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Trochu man sentenced for break and enter


A Trochu man has been sentenced to five months for break and enter and trafficking in stolen property.
Simon May, 33, appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, March 17. He pleaded guilty to a number of charges.
The court heard that on December 28, 2022, a break-and-enter occurred on a rural property near Huxley. Three Hills RCMP were also investigating the theft of a truck.
During the break-in the suspects took a Honda three-wheeler, assorted tools and a trail camera which had been placed inside the building by the owners.
Later, police received a call for services for a vehicle trespassing on an oilfield lease near Three Hills. The male suspect was confronted by workers and left. The description of the vehicle matched one that was previously reported stolen.
Workers then noticed another vehicle on the lease and a male riding a three-wheeler. It was later abandoned on the road and recovered by police.
Police also located the stolen truck abandoned at a rural property near Three Hills. Upon searching the vehicle, police located the trail cam.
The memory card was still intact and the video files showed the two male suspects committing the break-in.
May and Jesse Bulechowsky were arrested and charged.
The court also heard how, in August 2022, a trailer was stolen from a Golden Hills School Division compound. Observers in Three Hills witnessed a transaction in a parking lot and two vehicles drive away. When the vehicle with the trailer was stopped, the driver indicated he has just bought the trailer. May’s name was signed as a witness to the sale. He admitted to having possessed the trailer and was party to the sale to a third person. He also pleaded guilty to a number of breaches.
The court heard Mr. May has been dealing with a 10-year methamphetamine addiction, but has since completed a program while incarcerated.
Crown and defence agreed on a joint submission of five months, less pretrial custody. He was given credit for 150 days in jail prior to resolving the charges.

Investigation continues into RCMP officer involved shooting in Wheatland County


Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) continues to investigate an incident of an officer-involved shooting in Wheatland County.
The Mail previously reported on Sunday, February 12, Airdrie Rural RCMP received a call from Calgary Police Service (CPS) to assist in locating a vehicle which had been driving erratically.
CPS received a call at approximately 1:56 p.m. from a family member of the affected person (AP) who notified CPS the AP had threatened suicide before leaving in a vehicle.
The AP was located travelling east from the City of Calgary on Highway 564 and was followed by CPS HAWCS (Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety) helicopter, which captured video of the AP’s vehicle travelling at very excessive speeds and crossing over into oncoming traffic, causing other motorists to take evasive action.
CPS engaged Airdrie Rural RCMP at approximately 2:15 p.m. and Airdrie Rural RCMP then attended the area. Due to the danger posed by the AP’s vehicle, RCMP decided to deploy a spike belt.
The spike belt brought the AP’s car to a stop on Highway 564, whereupon the AP got out of their car and ran at an RCMP officer with an item in their hand. The AP yelled threats at the RCMP officer while the officer retreated from them.
When the AP attempted to enter the RCMP vehicle, the officer fired his conductive energy weapon but failed to stop the AP. The AP then ran at the officer with the item still in their hand.
The officer discharged their firearm, striking the AP and causing them to fall to the ground and drop the item.
The interaction was captured by both HAWCS video as well as recording equipment in the officer’s vehicle.
The AP was treated at the scene and then transported to hospital where they remain receiving treatment.
ASIRT’s investigation will examine the use of force by the officer. No additional information will be released.

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