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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.

 

Tires on ad for safe winter travel with winter tires from Fountain Tire in Pincher Creek

 

Display of fall clothing at at Emerald & Ash Clothing in Crowsnest Pass.

 

Dwyer behind bars, charges laid in Coleman home invasion

A fourth suspect in a recent home invasion in Crowsnest Pass is now in custody.

Robert Dwyer, 37, of Lethbridge faces a long list of charges relating to the forced entry of a home in Coleman on Sept. 16. 

RCMP report that five men, armed with weapons, entered the residence and assaulted a man and woman inside.

It’s alleged, a third resident was also attacked when he returned home.

Robert Dwyer is accused of two counts of aggravated assault, break and enter, robbery, pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, uttering threats and assault with a weapon.

Police also executed a search warrant on Dwyer’s home.

Among items seized were a bat, hatchet, knife, two air rifles, one air pistol, three cell phones and ammunition.

 

Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta

 

Two other suspects in this case, 39-year-old Tyler Trodden and Garett Ouelette, 41, have been remanded in custody pending their next court appearance, via video, in Lethbridge.

Aaron Thompson, 40, is scheduled to appear in Pincher Creek provincial court Nov. 2. 

He was released from custody with a promise to appear.

RCMP have said all four suspects are active members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club.

 

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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

Tyler Thomas Trodden, wanted in connection with a Crowsnest Pass home invasion, has been arrested by Vulcan RCMP.

The 39-year-old Pincher Creek man was arrested without incident, and a shelter-in-place advisory issued earlier today for the village of Champion has been lifted. 

Trodden was the subject of an arrest warrant for charges including aggravated assault, break and enter, robbery, and firearms and weapons offences. 

Five armed men forced their way into a residence where two men and one woman were assaulted. Police allege the suspects had firearms and other weapons in what they believe to be a targeted attack

Trodden will remain in custody until a judicial interim release hearing determines if bail will be granted.

 

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

 

RCMP arrested Garett Adam Ouellette, 41, on Sept. 21 and remanded him in custody until his next court appearance on Sept. 28 in Pincher Creek Provincial Court.

Robert Russell Dwyer, 37, and Aaron John Thompson, 40, remain at large along with a third unidentified man.

Authorities believe Robert Dwyer is in the Pincher Creek area. He is 6’ tall and 165 pounds. He has brown eyes, brown hair and a light complexion.

Aaron Thompson may also be in or near Pincher Creek. He is 5’10” and weighs 294 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and a light complexion.

If you have information about the whereabouts of Dwyer or Thompson, or if you know the identity of the fifth suspect, please contact Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2867 or your 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 the P3 app available through the Apple App or Google Play stores.

 

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

This is the original post also see update: Second suspect in Coleman home invasion arrested

One man is in custody and Crowsnest Pass RCMP are seeking three others after a Sept. 16 home invasion in the community. RCMP have charged four Pincher Creek men with aggravated assault, break and enter, robbery, and firearms and weapons offences.

RCMP arrested Garett Adam Ouellette, 41, on Sept. 21 and remanded him in custody until his next court appearance on Sept. 28 in Pincher Creek Provincial Court.

 Tyler Thomas Trodden, 39, Robert Russell Dwyer, 37, and Aaron John Thompson, 40, remain at large. The identity of a fifth suspect is unknown. 

Charges stem from a Sept. 16 event at a Coleman residence. Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a report of a home invasion at 5:15 p.m. after the incident spread to the street.

A statement released today by Alberta RCMP says five men armed with weapons forced entry into the home and assaulted one male and one female resident. During the incident, the attackers also targeted a second male resident who had returned home.

 

Solar panel on ad for Riteline Electric in Pincher Creek

 

Police allege the suspects had firearms and other weapons.

Based on evidence gathered and interviews conducted, investigators believe the home invasion was a targeted attack, The investigation is ongoing.

While Ouellette is in custody, Crowsnest Pass RCMP seek public assistance in locating the other suspects.

Tyler Trodden is 6’3” and weighs 213 pounds. He has brown eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion. RCMP believe Trodden is in the Vulcan area.

Authorities believe Robert Dwyer is in the Pincher Creek area. He is 6’ tall and 165 pounds. He also has brown eyes, brown hair and a light complexion.

Aaron Thompson may also be in or near Pincher Creek. He is 5’10” and weighs 294 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and a light complexion.

If you have information about the whereabouts of Trodden, Dwyer, or Thompson, or if you know the identity of the fifth suspect, please contact Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2867 or your 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 the P3 app available through the Apple App or Google Play stores.

 

 

Yellow crime scene tape on black background

Lundbreck business scene of break-in and assault

RCMP are looking into a break and enter that took place early this morning at a business in Lundbreck.

At approximately 5:15, Crowsnest Pass RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of a break-and-enter in progress,” said an RCMP press release Wednesday morning.

“During the break and enter, the owner attended the business and an altercation took place in which a suspect brandished a weapon.”

Police say the owner received minor injuries in the incident.

It’s believed two, and possibly, three, suspects fled the scene prior to Mounties arriving, taking with them an undisclosed amount of money.

RCMP are appealing to the public for any help in the case.

They’re asking anyone with information to contact them at (403) 562-2867.

You can also remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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

One day after Red Deer RCMP requested public assistance to locate Beverly Lampert and Richard Vanderbroek, police advised that the couple had been located deceased.

This followed a statement made June 30 by the Red Deer RCMP requesting public assistance locating the couple, last seen June 21.

Lampert, 63, and Vanderbroek, 82, were believed to be travelling to Cranbrook, B.C. 

Concern for their well-being was raised after the couple were not heard from after an expected return date of June 25.

They were located deceased July 1 near Highway 22 in the Crowsnest Pass area north of Lundbreck. An autopsy July 4 suggested no foul play, police said, but their deaths remain under investigation. 

Southern Alberta RCMP’s major crimes unit has been leading the investigation, with a media release noting assistance from Red Deer and Crowsnest Pass RCMP.

Safe adventuring

As the weather gets warmer, there is typically a spike in the number of calls reporting missing hikers, bikers and campers, says Cpl. Mark  Amatto, who estimates that the detachment typically gets around 20 to 30 calls from mid summer to mid autumn.

Amatto says missing individuals can be located quickly as long as concerned friends and relatives take immediate action.

“We have a very good track record of getting to the people that we need for a recovery,” he states.

For this reason, a call to report a missing person should be made sooner rather than later.

“There is no such thing as waiting 24 hours to call the police,” he says. “If you’ve got a bad feeling or if somebody’s supposed to have checked in and they’ve overshot the expected time frame, call.”

The caller should provide descriptive details about the missing person, he explains, including the clothing they were last wearing, the route they were taking, the vehicle they were driving along with the licence plate, and any medical conditions they have and medications they could be taking.

Hikers, bikers and campers should tell friends and relatives where they are going prior to the trip, he adds. That way, if something happens, a specific location can be narrowed down for a search party.

Too many trekkers rely solely on their phone to get them out of a bad situation, says Amatto, which can be problematic, as many remote areas have no cell service.  

“There’s quite a few people who will count on Google Maps to help them out of backcountry, until they realize they have no map and don’t know where they’re going, and they’re not dressed appropriately or they don’t have the right footwear, and if they fall down and hurt themselves, we don’t know where to send crews to help them,” he explains.

All outdoors persons should carry a usable GPS unit with built-in search-and-rescue technology, he says, and have bear spray close at hand. When camping, all valuables should be locked up or hidden to make a tent less appealing to thieves.

In the event someone does become lost, they should activate the SOS feature on their GPS device and wait for a rescue team, says Amatto.

If they have a physical map and feel confident enough to self-rescue, they should do so, he adds, making sure to leave sticks or rocks in the shape of a big arrow to mark the direction they are heading and to follow a river or body of running water in order to locate the nearest community.

If they are completely lost and disorientated, they can start blowing an emergency whistle in groups of three bursts or make smoke signals with a controlled fire.

Following the proper protocol not only keeps outdoor explorers safe, Amatto says, but also removes a burden from police and rescue teams, making search operations less time-intensive and costly.

RCMP officer with vehicle theft prevention tips

Prevention is key to vehicle theft issues

Crowsnest Pass RCMP have joined in on Alberta Citizens on Patrol’s program Lock It or Lose It, aimed at raising awareness about theft both from and of vehicles.

Officers braved the cold over the Family Day long weekend to patrol around Crowsnest Pass, check with vehicle owners that their cars were locked and valuables removed, and hand out brochures containing information about the initiative.

“We had some great discussions with community members about the small changes that we can all do to help make our vehicles less attractive to theft,” says Kimberly Hurst, president of Crowsnest Pass Citizens on Patrol.

Some tips to avoid theft include: always lock your vehicle, never leave your vehicle unattended while it’s running, remove all of your valuables, never leave your keys or garage door opener in your vehicle, use a steering wheel lock, ensure windows and sunroofs are closed, and park in well-lit, visible areas.

 

Pincher Creek Chamber of Commerce notice of annual general meeting on brightly coloured background

 

 

Crowsnest Pass RCMP execute search warrant, seize weapons

Weapons seized by Crowsnest Pass RCMP

Stolen property has been recovered after Crowsnest Pass RCMP executed a search warrant Feb. 27 on a Coleman residence.

Among the numerous weapons seized are a prohibited homemade Taser, a sharpened sword and several baseball bats with metal fastened to the barrels.

Several arrest warrants were also executed.

 

Shelves of bottled liquor in an ad for Town & Country Liquor Store in Pincher Creek

Charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 is 26-year-old Dallas Adam Caron of Pincher Creek. He was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and will appear at Provincial Court in Pincher Creek today.

Forty-five-year-old Angel Hutton of Coleman is charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, four counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of a controlled substance.

After a judicial hearing she was released on a $2,500 Promise to Pay Release Order and is scheduled to appear at Provincial Court in Pincher Creek on March 16.

 

Downhill skier catches air on ad inviting skiers to stop at Miner's Mercantile in Beaver Mines on their way to the Castle Mountain ski hill.

No further updates are anticipated as these matters are before the courts.