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At approximately 6:00 a.m., Whitecourt RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Dahl Drive and Highway 43 in Whitecourt. The collision involved a Whitecourt Municipal Fire Rescue Tanker and a SUV.

The Fire Rescue Tanker was responding to a structure fire and a collision occurred at the intersection with the SUV. Preliminary witness reports indicated the Tanker’s emergency equipment were activated at the time of the collision.

A lone female occupant of the SUV was pronounced deceased at the scene. The two occupants of the Fire Rescue Tanker were not injured during the incident.

Members along with an RCMP Collision Analyst are still investigating the collision scene. Traffic is currently being re-routed at the intersection as the investigation is expected to take several hours for completion.

The name of the deceased will not be released. See MoreSee Less

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Non-fatal injury head-on collision on Highway 32 South sends one to hospital

On November 22, 2016 at around 6:00 a.m., a car travelling northbound on Highway 32 south near Whitecourt, Alberta collided with a southbound empty logging truck.

The car was in the wrong lane of travel and the passenger side of the car was obliterated. The driver was ejected from the car and all air-bags were deployed. The driver, a 34 year-old male from Whitecourt, was transported to hospital due to serious but non-life threatening injuries. The logging truck sustained minor damage and the log truck driver was not injured.

RCMP are continuing their investigation and charges are pending against the driver of the car. See MoreSee Less

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Jasper RCMP Investigate Kidnapping Incident Involving Firearms

On November 5th, 2016 Jasper RCMP officers received a high priority call for a male who had just been kidnapped by two males armed with firearms. The male victim was able to jump out of the moving vehicle and ran inside a local business in Jasper while the two suspects fled the scene. Police were able to locate the male victim and requested EMS to attend the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police obtained more information about the two male suspects and advised Hinton RCMP of this incident. A few hours later, Hinton RCMP officers located the suspect vehicle on Switzer Drive in Hinton and conducted a high risk traffic stop. One male was taken into custody without incident.

On November 7th, 2016 the second male suspect involved in this incident attended the Hinton RCMP detachment and turned himself in.

As a result of this investigation, Otto Richard LATIMER, age 21, and Nathan Rodney SHEVALIER, age 29, were charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with forcible confinement, uttering threats to cause death, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and theft under $5000. SHEVALIER was also charged with using a firearm in the commission of an offence and three counts of failure to comply with a recognizance. LATIMER has been released on bail and is set to appear at the Jasper Provincial Court on November 10th, 2016. SHEVALIER has been remanded in custody and is set to appear at the Jasper Provincial Court via CCTV on November 10th, 2016.

Police strongly believe that this was a targeted incident as the victim was known to the suspects and would like to advise the population of Jasper that the public is not a risk. See MoreSee Less

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