Police arrested an Edmonton man in Ponoka last week for terrorizing two elderly women and a young girl with an axe.
The 36-year-old man had originally broken into an Edmonton home looking for his ex-girlfriend where he found her family and terrorized them with the axe. He then travelled to Ponoka and broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home but she was not there at the time.
Ponoka officers received a tip from the Edmonton Police Service that the man may be in Ponoka looking for his ex-girlfriend. The suspect was found in the woman’s home where he was arrested.
Investigators found two axes in his vehicle and he was then taken to the detachment where he informed officers that he had ingested some poison.
They subsequently transported him to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre where he was treated and placed back in the custody of police. Edmonton Police have charged the man with mischief of uttering threats.
The break in at the Ponoka home is still under investigation.
Stolen vehicle up in flames
Ponoka firefighters were called to a burning vehicle in the early morning of Aug. 11 west of town, which has since been determined to be a stolen vehicle.
Police say there were three reports of vehicles broken into overnight of the same day in the Lucas Heights area and in the middle of town. The incidents are under investigation and RCMP are checking if they are related.
Semi collides into Highway 2 bridge
If the driver of a wide load semi had double-checked the height of the oilfield equipment he was hauling Aug. 5, he would not have hit the Highway 2A overpass near Morningside.
Police say there was extensive damage to the bridge and the driver did not have the proper permits for what he was hauling. The 47-year-old Camrose driver was charged with not having the proper permits for an oversized load.
Break and enter to rural home
Police are investigating a break-in that occurred Aug. 9 between 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at a rural home on Secondary Highway 604.
Many items were taken from the home including jewelry, personal documents, tools and an old pickup truck. The matter is under investigation.
Alcohol involved in domestic dispute
A Ponoka woman faces an assault charge after punching and kicking a man Aug. 6 at 11:30 p.m.
Police attended the home on the 5000 block of 43 Avenue after reports of an assault. There were minor injuries from the incident and police say both individuals were drinking.
Complaints of mo-ped on Highway 2
Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit received multiple calls of a mo-ped on Highway 2 last week.
The driver of the mo-ped, a 51-year-old man originally from Alberta but operating the scooter with a driver’s licence from Mexico, was not breaking any laws as he was on the shoulder of the highway. The man said he was returning to British Columbia after a trip to Alberta.
Officers say the calls from motorists came out of concern for the mo-ped driver as he was travelling at 30 km/h. No charges or tickets were issued.
If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.