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Man arrested for arson in connection with fire at historical hotel in Wetaskiwin

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After a joint investigation with Wetaskiwin RCMP General Investigation Section and Wetaskiwin City Fire Services, Wetaskiwin City RCMP have made an arrest in connection with an Arson at the historical Rose Country Inn in Wetaskiwin which occurred on the early morning hours of March 19, 2019.

Benjamin Kopp (37), was arrested Wednesday at a residence in Wetaskiwin without incident.

The following charges have been laid:

• Arson – Damage to property (X2)

• Arson – Disregard for Human Life

Kopp was brought before a Justice and released to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court on May 9, 2019.

Working directly with the community has greatly assisted the Wetaskiwin RCMP in arresting the accused.

Wetaskiwin RCMP, along with members of the Wetaskiwin, Camrose, and Millet fire departments, are currently on scene of a major structure fire in Wetaskiwin.

Original Release: March 19, 2019

Wetaskiwin RCMP on scene of a major structure fire

Wetaskiwin RCMP, along with members of the Wetaskiwin, Camrose, and Millet fire departments, are currently on scene of a major structure fire in Wetaskiwin.

On March 19, 2019 at approximately 6:30 a.m., fire broke out at the historical Rose Country Inn in Wetaskiwin.

Roads in the surrounding area are closed to traffic and motorist are asked to find an alternate route.

No injuries are reported at this time.

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RCMP nab Red Deer driver doing 112 km/h on 30th Avenue

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From Red Deer RCMP: Red Deer RCMP stop driver travelling at extreme speed

Red Deer, Alta. – On June 8, 2019, Red Deer RCMP caught a driver travelling 112 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.  

In response to community complaints, Red Deer RCMP were conducting speed enforcement on 30 Avenue near 55 Street when they observed the driver driving at a high rate of speed at approximately 9:30 p.m. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver was unable to provide valid proof of insurance, or valid drivers licence. As a result of the offences, the male driver has been summoned to court to appear before a judge.

Four other vehicles were stopped for speeding at the same location and issued violation tickets. 

“Citizens making the reckless decision to travel at such extreme speeds pose a serious risk the public.”  said Sergeant Mike Zufferli with the Red Deer RCMP Traffic Unit. “These extreme speeds show a wanton disregard for the safety of others, and we continue to work everyday to address it, through enforcement and education.” 

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2 youth arrested, police looking for 3rd suspect after firearm reported in middle school

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Red Deer RCMP respond to threat at Eastview Middle School

On June 11, 2019, at approximately 3:22 p.m. Red Deer RCMP responded to a call at Eastview Middle School after three male youth entered the school with a possible firearm.  

Eastview Middle School, along with surrounding schools, were put into lockdown as a result. 

There were no injuries as a result of this incident.   

RCMP cleared the building and the suspects fled. Two of the three suspects have been apprehended and charged with firearms related offences. RCMP continue to search for the remaining suspect. 

A replica firearm was later located. 

RCMP continue to investigate this incident and are asking for the public’s assistance. If you have information about this investigation, please call the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575, or your local police detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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