Cadillac goes up in flames


  • Jul. 14, 2011 7:00 p.m.

A black Cadillac is no more following a fire last week.

Emergency crews responded to a call from a homeowner just south of Ponoka about a vehicle on fire at 11:34 a.m. on July 8.

After failing to extinguish the fire, the homeowner called 9-1-1.

Officials suspect that the fire was caused by an electrical short out, which then ignited other parts of the vehicle. The vehicle, which was parked adjacent to a building on the residence, was still ablaze when fire crews arrived and had started to melt the siding on the house.

Fire crews responded quickly and were able to minimize the damage to the building.

Tricky driving

A man is facing multiple charges following a joyride last week. Bystanders reported the vehicle to police after seeing the male and female passenger inside the car throwing beer cans out of the windows and actually stopping to switch spots in the vehicle at one point on the side of Highway 2 at around 4 p.m.

When pulled over by police, the male suspect was heavily intoxicated, but denied driving the vehicle. When taken to the station, the suspect’s blood alcohol was discovered to be almost twice the legal limit — 0.152 percent.

His charges are: breach of recognizance, failure to comply with probation, unqualified driving, driving an unregistered vehicle, transporting alcohol within the vehicle and impaired driving.

Crestomere store burglarized

Two men who broke into the Crestomere Store last week are still at large.

Police responded to a call from the owner of the store at 2 a.m. on the morning of July 10. The caller had not witnessed the burglary, but had heard the glass smash.

The suspects made off with armfuls of liquor bottles from the store.

The suspects are described as Caucasian, one wearing a white hoodie, the other one wearing a dark-coloured sweater.

RCMP investigated the scene and discovered blood from the glass that will be sent for DNA testing.

A CD from the store’s video surveillance has also been sent to the RCMP’s identification unit to create stills of the suspects.

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