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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.

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, SEPT. 22

CONSORT MOUNTIES CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A FATAL ROLLOVER THAT TOOK PLACE EARLY FRIDAY MORNING (SEPT 19). POLICE SAY IT WAS AROUND 4:00 O'CLOCK WHEN AN EASTBOUND PICK-UP TRUCK WENT OFF HIGHWAY 12 A FEW KILOMETERS EAST OF CONSORT. THE VEHICLE ROLLED SEVERAL TIMES AND LANDED IN THE DITCH. CONSORT EMS AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPONDED. THE ONLY PERSON IN THE TRUCK DIED AT THE SCENE.

CALGARY EMERGENCY CREWS ARE THANKING A GOOD SAMARITAN WHO JUMPED OUT OF HER CAR TO HELP A STABBING VICTIM ON THE WEEKEND. THE WOMAN CALLED 9-1-1 ON SUNDAY AND FOLLOWED INSTRUCTIONS OVER THE PHONE ON HOW TO APPLY PRESSURE ON THE WOUNDS TO REDUCE BLEEDING UNTIL EMERGENCY CREWS ARRIVED. E-M-S SPOKESMAN STUART BRIDEAUX SAYS HER DECISION TO STAY AND HELP WAS CRITICAL. POLICE ARE NOW TRYING TO TRACK DOWN FOUR MEN IN THEIR 20S, DESCRIBED AS PERSONS OF INTEREST IN THE CASE.

INNISFAIL RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A MAJOR CRASH FROM LAST EVENING (SEPT 21), WHICH AFFECTED TRAFFIC IN BOTH DIRECTIONS ON HIGHWAY TWO JUST NORTH OF INNISFAIL. AROUND 6:00PM, EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO A TWO VEHICLE COLLISION NEAR THE OLD POLE ROAD ON HIGHWAY TWO. WITNESSES SAY A SMALL CAR LOST CONTROL WHILE ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A LANE CHANGE, STRUCK ANOTHER VEHICLE, THEN HIT THE MEDIAN CABLE BARRIER. PARAMEDICS TREATED SEVERAL OCCUPANTS, INCLUDING TWO CHILDREN, ALL FOR MINOR INJURIES.A 28 YEAR OLD FEMALE FROM CALGARY IS FACING CHARGES, INCLUDING A 30 DAY LICENCE SUSPENSION AS ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED IN THE CRASH.

CONTROVERSIAL ALBERTA MP ROB ANDERS HAS FAILED IN HIS SECOND ATTEMPT AT NEW POLITICAL LIFE, LOSING THE CONSERVATIVE NOMINATION IN A RURAL RIDING EAST OF CALGARY. ANDERS WAS SEEKING THE CONSERVATIVE NOMINATION IN THE NEW RIDING OF BOW RIVER, A LARGELY RURAL AREA WHICH COVERS A LARGE SWATH OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA EAST OF CALGARY INCLUDING STRATHMORE, BROOKS, TABER AND VAUXHALL.  HIS DECISION COMES AFTER LOSING A BITTERLY FOUGHT BATTLE IN CALGARY SIGNAL HILL, WHICH TAKES IN A LARGE PART OF THE CONSTITUENCY OF CALGARY WEST THAT ANDERS REPRESENTED FOR 17 YEARS. THE WINNER OF THE NOMINATION ON SATURDAY (SEPT 20) WAS MARTIN SHIELDS, THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BROOKS. ANDERS WAS NOT PRESENT WHEN THE RESULTS WERE RELEASED. HIS ENTRY INTO THE RACE CAUSED RESENTMENT FROM THE OTHER THREE CANDIDATES WHO LABELLED HIM A ``DROP-IN'' CANDIDATE.


IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY ON THE BEACH YESTERDAY (SEPT 21) IN SYLVAN LAKE AS HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE CAME DOWN TO CENTENNIAL PARK TO CELEBRATE HOCKEYVILLE. SYLVAN LAKE MAYOR SEAN MCINTYRE SAYS THAT SUNDAY "FUNDAY" WAS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE FESTIVITIES. ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY, NHL ALUMNI WILL BE VISITING SENIORS HOMES AND SCHOOLS IN TOWN. PLAYERS WILL ALSO BE CONDUCTING CLINICS AND PRACTISES WITH YOUNG HOCKEY PLAYERS. MCINTYRE SAYS NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE DEDICATION OF THEIR VOLUNTEERS. ON WEDNESDAY, THE CALGARY FLAMES WILL TAKE ON THE ARIZONA COYOTES IN AN EXHIBITION GAME IN SYLVAN LAKE AT THE MULTIPLEX, AS PART OF THE TOWN'S BIG WIN IN THE KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE CONTEST.  IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO GET TICKETS TO WEDNESDAYS GAME, THERE WILL BE AN OUTDOOR VIEWING PARTY SET UP FOR FANS TO WATCH.

friDAY, SEPT. 19

WILDLIFE OFFICERS HAVE SHOT AND KILLED A COUGAR THAT WANDERED NEAR A HOSPITAL IN SOUTH EAST CALGARY. BRENDAN COX, AN ALBERTA GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, SAYS THERE WERE REPORTS OF ANOTHER BIG CAT IN THE AREA, BUT THEY TURNED OUT TO BE FALSE. COX SAYS WILDLIFE OFFICERS HAD HOPED TO TRANQUILIZE AND TRAP THE COUGAR YESTERDAY MORNING (SEPT 18). BUT AFTER WATCHING IT THEY DETERMINED THE ADULT MALE CAT WAS TOO RILED UP TO PUT TO SLEEP AND TRAP. COX SAYS COUGARS CAN BECOME AGITATED WHEN HIT WITH A TRANQUILIZER DART AND COULD RUN OFF INTO A POPULATED AREA, PUTTING PEOPLE AT RISK. COUGAR SIGHTINGS IN ALBERTA HAVE BECOME MORE FREQUENT IN RECENT YEARS AS THE NUMBER OF BIG CATS HAS INCREASED ALONG WITH THE NUMBER OF DEER AND ELK.

A MAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING HIS OWN BROTHER IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA TWO YEARS AGO IS APPEALING HIS CONVICTION AND SENTENCE. 37 YEAR OLD JOHN WAYNE MOCK WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON LAST NOVEMBER FOR SHOOTING HIS BROTHER TIMOTHY AT THE FAMILY FARM NEAR CONSORT IN FEBRUARY OF 2012. MOCK'S APPEAL WAS TO BE HEARD IN CALGARY COURT THIS WEEK (SEPT 16), BUT HAS BEEN ADJOURNED TO JANUARY 6TH OF NEXT YEAR.

A CHARGE HAS BEEN LAID AFTER A COLLISION INVOLVING A SCHOOL BUS AND A WATER TRUCK IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. R-C-M-P SAY WITNESSES REPORTED A BUS IN THE RED DEER CATHOLIC DIVISION DROVE ACROSS THE PATH OF A TRUCK AFTER PULLING ONTO HIGHWAY 11 NEAR SYLVAN LAKE, FROM A SIDE ROAD ON TUESDAY MORNING (SEPT 16). THE DRIVERS OF BOTH VEHICLES AND A LONE STUDENT ON THE BUS WERE SHAKEN UP, BUT MOUNTIES SUGGEST IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE HAD THE TRUCK DRIVER NOT BEEN ABLE TO AVOID STRIKING THE BUS HEAD ON. A 43-YEAR-OLD WOMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MAKING AN UNSAFE TURN.

THERE WAS A LOUD APPLAUSE WHEN ALBERTA'S PREMIER ANNOUNCED THAT A CARE HOME IN RED DEER FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR THOSE WANT TO STAY. JIM PRENTICE WAS IN RED DEER TODAY (SEPT 19) WHERE HE SAID IT'S INHUMANE TO TRANSFER RESIDENTS FROM THE MICHENER CENTRE. THE PROVINCE ANNOUNCED LAST YEAR THAT IT WAS GOING TO CLOSE THE NORTH AND SOUTH SIDES OF THE CENTRE AND MOVE 125 RESIDENTS INTO THE COMMUNITY SO THEY COULD GET MORE PERSONALIZED CARE. CRITICS ARGUED THE GOVERNMENT WAS SAVING MONEY ON THE BACKS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE, WHILE OPPOSITION PARTIES CALLED EARLIER THIS YEAR FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATHS OF FIVE RESIDENTS AFTER THEY WERE TRANSFERRED.

THE CONTESTANTS IN THE HANNA PRO INDOOR RODEO QUEEN CONTEST WILL BE BUSY THIS WEEKEND. IT'S THE FINAL PART OF THE JUDGING PROCESS TO SEE WHO WILL BE CROWNED AT NEXT WEEKEND'S RODEO. IT ALL BEGINS TONIGHT (SEPT 19) WITH THE LADIES DELIVERING THEIR PUBLIC SPEECHES AT THE HANNA LEGION. IT BEGINS AT 7:00PM WITH ADMISSION A DONATION TO THE HANNA LADIES AUXILLIARY. THEN ON SATURDAY EVENING, AT THE HANNA LEGION, IT'S THE RODEO QUEEN FASHION SHOW, ALONG WITH A DESERT AND WINE NIGHT. DOORS OPEN AT 6:30, WITH THE SHOW AT 7:00 O'CLOCK.  ON SUNDAY...THE QUEEN CONTESTANTS WILL BE JUDGED ON THEIR HORSEMANSHIP. THE COMPETITION BEGINS SUNDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT 21) AT 1:00 O'CLOCK AT THE BIG COUNTRY RIDING AND ROPING CLUB. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO WATCH, BUT YOU'RE ASKED TO BRING A DONATION TO THE HANNA FOOD BANK. REIGNING HANNA PRO RODEO QUEEN, JESSICA ROSENAU SAYS THE EVENTS ARE A GOOD TEST OF THE QUEEN CONTESTANTS ABILITIES.  TICKETS FOR THE SATURDAY FASHION SHOW ARE 20 DOLLARS EACH AND AVAILABLE SEVERAL HANNA BUSINESSES, INCLUDING "FOR YOUR SOLES", UFA, AND SILVERADO. OR CALL VIONE AT 566-2141.

 

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18

RCMP say a six-year-old boy who was shot at a farm in central Alberta is expected to make a full recovery. The boy was shot Tuesday (SEPT 16) at the family farm near Beiseker. Police say he has been released from hospital and investigators are working with the Crown to determine if anyone will be charged. RCMP say the shooting was an accident involving a small-calibre firearm. No other details were released. The boy was treated at the SOUTHERN ALBERTA Children's Hospital IN Calgary.

HIGH RIVER RCMP HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE A LOCAL WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT 15), 39 YEAR OLD CATHRINA ROBIDEAU LEFT HER HOME IN HIGH RIVER AND WAS LAST KNOWN TO BE HEADING TO THE HOMESTEAD ACRES TRAILER PARK IN THE NORTH EAST PART OF HIGH RIVER. RCMP CARRIED OUT A SEARCH OF THE AREA ON MONDAY EVENING WITH A POLICE DOG UNIT AND THE CALGARY CITY POLICE HAWCS HELICOPTER, WITH NO SUCCESS. HIGH RIVER MOUNTIES SAYS THE WOMAN WAS LOCATED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT 17), IS OKAY AND HAS BEEN REUNITED WITH HER FAMILY.

THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A FIVE-YEAR-OLD CALGARY BOY AND THE CHILD'S GRANDPARENTS WILL HAVE A PRELIMINARY HEARING NEXT MAY. DOUGLAS GARLAND, WHO IS 54, APPEARED BRIEFLY IN COURT WEDNESDAY (SEPT 17).  HE'S CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF MURDER IN THE DEATHS OF NATHAN O'BRIEN AND ALVIN AND KATHRYN LIKNES (LIHK'-NESS). THE THREE HAVEN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE JUNE 29 AFTER AN ESTATE SALE AT THE LIKNES HOME IN CALGARY. NATHAN HAD BEEN STAYING WITH HIS GRANDPARENTS FOR A SLEEPOVER AND WHEN HIS MOTHER GAME TO PICK HIM UP THE NEXT MORNING, THERE WAS NO ONE IN THE HOME. THE PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR MAY 19 TO MAY 29, 2015.

TWO MEN CHARGED IN A TRIPLE HOMICIDE EAST OF STETTLER WERE IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (WED) VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT T.V. 38 YEAR OLD JASON KLAUS AND 29 YEAR OLD JOSHUA FRANK WERE ARRESTED LAST MONTH (AUG) IN CONNECTION WITH THE DECEMBER 2013 DEATHS OF KLAUS'S MOTHER, FATHER, AND SISTER AT THE FAMILY FARM NEAR CASTOR. 61 YEAR OLD GORDON KLAUS, HIS WIFE 62 YEAR OLD SANDRA AND THEIR DAUGHTER 40 YEAR OLD MONICA DIED IN A HOUSE THAT BURNED DOWN LAST DECEMBER. BOTH FACE THREE COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND ONE CHARGE OF ARSON. FRANK ALSO IS CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING AN ANIMAL AFTER THE FAMILY DOG WAS SHOT AND KILLED. BOTH HAVE RESERVED PLEA AND REMAIN IN CUSTODY UNTIL THEIR NEXT COURT APPEARANCE ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 6TH.

SOME GOOD NEWS...PEOPLE AROUND OLDS, ARE NOW  BEING ASKED TO WATCH FOR JUST ONE DOG FROM CALIFORNIA THAT IS STILL ON THE RUN AFTER THEY WERE INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT ON THE WEEKEND. A PITBULL-CROSS BY THE NAME OF DONAVON WAS RESCUED EARLY THIS MORNING (THURS). THE DOG WAS AMONG 30 RESCUED DOGS BEING SHIPPED FROM CALIFORNIA TO EDMONTON FOR ADOPTION WHEN A VEHICLE THAT WAS HAULING THEM GOT INTO A CRASH THIS PAST SATURDAY (SEPT 13) ON HIGHWAY TWO NEAR OLDS. THE ALBERTA ANIMAL RESCUE CREW SOCIETY (ARCS) SAYS MOST OF THE DOGS THAT GOT AWAY HAVE BEEN ROUNDED UP, BUT JERRY THE CHIHUAHUA-CROSS IS STILL ON THE LOOSE. 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17

A SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY IS IN STABLE, NON-LIFE-THREATENING CONDITION IN A CALGARY HOSPITAL AFTER BEING SHOT ON A FARM NEAR BEISEKER, NORTH EAST OF CALGARY. RCMP SAY THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY (SEPT 16) AND WAS ACCIDENTAL, BUT HAVEN'T RELEASED ANY OTHER DETAILS EXCEPT TO SAY THE GUN INVOLVED WAS A SMALL-CALIBRE FIREARM. THE INJURED BOY WAS BEING DRIVEN DOWN HIGHWAY TWO WHEN EMS TOOK A 911 CALL AND MET THE CAR NEAR AIRDRIE, JUST NORTH OF CALGARY. STUART BRIDEAUX OF CALGARY EMS SAYS WHEN THEY ARRIVED, ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER WHO WAS WITH THE CHILD WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE A DETAILED HISTORY OF WHAT HAD OCCURRED. HE SAYS THE BOY WAS QUICKLY TRANSFERRED TO AN AMBULANCE AND RUSHED TO THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN CALGARY.

A SOUTHERN ALBERTA WOMAN CHARGED WITH ABDUCTING HER TWO DAUGHTERS HAS BEEN GRANTED BAIL.  TRINA MEISEL, WHO IS 49, WAS RELEASED FROM CUSTODY ON $5,000 BAIL LATE ON MONDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT 15) AFTER A LENGTHY HEARING IN LETHBRIDGE PROVINCIAL COURT. HER BAIL CONDITIONS WILL INCLUDE RESIDING IN HIGH RIVER UNDER SUPERVISION, HAVING NO CONTACT WITH HER CHILDREN AND SHE MUST ADVISE POLICE IF SHE'S GOING TO BE LEAVING HER RESIDENCE. THE GIRLS, AGES 12 AND 6, DISAPPEARED DURING RECESS FROM A SCHOOL NEAR VULCAN THIS PAST MAY (2014). THEY WERE FOUND ABOUT A WEEK LATER IN BRITISH COLUMBIA UNHARMED AFTER POLICE ISSUED AN AMBER ALERT.  A SOUTHERN ALBERTA WOMAN HAS LOST HER APPEAL TO SUE THE PROVINCE'S ENERGY REGULATOR OVER HYDRAULIC FRACTURING ON HER PROPERTY.

A COLLISION INVOLVING A SCHOOL BUS AND A WATER TRUCK HAPPENING NEAR SYLVAN LAKE YESTERDAY MORNING (SEPT 16). POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT TAKING PLACE ON HIGHWAY 11 WEST OF SYLVAN LAKE AROUND 7:30.  THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES, A WOMAN AND HER SON WERE SENT TO HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION. OFFICIALS WITH RED DEER CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOLS SAY THE WOMAN DRIVING THE BUS AND HER SON WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE ON BOARD AS THEY WERE HEADED TO THE FIRST PICK-UP OF THE DAY. ANOTHER BUS WAS SENT TO COMPLETE THE ROUTE WHICH SERVES THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE. MOUNTIES SAY CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER, ADDING THE BUS TURNED IN FRONT OF THE WATER TRUCK WHICH TOOK EVASIVE ACTION TO AVOID A MORE SERIOUS CRASH. IT'S BELIEVED BRIGHT SUN IN THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER'S EYES MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE.

JESSICA ERNST WHO LIVES ON A FARM NEAR THE HAMLET OF ROSEBUD LAUNCHED A $33-MILLION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT, THE PROVINCE'S ENERGY REGULATOR AND ENERGY COMPANY ENCANA. SHE CLAIMS GAS WELLS FRACKED AROUND HER LAND LOCATED BETWEEN DRUMHELLER AND CALGARY UNLEASHED HAZARDOUS AMOUNTS OF METHANE AND ETHANE GAS AND OTHER CHEMICALS INTO HER WATER WELL. LAST FALL AN ALBERTA COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH JUDGE RULED THAT ERNST CAN'T SUE THE ENERGY REGULATOR BECAUSE IT IS IMMUNE FROM PRIVATE LEGAL CLAIMS. THE ALBERTA COURT OF APPEAL HAS UPHELD THAT RULING. ERNST SAYS SHE WILL CONTINUE HER LAWSUIT AGAINST THE PROVINCE AND ENCANA.

THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT HUMANE SOCIETY HOLDING ANOTHER IMPORTANT FUNDRAISER TODAY (SEPT 17).  THE ANNUAL "CAGED FOR KENNELS" EVENT GOES TODAY FROM 11:00 THIS MORNING UNTIL 2:00 IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE GREENTREE CO-OP MALL.  A NUMBER OF LOCAL CELEBRITIES ARE BEING LOCKED UP IN CAGES AND PLEADING FOR PEOPLE TO DONATE FUNDS TO EVENTUALLY TO GET THEM OUT. YOU'RE INVITED TO DROP BY AND MAKE A DONATION, AND ALSO ENJOY BEEF ON A BUN. THAT'S THE ANNUAL "CAGED FOR KENNELS" EVENT IN SUPPORT OF THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT HUMANE SOCIETY AT THE GREENTREE MALL PARKING LOT IN DRUMHELLER TODAY (SEPT 17), 11:00AM TO 2:00PM. IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT AND STILL WANT TO HELP OUT. PLEASE CALL THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT HUMANE SOCIETY AT 823-8999 AND MAKE A DONATION.

 

tUESDAY, SEPT. 16

A TORONTO MAN IS NOW CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A WOMAN ON A CALGARY STREET. NATASHA MOHAMED FARAH WAS HIT BY A STRAY BULLET LAST MONTH AS SHE STOOD OUTSIDE A NIGHTCLUB. POLICE SAY THE 26-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, WHO MOVED TO CALGARY FROM FROM TORONTO ABOUT A YEAR AGO, WAS AN INNCOCENT BYSTANDER. HUSSEIN IBRAHIM, WHO IS 21, WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH RECKLESSLY DISCHARGING A FIREARM. CALGARY POLICE UPGRADED THE CHARGE MONDAY. HE IS TO APPEAR IN COURT FRIDAY.

RED DEER RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A REPORTED SEXUAL ASSAULT FROM LAST WEEK.  POLICE SAY A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL WAS HARASSED BY A MAN ON A RED DEER TRANSIT BUS. THE SUSPECT SAT BESIDE THE GIRL, TALKING TO HER INAPPROPRIATELY WHILE TOUCHING HIMSELF. THE MAN GOT OFF THE BUS ON GAETZ AVENUE BETWEEN 74TH STREET AND 78TH STREET AT AROUND 5 PM ON FRIDAY (SEPT T12). AND WAS LAST SEEN WALKING TOWARDS THE FAS GAS STATION AT 7905  50TH AVENUE. THE VICTIM WAS NOT INJURED IN THE ALTERCATION BUT IS VERY UPSET. RCMP ARE NOW LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT THAT WITNESSES SAY WAS A WHITE MAN IN HIS 40'S. HE'S DESCRIBED AS HAVING SHORT, SHAGGY BROWN HAIR. THE MALE APPEARED TO BE SHAKEY. HE WAS WEARING A  BROWN BASEBALL CAP WITH A CRUVED PEAK, BLACK SWEAT PANTS THAT OPENED AT THE BOTTOM, AND LONG BEIGE OVERCOAT. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION INTO THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CALL THE RED DEER RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.

THE RCMP AND THE CALGARY CITY POLICE IS PUTTING A CALL OUT TO THE PUBLIC IN LOCATING A WANTED MAN. THEY'RE LOOING FOR 31 YEAR OLD BRADLY KOWALCZYK. HE HAS SEVERAL OUTSTANDING ARREST WARRANTS AT A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS AROUND ALBERTA INCLUDING CALGARY, THREE HILLS, CHESTERMERE, VIKING, THE TOWN OLDS, AS WELL AS LOCATIONS IN SASKATCHEWAN. KOWALCZYK IS FACING FRAUD CHARGES, PLUS BREACHING CONDITIONS OF HIS RELEASE. POLICE ARE ALLEGING THAT OVER THE PAST YEAR, THEACCUSED HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN LURING VICTIMS THROUGH CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS OVER THE INTERNET, FOR HIGH END ITEMS LIKE FARM AND INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT, TAKING DEPOSITS FOR THE ITEMS AND THEN NOT GIVING THE PRODUCT.  IT'S BELIEVED THAT KOWALCZYK IS TRAVELLING IN A 2012 NISSAN TITAN DARK GREY IN COLOUR, WITH A 2009 FLEETWOOD TRAVEL TRAILER. POLICE ARE ALSO WARNING THE PUBLIC TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT BUYING ITEMS OVER THE INTERNET. IF YOU'VE BEEN A VICTIM OF BRADLY KOWALCZYK OR KNOW WHERE HE MAY BE, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.


RCMP SAY THE DEATH OF A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA WHO WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE AT A WORKERS' CAMP IN KINDERSLEY, SASK., IS BEING TREATED AS SUSPICIOUS. THE UNRESPONSIVE MAN WAS FOUND LYING ON THE GROUND OUTSIDE A TEMPORARY WORK RESIDENCE IN THE WEST-CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING (SEPT 14). DYLAN CORDELL HANNA WAS TAKEN TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL, WHERE ATTEMPTS TO REVIVE HIM WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. MOUNTIES SAY HANNA HAD BEEN LIVING IN A MULTI-DWELLING TRAILER AT THE WORKERS' CAMP, WHICH IS LOCATED IN AN INDUSTRIAL AREA ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE COMMUNITY. SEVERAL EMPLOYEES FROM VARIOUS OILFIELD COMPANIES LIVE IN THE CAMP WHILE WORKING IN THE KINDERSLEY AREA. AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS WEEK.

 

mONDAY, SEPT. 15

A CHARGE OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER HAS BEEN LAID AGAINST A 24-YEAR-OLD CALGARY MAN AFTER WHAT POLICE ARE CALLING A DOMESTIC-RELATED HOMICIDE. OFFICERS WENT TO A SOUTHWEST ADDRESS IN CALGARY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT 14) AFTER GETTING WORD ABOUT SOMEONE IN DISTRESS. A WOMAN IN HER 40'S WAS FOUND DEAD AT THE SCENE, BUT POLICE HAVE NOT RELEASED HER NAME PENDING THE OUTCOME OF AN AUTOPSY. SCOTT MONROW FERGUSON WAS TO APPEAR IN COURT ON MONDAY. THIS IS CALGARY'S 26TH HOMICIDE OF THE YEAR.

A ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE MAN IS DUE IN RED DEER COURT TODAY (MON) AFTER A CRIME SPREE ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA LAST WEEK .  AROUND 7:15 THURSDAY MORNING (SEPT 11), SYLVAN LAKE RCMP WERE CALLED ABOUT A STOLEN VEHICLE IN THAT COMMUNITY THAT HAD BEEN LEFT RUNNING.  A FEW HOURS LATER POLICE RECIEVED ANOTHER REPORT THAT AN UNKNOWN MALE WAS FOUND IN SOMEONE'S BASEMENT LIVING ROOM. THE HOMEOWNER TRIED RESTRAINING THE INDIVIDUAL BUT THE SUSPECT MANAGED TO BREAK FREE.  RCMP LATER RECOVERED THE STOLEN VEHICLE AND POLICE DOGS TRACKED A MAN TO A NEARBY FARM. POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT STOLE TWO MORE PICKUP TRUCKS BEFORE HE WAS SEEN QUADING DOWN TOWNSHIP ROAD 3-74 WITH A RIFLE ON HIS BACK. RCMP FROM BLACKFALDS AND INNISFAIL JOINED IN THE SEARCH AND APPREHENDED THE SUSPECT IN A NEARBY FIELD WITHOUT INCIDENT THURSDAY EVENING. 29 YEAR OLD TYLER JOSEPH SHAW FACES 14 ALLEGED COUNTS INCLUDING FOUR COUNTS OF THEFT, 3 OF BREAK AND ENTER AND FIVE WEAPONS RELATED CHARGES.

FOUR DOGS ARE DEAD AND TWO WOMEN INJURED AFTER A CRASH SATURDAY (SEPT 13) ON HIGHWAY TWO  NEAR OLDS. THE WOMEN WERE ON THEIR WAY TO EDMONTON FROM LOS ANGELES WHEN THEY LOST CONTROL OF THEIR SUV THAT WAS HAULING A HORSE TRAILER FULL OF RESCUE DOGS.   THE WOMEN WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES IN HOSPITAL AND RELEASED. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ABOUT TWO KILOMETRES SOUTH OF THE OLDS OVERPASS ON HIGHWAY TWO.  THE VEHICLE ROLLED, KILLING 4 DOGS AND INJURING MANY OF THE 30 DOGS INSIDE.  20 OF THE DOGS WERE TAKEN TO OLDS COLLEGE WHICH HAS A VETERINARY PROGRAM. VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED RETRIEVE SEVERAL DOGS THAT GOT AWAY SAID YESTERDAY THAT THREE OF THE ANIMALS REMAINED ON THE LOOSE. THE DOGS WERE HEADED FOR A SHELTER IN EDMONTON WHERE THEY WOULD EVENTUALLY BE ADOPTED. MOUNTIES SAY DRIVER ERROR AND FATIGUE MAY HAVE BEEN FACTORS.

ENMAX SAYS IT'S BEEN ABLE TO RESTORE POWER TO ALL OF ITS CUSTOMERS IN CALGARY FOLLOWING LAST WEEK'S SUMMER SNOWSTORM. THE UTILITY HAD TO RECONNECT THOUSANDS OF HOMES AFTER HEAVY WET SNOW SNAPPED TREE LIMBS THAT PULLED DOWN POWER LINES. THE COMPANY SAYS CREWS RESPONDED TO MORE TROUBLE CALLS OVER THE COURSE OF ABOUT A WEEK THAN THEY TYPICALLY GET IN A FIVE-MONTH PERIOD.  IT SAYS SOME CUSTOMERS MAY STILL NEED THE SERVICES OF AN ELECTRICIAN TO GET THEIR LIGHTS BACK ON.

THE CITY OF CALGARY SAYS SOME FACILITIES REMAIN CLOSED OR PARTIALLY CLOSED AS A RESULT OF DAMAGE FROM LAST WEEK'S SNOWSTORM. THE CITY IS ASKING EVERYONE TO STAY AWAY FROM ALL PARKS AND PUBLIC SPACES WITH MATURE TREES WHILE WORKERS CONTINUE TO CLEAR DEBRIS. ALL MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES REMAIN CLOSED, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MCCALL LAKE. THE CITY SAYS LANDFILLS WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR EXTENDED HOURS THIS WEEK TO ACCOMMODATE DEBRIS DROP-OFF, AND TREE-RELATED DISPOSAL FEES WILL BE WAIVED.

 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 12

A WOMAN WHO WAS JUST 12 WHEN SHE HELPED MURDER HER FAMILY IN SOUTHEAST ALBERTA IS GETTING MORE FREEDOM.  DURING AN ANNUAL SENTENCE REVIEW IN MEDICINE HAT THURSDAY (SEPT 11), QUEEN'S BENCH JUSTICE SCOTT BROOKER AGREED TO LIFT THE WOMAN'S CURFEW ON WEEKENDS. THE NOW 20-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, WHO APPEARED VIA CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION, THANKING THE JUDGE AFTER HIS DECISION. THE JUDGE CALLING THE YOUNG WOMAN A ``POSTER CHILD'' OF REHABILITATION, AND SAYING SHE NEEDS TO ASSUME MORE RESPONSIBILITY.  THE WOMAN, WHO CAN'T BE NAMED UNDER THE YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT, WAS CONVICTED ALONG WITH HER THEN-BOYFRIEND, JEREMY STEINKE, OF KILLING HER MOTHER, FATHER AND YOUNGER BROTHER IN THE FAMILY'S MEDICINE HAT HOME IN 2006. THE WOMAN'S CURFEW WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FROM 11:30 P.M. TO 6:00 A.M. MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. THE WOMAN IS TO BE FULLY RELEASED WITHOUT SUPERVISION IN MAY 2016.

ALBERTA PARKS SAYS A BEAR THAT KILLED A HUNTER IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY WILL NOT BE DESTROYED.  RICK CROSS  OF CALGARY WAS MAULED WHEN HE ACCIDENTALLY GOT BETWEEN A MOTHER BEAR WITH A FRESH KILL AND HER CUB. OFFICIALS SAY IT'S BEING CONSIDERED A DEFENSIVE ATTACK. RICHARD STARKE, THE MINISTER FOR ALBERTA'S PARKS AND RECREATION, SAYS IT'S A GOOD DECISION TO LEAVE THE MOTHER BEAR AND HER CUB IN THEIR HABITAT.

LACOMBE CITY COUNCIL IS LOOKING TO MAKE THE COST OF UPGRADES TO THE LOCAL SPORTS AND LEISURE COMPLEX CHEAPER. AT THE LATEST CITY COUNCIL MEETING, CITY STAFF WAS ASKED TO EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO TRIM DOWN THE COSTS OF BRINGING SAFETY STANDARDS UP TO CODE AND RENOVATING THE LOBBY. NEW LOCKER ROOMS ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE UPGRADES, BUT NO TIME LINES FOR THE WORK HAVE BEEN REVEALED YET. ADMINISTRATION WILL BRING A NEW REPORT BACK TO COUNCIL AT A LATER MEETING, WITH THE PROJECT'S ORIGINAL PRICE TAG SITTING AT 14 MILLION DOLLARS.

THIS SUNDAY (SEPT 14) IS TERRY FOX DAY ACROSS CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD. IT'S A CHANCE TO GET OUT AND HONOR THE MEMORY OF TERRY FOX AND TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH. LOTS OF RUNS BEING HELD AROUND OUR REGION INCLUDING STRATHMORE, EAST OF CALGARY. ORGANIZER, RAYLENE SEDLEY SAYS THIS YEAR THEY'RE INVITING PEOPLE FROM SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES THAT DON'T HAVE A RUN LIKE CHESTERMERE AND LANGDON, AS WELL AS OTHER COMMUITIES IN THE AREA. TO TAKE PART IN STRATHMORE'S 17TH ANNUAL TERRY FOX RUN. THE STRATHMORE TERRY FOX RUN BEGINS THIS SUNDAY MORNING AT GRAY PARK ON WHEATLAND TRAIL. REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 9:30, A WARM UP AT 10:30, THE RUN STARTING AT 11:00...WITH 3 DISTANCES TO CHOOSE FROM 3.5 KILOMETERS, 7.0 KM, AND 10.5 KM.  YOU CAN WALK, RUN, BIKE, SKATEBOARD, OR ROLLERBLADE. DOGS ARE WELCOME. THERE ARE ALSO TERRY FOX RUNS IN AIRDRIE AND ACME, SUNDRE AND SYLVAN LAKE, AS WELL AS OLDS AND OKOTOKS, PLUS MANY OTHER COMMUNITIES. FOR INFORMATION ON A TERRY FOX RUN NEAR YOU GO TO THE WEBSITE, TERRY FOX DOT ORG.

ANOTHER TV PROJECT IS BEING FILMED IN DRUMHELLER, THIS TIME AT THE CANADIAN BADLANDS PASSION PLAY SITE. THE COMPANY, CROSSROADS COMMUNICATIONS IS FILMING A SERIES CALLED "WOMEN OF THE BIBLE". THEY'VE SPENT TWO MONTHS OF SHOOTING IN ISREAL BUT HAVE A FEW MORE SCENES TO DO. WITH VERY SIMILAR TERRAIN AT THE PASSION PLAY SITE, PRODUCERS HAVE DECIDED TO FILM THE REST OF THE SERIES IN DRUMHELLER.  PASSION PLAY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VANCE NEUDORF SAYS THEY'RE STILL IN NEED OF 100 MEN TO TAKE PART IN A NUMBER OF LARGE BATTLE SCENES THIS WEEKEND. THE FILMING GOES TODAY (SEPT 12) THROUGH SUNDAY. TO SIGN UP, CALL THE BADLANDS PASSION PLAY OFFICE AT 1-800-823-2001. THEY'LL PROVIDE YOU ALL THE TRAINING YOU NEED TO MAKE IT LOOK REALISTIC.

IT'S GOING TO BE A BUSY WEEKEND ON THE TRACK AT THE DRUMHELLER STAMPEDE GROUNDS. THE STOCK CARS ARE RETURNING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WITH OVER 40 CARS, WITH I.M.C. MODIFIED, OPEN STOCK COMPETITION, HOBBY CLASS, AND MUCH MORE. THE HEAD OF WEE PROMOTIONS ALBERTA, MIKE HANSON SAYS THE TIMES FOR RACING ARE THE SAME FOR EACH DAY.  GATES OPEN EACH DAY AT 1:00, WITH RACING BEGINNING AT 2:00 O'CLOCK. ADMISSION, 10 DOLLARS FOR THOSE 12 YEARS AND UP, UNDER 12 IS FREE. RV PARKING FOR THE WEEKEND IS INCLUDED IN YOUR ADMISSION.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11

CALGARY'S MAYOR SAYS IT COULD TAKE DAYS OR EVEN WEEKS TO CLEAN UP THE DAMAGE FROM A SECOND MAJOR SUMMER SNOWFALL IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HEAVY, WET SNOW STRUCK THE CITY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING (SEPT 10) JUST IN TIME FOR THE MORNING COMMUTE.  TREES THAT WERE UPROOTED OR WHOSE BRANCHES SNAPPED CAUSED POWER OUTAGES, INCLUDING AT SEVERAL MAJOR TRAFFIC LIGHTS RESULTING IN HAVOC ON CITY ROADS. MAYOR NAHEED (NAH-HEHD') NENSHI (NEHN'-SHEE) SAYS THERE IS SOME REAL DAMAGE AND THE LOSS OF HUNDREDS OF MATURE TREES IS A SHAME. HE SAYS IT COULD BE A WHILE BEFORE THE CLEANUP IS COMPLETE AND HE IS URGING CALGARIANS TO STAGGER THEIR COMMUTE TO REDUCE CONGESTION ON THE ROADS. OFFICIALS ARE ALSO ASKING DRIVERS TO BE ALERT AND SLOW DOWN BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF CREWS OUT THERE WORKING ON POWER LINES AND TREES. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE WORKING ON A PLAN FOR THE CLEANUP, AND SAY THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE TO BRING STORM DEBRIS TO THE LANDFILL. AS OF EARLY WEDNESDAY EVENING 26,000 TO 30,000 PEOPLE WERE STILL WITHOUT POWER. MAINLY ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE CITY AND IN THE SOUTH EAST. ENMAX ELECTRICTY REPAIR CREWS WERE PLANNING ON WORKING THROUGH THE NIGHT IN THE HOPES OF GETTING THE POWER BACK ON BY THURSDSAY MORNING.

A FORMER CENTRAL ALBERTA RCMP OFFICER HAS ADMITTED HE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A WOMAN WHILE HE WAS STILL A MOUNTIE. AMBROSE GREGORY WOLFE, WHO IS 60, PLEADED GUILTY TO THE CRIME THAT OCCURRED WHILE HE WAS SERVING AT THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE DETACHMENT. COURT IN RED DEER HEARD THAT WOLFE AND HIS VICTIM WERE WELL KNOWN TO EACH OTHER. THE WOMAN'S IDENTITY IS PROTECTED UNDER A COURT-IMPOSED PUBLICATION BAN. WOLFE WAS TO GO TO TRIAL THIS WEEK, BUT ENTERED THE GUILTY PLEA INSTEAD. HE IS TO RETURN TO COURT FOR SENTENCING ON OCT. 6.


BROOKS RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A SERIES OF RECENT BREAK, ENTER AND THEFTS AROUND THE CITY. LOCAL CONSTABLE BLAKE MCLAUGHLIN ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO KEEP ANY VALUABLE ITEMS OUT OF THE SIGHT OF POSSIBLE THEIVES. HE SAYS KEEP YOUR EQUIPMENT LOCKED UP, AND USE SECURITY CAMERAS IF YOU HAVE THEM.  AT THE END OF AUGUST, AN ATV WAS STOLEN FROM THE COMPOUND AT ALL SEASON CYCLE IN BROOKS. IT WAS LATER RECOVERED IN THE BACK PARKING LOT OF A STRIP MALL IN THE CITY.  BROOKS RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE SEVERAL BREAK-IN'S IN THE CITY'S INDUSTRIAL PARK, INCLUDING THE THEFT OF A FLATBED TRAILER CARRYING A BOBCAT LOADER AND SEVERAL ATTCHEMENTS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION INTO ANY OF THESE INCIDENTS, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

IN A BID TO BOOST FUNDING FOR RESEARCH, THE ALBERTA DIABETES FOUNDATION HAS LAUNCHED A MAJOR MEDIA CAMPAIGN. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BRAD FOURNIER SAYS WHILE ISLET TRANSPLANTS HAVE BEEN LIFE-CHANGING FOR HUNDREDS OF DIABETICS, OTHER OPTIONS ARE NEEDED. IT'S BEEN 25 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST ISLET TRANSPLANT WAS PIONEERED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL FALL SPORTS, RECREATION, AND ARTS EXPO WAS HELD YESTERDAY (SEPT 10) IN THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER. THE BIG EVENT WAS HELD AT THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY AND ATTRACTED 33 EXHIBITORS. ORGANIZER LYLE ROWE SAYS THEY HAD A GREAT TURNOUT BY PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN. ROWE SAYS THE EXPO REALLY MEETS A BIG NEED WHEN PARENTS ARE LOOKING AT SIGNING UP THEIR KIDS FOR ACTIVITIES.  ROWE SAYS IF YOU WEREN'T ABLE TO ATTEND WEDNESDAY'S EXPO, AND NEED INFORMATION ABOUT A SPORT OR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION YOU CAN CALL THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY AT 823-1370 AND THEY'LL DIRECT YOU TO THE RIGHT GROUP.

IT WAS ON THIS DAY 260 YEARS AGO, SEPTEMBER 11TH 1754, THAT THE FIRST WHITE MAN TO VISIT WHAT IS NOW ALBERTA, WROTE ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES. FUR TRADER ANTHONY HENDAY WAS WITH A GROUP OF NATIVE GUIDES TRAVELING ALONG WHAT IS NOW THE BATTLE RIVER VALLEY NEAR FABYAN, JUST WEST OF WAINWRIGHT IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA. THERE WERE SO MANY BUFFALO IN THEIR WAY, THEY HAD TO USE THEIR BOWS AND ARROWS TO KILL OFF SOME OF THE ANIMALS SO THE HERDS WOULD SCATTERER AND THE PARTY COULD MOVE ON TO EVENTUALLY ESTABLISH FORT EDMONTON.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10

ALBERTANS WHO THOUGHT MONDAY WAS AN ODD WEATHER DAY WITH 11 CENTIMETRES OF SNOWFALL IN CALGARY ARE BRACING FOR ANOTHER RARE SEPTEMBER HIT FROM OLD MAN WINTER. IT'S STILL OFFICIALLY SUMMER, AND YET ENVIRONMENT CANADA ISSUED A SNOWFALL WARNING LAST NIGHT FOR A LARGE STRETCH OF THE PROVINCE'S WEST AND SOUTHWEST. FORECASTERS WERE EXPECTING UP TO 15 CENTIMETRES BY LATER TODAY FOR CALGARY, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, HIGH RIVER, AND AREAS FURTHER SOUTH TO THE U.S. BEFORE THIS ODD BLAST OF WINTER GIVES WAY TO MORE SEASONABLE TEMPERATURES BY THE WEEKEND.

RED DEER CONTINUES TO BREAK SNOWFALL RECORDS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. AT THE RED DEER AIRPORT, WHERE RECORDS ARE KEPT, 2.6 CM OF THE WHITE STUFF FELL ON TUESDAY, BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF .5 CM IN 1949.  ON MONDAY, RED DEER BROKE A RECORD FOR SNOWFALL ON SEPTEMBER 8TH WITH 4 CM OF SNOW FALLING, BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF 1.8 CM IN 1974.

TWO CALGARY MEN WHO WERE WORKING ON SEWER LINES IN WESTERN SASKATCHEWAN HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A WORKPLACE ACCIDENT.  RCMP SAY THE TWO EMPLOYEES FELL ABOUT 3 1/2 METERS AND WERE BURIED IN THE PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF A LINE ON MONDAY EVENING (SEPT 8). A THIRD WORKER CALLED EMERGENCY CREWS TO THE SITE AT FOX VALLEY, LOCATED SOUTH OF LEADER NEAR THE ALBERTA BORDER.  THEY WERE ABLE TO PULL A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN OUT, BUT HE WAS DEAD WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE MAPLE CREEK HOSPITAL. NOXIOUS FUMES MADE IT DIFFICULT TO EXTRICATE THE SECOND MAN, WHO DIED AT THE SCENE, BUT A FARMER WITH EQUIPMENT WAS ABLE TO PULL THE 24-YEAR-OLD TO THE SURFACE. BOTH MEN WORKED FOR A SWIFT CURRENT COMPANY, BUT THEIR NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED.

HIGH RIVER RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A SEMI-TRUCK ROLLOVER. THE INCIDENT HAPPENING LAST EVENING (SEPT 9) AROUND 8:00 O'CLOCK, ON HIGHWAY 5-43, JUST WEST OF THE DUMP ROAD TURN OFF. POLICE SAY THERE WERE NO INJURIES, BUT TRAFFIC HAD TO BE DIVERTED AROUND THE SCENE FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THE TRUCK WAS CARRYING A LOAD OF GRAIN WHICH SPILLED AND REQUIRED CLEAN-UP.

A CENTRAL ALBERTA MLA IS CALLING ON THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE ABOUT MANAGING CHRONIC DISEASES IN ALBERTA. WILDROSE MLA KERRY TOWLE FROM THE INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE CONSTITUENCY SAYS THE GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT 800 MILLION DOLLARS ON CREATING AN ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD SYSTEM BUT THE SYSTEM IS STILL UNABLE TO PROVIDE PHYSICIANS WITH BASIC PATIENT INFORMATION LIKE WHO SUFFERS FROM A CHRONIC DISEASE. TOWLE SAYS THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO SIT DOWN AND MAKE IT A PRIORITY TO CREATE A PROPER ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD. SHE ADDS NOT TAKING STEPS TO BETTER ADDRESS THE ISSUE WILL LEAD TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASED HEALTH CARE COSTS IN THE FUTURE.

A VERY SUCCESSFUL "TOUGH MUDDER" ENDURANCE CHALLENGE HELD IN DRUMHELLER THIS PAST WEEKEND. THERE WERE OVER 78 HUNDRED PARTICIPANTS AND WELL OVER TWO THOUSAND SPECTATORS. THE GENERAL MANAGER FOR "TOUGH MUDDER" CANADA, NICK COGGER SAYS THEY'LL HAVE A CHALLENGE OF TRYING TO OUTDP THEMSELVES WITH A MORE EXCITING COURSE WHEN THEY RETURN TO DRUMHELLER NEXT YEAR. PARTICIPANTS COMING TO DRUMHELLER WERE FROM ACROSS WESTERN CANADA, PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES, GERMANY, FRANCE, AND ENGLAND. ORGANIZERS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF TEARING DOWN THE COURSE AT DINOSAUR DOWNS.

 

TUESDAY, SEPT. 9

THE MOTHER OF A NINE-YEAR-OLD GIRL FOUND DEAD IN A VEHICLE ON A ROAD NEAR SUNDRE LAST WEEK, BROKE DOWN IN TEARS IN COURT YESTERDAY (SEPT 8) AS SHE WAS CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. LAURA COWARD, WHO IS 47, APPEARED IN COURT VIA CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION IN DIDSBURY PROVINCIAL COURT. COWARD WAS ARRESTED WHEN SHE WAS FOUND STANDING OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE IN WHICH HER DEAD DAUGHTER, AMBER LUCIUS, WAS DISCOVERED. AMBER'S FATHER, DUANE LUCIUS, ISSUED A STATEMENT THAT SAID A FUNERAL FOR HIS DAUGHTER WOULD BE HELD LATER THIS WEEK.

MOUNTIES SAY A HUNTER MISSING IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY WEST OF CALGARY HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD.  THEY SAY RICK CROSS APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN FATALLY MAULED BY A BEAR. THE 54-YEAR-OLD FROM CALGARY HAD BEEN REPORTED MISSING BY HIS FAMILY AFTER HE DID NOT RETURN FROM A SHEEP HUNTING TRIP NEAR PICKLEJAR LAKES ON THE WEEKEND. WILDLIFE OFFICERS PUT UP BEAR WARNINGS IN THE KANANASKIS REGION ON MONDAY (SEPT 8).  MEANWHILE, MOUNTIES SAY SNOW IN THE ALBERTA ROCKIES IS HAMPERING THE SEARCH FOR A HIKER WHO HAS NOT BEEN SEEN FOR A WEEK. RCMP SAY 40-YEAR-OLD RALPH GREENAWAY TOLD FRIENDS ON SEPT. 2 THAT HE WAS GOING TO THE MOUNT RUNDLE AREA IN BANFF FOR THE DAY.

TWO CALGARY MEN WHO WERE WORKING ON SEWER LINES IN WESTERN SASKATCHEWAN HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A WORKPLACE ACCIDENT.  RCMP SAY THE TWO EMPLOYEES FELL ABOUT 3 1/2 METERS AND WERE BURIED IN THE PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF A LINE ON MONDAY NIGHT (SEPT 8). A THIRD WORKER CALLED EMERGENCY CREWS TO THE SITE AT FOX VALLEY, LOCATED SOUTH OF LEADER NEAR THE ALBERTA BORDER.  THEY WERE ABLE TO PULL A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN OUT, BUT HE WAS DEAD WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE MAPLE CREEK HOSPITAL. NOXIOUS FUMES MADE IT DIFFICULT TO EXTRICATE THE SECOND MAN, WHO DIED AT THE SCENE, BUT A FARMER WITH EQUIPMENT WAS ABLE TO PULL THE 24-YEAR-OLD TO THE SURFACE. BOTH MEN WORKED FOR A SWIFT CURRENT COMPANY, BUT THEIR NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED.

THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF TRAFFIC SERVICES FOR THE ALBERTA RCMP IS REMINDING MOTORISTS TO BE VIGILANT ABOUT WILDLIFE ON THE ROAD AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. SUPERINTENDENT HOWARD EATON SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN MORE COLLISIONS BETWEEN VEHICLES AND ANIMALS IN EARLIER SEPTEMBER COMPARED TO OTHER YEARS. EATON SAYS IF YOU DO HIT AN ANIMAL--STOP--PUT YOUR FLASHERS ON--AND CALL 911 FOR HELP IF IT NEEDS TO BE EUTHANIZED.   IF ITS ALREADY DEAD, EATON SAYS THE BODY NEEDS TO BE MOVED OFF THE ROAD SO NO ONE ELSE HITS IT.

 

 

 

 

mONDAY, SEPT. 8

A CRASH ON HIGHWAY 2 NEAR OLDS SUNDAY MORNING (SEPT 7)  HAS CLAIMED TWO LIVES. OLDS RCMP REPSONDED TO THE CRASH, SOUTH OF BOWDEN, ABOUT 5:30 SUNDAY MORNING, AFTER A VEHICLE CRASHED INTO A SEMI-TRAILER UNIT. A MAN AND WOMAN WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE ON HIGHWAY 2. THE OLDS FIRE DEPARTMENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES ALSO ATTENDING TO THE INCIDENT. ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS, THE SEMI-TRAILER WAS LEAGALLY PULLED OVER AT A REST STOP WITH ITS LIGHTS ON, WHEN IT WAS HIT. THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY TWO WERE CLOSED FOR ABOUT 5 HOURS. RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING AND SAY NO CHARGES WILL BE LAYED. ALCOHOL WAS NOT A FACTOR.

COCHRANE RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH FROM OVER THE WEEKEND. POLICE SAY A MOTORCYCLE RIDER DIED AFTER FAILING TO YIELD TO A SEMI-TRAILER TRUCK IN A HIGHWAY TRAFFIC CIRCLE. R-C-M-P SAY THE MOTORCYCLE WAS HEADING NORTH ON HIGHWAY 22, WEST OF CALGARY ON SATURDAY (SEPT 6) AFTERNOON. THE MOTORBIKE ENTERED THE CIRCLE WHERE THE ROAD INTERSECTS WITH HIGHWAY 8 NORTH OF REDWOOD MEADOWS, AND HIT THE TRAILER OF THE SEMI. POLICE SAY THE RIDER WAS KILLED INSTANTLY.

ALBERTA'S INCOMING PREMIER IS ALREADY GETTING DOWN TO WORK AS HE PREPARES TO TAKE OVER THE SCANDAL PLAGUED PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT.  JIM PRENTICE ANNOUNCED HIS TRANSITION TEAM YESTERDAY (SEPT 7), HEADED BY TIM HEARN, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF IMPERIAL OIL. AND THIS MORNING (SEPT 8) THE PREMIER-DESIGNATE IS SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH INTERIM PREMIER DAVE HANCOCK TO GET THE TRANSITION BALL ROLLING. PRENTICE WON THE LEADERSHIP ON SATURDAY. IT'S NOT KNOWN EXACTLY WHEN HE`LL BE SWORN IN AS PREMIER OF ALBERTA.

A VERY SUCCESSFUL "TOUGH MUDDER" ENDURANCE CHALLENGE HELD IN DRUMHELLER OVER THE WEEKEND. THE GENERAL MANAGER FOR "TOUGH MUDDER" CANADA, NICK COGGER SAYS THE FINAL "TOUGH MUDDER" FOR THE SEASON IN CANADA WAS FANTASTIC. HE SAYS THEY'LL SPEND THE NEXT FEW DAYS AT DINOSAUR DOWNS TAKING APART THE COURSE, AND THEN DO A FINAL ASSESSMENT OF THE WEEKEND. 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 5

MOUNTIES HAVE LAID CHARGES AGAINST THE MOTHER OF A CHILD WHOSE REMAINS WERE FOUND IN A VEHICLE NEAR SUNDRE EARLIER THIS WEEK. RCMP SAY THE FAMILY OF AMBER LUCIUS HAS CONSENTED TO THE RELEASE OF THE LITTLE GIRL'S NAME. THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE HAS YET TO RELEASE THE CAUSE AND HOW THE CHILD DIED. OFFICERS FOUND THE REMAINS IN A VEHICLE ON A RURAL ROAD NEAR SUNDRE ON TUESDAY (SET 2). LAURA COWARD, WHO IS 47, IS CHARGED WITH ABDUCTION AND ONE COUNT OF BREAK AND ENTER AND THEFT. COWARD IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT ON MONDAY (SEPT 8) AT THE DIDSBURY COURTHOUSE VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT TV ON THE CHARGES.

ABOUT 1,400 PEOPLE ATTENDED A MUSIC CONCERT LAST NIGHT (SEPT 4) IN MEMORY OF FIVE YOUNG CALGARIANS WHO DIED EARLIER THIS YEAR IN THE CITY'S WORST MASS MURDER. ZACKARIAH RATHWELL, 21; JOSHUA HUNTER, 23; LAWRENCE HONG, 27; JORDAN SEGURA, 22; AND KAITI PERRAS, 23, WERE STABBED TO DEATH IN APRIL AT A PARTY NEAR THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY TO MARK THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. THURSDAY NIGHT'S CONCERT AT THE JUBILEE AUDITORIUM FEATURED PERFORMANCES BY FIVE LOCAL BANDS INCLUDING ZACKARIAH AND THE PROPHETS, THE BAND FOR WHICH RATHWELL AND HUNTER HAD PLAYED. PROCEEDS FROM THE TICKET AND MERCHANDISE SALES WILL GO TOWARD TRUST FUNDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE NAMES OF THE VICTIMS.

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD CALGARY BOY HAS BEEN REMEMBERED AT A MEMORIAL AS AN ACTIVE BOY WHO LOVED LIFE. NATHAN O'BRIEN DISAPPEARED MORE THAN TWO MONTHS AGO, ALONG WITH HIS GRANDPARENTS, ALVIN AND KATHRYN LIKNES (LIHK'-NESS). WHILE THEIR BODIES HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND, DOUGLAS GARLAND HAS SINCE BEEN CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF MURDER. O'BRIEN'S PARENTS, JEN AND ROD O'BRIEN, GAVE AN EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE TO THEIR YOUNG SON AND SEVERAL SONGS WERE PERFORMED IN THE BOY'S HONOUR. A SEPARATE MEMORIAL FOR THE GRANDPARENTS IS TO BE HELD IN THE COMING WEEKS. GARLAND IS TO RETURN TO COURT SEPTEMBER 17TH. THE CROWN EXPECTS A THREE-WEEK PRELIMINARY HEARING WILL BE SCHEDULED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

AN INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN GRUELING HALF-MARATHON/ENDURANCE CHALLENGE IS COMING THIS WEEKEND (SEPT 6+7) TO THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER, LOCATED NORTH-EAST OF CALGARY. IT'S CALLED "TOUGH MUDDER" AND IS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT BETWEEN 8 AND 10 THOUSAND PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS. THEY ARE STILL IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS FOR "TOUGH MUDDER" IN DRUMHELLER. TO SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE, "TOUGH MUDDER DOT COM", CALL ANGELA KEIBEL AT 403-334-2365, OR COME TO THE DRUMHELLER STAMPEDE GROUNDS AT THE VOLUNTEER TENT AT 7:00AM ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY MORNING AT 8:00 O'CLOCK.

 

 

 


 

 



 


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