Ponoka youth hit by vehicle during winter storm

A collision last week almost ended tragically for one Ponoka family.

Police are looking for two suspects

A collision last week almost ended tragically for one Ponoka family.

The first snowstorm of the winter season created extremely dangerous driving conditions for motorists last Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28.

While travelling northbound on Highway 2 at 1 p.m. Nov. 28, just south of the Morningside exit, a Ponoka family, driving a VW Tiguan, collided with a cube van that had stopped on the road without its hazards flashing.

The driver of the Tiguan hit the brakes but the vehicle lost control and collided with the cube van. After notifying police, the family exited the vehicle to stay out of the road but another vehicle lost control for the same reason and struck the 10-year-old Ponoka boy, a member of the family.

The boy was taken to hospital and treated for two broken legs, say police. The driver of the cube van was charged with parking on the road while not disabled.

Dozens of calves lost in blaze

A barn fire Wednesday, Nov. 26 claimed the lives of dozens of calves at Henk Van Aken’s farm on Range Road 265.

The call came in at approximately 7:45 a.m. reporting that a calf barn west of Ponoka was in flames. Ponoka Fire attended the scene to try and mitigate the damage and remained there for approximately four hours. The building was destroyed in the blaze.

While fire engines were fighting the blaze, another small garage fire occurred near Morningside in the Morning Meadows subdivision. Firefighters responded but the garage could not be salvaged.

Youths antagonize fast food employees

Four Ponoka youths narrowly avoided charges of assault last week after throwing ice water at a fast food employee.

Staff at the restaurant say there have been recurring instances of these four youths entering the drive-thru at the restaurant, demanding tap water and causing other problems for staff.

To deal with the issue, staff told the youths they would have to pay for the water Nov. 24 at 7:20 p.m. Rather than pay, the youths became angry and yelled at staff members.

They then went to another fast food restaurant, asked for some ice water, drove back to the drive-thru of the original fast-food restaurant and threw it at the employee.

The staff member declined to press charges but police explained to the youths how they could be charged with assault with a weapon and brought them back to the place of business where they were told to apologize for their actions.

Ponoka RCMP and the Integrated Traffic Unit received 76 calls for service last week.

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





Just Posted

Young Jersey cow takes Saturday night walk through Ponoka

Ponoka residents help police locate runaway bovine, which was safely collected.

PHOTOS: Team Tanner takes in northern lights in Yellowknife

The aurora borealis and storm hunters photograph Yellowknife’s picturesque night skies

Cilantro and Chive wins big at 2018 Alberta Beer Awards

Lacombe business takes home top honours for Pub/Restaurant of the Year

The Whos down in Ponoka helped raise $21,000

Ponoka’s Big Brothers Big Sisters bowling fundraiser was a fun night

Suspects from Ermineskin, Rimbey arrested after chase across entire region

Camrose RCMP make arrests after a thwarted break and enter attempt

Feds promise more service dogs for vets with PTSD

Questions ahead as federal budget paves the way for more on service dogs for vets with PTSD

WATCH: AFSC unveils new CEO

Steve Blakely comes to AFSC after a 40 year career in the finance sector

Man charged after child abandoned in cold vehicle in Calmar

33 year old Aaron Blake Wilkinson charged after two-month old found in vehicle

A frustrated Trump lashes out at special counsel Mueller

In a series of weekend tweets naming Mueller for the first time, Trump criticized the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

B.C. teachers’ union to ask for higher salaries to help with shortages

B.C. starting teacher salaries are $10,000 to $15,000 lower than Ontario or Alberta says B.C. Teachers’ Federation president.

Few political staffers on Parliament Hill report sexual misconduct: survey

Sixty-five of the 266 survey respondents said they had personally experienced at least one incident of sexual harassment.

Experimental pot lab sprouting cannabis-infused drinks, new edibles

Nestled inside Canopy Growth Corp.’s sprawling marijuana facility outside Ottawa is a special laboratory

Federal committee to examine human trafficking in Canada

The Commons committee plans on holding hearings in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Notorious Russian troll farm also took swipes at Canadian targets

Targets included oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Most Read