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Swan Hills RCMP Investigating Two Break-Ins

RCMP in Swan Hills are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects wanted in connection to a couple of recent break-ins.

Around 5 am on December 12th, Swan Hills RCMP responded to an alarm at the Esso on Highway 33 and found the business had been broken into.

Surveillance video showed that two males had arrived at the Esso in a white early 2000 model Dodge Ram pickup truck. The suspects left with cigarettes, scratch tickets, and other merchandise in the truck, that was seen traveling south on Highway 33 towards Barrhead.

Further investigation revealed that the Canada Post outlet in Swan Hills had also been broken into and parcels were stolen. It is believed that these incidents are related.

Suspect 1 is described as being about 6 feet tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a black toque with a red band and a yellow and orange emblem, black balaclava or face covering, black long-sleeve fitted shirt, black pants, and blue gloves. He was also possibly wearing a chain around his neck.

Suspect 2 is a larger, heavier set male wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black balaclava or face covering, black pants, and grey/green gloves.

Anything with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Swan Hills RCMP at 780-333-4450, or local police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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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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