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Monday , 28 November 2022
Arthur C. Green/Lakeland Connect

Vegreville RCMP charge male involved in firearm incident

The RCMP in Vegreville have arrested a man for having drugs in his possession while discharging a firearm recklessly.

On Feb. 17, at approximately 4:20 p.m., the Vegreville RCMP, with the assistance of Two Hills RCMP, responded to a rural residential property on Range Road 142 northeast of Vegreville for a report of a male who had discharged a firearm from inside a garage to the outside through an open door. One resident had fled the home while another had stayed behind with the male.

Responding officers established a perimeter on nearby roadways and called for additional resources including RCMP Emergency Response Team and RCMP Police Dog Services.

Prior to those additional resources arriving the male drove from the residence. Officers successfully deployed Tire Deflation Devices. After a short distance the vehicle stopped and the male was taken into custody.

Officers seized firearms and a quantity of suspected methamphetamine from the garage.

No one was physically injured during this incident. No other residences were at risk.

Michael Taras Cherniawsky, 34, of the County of Minburn is charged with:

  • Discharging a firearm recklessly
  • Possessing a restricted/prohibited firearm
  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking

Following a judicial hearing Cherniawsky was released with conditions. Cherniawsky is scheduled to appear in Vegreville Provincial Court on Mar. 22, 2022.

As this matter is before the court no further information can be released.

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is an award winning journalist and is from Whitbourne Newfoundland. Green graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, River Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner and can fillet a Codfish.