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Tuesday , 2 March 2021

Lac La Biche man charged with weapons offences

A 49-year old man from Lac La Biche is charged with a number of weapons offences following a traffic stop by RCMP on Jan. 17.

According to a media release the Crime Reduction Unit was on patrol in the town when they located a vehicle with an unregistered license plate. The driver tried to flee but couldn’t move the vehicle because of snow and ice.

Police say the driver was under driving and weapons prohibitions at the time and arrested without incident.

During a search of the vehicle, RCMP found a concealed machete, ammunition, and what is believed to be methamphetamine.

John Patenaude is charged with driving while prohibited, weapons possession, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of an illegal substance, and flight from police.

He remains in custody and will appear in Lac La Biche Provincial Court on Feb. 1, 2021.

About Meredith Kerr

Meredith Kerr moved to St. Paul for a career in journalism and morning radio in 2014 expecting to stay for six months to a year. Since then, she has put down roots in the form of a husband, a mortgage, two babies, and a poorly behaved dog. She continues to work as a reporter until such time as she finishes her book and becomes fabulously wealthy from the royalties. Meredith also serves as a member at large on the St. Paul Library Board and volunteers as a Beaver leader for the 1st St. Paul Scout Group.