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This is the summary of Stettler RCMP service calls for the past week.

This is the summary of Stettler RCMP service calls for the past week.

Calls that have SUI attached are still under investigation.

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

Monday, Sept. 17

3:15 p.m. — Complaint of an ongoing problem with a 16-year-old male driver, operating a gold Ford F-150 pickup in the area of 43 Avenue Close. The caller reported that the truck is being driven at a high rate of speed, tire marks were left on the pavement and the vehicle is always in and out of the cul-de-sac. An investigator identified the young driver and issued a verbal warning.

3:48 p.m. — A 911 call reported a two-vehicle collision on Highway 12 between Tim Hortons and Boston Pizza. A 54-year-old female driver from Millet was operating a Ford Edge eastbound on Highway 12, when a 40-year-old female driver from Erskine, operating a GMC Yukon, turned southbound on 67 Street from the westbound lane on Highway 12. The Yukon driver was charged for turning left unsafely. There were no injuries and damage was more than $2,000.

4:31 p.m. — An anonymous female caller was concerned about an unknown male who slept in West Stettler Park last night. The male was reported to be wearing a grey and white hoody and there were no other clothing descriptions. He was also reported to be just walking around town, as he had no place to stay. He was last seen walking on 57 Street, but was not located by investigators. The subject of the complaint was later identified as a 36-year-old man from Emmerson Acres.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

9:05 a.m. — Commercial false alarm at Lawlor Jewellers on 50 Street. Investigators were cancelled prior to attending.

10:38 a.m. — Complaint of uttering threats at a residence on Third Avenue South in Big Valley. The caller reported that a handyman threatened him because the caller hired someone else to fix his house and not the local carpenter. There was no violence and the caller did not wish investigators to follow up the complaint.

Noon — Report a two-vehicle collision on Township Road 38-4. A 64-yearold male driver, operating a Buick Century, stated he was westbound before he hit pavement and saw a grader. He followed the grader for a few minutes, then pulled out to the left side of the road and he believed that the grader operator saw him. At that point, the grader stopped, then proceeded to back up. The Buick was damaged on the passenger side of the car, with the tires of the grader. The grader operator was issued a violation ticket for backing up unsafely.

1:34 p.m. — A 78-year-old male from Hay River, N.W.T., reported that he lost his wallet while in the Sobeys grocery store. The wallet has not yet been recovered.

3:27 p.m. — Report of a white-coloured steer on the loose on Highway 601, west of Old McDonald’s turnoff. Investigators attended and determined that the animal had made its way back into the pasture.

7:09 p.m. — Complainant of a maroon-coloured Lincoln Continental, driving between 75 and 80 kilometres per hour on Highway 56, near Highway 601. A patrol located the suspect vehicle and the driver was found to be sober. The 68-year-old male driver from Ponoka was warned about safety in relation to driving too slow.

8:28 p.m. — An anonymous caller reported a female driving a black Dodge Caliber that was all over the road, possibly an impaired driver. Patrol was made in the area of 66 Street and 50 Avenue. The complaint is unsolved, as the driver identity and vehicle particulars are unknown.

8:50 p.m. — Report of a suicidal 16-year-old male who had consumed multiple Ecstasy pills and was taken to the hospital. The youth departed the hospital and had to be returned for further assessment.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

8:35 a.m. — Complaint of a reckless driver travelling at excessive speeds on Highway 11, eastbound, in a black-coloured Ford Taurus. Suspect vehicle was located and stopped. Driver was identified as a 45-year-old man from Red Deer. The complainant advised he did not wish to provide a statement or attend court. Verbal warning given to the Ford operator.

10:45 a.m. — A mother of a 14-year-old female attended the Stettler detachment requesting assistance with her suicidal daughter, who was sitting in her vehicle in the detachment parking lot. The mother was en route to the Red Deer hospital when the daughter stated she was not going to go and was taking off her seatbelt. An investigator arrested the 14-year-old under provisions of the Mental Health Act and transported her to the Stettler hospital for an assessment.

11:47 a.m. — Report of a possible impaired driver in the Tim Hortons drive-thru. A group of five young males in a brown-coloured Chevrolet pickup were observed mixing drinks. The suspect vehicle was located and a traffic stop was conducted. A search of the truck located open liquor inside and the 16-year-old driver from Stettler was issued a violation ticket for transporting open liquor in easy access to the occupants, contrary to the Gaming and Liquor Regulations. The liquor was seized and disposed.

2:37 p.m. — A 911 call of a dog in distress inside a car in front of “Cutting Corners” on 50 Street. As an investigator attended 50 Street, the caller reported the brown-coloured Pontiac had departed the area. The licence plate for the vehicle did not match the description, so there was no follow-up.

4:38 p.m. — Complaint of a child-custody dispute at a residence on Range Road 38-4. The father of a three-year-old boy threatened violence if he did not see his son. The threats were made 10 days prior to the complainant calling the police. She was instructed to call 911 should the father arrive at the residence.

5:09 p.m. — Report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 12 west, between Alix and Erskine. The complainant advised that a wide load truck had knocked a mirror off of his Dodge Ram pickup. Information was exchanged between the drivers and the damage was estimated not to be more than $2,000.

6:46 p.m. — A 911 call reported young children operating an ATV on Third Avenue South in Big Valley. Three children were riding on the quad. Doing “donuts.” Two of them were wearing full-sized helmets and the third did not have a helmet. An investigator attended the location and talked with an adult and the kids to advise that the ATV operation was unlawful. A warning was issued.

10:14 p.m. — Commercial false alarm at Acklands Grainger on 42 Street.

11:28 p.m. — Report of a large bull on Highway 56, 15 minutes north of Stettler. The animal wasn’t located.

Thursday, Sept. 20

1:50 a.m. — Commercial false alarm at the CIBC on 50 Street. The alarm was cancelled prior to an investigator attending.

10:42 a.m. — Report of a motor vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 601, about one kilometre west of Township Road 40-0.

3:34 p.m. — Residential false alarm on Third Street in Big Valley.

4:10 p.m. — Report of a motor vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 56, about one kilometre north of Highway 590.

5:37 p.m. — A 911 call reported a Husky mix dog at the dog park, running loose. The caller advised that he tied the dog to a tree with a chain that the dog was dragging. Investigators attended the dog park but weren’t able to locate the dog.

6:23 p.m. — Report of a two-vehicle collision on 51 Avenue. An 18-year-old male driver from Stettler was issued a violation ticket for turning left unsafely.

6:30 p.m. — While investigating the two-vehicle collision on 51 Avenue, a strong odour of marijuana could be detected coming from the 18-year-old driver’s Ford Fiesta. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and is set for Stettler Provincial Court on Oct. 25.

Friday, Sept. 21

2:02 p.m. — False alarm at a residence in Scenic Sands.

2:43 p.m. — Complaint of a young girl operating an ATV near the tracks at the east end of Big Valley. A patrol was conducted, but there was no one located.

2:45 p.m. — Report of suspicious activity between occupants of two vehicles on Township Road 39-0. The vehicles had departed the area prior to investigators arriving.

5:38 p.m. — Report of a Yellow Lab or Golden Retriever running loose on 58 Street. The animal was not located.

8:15 p.m. — While conducting radar traffic checks on Highway 12 in Stettler, an investigator stopped a white-coloured Chevrolet pickup for speeding. The driver was noted to have a moderate odour of liquor coming from her breath and her eyes were glassy. The driver stated she had one beer, then failed the roadside test. She was arrested for impaired driving and it was determined she was over the legal blood alcohol limit. The 32-yearold female driver from Elnora is charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and two provincial charges of operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Saturday, Sept. 22

12:15 a.m. — An altercation was reported at 44 Avenue and 57 Street, the Otherside bar,. Investigators attended, but it wasn’t clear what happened. SUI

12:46 a.m. — On 42 Avenue and 57 Street, a dog was reported to investigators to have been barking for several hours. The owner of the dogs was identified as being part of an earlier altercation. The dogs were quiet after he was advised.

3 a.m. — Investigators noticed three people between the train cars at the Alberta Prairie Steam train station. There had been damage done to the pop machine and the door had been kicked in. It wasn’t known who the people were and police are asking that anyone with information about the crime to report it to the Stettler detachment at 403-742-3382. SUI.

3:14 a.m. — A Stettler male was observed by investigators leaving Social Bo’s very intoxicated. Attempts were made to have the young man taken home to his sister’s residence, but he was observed not long after stumbling around town once again. The man was arrested and lodged overnight for his own safety.

4:23 a.m. — At Social Bo’s, a female was observed by investigators to slap a male and then a female. The male and female victims did not co-operate with investigators, so therefore charges could not be laid. The assaulting female was lodged in cells for the night.

4:51 a.m. — At 50A Avenue and 57 Street, an ongoing issue with dogs barking at all hours of the night was reported again. The owner has been working out of town and the person that checks in on the dogs only does so during the day. Animal control will be looking into the issue further and seeking charges. SUI

6:11 a.m. — Near Rochon Sands, a cougar was reported in the area for almost five minutes. Fish and Wildlife were informed and will be looking into the issue. SUI

10:50 a.m. — A wallet was reported lost overnight.

11:22 a.m. — Fuel was reported stolen overnight in Big Valley. A jerry can was stolen out of the rear of a truck. The jerry cans had been locked up. It’s not known who the culprits were.

2:28 p.m. — Speeding was reported in the community of White Sands. The complainant advised investigators that it’s been an ongoing issue. The licence plate provided by the complainant was not a match, so there was little the investigator could do. The description of the speeding vehicle is a newer grey sedan.

2:43 p.m. — A girl was reported driving an orange quad on the east end of Big Valley. Quads are not to be driven in any municipality or on any roads. Investigators made patrols, but didn’t locate the female driver. The identity of the female is known and charges are pending, SUI

2:45 p.m. — Suspicious activity was reported just outside of town to the west. It’s known to investigators that this area is a possible location where drug dealers will meet and complete their transactions. Stettler RCMP urges all members of the community to call investigators if they suspect activity like that in their neighbourhood.

5:02 p.m. — A residence on 56 Street Close was reported having loud music coming from the garage. Investigators attended and spoke to the property rep, who was practising with his band. He agreed to turn the volume down on the amps, and didn’t realize he was bothering anyone.

5:38 p.m. — Near 58 Street and 44 Avenue, a golden retriever was reported to be roaming around off its leash. The dog was not being aggressive or causing any problems. Police attended the location, but did not locate the dog and its owners are not known.

9:17 p.m. — At 42 Street and 48 Avenue, a 911 call was received regarding a domestic dispute. Investigators attended and located a male and a female who were having a verbal argument. There was no violence or threats made. No charges were laid.

9:23 p.m. — A suspicious vehicle, a blue or dark green minivan, was reported on Township Road 38-4 just west of Highway 56. Investigators made patrols, but were not able to locate the van in question.

9:53 p.m. — At 61 Street and 50 Avenue, shoplifting was reported at a local convenience store. The store clerk said that he saw a young male with a bracelet. When the male left the store, he did not have the bracelet and did not pay for it, either. The clerk confronted the male after he had left the store. The male said that he left the bracelet inside. The clerk was not able to locate the bracelet, but the young male was able to find it. The storeowner wasn’t willing to lay charges.

Sunday, Sept. 23

1:08 a.m. — Inappropriate calls were reported to investigators. They were being made to victims of recent fatalities. A female voice was heard claiming to be that of the deceased. The number where the call originated from was in the Camrose area. Further investigation is planned. SUI

11:23 a.m. — A male from Stettler attended the detachment concerned about driving that he had witnessed. While yielding to an ambulance, another vehicle that was following pulled out and passed. The driver of the other vehicle was spoken to and was warned about their driving, as the male complainant did not wish to pursue charges or attend court.

Monday, Sept. 24

7:00 a.m. — A break and enter and theft was reported from a Big Valley business. SUI

8:49 a.m. — A collision with a deer was reported to have occurred on Highway 835.

9:25 a.m. — Investigators were called to assist with a collision at the Highway 21 and Highway 11 intersection. The collision was determined to be in Bashaw detachment’s area, but Stettler was called on to provide traffic support and any assistance needed. A 77-year-old male that was northbound on Highway 21 did not see the stop sign and continued through the intersection, colliding with a westbound vehicle driven by a 28-year-old man from Kelowna who had the right of way. An elderly male passenger in the northbound truck was taken to Stettler hospital as a precaution. The 77-year-old man was charged with failing to stop for a stop sign. All parties were lucky to have walked away from the collision with minor injuries. Both vehicles were a write-off.

9:39 a.m. — A collision with a coyote was reported to have occurred on Highway 11.

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