Stolen license plate in Ponoka leads to three arrests in Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin RCMP lay firearms charges against three males

A stolen license plate spotted in Ponoka has led to the arrests of three men in Wetaskiwin.

According to Wetaskiwin RCMP spokesperson Cst. Christine Hepburn, “May 7th, 2018 the Central Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Project (RCRP) located a stolen license plate affixed to a trailer on a rural Ponoka property. During the course of a police investigation, two males were observed attending the property and dropping off items prior to departing. During the execution of a search warrant, police located and seized a loaded firearm.

“The following day, two males were arrested in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

“Shawn Phinney 26-year-old and Matthew Burroughs 26-year-old both of Wetaskiwin, Alberta face the following charges: Unauthorized possession of a firearm, Possession of a firearm without a licence, Possession of a prohibited weapon and Possession of a firearm with altered serial number .

“A third male from of Ponoka, Alberta is also accused, and is currently in police custody on other criminal matters.

“Phinney and the third male are each charged with an additional offence of possession of a firearm contrary to a weapons prohibition.

“Phinney and Burroughs were brought before a Justice of the Peace and have been released for court in Ponoka on June 1st, 2018.”

Hepburn stated the Rural Crime Reduction Project has been working in the Wetaskiwin area since mid April and added these arrests are as a result of a crime reduction strategy involving targeting crime ‘hotspots’ and focusing resources on monitoring the activities in those hotspots.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

Just Posted

Wetaskiwin carjacking sees 76 year old woman’s vehicle stolen

Wetaskiwin RCMP with Crime Reduction Unit charge robbery suspects

EIR Celebrates 50 Years at the Moose Lodge in Wetaskiwin

Edmonton Raceway presents awards at ceremony Nov. 3

Wetaskiwin soldiers faced hardship, loneliness in WWI

Letters from local soldiers who fought 100 years ago

County of Wetaskiwin won’t allow rec cannabis in campsites

If you want to smoke marijuana, you’ll have to go in the camper

Falun, Rosebrier 4-H collect huge amount of food for food bank

Falun 4-H beef club’s 50th anniversary this year

Calgarians vote ‘no’ to bidding for 2026 Winter Games, in plebiscite

Out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 voted and 171,750 said ”no.”

Canada Post strike having ‘critical’ impact on retailers, eBay tells PM

Canada Post says it is now facing an unprecedented backlog of shipments, largely as a result of strikes

NASA wants Canadian boots on the moon as first step in deep space exploration

The U.S. is seeking broad international support for the next-generation space station to send into orbit a in 2021

B.C. man wanted in connection to domestic assault in Edmonton

Sterling Miles Booker has ‘ROCK’ and ‘ROLL’ tattooed on his hands

Canada wants free trade deal with southeast Asian nations, Trudeau says

ASEAN nations combined have nearly 650 million people, an economy of US$2.8 trillion, and are already Canada’s sixth-biggest trading partner.

Olympic and Paralympic committees disappointed, but respectful of Calgary’s vote

The majority of voters said ‘no’ to a potential Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Wildfire death toll rises in California as search for missing continues

Authorities reported six more fatalities from the Northern California blaze, bringing the total number of dead so far to 48.

B.C. MLAs urge Trudeau to call byelection immediately in Burnaby-South

Four NDP provincial politicians from British Columbia are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately call a byelection in the federal riding of Burnaby-South.

Prince Charles turns 70 with party, new family photos

Charles is due to have tea on Wednesday with a group of people who are also turning 70 this year

Most Read