RCMP kept busy by dogs and drivers

  • Aug. 11, 2010 11:00 a.m.

Corporal Terry Best – Stettler RCMP

Charges have been laid against a 19 year old male following the investigation of a number of break, enter and thefts in the Stettler area dating back to late spring of this year. Dylan Zachary Lewis, of no fixed address, was arrested on Aug. 3, in a quonset north west of Stettler, with the services of the Red Deer Police Service Dog section and Emergency Response Team. Lewis has been charged with two counts of break-enter and theft from two summer residences in the White Sands area, thefts from a Stettler business, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop when directed to by a police officer and several counts of breach of probation. The accused was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Stettler Provincial Court on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, Stettler police responded to two dogs impeding traffic on Highway 56 near Stettler. The animals had escaped from their yard and wandered off. Alberta Animal Services assisted police and were successful in securing one the animals while the other fled the area.

The next day, late in the evening, police responded to a complaint of a disturbance in the 4900 block of 49 Street.

On Aug. 5, police responded to a complaint of two dogs in distress in a parked vehicle in the 4900 block of 45 Street. By the time police attended the owner had removed the animals from the vehicle and they were no longer at risk.

Culprits broke into a well site south west of Stettler on Aug 5. causing minor damage and owners are still attempting to determine what was taken from the site.

A resident in the 6100 block of 51 Avenue reported someone attempted to break into their location. Damage was reported to the door where whoever was responsible tried to gain entry. The matter is still under investigation.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 7, police responded to a complaint of a collision on 49 Avenue near the east industrial park. Police believe an eastbound vehicle driven by a 17-year-old Stettler area male at a high rate of speed, collided with three vehicles after the driver lost control. All vehicles suffered extensive damage as a result of the collision. The driver is facing a number of charges including public mischief, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of a collision and is scheduled to appear in youth court in Stettler in October.

On Aug. 8, a vehicle stop in the Erskine area resulted in the arrest of two males from Saskatchewan and the seizure of almost six pounds of marihuana. When police approached the vehicle, they noted a strong smell of marihuana and a subsequent search of the vehicle turned up the drugs. Dayton Driedger, 25 years of age from Saskatoon and Craig Edward Patterson, 19 years of age from Tisdale, are facing charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. They were remanded in custody.

In addition, police conducted an Alberta checkstop on Sunday afternoon resulting in one local male facing an impaired driving charge. Police also issued a GDL suspension and also responded to a number of suspicious vehicles, dangerous driving, seven false alarms, mischief, abandoned vehicles and the theft of a bicycle files.

If you have information to assist police in solving these or any crimes, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800–222-TIPS or send an email to www.tipsubmit.com.