SGT. DUNCAN BABCHUK – Stettler RCMP detachment
This week’s Stettler RCMP report covers most calls for RCMP service from Tuesday, July 31, to Sunday, Aug. 5.
Calls denoted with the SUI reference 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).
Tuesday, July 31
12:05 p.m. — Report of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of 46 Avenue and 50 Street. A 40-year-old female driver of a Chrysler 300 was travelling west on 46 Avenue from the Sobeys parking lot and an 83-year-old female driver operating a Pontiac Grand Am was turning north onto 50 Street from 46 Avenue. Both vehicles sustained front-end damage. The driver of the Grand Am was issued a ticket for failing to proceed safely after stopping. Both drivers are from Stettler.
12:49 p.m. — Report of horses out on Highway 850 near Botha. The caller advised that the horses have been roaming in the area for more than a week and she didn’t know who they belonged to. They were out and then went into a field to graze, and then came back out to the road. The caller saw them that morning, but didn’t know where they were, as they went east from Highway 850. An investigator made patrols for the horses, but they weren’t located. The caller was advised to call again if she saw the horses.
2:22 p.m. — Complaint of a white-coloured Chrysler Dynasty on the side of Highway 12, just west of Stettler. The owner was contacted to move it.
4:11 p.m. — A pedestrian was walking a dog near the townhouses on 40 Avenue and heard a female threatening to kill herself. Investigators attended the residence and spoke with a 64-year-old woman who stated that she always yells and says things about hurting herself, but she doesn’t have “the nerve” to do so. The female was transported to the Stettler hospital for a medical assessment.
4:29 p.m. — A 911 call reported the sighting of funnel clouds directly south of Erskine. Environment Canada was notified.
5:02 p.m. — Complaint of a possible impaired driver operating a grey-coloured Buick near 50 Avenue and 50 Street. Investigators located the car in the Stettler Hotel parking lot, with no occupants inside. The 55-year-old owner was observed leaving the hotel, but didn’t go near the vehicle. She was advised that police would be patrolling the area.
6:47 p.m. — Request for assistance to retrieve property from a rural residence on Township Road 39-2 that was being held to retrieve money owed. The holders were advised to return the property and seek a civil remedy.
8:13 p.m. — A 911 call from a rural address reported a 30-year-old male is threatening to kill himself with pills. The man left the residence in a burgundy-coloured Buick and had a hose from the exhaust of his car inside. A lookout was sent out to neighbouring detachments regarding the disturbed male and an investigator attended the address, where he located the male subject. The male was arrested under provision of the Mental Health Act and was transported to the Stettler hospital for an assessment by a medical professional.
Wednesday, Aug. 1
6:18 p.m. — A 911 call reported an erratic driver swerving all over the road, operating a red-coloured Dodge van on Highway 56 north. The 46-year-old female driver from Calgary was issued a warning, as a result of the complainant not wishing to attend court.
9:54 p.m. — A 911 call reported unwanted an 81-year-old man outside a 51 Avenue apartment. An investigator attended and determined that the male was involved in a motor vehicle collision on July 27 and he wanted to give the caller cash money for the collision. The complainant also stated that the man was yelling and swearing at her, but he denied those allegations. No charges.
11:39 p.m. — A 911 call came from a 49 Street residence from a 25-year-old emotionally disturbed female. A counsellor from the region’s Crisis Hotline instructed her to call police. She was escorted to the Stettler hospital for medical assistance.
Thursday, Aug. 2
COURT — A Stettler man facing multiple charges in the impaired-driving death of teenager Koralea Boettger last February has picked up a three-week jail sentence for breaching bail conditions. Trevor James Dahl, 20, was sentenced in Red Deer Provincial Court to 20 days in jail.
4:15 a.m. — A 911 reported that a male in his early 20s showed up at Tim Hortons, and had been assaulted. Further details indicated the man was bleeding from the face, might have road rash and might require medical attention. Initial investigation revealed that the man was en route to Stettler from Red Deer and two males stopped his vehicle and assaulted him. The 18-year-old driver from Stettler was taken to the hospital by his father. Charges are pending. The attack was not a random act.
9:32 a.m. — Request for assistance from the hospital to pick up a schizophrenic resident from the Heart Haven Lodge and escort the 63-year-old male to Red Deer. The caller was directed to contact EMS and they could call police if assistance was required.
9:43 a.m. — Complaint of the theft of dyed fuel stolen from a rural property on Range Road 20-3 near Big Valley. SUI
10:53 p.m. — Complaint of a barking dog near a 45 Street and 50 Avenue residence. The caller advised that the dog had been barking for more than an hour and the owners were not home. An investigator patrolled the area and didn’t locate the dog. The caller stated that the dog has stopped barking. The complaint was forwarded to the bylaw department.
Friday, Aug. 3
6:59 a.m. — Complaint of a stolen 2007 Dodge Durango from a 63 Street residence. The owner reported that the SUV was locked, there were no keys and the vehicle had a full tank of fuel. The vehicle was later located on 46 Street in Stettler. The ignition was not damaged and there was no sign of forced entry.
8:35 a.m. — Report of a wash and dash from the Turtle Club truck and car wash. An employee stated that a white-coloured SUV departed the car wash and the 35- to 40-year-old male didn’t pay for the wash. A licence plate was obtained. SUI
9:17 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 56, one kilometre south of Township Road 41-0.
12:21 p.m. — Residential false alarm reported on 46 Street.
2 p.m. — Report of a two-vehicle collision on 50 Street. The driver of a Dodge Caravan was southbound on 50th Street just after backing out of parking spot in front of the TD Bank, when the driver of an Infinity EX35 backed out and struck the van. SUI
9:30 p.m. — A 911 call reported barking dogs near a residence on 45 Avenue and 50 Street. The 42-year-old female dog owner was issued a warning and she moved her dogs inside. The matter was forwarded to the bylaw department.
Saturday, Aug. 4
1:45 a.m. — An investigator on patrol observed a passenger van driving at a high rate of speed with no lights on in the area of Highway 835 and Highway 12. The van was stopped and, on inspection, the 20-year-old male driver had an odour of liquor. A roadside screening check revealed that the driver had been consuming liquor and he was issued an immediate 30-day driving suspension, with an automatic vehicle seizure for seven days. The driver had a graduated driver’s licence, which falls under the new provincial driving-impaired legislation.
5:49 a.m. — Complaint of ongoing harassing phone calls to a 46 Street residence. The calls were being made by a 42-year-old female from Sylvan Lake and were domestic in nature. The caller was issued a warning to quit calling, as a result of the complainant’s refusal to lay charges.
9:44 a.m. — Complainant of a hit and run of a trailer that was parked in a driveway on 61 Street. There was damage to the trailer and the stairs were torn off.
11:26 a.m. — A 911 call of a suspicious male north of Stettler on Highway 56. The male was described as 200 pounds, with visible tattoos and yelling at two females in a red-coloured minivan. The caller heard him say the word killing and the man seemed high on drugs and walked southbound. Investigators attended the area and did not locate the male or the red van. The complainant did not obtain a licence plate.
1:54 p.m. — Report that three bikes were stolen from a residence on 41 Avenue. Two had been recovered, but the third has yet to be accounted for. SUI
4:03 p.m. — Report on Railway Avenue in Big Valley, at the train station, that a female who was believed to be impaired was getting into a van in the parking lot and appeared that she would drive. Police found the female to be sober and more than capable of operating a motor vehicle.
5:31 p.m. — A female from Erskine called in to report that her husband, who is currently bound by an undertaking to have no contact with her, had texted her regarding her kids. The female will speak with investigators further. SUI
6:31 p.m. — Complaint that two males were in a vehicle in the parking lot of “The Beat,” and were intoxicated. Investigators attended and a 45-year-old male from Stettler was taken to the Stettler hospital due to his level of intoxication. He was released from the hospital and was charged with impaired care and control of a motor vehicle. Further charges are pending. SUI
Sunday, Aug. 5
1:21 a.m. — Report that a vehicle was leaving the Town Pump and the driver was impaired. Upon patrol of the area, a Ford F-150 was located and stopped, and the 28-year-old male driver from Botha was arrested and charged with a couple of alcohol-related counts. When the driver was checked on the police system, he was found to have several outstanding warrants from Calgary. The male was subsequently transported to the Red Deer Remand Centre, as he was unable to pay his fine.