CPL. TERRY BEST/Stettler RCMP
Stettler RCMP have laid a number of charges on May 6 following a police investigation involving drugs. One 16-year-old male from the Edmonton area is facing a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance, in addition to two breaches of probation. This youth was on probation stemming from charges in Edmonton in 2010.
A second 16-year-old male, also from Edmonton, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, obstructing police and several charges of breaching conditions of his probation. This youth was on placed on probation in 2010 when he was convicted of robbery charges and trafficking in a controlled substance. Both youths were remanded in custody following their arrests.
One is to appear in Stettler court May 12 to speak to his charges, while the second male was remanded until Tuesday May 10 where the matter was set over to Red Deer Court on May 19. The names of the youths cannot be released under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The matter is still under investigation.
On May 5, police responded to a complaint of the theft of large amount of gas cards from a local gas station in the 6000 block of 50 Avenue.
During the ensuing investigation a 35-year-old male from the Trochu area was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and is scheduled to appear in Stettler Provincial Court on June 23 to speak to the matter. The remaining gas cards were recovered and the investigation is on-going.
During another investigation on May 7, a 31 year-old female from the Forestburg area was arrested on a number of outstanding warrants from the Edmonton area. In addition, the woman was charged with personation with intent following her dealings with Stettler Police.
She was remanded in custody and appeared in Red Deer Provincial Court on Monday, May 9 where she pleaded guilty to charges. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail followed by 15 month probation.
During this time period police also investigated a number of collisions, false alarms and noise complaints.
Promoting traffic safety for young drivers main focus in May
Cpl. Terry Best of RCMP Stettler detachment says “Although young people represent only a small percentage of the province’s licensed drivers, they have the highest casualty collision rates. During a five year period from 2005 to 2009, 17,064 young drivers between the ages of 14 and 24 were injured and a further 256 were killed. This is an alarming statistic which should cause concern for all Albertans.”
The Stettler RCMP members are collaborating on this project because they know one in every five new drivers are involved in a collision in their first two years of driving. It is these RCMP members that have to deal with the aftermath and devastation these numbers often represent.
During the month of May the Young Drivers Traffic Safety Initiative will be the focus for the Stettler RCMP detachment.
Stettler RCMP is asking young motorists to keep the following in mind before they head out onto Alberta roadways :
* Never get behind the wheel or operate a motorized vehicle after drinking or using drugs.
* Obey the rules of the road. Speed limits and traffic control devices are for Safety.
* If you hold a Graduated Driver’s License (G D L) Obey the License Restrictions:
No Alcohol consumption – Immediate 30 day suspension
More passengers than seat belts – $100 fine and two demerit points
No Driving after midnight (learners only) – $100 fine and two demerit points