Slippery road conditions cause highway accidents

Below is a summary of most calls for Stettler RCMP service over a one-week period.

Below is a summary of most calls for Stettler RCMP service over a one-week period.

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, April 8

10:25 a.m. — Complaint of a break and enter to the Bearspaw Petroleum site near Big Valley. Suspects cut the locks on the site, broke into two shops and cut a fence. The damage estimate was more than $300. An inventory check determined nothing was stolen.

2:46 p.m. — While test-driving a customer’s F-250 truck on Highway 12 east, a 46-year-old Ford mechanic was forced to swerve out of the way of an oncoming car. The car swerved to miss a coyote and ended up in the lane facing the pickup. The truck caught the shoulder of the highway, which pulled it into the ditch, causing it to roll onto the driver’s side. Ford has insurance coverage for their drivers and agreed to cover all of the costs for truck repairs.

3:27 p.m. — A 32-year-old male driver backed his 2013 Ram Van into a Dodge Ram 2500 at the 4700 block of 70 Street. The driver of the van was issued a violation ticket for backing unsafely.

10:33 p.m. — A 911 caller reported a family dispute at a Carlisle Estate residence. An intoxicated 18-year-old male was reported to be fighting with his father inside the home. On arrival at the residence, investigators could hear the teenager yelling at his mother. She declined to lay charges, but given the level of intoxication of the young adult, he was arrested for mischief. He was charged for assaulting a peace officer while being lodged at the detachment. He was held in custody until the next morning. His court date is May 23.

11:02 p.m. — An abandoned 911 hang-up call came from a cellphone. Several attempts were made to call back the 403-740 number, but the phone owner couldn’t be reached.

— One commercial false alarm.

Tuesday, April 9

9:33 a.m. — A 911 caller reported a car bumper or piece of metal blocking the westbound lane on Highway 12, 1.5 kilometres west of Erskine. The complaint was referred to highway maintenance.

11:55 a.m. — Complaint of a 17-year-old female from Stettler backing her Hummer into a GMC Acadia in the 4000 block of 66 Street. The Acadia was parked when the rear bumper of the Hummer struck the driver’s rear corner of the GM. The young driver was issued a violation ticket for backing unsafely.

8:06 p.m. — Investigators were dispatched to a sudden death of a 77-year-old man on 57 Street. There was no foul play and the cause of death was identified as long-term health problems.

Wednesday, April 10

2:21 a.m. — A 911 caller reported a domestic dispute at a rural residence on Township Road 37-2. There was no physical violence, but a man wouldn’t let his wife leave the residence and property, because she was reported to be intoxicated. Investigators attended and the female departed the residence with a family member. There were no charges.

6:03 p.m. — A 911 caller reported two vehicles racing on Highway 12, 10 kilometers east of Botha. The vehicles were described as a white, four-door car and a black Chevrolet truck. The race was called in, because the drivers nearly caused a collision. They were reported to the Coronation detachment, as they were last seen headed eastbound.

6:11 p.m. — A 911 caller reported a theft from a Chevrolet pickup parked in the Sobeys lot. The 20-year-old male caller from Stettler advised that he went inside the store for 15 minutes and when he came back to the truck, his wallet, iPod cord and sunglasses were missing. The truck wasn’t locked.

10:40 p.m. Complaint of underage drinking at the Town Pump on 50 Avenue. Investigators attended to find seven patrons inside the premises. An ID check determined that all were 18 or older.

Thursday, April 11

9 a.m. — Report of a break, enter and theft at a rural oilfield site belonging to Pengrowth. The lease site is located near Big Valley and it was determined that seven flow meters were stolen. The estimated value of the stolen property was set $14,000. SUI

4:21 p.m. — A 911 pocket dial came from a cellphone belonging to a 44-year-old Stettler woman. There was no emergency.

9:47 p.m. — Investigators were called to the Town Pump, where a man was observed getting into his grey 2012 GMC truck and was believed to be impaired. Patrols were made and the vehicle was located in the McDonald’s drive-thru. The truck was pulled over after it left the fast-food outlet and the 36-year-old driver from Sherwood Park was found to be impaired. He was arrested and samples of his breath determined that he was nearly three times the legal limit. The man has been charged with impaired operation and operating a motor vehicle with a blood- alcohol level over 80 mg%. He is scheduled for court May 23.

11:18 p.m. — A 34-year-old woman from 4 Street South in Big Valley called investigators to advise she has been receiving harassing emails over Facebook. The person sending the messages might be known to the female, who was advised to block the suspect from her Facebook account. SUI

Friday, April 12

6:40 a.m. — A 911 caller reported a break, enter and theft at the Stettler Regional Child-Care Centre on 48 Avenue. Investigators attended and seized several pieces of evidence, which are now being examined by forensic investigators. An unconfirmed amount of cash was taken from the safe and the culprit/s left on foot. Any witnesses are urged to come forward with information.

9:43 a.m. — A minor collision was reported in the Ford dealership parking lot. Charges have yet to be determined. SUI

11:07 a.m. — A 911 caller reported a light-blue Buick LeSabre being driven north on Highway 56 in a dangerous manner. When investigators attended the area, the Buick was stopped in the oncoming lane and had forced a fivetonne semi-truck into the ditch. The 50-year-old female driver was assessed and it was feared that the act might have been intentional. The female was transported to the Stettler hospital to be assessed under the mental-health act. SUI

12:51 p.m. — A 24-year-old Stettler man attended the detachment, because he didn’t attend court the day prior when he was required to do so for possession of marijuana. There was a warrant for his arrest, so he was subsequently arrested for the original charge and now faces one additional charge for failing to attend court. He’s due back in court May 23.

1:27 p.m. — Complaint of a phone call received from a relative of a 31-year-old man from Big Valley who had just been released from jail and is on conditions to have no contact with the complainant. Due to call display, the call wasn’t answered and no contact was actually made. Investigators called and spoke to the family member of the parolee. They were advised that the call had been made in an attempt to settle some financial issues that still remained. Advice on how they could achieve that without making contact was provided and the conditions were again made clear. No charges were laid.

2 54 p.m. — A 911 hangup call was received from the Stettler ATB. Investigators attended and spoke to an employee who had misdialed. There was no emergency.

3:48 p.m. — A recurring 911 call from a phone at the UFA in Stettler was received. Investigators learned that the line was attached to a storage tank and was calling 911. There was no emergency.

7:44 p.m. — A 911 call came from a 17-year-old female from 53 Street in Stettler, reporting that she was stuck on Main Street in Big Valley and all her friends had left her there. The female had no more minutes on her phone and the only way she could call anyone was via 911. Investigators contacted the female’s mother, also from Stettler, who advised she knew where her daughter was and would pick her up. Police reminded mom to make sure that her daughter was fully aware of what 911 is for.

Saturday, April 13

9:45 a.m. — Report of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of 50 Street and 50 Avenue. There were no injuries and the weather was determined to be a factor.

12:45 p.m. — A 911 caller reported a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 56 and Warden Road. Three occupants of a Chevrolet Envoy were transported to the Stettler hospital by ambulance. The driver was a 30-year-old female from Big Valley and the passengers were a six-month-old infant from Big Valley and a 21-year-old female from Camrose. It was determined that there were no injuries. The driver was issued a violation ticket for driving left of centre.

2:37 p.m. — A 52-year-old female resident of Heartland Green called to advise that her 2003 Ford truck had been damaged. Several windows in the truck were broken and it wasn’t known how that occurred. The cause might have been a result of several other vehicles in the area being stuck in the new snow, and they might have been spinning their tires. SUI

3:43 p.m. — A 2007 Dodge Caravan was reported off of Highway 590, near Big Valley. Due to weather conditions, a tow truck couldn’t respond. The driver was a 37-year-old man from Red Deer.

5 45 p.m. — A 2011 Chrysler 200 went off Highway 601 near Erskine, due to icy road conditions. That resulted in the vehicle travelling into the adjacent field and breaking through a fence. The 23-year-old male driver from Stettler wasn’t able  to remove his vehicle at the time, as there was a tow ban in effect to ensure everyone’s safety. The 49-year-old male landowner was advised of the collision and he reported that he would fix the fence. Due to poor weather and other circumstances, the vehicle wasn’t removed early the next day. The property owner fixed the fence and was then asking for compensation to tow the vehicle off his land. He was told restitution would be paid through insurance and that it wasn’t lawful for the landowner to place a storage fee on the vehicle.

5:55 p.m. — Complaint from 54 Street Close that a young man was operating an ATV quad on the street. Patrols were made in the area and the quad wasn’t located.

11:52 p.m. — Police were called to the apartments on 40 Avenue and 63 Street, where a 42-year-old woman was making suicidal threats. The investigation determined that the female became disturbed because her 21-year-old son was not abiding by his court conditions of not having contact with his former 14-year-old girlfriend. Further evidence was obtained and the 21-yearold man was arrested and charged with failing to comply with his court conditions. He has been remanded in custody.

Sunday, April 14

12:20 a.m. — A 48-year-old man from Botha was reported to be extremely intoxicated and causing problems in the lobby of the Canalta Hotel. Investigators took the man into custody. He was lodged until sober and was charged with causing a disturbance and placed on conditions not to consume alcohol. He has a May 23 court date.

7:31 p.m. — A 13-year-old female from Stettler County made several threats that she would harm herself by drinking bleach. She also stated that she would use a knife and run away, as a result of her being told to do some chores and not being able to invite a friend over. Investigators attended the residence and learned that the female has a history with such behaviour and is working with counsellors. The young female was taken to the hospital to have an assessment done to ensure her and her family’s safety.

— One residential false alarm.

Monday, April 15

7:33 p.m. — An 18-year-old man from Stettler was charged with failing to back safely after he backed his 2001 Dodge truck into a 2010 Toyota Rav 4, in the Agriplex parking lot.

— Two commercial false alarms.