Lyle Vance (social media photo)

Prisoner walks after witness doesn’t show in Stettler provincial court

Crown stays charges against Lyle Vance and Lyle Anderson

Two men apprehended last April by the newly formed Rural Crime Reduction Project walked out of court free men after a witness failed to show.

Lyle Robert Vance appeared as a prisoner in Stettler provincial court Jan. 10. His co-accused Lyle Alden Anderson appeared but wasn’t a prisoner.

Vance was charged with unlawful confinement, robbery with a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, failing to stop for police, resisting arrest, unlawfully being in a dwelling, possession of stolen property, possession of break-in tools, driving while disqualified, careless driving, driving without insurance and breach of probation.

READ MORE: Pair from Mirror, Alix area finally under arrest

Anderson was charged with intimidation through threats, unlawfully in a dwelling, possession of a weapon and breach of probation.

Vance and Anderson were arrested by Bashaw RCMP last April.

READ MORE: Preliminary inquiry set in Stettler for co-accused Anderson and Vance

RCMP Rural Crime Reduction Project and Blackfalds RCMP started several investigations in the tiny hamlet of Mirror, northeast of Red Deer, in January 2018.

Blackfalds RCMP investigated a break-and-enter and assault incident at a hotel in Red Deer’s Gasoline Alley Jan. 31, 2018. Vance was charged in connection with this incident and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

On Feb. 24, 2018, Bashaw RCMP started investigating three robberies against persons and both Anderson and Vance were charged with 21 offences.

RCMP say the two were also involved in a flight from police incident in Sylvan Lake on Feb. 22, 2018. The two were charged and arrest warrants issued.

On April 16, 2018, Ponoka RCMP arrested Anderson without incident.

READ MORE: Man targeted in newly formed RCMP Crime Reduction unit pleads not guilty to more than 40 charges

On April 25, 2018, Red Deer RCMP responded to a call about a possible kidnapping from a carjacking incident after a woman was assaulted and her van stolen. All parties involved were known to each other, according to police.

The same day, as a result of the RCMP’s intelligence gathering, the Rural Crime Reduction Project members and Bashaw RCMP arrested Vance in Mirror without incident.

READ MORE: Stettler senior gets 60 days in jail for drug possession

The preliminary hearing didn’t proceed Jan. 10, 2019, and Crown prosecutor Bruce Ritter told the court he was staying the charges.

Vance and Anderson smiled and nodded at each other.

Judge Gordon Yake accepted the Crown’s submissions and all charges were dropped against the pair and Vance was released from jail.



lisa.joy@stettlerindependent.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp hits 45 year milestone

The long-running hockey camp sees kids come from all over the world every year

Summer weather shows for 14th Annual Pro-Am

The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the Junior Golf Foundation of Gull Lake

Don’t miss Rimbey’s motorsport action this summer

Great events geared up at Central Alberta Raceways

Looking back and looking forward

Town of Rimbey Mayor reflects on two terms, what’s to come

Rimbey RCMP says property crime lower than recent years

Rimbey RCMP also seized stolen items, crystal meth in response to suspicious activity call

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government’s Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado

Natural gas producers demand government action in open letter to Kenney

The letter warns that the viability of the natural gas sector is in jeopardy

Remains of missing Edmonton woman discovered outside of North Battleford: RCMP

The 25-year-old Edmonton woman was reported missing on May 12

Companies to appear before panel today in public inquiry into B.C. gas prices

A three-member panel by B.C. Utilities Commission will listen to up to four days of oral hearings

Interviews with family of highway shooting victim heard in Calgary court

Horst Stewin’s relatives were set to testify by video from Germany this morning, but a court translator said she was unable to proceed

Lower gas prices slow annual inflation rate to Bank of Canada’s 2% bull’s-eye

Prices showed strength in other areas — led by a 17.3 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

High-speed rail link would run from Vancouver to Seattle in under 1 hour: study

Annual ridership is projected to exceed three million

Most Read