By SGT. ROWLAND SCHMIDT
On Jan. 12, at about 4:50 p.m., a southbound van collided with a westbound Canadian Pacific train at a level crossing situated on 70 Street in Stettler, just north of Highway 12.
No injuries were reported to police. The crossing was controlled by a stop sign. The van, with only one occupant who resides at Sylvan Lake, apparently braked and slid into a train car. Damage to the van was extensive while the train had only minor damage.
EMS and Fire and Rescue responded to the 911 call along with Stettler RCMP Detachment and Integrated Traffic Services with Sheriffs. CN Police also attended. Road conditions at the time of this collision were slippery and a factor. Charges have not been laid.
On Jan. 15, at 11:00 p.m., police were alerted to an erratic driver on Highway 56 north of Stettler. The vehicle was pulled over and a 49-year-old male from Stettler was arrested. After processing, he was released to appear in Stettler Provincial Court in February to enter a plea to a charge of impaired driving.
The No Frills Gas Bar suffered two fuel thefts on Jan. 17. At about noon, a silver, four- door Chev vehicle drove off after filling up with gas. Then at 3:10 p.m., a blue, four-door car did the same, which was later determined to have been an honest mistake.
The slippery road conditions continue and warmer weather is not likely to change them. Use caution when driving and brake well in advance of intersections. Stopping distances at least double when roads are covered with ice or slush. Please drive defensively.
Anyone with information that would assist police in solving these or any other crimes is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or send an email to www.tipsubmit.com. Crimestoppers is completely anonymous and pays cash for information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property.