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Replica weapons lead to Emergency Response Team incident at Drumheller

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Drumheller man charged following search warrant and hoax bomb

A Drumheller man is facing charges following the execution of a search warrant on an apartment in the 400 block of 11 Ave Sein Drumheller.

The search warrant was executed by Drumheller RCMP with assistance from the Emergency Response Team.  Some suspicious items in the apartment resulted in the evacuation of the building and the deployment of the Explosive Disposal Unit.  Upon closer inspection, the suspicious items, packaged to look like homemade explosive devices, did not contain the required elements to be a danger to the public.

A firearm seized from the apartment was consistent in appearance to a police carbine, but upon closer inspection and disassembly was deemed to be an airsoft with primarily metal components.

Police would like to remind the public that replica or inert firearms used in the commission of an offense can bear the same penalties as if the item were a true firearm.

Terry Heptonstall (39) of Drumheller is charged with:

  • Pointing a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose x 2
  • Mischief

If anyone has any information on this or other offenses in the community please report to the Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-2630. 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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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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