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March 16, 2016 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

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    B8SPIES WEIGH IN ON WHATS REAL AND FAKE IN THE AMERICANS

    ADDICTION AMONG THE LEADING CAUSES OF HOMELESSNESS

    NOTLEY HINTS AT TAX CUT

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    INDEX RED DEER WEATHER

    NEWS A2-A3, A5, A7-A8

    COMMENT A4

    BUSINESS A9-A10

    SPORTS B1-B3

    HEALTH B4

    ENTERTAINMENT B5, B8

    CLASSIFIED B6-B7

    COMICS B9

    LOTTERIES

    TUESDAY

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    PICK 3: 365

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    Local Today Tonight Thursday Friday

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    CARNIVAL TREAT

    Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

    Grade 2 student Andrianna Lewis, left, and Grade 1 student Payton Stratichuk sample a sweet treat of maple syrup off the snow during a Carnival dhiver celebration at cole Our Lady of the Rosary Elementary School in Sylvan Lake. The students, staff and parent volunteers took part in a number of winter carnival-themed events including street hockey, dancing, crafts, and other games.

    Suspect charged,

    held in custody

    A 21-year-old Red Deer man is accused of shooting up the down-town RCMP detachment with a replica firearm and allegedly threatening to torch the building.

    S h o t s were fired f r o m a p a s s i n g vehicle at the RCMP station at 4602 51st A v e n u e shortly be-fore 4 p.m. o n M o n -day.

    T w o second-sto-rey win-d o w s a t t h e d e -tachment were pebbled by the rounds impacts but did not shat-ter due to a protective coating.

    RCMP said the trouble began with a 3:15 p.m. report that the oc-cupants of a maroon truck were taking potshots at street signs in the Normandeau area. A second call around 3:30 p.m. pegged the location of the truck near the downtown detachment when the two windows were hit.

    When the damage was discov-ered, police evacuated the public from the building, and the large windows were checked to make sure they wouldnt shatter.

    BY PAUL COWLEY AND SUSAN ZIELINSKIADVOCATE STAFF

    RCMP SHOOTING

    String of armed robberies nets woman six years in jail

    An armed robber who hit four busi-nesses in less than two weeks last spring was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday.

    Jennifer Maychak, 35, of Brooks, had earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted robbery during a span from April 18-28, 2015.

    Maychak admitted to robbing the Candy Bag Sweet Shop, a Macs Conve-nience Store and an Express 24 Food Mart. She also admitted to an attempt-ed, but failed, robbery of a Fas Gas.

    During the robberies she was either armed with a screwdriver or a can of bear spray.

    Crown prosecutor Ann MacDonald asked Red Deer provincial court Judge Gordon Yake for a sentence of six to eight years, pointing out the robberies

    were premeditated and Maychak had weapons and disguised herself.

    While no one was injured during the robberies, she was targeting vul-nerable workers at night, she said.

    Defence lawyer Paul Morigeau said his client has struggled with drugs most of her life and was high on crystal meth and had barely slept during the time of the robberies.

    BY PAUL COWLEYADVOCATE STAFF

    See SUSPECT on Page A8Please see ROBBERY on Page A8

    Taking out the trash: council to weigh in on cut to bag limit

    Residents may soon be taking less trash to the curb.

    The Governance and Policy Com-mittee will recommend reducing the maximum residential garbage bag lim-it to three bags from five bags at an upcoming council meeting.

    The committee supported admin-istrations recommendation from the Waste Management Master Plan (WM-MP) on Tuesday.

    Mayor Tara Veer said the city had delayed making the change until the

    blue-box recycling program was ex-panded.

    She said reducing the residential bag limit potentially could have been cost prohibitive for some households without providing the additional diver-sion opportunities.

    The city expanded its blue box pro-gram to include the addition of Num-ber 1 to 7 plastics in December 2015.

    All of those diversions actually make the bag limit reduction more fea-sible for households, said Veer.

    Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

    A trash collection truck leaves the Red Deer Waste Management Site after dropping its load Tuesday afternoon. At an upcoming city council meeting, council will hear a recommendation from the The Governance and Policy Committee to reduce the residential garbage bag limit from five bags to three.

    BY CRYSTAL RHYNOADVOCATE STAFF

    Please see TRASH on Page A8

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    Wednesday, March 16, 2016NEWS A2

    Sunrise7:30

    Sunset7:43

    Local Today

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    Sylvan Lake

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    Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

    After getting away from its owner this wayward kite flies over the Red Deer Waste Management Site Tuesday afternoon. The man flying the kite lost his grip on it at the off-leash dog park on 40th Avenue. He chased the rogue flyer and found it caught up on a power-line just south of the main entrance to the waste management site where it was flying nicely in a steady breeze.

    WAYWARD FLIGHT Auto theft training

    for RCMP debuts in Red Deer

    About 35 Red Deer RCMP members gathered with officers from around Al-berta and British Columbia for a two-day training session on investigating auto theft in Red Deer on Tuesday.

    Hosted by the Insurance Bureau of Canada, its the first time Provincial Auto Theft Network (PATNET) train-ing has been available outside the At-lantic region where it began in 2010.

    Red Deer RCMP Supt. Scott Tod said PATNET will give his officers a chance to network, share strategies and create a more co-ordinated ap-proach to investigating property crime like vehicle theft which has increased significantly over the last three or four years in the city.

    Tod said that not only are vehicle owners being victimized, but the ve-hicles are being used to commit other crimes and has raised public safety concerns on the roads.

    When they steal these motor ve-hicles, if we come across them they start to drive erratically. We do our best to ensure public safety and limit any exposure to people being injured through our pursuit policies, but the fact remains once they steal these ve-hicles, they drive differently. The pub-lics at risk. They ram police cars so police are at risk, Tod said on Tues-day.

    Dan Service, director of investi-gative services Western and Pacific, for Insurance Bureau of Canada, said even in Central Alberta, auto crime can have an international connection.

    We have vehicles that have been stolen that have not been recovered. The clear suggestion of that would be an organized group, or groups, are op-erating within Alberta and stealing and moving them out of the country, said Service at Red Deer Sheraton where PATNET training is being held.

    He said in 2015 the Insurance Bu-reau of Canada repatriated vehicles from Ghana, Belgium, China, Jamaica and Spain.

    And the complexity of the crime is increasing, he said.

    One of the files we investigated in-volved six different vehicles all put to-gether to form a Chrysler 300. We iden-tified that vehicle right down to the seatbelts as to which cars they came from, Service said.

    Guy Ouellette, auto theft investiga-tor with Insurance Bureau of Canada from Nova Scotia, said people can help make it more difficult for vehicles to disappear by locking their vehicles, not leaving keys in the ignition, and not hiding any spare keys.

    He said new vehicles are also hard-er to steal.

    But he said the thieves work quick.If they are stolen for the interna-

    tional market, within a day they are already away from Canada.

    szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

    BY SUSAN ZIELINSKIADVOCATE STAFF

    Hospital still cancelling surgeries due to flood

    Surgeries continue to be cancelled at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre where flooding closed five out of nine operating rooms on March 1.

    Alberta Health Services Central Zone said as of Monday, 136 surgical procedures have been rescheduled since a construction-related flood on the second floor poured down into the

    main floor operating rooms.Only urgent and emergency surger-

    ies con