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Flames engulf black silhouette of Dano's Hydro Heaven in Pincher Creek

Alleged arsonist misses court appearance

Michael Patterson, scheduled to appear in Pincher Creek court of justice today on arson charges, was a no-show.

Duty counsel Vincent Guinan told Justice J.N. LeGrandeur that Patterson, expected to attend via closed-circuit television, “wasn’t able to be produced.”

Reportedly under guard at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Patterson’s condition is unknown.

The 35-year-old Pincher Creek man is charged with two counts of arson after separate fires were reported at a home and a business around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Pincher Creek Emergency Services was called first to a fire at Dano’s Hydro Heaven at the corner of East Avenue and Kettles Street in downtown Pincher Creek and minutes later to a house fire in the 600 block of Adelaide Street.

The structures were destroyed and Pincher Creek RCMP said in a press release Thursday that the investigation revealed accelerant use in both instances.

RCMP said Patterson was apprehended while fleeing the scene of the residential fire. Along with arson, he was charged with assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and disarming/attempting to disarm a peace officer.

The court has also processed a no-contact order against the accused.

A show-cause hearing, which will determine if Patterson can be released from custody, has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 15, in Lethbridge.


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





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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.” 


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


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.