Several break-ins under investigation; impaired drivers facing charges

RCMP attended the Open Range Saloon in Sylvan Lake after a report of a fight in progress.

Saturday, March 29th

1:25 a.m. – RCMP attended the Open Range Saloon in Sylvan Lake after a report of a fight in progress. A patron in the bar advised that a younger male was trying to start an altercation with him and his spouse when it became physical. The younger male, a 21 year old Sylvan Lake resident, fled the bar and was later apprehended by police. The male was charged with two counts of failing to comply with a probation order.

Sunday, March 30th

2:06 a.m. – A 911 call was received by RCMP of a male under the influence of a substance causing a major disturbance on 50th Avenue in Bentley. Witnesses advised that the male was chasing people, assaulted two females coming out of the Monkey Top Saloon, and smashed the windows of the IDA and nearby vehicles. Members arrived on scene and located the male in the middle of the street wearing only underwear and socks. An 18 year old Sylvan Lake male is facing several Criminal Code charges including assault, mischief, causing a disturbance and uttering threats.

Monday, March 31st

2:34 a.m. – RCMP were called to the Bentley IDA after a commercial alarm was received by dispatch. The alarm company advised that several hits were reported to the glass at that location. Police arrived on scene to find the front door glass smashed and several items strewn across the floor with some medications stolen. An investigation is ongoing.

Thursday, April 3rd

12:01 a.m. – A 34 year old Bentley female is charged with impaired driving. RCMP were traveling on 46th Street at 47A Avenue in Sylvan Lake and witnessed a driver collide with another vehicle. The suspect vehicle was pulled over and a roadside screening device was administered. The female driver is charged with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol level over .08.

Saturday, April 5th

12:23 a.m. – A traffic stop on Highway 11 at Highway 766 in Lacombe County resulted in charges being laid against the male driver. The male was observed by RCMP driving erratically and the vehicle was stopped prior to entering Highway 11. The driver displayed obvious signs of impairment and a roadside screening device was utilized. A 26 year old Red Deer male is charged with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol level over .08.

Sunday, April 6th

9:40 a.m. – RCMP and fire crews were contacted after a witness reported seeing a couple of ice fishing huts ablaze at the end of Range Road 23 near the lakeshore. A fire pit from a party the previous night was located near the burned fishing huts. The fire department arrived to fully extinguish the blaze.

Tuesday, April 8th

3:26 a.m. – An erratic driving pattern resulted in a vehicle being pulled over by police near Beju Industrial Drive in Sylvan Lake. RCMP observed a female driver exiting the Hockey Central parking lot and stopped the vehicle after it was noted to be swerving between driving lanes. A 23-year-old Nova Scotia female is charged with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol level over .08.

11:45 a.m. – A witness reported to RCMP a suspicious male in his vehicle parked in front of an address in Westwood Court in Sylvan Lake. The male was believed to be intoxicated and was sitting in his truck which was idling for several hours. RCMP members attended and confirmed that the male was intoxicated. A 27-year-old male from Rocky Mountain House is facing a charge of impaired care or control of a vehicle and care or control of a vehicle over 80 mgs.

Wednesday, April 9th

1:25 a.m. – RCMP were called to an alarm at Waves Coffee House in Sylvan Lake. The alarm company reported several glass breaks and motion alarms at the location. Members attended to find the front door glass smashed. A break and enter was confirmed, however, it did not appear as though anything was stolen. An investigation is underway.

3:58 a.m. – A break and enter into a business in Eckville has resulted in an ongoing investigation by RCMP. Police were called to the Fields store on 50th Street in Eckville. The front door glass was broken and the back office door was kicked in. Several cartons of cigarettes were stolen. The IDA across the street was also broken into several minutes later by what is believed to be the same suspects.

2:15 p.m. – A female resident from Fort Saskatchewan is facing a charge in relation to an assault which occurred at the strip mall parking lot on Sylvan Drive in Sylvan Lake. A 14-year-old female advised that she was called a name by an adult female outside Tidal Wave Salons. She responded with a gesture at which point the older female struck her in the face. A 31-year-old female is facing a charge of assault.