Ponoka youths do garbage clean up after causing small grass fire

The Ponoka youths were put on alternative measures and community garbage cleanup

On Aug. 10 at approximately 5:45 p.m., the Ponoka RCMP responded to a report of a grass fire by the Ponoka Fertilizer Plant.

Three youths were seen running away from the scene. Police attended along with the Ponoka Fire Department and officers apprehended the youths. No charges were laid, but the youths were put on alternative measures and were required to do a garbage cleanup.

Vehicle towed after occupants admit to “hot boxing”

On Aug. 10 at approximately midnight, Ponoka RCMP were doing patrols in Ponoka County and came across a suspicious vehicle at the JJ Collett Natural Area.

Mounties approached a vehicle that was filled with smoke. The driver of the vehicle admitted that they were “hot boxing” (smoking marijuana in a vehicle with the windows closed).

Upon investigation, the RCMP members located drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. A 24-hour driver’s license suspension was issued and the vehicle was towed.

Theft of ATV

On Aug. 11, Ponoka RCMP responded to a complaint of a theft of an ATV from a residence on Range Road 253.

The complainant heard noises during the evening hours and, when he checked the yard in the morning, noticed that there were items out of place. A red 1997 Kawasaki Prairie 400 was taken from the yard.

The file is currently under investigation.

Break and enter files

On Aug. 11, Ponoka RCMP responded to a break and enter on a rural property on Range Road 254.

Unknown suspects entered the yard and six storage sheds had been broken into. Two small ATV’s were pushed into the ditch by the property.

The same evening another break and enter occurred.

Ponoka RCMP responded to a break and enter that occurred overnight at a residence on Township Road 440.

A shop was entered into and various tools and equipment were taken. File currently under investigation.

Highway collision

On Aug. 11, at approximately 2 p.m., Ponoka RCMP attended to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 53 by Nelson Lake.

A Ford Fiesta was waiting to turn north off Highway 53 and a Ford Escape, travelling at a high rate of speed, impacted the back of the first vehicle.

The collision sent the Fiesta into the approach and the vehicle became airborne.

The Ford Escape then veered into oncoming traffic, almost hitting another vehicle. A 29 year old male has been charged with careless driving, which resulted in a fine of $543.

The occupants of both vehicles were treated for minor injuries.

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