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Alberta RCMP: High River Robbery, Olds Fatality

RCMP High River – Armed Robbery

On November 9th,  2014 at approximately 9:10 pm ,  the High River RCMP responded to the report of an armed robbery at the MAC’s  Convenience situated on 5th Street, SE.

A lone male entered the store, produced a knife and demanded money.  The male was dressed in grey pants, white runners and a  black jacket.  He was wearing a neck warmer which covered part of his face and he had on a ball cap with a red brim.  The lone clerk informed the Police that the male was Caucasian, approximately 5  to 5 1/2 feet tall and its possible that he may be a youth.  The male departed the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The High River RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in this matter.  Should anyone have any information, they are asked to call the High River Detachment at 403-652-2357 or Crimestoppers at 1-800- 222-8477.

RCMP Olds – Fatal MVC Higway 27 West of Olds

On November 10, 2014 at about 10:30 A.M. RCMP Olds Detachment were dispatched, along with local Olds Fire Department and EMS to an MVC on Highway 27 West of Olds near Range Road 22.

Initial investigation indicates that a Chevrolet Astro Van traveling East bound lost control as it climbed a slight grade.  The van went toward the South ditch then corrected back onto the highway but slid sideways into the West bound lane of travel and was then struck, on the passenger side, by an oncoming Ram 3500 pick up truck.  The van came to rest in the middle of the highway facing North while the pick up went into the North Ditch just off the shoulder of the road facing North.

Despite efforts by responding emergency services providers the driver of the Astro Van was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the Van is a female resident of Sundre.  Police will not be releasing the identity of the driver. The driver of the pick-up sustained minor injuries.

Road conditions were typical of what would be expected following a recent snow fall; being partly covered with snow/ice.  Alcohol and Speed are not considered to be factors in this collision.  All occupants of both vehicles were wearing seatbelts.

No charges are anticipated.  The investigation is ongoing with support from the RCMP Collision Analyst.  Traffic was diverted around the scene for approximately 3 hours.

Police remind motorists that winter driving is upon us.  Road surface and weather conditions can change drastically as you travel Alberta highways to your destinations.  Allow plenty of time to reach your destinations and drive accordingly to the conditions.

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