Stettler males face charges

  • Aug. 19, 2009 5:00 p.m.

Cpl. Terry Best

Stettler RCMP

During the early morning hours of Aug. 4, police responded to a complaint of a 14-year-old youth breaching conditions of his probation and causing a disturbance at a residence. No charges were laid in this instance.

A complaint of the theft of battery jumper cables from a truck was reported. The investigation revealed it was a misunderstanding and the cables were returned to the rightful owner.

During the afternoon of Aug. 5, a truck belonging to a local resident was struck while parked at a local parking lot. The vehicle suffered minor damage when another vehicle hit the bumper of truck and left the scene without notifying the owner.

On the late afternoon of Aug. 5, police responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Township Road 38-2. It appears the vehicle, driven by a 16-year-old-male from the Erskine area, was east bound and encountered a patch of “wash board” on the roadway veering towards the south ditch. It is believed the driver of the vehicle over-corrected and the vehicle rolled one time but landing back on its wheels. All occupants were examined at Stettler hospital and released that night with minor injuries.

On Aug. 7 a street sign was damaged near the Stettler Recreation Centre. Two youths and one adult were identified as being responsible and court action is pending.

A resident in the 4700 block of 51 Avenue reported culprits entered his shed in the back and stole a number of bottles stored there.

A resident of the 4100 block of 62 Street awoke to find culprits running over her vehicle causing significant damage to the vehicle. A male suspect was identified and charges are pending against a Stettler youth.

On Aug. 10 a resident in the 5000 block of 41 Avenue awoke to find their residence had been entered overnight by unknown culprits who made off with a number of items from the home. In addition, culprits expended a fire extinguisher and wrote graffiti on the walls. It is believed whoever was responsible entered the house while the homeowners were sleeping. Stettler RCMP received assistance from the Red Deer Forensic Identification Section in this investigation and the investigation is ongoing. While this is an unusual occurrence in Stettler, it can happen and police are asking residents to lock their doors and windows at night and call police if they notice any suspicious activity in their area.

In addition, police responded to two business false alarms, a theft of bicycle, eight other traffic collisions, two domestic disputes and a number of traffic complaints.

On Aug. 11, Stettler RCMP responded to a suspicious vehicle in the Red Willow area. The vehicle was identified as being stolen and two male subjects were seen abandoning the vehicle and left the area on foot. The males were followed to a rural residence and three male subjects were subsequently taken into police custody. As a result of the investigation, Michael James MacDonald, a 45-year-old Stettler area resident is facing a variety of charges including being in possession of a firearm while prohibited, pointing a firearm, possession of stolen property, careless storage of a firearm and breaching conditions of a previous recognizance. In addition, Kyle Jacob Grams, a 20-year- old Stettler male is facing a charge of possession of stolen property, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and obstructing a police officer. MacDonald has been remanded in custody on his matters and Grams is scheduled to appear in Stettler Provincial Court on Aug. 27 to speak to his charges. The investigation is still ongoing. The third male, another 20-year-old Stettler area residence was released without charges.

On Aug. 12, police responded to a complaint people hunting ducks south of Botha. Culprits were seen leaving the area westbound. Police would like to remind everyone that hunting migratory birds in this area does not begin until Sept. 8, and in other areas on Sept. 15.

Police received a complaint over a barbeque which was possibly stolen in the Emerson Acres area. Police are looking into the matter.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 13, a 21-year-old male was arrested in the 6000 block of 50 Avenue for intoxication. He was lodged in cells until the morning.

A residence in the 4600 block of 47 Avenue was entered on Aug. 15 and thieves made off with a small amount of cash. The investigation is ongoing and it is believed those responsible knew their victims.

A report of persons shooting fireworks out window of a vehicle was investigated. A young female walking near the vehicle at the time was struck but did not suffer any injuries as a result. Police remind everyone incidents such as this could result in very serious injuries and those responsible could face charges of assault with a weapon.

In addition police responded to 10 false alarms, two incidents of drivers leaving the scene of a collision, two collisions involving animals, an abandoned motor vehicle, three possible impaired drivers and a domestic assault.

If you have any information on these or any other crimes please call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 TIPS (1 800 222 8477) or by email at