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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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RCMP make arrest in string of southern Alberta bank robberies

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The RCMP’s Southern Alberta Crime Reduction unit has arrested a Calgary man in connection to a number of bank robberies dating back to last summer.

Mounties have been conducting an investigation for the past several months into a series on robberies at financial institutions in a number of communities including Granum, Vauxhall, Magrath, Trochu, Caroline, and Calgary.

RCMP say the robberies took place between August 2019 and this past April.

On Tuesday this week (June 23), police arrested 44 year old Jesse Damond Morton of Calgary in connection to the robberies. He’s facing seven counts each of robbery and wearing a disguise will committing an offence, two counts of pointing a firearm, and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon.

Morton remains behind bars and is expected to appear in court in Airdrie on July 23rd.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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