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Magrath man dies in avalanche near Castle Mountain

A backcountry avalanche claimed the life of a 46-year-old Magrath man Saturday afternoon.

Crowsnest Pass RCMP reported that two adult males and two children were snowmobiling between Carbondale and Castle Mountain Ski Resort when an avalanche occurred.

RCMP say one of the men escaped with the children but the second male was buried in the snow. 

The incident was reported to Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek RCMP around 6 p.m., and an investigation determined the incident took place at approximately 1 p.m.

Pincher Creek RCMP recovered the body of the missing male early Sunday afternoon with assistance from Southwest Alberta Regional Search and Rescue, Fernie Search and Rescue K9 and handler, and Alberta Conservation.

Condolences are extended to the family and friends of the deceased.

 

Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

 

Icy sheen on Highway 3 near Elko.

Icy conditions west of Alberta/BC border

Extremely icy road conditions overnight near the British Columbia-Alberta border resulted in at least two vehicles sliding off Highway 3 east of Sparwood.

According to Drive BC, the incidents occurred between Michel Creek Road and the Carbon Creek Bridge. 

Elk Valley RCMP confirm there were no serious injuries.

RCMP in Crowsnest Pass are urging drivers travelling west to use extreme caution.

At one point overnight, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure closed a section of the highway. Traffic coming from Alberta was stopped at Coleman, while eastbound vehicles were halted at Sparwood.

Freezing rain had been in the forecast overnight, but there’s no indication if that was a contributing factor.

Traffic in the area has been reduced to single-lane alternating traffic.

Road conditions in the area remain poor.

 

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Alberta RCMP reminds everyone to enjoy the holiday season safely

The holiday season is upon us, and that means lots of time celebrating with family and friends. While the holidays are often a time of indulgence, it’s important to still keep safety in mind.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, in support of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day, officers will be out conducting traffic enforcement initiatives and check stops, and removing impaired drivers from our roadways. Together, we can all do our part to keep Alberta roadways safe.

The Alberta RCMP asks motorists to remember the following:

— Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is never okay. Impaired driving is both criminal and dangerous.

— Mandatory Alcohol Screening is used by Alberta RCMP to deter and detect impaired drivers. If you are pulled over or at a check stop, you can expect to provide a breath sample.

— Individuals with a Graduated Driver’s Licence must abide by the zero-tolerance law (Government of Alberta, 2023).

 

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— Impaired driving is always preventable and can always be avoided. Call a taxi or rideshare service, use a designated driver, or stay the night.

— If you are attending a party and have consumed drugs or alcohol, do not drive. Find a safe ride home or a safe place to spend the night.

— Party hosts aren’t off the hook. If your guests have been drinking or using drugs, make sure they have a safe place to stay or a sober ride home.

— Call 911 immediately if you witness or suspect impaired driving.

“This December, and always, remember to enjoy the holidays responsibly. If you are attending a party, make sure you have a sober ride home or a safe place to spend the night,” reminds Sgt. Darrin Turnbull. 

“Last year, in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions, we responded to 233 fatal collisions, of which approximately 25 per cent involved alcohol or drugs. 

Alberta RCMP also removed 7,573 impaired drivers from Alberta roadways, that’s the equivalent of more than 20 impaired drivers per day.”

For more traffic safety information, follow us on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta and Twitter @RCMPAlberta, along with the hashtag #DecemberToRemember.

 

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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

UPDATE: Nov. 24, 2023

Crowsnest Pass RCMP have confirmed that Tristen Newton has been located and is safe.

 

Original report: Nov. 22, 2023

Tristen Newton of Bellevue has been missing since Nov. 18 and is believed to be in the Pincher Creek area of southwestern Alberta.

Crowsnest Pass RCMP say the 16-year-old youth was last seen in Frank on Saturday. He was wearing a grey T-shirt, burgundy sweatpants, blue Vans and possibly a black Playboy hoodie.

Tristen has blonde hair and blue eyes and is described as being about 4′ 11″ and 130 pounds.

If you have information about Tristen’s whereabouts, please contact Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2867, or your local police service.

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 stores. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download theAlberta RCMP app.

 

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Crowsnest Pass RCMP investigating fatal collision near Burmis

A 37-year-old Blairmore woman died after being struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon near Burmis.

Crowsnest Pass RCMP were called to a collision between a vehicle and pedestrian at Highway 3 and Range Road 31 at about 5:50 p.m.

The female pedestrian was transported to hospital and died shortly afterward. Next of kin have been notified and the deceased’s name will not be released.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured and remained on the scene.

Police continue their investigation and say early indications are that alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has dash-cam video is asked to contact Crowsnest Pass RCMP’s non-emergency line at 403-562-2867.

 

Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

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

UPDATE: Nov. 24, 2023

Crowsnest Pass RCMP have confirmed that Tristen Newton has been located and is safe.

 

Original report: Nov. 22, 2023

Tristen Newton of Bellevue has been missing since Nov. 18 and is believed to be in the Pincher Creek area of southwestern Alberta.

Crowsnest Pass RCMP say the 16-year-old youth was last seen in Frank on Saturday. He was wearing a grey T-shirt, burgundy sweatpants, blue Vans and possibly a black Playboy hoodie.

Tristen has blonde hair and blue eyes and is described as being about 4′ 11″ and 130 pounds.

If you have information about Tristen’s whereabouts, please contact Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2867, or your local police service.

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 stores. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download theAlberta RCMP app.

 

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Three co-accused in Coleman home invasion released from custody

Three of four men facing charges in an alleged home invasion in Crowsnest Pass in mid September were granted bail last Thursday after a hearing in Pincher Creek.

Garret Ouellette and brothers Tyler Trodden and Robert Dwyer have each been released on $2,500 promise-to-pay sureties.

Aaron Thompson, the fourth man charged in the incident, was released from custody Sept. 26.

The men are accused of breaking into a home in Coleman on Sept. 16 and assaulting three individuals. Charges include aggravated assault, threats of causing death or bodily harm and pointing a firearm. A robbery charge was added after the reported thefts of several electronic items from the home.

In making their submissions, lawyers for each of the three argued that their clients had strong connections to Pincher Creek and equally strong family support, and were not likely to flee. The presiding judge agreed. 

“Nobody’s absconding. That’s not happening in this incident,” said Justice J.N. LeGrandeur in his closing remarks. “I don’t believe they [the accused] are likely to harm someone, based on the scrutiny they’ll be under.” 

 

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LeGrandeur stated he wasn’t passing judgment, but felt the three men in custody could have potentially been buoyed by the actions of the others and would never have done it, individually, on their own. 

Admitting there is always some risk in releasing someone from custody, he said there was no indication of any substantial risk to the complainants or witnesses in this case.

None have been found guilty of the charges brought forward. 

Ouellette, Trodden and Dwyer have been released with a number of strict conditions.

There is to be no contact between the four men. An exception is in place for Trodden and Dwyer for functions like family dinners. The brothers, however, are not allowed to talk about the case at any time while together.

Trodden, whose home and family are in Champion, must stay in Pincher Creek during the week but is allowed to travel back for prescribed hours on the weekend. His family, however, is able to visit him in Pincher Creek at any time.

The four are also not allowed to have any contact with anyone in the case, including witnesses, at their home or workplace.

Other than for work, they’re to stay out of Coleman entirely. They can’t be in possession of a firearm, other form of ammunition, explosive device or knife, other than for work or cooking.

LeGrandeur also imposed an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew unless required for work. 

The men must completely refrain from consumption of alcohol or drugs, except for medicinal purposes.

The case is set to return to the court of justice in Pincher Creek on Dec. 7.