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Lethbridge woman fined for allegedly violating B.C. COVID-19 health orders

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REVELSTOKE, BC – A woman with a Lethbridge address has been slapped with some hefty fines for allegedly violating public health orders in British Columbia.

RCMP in Revelstoke, B.C. say they were called to a Tim Hortons in that mountain town last weekend, early in the morning on December 6th, after a woman refused multiple times when asked by staff, to put on a face covering in the restaurant.

Like Alberta, B.C. has a province-wide mandatory masking order.

Police went to the business and found the 43 year old woman, still not wearing a mask and refusing to leave.

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The officers explained the current COVID-19 regulations including the requirement to wear a mask, however the woman apparently refused to listen. She was then arrested for causing a disturbance in a public place.

RCMP issued her two tickets: One for violating the public health order for not wearing a mask in public place ($230) and another for abusive and belligerent behaviour ($230).

The total, $460 in fines.

Sergeant Chris Dodds told our radio station the woman has been in the Revelstoke area for sometime now, despite her Lethbridge home address. “Officers attended the call to try to reason with the woman, however in the end she refused to comply with police direction and action was taken both criminally and through the issuance of provincial violation tickets.”

The suspect’s name has not been released. She will appear in B.C. court at a later date.

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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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