFT AND FRAUD. POLICE SAY THAT BETWEEN JUNE 2012 AND NOVEMBER 2013, A WOMAN AT AN UNNAMED FINANCIAL INSTITUTION USED CUSTOMERS' CREDIT CARD INFORMATION TO BUY $11,000 WORTH OF GOODS AND SERVICES.  THE BANK INVESTIGATED ON ITS OWN AND THEN CALLED POLICE. IT'S BELIEVED 20 OF THE BANK'S CUSTOMERS WERE TARGETED. ALL VICTIMS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED AND THE WOMAN NO LONGER WORKS AT THE BANK. CHARGES WERE LAID AGAINST 37 YEAR OLD GEORGIA CARLA RANKINE.

 

ACTOR LEONARD NIMOY'S DEATH HOLDS ADDED SADNESS FOR THE TOWN OF VULCAN IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA WHERE THE MAN WHO PLAYED STAR TREK'S MR. SPOCK IS BEING FONDLY REMEMBERED AS A GENTLEMAN. RESIDENTS OF THE SMALL TOWN SOUTHEAST OF CALGARY THAT SHARES THE NAME OF SPOCK'S HOME PLANET IN THE POPULAR TV SERIES WERE COMING TO GRIPS WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY (FEB 27) OF THE DEATH OF THE ACTOR WHO ENERGIZED THEIR TOURISM INDUSTRY. HE WAS 83. NIMOY HAD END-STAGE CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE.  NIMOY ELECTRIFIED A CROWD OF THOUSANDS WHEN HE TOOK A SIDE TRIP TO VULCAN DURING A VISIT TO CALGARY'S COMIC EXPO IN 2010. ONE RESIDENT OF VULCAN, MASON DODDS SAYS PEOPLE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY FEEL SADDENED AND EXPECTS THE COMING DAYS WILL TALK ABOUT NIMOY'S VISIT, AND HOW HE CAST STAR POWER OVER THEIR TINY COMMUNITY. LOUISE CHRISTIE SAYS HIS STAMP OF APPROVAL FOR THE TOWN'S ANNUAL FESTIVAL WAS A GODSEND TO A PLACE THAT STRUGGLES ECONOMICALLY BECAUSE HE HELPED DIFFERENTIATE VULCAN FROM THE OTHER TOWNS IN ALBERTA.  THE TOWN OF FEWER THAN 2,000 HOLDS AN ANNUAL FESTIVAL CALLED "SPOCK DAYS". AND DURING HIS VISIT IN 2010, THE TOWN UNVEILED A BRONZE BUST OF NIMOY. THE TOWN CONTINUES TO FEATURES SIDEWALKS EMBLAZONED WITH THE STARFLEET INSIGNIA.

                                                                                                                       

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26

AN UPDATE ON THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A CARSTAIRS AREA MAN IN CONNECTION WITH A HOME INVASION EARLIER THIS WEEK. THE RCMP MAJOR CRIMES UNIT SAYS THE CALGARY MEDICAL EXAMINER IS STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE THE MANNER AND EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH OF A 67 YEAR OLD MALE. RESULTS OF TOXICOLOGY TESTS COULD TAKE A WHILE. INVESTIGATORS CONTINUE TO WORK AT A RURAL RESIDENCE AND PROPERTY, NORTHWEST OF CARSTAIRS. THEY HAVE ALSO EXPANDED THE SEARCH ON THE FARM HOPING TO FIND MORE EVIDENCE. POLICE SAY EARLY MONDAY MORNING (FEB 23), THREE MASKED SUSPECTS ENTERED A RURAL RESIDENCE NEAR CARSTAIRS AND WERE CONFRONTED BY THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE. A STRUGGLE TOOK PLACE AND A MAN WAS SHOT. RCMP CAN NOW CONFIRM THE SHOOTING VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO CALGARY HOSPITAL BY A FRIEND WHO WAS AT THE SCENE OF THE ORIGINAL INCIDENT, BUT THE VICTIM SOON DIED OF HIS WOUNDS. THE FRIEND IS COOPERATING WITH INVESTIGATORS. THE RCMP CONTINUE TO INTERVIEW SEVERAL OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE HOME AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING. MOUNTIES STILL BELIEVE THE CARSTAIRS AREA HOME WAS TARGETED.

STRATHMORE RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE AN ARMED ROBBERY, THAT TOOK PLACE JUST OUTSIDE OF CALGARY DURING THIS PAST WEEKEND. POLICE SAY ON SATURDAY MORNING (FEB 21), AROUND 10:20 TWO MALES WEARING DARK CLOTHING WALKED INTO THE "FILLING STATION" RESTAURANT, WHICH IS LOCATED IN WRANGLER PARK, IN ROCKY VIEW COUNTY, JUST EAST OF CAGLARY, NORTH OF GLENMORE TRAIL. INVESTIGATORS SAY ONE OF THE CULPRITS DEMANDED MONEY AND WHEN STAFF DID NOT REACT RIGHT AWAY, A HANDGUN WAS SHOWN. THE SECOND SUSPECT WHO WAS ALSO ARMED, GRABBED MONEY FROM THE CASH REGISTER, AND ALSO TOOK A CELL PHONE FROM ANOTHER STAFF MEMBER OF THE RESTAURANT. THE ROBBERS FLED ON FOOT AND TOOK OFF IN A VEHICLE AT THE NORTH END OF THE BUILDING. THE FIRST MALE IS DESCRIBED A CAUCASIAN ABOUT 5 FOOT 8, AROUND 190 POUNDS, WITH BLUE EYES. HE WAS WEARING A DARK SKI MASK COVERING THE LOWER HALF OF THE FACE. THE SECOND MAN IS DESCRIBED AS OF ASIAN DESCENT ABOUT 5 FOOT 7. SLENDER BUILD, WEARING BLACK TINTED SUNGLASSES. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION INTO THIS INCIDENT CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

RCMP IN DRUMHELLER RELEASING INFORMATION ON A LIQUOR STORE BREAK IN FROM EARLIER THIS MONTH. POLICE SAY BACK ON FEBRUARY 12TH AROUND 4:00 IN THE MORNING, MOUNTIES WERE CALLED TO A LIQUOR STORE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE RIVER AFTER A REPORT OF THE FRONT WINDOW BEING SMASHED AND A SMALL AMOUNT OF LIQUOR TAKEN. POLICE WERE ABLE TO TRACK DOWN TWO SUSPECTS AT A RESIDENCE A FEW BLOCKS AWAY.  POLICE HAVE CHARGED AN 18 YEAR OLD MALE AND A 17 YEAR OLD MALE, BOTH FROM DRUMHELLER WITH SEVERAL OFFENCES, INCLUDING BREAK, ENTER AND THEFT.  THE PAIR HAVE BEEN RELEASED AND ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN DRUMHELLER PROVINCIAL COURT ON MARCH 13TH.

AN ALBERTA AUCTIONEER IS TAKING STEPS TO SAVE SOME OF THE PROVINCE'S WILD HORSES FROM THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE. CAPTURED IN THE GHOST RIVER AREA WEST OF CALGARY, 19 HORSES ARE IN THE CARE OF RESCUERS, AND 14 WERE LEFT TO BE AUCTIONED OFF. BUT DANNY DAINES OF THE INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET SAYS THEY'VE DECIDED THOSE HORSES WILL ONLY BE SOLD TO RANCHERS AND FARMERS, AND ANY POTENTIAL BUYERS FROM MEAT MARKETS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.  IT'S A RELIEF TO WILD HORSES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY'S BOB HENDERSON, WHO IS CARING FOR SOME OF THE HORSES AT A RESCUE RANCH NEAR SUNDRE. HE SAYS HE HAS TO ADMIT PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS HAVE GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO BE HELPFUL, CERTAINLY MORE THAN THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST.  

                                                                        

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25

A man has died in hospital after being shot during a home invasion NEAR a RURAL community nORTH OF Calgary. Police say three masked suspects entered a RURAL home NEAR Carstairs EARLY MONDAY MORNING (FEB 23) and were confronted by the people living there. A 67-year-old man was shot during the struggle and later died at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary. IT'S BELIEVED THE VICTIM WAS DROPPED OFF AT THE HOSPITAL BY THE UNIDENTIFIED CULPRITS. Police believe the home was targeted and a search of the property IS TAKING PLACE. Carstairs is about 60 kilometres north of Calgary.

 

A financial adviser FROM RED DEER was found guilty last night  (FEB 24) of first-degree murder for killing his disabled client FROM INNISFAIL at her front door with a pipe bomb disguised as a Christmas present.  A jury deliberated for just six hours before convicting 57-year-old Brian Malley of murder and two explosives-related charges.  He will serve a life sentence with no parole for 25 years for the death of 23-year-old Victoria Shachtay in Innisfail. Court heard the paralyzed single mom had entrusted Malley with hundreds of thousands of dollars she'd been given in a car-crash settlement, but he'd lost it all. Crown prosecutor Anders Quist called it a cold-blooded killing.

 

A school badly damaged during flooding in southern Alberta almost two years ago has finally reopened. About 400 students from Holy Spirit Academy in High River were forced into makeshift classrooms when floodwaters overtook the elementary and pre-kindergarten school.  The building now includes eight new modular classrooms. Officials say there is still work to be done to improve the playground.
Much of the town of High River, south of Calgary, was left under water by flooding brought on by torrential rains in June 2013. Some people IN HIGH RIVER are still waiting to return to their homes. 

                                                                                                        

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 24

A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN CHARGED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER THAT KILLED A RED DEER WOMAN IN 2012 WILL GO TO TRIAL IN 2016. 27 YEAR OLD BRENDON WILD OF SUNDRE WILL HAVE A JUDGE AND JURY TRIAL IN CALGARY COURT STARTING SEPTEMBER 12TH OF NEXT YEAR. HE'S CHARGED IN AN INCIDENT IN JUNE OF 2012 WHERE RCMP SAY A VEHICLE ROLLED ON HIGHWAY 587 NORTHEAST OF SUNDRE AND KILLED 20 YEAR OLD AMANDA HARLOS, A RECENT GRADUDATE OF RED DEER COLLEGE AT THE TIME. THE CRASH ALSO INJURED A 22 YEAR OLD WOMAN.

A JURY BEGINS DELIBERATIONS TODAY (FEB 24) IN THE FIRST-DEGREE MURDER TRIAL OF A RED DEER FINANCIAL ADVISER ACCUSED OF LEAVING A BOMB DISGUISED AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT ON THE DOORSTEP OF A DISABLED CLIENT IN INNISFAIL. THE CROWN CONTENDS THAT 57-YEAR-OLD BRIAN MALLEY LOST ALL OF VICTORIA SHACHTAY'S (SHAK'-TAYS) MONEY, STARTED PAYING HER OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET AND ULTIMATELY DECIDED TO GET RID OF HER TO CUT HIS LOSSES. DEFENCE LAWYER BOB ALONEISSI (AH-LON-NEE'-SEE) ARGUES THAT MOTIVE DOESN'T MAKE SENSE BECAUSE THERE'S AN EASIER WAY TO CUT YOUR LOSSES -- JUST STOP PAYING. ALONEISSI SAYS MALLEY HAS BEEN WRONGLY ACCUSED. SHACHTAY WAS PARALYZED IN A CAR CRASH IN 2004 WHEN SHE WAS 16 AND PREGNANT. COURT HEARD SHE RECEIVED A HALF-MILLION-DOLLAR COURT SETTLEMENT AND TURNED TO MALLEY, A FAMILY FRIEND, TO HELP HER INVEST THE MONEY.  BY APRIL 2011, THE MONEY WAS NEARLY ALL GONE. THAT NOVEMBER, THE 23-YEAR-OLD WAS KILLED INSTANTLY WHEN SHE OPENED A GIFT BAG DELIVERED TO HER DOOR IN INNISFAIL, AND IT EXPLODED.

ALBERTA'S OPPOSITION WILDROSE PARTY WILL MOVE ITS
LEADERSHIP RACE INTO HIGH GEAR THIS WEEKEND WITH CANDIDATE SPEECHES IN EDMONTON. PARTY PRESIDENT JEFF CALLAWAY SAYS FOUR CANDIDATES HAVE FILED APPLICATION PAPERS TO BECOME THE LEADER.  THEY ARE... CURRENT WILDROSE MEMBER DREW BARNES, FORMER CONSERVATIVE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT BRIAN JEAN, FORMER STRATHCONA COUNTY MAYOR LINDA OSINCHUK (AWAH-SIN-CHUCK), AND DEREK FILDEBRANDT, THE FORMER ALBERTA HEAD OF THE CANADIAN TAXPAYERS' FEDERATION AND WILDROSE PARTY NOMINEE FOR THE BROOK-STRATHMORE CONSTITUENCY. OF THE FOUR, ONLY OSINCHUK HAS FORMALLY DECLARED HER CANDIDACY. THE SPEECHES WILL TAKE PLACE AT AN ELECTION READINESS FORUM AT AN EDMONTON HOTEL ON SATURDAY (FEB 28).  CALLAWAY SAYS THE PARTY EXECUTIVE EXPECTS TO SOON CONFIRM MARCH 28 AS THE VOTING DATE AND THEN NAIL DOWN THE LOGISTICS OF THE LEADERSHIP VOTING.  

                                                                                                                          

MONDAY FEBRUARY 23

THE LAWYER FOR A RED DEER MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A DISABLED MOTHER IN INNISFAIL WITH A BOMB DISGUISED AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT SAYS THERE'S NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT. CLOSING ARGUMENTS ARE BEING HEARD TODAY (FEB 23) IN THE FIRST-DEGREE MURDER TRIAL OF BRIAN MALLEY. THE FINANCIAL ADVISER IS ACCUSED OF KILLING VICTORIA SHACHTAY (SHAK'-TAY), WHO WAS 23, AT HER INNISFAIL HOME IN NOVEMBER 2011. THE CROWN HAS TOLD A JURY THAT MALLEY LOST ALL OF THE WOMAN'S MONEY, WAS PAYING HER OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET AND WANTED HER DEAD TO CUT HIS LOSSES. DEFENCE LAWYER BOB ALONEISSI (AH-LOH-NEE'-SEE) SAYS THE ALLEGED MOTIVE DOESN'T MAKE SENSE AND HIS CLIENT IS NOT A CRIMINAL MASTERMIND. THE JURY IS TO BEGIN DELIBERATIONS ON TUESDAY.

 A freak shooting-range accident in AN AREA WEST OF CALGARY has left one person in hospital with a life-threatening neck wound.  R-C-M-P at Cochrane say two friends, both males, were at the range ON SUNDAY (FEB 22) near Highway 68 when one of them fired a high-powered rifle at a metal plate about 27 metres away. POLICE SAY The bullet ricocheted and struck the second person, who was then driven to the Trans-Canada Highway prior to transfer by ambulance to a Calgary hospital for surgery. The victim is in serious condition, but is expected to survive.

 

Alberta's Opposition Wildrose party is bumping up its leadership convention in case Premier Jim Prentice calls an election before the party has a permanent leader in place. Wildrose president Jeff Callaway says the attendees at a members assembly in Calgary over the weekend overwhelmingly supported moving up the date from June 6. After the meeting, he says the executive committee voted to move the leadership selection to sometime at the end of March. Callaway says the party has a few details to iron out before announcing a firm date, but he says he hopes to know for sure by Tuesday afternoon. Heather Forsyth has been interim Wildrose leader since former leader Danielle Smith and eight other Wildrose MLAs crossed the floor and joined the Progressive Conservatives in December. Premier Jim Prentice has not ruled out calling an early election this spring despite a law mandating it be held in 2016.  

                                                                                               

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 20

A DANGEROUS SITUATION HAS BEEN RESOLVED INSIDE THE POST OFFICE IN THE WEST CENTRAL TOWN OF ECKVILLE.  ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON (FEB 19), RCMP WERE CALLED TO A REPORT OF A MAN CAUSING A DISTURBANCE AND REFUSING TO LEAVE THE POST OFFICE. BUT WHEN THE OFFICERS DECIDED TO ARREST THE SUSPECT, THEY SAY HE PUT UP A FIGHT. SYLVAN LAKE RCMP SAY THE MAN MANAGED TO PUT ONE OF THE OFFICERS IN A CHOKEHOLD FROM BEHIND, WHILE PUNCHING THE OTHER OFFICER IN THE HEAD. HE'S THEN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTING TO DISARM THE OFFICERS OF THEIR GUNS AS THE STRUGGLE WORE ON.  THE SUSPECT WAS FINALLY SUBDUED, HOWEVER, WITH THE HELP OF OTHER ARRIVING OFFICERS.

 

SENTENCING WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT MONTH FOR A BROOKS MAN CHARGED IN A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT KILLED A RED DEER MAN IN 2013. 19 YEAR OLD TYLER WILSON OF BROOKS HAD HIS BAIL REVOKED IN RED DEER COURT ON WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK (FEB 18) AND WILL BE SENTENCED ON ONE COUNT OF DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND SPEAK TO TWO OTHER COUNTS OF IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH. IT WAS IN NOVEMBER OF 2013 WHEN RCMP SAY A TAXI STOPPED AT A SET OF LIGHTS IN RED DEER AND WAS REAR-ENDED BY A TRUCK. THE COLLISION KILLED 33 YEAR OLD CAB PASSENGER JONATHON WOOD OF RED DEER AND SERIOUSLY INJURED THE TAXI DRIVER.

 

LOTS OF INTEREST FROM BUSINESSES AND VOLUNTEERS IN DRUMHELLER FOR THIS YEAR'S "TOUGH MUDDER EVENT". AN OPEN HOUSE WAS HELD YESTERDAY (FEB 19) BY THE THE DRUMHELLER FESTIVAL SOCIETY AND THE TOUGH MUDDER ORGANIZATION. AROUND 20 PEOPLE DROPPING BY AND THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS FOR "TOUGH MUDDER CANADA", NIC COGGER SAYS PREPARATIONS FOR THIS YEAR'S EVENT ARE AHEAD OF LAST YEAR. HE SAYS A YEAR AGO, "TOUGH MUDDER" WAS NOT EVEN CONFIRMED FOR DRUMHELLER, AND THEY ONLY BEGAN PREPARATIONS LAST MARCH. HE SAYS WITH PREPARATIONS FOR "TOUGH MUDDER" DRUMHELLER 2015 ALREADY UNDERWAY IN FEBRUARY, THEY'RE OPENING THE DOOR FOR MORE BUSINESSES TO REACH OUT TO GET INVOLVED SO MORE PEOPLE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE VALLEY CAN BENEFIT FROM "TOUGH MUDDER". THIS YEAR'S TOUGH MUDDER EVENT IN DRUMHELLER WILL GO ON THE SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND.  OVER 78 HUNDRED PARTICIPANTS, WITH OVER TWO THOUNSAND FOLKS AS SPECTATORS WERE AT THE DRUMHELLER EVENT LAST SEPTEMBER.  FOR THOSE WANTING TO VOLUTEER FOR 2015, "TOUGH MUDDER" HAS A RE-VAMPED WEBSITE WHICH IS MORE USER FRIENDLY. JUST GO TO TOUGH MUDDER DOT COM. COGGER SAYS WITHOUT THE VOLUNTEER SUPPORT THEY COULD NOT MAKE "TOUGH MUDDER" HAPPEN. 

                                                                                                                              

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19

BASSANO RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING A WORKPLACE DEATH WHICH TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (FEB 18) NEAR THE VILLAGE OF ROSEMARY, LOCATED NORTH WEST OF BROOKS. AROUND 2:45 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON THE Rosemary Fire Department, LOCAL EMS, AND THE Bassano MOUNTIES were CALLED to a rural residence, ABOUT 10 kilometres northwest of the Village of Rosemary AFTER a report of a man who had been trapped under aN 18 foot PORTABLE METAL STORAGE CONTAINER, COMMONLY KNOWN AS A "sea can". RESCUE CREWS FOUND A 65 YEAR OLD MALE PARTIALLY PINNED UNDERNEATH THE STORAGE CONTAINER. THE "SEA CAN" APPARENTLY SHIFTED OFF A FLAT BED TRAILER WHILE BEING UNLOADED. THE VICTIM DYING OF HIS INJURIES AT THE SCENE. ALBERTA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IS INVESTIGATING ALONG WITH THE RCMP. Foul play, alcohol or drugs have been determined not to be a factor IN THE INCIDENT.

TWO MEN FROM PROVOST HAVE NOW BEEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING A ROBBERY AT THE BAR AND GRILL IN ALTARIO NEAR THE ALBERTA-SASKATCHEWAN BORDER LAST WEEK. AFTER ISSUING A WARRANT FOR THEIR ARREST, CONSORT RCMP SAY BOTH MEN HAVE SURRENDERED THEMSELVES TO POLICE. 28 YEAR OLD VINCENT HECK HAS CHARGES PENDING, WHILE 30 YEAR OLD PHILIP SCHECK WILL APPEAR IN CORONATION COURT ON APRIL 10TH. RCMP BEGAN THEIR SEARCH FOR THE SUSPECTS AFTER REPORTS OF THEFT, VIOLENCE, AND MISCHIEF AT THE ALTARIO BUSINESS LAST THURSDAY (FEB 12).

PEOPLE IN DRUMHELLER AND SURROUNDING AREA HAVE A CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE "TOUGH MUDDER" EVENT THAT WAS HELD LAST SEPTEMBER AND WILL GO AGAIN IN DRUMHELLER LATER THIS YEAR. IT'S AN OPEN HOUSE BEING PUT ON TODAY (FEB 19) BY THE DRUMHELLER FESTIVAL SOCIETY AND THE TOUGH MUDDER ORGANIZATION. FESTIVAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT, RYAN SEMCHUCK SAYS IT'S GOING TO BE VERY INFORMAL. HE SAYS SEVERAL PEOPLE FROM "TOUGH MUDDER" HEAD OFFICE IN VANCOUVER AND NEW YORK WILL BE IN ATTENDENCE. THOSE FROM THE DRUMHELLER AND AREA BUSINESS COMMUNITY ARE URGED TO DROP BY AND FIND OUT HOW THEY CAN GET INVOLVED WITH SPONSORSHIPS OR HOW TO IMPROVE THE EVENT. VOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME TO DROP BY FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT JOBS AVAILABLE AND SIGN UP.  SEMCHUCK SAYS THERE'S BEEN A HUGE INCREASE IN INTERST IN "TOUGH MUDDER" FROM VOLUNTEERS. TODAY'S (FEB 19) OPEN HOUSE AND INFORMATION SESSION WITH THE TOUGH MUDDER PEOPLE GOES FROM 4:30 THIS AFTERNOON TO 8:30 THIS EVENING AT THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY IN THE LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM DOWNSTAIRS.

                                                                                          

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 18

A CURFEW WILL REMAIN IN PLACE FOR A SOUTHERN ALBERTA YOUNG WOMAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING HER PARENTS AND YOUNGER BROTHER IN MEDICINE HATT, WHEN SHE WAS JUST 12 YEARS OLD. THE WOMAN'S DEFENCE LAWYER ASKED A JUDGE AT A HEARING IN MEDICINE HAT YESTERDAY (FEB 17) TO RELEASE HER CLIENT FROM THE RESTRICTION THAT IS IN EFFECT BETWEEN 11:30 P.M. AND 6:00 A.M. MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. BUT JUSTICE SCOTT BROOKER RULED THE RESTRICTION WILL STAY IN EFFECT. DEFENCE COUNCIL KATHERIN BEYAK SAYS THE CURFEW WILL BE RE-EXAMINED THIS SUMMER ONCE THE WOMAN HAS BEEN LIVING ON HER OWN FOR A FEW MONTHS. CHIEF CROWN PROSECUTOR RAMONA ROBINS SAYS IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO WAIT UNTIL THAT HAPPENS TO MAKE SURE THE WOMAN IS STILL COMPLYING WITH HER RESTRICTIONS AND BEING RESPONSIBLE. ROBINS SAYS PROGRESS REPORTS SUGGEST THE WOMAN IS AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE RISK TO RE-OFFEND.  THE WOMAN WAS CONVICTED AS A TEEN ALONG WITH HER THEN-23-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND JEREMY STEINKE OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE STABBING DEATHS OF HER FAMILY IN THEIR MEDICINE HAT HOME IN 2006.  COURT HEARD DURING THE TRIALS THAT THE GIRL WAS ANGRY WITH HER PARENTS BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT STEINKE WAS TOO OLD FOR HER. STEINKE RECEIVED A LIFE SENTENCE WITHOUT THE CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 25 YEARS.

AN ALBERTA JUDGE IS RECOMMENDING BREAKAWAY CORDS FOR AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE PENDANT AFTER A WOMAN WAS STRANGLED WHEN HER'S BECAME ENTANGLED IN HER WALKER.  PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGE B.D. ROSBOROUGH MADE THE RECOMMENDATION IN HIS REPORT FROM A FATALITY INQUIRY INTO THE DEATH OF 73-YEAR-OLD ELIZABETH ANN BELL OF PONOKA.  HE SAYS EITHER ALBERTA HEALTH, HEALTH CANADA OR LIFELINE MANUFACTURER PHILIPS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS TO REPLACE ALL NON-BREAKAWAY CORDS USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LIFELINE EQUIPMENT. BELL LIVED IN A MOBILE HOME IN PONOKA AND WAS IN FAILING HEALTH AND SHE HAD USED HER LIFELINE PENDANT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS TO SUMMON HELP WHEN SHE HAD FALLEN OR WAS ILL.    

                                                                                                                                           

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 17

ALBERTA RCMP HAVE ARRESTED FIVE PEOPLE, AFTER A MASSIVE MARIJUANA GROW-OPERATION WAS DISCOVERED AT AN ACREAGE NEAR OLDS. MOUNTIES AND THE ALERT DRUG TEAM FOUND MORE THAN 21-HUNDRED POT PLANTS IN A HOUSE AND A NUMBER OF QUONSET HUTS ON THE PROPERTY, AFTER GETTING A TIP FROM THE PUBLIC. VALUE OF THE DRUGS IS AROUND 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS. POLICE ALSO SEIZING ABOUT 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH. NONE OF THE SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN CHARGED YET, BUT FOUR CHILDREN DISCOVERED IN THE HOME ARE NOW IN THE CARE OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES. OFFICIALS SAY IT’S THE BIGGEST MARIJUANA GROW-OP THEY'VE FOUND IN ALBERTA IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.

DIDSBURY RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A FATAL CRASH FROM OVER THE WEEKEND. ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON (FEB 14), MOUNTIES WERE CALLED OUT TO A TWO VEHICLE COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 22, JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 5-82, WEST OF DIDSBURY. POLICE SAY AN 82 YEAR OLD MALE WHO WAS TRAVELLING EASTBOUND ON AN ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE, ATTEMPTED TO CROSS THE HIGHWAY WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY A  SOUTHBOUND PICK-UP TRUCK. DRIVER OF THE OFF ROAD VEHICLE WAS DECLARED DEAD AT THE SCENE. RCMP SAY ALCOHOL WAS NOT A FACTOR IN THE INCIDENT AND CHARGES ARE NOT BEING CONSIDERED.

TWO WOMEN HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING ALBERTA'S HEALTH BENEFITS PROVIDER OF MORE THAN $119,000 OVER THREE YEARS. RED DEER RCMP SAY ALBERTA BLUE CROSS DISCOVERED FRAUDULENT CLAIMS DURING AN AUDIT OF EMPLOYEE COVERAGE AT A RED DEER HOG-SLAUGHTERING PLANT.  POLICE SAY MORE THAN 100 OLYMEL WORKERS WERE ENCOURAGED TO SIGN BLANK CLAIM FORMS, WHICH WERE SUBMITTED WITH FALSE RECEIPTS. INVESTIGATORS ALLEGE THE WOMEN RECEIVED A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF EACH CLAIM PAYOUT. EXAMINATION OF HUNDREDS OF FILES BETWEEN JANUARY 2007 AND JANUARY 2010 SHOWED THAT MOST OF THE FALSE CLAIMS WERE FOR MASSAGES. DONNA NAST, WHO IS 41, AND NORALYN ZADROZY, WHO IS 42, EACH FACE CHARGES OF FRAUD OVER $5,000 AND USING A FORGED DOCUMENT.

 

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 13

THREE MEN ARE NOW IN PLOICE CUSTODY AFTER A SERIES OF ROBBERIES IN OUR REGION EARLIER THIS WEEK. IT ALL STARTED ON TUESDAY MORNING (FEB 10), WHEN RCMP SAY GAS STATIONS IN OLDS AND DIDSBURY WERE HELD UP BY SUSPECTS DRIVING A VEHICLE REPORTED STOLEN OUT OF AIRDRIE ON MONDAY NIGHT. THEN LATER IN THE DAY, 2 MORE VEHICLES WERE STOLEN NEAR SUNDRE AND THE SAME SUSPECTS ARE SUSPECTED OF STEALING GROCERIES FROM A STORE IN HANNA ON TUESDAY MORNING. AFTER A LENGTHY SEARCH, RCMP SAY 2 OF THE SUSPECTS WERE FOUND AND ARRESTED IN KINDERSLEY, SASKATCHEWAN.  20 YEAR OLD LUCAS DENNY OF RED DEER AND 21 YEAR OLD DYLAN KURNEY OF CAROLINE APPEARED IN SASKATOON COURT ON THURSDAY MORNING (FEB 12). A THIRD SUSPECT, 24 YEAR OLD CODY CUTTER OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, TURNED HIMSELF IN TO POLICE AFTER AN ARREST WARRANT WAS ISSUED ON WEDNESDAY (FEB 11). NOBODY WAS INJURED IN ANY INCIDENT, AND RCMP SAY VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SHOWS CUTTER COMMITTING EACH ROBBERY WITH THE USE OF A BB GUN.

THE R-C-M-P WATCHDOG SAYS POOR LEADERSHIP, LACK OF GUIDANCE, AND FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE PUBLIC LED TO OFFICERS CONFISCATING HUNDREDS OF WEAPONS FROM FLOODED HOMES IN HIGH RIVER IN 2013. A REPORT FROM THE CIVILIAN REVIEW AND COMPLAINTS COMMISSION RELEASED YESTERDAY (FEB 12) FOUND OFFICERS DID HAVE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO FORCIBLY ENTER EVACUATED HOMES AND SEIZE LOOSE FIREARMS IN PLAIN VIEW THAT WERE NOT SECURED. BUT THE AGENCY SAYS THE MOUNTIES CROSSED THE LINE WHEN THEY ALSO TOOK GUNS THAT WERE SAFELY SECURED OR OUT OF PLAIN SIGHT. A PROPOSED CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST THE R-C-M-P, WITH RESIDENTS CLAIMING OFFICERS DAMAGED HOMES AND PROPERTY AND CAUSED DISTRESS, HUMILIATION AND ANGUISH.

A MAN TRYING TO BE NEIGHBOURLY ON HIS WAY TO WORK ENDED UP BEING PEPPER-SPRAYED AND ALMOST HIT WITH A HAMMER. RCMP IN AIRDRIE, JUST NORTH OF CALGARY, SAYS A MAN WAS GETTING INTO HIS VEHICLE TO GO TO WORK EARLY THURSDAY MORNING (FEB 12) WHEN HE SAW A MAN NEAR HIS CAR. THE MAN GOT OUT TO SAY HELLO TO WHO HE THOUGHT WAS A NEIGHBOUR, BUT INSTEAD, THE MAN GOT A BLAST OF PEPPER SPRAY IN THE FACE.  THE SUSPECT THEN TRIED TO HIT THE VICTIM TWICE WITH A HAMMER, THEN FLED DOWN THE STREET. POLICE SAY THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A WHITE MAN, FIVE FEET EIGHT INCHES TO FIVE FEET NINE INCHES TALL, WITH A SLIGHT BUILD AND A SCRUFFY BEARD. HE WAS WEARING A BROWN WINTER COAT WITH THE HOOD UP, WINTER WORK BOOTS AND MULTI-COLOURED GLOVES.  

                                                                                 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12

SEARCHERS HAVE RECOVERED THE BODY OF A MILITARY SEARCH AND RESCUE TECHNICIAN WHO WAS KILLED BY AN AVALANCHE IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK. SERGEANT MARK SALESSE (SAL-ESS') WAS ICE-CLIMBING WITH COLLEAGUES AS PART OF A TRAINING MISSION A WEEK AGO WHEN HE WAS SWEPT AWAY BY A SNOWSLIDE. SALESSE, WHO WAS 44, WAS BASED AT C-F-B WINNIPEG. THE SEARCH WAS HAMPERED BY THE RISK OF FURTHER AVALANCHES. SALESSE'S MOTHER, LIZ QUINN, SAYS THE WAIT HAS BEEN GUT-WRENCHING AND BUT IT'S A RELIEF THAT HER SON IS GOING TO BE BROUGHT HOME TO MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK. QUINN SAYS FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR HER SON WILL BE MADE OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. IN A LATE-NIGHT NEWS RELEASE, PRIME MINISTER HARPER SAID HE WAS ``DEEPLY SADDENED'' TO RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF SALESSE'S DEATH. HE SAID SALESSE'S ``SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO CANADA WILL BE REMEMBERED AND HONOURED.''

POLICE SAY A YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION INTO ORGANIZED CRIME IN CALGARY HAS LED TO A DOZEN ARRESTS AND THE SEIZURE OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF DRUGS. THE ALBERTA LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TEAMS SAYS THE DRUGS INCLUDE COCAINE, FENTANYL, METHAMPHETAMINE, HEROIN AND MARIJUANA. THEY ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN SUPPLIED THROUGHOUT ALBERTA. THE SUSPECTS INCLUDE ALLEGED SUPPLIERS, MANUFACTURERS AND STREET-LEVEL TRAFFICKERS. A VARIETY OF WEAPONS WERE ALSO SEIZED, ALONG WITH $600,000 IN CASH AND FIVE LUXURY VEHICLES. THE 12 SUSPECTS FACE A TOTAL OF 66 CONSPIRACY, ORGANIZED CRIME, DRUG AND WEAPONS-RELATED CHARGES.

THE R-C-M-P WATCHDOG SAYS THE SEIZURE OF GUNS FROM FLOOD-STRICKEN HOMES IN HIGH RIVER TWO YEARS AGO WAS WRONG. A REPORT RELEASED TODAY (FEB 12) BY THE CIVILIAN REVIEW AND COMPLAINTS COMMISSION BLAMES THE MISTAKE ON POOR LEADERSHIP, LACK OF GUIDANCE AND FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE PUBLIC.  THE COMMISSION SAYS THE MOUNTIES HAD LEGAL AUTHORITY TO FORCIBLY ENTER HOMES AND EVEN SEIZE LOOSE FIREARMS IN PLAIN VIEW, BUT THEY FAILED TO TAKE THE NECESSARY STEP OF REPORTING THEIR ACTIONS TO A JUDGE. THE REPORT ALSO SAYS OFFICERS EXCEEDED THEIR AUTHORITY BY SEIZING SOME GUNS THAT WERE PROPERLY SECURED, OR THAT WERE NOT IN PLAIN VIEW.

DIDSBURY RCMP HAVE IDENTIFIED A MAN FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE AS THE SUSPECT BEHIND TWO ATTEMPTED ROBBERIES ON TUESDAY (FEB 10). THEY'VE IDENTIFIED 24 YEAR OLD CODY CUTTER AS THE SUSPECT IN THIS WEEKS ROBBERY ATTEMPTS AT GAS STATIONS IN DIDSBURY AND OLDS. CUTTER IS STILL AT LARGE AND CONSIDERED TO BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS. HE'S BELIEVED TO BE INVOLVED WITH SEVERAL OTHER MALES WHO COMMITTED CRIMES AROUND OUR REGION ON TUESDAY. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SUSPECT OR THE ROBBERY ATTEMPTS, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

 

 

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11

A MANHUNT IS UNDERWAY FOR 4 SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN SERIES OF ARMED ROBBERIES TUESDAY (FEB 10) AROUND CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALBERTA.  IT ALL STARTED ON MONDAY NIGHT (FEB 9) WHEN A FLATDECK TRUCK WAS STOLEN FROM AIRDRIE.  THEN BETWEEN 5:30 AND 6:15 TUESDAY MORNING, ARMED ROBBERIES WERE REPORTED AT GAS STATIONS IN DIDSBURY AND OLDS. IN BOTH INCIDENTS, THE ROBBERS LEAVING EMPTY HANDED. THE SUSPECTS THEN DITCHING THEIR FIRST STOLEN VEHICLE IN A RURAL AREA SOUTH-EAST OF SUNDRE. IT'S THEN BELIEVED THE CULPRITS  STOLE 2 OTHER VEHICLES FROM A RURAL SUNDRE AREA PROPERTY. BUT ONE OF THE VEHICLES WAS RECOVERED IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE AREA. THEN AROUND 10:30 TUESDAY MORNING, TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED A GROCERY STORE IN HANNA. POLICE SAY AFTER A FEW MINUTES, ONE MAN LEFT THE STORE WITH A CART FULL OF ITEMS AND GOT INTO A ONE TON TRUCK AND WAS JOINED BY THE SECOND MAN. THEY WERE LAST SEEN HEADING NORTH. THERE WERE NO REPORTED INJURIES in any of the incidents. ALL 4 SUSPECTS ARE STILL ON THE LOOSE AND are considered armed and dangerous. do not approach them. if you have any information into these incidents, call the rcmp or crimestoppers.

 A financial adviser IN CENTRAL ALBERTA charged with killing one of his clients IN INNISFAIL with a bomb disguised as a Christmas present asked his business partner to buy gunpowder. Bob Yanew testified Tuesday at THE RED DEER COURTHOUSE DURING the trial of 57-year-old Brian Malley. Malley is accused of first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Victoria Shachtay AFTER AN EXPLOSION AT HER HOME IN INNISFAIL in November 2011. Yanew said he and Malley were co-owners of Kodiak Homes, as well as hunting buddies. Yanew said Malley asked him to buy a specific brand of gunpowder when he visited him at the Red Deer Remand Centre shortly after his arrest in May 2012. Malley later left a message on Yanew's phone saying not to worry about the conversation and he had arranged for someone else to get what he had asked about. THE TRIAL CONTINUES TODAY (FEB 11).

More than 140 reptiles and amphibians have been seized from a licensed INDOOR zoo in Drumheller. The animals at Reptile World were taken away in recent weeks by the Alberta S-P-C-A, which says nine of the creatures had to be put down because of their poor condition. About 500 mice were also removed and euthanized. An S-P-C-A investigation continues, but no charges have been laid SO FAR. SEVERAL REPORTS SAY THE DRUMHELLER TOURIST ATTRACTION  CLOSED ITS doors this PAST Friday (FEB 6).                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10

CREWS WILL TRY AGAIN TODAY (FEB 10) TO REACH THE SNOW WHERE A MISSING SEARCH AND RESCUE TECHNICIAN IS BELIEVED TO BE BURIED AT BANFF NATIONAL PARK. SEARCHERS AND THEIR DOG TEAMS WERE FINALLY ABLE TO SET FOOT ON THE SITE IN YESTERDAY AFTER BEING HELD OFF FOR DAYS BY THE THREAT OF AVALANCHES. BUT AFTER JUST TWO-AND-A-HALF HOURS, THEIR HUNT FOR SGT. MARK SALESSE (SAL-ESS) HAD TO BE CALLED OFF DUE TO THE THREAT OF FURTHER SLIDES. PARKS CANADA SAYS NO TRACE OF SALESSE WAS FOUND AT THE POLAR CIRCUS ICE-CLIMBING AREA AND THAT THEIR EFFORT IS NOW A RECOVERY MISSION. SALESSE, 44, A SEARCH AND RESCUE TECHNICIAN WITH THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES BASED IN WINNIPEG, WAS ICE CLIMBING LAST THURSDAY (FEB 5) AS PART OF HIS TRAINING WHEN WEATHER CONDITIONS CHANGED AND AN AVALANCHE WAS TRIGGERED. HIS CLIMBING PARTNER TRIED TO LOCATE SALESSE BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL, AND NO GROUND SEARCHERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ENTER THE AREA IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS DUE TO THE CONTINUING AVALANCHE THREAT.

AN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE FOR SHOOTING HIS YOUNGER BROTHER TO DEATH THREE YEARS AGO WILL HAVE HIS APPEAL HEARD IN COURT LATER THIS YEAR. 36 YEAR OLD JOHN MOCK OF CONSORT WILL HAVE HIS CASE HEARD IN THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL ON OCTOBER 16TH OF THIS YEAR. HE APPEALED HIS SECOND DEGREE MURDER CONVICTION AND RESULTING LIFE SENTENCE IN DECEMBER OF 2013 AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY THE MONTH BEFORE. 33 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY MOCK WAS SHOT THREE TIMES AT A RURAL RESIDENCE NORTHEAST OF CONSORT IN FEBRUARY OF 2012 AFTER HE AND HIS OLDER BROTHER JOHN WERE ARGUING.

BEISEKER RCMP WERE CALLED OUT LAST EVENING (FEB 9) TO A CRASH BETWEEN A  CAR AND A SEMI TRAILER TRUCK SOUTH OF TOWN.  AROUND 6:45 MOUNTIES WENT TO THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 9 AND HIGHWAY 5-64, WEST OF LYALTA. POLICE SAY THE CAR, DRIVEN BY A 22 YEAR OLD MALE FROM KINDERSLEY, WAS HEADING EAST BOUND ON HIGHWAY 5-64 AND APPEARS TO HAVE FAILED TO STOP AT THE STOP SIGN AND COLLIDED WITH THE NORTH BOUND SEMI ON HIGHWAY 9. THE MALE VICTIM IN THE CAR WAS TRAPPED FOR A SHORT PERIOD AS RESCUE CREWS EXTRACTED HIM, THEN SENT HIM TO FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS BUT NOT LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. CHARGES AGAINST THE 22 YEAR OLD ARE POSSIBLE. RCMP CONTINUE THEIR INVESTIGATION. TRAFFIC AT THE INTERSECTION WAS DELAYED FOR SEVERAL HOURS, BUT NOW BACK TO NORMAL.

MANY BUSINESS OWNERS AND TOURIST OPERATORS IN DRUMHELLER CONTINUE TO BE VERY UPSET WITH A CONTROVERSIAL PROPSED BYLAW TO INTRODUCE A BUSINESS LICENCE IN TOWN. THE DRAFT OF THE BYLAW WAS INTRODUCED AT DRUMHELLER COUNCIL LAST NIGHT (FEB 9), BUT COUNCILLORS ONLY GAVE IT FIRST READING, BUT NO MORE, JUST TO GET THE PROCESS STARTED IN DEALING WITH THE BYLAW. COUNCILLORS HAVE BEEN RECEIVING ANGRY CALLS AND EMAILS FROM MANY BUISNESS OWNERS, AND SEVERAL ATTENDED LAST NIGHT'S MEETING. DEPUTY MAYOR, LISA HANSON-ZACHARUK WAS CHAIRING LAST NIGHT'S MEETING AS MAYOR TERRY YEMEN IS OUT OF TOWN. SHE SAYS SHE'S NOT SURPRISED BY THE HUGE BACKLASH TO THE LICENCE BYLAW. HANSON-ZACHARUK ADDS SHE AND THE COUNCILLORS FEEL THAT SOME MAJOR AMENDMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO THE DRAFT BYLAW. ALSO, MOST OF COUNCIL FEELS THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH CONSULTATION WITH THE KEY STAKEHOLDERS. SHE SAYS WITH THE FIRST READING GIVEN, IT OFFICIALLY OPENS THE DOOR FOR PROPER INPUT BEFORE CHANGES CAN BE MADE TO THE DRAFT BUSINESS LICENCE BYLAW. HANSON-ZACHARUK SAYS COUNCIL HAS TO GO SLOW ON THIS ISSUE SO THEY CAN GET THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO BUY INTO THE LICENCE. THE DRAFT BYLAW WILL NOW UNDERGO MORE CONSULTATION AND GET MORE FEED BACK FROM STAKEHOLDERS IN THE COMMUNITY. MANY BUSINESS AND TOURISM OPERATORS IN DRUMHELLER ARE VERY UPSET WITH THE PRPOSED LICENCE AND AMOUNT OF MONEY IT WOULD TAKE OUT OF THEIR POCKETS. HOWEVER, TOURISM DRUMHELLER AND OTHER SUPPORTERS WHO HELPED TO DRAFT THE BYLAW SAYS A PORTION OF THE FUNDS GATHERED BY THE LICENCE FEE WOULD BE USED TO PROMOTE TOURISM IN DRUMHELLER AND ATTRACT MORE VISITORS TO VALLEY COMMUNITY. 

                                                                                      

 

MONDAY FEBRUARY 9

BAD WEATHER AND THE RISK OF MORE AVALANCHES OVER THE WEEKEND HAMPERED THE SEARCH FOR A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN MILITARY WHO WAS BURIED BY A SNOW SLIDE IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK. SERGEANT MARK SALESSE WAS ICE-CLIMBING THURSDAY (FEB 5) DURING A TRAINING MISSION IN WHEN THE AVALANCHE OCCURRED. PARKS CANADA STAFF SEARCHED THE AREA BY HELICOPTER THE FOLLOWING DAY, BUT CONSIDERED THE AVALANCHE RISK TOO HIGH TO ALLOW GROUND RESCUERS TO ENTER THE AREA. OFFICIALS SAY SEARCHERS WILL HAVE TO TRIGGER MORE AVALANCHES TO MAKE THE AREA SAFE FOR GROUND CREWS TO ENTER. IT'S HOPED THEY CAN GET INTO THE AREA LATER TODAY (FEB 9). SALESSE'S MOTHER, LIZ QUINN, SAYS SHE'S PREPARED FOR THE WORST. QUINN SAYS HER ONLY CONSOLATION IS THAT HER SON ``WAS DOING WHAT HE LOVED BEST.''

 

POLICE IN MEDICINE HAT HAVE LAID CHARGES AFTER A WOMAN WAS FOUND RUNNING NAKED IN THE STREET. ON FEBRUARY 1, POLICE AND PARAMEDICS IN THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA CITY WERE CALLED TO DEAL WITH A NAKED WOMAN IN HER EARLY 20’S RUNNING AROUND THE FLATS NEIGHBOURHOOD AND LIONS PARK IN MEDICINE HAT. THE WOMAN SUFFERED FROSTBITE ON HER HANDS AND FEET DUE TO THE BELOW-ZERO TEMPERATURES, AND POLICE SAY SHE ALSO WAS SUFFERING FROM EXCITED DELIRIUM A MEDICAL CONDITION CAUSED PRIMARILY FROM THE EFFECTS OF CHRONIC DRUG ABUSE. A 56-YEAR-OLD MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ADMINISTERING A NOXIOUS SUBSTANCE AND UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT AS WELL AS SEVERAL BREACHES OF RELEASE CONDITIONS. THERE WAS ANOTHER SUSPECTED CASE OF EXCITED DELIRIUM IN NOVEMBER IN MEDICINE HAT. POLICE ARRESTED A MAN AT THE LOCAL GOLF COURSE AFTER HE FLED THE SCENE OF A COLLISION AND STRIPPED OFF HIS CLOTHES.

 

A FORMER SPOKESMAN FOR AN ALBERTA TAXPAYER LOBBY GROUP HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED AS A CANDIDATE FOR THE WILDROSE PARTY IN THE NEXT ELECTION. DEREK FILDEBRANDT, WHO USED TO SPEAK FOR THE CANADIAN TAXPAYERS FEDERATION, WILL REPRESENT THE WILDROSE IN THE CONSTITUENCY OF STRATHMORE-BROOKS, EAST OF CALGARY.  THE RIDING'S CURRENT MLA, JASON HALE, CROSSED THE FLOOR IN DECEMBER TO JOIN THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT.  FILDEBRANDT SAYS ABOUT HALF THE RIDING'S WILDROSE SUPPORTERS HAD WALKED AWAY FROM THE PARTY WHEN HE LAUNCHED HIS CAMPAIGN, BECAUSE THEY FELT BETRAYED. BUT HE SAYS 98 PER CENT OF THEM HAVE RETURNED AND NEW MEMBERS HAVE SIGNED UP. FILDEBRANDT SAYS THE PARTY'S BIGGEST JOB IN THE NEXT PROVINCIAL ELECTION WIDELY SPECULATED TO COME THIS SPRING WILL BE TO PERSUADE VOTERS THEY CAN STILL TRUST THE WILDROSE PARTY.

                                                                                                       

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES IS FREEZING SALARIES AND HOLDING THE LINE ON RAISES TO HELP THE PROVINCE COPE WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN LOST REVENUE DUE TO LOW OIL PRICES. BUT PRESIDENT VICKIE KAMINSKI SAYS THE CHANGES WILL BE MADE JUDICIOUSLY TO AVOID AFFECTING FRONT-LINE CARE. SHE SAYS THERE WILL ALSO BE A CLAMPDOWN ON TRAVEL AND CELLPHONE BILLS, AND SAYS THEY WILL SEEK WAYS TO REDUCE SICK DAYS. KAMINSKI SAYS SHE IS TROUBLED BY THE 28 MILLION DOLLARS IN SEVERANCE PAID OUT SINCE 2011, AND SAYS NEW RULES SHOULD REDUCE THAT FIGURE TO ZERO.

THE WILDROSE MLA FOR THE DRUMHELLER-STETTLER CONSTITUENCY HAS VOTED IN FAVOUR OF THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT'S MOTION TO REDUCE MLA'S SALARIES BY 5 PERCENT. BUT RICK STRANKMAN IS NOT VERY HAPPY WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S ACTIONS, AND VOICED HIS OPINION TO MAKE THE SALARY REDUCTION EVEN LARGER DURING AN ALL PARTY COMMITTEE MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (FEB 4). STRANKMAN SAYS HE MADE AN AMENDMENT AT WEDNESDAY'S COMMITTEE MEETING TO HAVE MLA SALARIES REDUCED BY 8 PERCENT, WHICH WAS THE INCREASE THAT THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT APPROVED IN 2012 AND TO CABINET'S WAGES CUT BY 30 PERCENT, WHICH REPRESENTS THE INCREASE WHICH WAS VOTED IN BACK IN 2008. HE SAYS THIS ROLLBACK ON MLA SALARIES IS JUST FOR SHOW. STRANKMAN ADDS, MLA'S SHOULD NOT HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR SALARIES, INSTEAD THERE SHOULD BE A THIRD PARTY BODY TO COME UP WITH THE PROPER VALUE OF AN MLA'S SALARY. LAST WEEK, PREMIER JIM PRENTICE AND HIS CABINET ALSO AGREED TO TAKE A FIVE PER CENT CUT. 

 

OFFICIALS HOPE TO LAUNCH AN AERIAL SEARCH FOR AN ICE CLIMBER WHO IS MISSING IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK. PARKS CANADA SAYS THERE WAS AN INCIDENT LAST NIGHT (FEB 5) ON THE POLAR CIRCUS ICE-CLIMBING ROUTE, WHICH IS LOCATED ALONG THE BANFF-JASPER HIGHWAY NORTH OF LAKE LOUISE. SAFETY PERSONNEL COULD NOT REACH THE ROUTE DUE TO AN AVALANCHE HAZARD, DETERIORATING WEATHER AND NIGHTFALL.

A MOTEL ROOM PARTY IN OLDS OVER THIS PAST WEEKEND HAS RESULTED IN NUMEROUS DRUG CHARGES BEING LAYED. RCMP RESPONDING TO A COMPLAINT AT THE SIESTA MOTEL ON SUNDAY (FEB 1). OFFICERS ENTERING ONE OF THE ROOMS AND SEIZING SIGNIFICANT QUANTITIES OF MARIJUANA, COCAINE AND OXYCODONE, IN ADDITION TO SOME OTHER DRUG PARAPHANALIA. 26 YEAR OLD ERIC BECKER FROM OLDS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH A VARIETY OF DRUG RELATED OFFENCES. AS WELL, CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST A 19 YEAR OLD MAN FROM OLDS.  A 17 YEAR OLD GIRL IN THE ROOM WAS ALSO ARRESTED AT THE TIME OF THE BUST, BUT LATER RELEASED TO HER PARENTS WITHOUT CHARGES. 

                                                                                                                                  

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5

A 19 YEAR OLD MAN IS DEAD AFTER A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER NORTHEAST OF RED DEER OVER THE WEEKEND. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 4 O'CLOCK ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON (JAN 31) ON MILTON ROAD, WEST OF HIGHWAY 8-15, WHEN RCMP SAY A THREE-QUARTER TON TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY A 17 YEAR OLD BOY LOST CONTROL AND ROLLED ONTO IT'S ROOF, PINNING A 19 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER. LACOMBE EMS AND THE CLIVE FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE ALREADY ON SCENE TRYING TO SAVE THE TRAPPED PASSENGER WHEN MOUNTIES ARRIVED BUT THE MALE VICTIM DIED FROM HIS INJURIES. POLICE BELIEVE WEATHER AND ALCOHOL WERE FACTORS IN THE CRASH. NO ONE ELSE IN THE TRUCK WAS HURT.

Speeding and racing charges have been laid against two young men who were clocked doing upwards of 200 kilometres an hour on a ROAD WEST OF CALGARY. R-C-M-P say the pair were caught Sunday afternoon (feB 1) on Highway 1-A between Calgary and Cochrane, at a point where the posted limit is half of what police clocked. Mounties say officers heard the sound of racing motors before seeing two SMALL SPORTS CARS coming toward them at extremely high speed. LAST WEEK, a 17-year-old male was caught going more than 180 kilometres an hour ON A HIGHWAY EAST OF BALZAC WHICH IS north of CALGARY.

More than a month after Danielle Smith gutted Alberta's official Opposition by leading a mass floor-crossing, confusion remains over who thought up the idea. Smith told a luncheon crowd in Okotoks ON WEDNESDAY (FEB 4) that her key lieutenants, Rob Anderson and Shayne Saskiw, approached her with the idea in December. Smith says she told the pair to initiate discussions with Premier Jim Prentice and his Progressive Conservatives. Saskiw, however, did not cross the floor with Smith and eight other Wildrose MLAs in December. Saskiw later said it was Smith's idea to approach the Tories and he reluctantly went along with it, but later dropped out because his heart wasn't in it. Smith is seeking the PC nomination for THE Highwood CONSTITUENCY SOUTH OF CALGARY, while Saskiw hasn't said if he'll run for the Wildrose in the next election.

 

 

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4

ONE MAN IS IN CALGARY HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AFTER A CRASH BETWEEN A TRAIN AND TRACTOR TRAILER UNIT NEAR BOWDEN ON TUESDSAY (FEB 3). OLDS RCMP STAFF SARGEANT JOE SANGSTER SAYS THE INCIDENT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 11:30 YESTERDAY MORNING WHEN AN EASTBOUND SEMI APPARENTLY TRIED TO BEAT THE NORTHBOUND TRAIN TO CROSS THE TRACKS. HE SAYS THE SEMI DRIVER IS FACING CHARGES AND ADDS THE TRACTOR TRAILER UNIT IS NOW IN PIECES BUT IS NOT SURE IF IT WAS TRANSPORTING ANYTHING OR NOT. NO CP TRAIN CARS WERE DERAILED.

A 19 YEAR OLD MAN IS DEAD AFTER A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER NORTHEAST OF RED DEER OVER THE WEEKEND. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 4:00 O'CLOCK ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON (JAN 31) ON MILTON ROAD, WEST OF HIGHWAY 8-15, WHEN RCMP SAY A THREE-QUARTER TON TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY A 17 YEAR OLD BOY LOST CONTROL AND ROLLED ONTO IT'S ROOF, PINNING A 19 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER. LACOMBE EMS AND THE CLIVE FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE ALREADY ON SCENE TRYING TO SAVE THE TRAPPED PASSENGER WHEN MOUNTIES ARRIVED, BUT THE MALE VICTIM DIED FROM HIS INJURIES. POLICE BELIEVE WEATHER AND ALCOHOL WERE FACTORS IN THE CRASH. NO ONE ELSE IN THE TRUCK WAS HURT.

THE STEPFATHER OF A WOMAN FROM INNISFAIL WHO WAS KILLED BY A BOMB SAYS HE WISHED HE COULD HAVE WARNED HER NOT TO OPEN THE PACKAGE CONTAINING THE EXPLOSIVE ONE MORE TIME. RICK BERCIER TESTIFIED TUESDAY (FEB 3) IN RED DEER COURT, DURING THE FIRST-DEGREE MURDER TRIAL OF 57-YEAR-OLD BRIAN MALLEY. BERCIER SAYS HIS 23-YEAR-OLD STEPDAUGHTER, VICTORIA SHACHTAY, CAME TO HIS HOME ON THE MORNING OF NOV. 25, 2011. HE SAYS SHE TOLD HIM SHE DISCOVERED A CHRISTMAS GIFT WITH NO CARD ON HER DOORSTEP AT HER HOME IN INNISFAIL, AND HE WARNED HER NOT TO OPEN IT AND TO CALL POLICE. BERCIER SAYS HE TOLD HER NOT TO OPEN THE PACKAGE BECAUSE HE'S JUST A SUSPICIOUS PERSON. BUT LATER THAT DAY, BERCIER SAYS POLICE KNOCKED ON HIS DOOR TO TELL HIM SHACHTAY HAD BEEN KILLED IN AN EXPLOSION.  

                                                                                                     

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 3

A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER IS DEAD AND SEVERAL STUDENTS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN A SCHOOL BUS CRASHED INTO A TRANSPORT TRUCK IN NORTHWESTERN ALBERTA. RCMP SAY THE CRASH HAPPENED MONDAY MORNING (FEB 2) AT ABOUT 8:20 ON HIGHWAY 35 NORTH OF GRIMSHAW. POLICE SAY THERE WERE 14 STUDENTS ON THE BUS WHO ATTEND ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE PEACE RIVER AREA. NONE OF THE CHILDREN'S INJURIES ARE CONSIDERED TO BE LIFE THREATENING. ONE  STUDENT AND THE DRIVER OF THE TRANSPORT TRUCK WERE FLOWN TO HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON WITH SERIOUS BUT NOT LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES.R-C-M-P CAN'T SAY IF WEATHER WAS A FACTOR, BUT THERE WAS A SNOW-SLEET MIX IN THE AREA AT THE TIME.

DRUMHELLER RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A TWO VEHICLE CRASH. ON FRIDAY (JAN 30)  AT ABOUT 5:30 PM, EMERGENCY SERVICES WERE CALLED TO A TWO VEHICLE COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 9 AT THE MUNSON TURNOFF, JUST NORTH OF DRUMHELLER. INVESTIGATORS REVEALED A FOUR DOOR SEDAN WAS SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 9 HEADING TOWARDS DRUMHELLER. THEN ANOTHER CAR ENTERED ONTO THE HIGHWAY FROM MUNSON AND WAS STRUCK ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE BY THE SOUTHBOUND VEHICLE. THE DRIVER AND LONE OCCUPANT OF THE SOUTHBOUND SEDAN, A 20 YEAR OLD MALE FROM BC, WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DRUMHELLER HEALTH CENTRE WITH MINOR INJURIES. THE DRIVER AND LONE OCCUPANT OF THE CAR FROM MUNSON, A 17 YEAR OLD MALE FROM MORRIN, SUSTAINED CRITICAL INJURIES AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO A CALGARY HOSPITAL BY GROUND AMBULANCE, AS STARS WAS UNABLE TO FLY DUE TO THE WEATHER. CONDITION OF THE MORRIN VICTIM HAS SINCE BEEN UPGRADED TO STABLE. NO NAMES ARE BEING RELEASED.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

NAHEED NENSHI (NAH-HEHD' NEHN'-SHEE) OF CALGARY CALLS IT A ``GREAT SURPRISE'' AND A ``GREAT BIRTHDAY PRESENT.''  AN INTERNATIONAL URBAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE YESTERDAY (FEB 2) NAMED NENSHI THE NUMBER-ONE MAYOR IN THE WORLD -- ON THE SAME DAY HE TURNED 43. THE URBAN RESEARCH GROUP CALLS HIM THE ``MOST ADMIRED MAYOR'' OF ANY LARGE CANADIAN CITY AND AN URBAN VISIONARY WHO DOESN'T NEGLECT THE NITTY-GRITTY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT. IT ALSO SAYS NENSHI IS A ROLE MODEL TO MANY IN NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE FOR DECISIVE MANAGEMENT, INCLUSIVITY AND FORWARD THINKING. THE MAYOR OF GHENT, BELGIUM WAS THE RUNNER-UP AND THE ONLY OTHER NORTH AMERICAN MAYOR IN THE TOP 10 IS FROM HOUSTON. NENSHI IS TO BE AWARDED A TROPHY LATER THIS YEAR. HE SAYS BEING RECOMMENDED FOR THE HONOUR BY ``SCORES'' OF CALGARIANS AND CANADIANS IS ``VERY HUMBLING.''

 

 

MONDAY FEBRUARY 2

R-C-M-P ARE INVESTIGATING THE ALLEGED HIT-AND-RUN DEATH OF A PEDESTRIAN OVER THE WEEKEND, JUST WEST OF CALGARY. MOUNTIES IN COCHRANE SAY THEY GOT WORD EARLY SATURDAY MORNING (JAN 31) ABOUT A MAN'S BODY ON A ROAD SOUTH OF MORLEY. INVESTIGATORS LATER DISCOVERED THAT A 22-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM THE COMMUNITY HAD BEEN STRUCK BY A VEHICLE THAT HAD LEFT THE AREA. A SMALL CAR WAS SEIZED AND A CHARGE OF FAILURE TO STOP AT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT WAS LAID AGAINST ANOTHER 22-YEAR-OLD MORLEY RESIDENT. GABRIEL LAZARUS WESLEY WAS REMANDED IN CUSTODY, PENDING A COURT APPEARANCE TODAY (FEB 2) IN CALGARY. IF ANYONE MAY HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION INTO THIS INCIDENT, YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

ON SUNDAY (FEB. 1) AT 11:30 AM BASHAW RCMP RESPONDED TO AN AIRCRAFT COLLISION THAT OCCURRED ABOUT 10 KM NORTHWEST OF BASHAW. TWO SINGLE ENGINE HOME BUILT KIT AIRCRAFTS WERE TRAVELLING PARALLEL FROM CARSTAIRS, TO RED DEER LAKE NORTHWEST OF BASHAW, WHEN THE TWO AIRCRAFTS COLLIDED MID AIR. ONE OF THE AIRCRAFTS CRASHED IN A FIELD OFF OF TOWNSHIP ROAD 4-24 AND RANGE ROAD 2-21, AND THE OTHER LANDED SAFELY. A 47 YEAR OLD MALE WAS TRANSPORTED BY STARS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA HOSPITAL, EDMONTON, WITH A SEVERE LEG INJURY. THE OTHER PILOT SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AND WAS TREATED AT THE SCENE. TRANSPORT CANADA IS INVESTIGATING. 

IT'S GROUNDHOG DAY (FEB 2) AND WHILE THERE ARE SEVERAL WEATHER PREDICTING RODENTS MAINLY IN EASTERN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES, SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAS "BALZAC BILLY", JUST NORTH OF CALGARY. A SPECIAL GROUNDHOG DAY CELEBRATION IS BEING HELD THIS MORNING AT THE BLUE GRASS NURSERY & GARDEN CENTRE JUST SOUTH OF THE CROSS IRON MILLS MALL. YOU CAN ENJOY A FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST, ENTERTAINMENT, AND MUCH MORE. IT'S PUT ON BY THE BALZAC BUSINESS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, AND PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION, JAMES MOLLER SAYS THE GROUNDHOG DAY FESTIVITIES HAVE BEEN GOING ON IN BALZAC FOR OVER 30 YEARS, WITH BALZAC BILLY COMING OUT OF HIS BURROW FOR ABOUT THE LAST 12 YEARS. BILLY MAKING HIS APPEARANCE THIS MORNING AT 8:14 WHICH IS OFFICIALLY SUNRISE. 

                                                                                                                                             

FRIDAY JANUARY 30

INFLUENZA IS STILL MAKING A LOT OF PEOPLE SICK IN ALBERTA. THE LATEST FLU STATS FROM ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES SHOW NINE MORE PEOPLE WITH INFLUENZA DIED IN THE LAST WEEK, FOR A TOTAL OF 52 DEATHS SINCE AUGUST. THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 3,900 CONFIRMED CASES OF INFLUENZA A AND B IN THE PROVINCE. MORE THAN 1,100 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED WITH THE ILLNESS, INCLUDING 298 IN CALGARY. EARLIER THIS WEEK, A NEW STUDY SUGGESTED THIS YEAR'S FLU VACCINE OFFERED LITTLE OR NO PROTECTION AGAINST BECOMING SICK ENOUGH TO REQUIRE MEDICAL CARE. THE RESEARCH WAS BASED ON DATA FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA, ALBERTA, ONTARIO AND QUEBEC.

CHESTERMERE RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE ARSON INCIDENT. LAST NIGHT (JAN 29) AROUND 7:30, CHESTERMERE EMERGENCY SERVICES CALLED OUT TO A HOUSE FIRE AT A RURAL LOCATION IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF CHESTERMERE, NEAR HIGHWAY ONE AND PARADISE ROAD. THE DWELLING WAS FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES WHEN CREWS ARRIVED. THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE AS WELL AS A DOG AND CAT INSIDE, BUT ALL WERE ABLE TO GET OUT. MOUNTIES HAD TO RESTRAIN A MALE IN HIS 40'S WHO WAS IN THE HOUSE FOR HIS OWN SAFETY. HE WAS SENT TO A CALGARY HOSPITAL FOR A FULL MEDICAL ASSESSMENT. THE TWO OTHER RESIDENTS OF THE HOME ARE BEING ASSISTED BY THE STRATHMORE REGIONAL VICTIM SERVICES SOCIETY. INVESTIGATORS ARE NOW LOOKING FOR A CAUSE OF THE FIRE, AND WILL CONSIDER IT AN ARSON CASE UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE.
 
RCMP IN HANNA AND DRUMHELLER HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET A ROBBERY SUSPECT OFF THE STREET. AFTER A LENGTHLY INVESTIGATION, LAST FRIDAY (JAN 23) MOUNTIES ALONG WITH HELP FROM THE SERIOUS CRIMES BRANCH ARRESTED 31 YEAR OLD JEAN LEWIS BEAULIEU OF HANNA. HE'S BEING CHARGED WITH 3 COUNTS OF ARMED ROBBERY, AS WELL AS 14 OTHER RELATED OFFENCES. THE INVESTIGATION BEGAN AFTER ARMED ROBBERIES WERE COMMITTED BY A SINGLE MALE A THE HANNA HUSKY GAS STATION IN JANUARY OF LAST YEAR, AS WELL AS HOLD-UPS AT THE 7-11 IN DRUMHELLER IN MARCH AND APRIL OF LAST YEAR. BEAULIEU HAS ALREADY MADE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARENCE.
 
A TOTAL OF 230 CHARGES HAVE BEEN LAID AGAINST FIVE PEOPLE AFTER A SERIES OF GUN THEFTS IN RED DEER. THE ALBERTA LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TEAM, OR ALERT, SAYS INVESTIGATORS RECOVERED 16 GUNS AFTER A RED DEER HOME WAS SEARCHED LAST WEEK (JAN 23). OFFICERS ALSO SEIZED MORE THAN ONE-THOUSAND ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION, ALONG WITH METHAMPHETAMINE AND OTHER STOLEN PROPERTY. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS -- A 30-YEAR-OLD MAN -- ALLEGEDLY HAD A HANDGUN IN THE DRIVER'S-SIDE DOOR PANEL AND ANOTHER WEDGED BETWEEN THE DRIVER'S SEAT AND THE CENTRE CONSOLE WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP. THE SUSPECT WAS UNDER A 10-YEAR FIREARMS BAN. 
                                                                                                                                                             
  
THURSDAY JANUARY 29
AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY INTO THE DEATH OF A SECOND INMATE THIS WEEK AT THE MEDIUM SECURITY PRISION IN DRUMHELLER. ON WEDNESDAY MORNING (JAN 28), 47 YEAR OLD MARTIN PINKUS WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN S CELL. STAFF BEGAN CPR AND EMERGENCY SERVICES TRANSPORTED THE VICTIM TO THE DRUMHELLER HOSPITAL, BUT WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD BY EARLY AFTERNOON. COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER FOR Correctional Service Canada JEFF CAMPBELL SAYS THE CORONER'S OFFICE AND THE POLICE HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED, ALSO PENITENTIARY OFFICIALS ARE REVIEWING THE INCIDENT. AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH, PINKUS WAS SERVING AND INDETERMINATE SENTENCE SINCE DECEMEBER 20, 1999 FOR SECOND DEGREE MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, AND ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY HARM. ON MONDAY (JAN 26), 56 YEAR Earl William Davenport was found unresponsive in his cell and could not be revived. He was convicted of first- and second-degree murder in the deaths of his sister-in-law and her friend IN HAMLITON, ONTARIO IN 1986.                                                                                                                                      
POOR ROAD AND WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE FACTORS WHEN A SEMI-TRAILER TRUCK, LOADED WITH CATTLE, CRASHED IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA WEDNESDAY MORNING (JAN 28).   EMERGENCY CREWS RESPONDED TO THE CATTLE LINER ROLL-OVER ON HIGHWAY 36 ABOUT 10 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF CASTOR.  MANY OF THE CATTLE DIED OR HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED, WHILE THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. MOUNTIES SAY THE HIGHWAY WAS VERY ICY AND VISIBILITY WAS REDUCED, DUE TO FOG.
                                                                                                                                           
The sister of a disabled woman IN INNISFAIL who was killed by a pipe bomb disguised as a Christmas present says her sibling had been scared and frustrated before her death as she watched her financial nest egg DISAPPEAR. Brian Malley, 57, who had been Victoria Shachtay's financial advisor, is  charged with first-degree murder. On Wednesday (JAN 28) IN RED DEER COURT, Sarah Shachtay testified her sister was going broke, despite having been awarded more than $750,000 in injury settlements from three car accidents between 2004 and 2011, including one that left her unable to use her legs.  She admitted under cross-examination that part of that could have been the result of Victoria's spending habits, though she added her sister had cut back and was becoming wiser, and planned to go back to school. Sarah Shachtay also testified BRIAN Malley had been close to her family, attending Victoria's baptism and later the funeral of their mother. She said after her sister was injured in a car crash, Malley's home-building company built the family a wheelchair accessible bungalow and allowed the SHACHTAY family to live in his grandmother's house, which was also wheelchair accessible, while THE NEW HOME was BEING BUILT. 
                                                                                                                       
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28
A MAN WHO SPENT MORE THAN 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR MURDERING TWO WOMEN HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD AT THE MEDIUM SECURITY PENITENTIARY IN DRUMHELLER. CORRECTIONAL SERVICE CANADA SAYS EARL WILLIAM DAVENPORT WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN HIS CELL ON MONDAY (JAN 26) AND COULD NOT BE REVIVED. A CORRECTIONAL SERVICE SPOKESMAN SAYS FOUL PLAY IS NOT SUSPECTED. THE MATTER IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF THE CORONER'S OFFICE AND THE POLICE AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. THE INSTITUTION IS RUNING ON A NORMAL ROUTINE. DAVENPORT, WHO WAS 56, HAD BEEN SERVING AN INDETERMINATE SENTENCE SINCE NOVEMBER 1987. HE WAS CONVICTED OF FIRST- AND SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATHS OF HIS SISTER-IN-LAW AND HER FRIEND. LAURA DAVENPORT AND SUSAN HORNBECK WERE STABBED TO DEATH IN AN ATTACK IN HAMILTON, ONTARIO IN 1986. 
                                                                                                                                                                                  
ANOTHER MAJOR OILPATCH COMPANY IS CUTTING ITS BUDGET DUE TO PLUNGING OIL PRICES. CENOVUS ENERGY HAS LOWERED ITS 2015 CAPITAL BUDGET BY ABOUT 700-MILLION DOLLARS LESS THAN THE PREVIOUS ESTIMATE AND IS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO CUT ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS BY UP TO 500-MILLION DOLLARS IN THE YEARS AHEAD. THE CALGARY-BASED COMPANY HAS ALSO ANNOUNCED PLANS TO REASSIGN EMPLOYEES TO CORE AREAS AND REDUCE ITS  THE SIZE OF ITS CONTRACT WORKFORCE IN THE COMING WEEKS, BUT DIDN'T SAY HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED. CENOVUS SAYS IT'S SUSPENDING MOST OF ITS CONVENTIONAL DRILLING PROGRAM IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN BUT WILL CONTINUE PROJECTS AT THE CHRISTINA LAKE AND FOSTER CREEK OIL SANDS OPERATIONS IN NORTHERN ALBERTA.
                                                                                                                                      
ANOTHER RUAL COMMUNITY GROUP IN ALBERTA IS BENEFITTING FROM THE UNITED FARMERS OF ALBERTA "GET N' GIVE" CONTEST. LAST NIGHT (JAN 27) THE CASSILLS COMMUNITY CENTRE BUILDING COMMITTEE, LOCATED JUST WEST OF BROOKS, WAS CHOSEN AS THE THIRD ROUND WINNER OF 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE UFA FOR THEIR PROJECT. THE SECOND ROUND WINNER, THE MUNSON AND AREA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, JUST NORTH OF DRUMHELLER CHOSE CASSILS OUT OF FIVE FINALISTS. AND CHAIR OF THE MUNSON GROUP, BECKY KOWALCHUCK SAYS THE CASSILS ENTRY REALLY STOOD OUT WITH LOTS OF CREATIVITY AND A COMPELLING STORY. SHE SAYS CASSILS HAS AN AGING COMMUNITY HALL WHICH IS THE HUB OF THEIR COMMUNITY. THE HALL IS THE FORMER CASSILS SCHOOL WHICH WAS THEN RENOVATED AND HAS BEEN USED SINCE THE EARLY 1960'S. WITH THIS ADDTIONAL MONEY, THEY COULD BREAK GROUND ON A NEW 275 SEAT FACILITY THIS SPRING. THE OTHER FINALISTS IN THE THIRD ROUND INCLUDED THE ARMENA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, NORTH OF CAMROSE...THE BEZANSON AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, NORTH EAST OF GRANDE PRAIRIE...THE LIBERTY HALL SOCIETY, NORTH WEST OF PONOKA... AND THE WORSLEY HAMLET IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, NORTH WEST OF PEACE RIVER.  THERE ARE STILL TWO MORE PRIZES OF 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BE WON. COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS ALBERTA ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENTER. THE DEADLINE FOR THE FOURTH ROUND IS FEBRUARY 15TH. GO TO THE UFA WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO ENTER. RURAL ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS ACROSS ALBERTA WITH A PROJECT IMPORTANT TO THE FUTURE OF THEIR COMMUNITY ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENTER, AS WELL AS THOSE ENTRIES WHO WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN PREVIOUS ROUNDS. 
                                                                                                                       
TUESDAY JANUARY 27
RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A FATAL ATV ROLLOVER FROM THE WEEKEND IN THE DRUMHELLER AREA. OFFICERS FROM RCMP DETACHEMENTS IN DRUMHELLER, HANNA, AND STETTLER WERE CALLED OUT SATURDAY NIGHT (JAN 24) AROUND 9:30 TO A RURAL LOCATION NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF BYEMOOR, BETWEEN DRUMHELLER AND STETTLER. POLICE SAY A MAN DRIVING AN "ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE" WITH A FEMALE PASSENGER ATTEMPTED TO GO UP A STEEP BANK, BUT THE ATV FLIPPED. THE FEMALE PASSENGER WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE, WHILE THE ATV LANDED ON TOP OF THE MALE DRIVER. THE MAN DYING OF HIS INJURIES WHILE THE FEMALE VICTIM WAS SENT TO STETTLER HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE DRIVER AND THE PASSENGER WERE NOT WEARING SAFETY HELMETS. ALCOHOL IS NOT A FACTOR. NO NAMES ARE BEING RELEASED.

The former head of a taxpayer lobby group says he is getting public pressure to seek the leadership of the Alberta Wildrose party, but he has yet to make his decision. Derek Fildebrandt, the former head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, held a news conference MONDAY MORNING (JAN 26) IN STRATHMORE, JUST east of Calgary, to announce he will seek the Wildrose nomination in THE Strathmore-Brooks CONSTITUENCY.  The riding's current member of the legislature, FORMER WILDROSE MEMBER Jason Hale, crossed the floor to join the ruling Progressive Conservative government IN DECEMBER. Fildebrandt, who is 29, says constituents in Strathmore-Brooks feel they have been betrayed by Hale's defection. Fildebrandt ADDS, he is still considering running for the WILDROSE leadership and will discuss the matter with family, friends and supporters in the next few weeks.

SEVERAL RCMP OFFICERS FROM AROUND OUR REGION TAKING PART IN A SPECIAL TRAINING EXERCISE LAST WEEK. ON WEDNESDAY (JAN 21),  MEMBERS FROM AIRDRIE, BEISEKER, THREE HILLS, AND OKOTOKS SPENT THE DAY WITH THE CALGARY CITY POLICE, AS THEY TRAINED FOR IN-SCHOOL EMERGENCIES. OFFICERS GATHERED AT A CALGARY CITY SCHOOL AND THEN ENGAGED IN A REALISTIC SCENARIO EXCERCISE. THE MOUNTIES WERE TRAINED FOR RESPONSES TO THREATS TO STUDENTS OR STAFF.  RCMP OFFICIALS SAY REALISTIC SCENARIOS PREPARE OFFICERS FOR THE UNEXPECTED AND EMPHASIZE TEAMWORK.

 

mONDAY JANUARY 26

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS INJECTING A CASH SURGE TO TRY TO CLEAR UP THE REMAINING CLAIMS FROM THE PROVINCE'S 2013 FLOOD DISASTER. PREMIER JIM PRENTICE ANNOUNCING ON SATURDAY (JAN 24) IN HIGH RIVER AN EXTRA 20-MILLION DOLLARS TO FAST TRACK UNRESOLVED CLAIMS FROM ROUGHLY TWO-THOUSAND APPLICANTS. THE FLOODS IN PARTS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA DID BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE.  HIGH RIVER WAS PARTICULARLY HARD HIT WITH ENTIRE NEIGHBOURHOODS UNDER WATER FOR WEEKS. HIGH RIVER MAYOR CRAIG SNODGRASS HAD BEEN ADVOCATING FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE PROVINCE FOR THOSE DEALING WITH MOULD PROBLEMS. HE SAYS THIS WEEKEND'S ANNOUNCEMENT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND FLOOD VICTIMS APPLIED FOR DISASTER AID AND NEARLY 110-MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN HANDED OUT SO FAR. IN ADDITION, HE SAYS THOSE SEEKING TO COMPLETE REPAIRS ON THEIR HOMES WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE A CASH ADVANCE OF 90 PER CENT OF FUNDING THEY ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE. PREVIOUSLY, THOSE LOOKING FOR CASH UP FRONT WERE ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR 50 PER CENT. ONCE REPAIRS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, APPLICANTS CAN SUBMIT RECEIPTS TO RECEIVE THE FINAL 10 PER CENT IN FUNDING. PRENTICE HAS BEEN SENDING SIGNALS RECENTLY THAT A SPRING ELECTION IS IN THE CARDS.                                                                                                               
MEANWHILE, FORMER WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH SAYS SHE'S SORRY SHE DIDN'T WAIT TO HEAR FROM ALBERTANS BEFORE SHE AND OTHER CAUCUS MEMBERS CROSSED THE FLOOR TO JOIN THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES. SMITH JOINED PREMIER PRENTICE ON SATURDAY (JAN 24) IN HIGH RIVER FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO HELP THE 2013 FLOOD VICTIMS.  SMITH TELLING REPORTERS AFTER THAT SHE MISREAD HOW ANGRY THE PUBLIC WAS GOING TO BE AFTER MOVING SO QUICKLY TO JOIN THE GOVERNMENT. SHE SAYS THE MOVE HAD TO BE APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT CAUCUS AND THE NEXT MEETING AFTER DECEMBER WASN'T GOING TO BE UNTIL JANUARY 28TH. SMITH SAYS PREMIER JIM PRENTICE ALSO MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE WANTED TO START THE NOMINATION PROCESS IN JANUARY.                                                                                                                                                             
A MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A DISABLED INNISFAIL WOMAN WITH A PIPE BOMB DISGUISED AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT TOLD POLICE HE FELT SICK WHEN THEY TOLD HIM HE WAS BEING CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. A VIDEOTAPE OF BRIAN MALLEY'S STATEMENT TO POLICE WAS INTRODUCED AS EVIDENCE ON FRIDAY (JAN 23), IN THE FIFTH DAY OF HIS COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH TRIAL IN RED DEER. IN THE VIDEO, MALLEY APPEARED WORRIED AND UNEASY AS HE SAT IN A POLICE INTERVIEW ROOM. THE CROWN HAS TOLD THE JURY THAT VICTORIA SHACHTAY RECEIVED A SETTLEMENT OF $575,000 AFTER A CAR CRASH LEFT HER A QUADRIPLEGIC. PROSECUTOR ANDERS QUIST HAS SAID THAT MALLEY, WHO WAS HER FINANCIAL ADVISOR, LOST ALL OF SHACHTAY'S MONEY, WAS GOING INTO DEBT BY GIVING HER MONEY OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET AND KILLED HER TO CUT HIS LOSSES. DEFENCE LAWYER BOB ALONEISSI HAS SAID EVIDENCE WILL SHOW SOME OF THE WOMAN'S RELATIVES HAD ADDICTION PROBLEMS AND THE REAL KILLER WAS SOMEONE WHO WANTED TO SEND A MESSAGE TO SHACHTAY OR HER FAMILY.                                                                                                                       
THREE HILLS RCMP ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN A BREAK AND ENTER INCIDENT INVOLVING SOME UNIQUE ITEMS. MOUNTIES SAY IT WAS ON JANUARY 5TH WHEN THEY RECEIVED A REPORT OF A BREAK-IN AT ELNORA, NORTH EAST OF THREE HILLS. POLICE SAY AMONG THE ITEMS TAKEN WERE 28 UNIQUE RODEO BELT BUCKLES. MOST ARE INSCRIBED WITH THE AWARD TYPE, LOCATION OF THE RODEO, AND DATES. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE SUSPECTS MAY TRY TO SELL THE BUCKLES TO THE REGULAR PUBLIC, COLLECTORS OR PAWN SHOPS. POLICE SAY OTHER ITEMS STOLEN INCLUDE POWER HAND TOOLS, PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO EQUIPMENT AND 5-RIFLES OF VARIOUS MAKES AND CALIBRE. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS INCIDENT, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.   
                                                                                                                                                  

FRIDAY JANUARY 23

A 59-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM CALGARY HAS BEEN CHARGED FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING A SEMI CARRYING FUEL ON A BUSY HIGHWAY JUST NORTH OF CALGARY. AIRDRIE RCMP SAY THE MAN IS CHARGED WITH CARELESS DRIVING UNDER THE TRAFFIC SAFETY ACT. HIS NAMED HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. EARLIER THIS WEEK ON TUESDAY MORNING, (JAN 20), A TRUCK-TRAILER UNIT ROLLED INTO THE MEDIAN AFTER JACK-KNIFING ON HIGHWAY TWO NOT FAR FROM THE CROSS IRON MILLS SHOPPING MALL NEAR BALZAC. ABOUT 13,000 LITRES OF GASOLINE SPILLED INTO NEARBY WETLANDS AND TRAFFIC WAS TIED UP FOR SEVEARL HOURS. IT'S EXPECTED TO TAKE WEEKS TO FULLY CLEAN UP THE SPILL.


TESTIMONY FROM A PAIR OF FORENSIC EXPLOSIVES AND GUNPOWDER EXPERTS SUGGESTS THE GUNPOWDER USED IN THE BOMB THAT KILLED A DISABLED INNISFAIL WOMAN WAS SIMILAR TO GUNPOWDER RESIDUE RECOVERED FROM THE RESIDENCE OF THE MAN ACCUSED IN HER DEATH. HOWEVER, NIGEL HEARNS AND BRAD CANNEY AGREED THE GUNPOWDER USED IN THE BOMB IS AVAILABLE COMMERCIALLY AND THERE IS NO DEFINITIVE WAY TO SAY THEY ARE FROM THE SAME BATCH OF GUNPOWDER. THE MEN WERE TESTIFYING THURSDAY (JAN 22) AT THE TRIAL OF BRIAN MALLEY, 57, CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE NOVEMBER 2011 DEATH OF VICTORIA SHACHTAY. SHACHTAY, 23, WAS KILLED WHEN SHE OPENED A BOMB DISGUISED AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT LEFT ON THE FRONT STEP OF HER HOME IN INNISFAIL AND IT EXPLODED. A VIDEO PRESENTED TO JURORS ON THURSDAY SHOWED SHACHTAY SLUMPED OVER IN HER WHEELCHAIR, SURROUNDED BY SHATTERED GLASS THAT WAS ONCE HER DINING ROOM TABLE. THE VIDEO, TAKEN BY SGT. BRUCE HAMBLIN FROM THE RCMP'S FORENSIC IDENTIFICATION SECTION WAS TAKEN JUST AFTER THE BLAST, ALSO SHOWED TWO RCMP EXPLOSIVE DISPOSAL UNIT MEMBERS ENTERING SHACHTAY'S RESIDENCE IN SEARCH OF SECONDARY EXPLOSIVE DEVICES.

A NEIGHBOURHOOD IN HIGH RIVER THAT WAS HARD HIT BY THE 2013 FLOODS NOW SEEMS TO HAVE DEVELOPED A RELATED PROBLEM. MANY PEOPLE IN THE HAMPTONS WHO HAVE ALREADY SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS REBUILDING THEIR PROPERTY ARE REPORTING MOULD ISSUES, WITH SOME FEARING THEIR HOMES WILL END UP HAVING TO BE TORN DOWN. HAMPTON RESIDENT CAROL FERGUSON SAYS SHE FEELS LIKE SHE'S IN A WAR ZONE.
HIGH RIVER MAYOR CRAIG SNODGRASS SAYS HE'LL BE SPEAKING WITH PREMIER JIM PRENTICE SOON ABOUT A COMPLETE COMPENSATION PACKAGE FOR THE HOMEOWNERS WHO WON'T BE ABLE TO SALVAGE BECAUSE OF THE MOULD DAMAGE. SNODGRASS ADDS THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THEY GET THIS RIGHT AFTER THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH DURING THE DISASTER.
 
PEOPLE WANTING TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR'S  DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL ARE REMINDED THAT TODAY (JAN 23) IS THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES. ENTRY SECRETARY TRACY KAKUK SAYS IT'S A BUSY TIME FOR HER AND THE PEOPLE SHE'S WORKING WITH. YOU'RE ASKED TO HAVE TODAY'S POSTMARK IF POSSIBLE. KAKUK SAYS THEY'LL EXTEND THE DEADLINE TO THIS MONDAY AND TUESDAY (JAN 26+27) TO THOSE WHO CAN'T GET ALL INFORMATION TOGETHER. THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL RUNS MARCH 17 TO MARCH 26TH. THEY AVERAGE ABOUT 375 TO 400 ENTRIES EACH YEAR. THERE ARE SEVEN CATEGORIES INCLUDING PIANO, CHOIRS, BANDS, MUSICAL THEATRE, VOCAL, AND SPEECH.  ALL AGES ARE ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP, MALE AND FEMALE. ENTRIES CAN BE FROM INDIVIDUALS, DUETS, TRIOS, OR GROUPS.
 
                                                                                                                  

THURSDAY, January 22

A regimental funeral will be held on Monday (JAN 26) for an Alberta R-C-M-P officer who died yesterday after he and a colleague were shot inside a casino. Forty-two-year-old Constable David Wynn was shot in the head when he approached a man suspected in the case of a stolen truck. R-C-M-P assistant commissioner Marlin Degrand says Wynn was being proactive in the pursuit of his job, and says he should be remembered as a great police officer. The funeral will be held in St. Albert.

 
Alberta's justice minister wants to know how the Crown handled a career criminal and why he was free when he shot two R-C-M-P officers last weekend. Jonathan Denis (DEN'-ihs) has ordered a review of court records that show an Edmonton police officer stood in for the Crown and consented to Shawn Rehn's release at his last bail hearing. Denis wants to know why a man facing dozens of criminal charges was not in POLICE custody. The Mounties have said they will review their own interactions with the suspect, who was found dead after the shootings last Saturday (JAN 17) at a casino in St. Albert.
The caregiver of an INNISFAIL woman who died when a pipe bomb disguised as a Christmas present exploded broke down during her testimony YESTERDAY (JAN 21) at the accused's trial AT THE RED DEER COURTHOUSE. 57 YEAR OLD Brian Malley is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Victoria Shachtay (SHAK'-tay) in November 2011. The package had been left on the doorstep of Shachtay's apartment in the town of Innisfail. The caregiver narrowly missed being injured in the explosion. She testified that she and Shachtay had been celebrating the night before because the caregiver became a permanent resident of Canada. Shachtay, who was 23, was paralyzed after a car crash several years before and had to use an electric wheelchair to get around. MALLEY WAS SHACHTAY'S FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND IS BELIEVED TO HAVE LOST ALL OF THE WOMAN'S MONEY THAT SHE RECEIVED IN THE CAR CRASH SETTLEMENT.

Alberta Environment says an upcoming hunt NEAR MEDICINE HAT to try to reduce a booming elk population in the province's southeast has drawn extensive interest. A spokesperson says 20,000 hunters applied for 500 tags to bag an elk at CFB Suffield next month. About 200 elk were brought to the base in the 1990s under a provincial-federal program to introduce grazing animals to the region. But the herd has grown to between 6,500 and 8,000 animals that jump fences around the base and damage or trample LOCAL FARMER'S crops. There have already been a number of hunts to try to cull the elk. But their numbers remain unmanageable, so Alberta Environment last month announced the additional February hunt. 
                                                                                                                                     

WEDNESDAY, January 21

An Alberta R-C-M-P officer who was shot in the head during a routine investigation in a community just outside Edmonton last weekend has died.
Police say Constable David Matthew Wynn died in hospital this morning (JAN 21). WYNn never regained consciousness after he and an auxiliary officer, Constable Derek Bond, were wounded at a casino in St. Albert early Saturday morning (JAN 17) while they investigated a stolen truck. Bond was hit in the right arm and torso, but was released from hospital several hours after the shooting. The shooter, Shawn Rehn, was found dead in a home not far from the casino in an apparent suicide. He had a long criminal record and the R-C-M-P commissioner has raised questions about why he was not behind bars. The 42-year-old Wynn is survived by his wife, Shelly, and three sons Matthew, Nathan and Alexander. Deputy R-C-M-P Commissioner Marianne Ryan has issued a statement saying the force has lost a dedicated member in the line of duty. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has expressed condolences on behalf of all Canadians. He says this is a grim reminder of how law officers in communities across the country put their lives on the line every day to protect Canadians from harm. Harper says ``We mourn with all R-C-M-P members today.'' Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says Wynn paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Mounties say there will be a regimental funeral for Wynn in the Edmonton area.

                                                                                                                                                                                       
A neighbour of an disabled INNISFAIL woman killed by a bomb says he heard a loud bang and saw glass flying out of her window. Evan Schielke (SHELL-key) testified yesterday (JAN 20) DURING A TRIAL IN RED DEER that he found Victoria Shachtay in her wheelchair in the kitchen, her head bleeding and her face covered with black marks. Brian Malley, Shachtay's financial adviser, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the woman's death. Court has heard Shachtay was killed instantly when she opened a Christmas gift bag that had been left on her doorstep. The Crown plans to submit evidence that shows Malley lost all of Shachtay's money and was going into debt by giving her money out of his own pocket. Defence lawyer Bob Aloneissi has said evidence will show some of the woman's relatives had addiction problems and the real killer was someone who wanted to send a message to Shachtay or her family.
It's expected to take weeks to fully clean up after a semi carrying fuel rolled on a busy highway just north of Calgary.  An official with Rockyview County says 13,000 litres of gasoline spilled into nearby wetlands after the accident on Highway TWO. YESTERDAY MORNING (JAN 20) The truck-trailer unit rolled into the median ditch after jack-knifing on the highway not far from Cross Iron Mills MALL NEAR BALZAC. The highway was closed in both directions, backing up traffic, but several lanes reopened after several hours. HOWEVER, A PORTION OF THE NORTH BOUND LANE OF HIGHWAY TWO IS STILL AFFECTED AS YOU APPROACH BALZAC. No one was injured. Alberta Environment and crews from the Alberta Emergency Management Agency are monitoring.  
                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                  
TUESday January 20
Fuel was leaking after the crash of a tanker truck just north of Calgary. Emergency crews were called out just after 5:00 this morning (JAN 20) when the accident happened in the northbound lanes of Highway TWO NEAR the Cross Iron Mills MALL. The tanker is carrying gasoline and diesel fuel. Traffic is moving slowly through the area and it's not clear how long the cleanup will take.
 
AIRDRIE RCMP are asking people to be careful after a razor was found taped to the side of a shopping cart at a Calgary-area mall. The blade, measuring about 10 centimetres in length, was discovered THIS PAST Sunday by a store employee at Cross Iron Mills MALL NEAR BALZAC. Police say the blade was placed so that it could have resulted in injury to a user. No one was hurt and all other carts in the mall were checked, but no other blades were found. No one has been arrested and it's not known when or where the blade was taped to the cart.
 

 



 


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