RCMP Investigating Armed Robbery in Wabamun

Spruce Grove-Stony Plain RCMP are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Lakeside Liquor Store in Wabamun last week.

On April 17th at 12:18 pm, a male wearing a face mask and carrying a knife entered the store and demanded money from the till. The male obtained an undisclosed amount of money and left on foot. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as the following:

-Approximately 30 years old and 6 foot 4, with a thicker body size, but not fat
-Wearing a red and black plaid jacket over a black shirt with red and yellow on it
-A light coloured ball cap with a dark brim
-Black pants with a stripe down the side
-White shoes.

If you have information about this investigation, please call the Stony Plain RCMP at 780-968-7267, or call your local police detachment, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


Scott Safety Centre Expansion Project Gets Higher Budget Approved, Contract Awarded

Whitecourt Town Council this week heard an update on the Scott Safety Centre expansion project.

Last October, Council entered into a Renovation Contribution Agreement with the Stark Sports Society to share in the cost of constructing a dressing room for the Whitecourt Wolverines.

On Monday, Council heard that Requests for Proposals were sent out for the building construction, and upon coming back, the overall budget for the project is now higher than originally anticipated, from $650,000 to $800,000.

Mayor Maryann Chichak explains the increase and Council’s decision to amend the agreement.

The new budget means both the Town and Stark Sports Society will cost-share the project, contributing $400,000 each. Whitecourt will front the total costs, and Stark Sports will reimburse the town their portion on a payment schedule over 6.5 years.

Council also awarded the design-build contract to Edmonton-based company Brenex Building Corporation.

Work is expected to start on the arena as soon as possible and be completed in the near future, given the time crunch in place since the Scott Safety Centre is needed for events such as Whitecourt’s Trade Fair over Mothers Day weekend.

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