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DO YOU KNOW WHERE THIS MISSING TEEN IS? (APR 17) -- BLACKFALDS MOUNTIES ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING TEENAGE BOY. 15 YEAR OLD ROLLAND RICHARD WALKED AWAY FROM HIS SCHOOL ON TUESDAY BUT DID NOT TELL ANYONE WHERE HE WAS GOING AND HASN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE. IT'S BELIEVED HE MAY HAVE BEEN HEADING TO RED DEER. HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING JEANS, A BLUE HOODED SWEATER, A BLACK COAT WITH THE INSIGNIA "BULLDOGS HOCKEY" AND YELLOW AND BLUE BASEBALL CAP. (PHOTO COURTESY OF BLACKFALDS RCMP)

 

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS GIRL? (APR 17) -- CITY RCMP ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING TEENAGE GIRL. 15 YEAR OLD DENISE DESCHAMPS WAST LAST SEEN IN RED DEER LAST THURSDAY IN THE DEER PARK AREA. POLICE SAY SHE'S OFTEN SEEN AT THE COLLICUT AND DEER PARK CO-OP. (PHOTO COURTESY OF RED DEER CITY RCMP)

 

MOUNTIES GET THEIR MAN (APR 17) -- IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR RED DEER MOUNTIES TO MAKE AN ARREST IN THE ARMED ROBBERY OF A CONVENIENCE STORE EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. LESS THAN 21 HOURS AFTER THE CRIME TOOK PLACE, RCMP ARRESTED A 16 YEAR OLD BOY AND CHARGED HIM WITH ARMED ROBBERY. HE'S BEEN RELEASED FROM CUSTODY AND WILL APPEAR IN YOUTH COURT ON MAY 1ST.


VANDALISM IN INGLEWOOD (APR 17) -- RED DEER'S INGLEWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD WAS THE SITE OF SOME SENSELESS VANDALISM WEDNESDAY NIGHT. RCMP SAY THEY RECEIVED WORD THURSDAY MORNING THAT SIX VEHICLES PARKED ALONG INGLEWOOD DRIVE HAD THEIR FRONT OR REAR WINDOWS SMASHED IN ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE. THE VANDALISM APPEARS TO BE RANDOM AS NOT ALL THE VEHICLES PARKED ON THE STREET WERE DAMAGED AND NOTHING WAS TAKEN FROM THEM. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL RED DEER RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.


MAN SENTENCED IN SPRINGBROOK DRUG BUST (APR 17) -- AN 18 MONTH CONDITIONAL SENTENCE ORDER HAS BEEN GIVEN TO A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN CHARGED IN A SPRINGBROOK DRUG BUST NEARLY THREE YEARS AGO. 35 YEAR OLD TONY CATONIO HAS ALSO BEEN GIVEN A TEN YEAR FIREARMS BAN FOR HIS PART IN THE MAY 2011 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN RCMP SEARCHED A SPRINGBROOK RESIDENCE AND FOUND FIVE POUNDS OF DOPE AND 22 GRAND IN CASH.


FINES LEVIED IN ORIOLEPARK DRUG BUST (APR 17) -- A RED DEER MAN ACCUSED OF BEING IN POSSESSION OF A LARGE QUANTITY OF A DATE RAPE DRUG HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO OVER A THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FINES. THIS AFTER 28 YEAR OLD AARON BODNARUK PLED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION OF AN ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE IN RED DEER COURT THIS WEEK. BODNARUK WAS CHARGED IN MAY OF 2012 AFTER RCMP RAIDED A RESIDENCE ON OAK DRIVE IN ORIOLE PARK AND SEIZED A TASER AND LARGE QUANTITY OF GHB WHICH IN LARGE DOSES CAN BE USED AS A DATE RAPE DRUG.

 

MOUNTIES INVESTIGATE ALLEGED THREATING NOTE AT HUNTING HILLS (APR 16) -- LOTS OF POLICE AT HUNTING HILLS HIGH SCHOOL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TO INVESTIGATE AN ANONYMOUS NOTE THAT INDICATED A POTENTIAL THREAT TO SEVERAL STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL. OFFICERS AND A POLICE DOG CONDUCTED A THOROUGH SEARCH OF THE FACILITY BUT DID NOT FIND ANY ITEMS OR INDIVIDUALS THAT WOULD POSE A DANGER AND NO ONE WAS HURT.


TRUCK HITS HOUSE ACORSS FROM DAYCARE, SUSPECTS ON THE LAM (APR 16) -- IT WAS SOMETHING OUT OF THE SCENE OF A TV SHOW OR MOVIE BUT IT HAPPENED IN AND AROUND RED DEER WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. IT STARTED WHEN RCMP RESPONDED TO AN ERRATIC DRIVER COMPLAINT ON THE SOUTHBOUND QE2 NEAR LACOMBE. MOUNTIES CAUGHT UP WITH THE SUSPECT VEHICLE NEAR HIGHWAY 11A AND TRIED TO PULL IT OVER BUT THE DRIVER FLED AND TURNED OFF THE HIGHWAY ONTO 67TH STREET. THE TRUCK WHICH WAS REPORTED STOLEN OUT OF CALGARY ON MONDAY, DROVE THROUGH A DITCH TO AVOID TRAFFIC AND A RED LIGHT, NARROWLY AVOIDING AN ACCIDENT WITH WESTBOUND TRAFFIC. IT THEN TURNED SOUTH ONTO ORR DRIVE AT THE TIMMIES AND BECAME INVOLVED IN A HIT AND RUN. THE TRUCK WAS FOUND A FEW MINUTES LATER WEDGED UP AGAINST A HOUSE ON ORR DRIVE ACROSS FROM A DAYCARE, STILL RUNNING, IN-GEAR AND WITH NO OCCUPANTS INSIDE. RCMP ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THEM.

 

DO YOU KNOW WHO THESE GUYS ARE? (APR 16) -- RED DEER RCMP ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP IN IDENTIFYING AND LOCATING A PAIR OF YOUNG MEN WANTED IN THE ASSAULT OF A LOCAL TAXI DRIVER LAST WEEK. IT HAPPENED LAST THURSDAY NIGHT ON NORTHEY AVENUE IN NORMANDEAU WHEN TWO YOUNG MEN GOT INTO A TAXI AND REFUSED TO PAY ONCE THEY GOT TO THEIR DESTINATION. THE DRIVER TRIED TO STOP THEM BUT WAS THEN PUNCHED AND KICKED IN THE STOMACH. THE DRIVER IS EXPECTED TO RECOVER FROM HIS INJURIES. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF RED DEER CITY RCMP)

 

ROCKY MAN SENTENCED IN FATAL HIGHWAY CRASH (APR 16) -- A ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE MAN CHARGED IN A FATAL CRASH NEAR THAT COMMUNITY A YEAR AND A HALF AGO HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 90 DAYS IN JAIL AND A TWO YEAR DRIVING BAN. THIS AFTER 27 YEAR OLD JACOB CABLE PLED GUILTY IN ROCKY COURT ON TUESDAY TO DANGEROUS OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE FOR HIS PART IN THE OCTOBER 2012 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN A CAR WITH SIX OCCUPANTS PARKED ALONG THE SIDE OF HIGHWAY 11, ABOUT 11 KILOMETRES WEST OF ROCKY, WAS STRUCK BY A TRUCK. A 20 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER IN THE CAR DIED FROM HIS INJURIES LATER THAT DAY.


CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST ALLEGED CRIMINAL (APR 16) -- NINE CHARGES WERE DROPPED IN RED DEER COURT ON WEDNESDAY FOR A MAN ACCUSED IN AN ARMED BARRICADE WITH POLICE LAST SPRING. HOWEVER, 28 YEAR OLD GARNET MCINNES STILL HAS 31 COUNTS AGAINST HIM, THREE MORE TRIALS AND A SENTENCING SCHEDULED FOR VARIOUS TIMES THIS YEAR. THE CHARGES DROPPED TODAY STEM FROM A SEPARATE INCIDENT ON MAY 26TH OF 2013. HIS NEXT COURT APPEARANCE IS FOR A TRIAL ON MAY 7TH REGARDING AN INCIDENT TWO DAYS EARLIER ON MAY 24TH.


LOCAL BANK RECEIVES AWARD (APR 16) -- A LOCAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTION IS GETTING SOME WELL DESERVED CREDIT. SERVUS CREDIT UNION RECEIVED THE CREDIT UNION OF THE YEAR AWARD RECENTLY. IN 2013, SERVUS GAVE BACK $2 MILLION TO 1,300 ORGANIZERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND RAISED $186,000 FOR COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY THE FLOODS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT'S THE FIRST TIME SERVUS CREDIT UNION HAS WON THE AWARD.

 

TUES PM NEWSFILE

 

WOMAN DIES AFTER BEING INCARCERATED (APR 15) - A MASCWACIS WOMAN HAS DIED AFTER BEING ARRESTED BY THE RCMP. MOUNTIES IN MASCWACIS ARRESTED 42 YEAR OLD CHERYL WENDY SIMON LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (APR 11) AFTER A LOCAL BUSINESS REPORTED A DRUNK PERSON WAS CAUSING A DISTURBANCE. SHE WOULD BE TAKEN TO THE LOCAL RCMP HOLDING CELL, BUT WAS FOUND NOT BREATHING DURING A ROUTINE CHECK LATER IN THE EVENING. MEMBERS CONDUCTED CPR ON SIMON AND THEN TOOK HER TO HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. SHE SPENT THE NEXT 3 DAYS IN HOSPITAL, BUT PASSED AWAY AT 1:00 THIS MORNING. AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW.


BLUE BOX ERA BEGINS IN LACOMBE (APR 15) - THE CITY OF LACOMBE HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED IT'S NEW BLUE BOX RECYCLING PROGRAM TODAY. LACOMBE MAYOR STEVE CHRISTIE WAS JOINED BY OTHER DIGNITARIES AT A SPECIAL NEWS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING AT LACOMBE CITY HALL TO MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT. EVERY ELIGIBLE HOME IN LACOMBE SHOULD HAVE A BLUE BOX SOMETIME IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, WITH CAN PACK ENVIRONMENTAL FROM ALIX PROVIDING THE WEEKLY SERVICE.


MAN ARRESTED IN ROBBERY (APR 15) - A RED DEER MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN ATTEMPTED DRUG STORE ROBBERY LAST WEEK. JUST BEFORE 10 LAST FRIDAY MORNING (APR. 11) RED DEER RCMP RESPONDED TO A POSSIBLE ROBBERY AT PIPER CREEK IDA ON 32ND STREET AND 49TH AVENUE.  WITNESSES NOTICED A MAN WITH HIS FACE COVERED WITH A BANDANA APPROACHING THE DOOR TO THE PHARMACY. THE STAFF LOCKED THE DOOR AND THE SUSPECT TOOK OFF IN A PICK-UP, CROSSED THE INTERSECTION AND HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE BEFORE DRIVING INTO THE NORTHWEST MOTORS PARKING LOT AND HITTING SIX MORE PARKED VEHICLES. MOUNTIES ARRESTED THE SUSPECT IN A STOLEN VEHICLE BEHIND NORTHWEST MOTORS. 38 YEAR OLD SEAN MICHAEL ALLAN APPEARS IN COURT TOMORROW CHARGED WITH THEFT OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, DANGEROUS OPERATION OF A VEHICLE AND FAILURE TO STOP AT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT.


FEIL BEHIND BARS (APR 15) - IT'S THREE YEARS IN JAIL FOR A RED DEER MAN CHARGED IN MULTIPLE HIGH SPEED CHASES WITH POLICE THIS WINTER. 26 YEAR OLD CODY FEIL (FAIL) HAS PLED GUILTY TO SIX COUNTS FOR HIS PART IN THE JANUARY 30TH INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN RED DEER MOUNTIES TRIED TO ARREST A MAN WANTED ON A CANADA-WIDE WARRANT BUT HE FLED IN A STOLEN VEHICLE AND LEAD POLICE ON A PURSUIT. RCMP FROM SYLVAN LAKE, BLACKFALDS AND THE LACOMBE POLICE SERVICE THEN TOOK OVER AS THE CHASE LEFT THE CITY AND EVENTUALLY ENDED NEAR ECKVILLE.


CITY MAKES DEAL WITH TRANSIT UNION (APR 15) - Red Deer City Council has given the nod a new two-year  agreement with the Transit Union. The union ratified the contract on Snday with 77 percent in favor of the new deal that runs to the end of 2015. The 143 transit employees will see a salary increase of 3 percent this year, retroactive to January, with a 2 percent raise next year.

 

BIKE LANE PILOT PROJECT CONCLUDES (APR 15) -

RED DEER'S BIKE LANE PILOT PROJECT HAS OFFICIALLY COME TO AN END. CITY COUNCIL OFFICIALLY APPROVED WHAT'S LEFT OF THE BIKE LANES IN THE CITY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE LANES ON 39TH STREET BETWEEN 30TH AND 40TH AVENUE. THE LANES THERE WILL BE REMOVED, RESTORING 4 LANE VEHICULAR TRAFFIC ON 39TH STREET. A MULTI PURPOSE TRAIL WILL BE BUILT PARALLEL TO 39TH IN THAT AREA INSTEAD FOR WALKERS AND CYCLISTS. THE TRAIL IS EXPECTED TO BE CONSTRUCTED THIS SUMMER. COUNCIL APPROVED THE CHANGE ON AN 8-1 VOTE, WITH COUNCILOR PAUL HARRIS BEING THE LOAN NAY SAYER.

 

CITY SENDS BID COMMITTEE MORE MONDY (APR 15) -

THE CITY OF RED DEER HAS GIVEN AN EXTRA 60 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES BID COMMITTEE. THEY EXPERIENCED A SHORT FALL IN CASH AND NEEDED SOME EXTRA COIN FROM THE CITY AS A RESULT. SPOKESPERSON SHELLY GAGNON SAYS THE 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS THEY ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR WAS NOT ENOUGH MONEY AS THEIR ESTIMATES WERE OUTDATED. IT'S NOW DOWN TO RED DEER AND LETHBRIDGE TO SEE WHO WILL HOST THE GAMES IN 5 YEARS. THE SELECTION COMMITTEE WILL BE IN RED DEER IN AUGUST AND THEIR DECISION WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN SEPTEMBER.

 

MORE STEPS TAKEN IN DISPATCH (APR 15) -

THE CITY IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO SOLIDIFYING AN AGREEMENT WITH THE PROVINCE TO KEEP RED DEER'S EMERGENCY DISPATCH CENTRE IN BUSINESS. CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A LETTER OF INTENT TO BE USED DURING CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES YESTERDAY. THE LETTER OUTLINES 7 DIFFERENT POINTS OF EMPHASIS BOTH SIDES HAVE PREVIOUSLY AGREED TO. THE 2 SIDES WILL MEET OVER THE SUMMER, AND THE CITY IS HOPING A NEW CONTRACT IS SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED BY THE END OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR.
 

 

 

RED DEER ATTEMPTED ROBBERY (APR. 15) -  A RED DEER MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN ATTEMPTED DRUG STORE ROBBERY LAST WEEK.   JUST BEFORE 10 LAST FRIDAY MORNING (APR. 11) RED DEER RCMP RESPONDED TO A POSSIBLE ROBBERY AT PIPER CREEK IDA ON 32ND STREET AND 49TH AVENUE.   WITNESSES NOTICED A MAN WITH HIS FACE COVERED WITH A BANDANA APPROACHING THE DOOR TO THE PHARMACY.  THE STAFF LOCKED THE DOOR AND THE SUSPECT TOOK OFF IN A PICK-UP, CROSSED THE INTERSECTION AND HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE BEFORE DRIVING INTO THE NORTHWEST MOTORS PARKING LOT AND HITTING SIX MORE PARKED VEHICLES.  
   MOUNTIES ARRESTED THE SUSPECT IN A STOLEN VEHICLE BEHIND NORTHWEST MOTORS.   38 YEAR OLD SEAN MICHAEL ALLAN APPEARS IN COURT TOMORROW (WED 9:30 AM) CHARGED WITH THEFT OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, DANGEROUS OPERATION OF A VEHICLE AND FAILURE TO STOP AT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT.

 

PENHOLD FIRE DAMAGE ESTIMATE RELEASED (APR 14) -- PENHOLD'S FIRE CHIEF HAS RELEASED THE DAMAGE ESTIMATE FROM LAST THURSDAY'S FIRE THAT DESTROYED A THREE STOREY APARTMENT BUILDING AND LEFT DOZENS HOMELESS. JIM PENDERGAST SAYS THE DAMAGE IS PEGGED AT THREE MILLION DOLLARS.

 

BECAREFUL WHOSE VEHICLE YOU GET INTO WHEN LEAVING THE BAR (APR 14) -- LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE WARNING THE PUBLIC ABOUT GETTING INTO A VEHICLE WITH STRANGERS AFTER A PAIR OF DISTURBING INCIDENTS OVER THE PAST WEEK. EARLY FRIDAY MORNING, RCMP SAY A WOMAN LEAVING A BAR GOT INTO A DARK GREEN VAN THAT LOOKED LIKE A LOCAL TAXI. WHEN THE VAN STARTED GOING SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN THE ADDRESS REQUESTED, THE DRIVER REQUESTED SEX FROM THE WOMAN. THE WOMAN THEN JUMPED OUT OF THE VEHICLE, ALTHOUGH THE SUSPECT TRIED TO RESTRAIN HER. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A DARK MALE WITH SHORT DARK HAIR, ABOUT 30 YEARS OLD AND POSSIBLY AN EAST INDIAN ACCENT. THEN ON SUNDAY NIGHT, A WOMAN LEAVING A BAR WAS OFFERED A RIDE BY A MAN DRIVING A WHITE F350 TRUCK WHO CLAIMED TO HAVE MUTUAL FRIENDS WITH THE WOMAN. THE WOMAN GOT INTO THE TRUCK AND THE MAN BECAME AGGRESSIVE, NOT LETTING HER LEAVE BUT SHE JUMPED OUT AT A RED LIGHT UNHURT. THIS SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS WHITE, BETWEEN 55-60 YEARS OLD, SHORT GREY-WHITE HIAR, NO GLASSES, TATOOS OR PIERCINGS AND A WRINKLY FACE.


LOCAL COMPANY FINED FOR ILLEGAL SHIPMENT TO THE MIDDLE EAST (APR 14) -- A RED DEER COMPANY HAS BEEN FINED $90,000 IN CALGARY COURT ON MONDAY FOR SHIPPING PROHIBITED ITEMS TO IRAN. LEE SPECIALTIES WAS CHAREGD AFTER AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE SHIPMENT OF O-RINGS DESTINED FOR IRAN THAT WERE INTERCEPTED AT THE CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN MAY OF 2011. THE O-RINGS DISCOVERED ARE A PROHIBITED COMMODITY AS THEY CAN BE USED IN NUCLEAR APPLICATIONS.


GET SET FOR AN "ORANGE" SUMMER IN RED DEER (APR 14) --
CONSTRUCTION SEASON IS ABOUT TO GET UNDERWAY IN RED DEER AND CITY OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE THREE MAJOR PROJECTS TO LOOK OUT FOR THIS YEAR. THOSE INCLUDE THE EXTENSIONS OF 67TH STREET AND 30TH AVENUE IN THE NORTHEAST WITH A NEW ROUND-ABOUT AT THAT LOCATION, ALSO MAJOR IMPROVEMETS ALONG 55TH STREET AND TAYLOR DRIVE AROUND ROSS STREET. MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE PROJECTS ARE ALREADY APPROVED AND GONE OUT TO TENDER, WITH WORK TO START RIGHT AWAY IN SOME CASES AND TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

 

SUN NEWS FILE

 

BARBECUE BLAMED FOR PENHOLD FIRE (APR 13) -

A BALCONY BARBECUE HAS BEEN DEEMED THE CAUSE OF THE MASSIVE APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE IN PENHOLD ON THURSDAY. INVESTIGATORS SAY A BARBECUE TYPE DEVICE ON A SECOND FLOOR BALCONY IGNITED AND SPREAD QUICKLY, OVER TAKING THE ENTIRE BUILDING. THE PENHOLD FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEIR 26 VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS BATTLED THE FLAMES FOR 48 HOURS STRAIGHT, INJURY FREE. THEY MANAGED TO CONTAIN THE FIRE TO JUST THE ONE BUILDING. THE LENGTHY FIGHT TURNED OUT TO BE AN EXPENSIVE ONE, AS ABOUT 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH EQUIPMENT WAS DAMAGED. MEANWHILE THE LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY HAS BEEN LIFTED, THERE ARE NO MORE ROAD CLOSURES, AND ALL VICTIMS HAVE BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR. THE RED CROSS IS CONTINUING TO SUPPORT VICTIMS AS THEY ARE SETUP AT THE PENHOLD MULTIPLEX. PENHOLD RESIDENTS ARE NOW BEING ASKED TO CUT DOWN ON WATER USAGE TO ALLOW THE TOWN'S RESERVOIR'S TO FILL UP AS A LOT OF WATER WAS USED TO BATTLE THE APARTMENT FIRE ON THURSDAY.
 


CITY TALKS TO PUBLIC (ARP 13) - THE CITY OF RED DEER HOSTED "LET'S TALK" GATHERING AT THE PARKLAND MALL YESTERDAY. MAYOR TARA VEER, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL AND SEVERAL CITY DEPARTMENTS AND GROUPS WERE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE STROLLED THROUGH THE MALL YESTERDAY AND THE CITY IS CALLING THE EVENT A SUCCESS.


STOLEN TIRES RECOVERED (APR 13) - A POLICE SEARCH OF A LACOMBE COUNTY PROPERTY TURNED UP 23 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN STOLEN SEMI-TRAILER TIRES. RED DEER RCMP SAY 20 TIRES WERE TAKEN IN THE EARLY MORNING OF MARCH 24TH FROM GREATWEST KENWORTH ON 67TH AVE. VIDEO SHOWED A MAN DRIVING A VAN STOLEN FROM BRUIN'S PLUMBING INTO THE COMPOUND. AN INVESTIGATION LED MOUNTIES TO THE RURAL PROPERTY AND THE TIRES WERE RECOVERED. TWO PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED DURING THE SEARCH ON MARCH 26TH, AND RELEASED, AND THEN A THIRD SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED APRIL 2ND. 46 YEAR OLD ANTHONY SHILMAR OF RED DEER WILL BE IN COURT APRIL 30TH ON CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY AND BREAK AND ENTER FOR THEFT OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.


TEENS CHARGED IN ARMED ROBBERY (APR 13) - A 14 YEAR OLD BOY AND 13 YEAR GIRL, BOTH FROM DELBURNE, ARE FACING ARMED ROBBERY CHARGES AFTER THE DELBURNE FAS GAS WAS ROBBED AT KNIFEPOINT. THREE HILLS RCMP SAY THE GAS BAR WAS ROBBED MONDAY (APR 7) BY A LONE MASKED PERSON WHO PULLED A KNIFE AND GOT AWAY WITH AN UNKNOWN AMOUNT OF MONEY AND OTHER ITEMS. THE GIRL WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY, AND THE BOY WAS PICKED UP WEDNESDAY. NO ONE WAS HURT DURING THE ROBBERY. THE PAIR HAVE DATES IN DRUMHELLER COURT APRIL 25TH AND JUNE 4TH.


O'CONNELL FOUND GUILTY (APR 13) - A WELL KNOWN LOCAL BOXER HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF POSSESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING. 25 YEAR OLD CAMERON O'CONNELL WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE CHARGE IN CALGARY COURT (WED) AND WILL RETURN FOR SENTENCING JUNE 23RD. TWO OF HIS CO-ACCUSED WERE FOUND NOT GUILTY OF THEIR CHARGES. THE TRIO WERE AMONG A GROUP OF NINE PEOPLE CHARGED IN OCTOBER OF 2009 WHEN POLICE SEIZED 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF COCAINE FROM PROPERTIES IN RED DEER, CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE. IT WAS ALLEGED THE GROUP WAS SUPPLYING THE DRUGS TO SEVERAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS AND STREET GANGS IN ALBERTA.


BACK ALLEY PICKUP RETURNS TOMORROW (APR 13) - GARBAGE AND RECYCLING PICK-UP CURRENTLY BEING DONE IN THE FRONT OF MANY RED DEER HOMES ON A TEMPORARY BASIS, WILL SOON SWITCH BACK TO THE BACK LANES AGAIN. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE SWITCH TO BACK ALLEY PICK-UPS WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW. FRONT YARD PICK-UP WAS IMPLEMENTED IN JANUARY DUE TO THIS WINTER'S HEAVY SNOWFALL MAKING FOR DIFFICULT CONDITIONS IN THE BACK ALLEYS.YARD WASTE PICK-UP WILL AGAIN GET STARTED ON MONDAY AS WELL.
 

 

SAT NEWSFILE

 

ANOTHER FIRE (APR 12) - RED DEER EMS RESPONDED TO AN EXPLOSION AT A WEST LAKE HOUSE THIS MORNING. RESIDENTS IN A HOME ON WISHART STREET SMELT NATURAL GAS AND SAFELY LEFT THE HOUSE, HOWEVER AN EXLOSION OCCURED SHORTLY LATER. FIRE CREWS ARE PUTTING OUT THE FIRE RIGHT NOW AND NEARBY HOMES WERE ALSO EVACUATED AS A PRECAUTION. THERE ARE NO INJURIES TO REPORT.
 

 

 

FRIDAY PM NEWSFILE
 

PENHOLD FIRE UPDATE (APR 11) - SOME VERY POSITIVE NEWS FROM PENHOLD THIS AFTERNOON. MAYOR DENNIS COOPER SAYS EVERYONE FROM THE BURNED-OUT APARTMENT BUILDING HAS BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR BY INNISFAIL RCMP. MEANWHIE, FINANCIAL DONATIONS FOR THE VICTIMS ARE BEING ACCEPTED AT THE TOWN HALL AND THERE IS NO MORE NEED FOR DONATIONS OF FOOD AND CLOTHING. THE REGISTRATION CENTRE HAS MOVED TO THE PENHOLD MULTIPLEX AND PEOPLE FROM THE FIRE CAN PICK UP GIFT CARDS FROM THE SALVATION ARMY UNTIL 6 PM. THE CANADIAN RED CROSS IS CO-ORDINATING THE REGISTRATION CENTRE. THE AREA REMAINS UNDER A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY.
 

BOWER FIRE (APR 11) - A FIRE CAUSED DAMAGE TO A TWO-STOREY HOME ON BROUGHTON CRESCENT IN RED DEER THIS AFTERNOON. DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF GREG ADAIR SAYS IT STARTED JUST BEFORE 1 O'CLOCK, WHEN TWO PEOPLE WERE INSIDE DOING RENOVATIONS. THEY GOT OUT SAFELY. THE FIRE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE STARTED IN THE FIREPLACE OR CHIMNEY.
 

MORE MEASLES (APR 11) - ANOTHER MEASLES ADVISORY IN RED DEER. AHS IS WARNING THAT PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO MEASLES AT MATTIE MCCULLOUGH EMELEMENTARY SCHOOL APRIL 4TH, 8TH, AND 9TH.  THE PEOPLE MOST AT RISK HAVE ALREADY BEEN NOTIFIED DIRECTLY.ALSO PEOPLE AT THE ABBEY MASTER BUILDER CENTRE IN BLACKFALDS ON APRIL 5TH AND THE VILLAGE MALL MEDICAL CLINIC APRIL 9TH MAY BE AT RISK.
 

HUGHES DECLARES (APR 11) - TORY MLA KEN HUGHES STOPPED IN FIVE COMMUNITIES TODAY, INCLUDING RED DEER, TO ANNOUNCE HE PLANS TO SEEK THE ALBERTA PC LEADERSHIP. HUGHES PROMISES TO BUILD A TEAM THAT WILL BE PRINCIPLED, PRUDENT, AND PRACTICAL. AMONG THE AUDIENCE TODAY WERE SOME RED DEER CITY COUNCILLORS AND MLA MARY ANNE JABLONSKI. JABLONSKI HAS NOT YET ANNOUNCED WHOM SHE WILL BE SUPPORTING.
 

HOME EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (APR 11) - HUNDREDS OF HOME EDUCATORS ARE GATHERED IN RED DEER TODAY FOR THE ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE ALBERTA HOME EDUCATION ASSOCIATION. HOME EDUCATORS RESPONDED STRONGLY TO THIS PAST FALL'S EDUCATION SURVEY, ADVOCATING FOR LESS GOVERNMENT REGULATION AND MAKING THE POINT THAT ALBERTA PARENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE FREE TO CHOOSE THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION. RED DEER SOUTH MLA AND MINISTER FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CAL DALLAS WILL BE SPEAKING TO THE HOME SCHOOLERS WHO ARE IN TOWN FROM ALL ACROSS WESTERN CANADA. THE CONVENTION TAKES PLACE TODAY AND TOMORROW AT THE WESTERNER GROUNDS.
 

OVERLAND FLOODING (APR 11) - OVERLAND FLOODING IS OCCURING IN SOME PARTS OF CENTRAL ALBERTA DUE TO THE RECENT SNOW MELT. PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS A LARGE AMOUNT OF WATER TRAVELLING ACROSS LAND AND IT'S LEADING TO LOCALIZED FLOODING AROUND HIGHWAY 587 NEAR RED LODGE PROVINCIAL PARK. AS A RESULT, THAT STRETCH OF HIGHWAY IS DOWN TO ONE LANE BECAUSE OF THE WATER FLOWING OVER IT. ELSEWHERE, THERE ARE ELEVATED WATER LEVELS IN STREAMS, RIVERS AND OTHER WATER BODIES THROUGHOUT MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY. RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO AVOID RIVERS, VALLEYS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS AS A PRECAUTION.

PENHOLD FIRE DESTROYS APARTMENT BUILDING (APR 10) -- TWO PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS SMOKE INHALATION AFTER A MAJOR FIRE THAT DESTROYED A THREE STOREY APARTMENT BUILDING IN SOUTH PENHOLD THURSDAY NIGHT.  SOME PETS ALSO DIED IN THE BLAZE.  THE CALL CAME IN FROM A PEACE OFFICER AT 5:42 WHO QUICKLY SHUT DOWN HIGHWAY 2A THROUGH TOWN, WITH A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY DECLARED SHORTLY AFTERWARDS. PENHOLD FIRE CHIEF JIM PENDERGAST SAYS HE'S NOT SURE YET HOW MANY PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE 18 UNIT BUILDING AT THE TIME BUT ADDS EVACUEES HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO THE MEMORIAL HALL WHERE THE RED CROSS IS HELPING. CREWS FROM RED DEER COUNTY AND INNISFAIL ALSO CAME IN TO HELP, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS INVOLVED AT CLOSE TO 50.

 

THURSDAY PM NEWSFILE
 

FLAHERTY PASSES AWAY (APR 10) - PROCEEDINGS AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS WERE SUSPENDED TODAY---FOLLOWING WORD THAT FORMER FINANCE MINISTER JIM FLAHERTY HAS DIED. FLAHERTY HAD ONLY LEFT CABINET A FEW WEEKS AGO---SAYING HE WAS RETURNING TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AT THE TIME HE RESIGNED FROM HIS PORTFOLIO, HE HAD TOLD REPORTERS IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS HEALTH. HE HAD SUFFERED FROM A VARIETY OF HEALTH CONCERNS OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS. FLAHERTY WAS 64.
 

TRAFFIC NOTE (APR 10) - A HEADS UP FOR DRIVERS IN SOUTH RED DEER TODAY. CITY CREWS ARE REPAIRING A PIPE AT THE SEWAGE PUMPING STATION AT 22ND STREET AND 40TH AVENUE. THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO LAST TODAY AND TOMORROW.
 

DEAF EARS (APR 10) - THE PROVINCIAL NDP EDUCATION CRITIC TRIED TO PRESENT A PETITION TO THE EDUCATION MINISTER THIS MORNING----WITHOUT A LOT OF LUCK. 26-THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED THE PAPER--DEMANDING THAT BIG OIL COMPANIES NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE A SEAT AT THE "CURRICULUM RE-DEVELOPMENT" TABLE. CRITIC DERON BILOUS HAD GONE TO THE EDUCATION MINISTER'S OFFICE THIS MORNING IN THE HOPES OF HAND-DELIVERING THE PETITION---ONLY TO DISCOVER THE OFFICE WAS LOCKED.
 

JAILED (APR 10) - A FIVE YEAR JAIL TERM HAS BEEN HANDED TO A BLACKFALDS MAN CONVICTED OF STEALING NUMEROUS VEHICLES THROUGHOUT THE AREA RECENTLY. 29 YEAR OLD JESSE BISSONETTE HAS ENTERED GUILTY PLEAS ON A DOZEN COUNTS AND WAS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS LESS TWO WEEKS OF PRE-TRIAL CUSTODY AND A TWO YEAR DRIVING BAN FOLLOWING HIS RELEASE. THE INCIDENTS TOOK PLACE OVER THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH WHERE NUMEROUS VEHICLES WERE STOLEN IN AND AROUND BLACKFALDS. WHEN MOUNTIES FIRST TRIED TO ARREST A SUSPECT, THE VEHICLE FLED AND STRUCK A CRUISER ON THE QE2.
 

MAJOR SPONSOR (APR 10) - MORE GREAT NEWS FOR SYLVAN LAKE AS THE TOWN HAS RECEIVED HALF A MILLION DOLLARS IN SPONSORSHIP MONEY FOR THE NAMING RIGHTS TO IT'S NEW MULTI-PLEX. AS A RESULT, OFFICIALS SAY THE NEW FACILITY WILL BE CALLED THE NEXSOURCE CENTRE. NEXSOURCE POWER IS A LOCAL FULL-SERVICE POWER SOLUTION COMPANY. JUST LAST WEEK, THE ATB BRANCH IN SYLVAN LAKE CONTRIBUTED 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS TOWARDS THE PROJECT. THE FUTURE FACILITY WILL PROVIDE A REPLACEMENT ICE SURFACE OF COURSE BUT ALSO A WALKING-RUNNING TRACK, CONFERENCE AND MEETING SPACE, CHILDREN'S PLAYROOM, SENIORS CENTRE AND CURLING RINK.
 

AHS CONSULTING (APR 10) - MORE QUESTIONS YESTERDAY ABOUT CONSULTING CONTRACTS WITH ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES. THE WILDROSE PARTY SAYS THE HEALTH MINISTER HAS TO EXPLAIN HOW A SENIOR HEALTH EXECUTIVE GOT A CONSULTING CONTRACT WORTH MORE THAN 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS--THE DAY AFTER SHE LEFT AHS. PAM WHITNACK--WHO OWNS WHITNACK & ASSOCIATES--HAD BEEN EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT OF RURAL, PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH FOR AHS UNTIL THE POSITION WAS DONE AWAY WITH IN 2011--BUT REMAINED AN EMPLOYEE FOR ANOTHER THREE MONTHS--FINALLY RETIRING WITH A 853-THOUSAND DOLLAR PENSION. THE WILDROSE SAYS SHE GOT THE 252-THOUSAND DOLLAR CONSULTING CONTRACT FOR "EXECUTIVE COACHING"---THE DAY AFTER HER EMPLOYMENT ENDED.

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NEW TOP COP (APR 9) - THE CITY OF RED DEER HAS FOUND A NEW PERMANENT RCMP COMMANDER. INSPECTOR SCOTT TOD WILL SOON JOIN THE RED DEER RCMP, REPLACING INTERIM COMMANDER DAVID ELLIOTT.THE POSITION HAS BEEN VACATED SINCE OUTGOING COMMANDER WARREN DOSKO RETIRED EARLIER THIS YEAR. NO OFFICIAL START DATE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED AS OF YET FOR TOD.

WARRANT (APR 9) - A WARRANT IS OUT FOR A RED MAN AFTER LOCAL MOUNTIES MADE A DRUG BUST LAST WEEK. ON APRIL 3RD, A SOUTH RED DEER APARTMENT WAS RAIDED WHERE 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF DRUGS AND 1200 DOLLARS CASH WERE SEIZED. THE MAJORITY OF THE DRUGS WERE MARIJUANA. 2 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED, 26 YEAR OLD NIGEL DHEILLY-MATTIUZZI AND 22 YEAR OLD JESSICA RUDDICK. RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR A THIRD SUSPECT, 26 YEAR OLD CODY DHEILLY-LABELLE. IF YOU KNOW OF HIS WHEREABOUTS, YOU'RE TO CONTACT THE RCMP.
 

DELAYS (APR 9) - RED DEER MOTORISTS CAN EXPECT TO SEE MORE DELAYS THAN USUAL ALONG 30TH AVENUE FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. CITY OFFICIALS SAY CREWS WILL BE INSTALLING A NEW FIBRE OPTIC LINE TOMORROW, FRIDAY AND MONDAY BETWEEN 9:30 AND 5. THIS MEANS TRAFFIC WILL BE STOPPED INTERMITTENLY AT INTERSECTIONS FOR ROUGHLY 15 MINUTES WHILE THE LINES GET RUN ACROSS THE ROAD. CREWS WILL BE CROSSING AT INTERSECTIONS ALONG THE WEST SIDE OF 30TH AVENUE FROM 32ND STREET TO 67TH STREET, 30TH AVE AT 32ND STREET AND 67TH STREET BETWEEN CARLETON AND CARRINGTON.
 

FLOOD WATCHES (APR 9) - THE PROVINCE HAS ISSUED FLOOD WATCHES FOR A COUPLE OF STREAM BASINS NORTHWEST AND SOUTH OF EDMONTON.  MELTING OF THE HEAVY SNOWPACK MEANS WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE THREEHILLS AND KNEEHILLS CREEKS IN THE RED DEER BASIN...ALONG WITH THE PADDLE RIVER, LITTLE PADDLE RIVER AND CONNOR CREEK IN THE ATHABASCA BASIN. " WATER LEVELS IN SOME CREEKS IN KNEEHILL COUNTY HAVE TOPPED THEIR BANKS IN SOME LOCATIONS.  THE RIVER FORECAST CENTRE HAS CONTACTED NEARBY COMMUNITIES AND SAYS THERE ARE NO IMMEDIATE CONCERNS FOR HOMES OR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE.
 

HEARTBLEED BUG (APR 9) - REVENUE CANADA SAYS ITS "WORKING HARD" TO MAKE SURE THEIR SYSTEM REMAINS SECURE, AFTER WORD CAME OUT ABOUT AN INTERNET SECURITY VULNERABILITY KNOWN AS THE HEARTBLEED BUG. THE CRA HAS SHUT DOWN PUBLIC ACCESS TO THEIR ONLINE SERVICES FOR THE TIME BEING---AS THEY MAKE SURE THE MATTER IS RESOLVED. THEY SAY CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO TAXPAYERS WHO ARE UNABLE TO COMPLY WITH THEIR FILING REQUIREMENTS. THEY ALSO SAY THEY'LL BE PROVIDING DAILY UPDATES AT 1PM ALBERTA TIME ON THEIR HOMEPAGE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
 

PETITION (APR 9) - THE NDP EDUCATION CRITIC HAS PRESENTED A PETITION TO ALBERTA EDUCATION---TO HAVE BIG OIL COMPANIES REMOVED FROM CURRICULUM RE-DEVELOPMENT. DERON BILOUS SAYS MORE THAN 26-THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED THE PETITION AGAINST THE MAJOR OIL COMPANIES HAVING A SEAT AT THAT PART OF THE EDUCATION TABLE. HE SAYS THOSE CORPORATIONS ARENT EDUCATION EXPERTS.

HOCKEY ACCESSIBILITY (APR 9) - TRYING TO MAKE CANADA'S UNOFFICIAL NATIONAL GAME MORE ACCESSIBLE IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL BEHIND A FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST HELD AT THE SHERATON HOTEL IN RED DEER THIS MORNING. WELL OVER A HUNDRED PEOPLE TOOK IN THE HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION BREAKFAST WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY HELP RAISE 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR LOCAL HOCKEY PROGRAMS.
THE EVENT FEATURED NHL HALL OF FAMER AND MULTIPLE STANLEY CUP WINNER BRYAN TROTTIER WHO WON FOUR STANLEY CUPS AS A MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS, TWO WITH THE PENGUINS AND ONE AS AN ASSISTANT COACH WITH THE COLORADO AVALANCHE.  THE SASKATCHEWAN NATIVE CURRENTLY RESIDES IN PITTSBURGH FULL TIME.
 

ASPIRE (APR 9) - IT HAS BEEN A BUSY SPRING FOR THE ASPIRE SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE CENTRE IN RED DEER. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHELLE SLUCHINSKI SAYS AS OF MARCH THERE WERE ALREADY REQUESTS FOR 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS. THE MONEY HELPS PEOPLE ACCESS THEIR PROGRAMS. ASPIRE FUNDRAISES 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY AS PART OF THEIR OVERALL BUDGET, AND THEIR SIGNATURE EVENT "DECADENT DESSERTS" IS COMING UP MAY 9TH.
 
TUES PM NEWSFILE (APR 8)

 

TEEN CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE MURDER (APR 8) - AN 18 YEAR OLD WOMAN IS FACING A 1ST DEGREE MURDER CHARGE AFTER ONE MAN WAS FOUND DEAD EARLY MONDAY MORNING NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. 20 YEAR OLD KIERON DALE BEAVERBONES DIED AFTER BEING STABBED IN THE CHEST ON THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION. RCMP ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUES) THAT SHERILYN KYRENE BEAVERBONES HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE MURDER. RCMP SAY THE VICTIM AND SUSPECT ARE NOT RELATED. SHERILYN BEAVERBONES WILL MAKE HER FIRST COURT APPEARANCE TOMORROW (WED) IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.

 

WOMAN STILL MISSING (APR 8) - THE SEARCH FOR A MISSING EDMONTON WOMAN IS CONTINUING IN THE NORDEGG REGION. RCMP SAY THEY RESUMED THEIR SEARCH ON MONDAY WITH THE HELP OF A FEW POLICE DOGS IN HOPES OF FINALLY FINDING 32 YEAR OLD ANINA HUNDSDOERFER WHO WAS LAST SEEN IN EDMONTON MARCH 22ND. HER VEHICLE WAS FOUND ON HIGHWAY 73 NEAR NORDEGG A FEW DAYS LATER BUT NO OTHER EVIDENCE OF HER WHEREABOUTS HAS BEEN FOUND SINCE THEN. SEARCHERS ARE HOPING THE MELTING SNOW WILL HELP THEM GAIN BETTER ACCESS TO SOME AREAS NOT PREVIOUSLY COVERED IN THEIR SEARCH.


WAUNCH AND CHAMBERS LEARN TRIAL DATES (APR 8) - TRIAL DATES HAVE BEEN SET FOR A MAN AND WOMAN BOTH CHARGED IN A VIOLENT CRIME SPREE THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA LAST YEAR. 31 YEAR OLD ANDREW WAUNCH FACES 37 COUNTS INCLUDING ATTEMPTED MURDER, KIDNAPPING, ARMED ROBBERY AND FLIGHT FROM POLICE AND WILL BEGIN A SEVEN DAY TRIAL ON OCTOBER 15TH OF NEXT YEAR. HIS CO-ACCUSED, 24 YEAR OLD ASHLEY CHAMBERS FACES 9 COUNTS AND WILL HAVE A TWO DAY TRIAL STARTING MAY 13TH OF THIS YEAR. THE PAIR ARE ACCUSED OF ROBBING A WELL KNOWN BUSINESS PERSON IN SYLVAN LAKE AT GUN POINT IN HIS OWN HOME IN JUNE OF 2013 AND ALSO BEING INVOLVED IN MULTIPLE ARMED CAR JACKINGS THROUGHOUT THE AREA IN THE DAYS THAT FOLLOWED.


KERTESZ TO BE SENTENCED (APR 8) - ONE OF TWO MEN CHARGED IN AN ARMED BARRICADE INCIDENT WITH RED DEER MOUNTIES LAST YEAR WILL BE SENTENCED LATER THIS SPRING. 28 YEAR OLD DAVID KERTESZ WAS FOUND GUILTY LAST MONTH ON TEN OF 16 COUNTS AGAINST HIM AND WILL NOW BEEN SENTENCED JUNE 12TH. HIS CO-ACCUSED, 23 YEAR OLD GARNET MCINNES FACES 40 COUNTS AND WILL START ONE OF FOUR TRIALS NEXT WEDNESDAY IN RED DEER COURT. THE PAIR ARE CHARGED IN AN INCIDENT LAST MAY WHEN RCMP RESPONDED TO AN ARMED ROBBERY COMPLAINT IN THE PINES WHICH THEN LED THEM TO AN ARMED BARRICADE WITH POLICE IN THE HIGHLAND GREEN NEIGHBOURHOOD.


ENHANCING SYLVAN LAKE (APR 8) - WORK IS UNDERWAY IN SYLVAN LAKE TO HELP MAKE THE TOWN MORE SELF SUFFICIENT. THE COMMUNITY'S RECENTLY FORMED BUSINESS RECRUITMENT TEAM IS TRYING TO ATTRACT MORE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT TO MAKE FOR A MORE BALANCED TAX BASE FIVE PRIORITIES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED TO HELP DO THAT INCLUDING OVERCOMING REAL AND PERCEIVED BARRIERS TO BUSINESS INVESTMENT, DESIGNING AN IDEAL TENANT MIX AND IDENTIFYING AND CONTACTING PROSPECTIVE TENANTS AMONG OTHERS.


HOUSING STARTS UP (APR 8) - THERE WERE MORE HOUSING STARTS IN RED DEER LAST MONTH THAN IN MARCH OF LAST YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE LATEST STATS FROM CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION, THERE WERE 68 HOUSING STARTS LAST MONTH, UP FROM 52 IN MARCH OF 2013. YEAR TO DATE NUMBERS ARE ALSO HIGHER WITH 285 HOUSING STARTS IN RED DEER SO FAR THIS YEAR, UP FROM 236 DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2013. ELSEWHERE, HOUSING STARTS ARE DOWN THIS YEAR IN RED DEER COUNTY AND LACOMBE WHILE THEY'RE UP IN LACOMBE COUNTY AND SYLVAN LAKE.


HIGH WATER ALERT (APR 8) - THE GOVERNMENT HAS ISSUED A HIGH WATER LEVEL ALERT FOR KNEEHILL COUNTY AROUND THREE HILLS. OFFICIALS SAY THE ELEVATED WATER LEVELS IN STREAMS ARE DUE TO THE SPRING RUN-OFF. YOUR ADVISED TO AVOID STREAMS AND CREEK CROSSINGS IN KNEEHILL COUNTY AND KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR AREAS KNOWN TO FLOOD EASILY.