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Gearing up for food drive

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Drumheller’s annual food drive is coming up on Thursday, November 24. This is a one-day blitz throughout the Town of Drumheller and surrounding communities in an effort to fill the shelves of The Salvation Army Food Bank in time for the Christmas season.

In the spirit of community, many volunteers go door-to-door to collect and sort the donations. Many others show their support by donating non-perishable food items. To make the evening go smoothly, tucked into this week’s edition of inSide Drumheller is a red bag.

This highly visible bag allows residents to fill them with their donation and leave them out on the porch to make it easier for volunteers to collect.

Food drive organizers (l-r) Kim Suntjens, Summer Manca and Captain Jennifer Hillier gear up for the food drive with their red bags.

Local malt barley growers in spotlight


Local malt barley growers, which have been key in supplying a California craft brewery are in the spotlight again after the Globe and Mail published an article on the Chinook Arch Growers.

The Drumheller Mail reported in its July 7, 2015, edition, on local growers who, after the Canadian Wheat Board was dissolved, were able to sign a long-term deal with Lagunitas Brewery, based in Petaluma, California.

Last Tuesday local farmer Doug Herman was featured in the Globe and Mail article.

“For us, it’s the continuation of the conversations we have been having across the border for a number of years. For us I think it is nice to tell the story more locally because the momentum of craft is finally picking up in Canada, and it is nice to do it in your own backyard,” said Herman.

The relationship that he and the partners of Chinook Arch have built with Lagunitas is now being looked at by other growers and breweries.

            “ We started as a bit of a trial project, but I know through our evolution it has spawned more similar contracts,” he said. “It’s neat that it is getting some traction now.”


Three charged in property crime spree

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RCMP in Drumheller have laid charges against three individuals relating to numerous property crimes which have occurred over the last two weeks.

Shortly after midnight October 31, 2016, two suspects entered a locked compound at 4 Elements Environment Control Inc in Drumheller and stole a John Deere "Gator" utility vehicle and a slip tank. Video surveillance at the business showed a male and female suspect who were later identified as Benjamin Olivier and Jamie Olivier.

Between November 12 and November 13, 2016, there was a break-in to a Sea-Can behind the Drumheller Marks Work Warehouse during which several boots and clothing items were stolen.

In the early morning hours of November 15, 2016, two persons were discovered allegedly stealing tool boxes from a truck. The complainant followed the supects who crashed their truck into a ditch and fled on foot.  Terry Heptonstall, the registered owner of the vehicle and the driver, eventually turned himself into police at the scene and stolen property was recovered. 

The passenger fled and was tracked by Police Service Dog approximately 11 kilometres to a farmers field south of Drumheller, however was not located. A search warrant was obtained for Heptonstall's vehicle and numerous articles of stolen property were found as well as a weapon and drug paraphernalia.

On the morning of Tuesday, November 15, Drumheller RCMP responded to a complaint of a stolen truck from the same area where the police dog had tracked the passenger from the earlier event. The stolen truck was later located in the Drumheller Walmart parking lot at which time it fled from police, struck a parked vehicle and then drove into oncoming traffic. 

The driver of the stolen truck was identified by police as Benjamin Olivier. An employee of Walmart also reported to police that the driver of the stolen truck had allegedly stolen several pairs of footwear from the store before the events in the parking lot took place.

Later that same evening, the stolen truck was spotted again in Drumheller driving in a dangerous manner and witnesses were able to identify Ben Olivier as the driver.

Drumheller RCMP obtained a search warrant for a hotel room occupied by Ben and Jamie Olivier on November 16. Jamie Olivier was arrested at the hotel room while Benjamin Olivier fled by climbing out a second story window. He was arrested after a brief foot pursuit. During the search of the hotel room, investigators located property stolen from the truck, Sea-Can as well as drugs, paraphernalia and break in tools.

Benjamin Olivier, age 36 from Hanna, has been charged with:

  • Two counts of theft under $5000
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Driving while unauthorized
  • Flight from police
  • Two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Theft of a motor vehicle
  • Failing to comply with recognizance
  • Failing to remain at the scene of a collision
  • Resisting arrest

Jamie Olivier, age 32, from Hanna, has been charged with:

  • Possession of stolen property
  • Possession of break-in tools
  • Possession of a controlled substance

Terry Heptonstall, age 36, from Drumheller has been charged with:

  • Three counts of possession of stolen property
  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle
  • possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

All three accused have been remanded into custody and made their first court appearance on November 18 in Drumheller Provincial court.