Alberta men face 14 charges after robbery in Red Deer County

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At around 9:00 am on Sunday morning two men drove on to an oil site in Red Deer and proceeded to steal copper wire and batteries.

The incident happened at the oil site located on range road 263 north of highway 590.

Workers witnessed the men come on site and called police because, they knew something was suspicious.

When police arrived on site, both men were approached and arrested without incident.

Thirty nine year old Michael Levesque and forty nine year old Joshua Desjarlais face these charges and are expected to appear in court on April sixth.

  • Tanner Strauss

 

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City councillors continue toward Olympic dreams

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Calgarians may once again hear the clank of gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic Plaza.

On Tuesday city council voted by a narrow margin to move forward with creating an Olympic bid corporation.

By a vote of eight to six it was determined Calgary will continue to contemplate hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.

“We need robust public engagement. We really need to talk to people and get an idea of what they’re thinking.”

Bidding to host the Olympics would hinge upon funding from all three levels of government and is expected to cost around $30 million. Federal and provincial governments have yet to officially commit to the project, but Major Nenshi is confident support will arrive soon.

Hosting the games in Calgary would cost about $4.6 billion, with the IOC contributing around $925 million of that cost.

Due to the weighty financial commitment involved with playing host to the Olympics, some councillors are in favor of a plebiscite to gain public feedback.

Mayor Nenshi  says, “We need robust public engagement. We really need talk to people and get an idea of what they’re thinking. I think there are other ways to get engagement.”

The difficulty of conducting a plebiscite is the process can take four to six months, which may not be enough time prior to the International Olympic Committee reviewing bids in September.

On Wednesday council will further discuss the potential of a plebiscite.

-Mason DePatie

Weyburn Police issue warning about Cocaine laced with Fentanyl

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Weyburn, Saskatchewan has become the latest community to issue a warning about Cocaine laced with Fentanyl.

Local police sent out a tweet saying the potentially lethal drug combination has turned up in the southeastern city. Three people have died recently in Saskatoon from drug overdoses and two men died in Maidstone last week from suspected overdoses.

“Cocaine has been a staple drug..”

Deputy chief of police Rod Stafford told CBC news that because of the drugs circulating in Saskatoon, their team wants to make sure that it doesn’t start spreading into Weyburn.

“We’re no different than any other area of the province. Cocaine has been a staple drug, if I can use that term, here for a number of years,” he said.

Police are asking anyone who may have purchased illegal drugs and suspects it contains fentanyl to turn it in without fear of arrest or prosecution.

 

-Sam Brown

Woods unable to catch McIlroy at Arnold Palmer

pexels-photo-114972.jpegTiger Woods is back, and it looks like he might be returning to form. The 42-year-old living legend has been the talk of the golf world since his return to the PGA Tour, and for good reason.

Woods had a second place finish at the Valspar Championship last week, and he put himself in contention this weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with strong opening rounds. He started the final day just five shots back of leader Bryson DeChambeau, and with a late charge found himself just one stroke back with three holes to play.

Cue Rory McIlroy.

The Irishman hasn’t won a tournament since 2016, but he’s notoriously streaky. McIlroy sat within the top ten to start Sunday, but not many would have predicted his meteoric rise over the last six holes.

McIlroy’s five birdies over the last six holes were good enough for a 3-shot victory over second place Dechambeau.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational is seen by many as a warm-up for the Masters, which will begin on April 5th at Augusta National, where Woods hasn’t played since 2015 and McIlory has never won.

A green jacket at the Masters would complete a career grand slam for the Irishman, who appears to be heating up at the right time.

— Danica Ferris

Phone scam costs Calgary woman over $10K

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A Calgary woman named Linda Levovnik fell victim to a sinister phone scam that cost her over 10,000 dollars.

Levovnik received a supposed phone call from Canada Revenue agency demanding that she make a payment or be faced with possible jail time. The payment they demanded was to be transferred into bitcoin.

After following specific instructions, Levovnik transferred what amounted to 10,500 dollars to the supposed agency, and when they demanded more, she started to get suspicious.

“they wanted me to pay another 14,000 dollars and provide three witnesses to verify that I wouldn’t be cheating the government anymore”

After hanging up and checking the CRA website, she found multiple warnings about criminals posing as agency representatives, and she immediately knew she had been scammed.

Cryptocurrency crimes have been skyrocketing due to the untraceable nature of the currency.

 

 

Carlos Taug

 

 

Mother arrested for protecting murder suspect son

A Lac La Biche mother has been arrested for accessory to murder.

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Margaret Simon was arrested on Saturday, March 17 after allegedly destroying evidence that could link a recent murder to her son. Lloyd Wesley Boudreau, Simon’s son, is the prime suspect in the shooting death of 26-year old Michael Mountain back in October.

While Simon has been arrested, Boudreau has not, and is still wanted. Boudreau is described as armed and incredibly dangerous.

-Christian Oldale

The Flames didn’t find luck in Vegas

Flames logoThe Flames had a disappointing 4-0 loss against the Golden Knights on Sunday.

“It’s the little things that makes a big difference in a game.”

Calgary played a strong first period, but couldn’t stop Vegas from their scoring frenzy in the second. William Karlsson scored a hat trick, making his season total 39 goals.

Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said this was a big win for his team. Gallant said he “could see most pucks, and that makes a big difference and when there were rebounds, they took their guys away. It’s the little things that makes a big difference in a game.”

The Flames are still fighting for an unlikely playoff position and take on the Ducks tonight.

-Mandy Vocke