Three youths detained for questioning in fire at library

A 24-year-old Sylvan Lake male is facing charges in relation to an impaired driving offence on 47th Avenue in Sylvan Lake.

Saturday, August 17th

12:31 a.m. –  A 24-year-old Sylvan Lake male is facing charges in relation to an impaired driving offence on 47th Avenue in Sylvan Lake. The man was observed travelling westbound on 47th Avenue from Highway 20 accelerating to 100 km/hour in a 40 km/hour zone. The driver was stopped and alcohol was detected on his breath. He was given a breathalyzer and failed resulting in an impaired driving charge and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over .08.

2:21 a.m. – A patrol in the Eckville area resulted in impaired driving charges being laid against a 36-year-old Red Deer male. RCMP conducted a traffic stop on 53rd Street at 54th Avenue in Eckville and found the male to be grossly impaired. His vehicle was towed at the scene and the male is facing charges of impaired driving and having a blood alcohol level over .08.

3:25 a.m. – A 28-year-old Sylvan Lake male is facing numerous charges in connection with a police operation early Saturday morning.

RCMP members were pursuing a vehicle containing two males believed to be involved in a recent break and enter in Caroline as well as ATM thefts and liquor store robberies in the Central Alberta rural area. The pursuit was initiated in Innisfail and ended in Sylvan Lake on Herder Drive at Harrison Road where the vehicle was stopped by a spike belt.

The two male occupants fled on foot whereby RCMP conducted containment in the area.

One male was detained by police after he was observed running near a fence in the area. During questioning, the male fled from officers and was subsequently tasered and arrested

He was found not to be one of the parties involved in the pursuit, however, he was found to be under house arrest. He is now charged with obstructing a peace officer, assault to resist arrest and escaping lawful custody. A charge of breaching his Conditional Sentence Order will also be laid.

3:40 a.m. – RCMP attended a residence on 43rd Street in Sylvan Lake to attend to an intoxicated 20-year-old female. The homeowner contacted police after the female advised her that she was being followed by a group of males. The young woman was allowed inside the home for her safety until RCMP arrived. The female from St. Paul, who was visiting Jarvis Bay campground, was subsequently placed in the care of a friend.

Tuesday, August 20th

1:43 a.m. – RCMP dispatch received a call from a taxi driver regarding a suspicious fire on 50th Avenue at 44th Street in Sylvan Lake. A garbage can was set ablaze in a back alley at that location. The taxi driver poured water on the fire but fire crews were required to completely extinguish the blaze. The fire is currently under investigation.

Wednesday, August 21st

3:35 a.m. – Another fire was reported at the Sylvan Lake Library located at 4715 50th Avenue. A resident on Northstar Drive called dispatch advising that the fire appeared to be located in the drop box for the newspapers located near the main doors. Smoke was seen coming from the box and three youths were observed fleeing the area heading toward the railway tracks. Three youths, aged 13 and 14, were detained for questioning but so far no official charges have been laid. Anyone with information on these fires is asked to contact Sylvan Lake RCMP.

Thursday, August 22nd

8:30 p.m. – Two 16-year-old females are charged with several offences in relation to a vehicle and residential break-in on Lakeshore Drive in Sylvan Lake. A female homeowner advised that her dog was barking at the back door of their house and she went to check when she observed two females going through their truck. She advised her husband who chased after them and brought them back to the residence where police arrived and arrested the pair.

Upon questioning, the females also admitted to breaking into a cabin two doors down the street. They are facing charges of breaking, entering and committing, possession of property obtained by crime less than $5,000 and mischief under $5,000.