The Ponoka Fire Department was called to Rex Manor just before 11 p.m. on May 1 after a call of smoke emanating from a basement apartment.
Upon arrival, the tenant refused to let firefighters into the room so Ponoka RCMP were called in to assist. Crews had to breach the door and knock down the fire with a small amount of water.
At the same time, the building was temporarily evacuated. EMS and RCMP spoke with the tenant who was eventually taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation. The matter is under investigation.
RCMP – Cars and firearms stolen
On April 25 the Ponoka RCMP attended a complaint of a break and enter to a residence on Highway 792 and Township 413.
Unknown suspects stole a grey Dodge D50 with an Alberta marker BRD8331 and a Red Subaru Forester, BVT8674. Also taken were firearms and numerous other household and electronic items. File is currently under investigation.
If you have information, please call the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.
Vehicle’s axle on frame
On April 25 the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit stopped a vehicle on Highway 2.
The vehicle was observed to be driving at a distorted angle and upon stopping the vehicle officers observed the rear axle sitting on the frame rail with the driver’s side tire rubbing on the inner fender.
The driver produced expired registration and insurance. The vehicle was subsequently towed and the driver, a 63-year-old man from Maskwacis was charged with driving a motor vehicle with no insurance.