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Two charged after argument involving axe

RCMP have charged two men after an argument broke out in the line up of a free dental clinic, according to a news release issued on Friday.

Police were called to the parking lot of Bright Dental on Giroux Road on Oct. 19. The clinic was offering free dental work to low-income residents as part of Dental Compassion Day.

An argument started between two adult men waiting in line and the argument turned into physical violence.

One of the men then took an axe out of his vehicle and may have been carrying it while walking after the other individual. He returned the axe to his vehicle before the RCMP arrived. The RCMP seized the axe.

Scott Pocha, 57, of Edmonton and Antonio Deleon, 49, of St. Albert are facing charges of disturbing the peace. Deleon has also been charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

Both men were released with conditions to have no contact with each other and they are both to attend St. Albert Provincial Court on Dec. 1.

Police still patrolling neighbourhoods

Neighbourhood patrols continue to be a police priority especially after vandalism incidents earlier this month, says Cpl. Laurel Kading with St. Albert RCMP.

Officers have been told to target the neighbourhoods of Lacombe Park, North Ridge and Deer Ridge after seven vehicles had their windows broken by rocks overnight between 11:30 p.m. and midnight on Oct. 13.

Police have also increased patrols in the Akinsdale area after a rash of tire slashings and other vandalism between Sept. 27 and Oct. 5.

Gordon MacLeod, a resident of Lacombe Park, says he hasn’t seen more RCMP officers in the neighborhood.

After his lawn ornaments were vandalized several years ago, he no longer puts out decorations. He no longer parks his vehicles on the street either.

“It’s just not worth it,” he says.

David Fuller of Akinsdale hasn’t seen an increased police presence either.

“I love seeing the RCMP around. I would always like them to patrol more. I’m paying their wages, I want to see them.”

Fuller’s lawn decorations were vandalized more than 10 years ago, but there have been no incidents since.

The retired Edmonton firefighter says presentations he used to give at Elmer S. Gish Elementary and Junior High School may have helped with that.

“Keep an eye open for your neighbours,” he would tell them. “1,000 pairs of eyes looking around are better than one.”

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