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Power outage leads to elevator rescue

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The Drumheller Fire Department responded to an elevator rescue in downtown Drumheller caused by a widespread unplanned power outage in Drumheller on Tuesday morning, November 14.
The Town of Drumheller experienced a power outage on Tuesday morning, affecting the downtown core. Residents also reported outages in parts of Riverside, North Drumheller and Midland. According to the ATCO outage website, the issues affected over 1,100 customers.
Shortly before 11 a.m., the Drumheller Fire Department was called to Keystone Tower on 3rd Avenue in downtown Drumheller. An elderly woman was trapped in the elevator when the power went out.
Fire Chief Derian Rosario tells the Mail, that the elevator was stopped slightly between floors. The department was able to open the door and give her a handout. There were no medical issues.
Power was restored at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Firefighters respond to morning structure fire

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The Drumheller Fire Department quickly extinguished a structure fire on 7th Ave SE on Wednesday morning, November 15.
The Department responded to the fire at about 10:30 a.m., near the south entrance to Freson Bros.
It appears the fire began in a motorhome at the rear of the property and quickly spread to a building and surrounding vegetation. The Drumheller RCMP, EMS and utility companies were also on scene.
The fire was continued to the single property. There are no reports of injuries at this time.

Guilty pleas accepted for man charged in fatal Highway 21 collision


A judge heard the horrific facts surrounding a car crash that took the life of two young people on Highway 21 north of Trochu in June 2022; Richard Bell of Elnora appeared in the Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Tuesday, October 31.
The judge accepted guilty pleas to two charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, one charge of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and one charge of failing to comply with a lawful demand.
Bell was facing charges stemming from a collision on June 17, which claimed the lives of Macy Boyce, 20, and Ethan Halford, 21.
The court heard that on June 17, Bell and Scott Klatt were travelling to Hanna in a Kia. Earlier, Bell had fallen from a ladder and hurt his back, and he would self-medicate with Tylenol 3 and oxycodone to deal with the pain.
During this trip, the pair stopped in Drumheller and purchased Twisted Tea.
When they arrived in Hanna, Bell dropped his friend at a girlfriend's home, and went grocery shopping; he continued to drink.
Bell, Klatt and Veronica Neuman then left Hanna and headed toward Elnora.
As Bell was driving, he asked for hydromorphone to be crushed to consume for his pain. He was provided with the substance and was told it was Fentanyl. He stopped briefly, but continued to drive.
Initially, he appeared groggy, but his driving became erratic, at times, driving up to 200 kilometres per hour (KPH).
At 9:55 p.m. the Kia rear-ended a Hyundai. The Kia was travelling at 196 KPH, and brakes were applied 1.5 seconds before the collision, hitting the car at 170 KPH.
The collision pushed the Hyundai into an oncoming picker truck.
Following the collision that killed Boyce and Halford, Bell appeared to be overdosed, and Narcan was administered. RCMP arrested Bell. He was transported to the hospital and refused a demand for a blood sample.
The judge accepted the agreed statements of facts. Bell will return for sentencing on February 1, 2024.


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