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RCMP investigate dead body outside of Horseman Motel

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:28 am

Airdrie RCMP officers investigate a scene where the body of a deceased individual was discovered in the morning of April 28.
Airdrie RCMP officers investigate a scene where the body of a deceased individual was discovered in the morning of April 28.
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Airdrie RCMP responded to reports of an unresponsive individual in the parking lot of the Horseman Motel & Dining Lounge on Edmonton Trail at around 9 a.m. on April 28.

The person was pronounced dead at the scene and the cause of death has been determined to be a medical issue.

No details had been provided on the deceased as of press time, as notification of next of kin was still pending.

Police have ruled out criminal activity as a factor in the death.

“It was determined that this person had a medical issue,” said Cst. Jason Curtis, Airdrie RCMP.

“There was nothing suspicious, it was just a really unfortunate thing to have happen.”

Pepper spray

A Calgary man has been arrested and charged with one count of Theft and three counts of Assault with a Weapon among other charges following an incident where CrossIron Mills mall employees were pepper sprayed on April 24.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Marc Steve Powell, an 18-year-old Calgary resident attempted to steal several pairs of jeans valued at over $1,600 from a store in the Balzac mall.

Powell fled the store and was pursued by store employees and mall security, before becoming engaged in a struggle where Powell deployed a concealed can of pepper spray.

Powell then fled from the mall towards Highway 2, where he was intercepted by Airdrie RCMP who chased him down on foot. The 18-year-old managed to flag down a vehicle that was subsequently pulled over by members of Airdrie RCMP Traffic Services, Airdrie Rural RCMP and RCMP Police Dog Service.

He was arrested without any further incident.

Store employees and mall security personnel who were involved in the altercation were treated for pepper spray exposure by Alberta Health Services and were released. All stolen property was recovered.

In addition to the Theft and Assault with Weapon charges, Powell faces charges of Resisting Arrest, one count of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, one count of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, and one count of Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to Public.

Break and enter

The Airdrie RCMP is seeking the assistance of the public to identify a suspect involved in a break-and-enter to a residence in the Buffalo Rub neighbourhood of Airdrie on April 18.

At around 9:40 a.m. on April 18, a man woke to the sound of three male voices in his home.

The man called Airdrie RCMP after the three men left the scene in a white ‘90’s model sedan, that may have been a Ford Crown Victoria.

When Airdrie RCMP arrived at the scene, they found the front door had been broken and several electronics and a rifle were taken from the home.

Curtis said break-and-enters during daytime hours are not a common occurrence.

“We haven’t seen daytime break and enters recently,” said Curtis.

“They can still happen but it’s definitely a bit out of the ordinary.”

Neighbourhood inquiries were conducted and with the assistance of an RCMP sketch artist, a sketch of one of the three suspects has been released.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, believed to be in his 20s, around 5’9” with a shaved head and slim build.

Airdrie sign damaged

Airdrie RCMP is seeking the assistance of the public in regards to a hit-and-run that occurred on April 5 at around 6 p.m.

According to witness reports, an older model green Ford Explorer was travelling eastbound on Veteran’s Boulevard when it struck a City of Airdrie sign on the south side of the road, just west of Main Street.

The vehicle then left the scene and no reports of the collision have been received. Police believe the vehicle may be a model within the year range of 2001 to 2003. Both of the vehicle’s taillights were found at the scene and the vehicle likely has extensive damage to its rear.

Anyone with information on any unsolved crimes can contact the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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