Local briefs – October 3

The community of North Red Deer will hold a special welcome for their new RCMP neighbours on Tuesday.

RCMP talk to north residents

The community of North Red Deer will hold a special welcome for their new RCMP neighbours on Tuesday.

The RCMP opened a new detachment office on 67th Street recently.

The meeting, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the new office, will give community groups, businesses and residents a chance to connect with the RCMP, and explore partnership opportunities.

The results of the May 2009 North Red Deer Community Enhancement Survey will be presented, along with crime prevention and policing reports. A plaque dedication will also be held.

Residents of the Pines, Riverside Meadows, Oriole Park, Highland Green, Glendale, Aspen Heights, Normandeau, Kentwood, Johnstone Park and Johnstone Crossing are invited.

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

For more information, contact Leslee Burton at 403-309-8427.

Area golf courses robbed

Two Innisfail-area males have been charged following a string of break-ins at Central Alberta golf courses.

The suspects were arrested after Didsbury RCMP responded to a break and enter at the Water Valley Golf and Country Club at 2:30 a.m. on Thursday.

A witness observed suspects fleeing the golf course where over $5,000 in golf equipment had been stolen. Police soon caught up to the suspects and their vehicle, a black Pontiac Sunfire.

Police said they found the stolen property in the vehicle as well as a large quantity of alcohol stolen from the Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course earlier that morning.

Subsequent investigation has resulted in charges being laid against the two males for break and enters to the Innisfail Golf Club on Aug. 17, the Trochu UFA on Sept. 5, the Three Hills Golf Club and the Trochu Golf Club on Sept. 5, the Water Valley Golf Club and Tooth of the Dogpound Golf Course on Sept.17, and the repeat break-ins to the Water Valley and Dogpound golf courses on Thursday.

Christopher Tokaryk, 20, and Brenden Bowe, 18, have been charged with eight counts of break and enter, one count of possession of break-in instruments, one count of possession of stolen property, and one count of mischief. Tokaryk also faces a charge of failing to comply with a probation order. He will appear in Didsbury court on Monday.

Bowe will appear on Oct. 19.

Fire ban in Sylvan Lake

A full fire ban within town boundaries has been issued by the Town of Sylvan Lake, effective immediately.

All open fires have been prohibited and will remain in effect until reasonable precipitation has fallen.

Inquiries can be directed to the town’s Protective Services Department at 403-887-1136.

Escapee appears in court

A Bowden Institution inmate who allegedly climbed the fence and escaped before being recaptured two weeks later made a brief court appearance in Red Deer on Friday.

Shawn Thomas Evjen, 46, escaped on Sept. 14 and was arrested by Edmonton police on Wednesday after a traffic stop. Evjen, of Rocky Mountain House, now faces charges of escaping lawful custody and being unlawfully at large in connection.

Legal Aid Society lawyer Murray Shack reserved election on the charges and Evjen will return to court on Tuesday.

Evjen was serving a 24-and-a-half-year sentence for armed robbery, assaulting a peace officer, wearing a disguise while committing an offence and possession of a weapon. He was sentenced in 1985 and released in February of this year. Within months, he was back in jail after committing a robbery in Red Deer. He has not been sentenced for that crime yet.

Letter, email scam alert issued

Letter and email scams continue to plague Red Deer and area residents, police say.

Const. Sabrina Grunow of city RCMP said on Thursday that several city residents have complained to police about mail they have received involving large sums of money.

The scam letters and phone calls advise a recipient that there are large sums of unclaimed assets belonging to a deceased relative that need to be claimed.

The “asset manager,” usually from another country, requests that the information in the letter be kept in confidence.

It requests the recipient forward their banking information to the scam artist, who will then complete the money transfer.

Grunow suggests that people never divulge personal information over the phone or otherwise.

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Grunow said.

She said people should be suspicious of a “today only” offer.

If it’s truly legitimate, it will be there tomorrow, Grunow added.

She also said strangers don’t write emails to you out of the blue and ask you to help them with found money or large sums of money that need to be moved to Canada.

For more information on fraud and how to avoid becoming a victim, refer to the website www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams or Phonebusters at www.phonebusters.com

If you’ve become a victim of a scam, you should call the police at 1-800-222-8477.

Bottle depot feeding the hungry through donations

A little over a year since the Feed the Hungry donation bin started at the Innisfail Bottle Depot the project is going strong.

Rajan Nulliah and his wife Shirley, owners of the Innisfail Bottle Recycling Depot, announced the project on their 39th wedding anniversary last year.

As part of the program people can drop their bottles off in a bin outside the depot and the deposit will go towards World Vision, the Innisfail and area Food Bank and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Innisfail, along with other charities. They have also taken money raised through a recycled oil project they have at their depot towards helping people not only in Innisfail, but around the world.

On Friday they were able to give out $3,600 to World Vision, $400 Innisfail Food Bank, $400 to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Innisfail, $250 Ride to Conquer Cancer and $500 to the feeding program at the Baba Residential Learning Centre, an orphanage in India.

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