A minor hockey game got out of hand on January 29, and the RCMP were called after a fight broke out on the ice among the young players. When Mounties arrived, they observed disruptive fans and parents yelling profanities at the referees. The Mounties remained in the arena until the end of the game in order to keep the peace and de-escalate the situation. Const. Carman Dutz said a complaint of assault is still under investigation.
In a separate incident, RCMP recovered thousands of dollars worth of construction equipment stolen from a property in Wetaskiwin. The equipment was found in the Rimbey RCMP’s detachment area.
Dutz said the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
A 29-year-old man from Breton faces charges of assault, uttering threats and failure to comply with conditions after RCMP investigated a complaint about a domestic disturbance in the Rimbey area.
As the domestic disturbance took place in front of two children under the age of 10, Child and Family Services were notified. The accused is to appear in Rimbey Provincial Court on March 4.
Domestic violence continues to be an issue of great concern to the RCMP and community wellness groups, said Dutz. “Rimbey and District Victim Services Unit has trained staff and volunteers who have a compassionate ear and many resources to support people who find themselves in abusive relationships or some other traumatic incident,” he added.
Rimbey RCMP continue to work with Canada Post to investigate mail theft in the area. There were two more incidents of vandalism to mailboxes in rural locations west of Rimbey reported last week and another break and enter to a rural property northwest of Rimbey.
Dutz encourages the public to pick up their mail regularly so the culprits have nothing to steal.
“And if you see suspicious behaviour in your neighbourhood, please report it to the RCMP. This is your community, and you have the power to make it safer,” he said.
Report any suspicious behaviour you see to the RCMP at 403-843-2224 or 911 if you observe a crime in progress. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers:
#8477 on Telus Mobility
*8477 on Rogers AT&T
Dutz encourages the public to attend Rimbey and District Victim Services Society annual fundraiser.
“The value of the Rimbey and District Victim Services Society to the community of Rimbey cannot be overstated. Therefore I encourage all to attend their fourth annual Valentine’s Gala fundraiser on Sat., February 13 at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre. There will be a meal, dance and silent auction. Pick up your tickets for this event at Stationary, Stories and Sounds, and come out to enjoy some great entertainment and support a very worthy society.”