Fatal motor vehicle collision near Trochu

Written by ECA Review

Three Hills RCMP were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle collision at approximately 10 p.m. on Fri. June 17, 2022 to a collision on Hwy. 21, just north of Trochu, Alta.

Investigation has revealed that two cars were north bound on Hwy. 21 when the second rear ended the first, causing it to drive across the road where it was hit by an oncoming semi truck.

The two occupants of the first car, a 20-year-old female and a 21-year-old male, were declared deceased at the scene.

Three Hills RCMP have arrested and charged Richard Douglas Bell (42) of Elnora, Alta. in connection with the collision which resulted in the two fatalities.

Bell has been charged with dangerous operation causing death, impaired operation causing death, impaired operation of a motor vehicle, refusal to provide sample.

Richard Bell has been remanded into custody and will be appearing in Drumheller Provincial Court on Fri. June 24, 2022.

Cattle theft
The Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes Branch Livestock Investigation Section and the Three Hills RCMP attended a legal land location on June 9, 2022 and seized cattle, after an investigation into the abandoned animals.

The following livestock were located on the property:

Three horses, two bulls, three cows and two heifers were located on the property.

With the assistance of Livestock Identification Services Inspectors, two animals were confirmed stolen. The identity of the stolen cattle was confirmed through registered cattle brand(s).

Donald Bezjack, 62, of Red Deer County has been charged with theft of cattle under $5000, fraudulently take/hold/keep/purchase/sell cattle found astray, unsafe storage of firearm, possession of property obtained by crime less than or equal $5000, and unauthorized possession of a firearm/prohibited weapon or restricted weapon.

Bezjack was released from custody on an undertaking and will be appearing in Drumheller Provincial Court on July 22, 2022.

The investigation relating to the seized items is on-going.

Livestock Investigators remind all livestock owners to brand cattle and horses and to report all missing and/or stolen livestock. A registered brand is the primary means of animal identification.

Anyone with information on cattle theft is urged to contact the Livestock Section of the RCMP at 403-701-1462, or their local police.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.


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