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Man sentenced 10 days for possession of stolen property, breach


A Sylvan Lake man who was arrested in July 2023 in relation to a stolen truck and ATV appeared by closed circuit television (CCTV) in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, August 18.
Jacob Vincent, 26, of Sylvan Lake pleaded guilty to two charges-possession of stolen property under $5,000 and breach of a release condition.
The court heard how Three Hills RCMP received a complaint just before midnight on Wednesday, July 19 of a suspicious male and female in a vehicle behind a shop in the Delburne area; the pair had told the complainant the vehicle, a Ford F550 flatbed truck, had broken down.
RCMP determined the truck, along with an ATV, had been previously reported stolen.
Mr. Vincent and the female suspect, who was named but did not appear in court to answer to charges, were arrested without incident. Upon arrest it was determined Mr. Vincent was subject to a release order which included a number of conditions, including a 24-hour house arrest which he breached.
Crown and defense made a joint submission for a 10 day global sentence given the mitigating factor of an early guilty plea and insignificant prior criminal record; it was noted, being a rural property crime was an aggravating factor.
Mr. Vincent expressed his remorse when given an opportunity to speak, and apologized for his actions and “for the court having to deal” with these matters.
The Honourable Justice Shaw accepted the joint recommendation from Crown and counsel. Mr. Vincent, who has been in custody since his arrest on July 19, was handed a 10 day global sentence, using seven enhanced pre-trial custody days. The victim fine surcharge was also waived due to undue hardship.
Remaining charges were withdrawn.

Drumheller man charged in Ontario extortion case

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A Drumheller man has been arrested by Drumheller RCMP in relation to charges stemming from an online extortion investigation by the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS).
In December 2022, the HRPS received information that a suspect was using various social media platforms to coerce a victim (an adult male) into sending money. The suspect obtained intimate images of the victim and then threatened to distribute the images online if payment was not made.
Investigators with the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau launched an eight-month investigation which identified the suspect residing in the Province of Alberta.
On Wednesday, August 16, with the assistance of investigators with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Drumheller detachment, Brandon Bulechowsky, 25, of Drumheller was arrested. He has been charged with extortion, possession of property obtained by crime and fail to comply with probation. He was released on an Undertaking and will be appearing in court on September 12.
Investigators believe there may be additional victims pertaining to Bulechowsky and are asking anyone with information or may have been victimized by him to contact the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2216.
The following social media profile handles were used by Bulechowsky:
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
Police remind residents that sextortion is a form of blackmail and can happen to anyone. If you are a victim of sextortion, we are here to help you.

Two Hanna healthcare workers reprimanded following disciplinary hearing

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Two healthcare workers accused of improperly documenting and failing to provide adequate care to a woman at the Hanna Health Centre in December 2020 have each been ordered to take additional courses and write a Behaviour Improvement Plan in a decision by the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA).
It is alleged both healthcare workers, on multiple occasions throughout the patient’s hospital stay between the late evening of Christmas Day 2020 and early morning of Boxing Day 2020, failed to adequately assess the patient and make appropriate documentation.
The patient, 40-year-old Lillian Vanasse, who was of Ojibwe descent, was brought to the Hanna Health Centre emergency room by ambulance in the late evening of December 25, 2020. An initial assessment, which included an echocardiogram (ECG), was performed, and she was later taken to the hospital’s x-ray room by a lab technician for further testing.
While in the x-ray room, one of the healthcare workers, Holly Conners, acknowledged she had entered the x-ray room and found Ms. Vanasse “leaning on a counter” and then shortly afterwards “lying down on the floor” and expressing she was unable to stand; Ms. Conners also acknowledged she had failed to document Ms. Vanasse’s “dramatic change in circumstance” as outlined in Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines and standard practices.
Ms. Vanasse was transferred to a smaller patient room as per COVID-19 protocols in place at the time. Any persons entering the room were to don personal protective equipment, which was to be removed upon exiting.
Paper was not permitted within the patient treatment room due to the COVID protocols, and a whiteboard instead was used to record treatment information, which was to be later transcribed into the patient’s chart.
Shortly after being transferred into this room, Ms. Vanasse became unresponsive at approximately 1 a.m., and resuscitation attempts were made in a “collaborative and team effort” between the two healthcare workers and an attending physician until Ms. Vanasse was pronounced deceased at 2:57 a.m. on December 26, 2020.
The tribunal acknowledged the incident took place during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a “high-stress situation” due to ongoing protocols and short staffing at the rural hospital; the tribunal also noted documentation of Ms. Vanasse’s care “needed to be complete.”
It was acknowledged there was over an hour in which Ms. Vanasse’s cardiac rhythm was not documented during resuscitation efforts; these are meant to be checked and documented every two minute CPR cycle, and it was confirmed by the physician on duty that these were checked every two minutes.
The Mail had previously reported in March 2023 the hearings had been closed to the public. At the time the reason for the closure was not made public, however, in the published decision document it was noted the closure was made due to concerns for public safety and security due to the small population of Hanna, and social media posts and comments made by Ms. Vanasse’s widower, who is the complainant, which “expressed animus, threats, and punitive actions'' against the two healthcare workers.
While the tribunal “considered (the complainant’s) valid comment, in one of his postings, that this matter needed to be heard transparently and openly for the benefit of the public,” it also considered the potential risk to the two healthcare workers.
Based on evidence and submissions from legal counsel for the two healthcare workers, the tribunal ordered Ms. Conners to complete a Documentation in Nursing and Nursing Process Self Study course and write a 1,500 word self-improvement plan, both to be completed by December 1 of this year; the other healthcare worker, Marcia Campbell, was also ordered to complete the Documentation in Nursing course along with writing a 1,500 word self-improvement plan by December 1, 2023.
These conditions will be placed on both practice permits and will be removed once complied with.


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