Mar 28

Lethbridge Man Faces Eight Charges For Incident That Required Tact Team Involvement

logo_LRPSLETHBRIDGE:  A 55-year-old city man has been charged in connection with an incident that  resulted in the Tactical Team responding to a north-side home last  week.

About 8:00-pm on Thursday,  March 21st, police were called to a home  along the 1300 block of 23 Street North, after receiving a 911 call.


A male occupant of the home uttered threats against police and then  barricaded himself inside. The Tactical Team secured the area and police  tried to negotiate with the man who refused to let a 23-year-old woman leave the  residence. The woman was assaulted and threatened.


Just before midnight Tactical Team members entered the home and arrested the  man. The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Dana Lynn  Hopkins, of Lethbridge, is charged with one count of unlawful confinement,  assault with a weapon, assault, resisting a peace officer, breach of an  undertaking and three counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily  harm.


Hopkins is scheduled to appear in court March 28th.

Mar 28

Changes Coming To The Executive Level Of The Regional Police

logo_LRPSLETHBRIDGE – The Police Commission is working to restructure the executive level of the  Regional Police.

They want to create a Deputy Chief position and reduce  the number of Inspectors from four to three.

Chair Doug McLaughlin says the Chiefs “workload is enormous and as a result  of that, there are some areas that we’ve got to shift, and we’ve found through  some study and discussion over the last few months that we can move some of the  responsibilities of his to a Deputy position and make our service just work  that much more efficiently and effectively.”

The Deputy Chief will be chosen by the commission and they’re looking at  hiring internally.

There’s no set time frame to accomplish this, but it  will be done by the end of the year.

Mar 23

Tactical Team responded to Northside dispute last night

DF_blogpost30_01Police report that yesterday, they attended 13 Avenue and 23 Street North after receiving a report of a dispute involving assault and threats taking place. It is reported the Tactical Team attended and secured the area. At 23:56 yesterday, officers removed two persons from the house.

In the Afternoon of March 22, police released the following new information regarding this incident.

Around 20:00 on March 21, police attended a home along the 1300 block of 23 Street North after receiving a 911 call. A 55-year-old male occupant of the home uttered threats against police and barricaded himself inside. The Tactical Team secured the area and police attempted to negotiate with the male who refused to let a 23-year-old female leave the home. The female was assaulted and threatened. Just before midnight Tactical Team members entered the home and arrested the male.

The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The male remains in custody and charges are pending.

Mar 21

Alberta Emergency Alert Launches New Voice for Warning System

abeaALBERTA: Alberta Emergency Alert launches a new digital voice Wednesday afternoon for its warning system, after getting complaints about the clarity of the current one over the last couple of years in the wake of emergencies province wide.

The new voice is male, as opposed to the previous female one, something that Melinda Steenbergen with Municipal Affairs touched on, “It’s not a gender thing actually. We did some testing with different groups and included people who spoke english as a second language and people who had difficulty hearing, and we just went for the best technology we could find, and this happened to be the one that won.”


You can hear the test of the new voice below.

You can also find out more on the Alberta Emergency Management Agency website at the following link:




Mar 21

EPS Engages Somali Community for Help in Locating Murder Suspect

Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the support of the city’s Somali community to locate Hassan Isse Ismail, who is wanted on Canada-wide warrants for second-degree murder. Police believe the 29-year-old man is responsible for the murder of 24-year-old Aden Ahmed, who was stabbed to death Nov. 19, 2012, at a downtown residence near 113 Avenue and 94 Street.


“The EPS has worked hard to establish a healthy relationship with this community, and we’re hopeful that partnership will help us in our search for this individual,” said Homcide Section Staff Sgt. Bill Clark.

Ismail is thought to have ties to the Greater Toronto Area. He is described as a black male, 6’3” tall and more than 200 pounds.

Hassan Isse Ismail, 29

Hassan Isse Ismail, 29

Anyone with information regarding Ismail’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile device. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Background: The death of a young male that occurred last night, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, has now been deemed a homicide.

Autopsy results released earlier this afternoon by the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Aden Ahmed, 24, succumbed to stab wounds in hospital. The victim allegedly sustained the stab wounds during an altercation involving several males at a downtown residence near 113 Avenue and 94 Street, at approximately 8:35 p.m., Nov. 19, 2012.

Source APR

Mar 21

Fire destroys Lethbridge restaurant

imageMichael Franklin, CTV Calgary

A devastating blaze at a Boston Pizza restaurant was one of two fires  Lethbridge crews contended with on Wednesday morning.

Seven trucks were called to the scene of the fire at the restaurant located  on Mayor Magrath Dr. S.  No one was inside the building at the time the  fire broke out.

According to fire officials, the fire was so intense, it damaged the  internal structure of the walls, causing them to collapse.

Crews had to deal with another fire just after midnight, Wednesday  morning,  at the Lethbridge Lodge Hotel.  Crews were able to contain  that fire to a storage room, but parts of the building received significant  water damage.

An investigation into the cause of both fires is underway.  Fire  officials do not believe the fires are connected.

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Mar 13

Bullet That Entered Lethbridge North Side Home Came From Fish and Game Range

logo_LRPSLethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Regional Police have determined a stray bullet that struck a north side home last month originated from the Lethbridge Fish and Game Range. On Feb. 15, 2013 at approximately 1:46 p.m. police responded to a report that a bullet had penetrated the roof of a home along the 2300 block of 13 Street North.

The occupants of the home heard a bang and when they went to check on the noise found a hole in their ceiling and a bullet on the floor. No one was injured. The bullet was seized by police.

Police subsequently attended the Lethbridge Fish and Game Range along Riverbottom Road North and located two males who were targeting shooting with pistols at the time of the incident. Both men were fully cooperative and voluntarily provided their ammunition and firearms to police for further examination.

Following interviews with the subjects as well as a review of the security footage, it was determined that a 31-year-old male inadvertently fired a Smith and Wesson .45 caliber pistol while the barrel was canted upwards allowing the bullet to leave the range and clear the safety berm.

Ballistics testing conducted by a member of the Calgary Police Service Firearms Unit subsequently confirmed that the bullet recovered from the home was fired from the Smith and Wesson pistol the 31-year-old was using at the Fish and Game Range.

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecutor’s office, the man’s actions were deemed non-criminal in nature and the case has been concluded without criminal charges.

Police have notified the Fish and Game Range as well as the City of Lethbridge regarding the outcome of this investigation.



Mar 09

Local fire & EMS officials weary of changes to provincial dispatch services

Lethbridge-dispatchLocal officials are prepared but disappointed with incoming changes to Alberta’s ambulance dispatch services.

A new report by the Health Quality Council released Monday recommends dispatch be consolidated across the province.

Lethbridge has operated as an integrated fire and ambulance service for the city and 25 neighbouring communities for more than 100 years and it’s something many don’t want to see changed.

Public Safety Communications Centre Manager with the City of Lethbridge, Chris Kearns, tells Global News he’s worried the changes may have a direct impact on front line services.

“There’s a lot to be said for multiple response dispatch. When someone calls 911 we can take their information down and at the same time we’re on the phone with them, dispatch fire, police and ambulance. That means a lot to our citizens, it’s a much faster response. This new model is not going to work as well as response to this,” he adds.

Fire Chief Brian Cornforth is concerned the report does not address the impact consolidating dispatches across the province could have on integrated fire and EMS services.

“We have a high uncertainty as to what that means for us moving forward…it’s going to create a lot of challenges for us operationally and municipality wise,” he adds.

Lethbridge’s dispatch centre handles roughly 50, 000 emergency calls a year and the volume isn’t expected to decrease as a result of the changes.

Local officials have been anticipating the move and have been working to address communication gaps between dispatch systems.

“We’ve made technological changes so that we can interface with Alberta Health Services’ technology so we can work with them simultaneously,” Kearns says.

Cornforth says cooperation between dispatch centres is imperative to success.

“If not, we do risk information not being dispatched from one centre to another. We’ve built it, we’re ready to go, they’re just going to need to let us lower the draw bridge into their system,” he says.

The plan to implement changes is expected by the end of March.

Health Minister Fred Horne first commissioned a report from the Health Quality Council in March of 2012 after several AHS employees risk their jobs by speaking out about deficiencies in the industry

Read it on Global News: Global Lethbridge | Local fire & EMS officials weary of changes to provincial dispatch services


SOURCE: Global News

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