Emergency crews including EMS

Charges pending in Centennial Centre threat

Ponoka RCMP are working with the Edmonton Police Service in a joint investigation related to a threat to the Centennial Centre.

  • Oct. 5, 2016 6:00 a.m.


Ponoka RCMP are working with the Edmonton Police Service in a joint investigation related to a threat to the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury.

Ponoka RCMP Staff Sgt. Mike Numan said police received a call Sept. 16 that a letter contained threats that something was going to happen at the centre or at other Alberta Health Services (AHS) facilities.

RCMP worked with AHS to come up with a safety plan for staff and the building.

At a similar time another threat was made to an AHS building in Edmonton, explained Numan.

Access to the Centennial Centre was restricted for some time.

“We also provided an increase in members on site during the initial 24-hours until a suspect was identified,” Numan said.

Investigations led the Edmonton Police Service to an Edmonton residence where a search warrant was conducted. Investigators say they are taking the alleged threat seriously and charges are pending on an individual.

No further details were available at publication time.

Items stolen from rural properties

On Sept. 26 at approximately 2 a.m. unknown suspects entered a rural yard on Range Road 271 and entered a garage and other outbuildings. Property was stolen. File is currently under investigation.

On that same day the Ponoka RCMP received a call of break and enter to a garage located on 55th Avenue. The complainant heard the dog bark and when he looked out the window saw the garage door open and light on. The back gate had been opened.

The caller could see a light on in the vehicle that was parked in the garage. Police attended and upon investigation it was noted that property was stolen from the garage. File is currently under investigation.

Woman thrown from vehicle

On Sept. 28 the Ponoka RCMP responded to a 911 call of an intoxicated female laying on the shoulder of the road on Highway 2A. The woman seemed to be in distress.

Upon investigation the woman stated that she had been thrown out of a vehicle. EMS tended to the woman and Maskwacis RCMP assisted in taking her home. Police are continuing with the investigation.

Vehicle rollover

On Sept. 28 at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Ponoka RCMP were called to a single vehicle rollover on Range Road 260. The vehicle had been driving northbound when the driver noticed a garbage can in the middle of the road.

The driver swerved to miss the garbage can and rolled the vehicle. Both occupants of the vehicle were wearing their seat belts. No injuries were reported in this accident.

Theft of truck

On the Sept. 30 the Ponoka RCMP received a report of a theft of truck from the Cree Bar K Feedlot on Range Road 260. A Maroon colored GMC Sierra Truck was stolen from the compound.

The fence to the compound was damaged as well as damage to office and outbuildings. File is currently under investigation.


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