Police are tight-lipped on how a man charged with attempted murder after a hit-and-run was brought into custody last weekend.
Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Confederation Way and Millennium Drive in Timberlea at about 5 a.m. Nov. 14, according to the RCMP.
One declined medical treatment for minor injuries at the scene but the other, a 30-year-old man, was brought to the Northern Lights Hospital with life-threatening injuries and later medevaced to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton where he remains in stable but critical condition.
A Fort McMurray man, 21-year-old Drew Scott, was arrested at some point later and charged with attempted murder, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and fail to stop at the scene of an accident.
He was remanded to custody and was scheduled to appear in court in Fort McMurray on Nov. 18. None of the charges against him have been proven in court.
Friday the 13th airport bomb scare
A tense scene played out in Fort McMurray Friday afternoon (Nov. 13) as the RCMP bomb squad was called to deal with a suspicious package at the airport.
The RCMP Explosive Device Unit out of Edmonton was called to the Fort McMurray International Airport at about 4:40 p.m. The airport was evacuated as a precaution while the team worked. On Saturday police announced the suspicious package had been “identified, isolated and secured” and that the airport had reopened.
“Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to thank the public for their cooperation and patience as the RCMP continues to keep public safety the number one priority.”
Alberta incident team looks into Red Deer death
Alberta’s Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has determined a man found dead by police in Red Deer on Nov. 11 was likely involved in an incident with the RCMP in the same area on Oct. 6.
The ASIRT was assigned to the case by the province’s director of law enforcement. The man was found in a wooded area near 32 Street.
On Oct. 6, Red Deer RCMP officers were following a reported stolen vehicle, according to a press release. The vehicle refused to stop at which time the RCMP called off their pursuit. A short time later, the vehicle was seen again and followed. The vehicle stopped in the area of 32 Street, east of Taylor Drive and two people fled into the woods. Police attempted to locate the individuals but were unsuccessful.
“Investigation into both incidents indicates that the man who ran into the woods on Oct. 6 was likely the same individual who was found deceased,” according to the provincial government. “An autopsy has been conducted and there is no evidence to suggest the 45-year-old man died as a result of any physical injury or direct contact with the police.”
The second person that fled into the woods on Oct. 6 has been subsequently identified, located, and interviewed.
ASIRT’s investigation will focus on the circumstances surrounding the events that took place on Oct. 6 to determine whether or not any acts or omissions by police officers contributed to the death of the man.
In light of the fact that ASIRT’s investigation is in its early stages, no further information will be released until the investigation has been concluded.
ASIRT’s mandate is to “effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.”
Liquor seized in Tulita
Police seized 22 mickeys of booze and drug paraphernalia at the Tulita Airport Nov. 10. A female from Yellowknife was involved in the seizure and charges are pending.
Tulita is a restricted community and the quantity of liquor that a person may possess is strictly limited by the Northwest Territories Liquor Act.
“Bootlegging has been an issue in the community and seizures of alcohol help curtail problems that come along with the abuse of alcohol.”
Should anyone have any information in relation to this investigation or any of the abovementioned cases, please contact the Tulita RCMP at 867-588-1111 or contact Crime Stoppers program at 1-800-222-8477 nwtnutips.com, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: nwtnutips to 274637.