Court Briefs, Oct. 12

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
October 12, 2017 - 2:28pm

A trial has been scheduled for two people from Sylvan Lake accused in a theft/fraud ring at the Edmonton International Airport.

Mounties were called on August 11 to a report of a credit card fraud in progress at a hotel at the airport. Officers attended and arrested four people. A subsequent search of the suspects’ vehicles resulted in seizure of stolen credit cards, identifications, computers and mail. Property was recovered from thefts in Sylvan Lake, Stettler, Red Deer and Camrose.

Chance Muranaka, 44, faces 70 counts relating to theft and property offences. Travis Muranaka, 40, is charged with 14 counts of theft, property and drug offences.

They appeared in Leduc Provincial Court last month and are now scheduled for trial on Nov. 28.

Meantime, Melissa Bowie, 27, of Sylvan Lake missed her scheduled court appearance on Sept. 28. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

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An arrest warrant has been issued for a local man accused of ramming a police cruiser in southeast Red Deer earlier this year after he missed a scheduled court appearance.

Mounties responded on the morning of March 27, 2017 to a complaint of a suspicious Ford Ranger in the parking lot at the East Hill Centre. Upon arrival, the suspect driver collided with a cruiser and several other vehicles that had tried to help block him in before he the area on foot with a female passenger. No one was injured. RCMP and Police Dog Services located the suspect after he was found hiding in a yard on Illingsworth Close.

Johnny Howard William MacDonald, 23, faces charges of assaulting a police officer, dangerous driving, resisting, and possession of stolen property.

He was failed to show at Red Deer Provincial Court on Oct 11.

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A local man wanted on warrants who was arrested after being spotted in a stolen truck earlier this year has been handed two and half years behind bars.

Acting on a tip, RCMP located the truck stolen from Lacombe in the parking lot at Village Mall in Red Deer on May 4.

Officers then located the male suspect inside a store and as they approached, he attempted to flee and then resisted arrest, engaging in an altercation in which one officer sustained minor injuries.

Police also seized what is believed to be methamphetamine, over $2,500 in cash, and equipment stolen from a Red Deer RCMP police cruiser that had been broken into and vandalized on April 26.

At the time of his arrest, Connor Raymond Mueller, 24, was wanted on three outstanding warrants out of Sylvan Lake for driving dangerously while fleeing police, possession of stolen property and theft under $5,000. He faced eight new charges following the May incident that included assaulting a peace officer, possession of stolen property and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

On Oct. 4, Mueller was sentenced to 32 months in jail, minus 7.5 months’ credit for time served in custody, leaving him with two years left to serve.

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