Feb 02

Integrated Fire And Ambulance Dispatch To Stay In Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE: It’s a bright day for emergency services in our  city, as the province has agreed to keep the integrated fire and ambulance  dispatch here in Lethbridge.ambulance201_1


Lethbridge West MLA Greg Weadick discusses how they were finally able to  break through, “I can honestly tell you that (Lethbridge East MLA Bridget  Pastoor) and I have been working on this for two years, and I think it was just  a question of sitting down on a continuous basis and working with staff at  Alberta Health Services and with the minister in his office, to come up with a  solution that worked for everyone, and you know what, at the end of the day I  think this is the right solution.”


Mayor Chris Spearman was very excited to receive the news, and was quick to  give a great deal of the credit to Weadick and Pastoor.


While this is a significant first step, Spearman did note that there’s still  some details that need to be worked out, “We’ll need to make sure that we’re  using the same systems, I’m sure Alberta Health is going to have some  requirements with respect to training on their system, and you know we’re going  to work with them. The real issue is how much we will be compensated for  providing the service that we do.”


Spearman explained that Alberta Health probably feels that they’re having to  subsidize the service. He stated that not only is he confident that our service  is more efficient than the centralized plan put forward by the province, but  that it also provides the fastest and best quality emergency care possible.


Both Spearman and Weadick expect it to take a few months to work through all  the details and determine compensation.

Feb 02

Man Accused in Hit and Run Granted Bail

LETHRBIDGE: 30-year old Edward James Mikla, accused in a hit and run early last Sunday morning, has  been released on $1,000 bail.EdwardMikla_1

Mikla had to surrender his drivers license and passport and is prohibited from driving, with the exception of operating machinery on his work site. Mikla must also remain in Alberta and provide Regional Police with his work schedule.

On Tuesday Mikla turned himself in to police and his black Nissan  Titan truck was seized.

The 45-year-old victim, Lorne  Miller, remains in critical condition in a Calgary hospital after being found in  the northbound lanes of the Stafford overpass before 3:00-am on Sunday.

Mikla will be back in court February 27th.

Dec 09

RCMP promise more checkstops for Alberta drivers

_h366_w650_m6_otrue_lfalseRCMP officers stop drivers in Calgary at one of 157 roadside checkstops set up across Alberta Saturday night. CBC
Alberta drivers can expect to face more checkstops through the holiday season this year, according to the RCMP.

“We’re going to be as visible as we can but we’re also going to be as strategic as we can, to be out there where the impaired drivers might be.” said Cpl. Darin Turnbull.

Officers fanned out across the province last night with 157 checkstops as part of a Canada-wide crackdown.

RCMP call it one of the the biggest co-ordinated efforts of its kind in Alberta and will be working closely with tow truck operators.

“They’re on standby because we know now of course in Alberta, what used to be a 24 hour suspension for providing a breath sample between 50 and 100 is now a three day seizure of your vehicle,” said Cpl. Turnbull.

He says the roadside checkstops will be set up in places known for high rates of impaired driving.

Aug 20

Lethbridge Regional Police Investigating Two Reports of Indecent Acts

Lethbridge, Alberta – On Aug. 8, 2013 at approximately 8:25 p.m. a female was walking along the Henderson Lake near the swimming pool when she observed a male masturbating in the bushes. The male left the area and was last seen walking on the west side of the pool.

On Aug. 18, 2013 at approximately 4:19 a.m. a woman was walking her dog in the area of the 400 block of 19 Street North when a vehicle pulled up beside her and the male driver exposed himself. The male left the area

In both cases the male is described as Asian, in his mid 30s. In the first incident the subject is described as wearing dark coloured pants and a blue windbreaker style jacket that appeared to be shiny. In the second incident the vehicle is described as a dark coloured car, possibly a Honda.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers.

Source APR

Aug 05

Man dies a day after RCMP use Taser on him in Leduc, Alta.

B883D6D706C9D59F69E32EFBE74D7_h242_w430_m2_q80_chSeoVkgzA man has died one day after RCMP used a Taser on him in Leduc, Alta., a spokesperson for Alberta’s Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) says.

The 27-year-old man was taken into custody Friday night following an altercation with three RCMP officers at a gas station on the corner of 50th Street and 50th Avenue.

ASIRT Executive Director Clifton Purvis said officers used a conducted energy weapon, or Taser, to subdue the man before handcuffing him.

– READ: facts about stun gun use in Canada

The man went into medical distress and lost consciousness, police said. He was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton where he was originally reported to be in critical condition, according to an ASIRT spokesperson.

He died in hospital Sunday morning, said Purvis.

An ASIRT team has now been assigned to investigate the incident and will be relying on witness statements as well as security and cellphone video footage to aid in their assessment.

“At this point, we don’t know whether or not [the Taser] contributed to the medical condition and subsequent death of this individual,” said Purvis. “There will be an autopsy conducted on that male later this week.”

“Once the cause of death is determined, it will allow us to focus the investigation on the manner of death,” he added.

RCMP said Saturday the man had been linked to a series of assaults, automobile thefts, driving complaints and hit and runs. They are now conducting their own investigation into the incident, said Purvis.

This is the second death linked to provincial RCMP officers in Alberta this weekend.

A man was fatally shot by another RCMP officer near Pigeon Lake on Saturday evening.

ASIRT, an independent body that investigates incidents involving serious injury or death that may relate to the actions of a police officer, is looking into both incidents.

Jul 28

Investigation continues into train derailment near Coutts


Emergency crews are cleaning up following a train derailment near the Alberta-Montana border.

A total of 19 cars left the tracks in a rural area, roughly five kilometres north of Coutts, AB.

According to Canadian Pacific, there were no injuries sustained in the derailment, which happened late Friday afternoon.

The train was carrying coal, however CP has no environmental concerns, as all of the cars remained upright.

“We take the necessary steps for proper environmental remediation once the initial cleanup stage has been completed,” said Ed Greenberg, a CP spokesperson.

Greenberg told Global News that as of Saturday evening, only four cars had yet to be back on the rail line.

Once the track is repaired and inspected, the line is expected to re-open on Sunday morning.

Cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Jul 19

Lethbridge constable charged with assault causing bodily harm in teen’s arrest

A member of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service faces two charges in  connection to a December 2012 incident in which an alleged intoxicated teenager  had his teeth chipped while being placed in a police cruiser.

On the evening of December 29, 2012, the constable responded to a hit and  run complaint on Ashgrove Rd. in Lethbridge. Unrelated to the hit and run  incident,  the officer located and arrested a 16-year-old male for public  intoxication.  While attempting to place the teen in the back of the squad  car, a struggle ensued and the teenager’s head struck the vehicle, chipping two  of his teeth.

In February of 2013, the teen filed a formal complaint in connection to the  officer’s actions in the December arrest.

The Lethbridge Chief of Police ordered an internal investigation into the  incident which resulted in the officer being charged.

33-year-old Cst. Norman Smith, a four-year veteran of the force, faces one  count of assault causing bodily harm and one count of unlawful confinement.

Smith has been relieved of his duty, with pay, while the LRPS awaits the  result of the court’s decision.  Cst. Smith is scheduled to appear in court  in September.

In 2011, Cst. Smith was the victim of a vicious assault during a traffic  stop when two men attacked the officer.  Smith was hospitalized after  suffering a fractured skull, bleeding of the brain, a broken nose, a broken  cheek bone, and lacerations to his head in the attack

Read more: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/lethbridge-constable-charged-with-assault-causing-bodily-harm-in-teen-s-arrest-1.1372894#ixzz2ZTKIM3EH

Jun 28

Police allege young offenders sold stolen sunglasses back to owner

Lethbridge Regional Police report they have charged two young offenders in connection with a theft after a pair of sunglasses were stolen from a vehicle and then later sold on Facebook — to their rightful owner.

According to police, sometime overnight June 10, two people were car prowling in the Sun Ridge neighbourhood and stole two pairs of Oakley sunglasses from a vehicle. Reportedly, one of the pairs was later posted for sale on Facebook. The owner of the sunglasses happened to see the advertisement on Lethbridge Swap and Shop and purchased the glasses then contacted police.

Following further investigation by the Priority Crimes Unit, the subjects who police believe are responsible were identified. Yesterday, they were arrested without incident.

Police have charged a 16-year-old female and 16-year-old male, who cannot be identified, with theft under $5000 and possession of stolen property. The female is scheduled to appear in youth court July 31, and the male was diverted to the Alternative Measures Program.

Police also report that sometime overnight, culprit(s) entered a compound along the 4100 block of 28 Street North by cutting the fence. It is reported that various gauges of copper wire worth approximately $10,000 and various tools worth approximately $500 were stolen.

Jun 28

Police charge three after responding to stabbing on Saint James Boulevard

Police report that around 1:15 this morning, they responded to a report of a stabbing at a home along Saint James Boulevard.

According to police, an investigation determined that a group of acquaintances had been socializing together when a physical altercation occurred between two males. Reportedly, an ear of one of the males was torn as a result of the altercation and a female who attempted to intervene was punched in the face. The other male initially left the home after the altercation, but smashed a window. When the occupants went out to see what happened, he re-entered the home. He began repeatedly hitting a female in the face. The female picked up a knife and threatened the male. The female who was punched in the face then grabbed the knife away and stabbed the second male twice. He was transported to hospital, treated, and released to police custody.

Police have charged Zachary Nelson Day Rider, 20, of Glenwood, with two counts of assault and one count each of assault causing bodily harm, mischief, and breach of an undertaking. He was scheduled to appear in court today.

Police have charged Natasha Selena Clara Good Rider, 21, of Lethbridge, with assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, and possession of a dangerous weapon. She is scheduled to appear in court July 24.

Police have charged Deon Evens Gros Ventre Boy, 28, of Lethbridge, with breach of probation. He is scheduled to appear in court July 31.

Jun 10

Anonymous” Strikes in Edmonton, Alberta –

Anonymous” Strikes in Edmonton, Alberta – THIS IS NOT A POLICE VIDEO AND HAS BEEN POSTED ON APR AS A NEWS ITEM by 4U2Ctv Multimedia Network


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