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Santa with Shop Local shopping bag on on ad for Shootin' the Breeze's Shop Local for Christmas contest for Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass
Crockets Trading Company building against an orange and purple coloured sunset on ad for Crockets local Christmas gift ideas.
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Pincher Creek RCMP arrest pair for copper thefts

Two local men arrested and charged after being caught stripping copper wire from a wind turbine in the area.
Updated photo of missing Crowsnest Pass youth Tristen Newton. White male with very short, light brown hair, wearing black hoodie.

Missing Crowsnest Pass Youth located safe

Crowsnest Pass RCMP confirmed today that Tristen Newton, reported missing Wednesday, has been located and is safe.
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Crowsnest Pass RCMP investigating fatal collision near Burmis

A pedestrian hit by a vehicle on Highway 3 near Burmis died in hospital following an accident Thursday.
Jalessa Joy Crazy Bull, teenaged Indigenous girl with shoulder-length brown hair and braces. Missing from Piikani Nation.

Missing Piikani Teen – Jalessa Joy Crazy Bull

Please contact Piikani Nation RCMP if you have seen 17-year-old Jalessa Joy Crazy Bull who was last seen Monday in Brocket.
Updated photo of missing Crowsnest Pass youth Tristen Newton. White male with very short, light brown hair, wearing black hoodie.

Missing Crowsnest Pass Youth located safe

Crowsnest Pass RCMP have confirmed that Tristen Newton has been located and is safe.
Alberta Court of Justice coat of arms on background of mountains and forest

Three co-accused in Coleman home invasion released from custody

Three of four men believed to be at the centre of a September home invasion in Crowsnest Pass were released from custody Nov. 2 with a strict set of restrictions imposed by the justice overseeing the bail hearing.
Wanted man Randall Hopley. Dark hair, light skin, hazel eyes, grimace.

Randall Hopley on the run

Convicted of a child abduction in Sparwood in 2011, Hopley has breached his supervision order. Call 911 if you see him.
Toddler with soother in his mouth holds a red balloon that reads "I love Your Dollar Store With More" on front page of Dec. 6 Shootin' the Breeze Pincher Creek
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Two cars in head-on collision in falling snow

Nearly 300 weather-related accidents in Alberta

As winter arrives, it brings colder weather, icy roads and a reminder from Alberta RCMP about the importance of safe winter driving.
Exterior view of Piikani Nation RCMP building in Brocket.

Local jail guard charged with sexual assault, breach of trust

A civilian guard at the Brocket RCMP detachment has been dismissed and charged following an alleged incident involving a woman in custody.
Matthew Peterson, smiling man with short dark hair in emergency services uniform.

It takes a special person to be a volunteer firefighter

Unlike some volunteer opportunities with requirements going in, all the training is provided by the department at no cost to the firefighter.
Blackstone Tailgater grill on ad for Chief Mountain Gas Co-op in Pincher Creek
Exterior of Pincher Creek RCMP detachment

Rural property crime on the radar for Pincher RCMP

While the influx in rural crime can be considered seasonal, Pincher Creek RCMP also believe it’s a matter of criminals coming for opportunity.
Junior firefighter Ruan Peterson drops a firehose from a balcony.

Firefighting opportunities for Pincher Creek teens

Pincher Creek Emergency Services offers high school students the opportunity to pursue a career in emergency services.
Firefighters Jordan Bley and Meagan Muff stand with a Crowsnest Pass Fire Rescue truck.

Firefighters bring unique skills to the table

An interesting thing about a volunteer fire department is that almost everyone has a different background and job outside of the fire hall.
Orange and white cat wearing a santa hat on Ace Hardware ad

Dwyer behind bars, charges laid in Coleman home invasion

Charges laid against fourth suspect in relation to a mid-September home invasion in Coleman.

Rebels Motorcycle Club members charged in Coleman home invasion

Three local men, all active members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club, are charged with multiple offences following a Crowsnest Pass home invasion.
Wine glasses and cheese tray set out for sip and shop party at Emerald & Ash Clothing in Crowsnest Pass.
Map of Alberta showing fire advisory for MD of Pincher Creek Area

Fire danger rating lowered, thanks to recent rain

After a summer of hot temps and fire bans, the MD of Pincher Creek has been downgraded to a fire advisory.
Top of yellow school bus

Be aware of school buses on the road

Kids OK after Beaverlodge collision – RCMP remind drivers to be mindful of school buses on the road.
Retail electrical supplies shown in ad for Riteline Electric in Pincher Creek
Tyler Thomas Trodden, white male with short dark hair, mustache, beard and sideburns with some grey and receding hairline. Arrested in relation to Crowsnest Pass home invasion.

Second suspect in Coleman home invasion arrested

Logo for Crowsnest Pass Fire Rescue featuring a crow, maple leaf, snowcapped mountains, an axe, a ladder and spruce trees

Crowsnest Pass recruiting paid on-call firefighters

Three white male home invasion suspects from Pincher Creek. Left – Robert Russell Dyer, reddish-brown hair, mustache and goatee, lettered tattoo on right side of neck; middle – Aaron John Thompson, clean shaven with dark eyebrows and sideburns, wearing ball cap; right – Tyler Thomas Trodden – Short dark hair, mustache, beard and sideburns with some grey and receding hairline.

Suspects sought after Coleman home invasion

Yellow crime scene tape on black background

Lundbreck business scene of break-in and assault

Aboriginal woman with dark, pulled-back hair, looking down from camera.

Theresa Red Young Man missing from Fort Macleod

Key in car door lock

Warning from RCMP after rash of thefts

Photo of Indigenous woman with brown hair pulled; Lillian Scout of Piikani Nation.

Lillian Kathleen Scout located safe

Wavy image of pride colours

Empress Theatre stands with LGBTQ+ community following vandalism

Acorn earrings by Holly Yashi on ad for Blackburn Jewellers in Pincher Creek
White woman in 30s with long dark hair and three-year-old boy with short light brown hair

Missing mother and son found safe

Waterton lakeshore with mountains in background

Brooks man drowns at Waterton Lakes National Park

Logo for RCMP online crime reporting website

RCMP encourage online reporting of crime

RCMP logo over red and blue lights noting that a missing couple has been found deceased near Crowsnest Pass

Foul play not suspected in deaths of missing couple

white and red megaphone on green background announcing weekend closure of Pincher Creek Emergency Department

Pincher Creek ED closed Saturday and Sunday

White male, bald, with black ball cap on backwards and grey T-shirt. Chris Mezei is missing from Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek RCMP seek to reunite missing man with family

RCMP logo on car door

Copper wire theft knocks out power to Cottonwood Campground

Two men pose together with a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal and certificate.

MD councillor receives Platinum Jubilee Medal

brown haired man with moustache and goatee speaks into a microphone

Pincher Creek RCMP look to summer staffing in Waterton

Red and blue flashing lights and RCMP logo on suspicious death notice

Major crimes unit investigating suspicious Healy Bridge death

Womens' hands joined in a gesture of comfort

Increased demand for victim services, volunteers needed

Baby with bright blue eyes has face scrunched up in reaction to stinky smell

Chemical spill stinks up Pincher Creek

Fire truck parked on highway surrounded by vehicles in swirling snow after a multi-vehicle crash near Pincher Creek.

Two hospitalized after at least eight vehicles collide at Cowley

Emergency workers work on an evening accident scene on icy roads near Pincher Station

Charges may await some drivers in Highway 3 pileups

Fire truck parked on highway surrounded by vehicles in swirling snow after a multi-vehicle crash near Pincher Creek.

Multi-vehicle pile-up closes Highway 3 at Cowley

Dave Friesen, an RCMP officer with short, dark hair, chats on the phone while seated at a desk

Dave Friesen’s relentless pursuit of justice at Lower Post IRS

RCMP Sgt. Ryan Hodge speaks into a microphone at Pincher Creek town council

RCMP patrols in Pincher Creek to be scaled back

Male with short, dark hair and woman with dark dark hair and cap, stand in front of an ambulance. Both are dressed in navy blue uniforms. Pat Neumann is the Pincher Creek fire chief and Sariah Brasnett is deputy-chief.

Wait times at urban hospitals tying up Pincher Creek ambulances

Brocket man sough in relation to fatal crash notice on red and blue police-lights background with RCMP logo

Accused drunk driver charged in crash that killed his son

‘No decision’ on Alberta Police Service, says Ellis

Krystal Red Young Man – young woman looking down from the camera in a kitchen

Krystal Red Young Man located

Text "Three from Fort Macleod charged in Cowley break-in" over top of red and blue lights with RCMP logo

Three charged in Cowley break-in

Magnifying glass on the word "fraud"

Rental scam affects Pincher Creek

Text "fatal motor vehicle collision near Alberta/BC border" over top of red and blue lights with RCMP logo

An Alberta man is dead following Highway 3 crash

Firefighter gear hanging on fire hall wall

Hillcrest fire station to remain open

Red car speeding around a corner

Slow down for summer

Crack cocaine: what is it and where can a person go for help?

RCMP officer with vehicle theft prevention tips

Prevention is key to vehicle theft issues

Crowsnest Pass RCMP execute search warrant, seize weapons

Weapons seized by Crowsnest Pass RCMP

Piikani RCMP investigate drug overdose death

Piikani Nation RCMP investigate death from suspected drug overdose