Fire in Hobbema claims lives

Hobbema RCMP along with Muskwachees Fire and Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to a house fire on the Samson First Nation

Hobbema RCMP along with Muskwachees Fire and Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to a house fire on the Samson First Nation Oct. 14 at 4 a.m. Upon arrival, a house in the Samson townsite was found engulfed in flames. Fire department personnel entered the burning structure and located three victims inside the home.

Emergency medical personnel found one man and two women between the ages of 25 and 26 deceased. The fire was contained and extinguished. Provincial fire investigators and RCMP forensic and general investigation sections are conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire. Details will not be released until their investigation is finished.

The victims are Chelsea Swampy, Daniel Larocque, and Latashia Omeasoo of the Maskwacis community.

At this stage of the investigation there is no indication of criminal behavior associated with the fire.

Singing while driving

Police responded to a call of a possibly impaired driver Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. travelling northbound on Highway 2. A dark blue Chevy Traverse was weaving in and out of traffic and was stopped near Highway 611.

The motorist stated she was practicing her music singing for a performance the next day and was not impaired.

Break and enter

On Oct. 10 during the day RCMP responded to a call of a break and enter at a rural location on Range Road 270 south of Highway 53.

The owner came to their home and found their large TV, surround sound system, a laptop and other electronics were missing. Police are looking for the culprits.

Theft of quad

A green Sportsman Polaris ATV was stolen — and then found about half a mile away with damage to the ignition — in the morning of Oct. 10 on Range Road 252 east of Ponoka.

Two bikes were found on the property where the ATV was taken but police are looking for suspects.

Lights stolen

Industrial lights valued at $500 each were taken from a business in an industrial part of town sometime between Oct. 10 and 12.

If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.