Southern Alberta RCMP Weekend Updates

RCMP High River – Serious Injury Motorcycle Collision near Blackie Alberta
On September 18th, 2016 at approximately 4:45 pm, High River RCMP, High River Fire, Foothills Fire, Blackie Fire and EMS responded to an injury motorcycle collision on Highway 23 near Blackie, Alberta.
The investigation revealed that a westbound pickup truck towing a dump trailer was loaded with square hay bales when a hay bale fell or blew off the trailer landing on highway 23 near 272nd street East in the westbound lane. A large group of motorcycle riders were following behind. One female motorcyclist collided with the bale and layed down her motorcycle at highway speed. The 41 year old Calgary woman was transported to Calgary Hospital via STARS helicopter. The extent of her injuries are unknown at this time. Speed and alcohol are not deemed to be factors in the collision. The cause of the collision was an unsecured load of hay bales.
A 60 year old High River man, who was operating the pickup truck hauling a load of hay has been charged under Section 64(2) of the Vehicle Equipment Regulations with transporting goods without securing the goods properly. He was also charged with Section 51(a) of the Traffic Safety Act with Operating a motor vehicle without a licence. The male driver of the pickup truck was not injured.
High River RCMP continues to investigate.

Southern Alberta RCMP lay manslaughter charge in fatal collision

Innisfail, Alberta – On August 14, 2016 a 32-year-old male was pronounced deceased after his truck rolled as a result of a collision with another truck.

An investigation by RCMP Southern Alberta Major Crimes Unit has led to a manslaughter charge against Daniel Wayne Newsham, aged 45 years, of Delburne, Alberta. Newsham is alleged to have followed the truck being driven by Stanley Dick and perpetrated the collision which ultimately led to Dick’s truck crashing.

An interim release hearing has been held, and Newsham has been released from custody with conditions. He will be appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on October 14, 2016.

As this matter is now before the courts further information will not be available.

BACKGROUND: August 15, 2016

Three Hills RCMP Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

Three Hills, Alberta – On August 14 at 11:30 p.m., the Three Hills RCMP were alerted to a suspicious Dodge Dakota in the area of Delburne. The Dodge Dakota was driven onto a rural property where it became stuck, and the driver then took a Ford F150 from the property.  This Ford was later involved in a serious collision in Innisfail RCMP Detachment’s jurisdiction.

The complainant in this occurrence was following the suspicious Dodge, and then continued following the Ford F150.  The truck was followed from the Delburne area to Highway 42 and Range Road 240 where the two vehicles collided.  The Ford F150 consequently was involved in a rollover and the 32-year-old male driver (lone occupant) was seriously injured.  He was transported via STARS Air Ambulance to a hospital in Calgary where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The RCMP Collision Analyst attended the collision location to investigate the cause.

Southern Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit have maintained the carriage of this investigation, with the assistance of Three Hills RCMP.  This matter remains under investigation and further information will not be available.

If you have information about this investigation, please call the Three Hills RCMP at 403-443-5538 or call your local police detachment.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS.