Ponoka RCMP arrest man on weapons charges

Man taken into custody, facing eight charges after being found unresponsive near rural home

A 43-year old man is in custody and weapons and possession of property charges after a Ponoka area resident called in a suspicious vehicle.

Michael John Castle was arrested July 29 and faces three counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 plus two counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 as well as two counts each of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon to go along with drug possession charges.

“We are glad the homeowner called us for assistance and even more pleased with being able to solve this investigation and recover a stolen vehicle,” said Ponoka RCMP Sgt. Chris Smiley

“This is an example of offenders crossing jurisdictions and our ongoing commitment to sharing intelligence and disrupting criminal behaviour.”

Ponoka RCMP were called about 5:30 p.m. on July 29 and responded to a rural residence regarding an unknown man who seemed non-responsive on the complainant’s property. Officers arriving on scene found the man inside the vehicle that was idling and were able to arrest Castle without incident.

A search was conducted, which revealed a small quantity of what was believed to be fentanyl along with two pepper spray containers.

Upon further investigation, both the Mercedes Benz SUV and the licence plate attached to it were found to be stolen as well as a second stolen licence plate was located inside the vehicle.

The vehicle had been earlier reported stolen from Edmonton and found to be involved in an incident in Cochrane on July 28, which was led to Castle facing two more charges — dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police.

Castle is slated to make his first appearance Aug. 2 in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court where bail may be spoken to.

Just Posted

Charity BBQ supports Lacombe man involved in motorcycle crash

100 per cent of funds raised goes to support Lyndon Geates recovery

UPDATED: Gord Bamford Foundation Charity Gala brings the stars to Central Alberta

The Gala raises money for various children’s charities throughout Canada

Lacombe Chamber announces scholarship winners

Andrew and Carter have shown commitment to the community

City of Lacombe to build Henner’s Pond Stormwater Outlet to Wolf Creek

Public is invited to attend a public information session for this upcoming project on August 23

Lacombe County Highlights – Aug. 9th, 2018

Highlights of the regular council meeting August 9, 2018

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

WATCH: Pioneer Days runs all weekend at Sunnybrook Farm

Red Deerians brave the smoke to celebrate Sunybrook’s biggest event

Ride to Reynolds Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin

Smoky but awesome event celebrates everything ‘motorcycles;’ open Sat. Aug. 18 to 4 p.m.

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada paid for study to understand Canadian attitudes

These are the highest-paid actresses of 2018

In its list released this week Forbes said all 10 earned a total of $186 million before tax

Ponoka’s Ronnie Racing wins Hot August Night

About 15,000 people filled the Castrol Raceway stands at the motorsports complex

Vintage vehicle subject of RCMP search

Two Hills RCMP seek to identify owner of recovered 1940’s vehicle

Canada’s tax system unfairly favours wealthy, poll of CRA auditors suggests

Four of every five respondents think loopholes and tax credits built into the system benefit the rich

Banff’s Sunshine ski resort upset with proposed guidelines from Parks Canada

The plan would allow for more visitors but wouldn’t let Sunshine build additional facilities

Most Read