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SATURDAY NEWS (APRIL 18)

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FATAL ROLLOVER NEAR SYLVAN LAKE FRIDAY MORNING - A 20 YEAR OLD MALE FROM SYLVAN HAS DIED AFTER A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER NEAR THAT COMMUNITY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. AT AROUND A QUARTER TO SEVEN, SYLVAN EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO HIGHWAY 11, EAST OF RANGE ROAD 12 BETWEEN SYLVAN AND RED DEER. A GMC SIERRA TRAVELING EAST ON HIGHWAY 11 RAN OFF THE ROAD AFTER STRIKING A GUARDRAIL. IT THEN ROLLED AND ENDED UP ON IT'S ROOF, PARTIALLY SUBMERGED IN THE CREEK BELOW. BYSTANDERS STOPPED AND WERE ABLE TO PULL TWO OCCUPANTS FROM THE TRUCK AND PERFORMED FIRST AID UNTIL CREWS ARRIVED. A 25 YEAR OLD FEMALE PASSENGER FROM RED DEER WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL WHERE SHE REMAINS IN INTENSIVE CARE. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING, BUT AUTHORITIES SAY IT'S LIKELY SPEED AND ALCOHOL PLAYED A FACTOR. POLICE ARE NOT RELEASING THEIR NAMES AT THIS TIME.
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38 YEAR OLD MAN DECLARED MISSING - RED DEER RCMP HAVE PUT OUT THE CALL TO FIND A MISSING 38 YEAR OLD. KURT HUEBNER WAS LAST SEEN ON THURSDAY HERE IN RED DER DRIVING A BLACK 2010 HONDA CIVIC, WITH THE ALBERTA PLATE ZRS 833. AT THE TIME OF HIS DISAPPEARANCE, HUEBNER WAS WEARING A GREY DRESS SHIRT AND LEATHER JACKET WITH DARK PANTS AND RED/WHITE AND BLACK RUNNING SHOES. IF YOU KNOW OF HIS WHEREABOUTS YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL CITY RCMP AT (403) 406 - 2300. A PHOTO CAN BE FOUND ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
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GRASS FIRE OUTSIDE OF LACOMBE ON FRIDAY EVENING -
LACOMBE'S FIRE SERVICE WAS CALLED OUT AROUND THE SUPPER HOUR ON FRIDAY EVENING TO DEAL WITH A LARGE GRASS FIRE EAST OF THAT COMMUNITY. HEAVY WINDS DID NOT HELP THE SITUATION AS CREWS WERE ABLE TO BRING THE BLAZE UNDER CONTROL NORTH OF THE DOW CHEMICALS PLANT . AN OFFICIAL CAUSE FOR THE BLAZE ALONG HIGHWAY 597 HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED.
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SENIORS TRANSPORTATION DAY -
TODAY IS SENIORS TRANSPORTATION DAY IN RED DEER. A SPECIAL EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE GOLDEN CIRCLE RESOURCE CENTRE (4620-47A AVE) FROM 9 AM - 1 PM. REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE THERE FROM THE CITY, AMA, BOLT TRANSIT, ACTION GROUP, SAFE COMMUNITIES AND FAMILY SERVICES. THE EVENT IS TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MANY TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR SENIORS CENTRAL ALBERTA.
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ONLINE CENSUS DEADLINE IS SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT - A REMINDER TO GET YOUR CENSUS MATERIAL INTO THE CITY OF RED DEER BEFORE THE FIRST DEADLINE ON SUNDAY NIGHT. THE ONLINE CENSUS CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON APRIL 19TH TO GIVE THE CITY AN IDEA OF OUR POPULATION COUNT. THOSE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO COMPLETE IT BEFORE THE DEADLINE CAN STILL CALL THE CENSUS OFFICE TO COUNT THEMSELVES IN. THAT NUMBER IS (403) 342-8317. VISIT WWW.REDDEER.CA/CENSUS TO TAKE PART. RESULTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED AT THE END OF JULY.
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DAWE CENTRE POOL CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE - THOSE LOOKING TO USE THE POOL AT THE DAWE CENTRE WILL HAVE TO USE OTHER FACILITIES FOR THE NEXT WEEK. ANNUAL MAINTENANCE HAS SHUT DOWN THE WATER PARK UNTIL NEXT SATURDAY. IT WILL REOPEN FOR THE PUBLIC SWIM AT NOON THAT DAY. NOTE THAT THE REST OF THE G.H DAWE CENTRE REMAINS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THE POOLS AT THE MICHENER, RECREATION CENTRE AND COLLICUT ARE ALSO STILL OPEN. THEIR SCHEDULES CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.REDDEER.CA
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RDC PHYSICAL LITERACY SUMMIT - TODAY RED DEER COLLEGE IS HOSTING THE PHYSICAL LITERACY AND FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENTS SUMMIT. PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF HOW TO APPLY WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED TO THEIR CURRENT ACTIVITIES. COACHES WILL EARN CERTIFICATION IN FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS FROM THE NATIONAL COACHING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM. THE SUMMIT RUNS TODAY AT RDC FROM 8:30 - 4:30.
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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CONVENTION IN TOWN THIS WEEKEND - RED DEER WILL HOST DELEGATES REPRESENTING 160 COUNCILS FROM THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FROM ALBERTA AND THE TERRITORIES THIS WEEKEND. THE 105TH ANNUAL CONVENTION KICKED OFF AT THE SHERATON LAST NIGHT AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY.
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PROVINCIAL TRIVIA COMPETITION STARTS TODAY -
HUNTING HILLS HIGH SCHOOL WILL HOST A PROVINCIAL TRIVIA COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND. THE SCHOOLREACH TEAM FROM HUNTING WON THE REGIONALS AGAINST TEAMS FROM AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA AND HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE PROVINCIAL EVENT. A TOTAL OF 36 TEAMS FROM AROUND ALBERTA WILL PARTICIPATE, WITH STUDENTS IN GRADES 7 THROUGH 12.   
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RED DEER LAW DAY TODAY - THOSE INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT OUR LEGAL SYSTEM WILL WANT TO COME OUT TO RED DEER LAW DAY. THIS EVENT GIVES PEOPLE A CHANCE TO MEET THE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN PROVIDING LEGAL ASSISTANCE. IT TAKES PLACE TODAY AT THE RED DEER COURTHOUSE FROM 9:30 TO 3 PM. PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A TOUR OF THE COURTHOUSE AND CELLS, VIEW A MOCK TRIAL AND MEET A DRUG DOG FROM THE BOWDEN PENITENTIARY.

 

 

FRI PM NEWS (APRIL 17)

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INNISFAIL RCMP SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT WHO ESCAPED FROM THE BOWDEN INSTITUTE - AN ESCAPE FROM THE BOWDEN INSTITUTE ON THURSDAY NIGHT HAS RCMP IN INNISFAIL ASKING FOR YOUR HELP. 50 YEAR OLD SYLVAIN MARTIN WAS REPORTED MISSING FROM THE MINIMUM SECURITY UNIT LAST NIGHT, LEADING AUTHORITIES TO BELIEVE HE ESCAPED. MARTIN IS DESCRIBED AS A CAUCASIAN MALE WITH BLUE EYES WHO STANDS ABOUT FIVE FOOT FIVE, WEIGHING 148 POUNDS. HIS PHOTO CAN BE FOUND ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS. IF YOU SEE HIM YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL CRIMESTOPPERS OR YOUR NEAREST POLICE AGENCY. A CASH REWARD MAY BE HANDED OUT IF YOUR TIP LEADS TO AN ARREST.
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HUMAN TRAFFICKING CHARGES LAID AGAINST RED DEER DUO - TWO PEOPLE FROM RED DEER ARE FACING HUMAN TRAFFICKING CHARGES AFTER A JOINT INVESTIGATION INTO TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER ABUSE LAST MONTH. IN JUNE OF 2014, ALBERTA EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS BEGAN LOOKING INTO ALLEGED ABUSES AT THE ECONOLODGE IN GASOLINE ALLEY. THE RCMP WERE CALLED IN AND AFTER A TEN MONTH INVESTIGATION, THE TWO FACE CHARGES FOR HIRING EIGHT UNAUTHORIZED FOREIGN WORKERS. CHARGES WERE ALSO LAID FOR HELPING BRING SOMEONE TO CANADA BY MEANS OF DECEPTION, AND MISREPRESENTING FACTS RELATED TO THE INVESTIGATION. 49 YEAR OLD VARINDER SIDHU AND 46 YEAR OLD RAVINDER SIDHU WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON MAY 26TH.
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HOSPITAL STABBING SUSPECT DENIED BAIL - A LOCAL WOMAN ACCUSED OF STABBING A NURSE MULTIPLE TIMES AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL LAST MONTH HAS BEEN DENIED BAIL. AS A RESULT, 34 YEAR OLD MEGHAN DION WILL REMAIN BEHIND BARS FOR HER NEXT COURT APPEARANCE APRIL 29TH. SHE FACES SEVERAL COUNTS IN THE MARCH 6TH INCIDENT INCLUDING ATTEMPTED MURDER AND FACES CHARGES IN OTHER EVENTS THIS YEAR AS WELL. RCMP SAY THE NURSE WHO IS ALSO THE SUSPECT'S MOTHER, SUFFERED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES IN THE ATTACK.
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RCMP CREDIT NEIGHBOUR'S SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM WITH CATCHING SUSPECT -
RED DEER RCMP ARE CREDITING A NEIGHBOUR'S SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM WITH HELPING THEM ARREST A MAN ON A BREAK AND ENTER CHARGE. DURING THE DAY ON APRIL 11TH, WHILE THE HOMEOWNERS WERE AWAY, A SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS CAUGHT A MAN BREAKING INTO A HOME IN THE ANDERS NEIGHBOURHOOD. THE SUSPECT IS SAID TO HAVE KICKED THE GARAGE DOOR BEFORE STEALING CASH, JEWELERY AND SOME PASSPORTS. THAT FOOTAGE FROM LAST SATURDAY HELPED TO IDENTIFY THE MAN, AS HE WAS WALKING THROUGH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD AGAIN ON TUESDAY. 35 YEAR OLD SEAN ALDRIDGE MADE HIS FIRST APPEARANCE IN COURT ON WEDNESDAY, AND IS DUE BACK ON THE 22ND FOR ELECTION AND PLEA.
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LOCAL HOUSING MARKET SLOWING DOWN - THE LOCAL REAL ESTATE MARKET SAW A SLOW DOWN IN HOME SALES LAST MONTH. THAT ACCORDING TO THE CENTRAL ALBERTA REALTORS ASSOCIATION WHICH SAYS HOME SALES NUMBERED 375 IN MARCH, A DROP OF NEARLY 17 PERCENT FROM MARCH OF LAST YEAR WHILE SALES IN ALL OF ALBERTA FELL OVER 20 PERCENT FROM MARCH OF 2014. THE DOLLAR VALUE OF LOCAL HOME SALES LAST MONTH CAME IN AT NEARLY 120 MILLION DOLLARS, A DROP OF TWELVE AND A HALF PERCENT FROM THE RECORD SET IN MARCH OF 2014.
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CANDIDATE LIST OFFICIAL FOR RED DEER-NORTH - WITH THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION ONLY WEEKS AWAY, POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE BEEN RACING TO GET THEIR CANDIDATES IN PLACE. FIVE INDIVIDUALS HAVE SUBMITTED NOMINATION PAPERS TO BE THE NEXT MLA IN RED DEER-NORTH. THEY ARE CHRISTINE MOORE RUNNING FOR THE PC'S, BUCK BUCHANAN WITH THE WILDROSE AND KIM SCHREINER FOR THE NDP. KRYSTAL KROMM WITH THE ALBERTA PARTY AND MICHAEL DAWE FOR THE LIBERALS/GREEN PARTY ARE ALSO RUNNING HERE. RESIDENTS OF RED DEER-NORTH WILL HEAD TO BAY #3 4664 RIVERSIDE DRIVE TO CAST THEIR VOTES.
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CANDIDATE LIST OFFICIAL FOR RED DEER-SOUTH -
TODAY WAS THE DEADLINE FOR THOSE LOOKING TO FILE NOMINATION PAPERS FOR THE UPCOMING PROVINCIAL ELECTION. THERE ARE NOW EIGHT PEOPLE VYING TO BECOME THE NEXT MLA ON MAY 5TH. NORMAN WEIBE WILL REPRESENT THE WILDROSE, WITH DARCY MYKYTYSHYN RUNNING FOR THE TORIES. DEBRA CHECKEL IS WITH THE LIBERALS WHILE BEN DUBOIS IS RUNNING FOR THE GREEN PARTY. SERGE GINGRAS WILL HOLD THE ALBERTA PARTY BANNER, WHILE BARBRA MILLER IS WITH THE NDP. PATTY ARGENT AND WILLIAM BERRY ARE ALSO RUNNING HERE AS INDEPENDENTS. THOSE WHO LIVE IN RED DEER-SOUTH CAN CAST THEIR BALLOTS AT #101 4315 55TH AVENUE DURING ADVANCE VOTING APRIL 29TH TO MAY 2ND.
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FRI AM NEWS (APRIL 17)
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MISSING RED DEER TEEN
- LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE HOPING YOU CAN KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR A MISSING TEEN. 16 YEAR OLD MARLEY BURDICK WAS LAST SEEN ON TUESDAY IN RED DEER BUT POLICE BELIEVE SHE MAY HAVE TRAVELLED TO EDMONTON OR SPRUCE GROVE. HOWEVER, RCMP ARE NOT ABLE TO CONFIRM THAT YET SO STILL CONTINUE TO CHECK AROUND RED DEER FOR HER.
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POLICE DRUG RAID FINDS EXPLOSIVES - DRUGS, WEAPONS AND EXPLOSIVES ARE AMONG THE ITEMS SEIZED FROM A LARGE PROPERTY NEAR MARKERVILLE WEDNESDAY. RCMP ACQUIRED A SEARCH WARRANT ON THE 130 ACRE PROPERTY ON DRUG SUSPICIONS, AND ARRESTED 3 MEN AND 1 WOMAN. MOUNTIES SEIZED AMOUNTS OF METH, COCAINE, STEROIDS, GHB AND A NUMBER OF FIRE ARMS. A SPECIAL UNIT OUT OF EDMONTON WAS ALSO BROUGHT IN TO REMOVE EXPLOSIVES KNOWN AS "RAIL TORPEDOES" TO TOP IT OFF, A MERCEDES, DIRT BIKE, AND TRAILER WAS ALSO TAKEN BY MOUNTIES. NAMES OF THE 4 SUSPECTS HAVEN'T BEEN RELEASED.
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COUNTY VANDALISM - A RECENT RASH OF VANDALISM HAS CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF STAFF WITH RED DEER COUNTY. OFFICIALS SAY THERE HAVE BEEN REPEATED EPISODES OF GRAFFITI AND DAMAGE TO VARIOUS ENTRANCE SIGNS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY AS OF LATE.
TO CLEAN OR REPAIR DAMAGES OFTEN COSTS THE COUNTY BETWEEN 3 AND 5 HUNDRED DOLLARS EACH TIME. RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED TO REPORT ALL VANDALISM TO THE RCMP AS WELL.
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STABBING TRIAL - A LOCAL MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING A 16 YEAR OLD BOY DURING A BRAWL IN EAST RED DEER LAST YEAR WILL GO TO TRIAL NEXT YEAR. 19 YEAR OLD VICTOR L'HIRONDELLE OF RED DEER WILL HAVE A THREE DAY TRIAL STARTING FEBRUARY 1ST OF 2016 AND FACES TWO COUNTS IN THE JUNE 2014 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN RCMP SAY A 16 YEAR OLD BOY SUFFERED SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJUURIES AFTER BEING STABBED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF 40TH AVENUE AND 39TH STREET WHERE A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE HAD ALLEGEDLY GATHERED FOR A FIGHT. MOUNTIES SAY THE SUSPECT AND VICTIM ARE KNOWN TO EACHOTHER.
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RED DEER DRUG STRATEGY - THURSDAY MARKED THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF A NEW ALCOHOL AND DRUG STRATEGY IN RED DEER.

THE STRATEGY HAS BEEN PUT TOGETHER BY THE CENTRAL ALBERTA ADDICTIONS CONSORTIUM AND INCLUDES PREVENTION METHODS, TREATMENT, HARM REDUCTION AND ENFORCEMENT. MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS MANY OF THE SOCIAL ISSUES WE'RE FACING IN RED DEER ARE ROOTED IN ADDICTIONS, SO SHE'S PLEASED TO SEE THE PLAN TAKE A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO THE ISSUE. ANY COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS INTERESTED IN BEING PART OF THE LEADERSHIP TEAM TO IMPLEMENT THE ALCOHOL AND DRUG STRATEGY LATER THIS FALL, SHOULD CONTACT THE CENTRAL ALBERTA ADDICTIONS CONSORTIUM.
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WILDROSE SCHOOL TRUSTEES -
THE WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION HAS ONE OF IT'S TWO NEW TRUSTEES NEEDED AHEAD OF AN UPCOMING BY-ELECTION NEXT MONTH. OFFICIALS SAY HEIDI HETHERINGTON HAS BEEN ELECTED BY ACCLAMATION IN WARD FIVE AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE WHILE TWO PEOPLE WILL BE ON THE BALLOT FOR WARD ONE IN DRAYTON VALLEY AND OTHER PARTS OF BRAZEAU COUNTY. AFTER THE RESIGNATION OF FORMER BOARD CHAIR NANCY MCLURE IN JANUARY AND THE PENDING RETIREMENT OF VICE-CHAIR DIXIE MCLEOD AT THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR, TWO NEW TRUSTEES WERE NEEDED.
THE WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION BY-ELECTION TAKES PLACE MAY 7TH.
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POLITICAL PIE - A SLIGHT MISSTEP OR A CASE OF MISUNDERSTANDING FOR ONE OF THE WILDROSE CANDIDATES THURSDAY DEPENDING ON WHO YOU TALK TO. RICK STRANKMAN HAS APOLOGIZED FOR A POSTER THAT ASKED PARTY SUPPORTERS TO "BRING THEIR WIVES' PIES" TO A MEET AND GREET IN DRUMHELLER-STETTLER.
SOME PEOPLE CALLED IT SEXIST AND NDP LEADER RACHEL NOTLEY HAD A CHUCKLE OVER IT SAYING STRANKMAN MAY HAVE A SWEET TOOTH, BUT HE REALLY NEEDS A WISDOM TOOTH. THE POSTER HAS SINCE BEEN TAKEN DOWN, BUT SOME SUPPORTERS TOLD STRANKMAN HE SHOULDN'T BOW TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS PRESSURE, BECAUSE RURAL PEOPLE "GET" WHERE HE WAS COMING FROM.

 

MEANTIME, ALL OF THE FOUR MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS ARE CAMPAIGNING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AGAIN TODAY.

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STARS LOTTO WINNERS
- BIG WINNERS FROM THIS YEARS STARS AIR AMBULANCE LOTTERY DRAW WERE REVEALED YESTERDAY (THURS).
LORI LANGSTON OF LEDUC IS THE WINNER OF THE RED DEER SHOW HOME, WORTH 903 THOUSAND DOLLARS. OTHER CENTRAL ALBERTA WINNERS INCLUDE TIM HILDRETH OF BLACKFALDS WHO WON A 2015 BMW, AND  RON AND VERNA JOHNSON OF WETASKIWIN WHO WON 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THIS YEARS LOTTERY RAISED 11 POINT 2 MILLION DOLLARS NET AND OVER 140 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE LAST 22 YEARS.
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THURS PM NEWS 

 

RCMP RELEASE MORE DETAILS ON MARKERVILLE BUST

 

More information has been released on the 130 acre property near Markerville raided by mounties yesterday. After finding drugs and some weapons on the property, 3 men and 1 woman was arrested.

 

With the search of the property now complete, RCMP seized a number of vehicles including a Mercedes, a dirt bike and a trailer.

 

Amounts of meth, cocaine, steroids, GHB and guns were also taken, along with explosives known as "rail torpedoes".

 

A home in Lloydminster was also raided yesterday, with electronics found related to the Markerville bust. Names of the 4 suspects haven't been released.

  

 

VANDALISM ON THE RISE IN RED DEER COUNTY

 

A recent rash of vandalism has caught the attention of staff with Red Deer County.

 

Officials say there have been repeated episodes of graffiti and damage to various entrance signs throughout the county as of late.

To clean or repair damages often costs the county between 3 and 5 hundred dollars each time.

 

Residents are reminded to report all vandalism to the RCMP as well. 

 

 

STARS LOTTERY WINNERS DRAWN

 

The grand prize winners of the annual Alberta Stars Air Ambulance Lottery was made today.

 

Lori Langston of Leduc is the winner of the Red Deer show home, worth 903 thousand dollars.

 

Other central Alberta winners include Tim Hildreth of Blackfalds who won a 2015 BMW, and Ron and Verna Johnson of Wetaskiwin who won 100 thousand dollars.

 

Net sales of this years lottery hit 11 point 5 million dollars, with proceeds keeping the Stars Air Ambulances in Alberta's skies

 

  

 

ALCOHOL AND DRUG STRATEGY LAUNCHED

 

An alcohol and drug strategy from the Central Alberta Addictions Consortium is now launching in Red Deer.

 

Mayor Tara Veer says this is great news as addictions issues are among the top social priorities for city council.

 

The strategy includes prevention methods, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement, with a leadership team now needed to implement it later this fall. 

 

To be a part of that team, contact the Central Alberta Addictions Consortium. 

 

 

 

2 TRUSTEES ENTER BY-ELECTION IN WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION

 

One of two new trustees needed in the Wildrose School Division has been acclimated ahead of an upcoming by-election next month.

 

Officials say Heidi Hetherington has been elected by acclamation in Ward 5 at Rocky Mountain House while Russell Hickman and Wendy Snow will be on the ballot for Ward 1 in Drayton Valley and parts of Brazeau County.

 

The Wildrose School Division by-election takes place May 7th.

 

 

The by-election is needed after the resignation of former Board Chair Nancy McLure in January and the pending retirement of Vice-Chair Dixie McLeod at the end of this school year. 

 

 

THURS AM NEWS APRIL 16)
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ALBERTA CAMPAIGN TRAIL - 
   ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL YESTERDAY (WED) TWO LEADERS VISITED IN RED DEER:
 

WILDROSE LEADER BRIAN JEAN MADE A CAMPAIGN STOP ALONG GASOLINE ALLEY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, WHILE P.C. LEADER JIM PRENTICE GAVE A SPEECH OVER THE NOON HOUR AT FESTIVAL HALL. DURING THE SPEECH PRENTICE ACKNOWLEDGED THE MERITS OF PURSUING FURTHER DEGREE GRANTING ABILITIES FOR RDC, SUCH AS BECOMING A POLY-TECHNIC INSTITUTE AND EMPHASIZED THE GOVERNMENTS GOAL OF BALANCING THE BUDGET IN THREE YEARS.
NDP LEADER RACHEL NOTLEY AND LIBERAL LEADER DAVID SWANN WERE BOTH CAMPAIGNING IN EDMONTON YESTERDAY(WED).
 

LEADERS TODAY (THURS):  ALL FOUR LEADERS OF ALBERTA'S MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES ARE CAMPAIGNING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA TODAY.

PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE LEADER JIM PRENTICE IS MAKING STOPS IN REDCLIFF, MEDICINE HAT, BOW ISLAND, TABER, CARDSTON AND LETHBRIDGE.  THE LIBERALS, NDP AND WILDROSE LEADERS WILL VIE FOR VOTES IN CALGARY. LIBERAL DAVID SWANN RELEASES HIS PARTY'S PLATFORM AT HIS CAMPAIGN OFFICE. NEW DEMOCRAT RACHEL NOTLEY TALKS ABOUT EDUCATION AT A PLAYGROUND. WILDROSE'S BRIAN JEAN SAYS HIS PARTY WILL END GOVERNMENT PERKS.

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DRUG BUST - A 130 ACRE PROPERTY NEAR MARKERVILLE, SOUTHWEST OF RED DEER, IS BEING SEARCHED BY THE RCMP AFTER THEY OBTAINED A SEARCH WARRANT ON DRUG SUSPICIONS.  THE PROPERTY WAS RAIDED AT 9 THIS MORNING, WHERE RCMP RECOVERED DRUGS AND WEAPONS.  4 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AND THE PRIORITY CRIMES TASK FORCE SPENT YESTERDAY (WED) SEARCHING THE ENTIRE PROPERTY AND ITS SEVERAL BUILDINGS WEST OF PENHOLD FOR MORE EVIDENCE.
NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED, AND A MORE EXTENSIVE CATALOGUE ON THE ITEMS FOUND TODAY IS EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED TOMORROW.
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MOUNTIE SHOOTING TRIAL -   THE TRIAL FOR SAWYER ROBISON IS NOW UNDERWAY IN WETASKIWIN AND HE'S PLEADED "NOT GUILTY" TO ALL THE CHARGES. THE 30-YEAR OLD MAN HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO GUN DOWN TWO RCMP OFFICERS THREE YEARS AGO ON HIS FAMILY'S FARM NEAR KILLAM. THE MOUNTIES WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED. ROBISON WAS ARRESTED THREE DAYS LATER FOLLOWING A STANDOFF. HE'S ALSO FACING A NUMBER OF WEAPONS-RELATED CHARGES.
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RED DEER SPEEDERS - CITY RCMP ARE ONCE AGAIN PUTTING OUT THE WORD ABOUT THE DANGERS OF SPEEDING BEHIND THE WHEEL.
LAST WEDNESDAY (APR. 8) POLICE SET UP AT LOCATIONS ON TAYLOR DRIVE AND 67TH STREET AND CLOCKED 50 VEHICLES GOING OVER THE SPEED LIMIT.
A WEEK EARLIER, RCMP WERE SET UP ON 49TH AVE AND 60TH STREET, AND OVER THE COURSE OF AN HOUR TICKETED 20 DRIVERS USING HANDHELD LASERS.
IF YOU SEE SOMEONE SPEEDING IN RED DEER, THERE ARE THREE PIECES OF INFO YOU WILL NEED TO PASS ONTO POLICE.
THEY'LL NEED A LICENSE PLATE AND DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE AND DRIVER.
THEY WOULD ALSO LIKE A WRITTEN STATEMENT AND YOUR WILLINGNESS TO GO TO COURT IF REQUIRED.
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RED DEER NOISE BYLAW - RED DEER RCMP ARE REMINDING THE PUBLIC THAT WITH THE WARMER WEATHER COMES AN INCREASE IN NOISE COMPLAINTS.

THE MAIN ISSUES THEY FIND CONCERN NOISE FROM VEHICLES AND HOUSE PARTIES WHICH ARE BOTH TICKET-ABLE OFFENSES

A $115 FINE CAN BE ISSUED FOR ANY VEHICLES WITH ILLEGAL MODIFICATIONS OR MAKING UNNECESSARY NOISE.

VEHICLES CAUSING A DISTURBANCE IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10 PM AND 7 AM WILL FACE THAT SAME FINE.

FINALLY, HOMEOWNERS CAN BE FINED $250 FOR NOISY PARTIES WHICH DOUBLES ON SECOND OFFENSE, AND TRIPLES ON THE THIRD CALL.

THEY ASK THAT YOU DO NOT CALL 911 FOR NOISE COMPLAINTS AND TO INSTEAD CALL (403) 343-5575.
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SYLVAN SLOPES PROJECT
-  THREE MAJOR RESIDENTAL DEVELOPMENTS ARE IN THE WORKS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA, TWO ALONG SYLVAN LAKE AND ANOTHER IN EAST RED DEER.
BELTERRA, A DEVELOPER FROM CALGARY IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON A 40 MILLION DOLLAR RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY NEAR BIRCHCLIFF, ON SYLVAN'S NORTHEAST SHORE.
PHASE ONE OF THE 49 ACRE DEVELOPMENT IS ALMOST DONE WITH THE SECOND PHASE TO BEGIN LIKELY THE END OF THIS SUMMER.
IT'S THE FIRST DEVELOPMENT TO TIE INTO THE REGIONAL SEWER LINE.
BELTERRA PLANS TO HOLD AN OPEN HOUSE ON MAY 30TH. 
THE COMPANY IS ALSO LOOKING AT A 97 ACRE DEVELOPMENT NEAR HALF MOON BAY ON THE SOUTHWEST SHORE OF SYLVAN.
ANOTHER 80 ACRE RESIDENTAL DEVELOPMENT IS PLANNED IN EAST RED DEER, IN THE FUTURE, TO BE BUILT NORTHEAST OF THE LAREDO NEIGHBOURHOOD.
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WED PM NEWS 

 

PRENTICE AND JEAN CAMPAIGN AROUND RED DEER

 

A pair of party leaders included Red Deer on their campaign trails today. Wildrose Leader, Brian Jean, made a stop in Gasoline Alley and PC Leader, Jim Prentice, hosted an event at Festival Hall.

 

Prentice acknowledged the merits of pursuing further degree granting abilities for RDC, such as becoming a poly-technic institute and emphasized their goal of balancing the budget in three years.

 

NDP Leader, Rachel Notley, and Liberal Leader, David Swann, were both campaigning in Edmonton.

 

 

 

RCMP RAID 130 ACRE PROPERTY ON DRUG SUSPICIONS

 

RCMP have arrested 4 people and are now searching a 130 acre property southwest of Red Deer on drug suspicions.

 

The Priority Crimes Task Force obtained a search warrant and entered the residence near Markerville at around 9:00 this morning where they arrested 3 men and a woman. Quantities of drugs and weapons were also seized.

 

Mounties are still on scene searching the property and its several buildings, but aren't releasing any details at this time.

 

A more extensive update is expected to come down from the RCMP tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

RCMP CONTINUE TO CATCH SPEEDERS 

 

Red Deer mounties are once again putting out the word about the dangers of speeding behind the wheel.

 

Last Wednesday police setup at locations on Taylor Drive and 67th Street and clocked 50 vehicles going over the speed limit.

 

A week earlier, RCMP speed guns on 49th Ave and 60th Street caught another 20 speeding drivers.

 

 

 

 

ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR TAMARA BLAIR

 

An arrest warrant has gone out for a Sylvan Lake woman accused in a suspected drunk driving crash in north Red Deer last fall.

 

The warrant went out after 25 year old Tamara Blair failed to show up for a court appearance last week.

 

Blair faces five counts in the October 2014 incident where RCMP tried to pull over a vehicle driving the wrong way up 51st Avenue, narrowly missing several vehicles.

 

The suspect vehicle ended up crashing into a parked flatbed trailer and overturning in the Glendale neighbourhood.

 

 

 

 

SIMPSON GETS 34 MONTHS

 

A Red Deer man convicted in numerous thefts from local stores between October of last year and February of this year has been sentenced to over two and a half years in jail.

 

This after 37 year old Ray Simpson plead guilty to six counts in Red Deer court on Tuesday.

 

Simpson was sentenced to 34 months in jail but given credit for time already served so has 31 months left behind bars.

 

Simpson was arrested in February after being suspected of stealing merchandise and employee belongings from Global Pet Foods, Plato's Closet, a medical clinic and several stores in Bower Place.

 

 

 

 

ARENS PLEADS GUILTY, AGAIN.

 

Guilty pleas in Red Deer court yesterday from a local man suspected of being drunk while slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle in Sylvan Lake in 2013.

 

37 year old Rodney Arens pleaded guilty in Red Deer court on Tuesday to possession of an illegal substance and resisting arrest in the December 2013 incident.

 

As a result, he will be sentenced on May 12th.

 

Arens is already behind bars after being convicted in a drunk driving crash that killed a 13 year old boy near bower ponds on Canada Day of 2010.

 

 

 

 

BUILDING PERMIT VALUES UP IN 2015

 

2015 is outpacing 2014 when it comes to building permit values in Red Deer.

 

The latest stats from the city show 83.7 million dollars in permits issued from January to March of this year, more than double the 39.7 million issued in the first quarter of 2014.

 

Last month was also stronger than march of 2014 as there were 22 million dollars worth of permits issued last month, up from 15.4 million issued in march of last year

 

 

 

 

PONOKA COUNTY ISSUES FIRE ADVISORY

 

Ponoka county has issued a fire advisory this afternoon.

 

As a result of the extremely dry and windy conditions, the county will not be issuing any fire permits until further notice.

 

 

Anyone with existing permits is asked to use extreme caution, and conditions will be re-evaluated on Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WED AM NEWS  (APRIL 15)

 

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POWER OUTAGE UPDATE (10 AM) -  CREWS WITH FORTIS ALBERTA ARE CONTINUING TO WORK ON RESTORING POWER TO PARTS OF RED DEER COUNTY THIS MORNING (WED).   OFFICIALS SAY THE OUTAGE STARTED JUST BEFORE 8 O'CLOCK AND INITIALLY AFFECTED OVER 53 HUNDRED CUSTOMERS BUT THAT NUMBER IS NOW DOWN TO 70 CUSTOMERS AROUND PENHOLD STILL WITHOUT POWER.  FORTIS SPOKESPERSON ALANA ANTONEOLI SAYS SHE'S NOT SURE JUST YET WHEN THEY WILL HAVE THEIR POWER BACK ON.  ANTONEOLI SAYS THEY'RE STILL LOOKING INTO A CAUSE OF THIS MORNING'S OUTAGE AS WELL.
 

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INNISFAIL AREA POWER OUTAGE (9 am) - 
OVER THREE THOUSAND FORTIS ALBERTA CUSTOMERS IN THE INNISFAIL AREA WITHOUT POWER THIS MORNING (WED).  THE OUTAGE BEGAN AROUND 8 O'CLOCK AND CREWS ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE AFFECTING INNISFAIL, PENHOLD AND RED DEER COUNTY.  THEY'RE HOPING TO HAVE POWER RESTORED TO INNISFAIL RESIDENTS BY ABOUT 10 AM.  THE REASON FOR THE OUTAGE IS UNKNOWN AT THIS POINT. 
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SECONDARY SUITES
- IF YOU HAVE A SECONDARY SUITE IN YOUR HOME, THE CITY IS REMINDING YOU TO MAKE SURE IT IS PROPERLY ZONED. THESE ARE PERMITTED IN RED DEER AS LONG AS THEY HAVE ADEQUATE ENTRANCES, CONNECTED ALARMS AND PROPER FIRE SEPERATION.  ON JUNE 12TH LAST YEAR, RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES RESPONDED TO A KITCHEN FIRE IN A BASEMENT SECONDARY SUITE.  THE TENANT WERE UNABLE TO WARN THE MAIN FLOOR OCCUPANT WHO WAS SLEEPING AT THE TIME.  THERE WERE NO WORKING SMOKE ALARMS AND A LOCKED DOOR AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS BLOCKED THEIR ACCESS.  IN THE END, WILLIAM PENNY PLED GUILTY TO CHARGES UNDER THE SAFETY CODES ACT WITH A SETTLEMENT IN COURT.
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RED DEER NOISE POLUTION -  WITH SUMMER ON THE WAY, CITY RCMP ARE SURE TO RECEIVE PLENTY OF CALLS ABOUT NOISY VEHICLES AND HOUSE PARTIES. THAT'S WHY THEY'RE REMINDING THE PUBLIC OF THE FINES THAT ACCOMPANY THEIR VISIT, SO YOU KNOW WHEN IT'S APPROPRIATE TO CALL THEM. HOMEOWNERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO DISTURB THE PEACE OF THEIR NEIGHBOURS, AND MAY FACE A $250 FINE DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF DAY. RED DEER RCMP ASK THAT YOU CALL THEIR COMPLAINT LINE AT (403) 343 - 5575 SO AS NOT TO TIE UP 911. VEHICLES CAN ALSO FACE $115 TICKETS WITH ILLEGAL MODIFICATIONS TO THE MUFFLER OR HORN. POLICE ALSO REQUIRE A PLATE NUMBER TO BE ABLE TO FOLLOW UP ON VEHICLE COMPLAINTS.
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CRIME SPREE PLEAS - A LOCAL MAN CHARGED IN A STRING OF PROPERTY CRIME AND STOLEN VEHICLE INCIDENTS AROUND THE REGION THIS YEAR HAS PLED GUILTY TO NUMEROUS COUNTS IN RED DEER COURT THIS WEEK.  20 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER VERSTRAETE PLED GUILTY TO 7 OF 14 CHARGES AND RETURNS TO COURT JUNE 16TH FOR PRE-SENTENCING WHILE HIS CO-ACCUSED, 26 YEAR OLD GRANT RYALL RETURNS MAY 12TH FOR ELECTION AND PLEA.
THE PAIR WERE ARRESTED ON FEBRUARY 21ST AFTER ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO FLEE POLICE DURING A FAILED BREAK-IN AT A RURAL PROPERTY ON C & E TRAIL.
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RCMP TARGET SPEEDERS -  TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THE PEDAL RED DEER!  THAT MESSAGE FROM CITY RCMP AFTER ISSUING AT LEAST 70 SPEEDING TICKETS THIS MONTH ALONE.  OVER THE COURSE OF THE DAY ON APRIL 8TH, MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC UNIT HANDED OUT 50 TICKETS ALONG TAYLOR DRIVE AND ON 67TH STREET.  DURING THE EASTER LONG WEEKEND, OFFICERS HANDED OUT 20 TICKETS AT 60TH STREET AND 49TH AVE WITHIN AN HOUR.  TO REPORT SOMEONE WHO'S SPEEDING, THE RCMP WILL NEED A FEW PIECES OF INFORMATION.  THEY REQUIRE AT LEAST A PARTIAL PLATE NUMBER AND DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE AND DRIVER.   THEY ALSO ASK THAT YOU PROVIDE A WRITTEN STAMENT AND BE WILLING TO GO TO COURT IF NEEDED.
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CAMPGROUND SHOOTING WARRANT -  A RED DEER MAN CHARGED IN A CAMPGROUND SHOOTING AND ARMED ROBBERY IN INNISFAIL LAST YEAR NOW HAS A WARRANT OUT FOR HIS ARREST.  THIS AFTER 34 YEAR OLD MICHAEL HOLT FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR HIS TRIAL IN RED DEER COURT ON FRIDAY.  HOLT'S CO-ACCUSED, 21 YEAR OLD DILLON BRISTOW OF BOWDEN WAS SENTENCED TO SIX AND A HALF YEARS IN JAIL LAST OCTOBER FOR THE JUNE 2014 INCIDENT.  THAT'S WHEN MOUNTIES ARRESTED TWO MEN WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH NUMEROUS DRUG OFFENCES AND A SHOOTING AND ARMED ROBBERY AT AN INNISFAIL CAMPGROUND.
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LEADERS CAMPAIGN IN CENTRAL ALBERTA -   ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN CENTRAL ALBERTA YESTERDAY (TUES), WILDROSE LEADER BRIAN JEAN WAS ON THE ROAD IN LACOMBE AND RIMBEY.

WHILE CONSERVATIVE LEADER JIM PRENTICE WAS IN WETASKIWIN AND RED DEER.
TODAY (WED) IN CENTRAL ALBERTA, WILDROSE LEADER BRIAN JEAN  STARTS THE DAY IN EDMONTON, THEN WILL VISIT RED DEER AND AIRDRIE, WHILE P.C. LEADER JIM PRENTICE WILL GIVE A SPEECH IN RED DEER, THEN MAKE CAMPAIGN STOPS IN DRUMHELLER, BROOKS AND MEDICINE HAT.
LIBERAL LEADER DAVID SWANN AND NDP LEADER RACHEL NOTLEY ARE BOTH IN EDMONTON CAMPAIGNING TODAY (WED).
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TUES PM NEWS (APRIL 14)

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RCMP MAJOR CRIMES UNIT INVESTIGATING DEATH -
THE DEATH OF A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN OVER THE WEEKEND WHO SUFFERED LIFE THREATENING INJURIES LAST WEEK, HAS RESULTED IN ALBERTA'S RCMP MAJOR CRIMES UNIT COMING IN TO INVESTIGATE. ROCKY RCMP SAY 49 YEAR OLD EDWIN STRAWBERRY OF THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION SUFFERED HIS INJURIES LAST WEDNESDAY AND DIED FROM THEM ON SATURDAY. AN AUTOPSY WAS DONE ON MONDAY BUT FURTHER TESTING IS REQUIRED SO RESULTS ARE PENDING. MORE DETAILS ARE EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED ONCE THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.
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TRIAL TO TAKE PLACE NEXT YEAR FOR 32 YEAR OLD MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER -
A TWO WEEK JUDGE AND JURY TRIAL WILL TAKE PLACE IN JUNE OF NEXT YEAR FOR A MAN CHARGED IN A RED DEER MURDER TWO YEARS AGO. 32 YEAR OLD MARK BITTERMAN IS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE MAY 2013 INCIDENT WHERE 43 YEAR OLD CURTIS RANGEN WAS FOUND IN A FREEZER IN HIS HOME AT POTTER'S HANDS APARTMENTS IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS. HIS BODY WAS DISCOVERED BY A MENTAL HEALTH WORKER CHECKING UP ON HIS WELL-BEING.
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12 YEAR SENTENCE HANDED TO WETASKIWIN ARSONIST - AN ARSON SPREE IN WETASKIWIN LAST YEAR IS PUTTING A MAN BACK IN PRISON FOR ANOTHER 12 YEARS. PETER JONES HAD PLEADED GUILTY LAST MONTH TO TORCHING A NUMBER OF LOCATIONS--INCLUDING SEVERAL BUSINESSES, THE AIRPORT AND THE CP RAILYARD. TODAY HE GOT THE 12 YEAR SENTENCE THAT HIS LAWYERS AND THE CROWN AGREED UPON. IT'S THE SECOND TIME JONES HAS BEEN SENTENCED FOR ARSON, AFTER GETTING 4 YEARS FOR BURNING DOWN TWO CHURCHES IN WETASKIWIN IN 2010.
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JAIL SENTENCE HANDED DOWN IN HIGH SPEED CHASE LAST YEAR - IT'S TWO YEARS AND 9 MONTHS IN JAIL FOR A RED DEER MAN CHARGED IN A GUN INCIDENT AND HIGH SPEED CHASE WITH POLICE LAST YEAR. THIS AFTER 32 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER WALES PLED GUILTY TO 15 COUNTS AGAINST HIM IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY. WALES WAS CHARGED IN A SYLVAN LAKE INCIDENT IN DECEMBER OF 2014 WHERE A MAN WAS ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT TRYING TO STEAL ANOTHER MAN'S SNOWMOBILE, WITH THE VICTIM ALSO HAVING A GUN POINTED AT HIM DURING THE ALTERCATION. THE SUSPECT FLED IN A VEHICLE AND WAS EVENTUALLY ARRESTED AFTER IT GOT STUCK IN A SNOWBANK NEAR GULL LAKE FROM TRYING TO AVOID A POLICE SPIKE BELT. WALES WAS ALSO GIVEN AN 18 MONTH DRIVING BAN AND CREDIT FOR TIME ALREADY SERVED SO HAS TWO YEARS AND NEARLY THREE MONTHS LEFT BEHIND BARS.
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JAIL SENTENCE GIVEN TO PONOKA MAN CHARGED FOR ARMED ROBBERY -
IT'S TWELVE MONTHS IN JAIL AND 18 MONTHS OF PROBATION FOR A PONOKA MAN CHARGED IN A RED DEER ARMED ROBBERY LAST YEAR. 20 YEAR OLD JORDAN BARON WAS ALSO GIVEN A TEN YEAR FIRE ARMS BAN BUT CREDIT FOR TIME ALREADY SERVED SO WAS RELEASED FROM CUSTODY AT THE RED DEER COURT HOUSE YESTERDAY. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE IN FEBRUARY OF 2014 WHEN RCMP SAY A LONE MALE WITH A HAND GUN HELD UP THE MAC'S CONVENIENCE STORE ON GAETZ AVENUE AT 21ST STREET AND FLED WITH SOME CASH IN A WAITING VEHICLE. ANOTHER PONOKA MAN CHARGED IN THE CASE HAD HIS CHARGES DROPPED LAST YEAR WHILE A THIRD MAN FROM PONOKA WILL HAVE A PRELIMINARY HEARING IN RED DEER COURT TOMORROW.
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CHEQUE CASHING SCAM MAKING THE ROUNDS AROUND RED DEER -
LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE WARNING THE PUBLIC ABOUT A NEW TWIST ON A CHEQUE CASHING SCAM. IN A RECENT INCIDENT, RCMP SAY THREE MALE SUSPECTS APPROACHED TWO OTHER MEN AT A DOWNTOWN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY LOOKING FOR WORK AND INVITED THEM TO GET INTO THEIR VEHICLE. THE MEN WERE TAKEN TO A COFFEE SHOP AND ASKED FOR THEIR RESUME'S AND THEN GIVEN CHEQUES THEY WERE TOLD TO CASH. INTIMIDATED, THE VICTIM'S CASHED THE CHEQUES BUT WERE INTERROGATED BY POLICE WITH THE CHEQUES FOUND TO BE FRAUDULENT.
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MORE GRANT FUNDING COMING TO THE REGIONAL AIRPORT PENDING COUNTY APPROVAL - THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT WILL SEE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM THE CITY OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS. ON MONDAY COUNCIL APPROVED AN ANNUAL $50,000 INCREASE TO THEIR OPERATING GRANT TO BE COST-SHARED WITH THE COUNTY. THE CITY ALSO APPROVED A $125,000 ONE TIME MAINTENANCE GRANT TO BE USED TO HIRE THREE FULL TIME STAFF AND REPLACE AGING EQUIPMENT. THE DOLLARS ARE CONTINGENT ON RED DEER COUNTY APPROVING THE REQUEST. IN DECEMBER THE AIRPORT ASKED FOR A $236,000 INCREASE TO COVER OVERTIME AND MAINTENANCE COSTS. THE CONTRACTS BETWEEN THE CITY, COUNTY AND AIRPORT WILL BE REVIEWED IN 2018.
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LAND USE BYLAW AMENDMENT FOR BREMNER AVENUE - AN AREA IN SOUTH RED DEER COULD SEE MORE COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES IN THE FUTURE. LAST NIGHT, CITY COUNCIL PASSED FIRST READING TO AMEND THE LAND USE BYLAW AROUND BREMNER AVE TO INCLUDE A COMMERCIAL SERVICE FACILITY. THE AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW FINANCIAL, INSURANCE, TRAVEL OR REAL ESTATE AGENCIES TO SET UP SHOP IN THE AREA NORTH OF BOWER PLACE. SOME OF THE LAND OWNERS ARE AGAINST ALLOWING THIS USE, AS THE AREA HISTORICALLY SAW SINGLE TENANT OCCUPANTS. THE AREA BETWEEN 30TH AVE AND MOLLY BANISTER DRIVE HAS SEEN A SHIFT TOWARD MULTI-TENANT OCCUPANTS IN RECENT YEARS. SOME WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE WIDER SIDEWALKS ALONG THE WEST SIDE OF BREMNER AVE. FOR SAFETY CONCERNS. A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ZONING AMENDMENT AROUND BREMNER AVE WILL BE HELD ON MAY 25TH.
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ALBERTA LIBERALS NAME CANDIDATE FOR RED DEER-SOUTH -
A LOCAL COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGIST HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN NAMED A CANDIDATE FOR THE ALBERTA LIBERAL PARTY IN RED DEER SOUTH. DEBORAH CHECKEL SAYS THE LATEST BUDGET PROPOSED BY THE PROVINCE RAISES NUMEROUS CONCERNS AND SHE SEES FRONT-LINE NURSING, SENIOR'S CARE, CUTS TO EDUCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AMONG THE BIGGEST CONCERNS IN ALBERTA. SHE SAYS HER EXPERIENCE AS A COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGIST MAKES HER A VERY GOOD LISTENER AND WITH LIVING IN STETTLER, EDMONTON, CALGARY AND CANMORE IN THE PAST, HAS A GREAT UNDERSTANDING OF VARIOUS ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE.
 

 

TUES AM NEWS (APRIL 14)
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RED DEER CITY COUNCIL:


COUNCIL/PROVINCIAL BUDGET REACTION -
A BUSY AFTERNOON AT RED DEER CITY COUNCIL MONDAY. THE 2015 OPERATING BUDGET RETURNED TO COUNCIL AFTER STAFF NOTED SOME CHANGES IN THE PROVINCIAL BUDGET THAT AFFECTED THE CITY'S BOTTOM LINE.
HIGHER FUEL TAXES MEANS THE CITY WILL NEED AN ADDITIONAL $105,000 TO OPERATE THEIR FLEET. AN INCREASE IN LAND TITLE SEARCH FEES ALSO REQUIRES AN ADDITIONAL $24,000. THESE COSTS  ARE IN ADDITION TO THE LOSS OF A $190,000 GRANT FROM THE PROVINCE. THE CITY WILL RECIEVE $311,000 MORE IN M.S.I FUNDING THAN THEY WERE PROJECTING IN JANUARY, WHICH NEARLY COVERS THESE UNFORESEEN COSTS. THE CITY WAS ALSO ABLE TO PLACE $5.2 MILLION INTO A TAX SUPPORTED OPERATING RESERVE THANKS TO CARRY-FORWARDS AND REVENUE EARNED FROM LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS.
THESE DOLLARS WILL BE USED IN CASE OF AN OPERATING SHORTFALL BETWEEN NOW AND THE AUGUST MID-YEAR BUDGET REVIEW.

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RED DEER TAXES UP - EXPECT TO SEE YOUR PROPERTY TAX NOTICE IN THE MAIL COME THE END OF MAY. RED DEER CITY COUNCIL APPROVED FIRST READING OF THE 2015 TAX  RATE BYLAW DURING MONDAY'S MEETING. THE TABLE WENT WITH ADMINISTRATION'S RECOMMENDATION TO INCREASE MUNICIPAL TAXES BY 3.73% ACROSS ALL HOUSING TYPES. HOWEVER WHEN YOUR FACTOR IN REQUISTION COSTS FOR EDUCATION AND PIPER CREEK, THE CITY ENDS UP WITH A BLENDED 3.6% INCREASE.
THE TYPE OF PROPERTY YOU OWN WILL DETERMINE THE SPECIFIC INCREASE YOU'LL SEE ON YOUR BILL. SINGLE FAMILY HOMES WILL SEE AN INCREASE OF 3.75%, 3.41% FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES AND 3.23% FOR MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENCES. A HOMEOWNER WITH A $325,000 HOME CAN EXPECT TO PAY $2,703 (COMPARED TO $2,606 LAST YEAR) A YEARLY INCREASE OF ABOUT $97 DOLLARS ON THEIR PROPERTY TAX BILL THIS YEAR. THE TAX RATE BYLAW RETURNS TO COUNCIL ON APRIL 27TH FOR SECOND AND THIRD READINGS. NOTICES WILL THEN BE MAILED OUT ON MAY 27TH AND ARE DUE ON JUNE 30TH.

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LACOMBE FIRE UPDATE - THREE FAMILIES LEFT HOMELESS AFTER A DEVASTATING FIRE IN LACOMBE ON SUNDAY ARE NOW GETTING HELP FROM THE COMMUNITY. DEBBIE BARRON WITH LACOMBE VICTIM SERVICES SAYS A "GO FUND ME" ACCOUNT HAS NOW BEEN ESTABLISHED ON FACEBOOK AND CAN BE FOUND BY SEARCHING "LACOMBE FIRE VICTIMS". YOU CAN ALSO HELP BY DONATING THROUGH A TRUST ACCOUNT ESTABLISHED AT THE TD BANK OR BY VISITING LACOMBE STORAGE CENTRE WHICH IS ALSO ACCEPTING DONATIONS. 45 HUNDRED DOLLARS WAS RAISED ON MONDAY THROUGH THE GO FUND ME ACCOUNT. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY TWO HOMES WERE DESTROYED IN THE ELIZABETH PARK BLAZE WITH TWO OTHER HOMES DAMAGED AND THE COST ESTIMATED AT OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS.  ALTHOUGH THERE WERE NO INJURIES, THREE VEHICLES AND A FAMILY DOG WERE ALSO LOST IN THE FLAMES. EMERGENCY CREWS WERE ALSO VERY FRUSTRATED BY THE STREETS NEAR THE FIRE, PLUGGED BY PEOPLE TAKING PICTURES AND GAWKING AT THE HUGE BLAZE. LACOMBE POLICE HAD TO CLEAR THE CROWDS TO LET FIREFIGHTERS THROUGH.
THE CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

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RIMBEY AREA FATALITY - A 29 YEAR OLD DRAYTON VALLEY MAN DIED IN AN ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE MISHAP ON THE WEEKEND. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 1PM WEST OF RIMBEY ON PRIVATE LAND, OFF RANGE ROAD 44. RIMBEY RCMP SAY TWO MEN WERE RIDING A TWO SEAT ALL- TERRAIN VEHICLE WHEN IT TIPPED OVER ON PASTURE LAND. POLICE SAY THEY WEREN'T WEARING HELMETS. 

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RED DEER HOME INVASION - CHARGES HAVE BEEN LAID AGAINST A 29 YEAR OLD WOMAN AFTER A HOME INVASION LAST TUESDAY MORNING IN THE KENTWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD. RED DEER RCMP WERE CALLED TO THE HOME IN NORTH RED DEER AT AROUND TWENTY TO SIX, AFTER THE RESIDENTS AWOKE TO FIND SOMEONE IN THEIR HOME. WHEN THEY CONFRONTED THE SUSPECT WHO WAS TRYING TO LEAVE WITH SOME PERSONAL ITEMS A STRUGGLE ENSUED. WHILE TRYING TO RESTRAIN THE SUSPECT THE HOMEOWNER WAS STRUCK WITH BRASS KNUCKLES, CAUSING MINOR INJURIES. WHEN AUTHORITIES ARRIVED THEY ARRESTED THE SYLVAN LAKE WOMAN WITHOUT INCIDENT. KRISTEN LEE HIEBERT WILL APPEAR IN RED DEER COURT THIS MORNING.

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PONOKA MAN FOUND
- RCMP IN PONOKA SAY THE SEARCH FOR A MISSING 64 YEAR OLD MAN HAS COME TO AN END. ALLAN ENTWISTLE WENT MISSING ON THE WEEKEND, BUT HE WAS FOUND IN A FIELD JUST SOUTH OF THE CENTENNIAL CENTRE TODAY COLD AND DEHYDRATED. HE WAS SPOTTED IN A GULLEY, AND WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. ENTWISTLE WAS FOUND WITH HELP FROM THE RCMP'S EDMONTON BASED HELICOPTER.

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SYLVAN CENSUS - THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE IS SET TO START IT'S 2015 CENSUS THIS WEEK. THIS MEANS ENUMERATORS WILL NOW GO DOOR TO DOOR TO HAND OUT PERSONALIZED "PINS" TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD WITH RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO FILL OUT THE CENSUS ONLINE BETWEEN APRIL 20TH  AND MAY 22ND. ENUMERATORS WILL BEGIN GOING DOOR TO DOOR ON MAY 4TH. TOWN OFFICIALS SAY COMPLETING THE CENSUS PROVIDES AN ACCURATE POPULATION COUNT, HELPS WITH PLANNING FOR MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROGRAM NEEDS AND ENSURES THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF FUNDING IS RECEIVED FROM OTHER LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT.

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