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Long weekend checkstop results in numerous charges

The Didsbury RCMP Burnt Timber Checkstop was busy between May 20 and May 24. There were about 2,000 campers in the area (half the number of last year), with many departing the area early Sunday morning.
Didsbury RCMP and Sustainable Resource and Development officers enforced the clean up of several campsites in the Burnt Timber area, outside of Didsbury after the May long
Didsbury RCMP and Sustainable Resource and Development officers enforced the clean up of several campsites in the Burnt Timber area, outside of Didsbury after the May long weekend.

The Didsbury RCMP Burnt Timber Checkstop was busy between May 20 and May 24. There were about 2,000 campers in the area (half the number of last year), with many departing the area early Sunday morning. The Burnt Timber area is located north of Rocky View County about 70 kilometres west of Didsbury.

RCMP and other enforcement partners were kept busy monitoring liquor violations, traffic and off highway vehicle infractions. RCMP also assisted Sustainable Resource and Development by enforcing the cleanup of several campsites that were littered with trash.

During the 24-hour checkstop, RCMP handed out nine roadside suspensions for impaired operators, 13 tickets under the Gaming and Liquor Act and 41 tickets for various traffic infractions.

In addition, there were 12 warrants executed and 23 drug seizures - including marijuana, cocaine and mushrooms. Community Peace Officers from Didsbury and Mountain View County assisted with traffic monitoring on the roads leading into the area, resulting in an additional 115 traffic violations being issued.

At about 4 p.m. on May 23, Chestermere RCMP responded to a collision between a vehicle and a cyclist in the intersection of Highway 1A and West Chestermere Drive.

The 15-year-old cyclist was transported to Alberta Children’s Hospital and was later released with minor injuries.

It was determined that the vehicle was proceeding through the intersection on a green light.

Police would like to remind both drivers and cyclists to be cognizant of their surroundings as more bikes take to the road as the weather warms up.

Sometime between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. on May 18, culprits broke into a business in the 300 block of Merganser Drive West in Chestermere.

The business showed signs of forced entry through a glass door that had been smashed with a rock.

A small sum of money was stolen.

Police remind local residents to be aware of suspicious individuals and to contact their local RCMP detachment if they suspect or witness a crime in progress.

If you have information on any crime, contact your local RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers doesn’t subscribe to call display and the identity of the caller will remain anonymous.

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