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WEDNESDAY JULY 29

Calgary police have laid a charge after a woman was killed in an alleged hit-and-run accident this week.  Investigators say the 33-year-old woman was struck late Monday evening (JULY 27) in a marked crosswalk IN NORTH CALGARY and died in hospital. A car believed to have been involved in the collision was found a few hours later. Robert Mark Varley, who is 58, has been charged with hit and run causing death.

A YOUNG MAN HAS DIED AND CHARGES ARE PENDING AFTER A FATAL TWO VEHICLE CRASH ON MONDAY EVENING NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. AROUND 6:20 MONDAY EVENING (JULY 27), RCMP WERE CALLED TO THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 11 AND HIGHWAY 7-56, ABOUT 10 KILOMETERS WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. MOUNTIES SAY THE DRIVER OF A CAR FAILED TO STOP AT THE STOP SIGN AND STRUCK A LOADED QUAD TRAILER BEING PULLED BY A GRAVEL TRUCK TRAVELING EASTBOUND ON HIGHWAY 11. A 20 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER IN THE CAR WAS DECLARED DEAD AT THE SCENE, WHILE THE 20 YEAR OLD MALE DRIVER OF THE CAR WAS TAKEN TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE HOSPITAL AND THEN RELEASED. A 17 YEAR OLD FEMALE PASSENGER IN THE CAR WAS TRANSPORTED TO RED  DEER HOSPITAL IN STABLE CONDITION, WHILE THE 52 YEAR OLD DRIVER OF THE GRAVEL TRUCK WAS TREATED AT THE SCENE.

Two Calgary men have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Canadian history. Queen's Bench Justice Robert Hall says 71-year-old Gary Sorenson and 61-year-old Milowe Brost were motivated by pure greed with little thought to their thousands of victims. Brost was also found guilty of money laundering and received a separate, but concurrent, sentence. The two received eight months of credit for time spent in custody.The court said more than 24-hundred investors from around the world lost up to 200-million dollars. Many people lost their life savings. The court received 600 victim impact statements before a sentencing hearing last month. Hall said some of the victims were left homeless, contemplated suicide and suffered shame, embarrassment and rejection by friends and family.

 

TUESDAY JULY 28

AN EDMONTON MAN IS DEAD AFTER A PICKUP TRUCK CRASHED INTO HIS CAR ON HIGHWAY 22 JUST SOUTH OF THE TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY, WEST OF CALGARY. THE INCIDENT HAPPENING MONDAY AFTERNOON (JULY 27), AROUND 1:30. COCHRANE RCMP SAY IT APPEARS THE DRIVER WAS TRYING TO MAKE A U-TURN WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY THE PICKUP. OF THE SIX PEOPLE IN THE TRUCK, TWO GIRLS WERE SENT TO HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE TRUCK ARE FROM WILDWOOD, A HAMLET WEST OF EDMONTON. COCHRANE MOUNTIES SAY ALCOHOL AND SPEED ARE NOT BELIEVED TO BE FACTORS IN THE CRASH.

 

OLDS RCMP HAVE UPDATED THE FILE ON A SERIOUS ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED JUST OVER A WEEK AGO. SIX PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE CRASH NEAR BOWDEN ON THE AFTERNOON OF SUNDAY, JULY 19TH. MOUNTIES SAY A WESTBOUND HALF TON TRUCK CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE AND THEN CAME BACK ACROSS THE HIGHWAY, COLLIDING WITH AN EASTBOUND PICKUP TRUCK TRYING TO AVOID THE COLLISION. THE DRIVERS OF BOTH TRUCKS WERE TAKEN BY STARS TO HOSPITAL.  POLICE NOW SAY THE MAN IN THE FIRST TRUCK HAS DIED WHILE HIS PASSENGER HAS BEEN RELEASED.  MULTIPLE CHARGES OF IMPAIRED DRIVING WERE TO HAVE BEEN LAID AGAINST THE DRIVER OF THE FIRST TRUCK, BUT DUE TO HIS PASSING POLICE WILL NOT BE PURSUING THE CHARGES.

AIRDRIE RCMP ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN TRYING TO FIND A MISSING TEENAGED GIRL. POLICE SAY THAT NATALYA NILES WENT MISSING RECENTLY FROM AN AIRDRIE GROUP HOME. SHE WAS APPARENTLY LAST SEEN ON SUNDAY EVENING (JULY 26). THE 15 YEAR OLD FEMALE HAS BEEN KNOWN TO TAKE PART IN HIGH RISK BEHAVIOUR. NILES IS DESCRIBED AS CAUCASIAN, FIVE FOOT TWO IN HEIGHT,  110 POUNDS, SHOULDER LENGTH REDDISH-BROWN HAIR WITH HIGHLIGHTS, AND HAZEL EYES. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE SHE COULD BE SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE CITY OF CALGARY OR THE SURROUNDING AREA. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON WHERE NATALYA NILE MAY BE IS ASKED TO CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.  

THERAPY DOGS ARE BEING USED TO HELP PATIENTS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND RESEARCHERS WANT TO KNOW IF HORSES CAN DO THE SAME JOB. A PAIR OF GOVERNMENT-FINANCED STUDIES WILL LOOK AT WHETHER HORSES CAN HELP VETERANS DEAL WITH STRESS-RELATED MENTAL INJURIES. VETERANS AFFAIRS SAYS THE CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF MILITARY AND VETERAN HEALTH RESEARCH WILL RECEIVE $250,000 TO CONDUCT A HORSE STUDY, WHILE CAN PRAXIS WILL RECEIVE $25,000 TO CONTINUE ITS EQUINE RESEARCH. CAN PRAXIS IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT USES EQUINE-ASSISTED LEARNING TO SUPPORT VETERANS WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS. THE HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE IS A HUB FOR RESEARCHERS FROM CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES WORKING ON VETERANS' HEALTH NEEDS. A PRELIMINARY STUDY ON THERAPY HORSES WAS ANNOUNCED TWO YEARS AGO.

 

 

 

MONDAY JULY 27

MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER AROUND OUR REGION OVER THE WEEKEND. ON SATUDAY AFTERNOON, A TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR AN AREA NORTH AND NORTH EAST OF CALGARY FROM THE SUNDRE AREA EAST TO THE DRUMHELLER-THREE HILLS REGION, AS WELL AS A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR CALGARY AND AREA. THERE WAS HEAVY RAIN AND SOME REPORTS OF HAIL ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THEN SUNDAY A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING ISSUED FOR AREAS NORTH OF CALGARY. SEVERAL FUNNEL CLOUDS WERE REPORTED NEAR AIRDRIE, BUT NOTHING TOUCHING DOWN. ALSO SOME HAIL REPORTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON NORTH OF COCHRANE. THE WEATHER OFFICE CANCELLED THE WARNINGS AROUND 3:30 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (JULY 26).

STRATHMORE RCMP REPORT THAT A TWO MONTH OLD GIRL WHO WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A FOUR VEHICLE CRASH ON FRIDAY, EAST OF CALGARY, HAS DIED FROM HER INJURIES.  THE BABY'S MOTHER, WHO WAS ALSO A PASSENGER IN THE SAME VEHICLE DIED AT THE SCENE, WHILE THE LITTLE GIRL'S FATHER, WHO WAS DRIVING THE VEHICLE, SURVIVED. THE MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH TAKING PLACE ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON (JULY 24) AROUND 1:30 ON HIGHWAY ONE AND RANGE ROAD 2-85,  KNOW IN THE AREA AS GARDEN ROAD. POLICE SAY THREE VEHICLES IN THE EASTBOUND LANE OF HIGHWAY ONE HAD APPARENTLY STOPPED AT THE INTERSECTION IN THE SAME LANE, WHEN A FOURTH VEHICLE HIT THE FIRST THREE FROM BEHIND. A MALE PASSENGER WHO WAS ALSO IN THE SAME VEHICLE AS THE DECEASED FEMALE AND BABY WAS SENT TO HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION WITH LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. STRATHMORE RCMP ARE ASKING FOR ANY WITNESSES TO THE CRASH TO CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

A NUMBERED ALBERTA COMPANY HAS BEEN ORDERED TO CLEAN UP A RECENT LARGE FERTILIZER SPILL INTO ONE OF THE PROVINCE'S RIVERS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. LAST WEEK, A STORAGE TANK OWNED BY 1370996 ALBERTA LTD. SPILLED ALMOST 10,000 LITRES OF AMMONIUM NITRATE ON A PROPERTY NEAR CARMANGAY, SOUTH EAST OF CALGARY.  MUCH OF THE CHEMICAL  ENDED UP IN THE LITTLE BOW RIVER. AMMONIUM NITRATE IS TOXIC TO FISH. ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT HAS ISSUED AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ORDER TO THE COMPANY THAT ALL ITS CLEAN-UP PLANS AND MONITORING DATA MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR APPROVAL. THE ORDER COMES AFTER THE GOVERNMENT'S LOCAL COMPLIANCE MANAGER DECIDED THE COMPANY WASN'T DOING ENOUGH TO CLEAN UP THE MESS IN THE RIVER, WHICH FLOWS ACROSS PART OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAYS A SEPARATE INVESTIGATION IS UNDER WAY TO DETERMINE IF ANY PENALTIES MAY APPLY TO THE SPILL.

THE ROTARY CLUB IN DRUMHELLER NOW HAS ITS NEW EXECUTIVE IN PLACE. THE DRUMHELLER CLUB HOLDING ITS FIRST GENERAL MEETING LAST WEEK WITH THE NEW EXECUTIVE. NEWLY INSTALLED PRESIDENT DOUG STANFORD SAYS HE HAS A FEW GOALS FOR THE DRUMHELLER ROTARY OVER THE YEAR AHEAD. HE SAYS HE'D LIKE THE CLUB TO FOCUS ON A BIGGER, LONG RANGE PROJECT. STANFORD SAYS PLANS ARE BEING PUT TOGETHER TO HONOR LONG TERM MEMBERS OF THE DRUMHELLER ROTARY CLUB THIS FALL. THIS YEAR, THERE'S A 25 YEAR MEMBER , A 40 YEAR MEMBER, AND A DRUMHELLER MEMBER WHO HAS BEEN A ROTARIAN FOR 50 YEARS.  OTHER DRUMHELLER ROTARY EXECUTIVE INCLUDE... SECRETARY - BARB CAMPBELL, VICKI WILTON - TREASURER, SYLVIA ADAMS - CLUB SERVICE, WENDY BENZON - CLUB ADMINISTRATION, JIM FISHER - PUBLIC RELATIONS/FOUNDATION, AND STACEY GALLAGHER - SERGEANT AT ARMS.

 

 

 

FRIDAY JULY 24 

A MOUNTIE HAS BEEN CLEARED OF ANY WRONGDOING IN A SHOOTING OUTSIDE THE MEDICINE HAT RCMP DETACHMENT. ALBERTA GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATORS SAY A MAN WENT TO THE DETACHMENT LAST OCTOBER AROUND 3 A.M. AND USED AN OUTSIDE PHONE TO CALL POLICE, CLAIMING HE WAS BEING FOLLOWED. AN RCMP OFFICER WENT TO THE DOOR BUT NOTICED THE MAN HAD A PISTOL. THE MOUNTIE SHOT THE MAN AFTER HE REFUSED TO DROP THE WEAPON AND POINTED IT AT THE OFFICER. PARAMEDICS TOOK THE MAN, WHO WAS NOT IDENTIFIED, TO HOSPITAL FOR EMERGENCY SURGERY AND HE SURVIVED. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE PISTOL THE MAN POINTED AT THE MOUNTIE WAS A REPLICA SMITH AND WESSON BB GUN.

 

THE RED DEER RCMP IS REMINDING CITY RESIDENTS AS WELL AS THOSE IN SURROUNDING REGIONS ABOUT HOW TO PROPERLY USE 911. MOUNTIES SAY THEY'VE RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF 911 CALLS SO FAR IN 2015, AND MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN "UNFOUNDED", WHICH MEANS THEY WERE EITHER HANG UPS, MISDIALS, OR CALLS THAT WERE NOT EMERGENCIES. RCMP SAY IN SOME CASES PEOPLE HAVE CALLED 911 BECAUSE OF NOISE COMPLAINTS, HAVING A FLAT TIRE AND TO EVEN LOOKUP THE RCMP DETACHMENT'S ADDRESS. EVERYONE IS REMINDED THAT YOU SHOULD ONLY DIAL 911 IF SOMEONE'S HEALTH, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY IS IN JEOPARDY, OR A CRIME IS IN PROGRESS.

THE TOWN OF HANNA HAS RECOGNIZED A LONG TERM EMPLOYEE. AT A RECENT HANNA TOWN COUNCIL MEETING, MAYOR CHRIS WARWICK PRESENTED SHELDON MORGAN WITH AN "EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION" AWARD. MORGAN HAS BEEN WORKING FOR THE TOWN OF HANNA FOR TEN YEARS. THE HANNA TOWN STAFF APPRECIATION AWARDS ARE USUALLY PRESENTED IN THE SPRING, BUT MORGAN WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENT.

THE HOMESTEAD MUSEUM IN DRUMHELLER IS CELEBRATING A MILESTONE THIS WEEKEND. THE MUSEUM, LOCATED ON NORTH DINOSAUR TRAIL NEAR THE NEW HOSPITAL IS MARKING ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. A SPECIAL CELEBRATION IS BEING HELD AT THE MUSEUM ON SATURDAY. FROM 10:00AM TO 4:00PM, THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO DROP BY THE HOMESTEAD MUSEUM. THEY'LL HAVE A CARINVAL ATMOSPHERE WITH ENTERTAINMENT, POPCORN, COTTON CANDY, AND MUCH MORE. THEY'LL ALSO HAVE A BIRTHDAY CAKE CUTTING AT NOON. THAT'S SATURDAY AT THE HOMESTEAD MUSEUM IN DRUMHELLER.

THE 58TH ANNUAL ROCKYFORD LIONS RODEO GOES THIS WEEKEND. IT'S THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR FOR THE VILLAGE OF ROCKYFORD LOCATED SOUTH WEST OF DRUMHELLER. ALL THE FUN BEGINS FRIDAY MORNING WITH RODEO SLACK, THEN THERE'S EXCITING PONY CHUCKWAGONS AND CHARIOTS FRIDAY EVENING AT 6:30 AND A FAMILY DANCE TO FOLLOW. THE PONY CHUCKWAGONS AND CHARIOTS ALSO RUN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY EVENING AT 6:30. SATURDAY IN ROCKYFORD IS BUSY WITH A FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST STARTING AT 7:00 AND THE GRAND PARADE AT 10:00AM. THE FIRST RODEO PERFORMANCE GOES SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT 12:30, A BARBECUE BEEF SUPPER AT 5:00PM, PLUS THE RODEO DANCE SATURDAY NIGHT AROUND 9:00.  MUCH MORE ACTIVITY GOES ON SUNDAY.

 

 

 



 


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