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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22

 

A SOLDIER STANDING GUARD AT THE NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL IN OTTAWA HAS BEEN SHOT BY AN UNKNOWN GUNMAN AND THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF GUNFIRE INSIDE THE HALLS OF PARLIAMENT. OTTAWA POLICE CONFIRMED THEY HAD A CALL AT 9:52 A.M OTTAWA TIME. WITH A REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED. WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING THE GUNMAN RUNNING TOWARDS PARLIAMENT HILL, WHICH IS CURRENTLY UNDER LOCKDOWN. OTHERS ON THE HILL SAY THEY HEARD SHOTS BEING FIRED IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT CORRIDORS. THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE GUNMAN ARE STILL UNKNOWN. IT IS CAUCUS MORNING ON THE HILL, MEANING MOST MPS ARE IN THE CENTRE BLOCK. POLICE CARS AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES ARE CLUSTERED AT THE FOOT OF THE PEACE TOWER AND THE CENTRE BLOCK IS BEING EVACUATED. EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ARE STILL ON THE SCENE AND PARAMEDICS PERFORMED CPR ON THE SOLDIER BEFORE HE WAS TAKEN AWAY BY AMBULANCE. THE INCIDENT COMES JUST TWO DAYS AFTER TWO CANADIAN SOLDIERS WERE RUN OVER AND ONE OF THEM KILLED IN QUEBEC BY A MAN WITH JIHADIST SYMPATHIES.

CANADIAN FIGHTER JETS HAVE LEFT THE COLD LAKE MILITARY BASE IN NORTHERN ALBERTA ON TUESDAY (OCT 21)TO JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL COMBAT MISSION AGAINST I-SIL IN IRAQ. THE CF-18 HORNETS ARE HEADING TO KUWAIT, WHICH WILL SERVE AS CANADA'S BASE OF OPERATIONS. FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER JOHN BAIRD SAYS THE JETS ARE JUST ONE PART OF THE COUNTRY'S STRATEGY IN THE WAR WITH I-SIL. ABOUT 600 PERSONNEL ALONG WITH THE JETS, TWO SURVEILLANCE PLANES AND AN AERIAL TANKER ARE TO BE BASED IN KUWAIT.

THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A CALGARY SPORTSCASTER AND HIS WIFE TOLD POLICE HE COULDN'T STOP HIMSELF FROM STABBING THEM. THE CROWN WRAPPED UP ITS CASE YESTERDAY (OCT 21) AGAINST DEREK PUFFER WITH THE VIDEO OF HIS INTERVIEW WITH POLICE. BILL POWERS AND HIS WIFE, DONNA LEE, WERE FOUND DEAD IN THEIR HOME IN JULY 2013 -- COURT HEARD THEY HAD BEEN STABBED 25 TIMES. PUFFER, LEE'S ADOPTED SON FROM HER FIRST MARRIAGE, HAS ADMITTED TO THE KILLINGS, BUT IS ARGUING HE CANNOT BE HELD CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE DUE TO HIS MENTAL STATE AT THE TIME.

POLICE HAVE ARRESTED SOME SUSPECTS IN CONNECTION WITH A RURAL CHOP SHOP AROUND CALGARY. THE CALGARY RCMP'S AUTO THEFT SECTION ALONG WITH THE AUTO THEFT SECTION OF THE CALGARY CITY POLICE, PLUS THE STRATHMORE RCMP WRAPPING UP A THREE MONTH INVESTIGATION ON OCTOBER 18TH. OFFICERS ARRESTING  74 YEAR OLD RICHARD FERBER OF BLACK DIAMOND, AND 68 YEAR OLD HARRIS PARENT OF CALGARY. POLICE RAIDING A QUONSET NEAR CONRICH, NORTH WEST OF CHESTERMERE IN ROCKYVIEW COUNTY. THE STOLEN PROPERTY RECOVERED HAS AN APPROXIMATED VALUE OF $ 250,000.00. STOLEN ITEMS INCLUDED VEHICLES, ATV S, TRAVEL TRAILERS, FARM EQUIPMENT AND SADDLES. FERBER IS FACING A VARIETY OF CHARGES AND BACK IN STRATHMORE PROVINCIAL COURT ON DECEMBER 12TH. PARENT IS FACING JUST ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY AND IS IN STRATHMORE COURT ON DECEMBER 16TH.


THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING 12 AND-A-HALF MILLION DOLLARS ON FLU VACCINE THIS YEAR IN AN EFFORT TO BOOST THE IMMUNIZATION RATE IN ALBERTA FROM LAST YEAR'S 27 PER CENT TO 45 PER CENT THIS YEAR. DR. JAMES TALBOT IS THE PROVINCE'S CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH AND IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE SITUATION . HE SAYS EVEN IF THE VACCINATION RATE COULD BE AROUND 30 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION OF ALBERTA, THEN THE DEATH RATE DUE TO THE FLU COULD BE REDUCED BY 60 PERCENT.  THE DOCTOR ADDS, IF THEY COULD REACH IMMUNIZATION RATES OF 50 PERCENT, THEN THE MORTALITY RATE WOULD FALL FROM AROUND 100 DEATHS TO LESS THAN TEN.  LAST YEAR, THE FLU PLAYED A ROLE IN 30 DEATHS PROVINCE-WIDE WHILE ANOTHER 12 HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE HOSPITALIZED BECAUSE OF THE FLU.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21

A MAN HAS UNDERGONE TREATMENT FOR DOG BITES AND OTHER INJURIES AFTER A STANDOFF WITH POLICE AT A CALGARY RESTAURANT THAT LASTED MORE THAN EIGHT HOURS. OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO THE SOUTHEAST BUSINESS AROUND 7;30 P.M. MONDAY (OCT 20) AFTER GETTING WORD ABOUT SOMEONE INSIDE WITH A GUN WHO HAD ALLEGEDLY BEEN MAKING THREATS. POLICE CORDONED OFF THE AREA AND WAITED FOR THE PERSON TO SURRENDER. AFTER SEVERAL HOURS, A MAN CAME OUT TO CHECK THE PERIMETER AND WAS TAKEN DOWN BY THE POLICE CANINE UNIT. HE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES THAT ALSO INCLUDED GLASS CUTS, BUT NO ONE ELSE IN THE RESTAURANT WAS HURT. THERE WAS EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING'S INTERIOR AND POLICE SAY CHARGES ARE PENDING. 

A SUSPECT IN THE DEATH OF A POPULAR FORMER CALGARY SPORTSCASTER AND HIS WIFE HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO SECOND-DEGREE MURDER. A HEARING IS BEING HELD IN COURT TO DETERMINE DEREK PUFFER'S MENTAL STATE AT THE TIME BILL POWERS AND HIS WIFE, DONNA LEE, WERE KILLED. THE COUPLE WERE FOUND DEAD IN THEIR HOME IN JULY 2013. COURT HEARD THEY HAD BEEN STABBED 25 TIMES. PUFFER TOLD OFFICERS AT THE TIME OF HIS ARREST THAT HE'D BEEN HEARING VOICES AND ALSO ASKED POLICE IF THEY'D FOUND ``THE KNIFE.'' PUFFER, LEE'S ADOPTED SON FROM HER FIRST MARRIAGE, WAS LIVING WITH THE COUPLE.

SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGES HAVE NOW BEEN LAID AGAINST A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN ACCUSED IN THE STABBING DEATH OF A MASKWACIS TEENAGER LAST YEAR. RCMP SAY 35 YEAR OLD CHARMAINE CHERALEE LOUIS-CRIER OF MASKWACIS WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED ON FRIDAY (OCT 17) AND REMAINS IN CUSTODY FOR A WETASKIWIN COURT APPEARANCE TODAY (OCT 21). IT WAS ON AUGUST 8TH OF LAST YEAR WHEN MOUNTIES RESPONDED TO A MASKWACIS RESIDENCE AND FOUND A 19 YEAR OLD WOMAN SUFFERING FROM STAB WOUNDS.SHE WAS TAKEN TO WETASKIWIN HOSPITAL BUT DIED FROM HER INJURIES.

THE DRUMHELLER RCMP AND STAFF AT THE DRUMHELLER MEDIUM SECURITY PENITENTIARY ARE INVESTIGATING THE ASSAULT OF AN INMATE. YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (OCT 20), JUST AFTER 1:00 O'CLOCK, AN INMATE WAS FOUND INJURED IN THE MEDIUM SECURITY SECTION OF THE FACILITY. THE VICTIM WAS ASSESSED AND SENT TO HOSPITAL OUTSIDE OF THE PRISON FOR TREATMENT. THE MAN WHO CARRIED OUT THE ASSAULT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AND APPROPRIATE ACTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN. NO STAFF MEMBERS OR OTHER INMATES WERE INJURED IN THE INCIDENT. THE WARDEN OF THE DRUMHELLER INSTITUTION HAS ORDERED A LOCKDOWN AND AN EXCEPTIONAL SEARCH OF THE MEDIUM SECURITY UNIT.  VISITS TO THE PRISON HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AND NORMAL OPERATIONS WILL RESUME ONLY WHEN THE SEARCH IS COMPLETE.

THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER IS TRYING TO DEAL WITH COMPLAINTS ABOUT LOCAL DRINKING WATER. ON FRIDAY (OCT 17), RESIDENTS WERE CALLING IN CONCERNS TO TOWN HALL ABOUT THE TASTE AND ODOR OF THE WATER COMING OUT OF THE TAP. THE TOWN'S ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT SAYS AT THE END OF LAST WEEK, THEY WERE BLENDING RAW WATER FROM VARIOUS HOLDING CELLS IN PREPARATION FOR COLDER WINTER MONTHS, WHICH PROBABLY CAUSED THE TASTE AND ODOR CHANGE. THE TOWN SAYS IT'S NOW DRAWING WATER FROM THE FRESHEST CELLS, AND HAS STARTED A FLUSHING PROGRAM ACROSS THE WHOLE COMMUNITY TO REMOVE ANY OF THE WATER WITH ODOR AND TASTE CONCERNS FROM WATER MAINS. THE FLUSHING SHOULD BE COMPLETE BY THE END OF THIS WEEK. THE TOWN WANTS TO STRESS THAT THE WATER IS SAFE TO USE, AND MONITORING IS ONGOING.

PREMIER JIM PRENTICE SAYS THE PROVINCE WILL BUILD 1,200 NEW SUPPORTIVE LIVING SPACES IN BOTH URBAN AND RURAL AREAS. THAT'S IN ADDITION TO 300 SPACES HE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK. PRENTICE SAYS ONE OF HIS PRIORITIES IS TO PROVIDE SENIORS WITH SAFE, AFFORDABLE AND QUALITY HOUSING THAT IS CLOSE TO THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. THE PROJECT HAS BEEN PUT OUT TO TENDER AND THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS DEC. 19. PRENTICE SAYS PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO BIDS FROM COMPANIES THAT CAN BEGIN DEVELOPMENT WITHIN SIX MONTHS. THE COST IS PEGGED AT $180 MILLION, WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HOPES TO SHARE 50-50 WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

ALBERTA IS DOMINATING A LIST OF CANADA'S TOP ENTREPRENEURIAL CITIES. THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS PUTS CALGARY AT 29TH, BUT HAS THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES OF AIRDRIE, ROCKY VIEW COUNTY, CHESTERMERE AND COCHRANE AS 2ND. NUMBER 1 ON THE LIST IS LLOYDMINSTER, THIRD IS EDMONTON AND AREA, THEN FORT MCMURRAY, CAMROSE, GRAND PRAIRIE, BROOKS AND RED DEER ARE IN THE NEXT SPOTS. 

 

 

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20

AN ALBERTA AGENCY THAT INVESTIGATES POLICE IS LOOKING AT HOW OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A MENTALLY DISABLED WOMAN DRIVING AN ATV ON A BUSY CALGARY FREEWAY. THE ALBERTA SERIOUS INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM SAYS THE 21-YEAR-OLD DROVE THE QUAD OFF HER FAMILY'S PROPERTY NEAR GLEICHEN AND ONTO A HIGHWAY ON SUNDAY (OCT 19).  A MOUNTIE SPOTTED HER SWERVING FROM LANE TO LANE AND FOLLOWED HER FROM A DISTANCE WITH EMERGENCY LIGHTS HOLDING BACK TRAFFIC. SHE EVENTUALLY MADE IT ONTO CALGARY'S DEERFOOT TRAIL, WHERE SHE WAS GOING 80 KM/H.  WHEN CALGARY POLICE JOINED THE PURSUIT, THE WOMAN EXITED THE FREEWAY AND LOST CONTROL OF THE QUAD, HITTING A FENCE. SHE WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE, LANDED ON A BICYCLE PATH AND WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES.

FLU SHOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN ALBERTA TODAY (OCT 20). THE SHOTS ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL ALBERTANS AGE SIX-MONTHS AND OLDER AND ARE FREE.  ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES SAYS INFLUENZA HAS NOT YET ARRIVED IN ALBERTA, BUT IT IS IMMINENT. YOU CAN GET THE SHOTS AT ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES PUBLIC INFLUENZA IMMUNIZATION CLINICS, PHARMACISTS AND PHYSICIAN OFFICES AROUND THE PROVINCE. FOR FLU SHOT CLINIC DETAILS GO TO THE ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES WEBSITE.

RACHEL NOTLEY HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO BE THE NEW LEADER OF ALBERTA'S N-D-P. NOTLEY DEFEATED FELLOW LEGISLATURE MEMBER DAVID EGGEN AND LABOUR LEADER ROD LOYOLA. NOTLEY CAPTURED 70 PER CENT OF THE VOTES IN PARTY BALLOTING ON SATURDAY (OCT 18).  SHE'S THE FIRST NEW LEADER OF THE PARTY IN A DECADE, REPLACING BRIAN MASON WHO ANNOUNCED IN APRIL HE WAS STEPPING DOWN. RACHEL NOTLEY'S FATHER, GRANT, WAS LEADER OF THE ALBERTA N-D-P FROM 1968 TO '84, WHEN HE WAS KILLED IN A PLANE CRASH.

A MAN FROM DRUMHELLER IS ONCE AGAIN GOING TO BE AN OBSERVER IN THE UPCOMING GENERAL ELECTION IN THE COUNTRY OF UKRAINE. TERRY YEMEN, WHO IS MAYOR OF DRUMHELLER HAS BEEN INVITED TO AGAIN BE PART OF CANADA'S DELEGATION OF ELECTION OBSERVERS FOR THE UKRAINIAN GENERAL ELECTION. YEMEN IS LEAVING TODAY (OCT 20) AS PART OF CANADA'S DELEGATION AND WILL GET AN UPDATE ON THE COUNTRY WHEN HE ARRIVES ON TUESDAY.  HE WAS INVITED BACK AFTER BEING AN OBSERVER OF THE UKRAINIAN ELECTIONS IN 2013 AND MAY OF THIS YEAR FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. YEMEN WILL BE AWAY FOR ABOUT 10 DAYS. HE'S GOING TO UKRAINE AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN AND NOT AS DRUMHELLER MAYOR.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS REJECTED A PROPOSAL TO CULL A BALLOONING HERD OF ELK THAT`S CAUSING PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE SOUTHEAST OF THE PROVINCE SOME BIG HEADACHES. ABOUT 200 ELK WERE BROUGHT TO C-F-B SUFFIELD, NEAR MEDICINE HAT,  IN 1997 AND 1998, AND SINCE THEN THE HERD HAS GROWN TO AS MANY AS EIGHT-THOUSAND ANIMALS. THE ELK REGULARLY JUMP THE BASE`S FENCES TO EAT AND TRAMPLE PRIVATE CROPS IN THE SURROUNDING AREA. RANCHERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS SAY THE HERD IS OUT OF CONTROL, AND THAT HUNTING ALONE WON`T FIX THE PROBLEM. A PROPOSAL WAS SUBMITTED IN JULY THAT CALLED FOR ABOUT 15-HUNDRED ELK TO BE CAPTURED EACH YEAR, MOVED TO A SPECIAL FARM, AND THEN EVENTUALLY SLAUGHTERED, WITH THE MEAT GOING TO FOOD BANKS. BUT ENVIRONMENT MINISTER KYLE FAWCETT HAS DISMISSED THE PLAN CITING CONCERNS ABOUT ITS POTENTIAL COST, AS WELL AS POSSIBLE SECURITY ISSUES INVOLVING THE MILITARY BASE. FAWCETT SAYS THE PROVINCE IS MANAGING THE HERD BY ALLOWING MORE OF THE ANIMALS TO BE HUNTED.

SASKATCHEWAN'S HEALTH MINISTRY AND THE HEARTLAND HEALTH REGION IN WEST CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN ARE REVIEWING WHETHER THE HOSPITAL IN KINDERSLEY IS MEETING PEOPLE'S NEEDS. HEARTLAND C-E-O GREG CUMMINGS SAYS THE INFORMATION WILL BE VALUABLE FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING.  THE DIRECTOR OF THE KINDERSLEY AND DISTRICT HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOUNDATION SAYS SUPPORT AND RESOURCES FOR THE HOSPITAL OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS HAS BEEN LACKING. TOM GEIGER SAYS THE OIL INDUSTRY HAS RAMPED UP IN THE AREA, HOTELS ARE EXPANDING AND MORE BUSINESSES ARE OPENING. THE RAPID GROWTH IS PUTTING AN EXTRA DRAIN ON THE HEALTH SERVICES OFFERED IN KINDERSLEY.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17

THE ROCKY VIEW COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED OUT EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING TO A FIRE IN THE BALZAC AREA.  A REPORT CAME IN AROUND 1:00 O'CLOCK THURSDAY MORNING (OCT 16) ABOUT A MAJOR BLAZE AT A BUSINESS, RANGELAND RV. FIRE SERVICE OFFICIALS SAY THE DEALERSHIP'S MAIN SHOWROOM AND SERVICE BUILDING WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED. ONCE THE FIRE WAS PUT OUT, FIRE CREWS REMAINED AT THE SCENE FOR SEVERAL HOURS TO VENT THE REMAINING STRUCTURE AND TO KEEP WATCH ON THE REMAINING PARTS OF THE BUSINESS. CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDETERMINED AND THE DAMAGE ESTIMATE IS EXPECTED

MANY PEOPLE IN THE ALBERTA ROCKY MOUNTAIN TOWN OF BANFF WERE WONDERING WHAT WAS HAPPENING AROUND SUPPERTIME YESTERDAY (OCT 16). IT TURNED OUT TO BE A SMALL EARTHQUAKE. NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA SAYS THE TWO-POINT-SEVEN MAGNITUDE QUAKE HIT ABOUT 5:45 P-M MOUNTAIN TIME ABOUT FOUR KILOMETRES SOUTHWEST OF BANFF AND ABOUT 20 KILOMETRES NORTHWEST OF CANMORE.  BANFF MAYOR KAREN SORENSEN SAYS IT FELT LIKE A LARGE TRUCK RUMBLING BY -- BUT NOT OUTSIDE, UNDER YOUR FEET. THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF INJURIES OR DAMAGE.  TO BE HIGH.


A COMPLAINT ABOUT HOW AN ARREST WAS CARRIED OUT HAS LED TO CHARGES AGAINST A CALGARY-AREA MOUNTIE. AN INVESTIGATION WAS LAUNCHED AFTER THE COMPLAINT WAS FILED FOLLOWING LAST NOVEMBER'S ARREST. CONSTABLE TODD DEPAGIE, WHO IS WITH THE GLEICHEN (GLEE'-SHEHN) DETACHMENT, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY HARM AND UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT NOVEMBER 6TH. MOUNTIES SAY THE OFFICER REMAINS ON THE JOB BUT HIS STATUS IS UNDER REVIEW.


A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO RUN OVER AN R-C-M-P OFFICER PRIOR TO A SHORT PURSUIT IN CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS BEEN ARRESTED. EDMONTON POLICE SAY LANCE JAMES PETERS WAS A PASSENGER IN A VEHICLE WHEN HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING (OCT 16). THE 24-YEAR-OLD WAS BEING SOUGHT AFTER MOUNTIES IN SYLVAN LAKE TRIED TO STOP SOMEONE LAST SATURDAY NIGHT (OCT 11) WHO IS ALLEGED TO HAVE STOLEN SEVERAL VEHICLES AND BROKEN INTO A NUMBER OF HOMES. THE SUSPECT FLED IN A TRUCK AND NARROWLY MISSED AN OFFICER WHO WAS ON FOOT BEFORE RAMMING A POLICE VEHICLE. PETERS IS FACING 43 CRIMINAL CHARGES AND POLICE SAY MORE MAY BE LAID.

IT'S THE LAST DAY (OCT 17) OF THE 2014 "DRIVE AWAY HUNGER" CAMPAIGN PUT ON BY FARM CREDIT CANADA OFFICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  THE FCC TRACTOR TOUR VISITED ALBERTA THIS WEEK, WITH STOPS  IN RED DEER, BLACKFALDS, AND LACOMBE. AND FCC SPOKESMAN FROM THE CAMROSE OFFICE, GORDON LABOCCETTA SAYS THE DRUMHELLER FCC OFFICE HAS BEEN BUSY WITH ITS FOOD DRIVE. THE OFFICE HAS SO FAR RAISED ABOUT 24 HUNDRED POUNDS OF FOOD WITH THE HELP OF GREENTREE SCHOOL, MORRIN SCHOOL, AND FRESON BROTHERS. AND ON TODAY (OCT 17), THEY'LL HOLD  ANOTHER FOOD COLLECTION  AT DRUMHELLER GREENTREE MALL. ALL FOOD RAISED DURING THE CAMPAIGN GOES TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS WHERE THERE IS AN FCC OFFICE. FCC OFFICES IN OUR REGION INCLUDE BROOKS, STRATHMORE, HIGH RIVER, OLDS, DRUMHELLER, STETTLER, RED DEER, CAMROSE, AND CALGARY.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16

THE LIGHTS ARE STARTING TO COME BACK ON TODAY (OCT 16) FOR DOWNTOWN CALGARY RESIDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN WITHOUT POWER SINCE AN UNDERGROUND ELECTRICAL FIREON SATURDAY. ENMAX SAYS POWER WILL BE BACK BY 5 A-M, BUT IT SAYS BUILDING SYSTEMS WILL HAVE TO BE CHECKED, SO PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE WHILE BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED IN. RESIDENTS ARE BEING TOLD TO CHECK THEIR APPLIANCES AND, FOR SAFETY REASONS, CLEAN OUT FRIDGES TO AVOID FOOD POISONING. THE CITY SAYS 19-HUNDRED CUSTOMERS IN 112 RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS WERE AFFECTED BY THE POWER OUTAGE.

R-C-M-P HAVE IDENTIFIED THE MAN WHOSE BURNED BODY WAS DISCOVERED ON A RESERVE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. TYRELL PRESTON SOOSAY WAS 18 AND FROM THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION. OFFICERS AND SEARCH DOGS FOUND HIS BODY MONDAY (OCT 13) NEAR A HOME ON THE RESERVE. HIS COUSIN, 21-YEAR-OLD WALTER SAMUEL LOUIS, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER AND INDIGNITY TO A HUMAN BODY.


BAIL HAS BEEN DENIED TO A B.C. MAN CHARGED IN A CENTRAL ALBERTA SHOOTING THIS SPRING. 26 YEAR OLD GARNER BELCOURT WILL NOW STAY BEHIND BARS FOR HIS NEXT COURT APPEARANCE OCTOBER 30TH. HE FACES COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER IN THE JUNE 2ND INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN INNISFAIL MOUNTIES RESPONDED TO A CALL TO  A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR PINE LAKE, LOCATED SOUTH EAST OF RED DEER AND FOUND A 31 YEAR OLD MAN SUFFERING FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS. GARNER WAS ARRESTED IN THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO OCTOBER 1ST AND RECENTLY BROUGHT BACK TO ALBERTA.  HIS CO-ACCUSED, 29 YEAR OLD CORY LAVALLEE FROM PINE LAKE WILL HAVE A PRELIMINARY HEARING NEXT SPRING.

A FIRE INSIDE AN EMPTY CRUDE OIL TANK AT THE HUSKY ENERGY TERMINAL IN HARDISTY, IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS BEEN EXTINGUISHED. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY SAID TWO WORKERS WERE CLEANING THE TANK WHEN IT CAUGHT FIRE ON WEDNESDAY (OCT 15). O-H-S SAYS A MAN IN HIS 20S SUFFERED BURNS TO HIS HANDS, AND WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON, WHILE THE OTHER WAS NOT INJURED. A STOP-WORK ORDER HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE WORKSITE.

RANCHERS SAY OTTAWA HAS TURNED A DEAF EAR TO THEIR CALL FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CULL A MASSIVE HERD OF ELK AT A MILITARY BASE IN SOUTHEASTERN ALBERTA THAT IS DAMAGING THEIR LAND. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL SEAN HACKETT, THE COMMANDER OF C-F-B SUFFIELD, NEAR MEDICINE HAT SAYS THE FEDERAL AND ALBERTA GOVERNMENTS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE PROBLEM, HOPING THAT INCREASED HUNTING WILL WHITTLE DOWN THE SIZE OF THE ELK HERD. BUT BOB OLSON, REEVE OF CYPRESS COUNTY, SAYS THE ELK ROUTINELY JUMP FENCING AROUND BASE, THEN EAT OR TRAMPLE GRAZING GRASS AND CROPS. OLSON SAYS THE HERD HAS GROWN FROM A FEW HUNDRED ELK IN 1997 TO MORE THAN SIX THOUSAND ANIMALS.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15

A LACOMBE MAN CHARGED IN A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT KILLED A BRETON MAN TWO YEARS AGO IS NOW ON TRIAL AT THE RED DEER COURT HOUSE. 26 YEAR OLD MATTHEW ENGELMAN FACES THREE COUNTS INCLUDING IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND REFUSING TO PROVIDE A BREATH SAMPLE IN THE SEPTEMBER 2012 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN MOUNTIES SAY TWO PICK-UP TRUCKS CRASHED HEAD-ON ON HIGHWAY 20 NORTH OF SYLVAN LAKE, CRITICALLY INJURING 41 YEAR OLD RANDY PINCH WHO DIED OF THOSE INJURIES WEEKS LATER.

POWER CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO TRY TO RESTORE ELECTRICITY TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY AN UNDERGROUND FIRE THAT SHUT DOWN POWER TO PART OF THE DOWNTOWN CORE. A FIRE IN A MANHOLE KNOCKED OUT POWER TO ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND RESIDENTS AND 112 RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES ON SATURDAY NIGHT (OCT 11). SINCE THEN, SOME PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED TO STAY PUT AND OTHERS HAVE PACKED UP AND ARE STAYING WITH FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. THE CITY SET ASIDE ABOUT 250 HOTEL ROOMS TO HOUSE THOSE RESIDENTS AND HAS SET UP AN EMERGENCY SHELTER WITH 200 COTS AT THE BIG FOUR BUILDING AT STAMPEDE PARK, BUT SO FAR EVERYONE WHO HAS REGISTERED HAS HAD A PLACE TO STAY. OFFICIALS SAY IT'S LOOKING LIKE IT WILL BE THURSDAY (OCT 16) BEFORE POWER IS RESTORED.


ALBERTA'S PREMIER SAYS THE PROVINCE IS EMBARKING ON A NEW PLAN TO GET SENIORS PROPER CARE AND FREE UP SPACE IN OVERCROWDED HOSPITALS. JIM PRENTICE SAYS HIS GOVERNMENT HAS IDENTIFIED 464 CONTINUING CARE SPACES THAT ARE NOT BEING USED DUE TO A SHORTAGE OF MONEY OR STAFF. HE SAYS THOSE BEDS WILL BE OPENED OVER THE NEXT YEAR BY REALLOCATING EXISTING RESOURCES. HE SAYS ANOTHER $180 MILLION WILL BE USED TO BUILD NEW LONG-TERM CARE OR CONTINUING CARE SPACES FOR SENIORS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.  BUT OPPOSITION POLITICIANS SAY THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS A SHELL GAME DESIGNED TO GIVE PRENTICE AND HEALTH MINISTER STEPHEN MANDEL A POPULARITY BOOST IN THEIR ONGOING BYELECTION CAMPAIGNS. ABOUT 700 SENIORS ARE CURRENTLY IN ACUTE CARE BEDS IN HOSPITALS BECAUSE THERE IS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN LONG-TERM CARE OR CONTINUING CARE.


A GRASS FIRE THAT THREATENED SEVERAL FARMS IN SOUTHWEST SASKATCHEWAN HAS BEEN BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL. RCMP WERE SENT TO EVACUATE FOUR FARMS IN THE PATH OF THE FIRE EAST OF KINDERSLEY ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON (OCT 14). BUT STAFF SGT. GEOFF BUXCEY SAYS THE EVACUATIONS WERE NOT NECESSARY. FIRE CREWS MANAGED TO GET THE BLAZE UNDER CONTROL, WITH HELP FROM AREA FARMERS AND WORKERS AT OILFIELD COMPANIES. BUXCEY SAYS DRY WEATHER AND WINDS CLOCKED AS HIGH AS 80 KILOMETRES PER HOUR HELPED THE FIRE SPREAD QUICKLY. THE CAUSE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14

STREET AND TRAFFIC LIGHTS IN DOWNTOWN CALGARY WERE BACK ON TUESDAY MORNING (OCT 14), BUT THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS REMAIN OUT OF THEIR HOMES AFTER A MAJOR POWER OUTAGE IN THE CITY SATURDAY NIGHT (OCT 11).  THE POWER FAILURE BEGAN AFTER A FIRE IN AN UNDERGROUND ELECTRICAL VAULT THAT CITY ELECTRICAL UTILITY, ENMAX, SAYS WILL REQUIRE EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT RATHER THAN REPAIRS.  ABOUT 5,000 PEOPLE WERE AFFECTED IN THE DOWNTOWN AND MANY OFFICE AND RESIDENTIAL HIGHRISES REMAIN IN THE DARK. KEN UZELOC (OO'-ZUH-LAWK), DIRECTOR OF THE CALGARY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, SAYS ALL DOWNTOWN ROADS ARE NOW REOPENED AND THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE WORKING BUT A LOT OF WORK REMAINS TO BE DONE. UZELOC SAYS THE CITY PROVIDED 350 HOTEL ROOMS FOR THOSE AFFECTED, BUT SPACE IS RAPIDLY RUNNING OUT. GIANNA MANES, PRESIDENT OF ENMAX, SAYS CREWS ARE STARTING TO SPLICE IN HIGH-VOLTAGE CABLES AND SHE HOPES FULL POWER WILL BE RESTORED BY THURSDAY. PROVINCIAL COURTHOUSES ARE CLOSED TODAY, AND THE LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS ENCOURAGING FIRMS TO RESORT TO TELEWORKING OR USING OFFSITE LOCATIONS.

RCMP SAY A MAN IS FACING MURDER CHARGES AFTER A BURNED BODY WAS DISCOVERED ON A RESERVE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. SGT. JOSEE VALIQUETTE SAYS A RESIDENT OF THE SAMSON CREE NATION INITIALLY REPORTED A HOMICIDE TO POLICE.  OFFICERS AND SEARCH DOGS THEN LOCATED THE BODY OF AN ADULT MAN ON MONDAY AFTERNOON (OCT 13) NEAR A HOME. THE BODY HAS NOT YET BEEN POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED. VALIQUETTE SAYS INVESTIGATORS HAVE DETERMINED THE KILLING IS NOT GANG-RELATED. WALTER SAMUEL LOUIS, 21, IS CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER AND INDIGNITY TO A HUMAN BODY.

THE R-C-M-P IS LOOKING FOR A 24-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO RUN OVER AN ALBERTA MOUNTIE ON THE WEEKEND. POLICE SAY THEY TRIED TO ARREST A PERSON SATURDAY NIGHT (OCT 11)  IN SYLVAN LAKE ON OUTSTANDING WARRANTS, BUT HE FLED IN A TRUCK AND NARROWLY MISSED AN OFFICER ON FOOT BEFORE RAMMING A POLICE VEHICLE. MOUNTIES GAVE CHASE BUT CALLED THE PURSUIT OFF WHEN IT BECAME TOO RISKY. THEY'VE ISSUED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR LANCE JAMES PETERS, WHO IS ALLEGED TO HAVE STOLEN A NUMBER OF VEHICLES AND BROKEN INTO HOMES OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS. PETERS IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

ALBERTA'S SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS SAYS IT'S INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE AT A HOG FACILITY IN RED DEER. AN ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP HAS RELEASED A VIDEO TAKEN AT THE WESTERN HOG EXCHANGE FACILITY THAT SHOWS HOGS BEING KICKED AND STRUCK WITH WHAT APPEARS TO BE A CLUB. MERCY FOR ANIMALS CANADA SAYS THE VIDEO WAS TAKEN UNDERCOVER AND IT ALSO SHOWS SOME OF THE ANIMALS LIMPING AND OTHERS CRAMMED INTO A CORRAL. IN A STATEMENT, ALBERTA SPCA SPOKESMAN ROLAND LINES SAYS THE VIDEO HE HAS VIEWED IS VERY DISTURBING. THE WESTERN HOG EXCHANGE HAS POSTED A STATEMENT ON ITS WEBSITE SAYING IT HAS ALSO LAUNCHED AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION WITH THIRD-PARTY EXPERTS IN ANIMAL CARE AND TRANSPORTATION. CHAIRMAN BRENT MOEN SAYS HE VIEWED THE FOOTAGE LAST MONTH, AND WHAT HE SAW STRAYS FAR FROM ITS STANDARDS.

ANOTHER ATTEMPT IS BEING MADE TO SHUT DOWN A CONTROVERSIAL ZOO NEAR THREE HILLS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. AN APPLICATION HAS BEEN FILED IN EDMONTON COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH TO RESCIND GUZOO'S 2014 ZOO PERMIT. A SPOKESWOMAN WITH VOICE FOR ANIMALS HUMANE SOCIETY SAYS HER GROUP, ALONG WITH ZOOCHECK CANADA, FILED THE CLAIM ON SEPT. 30. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TOVE (TOH'-VAH) REECE SAYS A WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT EXPERT FROM ENGLAND VISITED GUZOO THIS SUMMER AND PROVIDED A REPORT. THE REPORT SAID STANDARDS OF ANIMAL CARE AT GUZOO WERE POOR AND OFTEN CONTRARY TO MODERN ZOO PRACTICE. GUZOO OWNER LYNN GUSTAFSON COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT, BUT HAS SAID IN THE PAST THAT HIS ANIMALS ARE HEALTHY.

 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26

TWO PEOPLE FROM EUROPE ARE BEING TREATED IN A CALGARY HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER THEIR ATV ROLLED EAST OF THE CITY. STRATHMORE RCMP SAY ONE OF THE PEOPLE IS IN INTENSIVE CARE WITH LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AND THE OTHER IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION. POLICE SAY THE ATV ROLLED MONDAY (SEPT 22) AFTER GOING INTO A DITCH ON HIGHWAY 7-91, NORTH OF THE TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY. A FEMALE WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE, WHILE A MALE WAS PINNED UNDER THE ATV. RCMP FROM CHESTERMERE, AS WELL AS FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM LANGDON AND CHESTERMERE, PLUS EMS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE. NEITHER OF THE TWO PEOPLE WERE WEARING HELMETS. THE MAN AND WOMAN ARE PART OF A TOUR GROUP VISITING CANADA. POLICE DECLINED TO RELEASE FURTHER DETAILS. ALCOHOL IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

THE SUPERINTENDENT OF AN ALBERTA SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS STAFF DIDN'T KNOW A TEACHER THEY HIRED FROM B-C HAD BEEN DISCIPLINED FOR A HOMOPHOBIC PRANK ON A STUDENT. DANIEL MARK OGLOFF WAS A METAL FABRICATION AND MACHINING TEACHER IN LANGLEY, B-C, WHEN HE WROTE ``I'M GAY'' ON A PIECE OF MASKING TAPE AND AFFIXED IT TO THE BACK OF A MALE STUDENT'S JACKET. HE WAS SUSPENDED BY HIS SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE COMMISSIONER OF TEACHER REGULATION.  OGLOFF IS NOW LISTED IN THE 2014-2015 HANDBOOK AS A TEACHER AT BASSANO SCHOOL, WHICH IS IN A SMALL TOWN ABOUT 140 KILOMETRES EAST OF CALGARY. DAVID STEELE OF GRASSLANDS SCHOOL DIVISION SAYS OGLOFF HAS BEEN WORKING IN THE DISTRICT AND THE STAFF WHO HIRED HIM WERE UNAWARE OF THE PRANK. ALBERTA EDUCATION HAS ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING IT IS LOOKING INTO THE MATTER.

THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED NEW MEASURES TO CLEAR UP CLAIMS FROM LAST YEAR'S CATASTROPHIC FLOODS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. STEPS WILL ALSO BE TAKEN TO PREVENT FUTURE DISASTERS. PREMIER JIM PRENTICE, SPEAKING IN CALGARY TODAY (SEPT 26), ANNOUNCED THAT THE CURRENT STAFF OF SIX FLOOD CLAIMS ADJUDICATORS WILL BE INCREASED TO 18 TO CLEAR UP ALL CASES BY YEAR'S END. PRENTICE SAYS A SOUTH DIVERSION OF THE HIGHWOOD RIVER WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO PROTECT THE TOWN OF HIGH RIVER. A DEAL WILL ALSO BE STRUCK WITH TRANSALTA TO ENSURE THAT THE GHOST RESERVOIR NEAR COCHRANE WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE OVERFLOW FROM THE BOW RIVER. MORE THAN 10,500 DISASTER RELIEF CLAIMS WERE FILED AFTER HEAVY FLOODING SWAMPED PARTS OF CALGARY AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA LAST JUNE.


A SASKATCHEWAN WOMAN IS FACING CHARGES FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING CATTLE AND PROFITING FROM THEIR OFFSPRING. BIGGAR R-C-M-P SAY THEY SEARCHED PASTURE LAND IN THE R-M OF GLENSIDE LAST WEEK AFTER LEARNING THAT BRANDED STOLEN CATTLE WERE ON THE PROPERTY. THEY SEIZED FIVE COW-CALF PAIRS WORTH BETWEEN 13-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 15-THOUSAND DOLLARS. SOME OF THE ANIMALS HAD BEEN MISSING FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS AND POLICE SUSPECT THE OFFSPRING THEY PRODUCED WERE WORTH MORE THAN 17-THOUSAND DOLLARS. JO-ANN VAYRO OF SONNINGDALE, NEAR SASKATOON IS FACING FIVE CHARGES AND WILL APPEAR IN A BIGGAR COURTROOM ON NOVEMBER 5TH.

 

 

 

thursDAY, SEPT. 25

RCMP HAVE ISSUED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR A CALGARY WOMAN ACCUSED OF IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH FOLLOWING A FIERY CRASH EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT KILLED TWO PEOPLE NORTHEAST OF EDMONTON. POLICE SAY A MAN AND HIS COMMON-LAW WIFE DIED JUNE 30 WHEN A VEHICLE COLLIDED WITH THEIR VAN ON HIGHWAY 28 NEAR MALLAIG. THE VAN WAS QUICKLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES. BYSTANDERS MANAGED TO PULL THE MAN'S 12-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER FROM THE VAN, SAVING HER LIFE. FALLON OUELLETTE, WHO IS 27, ALSO FACES IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING BODILY HARM AND OTHER CHARGES. IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE OUELLETTE MAY BE, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.


A FLEEING VEHICLE RAN OVER A PEDESTRIAN IN LACOMBE DURING A POLICE CHASE ON TUESDAY NIGHT (SEPT 23). BLACKFALDS RCMP SAY AROUND 10:00 O'CLOCK MOUNTIES ATTEMPTED TO PULL OVER A SPEEDING VEHICLE HEADING NORTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY TWO. THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT PULL OVER, AND WOUND UP SPEEDING INTO THE CITY LACOMBE AND STRIKING A PEDESTRIAN. ALTHOUGH THE RCMP LOST SIGHT OF THE SUSPECTS BEFORE THE COLLISION, OFFICERS FINALLY FOUND THE VEHICLE PULLED OVER ON LAKESIDE SARGANT ROAD IN A RURAL AREA, WHERE 3 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. CHARGES AGAINST THE DRIVER ARE PENDING. THE 22 YEAR OLD WOMAN HIT BY THE SUSPECT CAR WAS FLOWN TO EDMONTON HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES. 

THE TWO UNELECTED MINISTERS ALBERTA PREMIER JIM PRENTICE APPOINTED TO HIS CABINET HAVE ANNOUNCED THEIR PLANS TO WIN A SEAT IN THE LEGISLATURE. HEALTH MINISTER AND FORMER EDMONTON MAYOR STEPHEN MANDEL IS RUNNING IN EDMONTON-WHITEMUD, WHILE EDUCATION MINISTER GORDON DIRKS IS RUNNING IN THE CALGARY-ELBOW CONSTITUENCY. EDMONTON-WHITEMUD WAS HELD BY FORMER PREMIER DAVID HANCOCK, WHO ANNOUNCED HE IS LEAVING POLITICS.  CALGARY-ELBOW WAS VACATED WHEN FORMER PREMIER ALISON REDFORD RESIGNED. 

THE SIXTH ANNUAL "COATS FOR KIDS" CAMPAIGN CONTINUES TODAY (SEPT 25) AT WESTERN GM IN DRUMHELLER. uNTIL FRIDAY (SEPT 26), PEOPLE IN DRUMHELLER AND SURROUNDING AREA ARE INVITED TO DROP BY THE DEALERSHIP AND BRING A DONATION OF GENTLY USED OR NEW WINTER CLOTHING. THEY'RE LOOKING FOR WINTER COATS, TOQUES, MITTS, GLOVES, SCARVES, AND BOOTS. THE ITEMS WILL BE CLEANED BY ALSCO UNIFORM AND LINEN, THEN TAKEN TO THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THOSE IN NEED.   LAST YEAR'S COATS FOR KIDS EVENT BROUGHT IN ENOUGH WINTER CLOTHING TO FILL NEARLY THREE HALF TON TRUCKS.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24

A MAN CONVICTED FOR HIS ROLE IN THE SHOOTING DEATHS OF FOUR ALBERTA MOUNTIES NINE YEARS AGO SAYS HE WANTS TO HONOUR THEIR MEMORY BY TURNING HIS LIFE AROUND. SHAWN HENNESSEY TOLD THE NATIONAL PAROLE BOARD IN A HEARING YESTERDAY (SEPT 23) AT THE MEDIUM SECURITY PRISION IN BOWDEN, THAT THE KILLINGS IN MAYERTHORPE WILL BOTHER HIM FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. THE BOARD HAS GRANTED THE 36-YEAR-OLD DAY PAROLE, SAYING IT BELIEVED HE HAS TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS ACTIONS AND SHOWN EMPATHY FOR HIS VICTIMS. HENNESSEY AND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW, DENNIS CHEESEMAN, PLEADED GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER FOR GIVING JAMES ROSZKO A RIFLE AND A RIDE TO ROSZKO'S FARM NEAR MAYERTHORPE IN 2005. CONSTABLES PETER SCHIEMANN, ANTHONY GORDON, BROCK MYROL AND LEO JOHNSTON WERE THEN AMBUSHED AND KILLED BY ROSZKO AS THEY GUARDED A QUONSET HUT. ROSZKO THEN TOOK HIS OWN LIFE. HENNESSEY WAS SENTENCED IN 2009 TO 10 YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS FOR HIS ROLE IN THE CRIME WHILE CHEESEMAN WAS HANDED SEVEN YEARS AND TWO MONTHS. CHEESEMAN WAS GRANTED STATUTORY RELEASE LATE LAST YEAR AFTER SERVING TWO-THIRDS OF HIS SENTENCE, BUT HE WAS RE-ARRESTED LAST MONTH FOR HAVING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT WERE NOT IN HIS NAME.


A FORMER CENTRAL ALBERTA TEACHER WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO RAPING A STUDENT NEARLY 40 YEARS AGO HAS LOST THE APPEAL OF HIS SENTENCE. WARREN FERTIG, WHO IS 73, PLEADED GUILTY IN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR (2013) TO ONE COUNT OF RAPE INVOLVING A GIRL DURING THE 1970S. HE WAS SENTENCED IN MARCH TO FIVE YEARS. THE ALBERTA COURT OF APPEAL IN CALGARY DISMISSED HIS CASE TUESDAY (SEPT 23), BUT THE REASONS FOR THE RULING WERE NOT IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE. THE VICTIM, A FORMER STUDENT, SAID SHE HAD SEX WITH FERTIG FOR THREE YEARS STARTING WHEN SHE WAS 12-YEARS-OLD. FERTIG WAS A TEACHER AND VICE-PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL IN RED DEER AT THE TIME. THE FEMALE VICTIM WAS ALSO THE FERTIG BABYSITTER AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENCES.

A SERIOUSLY INJURED HIKER HAS BEEN RESCUED BY MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE EDMONTON-BASED 4-08 TACTICAL HELICOPTER SQUADRON IN THE ALBERTA FOOTHILLS BETWEEN JASPER AND BANFF.  A LANDING ZONE RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHT WAS UNDERWAY ON TUESDAY (SEPT 23) WHEN THE SQUADRON RECEIVED A RADIO REQUEST FROM CLINE RIVER HELIPORT NEAR NORDEGG ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE.  THE CHOPPER LANDED AND MEMBERS CARRIED THE HIKER BY STRETCHER TO THE WAITING HELICOPTER. THE HELICOPTER WENT TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE HEALTH CENTRE WHERE THEY WERE MET BY STAFF WHO HAD BEEN ALERTED TO STAND BY.


THE SIXTH ANNUAL "COATS FOR KIDS" CAMPAIGN GOES TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY (SEPT 24-26) AT WESTERN GM IN DRUMHELLER. YOU'RE ENCOURAGED TO DROP BY THE DEALERSHIP AND BRING DONATIONS OF NEW OR GENTLY USED WINTER CLOTHING FOR THOSE IN NEED. WESTERN GM SALES MANAGER, BRAD LEDREW SAYS IT'S A CHANCE FOR THEM TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. ALL DONATIONS OF WINTER CLOTHING WILL BE DRY CLEANED BY ALSCO UNIFORM AND LINEN IN RED DEER, AND THEN GIVEN TO THE SALVATION ARMY IN DRUMHELLER TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE LESS FORTUNATE.  THEY'RE LOOKING FOR WINTER COATS, TOQUES, MITTS, GLOVES, SCARVES, AND BOOTS. LAST YEAR'S "COATS FOR KIDS" EVENT BROUGHT IN ENOUGH WINTER CLOTHING TO FILL NEARLY THREE HALF TON TRUCKS. ALSO, STARTING AT 11:00 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING, THE FOLKS FROM WESTERN GM IN DRUMHELLER WILL BE HOLDING A HOT DOG - POP BARBECUE. THEY'LL BE COOKING UP NATHAN'S HOT DOGS GENEROUSLY DONATED BY CANALTA HOTELS. SO DROP BY, AND ENJOY A HOT DOG AND POP WITH A DONATION TO THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY.

tUESDAY, SEPT. 23

THE HUSBAND OF AN EDMONTON WOMAN WHO VANISHED WHILE OUT FOR A JOG IN CARY, NORTH CAROLINA, HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO HER SECOND-DEGREE MURDER.
BRAD COOPER HAD ORIGINALLY BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER, BUT THAT CONVICTION WAS OVERTURNED.  IN THIS TRIAL WHICH WRAPPED UP YESTERDAY (SEPT 22), HE AGREED TO PLEAD GUILTY TO THE LESSER CHARGE AND WILL SERVE SEVEN MORE YEARS IN ADDITION TO TIME ALREADY SPENT IN CUSTODY. IN EXCHANGE, HE WILL GIVE UP CUSTODY OF HIS TWO YOUNG CHILDREN TO HIS WIFE'S FAMILY. DURING HIS TRIAL, PROSECUTORS SAID BRAD COOPER KILLED HIS WIFE NANCY BECAUSE HE WAS ANGRY SHE PLANNED TO DIVORCE HIM AND MOVE WITH THEIR TWO DAUGHTERS TO CANADA.

RCMP, EMERGENCY RESCUE, AND EMS PERSONNEL WERE BUSY YESTERDAY (SEPT 22) AFTERNOON WITH A CRASH ON HIGHWAY TWO, NEAR PONOKA. AROUND 4:30PM EMERGENCY CREWS RESPONDED TO A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER ABOUT FIVE KILOMETRES NORTH OF HIGHWAY 53. POLICE SAY THE VEHICLE WAS SOUTHBOUND WITH 7 OCCUPANTS WHEN IT LEFT THE DRIVING LANES AND ROLLED IN THE DITCH. FIVE OF THE PEOPLE WERE TAKEN BY GROUND AMBULANCE TO PONOKA HOSPITAL, WHILE THE REMAINING TWO WERE TAKEN BY STARS TO EDMONTON WITH CRITICAL INJURIES. BOTH NORTHBOUND LANES WERE CLOSED FOR ALMOST TWO HOURS AND THE SOUTHBOUND LANES REDUCED TO ONE LANE.

ONE MAN IS IN CUSTODY AFTER A WILD SERIES OF INCIDENTS SOUTH OF RED DEER EARLY SATURDAY MORNING (SEPT 20). INNISFAIL RCMP SAY IT STARTED AROUND 3:45 AT A RURAL RESIDENCE SOUTHEAST OF RED DEER WHEN THE PROPERTY OWNER CONFRONTED A MAN ON HIS PROPERTY TRYING TO STEAL GAS. THE PROPERTY OWNER WAS THEN DRAGGED BY THE STOLEN VEHICLE WITH STOLEN PLATES AND EVENTUALLY RUN OVER, SUFFERING NUMEROUS NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES IN THE PROCESS. THE PROPERTY OWNER'S SON TRIED TO STOP THE FLEEING SUSPECT AS WELL BUT HAD HIS VEHICLE RAMMED FOUR TIMES. HOWEVER, THE SON KEPT UP HIS PURSUIT AND MANAGED TO TAKE DOWN THE SUSPECT SOUTH OF PENHOLD WHERE MOUNTIES ARRIVED TO MAKE THE ARREST. 19 YEAR OLD RAVEN JOSPEH BEAVERBONES FACED NUMEROUS COUNTS AND APPEARED IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (SEPT 22).

A 26-YEAR-OLD MAN IS FACING SEVERAL CHARGES FOR ALLEGEDLY CLIMBING A TELECOMMUNICATIONS TOWER IN RED DEER. RCMP GOT A REPORT OF A MAN CLIMBING THE TOWER ON FRIDAY EVENING (SEPT 19). WHEN CREWS ARRIVED, THE MAN WAS ON THE SECOND-HIGHEST PLATFORM OF THE TOWER. POLICE SAY A LIGHTING STORM DELAYED ATTEMPTS TO RESCUE THE CLIMBER. FIRE, EMS, RCMP AND A TELUS TECHNICIAN ALL WERE AT THE SCENE, AND TELUS HAD TO SHUT DOWN THE TOWER, WHICH MAY HAVE AFFECTED LOCAL TELUS SERVICE. THE MAN CAME DOWN ABOUT TWO HOURS LATER AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

THE SIXTH ANNUAL "COATS FOR KIDS" CAMPAIGN GOES THIS WEEK AT WESTERN GM IN DRUMHELLER. FROM WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY (SEPT 24-26), PEOPLE IN DRUMHELLER AND SURROUNDING AREA ARE INVITED TO DROP BY THE DEALERSHIP AND BRING A DONATION OF GENTLY USED OR NEW WINTER CLOTHING. THEY'RE LOOKING FOR WINTER COATS, TOQUES, MITTS, GLOVES, SCARVES, AND BOOTS. THE ITEMS WILL BE CLEANED BY ALSCO UNIFORM AND LINEN, THEN TAKEN TO THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THOSE IN NEED. LAST YEAR'S "COATS FOR KIDS" EVENT BROUGHT IN ENOUGH WINTER CLOTHING TO FILL NEARLY THREE HALF TON TRUCKS. ALSO....ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS OF THE PROGRAM BARB LUBINSKI INVITES YOU TO DROP BY WESTERN GM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPT 24) FOR A "HOT DOG AND POP" FUNDRAISER. STARTING AT 11:00AM, THE STAFF WILL BE COOKING UP "NATHANS HOT DOGS" GENEROUSLY DONATED BY CANALTA HOTELS. ENJOY A "HOT DOG AND POP" FOR A DONATION, WITH ALL MONEY RAISED GOING TO THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY.

 

 



 


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