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Two-vehicle collision on highway 43 and 51st street intersection approximately twenty minutes ago. Traffic was halted and has now begun to slowly move. No word on any injuries See MoreSee Less

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Firearms Arsenal Seized from Whitecourt Cocaine Dealers

Twenty-two firearms were seized from a group of suspected cocaine dealers operating in the Whitecourt area. Four people were arrested and face a combined 122 charges related to drugs and guns.

ALERT Edmonton’s organized crime and gang team worked with Whitecourt RCMP to conduct the two-month investigation that concluded on March 14, 2017. Search warrants were carried out at a Whitecourt home and a rural residence in Woodland County.

More than $30,000 worth of drugs was seized alongside the firearms. ALERT seized three handguns, three shotguns, and 16 rifles, while none of the firearms were lawfully possessed. ALERT alleges that in at least three instances firearms were lawfully acquired before being diverted into the hands of suspected criminals.

“This investigation and outcome is a great example of how ALERT works collaboratively with the Whitecourt RCMP Detachment to address serious crime issues. Our community appreciates and values the work that ALERT does throughout our province and within our community to keep our residents safe,” said Whitecourt Mayor Maryann Chichak.

The following items were seized:
Three loaded handguns;
Three shotguns;
16 rifles;
310 grams of cocaine;
77 Percocet pills;
119 methadone pills;
Cocaine press;
$8,580 cash proceeds of crime;

Four people were arrested. They face a total of 122 charges related to drug and weapons offences, including firearms trafficking charges:
Jeffrey Smith, 30-year-old man from Whitecourt, is charged with 29 offences;
Clayton Taylor, a 23-year-old man from Woodland County, is charged with 45 offences;
Alyssa Leakvold, 25-year-old woman from Woodland County, is charged with 45 offences;
Dustin Jennings, 24-year-old man from Fort Assiniboine, is charged with three instances of firearms trafficking.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT See MoreSee Less

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Whitecourt RCMP Attend Fatal House Fire
Whitecourt, AB – On March 13, 2017 at a approximately 2:20 a.m. Whitecourt RCMP along with the Whitecourt and Blue Ridge Fire Departments and Associated Ambulance responded to a structure fire in Blue Ridge with a report of two occupants trapped. A 69 year old female occupant was located deceased in the residence, a 74 year old male was transported to Edmonton via STARS Air Ambulance were he was later released. The investigation is ongoing with assistance from the Alberta Fire Commissioners Office and Edmonton Medical Examiner’s Office.
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Collision Between Train and a Pickup Truck

On Saturday, March 11, 2017, a 11 a.m. approximately 35 kilometres South of Fox Creek on the Pass Creek Rd, RCMP responded to a collision between a Train and a pickup truck. EMS and Fire responded along with the RCMP. There were no injuries and the CN Police have taken over the investigation. See MoreSee Less

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Whitecourt Press updated their cover photo. See MoreSee Less

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An unfortunate collision happened today at approximately 12:20 p.m., on Highway 32S and Range Road 125.
Photo was submitted by the Whitecourt Flying Club.
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