Killam RCMP investigate fatal collision

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Killam RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on Sat. Sept. 1 at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Highway 13 and Highway 872 intersection.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the truck was driving northbound on Highway 872 when it failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 13 and collided with a ditch.

Tragically, the 35-year-old driver of the truck was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Four other adult male occupants also suffered injuries. Three were transported via EMS and the other male was transported via STARS to an Edmonton Hospital.

All have serious but non-life threatening injuries. Killam RCMP continues to investigate.

No further updates are expected.

Male arrested after public tip received

Michael Allan Richter (39) from Ponoka, who is known to police as a repeat offender, was remanded into custody on Aug. 29, 2018, at approximately 6:15 p.m., when Blackfalds RCMP responded to a call from the public regarding a suspicious male near Joffre in Lacombe County.

Richter was on a rural property and appeared to be attempting to steal fuel. He was located by police and then attempted to flee to a neighbouring vacant property.

Police Dog Services (PDS) responded and containment of the area was set up.

The suspect was tracked to an outbuilding where he had been hiding by PDS and arrested by Blackfalds and Bashaw RCMP members.

He was transported to Blackfalds Detachment and treated by EMS for minor injuries sustained during his arrest.

The suspect was also found to be linked to several other investigations including an Aug. 1 break and enter and vehicle theft from a rural property east of Bashaw.

The suspect entered a residence and severely injured a dog and stole various items including a vehicle.

He then returned to the same property after the vehicle broke down and proceeded to steal another vehicle.

As a result of the severe injuries during the break and enter, the dog had to be euthanized.

Over the days and weeks that followed, the suspect was identified as being responsible for a number of rural break and enters and thefts in multiple jurisdictions including Bashaw, Wetaskiwin, Blackfalds and Rimbey.

The assistance of the Forensic Identification Service (FIS) was utilized.

In addition to his 11 charges from the incident on Aug. 29, 2018, Richter was wanted on two outstanding warrants from Wetaskiwin and Bashaw.

Police have laid a total of 41 charges on all incidents. He was remanded into custody and will be appearing on Sept. 4, 2018, in Wetaskiwin and Red Deer Provincial Court.

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