The recent winter storm created extremely difficult situations for motorists on Monday leaving them stranded for extended periods of time while work was being done to get to them.
Many people were involved in the response to this situation. The Hanna RCMP Detachment took 90 calls for service within a 20 hour period of time.
These calls were spread out over a large geographic area.
This is an extraordinarily high call volume obviously caused by the winter storm.
RCMP, EMS, Fire crews, road maintenance crews, phone repair crews and the media all played a part in the response to these calls. Everyone worked extremely hard under very difficult circumstances.
The response from Hanna and surrounding area residents was amazing and is indicative of the level of caring and compassion people had during this difficult time. The residents truly went above and beyond during this storm.
The Hanna Lodge and Bethel Evangelical Church took in close to 80 people that were stranded by the storm. The Hanna United Church was also prepared and ready to take in more stranded motorists.
There were even residents that opened their homes to complete strangers in need of shelter.
Farmers and members of Hutteritte colonies went out with their machinery to assist with opening up roads that were completely blocked in an attempt to allow first responders to get into some of the hardest hit areas.
People on snow machines also drove out to areas where people were stranded to check on them and provide water.
There are likely many more examples.
The RCMP would like to thank everyone for the help they provided and the stranded motorists for their patience while crews were working to get them out.
Damaged power line and pole
A semi hauling a grader and pickup-truck was involved in a property damage motor vehicle collision (MVC) in the early morning hours of Sept. 25, 2017.
Upon review of some video surveillance and evidence left at the scene, it was determined the semi was travelling on 44th Avenue in Stettler when the grader struck an overhead line causing significant damage to the power line and pole.
Stettler RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying those parties involved in this incident.
Assault with a weapon
Hanna RCMP responded to a complaint on Oct. 5 at 11 p.m., that a hitch hiker was threatened with a knife.
The female victim reported that she was hitchhiking along Highway 36, south of Hanna when a lone male stopped and picked her up offering her a ride to Wainwright.
While they were driving in the vehicle, the suspect pulled out a knife and threatened the victim.
The victim pushed the knife away and pulled out her cell phone at which point the suspect slammed on the brakes and released the victim from the vehicle.
Once the victim was out of the vehicle, the suspect sped north on highway 36 towards Hwy 9.
The victim flagged down a trucker who was in the area and the RCMP were called.
The victim was not injured.
The suspect is described as an aboriginal male, in his 30’s, t-shirt, blue jeans, short crewcut hair style, black hair, medium build, over 5’8” tall.
The suspect vehicle is described as a black 4-door sedan with a leather interior. The suspect vehicle had some damage to the right front bumper.
Fatal collision on Hwy 41
Oyen RCMP responded to a serious motor-vehicle collision on Hwy 41 at the intersection of Hwy 570, southeast of Oyen on Wed. Oct. 4.
Initial investigation shows that a Chevrolet Cavalier was travelling on Hwy 570 and stopped at the intersection of Hwy 41. The Cavalier then proceeded into the driving lane of Hwy 41 and was struck by an oncoming F-350 that was travelling northbound on Hwy 41.
Both occupants of the Cavalier, a 81-year-old male passenger and 80-year-old female driver from Purdue, Saskatchewan died in the collision. The driver of the F-350, a 40-year-old man, sustained minor injuries.
An RCMP collision analyst is assisting with the investigation to identify any contributing factors in the collision.
Theft of Polaris Razor
Consort RCMP received a complaint on Sept. 30 regarding the theft of a 2014 Polaris Razor 1000, black and orange in colour. The vehicle was taken from a rural property, and would have to be towed or driven from the area.
Traffic stop leads to drug seizure
Wainwright RCMP members stopped a vehicle on Oct. 4 in Wainwright for a traffic violation.
Located in the vehicle was a quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana valued at $4770.
Geoffrey Clouter, (51) from Minburn, Ab is charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, and three counts of failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance.
Geoffrey Clouter was held for a bail hearing, his bail was denied and he was remanded in custody until his first appearance on Nov. 2, at the Wainwright Provincial Court House.