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CORRECTION

Incorrect information appeared in the RCMP briefs that appeared in the Aug. 5 edition of the Western Review under DRIVER CHARGED.

A driver stopped by police on July 25 was facing charges related to impaired driving.

The Western Review apologizes for the error and any inconvenience it may have caused.

POLICE SEEKING INFO AFTER ARMED ROBBERY

A man armed with a gun entered the Poplar Ridge Store last week.

A female employee who had been in the store when the suspect entered called police around 4:15 a.m. on Aug. 5. No one was hurt, but the man did leave with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber is described as a white man, between 5’9 and 6’ tall with pitted skin (not acne), bushy eyebrows and a deep voice that was shaky at the time. At the time of the robbery the man was wearing blue coveralls with reflective tape at the ankles, a black hoodie with a white string and rubber boots.

RCMP are asking anyone with information on the robbery or the identity of the suspect to contact them at 780-542-4457, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

MAN OPTS NOT TO GO TO JAIL, GETS ARRESTED

A man who had been allowed to serve a custodial sentence on the weekends was arrested over the long weekend by Drayton Valley RCMP after he failed to show up for his scheduled jail time.

The man was deemed to be unlawfully at large after not reporting to Fort Saskatchewan to spend the weekend in custody. He was found by Drayton Valley RCMP members while attempting to hide from them near a local grocery store.

He was apprehended and arrested.

PYLON PRANK DANGEROUS

Drayton Valley RCMP received two separate complaints from motorists on the long weekend about construction pylons on Hwy. 22 that had been moved.

Police attended and, along with the help of a local tow truck driver, repositioned the pylons to their proper locations.

Last week Drayton Valley RCMP Cpl. Marcia McDermott said while moving pylons may seem like a funny prank, it can have serious consequences for motorists. Relocated pylons could result in collisions and injuries to those who are relying on them to guide them through the construction zone.

Given the time of the complaints, around 3 a.m., the danger is heightened due to the darkness of the area, she noted.

McDermott also cautioned motorists to be aware of pylons and where they may be directing them, in case someone other than construction crews has moved them.

NOT A RESTFUL

WEEKEND FOR POLICE

While many people were enjoying a small break for some rest over the August long weekend, Drayton Valley RCMP members were busy.

Between approximately 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 6 a.m. on Aug. 5 Drayton Valley RCMP received 106 calls for service.

“Thankfully it wasn’t serious collisions or incidents with serious injuries,” said Cpl. Marcia McDermott.

However, it made for a very busy weekend for officers.

DIRT BIKE STOLEN

A dirt bike was reported stolen in Rocky Rapids last week.

A 2007 KTM 50 Senior Adventure children’s dirt bike was taken from the back of a truck parked in the hamlet.

BEWARE PHONE SCAMS

A man contacted police after being the victim of a scam last week.

The man was contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of Telus, informing him there was money owing for a service. The man gave the person on the phone a credit card number to cover the alleged expense. It was only afterward he realized the phone call was not legitimate.

BYLAWS ADD ANOTHER TOOL

Two bylaws on the books with the Town of Drayton Valley give RCMP additional tools to work with.

Those bylaws include the Town of Drayton Valley Curfew Bylaw. Under that bylaw children and youth under 16 years of age are not permitted to be in public places without adult supervision after 11 p.m. Exceptions include if the child is working or volunteering, or on their way home from a supervised event.

Although there are fines attached to bylaw, Drayton Valley RCMP Cpl. Marcia McDermott said it’s not something officers will be going out and actively enforcing, but it does provide a tool officers can use. And, if required, it can and will be enforced.

The Town of Drayton Valley Noise Bylaw also includes a section geared specifically to loud and disturbing noise from vehicles. That includes the racing of any motor vehicle within the Town of Drayton Valley, operating a vehicle in a manner where the tires deliberately squeal, or any excessive noise that disrupts other residents’ enjoyment of their property.

Bylaws can be enforced by RCMP, the town’s municipal bylaw officer or community peace officers.

 

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