Bus carrying six-year-old slides off road, into ditch

Stettler RCMP responded to an assortment of service calls during the past week.

Stettler RCMP responded to an assortment of service calls during the past week. Calls marked with SUI are still under investigation.

Anyone with information on unsolved crimes or incidents is asked to phone Stettler RCMP at 403-742-3382 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Sunday, Oct. 21

6:38 p.m. — Commercial false alarm at Stettler Tirecraft. The janitor accidentally set off the alarm.

7:34 p.m. — Request to locate a 26-year-old man, with a Canmore address, who was walking near Highway 56. Extensive patrols were conducted in the area, and it was later reported that the man was at his mother’s residence in Byemoor.

9:42 p.m. — A 911 call reported suspicious activity on 41 Avenue near 57 Street. A patrol was conducted and the information was determined to be unfounded.

Monday, Oct. 22

7:11 a.m. — Report of a motor vehicle collision with a second vehicle that was parked on 46 Street, near 48 Avenue. A 38-year-old male driver from Stettler drove his 2006 Dodge Caravan into a 2010 Dodge Caravan, which was owned by a 31-year-old woman from Stettler. The male was charged with failing to drive his vehicle in the centre of the driving lane.

10:57 a.m. — Report of a domestic disturbance at a 49 Avenue residence. An investigation determined that the 29-year-old woman and 37-year-old man were equally aggressive in the dispute. Both were charged with one count of assault each and they were placed on no-contact conditions with each other. A court date is set for Nov. 22.

4:19 p.m. — Complaint of an obscured licence plate on a Ford F-350. The caller advised that the pickup had a large trailer hitch that blocked the licence plate on the truck. The truck was properly identified with the correct licence plate, but it wasn’t located.

11:22 p.m. — A 911 call reported a child-pornography website. A Stettler resident reported that her 10-year-old daughter had discovered the site. The information was forwarded to the RCMP Integrated Child Exploitation unit for further investigation.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

1:58 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 56, northbound, between highways 589 and 590. The 67-year-old male driver from Drumheller advised that his Dodge Caravan was drivable and he visited the detachment in the morning.

10:36 a.m. — A 911 call came from an open business line. Nothing could be heard or said and no callback was available. The phone was traced to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor office on 50 Avenue in Stettler. There was no emergency.

1:28 p.m. — A 911 call reported a white SUV with a B.C. licence plate passing on a corner, while speeding. The 49-year-old female caller from the County of Paintearth advised that she had to drive on the shoulder of Highway 12, near Botha, to avoid a collision. The SUV wasn’t located.

1:59 p.m. — Report from Rosenau Transport advising that a semi-truck pulling a trailer had spun out on a hill on Highway 590. Investigators conducted traffic control until a tow truck arrived. The semi-truck wasn’t damaged.

4:20 p.m. — A 16-year-old male driver of a Chevrolet Silverado visited the Stettler detachment to report a collision. The driver advised that he was travelling east on 50 Avenue and was making a right-hand turn onto 50 Street. As he turned his truck, it started to slide due to icy road conditions and he hit a parked truck that was on the east side of the street. The 16-year-old located the 79-year-old owner of the Dodge Ram and told him what happened. There was minimal damage to the Chevrolet and the Dodge required repairs of more than $2,000. There were no charges and the older man was happy the teenager advised him of what had happened, instead of leaving the scene.

4:21 p.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a gate at an oil site near Big Valley. The 61-year-old male driver from Stettler advised that he was leaving a lease site with his Toyota Tacoma and, as he crossed the cattle guard, the wind blew the gate into his vehicle.

4:22 p.m. — A Good Samaritan brought a Blackberry phone to the detachment. The phone was found on the road near the Baptist Church. It was returned to the owner after being positively identified.

5:56 p.m. — Report of single-vehicle collision on Highway 56 near Big Valley. A 20-year-old driver from Medicine Hat lost control of his Pontiac G6 as a result of poor road conditions. No injuries were reported and police didn’t attend.

10:03 p.m. — Complaint of a house being egged from the back alley on 54 Street. A suspect has been identified.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

11:15 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Township Road 19-5. The driver advised that she was westbound and she saw a deer walk out of a driveway. The driver slowed down, but the deer ran into the side of her Volkswagen Tiguan.

11:16 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 835, near Erskine. The 52-year-old female driver from Ponoka wasn’t injured.

4:17 p.m. — A 27-year-old woman from 51 Avenue attended the detachment to report a collision. She stated that she was backing out of her driveway when her vehicle was hit by a truck that hadn’t been readily visible. She advised that her back-alley neighbour had struck her vehicle. The 66-year-old male driver attended the detachment the next day and said he was driving slowly at the time of the collision. SUI

7:30 p.m. — Report of a domestic assault at a Third Avenue South residence in Big Valley. A 36-year-old man with a Valleyview address reportedly assaulted a 31-year-old woman from Big Valley, and then smashed dishes on the kitchen floor. Innisfail RCMP arrested the man in that area. He has a Nov. 8 court date.

10:07 p.m. — Report of a floor hockey team leaving Christ-King Catholic School, not having the key to lock the doors and not wanting to leave the premises unsecured. The Christ-King custodian was contacted and he visited the school.

Thursday, Oct. 25

6:06 p.m. — Commercial false alarm at Shrum’s. The key-holder cancelled before police arrived.

10:11 a.m. — Report of a possible impaired driver operating a blue Ford F-150 in the Fountain Tire parking lot. The registered owner has been identified. SUI

10:42 a.m. — A 57-year-old woman from Red Deer attended the Stettler detachment to report a motor vehicle collision. She advised that she was driving her Chrysler Intrepid eastbound on 48 Avenue, and observed a 25-year-old driver of a Dodge Ram travelling north on 41 Street. She said he was spinning his tires and fishtailing all over the road, and drove into her driver’s-side front fender. The driver of the truck stated that he lost control as he was trying to avoid a large patch of snow. The Stettler man was issued a violation ticket for failing to ascertain space for movement.

3:24 p.m. — A 31-year-old Erskine man reported that at about 8:15 a.m., he was travelling westbound on Highway 12, near the highways 12 and 11 junction. The caller said three other vehicles were behind him, and that a government truck passed “three or four vehicles” at a very high speed and with another vehicle oncoming. The complainant didn’t wish to attend court. A government supervisor was notified of the driving offence.

7:02 p.m. — Complaint of a missing iPhone that was stolen off of a school bus. The phone was traced back to a rural residence and it was turned over to investigators. No charges.

Friday, Oct. 26

8:24 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 589, east of Byemoor. A 2011 Ford F150, owned by a 37-year-old male driver from Endiang, sustained more than $2,000 worth of damages.

10:46 a.m. — A 46-year-old female school bus driver visited the detachment to report a collision. The driver was headed east on Township Road 35-2 and going downhill when the bus slid toward the south ditch. The front passenger-side tire caught the edge of the ditch, pulling the bus in. The bus sustained damage. There was one six-year-old passenger on the bus at the time. No injuries were reported. SUI

12:38 p.m. — Report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on 50A Avenue, between a 43-year-old woman and her 22-yearold son. Investigators attended and arrested the mother for breach of the peace. The highly intoxicated and belligerent woman was lodged in cells until she became sober.

6 p.m. — A 38-year-old man from Big Valley reported that he had received two phone calls from the Stettler hospital. The person calling him requested personal information. The caller refused to give out his information and hung up the phone. The complainant called the hospital, which advised they didn’t require such information. Police told the caller not to share his personal information.

Saturday, Oct. 27

1:49 p.m. — Report of a power line down on 57 Street, near 52 Avenue. Investigators attended and confirmed that the line was laying on the snow. ATCO was contacted to conduct the repair.

2:29 p.m. — A 911 call from a rural residence on Highway 835, near Big Valley. The resident advised that a nine-year-old son was having a birthday party and one of the boys was playing with the phone. Everything was OK.

3:18 p.m. — Complaint of a teenager uttering threats. A 17-year-old male threatened to injure a 16-year-old Stettler boy. The threat was on the condition that if the 16-year-old left his residence and the 17-year-old saw him around town. The threats were reported to have been made via Facebook. SUI

Sunday, Oct. 28

2:38 p.m. — Report of an intoxicated male attending the hospital for a vaccine and storming out 10 minutes later. While yelling and screaming at the staff, he kicked the sliding door off of the track. The man got into an unknown vehicle and departed the area. SUI

4:27 p.m. — Report of a theft of truck from the Big Valley Arena. The pickup was described as a maroon-and-brown 2003 Ford four-door diesel truck. It had a company name and a large, black steel-grill guard on the front. The truck keys were in the owner’s possession and the truck had half a tank of fuel. A suspect has been identified. SUI

5:14 p.m. — An ongoing complaint of trespassing at a 44 Street residence. The caller reported that two unknown males attended her property and retrieved a cat. The complainant was advised that if anything further occurred, she should call again. The caller planned to contact the bylaw department regarding the cat.

11:37 p.m. — Report of an emotionally disturbed female at a 51 Avenue apartment. The woman advised investigators that she intentionally cut her finger with a knife while eating a banana. She was co-operative with the attending officers and was then escorted to the Stettler hospital for medical assistance.

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