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St. Anthony’s students shine at Reading Fair

Grade 4-6 students at St. Anthony’s School held its reading fair on March 21.  Students constructed displays on their favourite books.  The works were displayed and adjudicated by members of the community and Canalta sponsored prizes to for the top works.

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In Grade 4, Olivia Carlson placed third, Aspen McHugh placed second, and first was Kaia Wilson.

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In Grade 5, Hope Morris placed third, Tiffany Cervantes was second and Hannah Beal placed first. She also placed first overall.

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In Grade 6, Rebecca Hovdevo and Carly Tietge placed third, Shaelynn Farwell and Cadence Olbrich placed second and  Brett Schrock placed first.

Police visibility tops list on priority survey

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    The Drumheller Policing Committee has released the results of its survey and pinpoints police visibility as being top of the list of community priorities.
    Every year the Policing Committee makes available a short survey for residents to gauge what they believe are policing priorities. Leading up to the Drumheller RCMP identifying its priorities, the committee tabulates the results of the survey to aid the police.
    Chair of the committee, Larry Coney, says in the last month 294 residents filled out the survey.  While the results are short of last year’s, Coney said one priority many wished to see was a more visible police presence.
    “The majority of the comments were for police to get out of their vehicles and walk about town. Young people under 18 would like to see more presence of the RCMP at schools, especially during peak times, and seniors would just like them to drop in and have a coffee,” said Coney.
    The survey showed that over the last year 41 per cent of the respondents say they have not had contact with the police. Coney says that is a positive.
    “It means they didn’t get tickets, or get arrested, or were victims of crime,” he said.
  Property related crimes were high on the list with 62 per cent saying break and enters were a concern, 55 per cent felt property crimes and vandalism was concerning and 50 per cent cited theft from vehicles.
    Interestingly, break and enter to businesses saw only six per cent of residents naming as a concern.
    Almost 52 per cent of respondents cited drugs and trafficking of drugs as a major concern. Coney says that feeling was high among youths.
    Safety on roadways was also a large concern with 53 per cent saying distracted driving is a priority, 33 per cent saying speeding was a concern and 24 percent said stunting drag racing was an issue.
      The survey also asked what police in the community do well and traffic enforcement ranked high.
Coney said only about one per cent of the comments about traffic enforcement were negative. While the policing committee had heard a few complaints throughout the year, it was not reflected in the survey.
    “Overall people are happy about policing,” said Coney.
    He explains that the survey is made available to the local detachment and the RCMP K Division. The survey can be considered when the local RCMP establishes its priorities.

Stettler man charged with murder


The RCMP Major Crimes Unit (MCU) has laid a charge in relation to the death of a man in Stettler which occurred on April 6, 2018.
In the early evening of April 6 an investigation was launched when the Stetter RCMP Detachment determined that there was a deceased male inside a residence and the circumstances of his death appeared to be suspicious. Information was released that the RCMP was trying to locate his truck. MCU took carriage of the death investigation.
On April 7 the victim’s truck was located near Wetaskiwin. A traffic stop was conducted and four people were arrested roadside. One of the males arrested in the truck was transported to an Edmonton Hospital where he received medical assistance. Three other subjects were released with no charges.
An autopsy was conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Calgary on April 10. It was determined that the manner of death was homicide.
On April 10 in the early afternoon, 51-year-old John Roland Savage of Stettler was arrested at an Edmonton hospital by MCU. He was placed into police custody and taken to Strathcona County Detachment. Savage is facing one charge of Second Degree Murder in the death of 70-year-old James Hulkovich of Stettler.
A judicial interim release hearing has been held and he is scheduled to appear in court in Stettler on April 26.
Details in relation to the nature of the homicide and the investigation by MCU will not be released as that information is before the courts.
The Stettler RCMP can confirm that John Savage was arrested in the early morning hours of April 6 and was taken to the Stettler Hospital where he was placed under the watch of the Hospital security. He was reported to have fled the hospital in the afternoon on April 6.

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