MON PM NEWS
ENGELMAN GETS 3 YEARS
It's three years in jail for a Lacombe Man charged in a fatal drunk driving crash near Sylvan Lake in 2012. 26 year old Matthew Engelman was also given a three year driving ban in Red Deer court on Friday after being convicted of impaired driving causing death and refusing to provide a breath sample in the September 2012 incident.
That's when two pick-ups crashed head-on on highway 20 north of Sylvan Lake, critically injuring 41 year old Randy Pinch of Breton.
Pinch died from his injuries weeks later.
MAN ARRESTED IN DINE AND DASH
The arrest of a dine and dash suspect in north Red Deer Sunday night has led to the capture of a wanted man. City RCMP arrested the man in the Village Mall parking lot shortly after 9:30 after he allegedly left The Keg restaurant without paying.
The investigation revealed he had a pair of arrest warrants out of Calgary and was also identified as one of two suspects in a break and enter in Penhold early Saturday morning. That's when two men broke into the Penholder Inn and stole an ATM by towing it away.
DAWE TO RUN IN RED DEER NORTH
Michael Dawe announced on Monday that he's seeking to be elected as MLA in the riding of Red Deer North. The local historian is currently a sitting councilor in the summer village of Norglenwold.
Rather than pledge allegiance to a single party, he's looking for endorsements from as many parties and individuals as possible.
If elected, Dawe is promising to pay any by-election costs for his municipal position out of his own pocket.
The soon to be 59 year old says he will also bind himself to a "recall provision", to ensure voters can un-elect him if he breaks their trust.
RED DEER’S FINEST HONOURED
A long list of city employees were honored at the 34th annual city of Red Deer Employee Recognition Awards banquet Friday night at The Westerner. Over 100 city employees were celebrated in the categories of Long Service, Safety and Special Recognition.
Electrical Engineering Technologist, Doug Pullan, was acknowledged for 40 years of working for the city. The city's biggest award, the Bob Stollings Memorial Award, went to CUPE President, Brian Stevens who is retiring from the city after 34 years.
KOMICK NAMED NEW HEAD MAN AT WESTERNER PARK
The Westerner Park Board Of Directors in Red Deer has announced the hiring of a new CEO and General Manager. Darrell Komick officially starts March 17th but is currently making connections with key stakeholders in the meantime.
Incoming President and Board Vice-Chair, Graham Heron, says Komick comes to them from Calgary where he was most recently involved in promotions and development for over two 200 local food producers.
Former Westerner Park CEO and General Manager John Harms resigned last May.
CITY GIVING GAMES COMMITTEE $2 MILLION
The 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society have some dollars to work from the city. On Monday, City Council passed second and third reading on a loan for two million dollars.
Mayor Tara Veer does not expect the society to use all of this money, as she believes there will be dollars saved for them in the upcoming provincial budget.
SUMMER ACTIVITY REGISTRATIONS LOOMING
Those interested in getting the kids signed up for swimming registrations will want to keep an eye out this month. The City of Red Deer's 2015 spring and summer activity guide hits the stands on Monday, March 9th.
Registrations for all city programs open on March 17th at 8:00 am.
You can register online at www.Reddeer.Ca/looknbook or by phone at (403)-309-8411. If you get the guide delivered you should start to see it on your doorsteps around the 12th or the 13th.
RED DEER CITY EMPLOYEE WINNERS - THE ANNUAL CITY OF RED DEER EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARDS WERE HELD FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE WESTERNER HARVEST CENTRE.
THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENING WAS THE PRESENTATION OF THE BOB STOLLINGS MEMORIAL AWARD TO CUPE PRESIDENT BRIAN STEVENS WHO IS RETIRING FROM THE CITY AFTER 34 YEARS.
THE BOB STOLLINGS AWARD IS GIVEN TO THE DEDICATED CITY EMPLOYEE WHO HAS DISPLAYED OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN LINE WITH THE CITY'S VALUES OF RESPECT, INTEGRITY, SERVICE AND EXCELLENCE.
NUMEROUS LONG SERVICE AWARDS WERE HANDED OUT INCLUDING ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST DOUG PULLAN WAS HONOURED FOR 40 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE CITY.
TRAFFIC NOTE (MAR 2) -- RCMP advise that QEII highway immediately north and south of Red Deer is extremely slippery due to snow and blowing snow. Please drive with extreme caution.
SCHOOL BUS NOTES (MAR 2) -- ALL BUSSES IN THE RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION ARE CURRENTLY ON TIME TODAY. ONE BUS IN THE RED DEER REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIVISION IS RUNNING LATE THIS MORNING, IT'S ROUTE S-7 BY TEN MINUTES. IN THE CHINOOKS EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION, ROUTE SP-4 IN SPRUCEVIEW IS DELAYED TEN MINUTES. IN THE WOLF CREEK SCHOOL DIVISION, ROUTE L-15 IN LACOMBE IS BEHIND 15 MINUTES. IN THE WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION, ALL BUSSES ARE CURRENTLY RUNNING ON TIME. AND IN THE CLEARVIEW PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT, ALL BUSSES ARE ALSO RUNNING ON TIME.
MON AM NEWS (MAR. 2)
RED DEER CITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY - A LIGHT AGENDA ON TAP TODAY AT RED DEER CITY COUNCIL.
FIRST UP WILL BE A REVIEW OF THE ECONOMY CHARTER. IN MID FEBRUARY ADMINISTRAION MET TO UPDATE THE DOCUMENT TO REFLECT THE SITUATION WE FIND OURSELVES IN.
THIS DOCUMENT ALSO SETS OUT THE ADVOCACY STRATEGIES AND DEADLINES THAT COUNCIL SHOULD AIM FOR.
AFTER CONSULTING WITH STAKEHOLDERS, ADMINISTRATION HAS UPDATED THE CHARTER TO REFLECT WHAT THE CITY SHOULD BE DOIN THIS YEAR, IN 2017 AND INTO 2019.
ONLY ONE OTHER MAJOR ITEM ON TODAY'S RED DEER CITY COUNCIL AGENDA:
THE TABLE WILL GIVE SECOND AND THIRD READINGS TO A LOAN REQUEST FOR NOT MORE THAN TWO MILLION DOLLARS TO GO TO THE CANADA WINTER GAMES HOST SOCIETY.
THESE DOLLARS WILL GO TOWARDS OPERATING EXPENDITURES AND ARE MEANT TO SUPPORT THE SOCIETY UNTIL WE GET CLOSER TO THE GAMES AND GRANT MONEY BECOMES AVAILABLE.
COUNCIL GAVE FIRST READING TO THIS LOAN BYLAW DURING THEIR JANUARY 5TH MEETING.
THE LOAN IS TO BE REPAYED BY FEBRUARY 2019 OVER A TERM NOT LONGER THAN FIVE YEARS AT 2.075%.
CONSERVATIVE NOMINATION INNISFAIL/SYLVAN - KERRY TOWLE IS THE CONSERVATIVE'S CHOICE FOR THE RIDING OF INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE.
SATURDAY WAS IT'S NOMINATION DAY FOR PC MEMBERS IN THAT RIDING.
THE CURRENT MLA WAS UP AGAINST CURRENT RED DEER COUNTY MAYOR JIM WOOD
VOTING WAS HELD SATURDAY AT THE PENHOLD MULTI-PLEX.
TOWLE ALONG WITH LITTLE BOW MLA IAN DONOVAN CROSSED THE FLOOR TO THE TORIES LAST YEAR BEFORE NINE MORE OF THEIR COLLEGUES FOLLOWED.
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE PROVINCE, THE RIDING OF LETHBRIDGE-EAST WAS WON BY LORNE HICKEY WHILE CHRISTINE CUSANELLI TOOK CALGARY-CENTRE.
REGIONALLY, THE NOMINATION VOTE FOR THE OLDS-DIDSBURY-THREE HILLS RIDING TAKES PLACE MARCH 14TH.
VOTES FOR THE RED DEER RIDINGS ARE SLATED FOR MARCH 21ST AND THE DATE FOR THE LACOMBE-PONOKA RIDING IS MARCH 28TH.
CITY OF RED DEER AWARDS - A LONG LIST OF CITY EMPLOYEES WERE HONOURED AT THE 2015 CITY OF RED DEER EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARDS BANQUET FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE WESTERNER.
NUMEROUS CITY EMPLOYEES WERE RECOGNIZED IN THE CATEGOIRES OF LONG SERVICE, SAFETY AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION.
ABOUT FOUR HUNDRED CITY EMPLOYEES WERE AT FRIDAY'S CEREMONIES AT THE HARVEST CENTRE.
ALBERTA VET OF THE YEAR FROM CALGARY - A RED DEERIAN WON THE 2014 VETERINARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD.
SATURDAY NIGHT IN CALGARY, DR. JOHN DUGAN SENIOR RECEIVED THE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FROM THE ALBERTA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.
A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF HIS CAREER IN THE RED DEER ADVOCATE SHOWS DUGAN DECIDED TO BECOME A VET AT THE AGE OF 15 AND HAS BEEN PRACTISING FOR 61 YEARS.
DUGAN IS A SURGEON AT THE RED DEER VETERINARY CLINIC (7171-50TH STREET).
MILITARY MOVED INTO RED DEER - OVER 60 MILITARY RESERVISTS WERE IN RED DEER ON THE WEEKEND TO TAKE PART IN SOME FIELD TRAINING EXERCISES.
CAPTAIN DERRICK FORSYTHE WITH THE 41 CANADIAN BRIGADE GROUP SAYS THE SCENARIO HAD THE RESERVISTS WORKING TOGETHER WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS TO HELP THE COMMUNITY DEAL WITH FLOODING FROM A LARGE SNOW-MELT.
FORSYTHE SAYS IT'S PART OF THEIR ONGOING TRAINING TO BE PREPARED FOR A DOMESTIC RESPONSE.
CAPTAIN FORSYTHE SAYS THE FIELD TRAINING EXERCISES WERE HELD FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.
RD MURAL - A RED DEER MURAL THAT CREATES A THREE DIMENSIONAL ILLUSION HAS NOW BEEN REPAIRED AFTER SUFFERING DAMAGE IN A STORM LAST YEAR.
CITY OFFICIALS SAY "GALLERY CONCEPT" WAS DAMAGED IN EARLY 2014 BUT IT WILL NOW HANG AT THE RED DEER MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY AND NOT AT IT'S PREVIOUS LOCATION ON GAETZ AVENUE DOWNTOWN.
A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OCCASION WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY AT THE MAG STARTING AT 10:30.
WEEKEND NEWSFILE (FEB.28 & MAR.1)
KERRY TOWLE GETS THE PC NOD - FORMER WILDROSE MLA KERRY TOWLE HAS BEEN NOMINATED TO REPRESENT THE PC'S IN INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE DURING THE NEXT ELECTION. A PARTY VOTE TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY BETWEEN TOWLE AND RED DEER COUNTY MAYOR JIM WOOD. ELSEWHERE AROUND THE PROVINCE, THE RIDING OF LETHBRIDGE-EAST WAS WON BY LORNE HICKEY WHILE CHRISTINE CUSANELLI TOOK CALGARY-CENTRE. REGIONALLY, THE NOMINATION VOTE FOR THE OLDS-DIDSBURY-THREE HILLS RIDING TAKES PLACE MARCH 14TH. VOTES FOR THE RED DEER RIDINGS ARE SLATED FOR MARCH 21ST WITH NO DATE ANNOUNCED YET FOR THE LACOMBE-PONOKA RIDING.
PONOKA PC NOMINATION DATE SET - WE NOW HAVE A DATE TO SHARE REGARDING THE PC NOMINATION RACE IN THE RIDING OF LACOMBE-PONOKA. THE PCAA HAS SET MARCH 28TH AS THE DATE TO PICK WHO WILL LEAD THE RIDING INTO THE NEXT ELECTION. FOUR PEOPLE HAVE THROWN THEIR NAMES INTO THE RING: PONOKA MAYOR LARRY HENKLEMAN, CURRENT MLA ROD FOX, LACOMBE BUSINESSMAN PETER DEWIT AND LACOMBE COUNCILOR WAYNE REMPEL. WITH THE LATEST ANNOUNCEMENT, THE TORIES NOW HAVE NOMINATIONS IN 81 OF 87 RIDINGS. THIS IS ALSO THE SAME DATE THAT THE HIGHWOOD RIDING WILL BE UP FOR GRABS. THIS OF COURSE IS THE RIDING CURRENTLY HELD BY FORMER WILDROSE LEADER TURNED PC --- DANIELLE SMITH. CARD CARRYING MEMBERS FOURTEEN AND ABOVE CAN CAST A NOMINATION VOTE.
THREE YEAR SENTENCE IN DRUNK DRIVING DEATH - IT'S THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR A LACOMBE MAN SENTENCED IN RED DEER COURT ON FRIDAY. 26 YEAR OLD MATTHEW LAWRENCE ENGELMAN WAS HANDED A TWO AND A HALF YEAR SENTENCE FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND AN ADDITIONAL SIX MONTHS FOR REFUSING TO GIVE A BREATH SAMPLE. ENGLEMAN WAS CONVICTED IN THE 2012 DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT TOOK THE LIFE OF A 41 YEAR OLD BRETON MAN. THE ACCUSED WAS ABLE TO ADDRESS THE COURT PRIOR TO SENTENCING AND APOLOGIZED TO THE VICTIM'S FAMILY FOR HIS ACTIONS. UPON COMPLETION OF HIS SENTENCE, ENGELMAN WILL ALSO BE BARRED FROM DRIVING FOR AN ADDITIONAL THREE YEARS.
LACOMBE MAN ASKS FOR LONGER SENTENCE - 35 YEAR OLD LACOMBE MAN WAS SUCCESSFUL IN HIS REQUEST TO SERVE OUT HIS SENTENCE IN A FEDERAL INSTITUTION. ANDREW JAMES GUNDERSON APPEARED IN RED DEER COURT ON FRIDAY TO FACE SENTENCING RELATED TO A BREAK AND ENTER AND POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY CHARGES. THESE RELATE TO A CONVENIENCE STORE THEFT THAT OCCURRED ON FEBRUARY 10TH. THE PROSECUTOR HAD RECOMMENDED A PENALTY OF 18 MONTHS BEHIND BARS BUT GUNDERSON ASKED IF THAT COULD BE BUMPED UP. HE SAID HE'S LOOKING TO GO INTO A REHABILITATION PROGRAM THAT THEY OFFER AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. WITH THIS, THE JUDGE HANDED HIM A TWO YEAR SENTENCE. HE APOLOGIZED FOR TAKING ABOUT $4000 IN CIGARETTES AND CAUSING ABOUT $2000 WORTH OF DAMAGES.
MILITARY RESERVISTS IN RED DEER THIS WEEKEND FOR MOCK DISASTER TRAINING - THE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL SEE OVER 60 MILITARY RESERVISTS TAKING PART IN A MOCK DISASTER IN RED DEER.
CAPTAIN DERRICK FORSYTHE WITH THE 41 CANADIAN BRIGADE GROUP SAYS THE SCENARIO WILL HAVE THEM WORKING TOGETHER WITH CITY AND COUNTY EMERGENCY OFFICIALS WHO ARE DEALING WITH FLOODING FROM A LARGE SNOW-MELT. FORSYTHE SAYS THESE KINDS OF EXERCISES ARE IMPORTANT AS TERRITORIAL PROTECTION IS A BIG PART OF WHAT THEY DO: FORSYTHE SAYS THEIR FIELD TRAINING EXERCISES STARTED YESTERDAY AND RUN THROUGH SUNDAY.
FRI PM NEWS (FEB. 27)
LOCAL MAN DENIED BAIL IN ALLEGED SEX ASSAULT CASE - A MAN CHARGED IN AN ALLEGED LOCAL SEX ASSAULT THIS WINTER HAS BEEN DENIED BAIL IN RED DEER COURT. 28 YEAR OLD JUSTIN MUELLER FACES FIVE COUNTS IN AN INCIDENT DECEMBER 3RD WHERE RCMP SAY A 20 YEAR OLD WOMAN IN GASOLINE ALLEY WAS APPROACHED AT HER VEHICLE BY A MAN WITH A KNIFE AND FORCED TO THE PASSENGER SEAT. THEY THEN DROVE TO THE CIBC ON 22ND STREET IN RED DEER WHERE THE WOMAN WAS FORCED TO WITHDRAW MONEY FROM HER ACCOUNT, THEN DRIVEN BACK TO A RURAL LOCATION NEAR PENHOLD WHERE SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. POLICE SAY THE WOMAN WAS THEN DROPPED OFF AT A CONVENIENCE STORE IN INGLEWOOD WHILE THE SUSPECT LEFT WITH HER VEHICLE. MUELLER'S CASE RETURNS TO COURT MARCH 13TH.
POLICE LOOKING TO RETURN STOLEN TOOLS TO OWNER - THE SYLVAN LAKE RCMP ARE TRYING TO FIND THE OWNER OF A NUMBER OF STOLEN TOOLS. THIS AFTER THEY WERE RECOVERED THIS WEEK FROM A HOME IN THE LESLIEVILLE AREA. SYLVAN MOUNTIES ALONG WITH ROCKY RCMP AND THE PRIORITY CRIMES TASK FORCE EXECUTED THE WARRANT ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. HERE THEY RECOVERED A NUMBER OF FLAT DECK TRAILERS AND GENERATORS ALONG WITH THE TOOLS. IF YOU'VE HAD TOOLS TAKEN RECENTLY YOU'RE ASKED TO CONTACT THE SYLVAN DETACHMENT. A 34 YEAR OLD MAN AND 21 YEAR OLD WOMAN WILL FACE CHARGES OF BREAK AND ENTER AND POSESSION OF WEAPONS AND STOLEN PROPERTY OFFENSES. THE PRIORITY CRIMES TASK FORCE IS MADE UP OF OFFICERS FROM RED DEER, BLACKFALDS, INNISFAIL AND SYLVAN LAKE.
CHINA PLACES TEMPORARY IMPORT BAN ON ALBERTA BEEF - THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY SAYS THE INFECTED COW FOUND IN ALBERTA'S LATEST BSE CASE THIS MONTH WAS BORN AT THE SAME FARM THAT TESTED POSITIVE IN 2010. CFIA VICE PRESIDENT PAUL MAYERS SAYS THE COW GOT SICK AFTER EATING SOME CONTAMINATED FEED AT A FARM NEAR SPRUCE GROVE. RIGHT NOW JUST THE ONE COW HAS BEEN CONFIRMED TO HAVE BSE, HOWEVER OTHER CATTLE HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED WHILE THE CFIA INVESTIGATES. EARLIER TODAY, CHINA ANNOUNCED A TEMPORARY IMPORT BAN ON ALL CANADIAN BEEF AND BEEF PRODUCTS. CHINA IMPORTED MORE THAN 40 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF CANADIAN BEEF PRODUCTS IN 2014.
CITY OF RED DEER EMPLOYEE AWARDS TONIGHT - THE 2015 CITY OF RED DEER EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARDS BANQUET GOES TONIGHT AT WESTERNER PARK. A LONG LIST OF CITY EMPLOYEES WILL BE RECOGNIZED IN THE CATEGOIRES OF LONG SERVICE, SAFETY AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION AT THE HARVEST CENTRE THIS EVENING.
PC NOMINATION VOTE IN INNISVAIL-SYLVAN LAKE RIDING ON SATURDAY - MEMBERS OF ALBERTA'S P.C. PARTY IN THE INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE RIDING WILL BE CASTING BALLOTS TOMORROW. A NOMINATION VOTE IS TAKING PLACE IN THE CONSTITUENCY WITH CURRENT MLA KERRY TOWLE AND CURRENT RED DEER COUNTY MAYOR JIM WOOD VYING FOR THE PC NOMINATION IN THAT RIDING. TAMMY COTE HAS ALREADY WON THE PC NOMINATION FOR THE RIMBEY- ROCKY-SUNDRE RIDING WHILE THE NOMINATION VOTE FOR THE OLDS-DIDSBURY-THREE HILLS RIDING TAKES PLACE MARCH 14TH. NOMINATION VOTES FOR THE RED DEER RIDINGS ARE SLATED FOR MARCH 21ST WITH NO DATE ANNOUNCED YET FOR THE LACOMBE-PONOKA RIDING. TOMORROW'S VOTE FOR INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE RUNS FROM 5-8PM AT THE PENHOLD MULTI-PLEX.
THE BRIER GETS UNDERWAY IN CALGARY - THE BRIER IS THE BIG ATTRACTION IN CALGARY OVER THE NEXT TEN DAYS. AMONG THE FAVORITES ARE THE TWO ALBERTA TEAMS, JOHN MORRIS SKIPPING TEAM CANADA AND KEVIN KOE SKIPPING TEAM ALBERTA. THERE'S ALSO A CENTRAL ALBERTA CONNECTION AT THE BRIER THIS YEAR. COLIN HODGSON FROM LACOMBE IS PLAYING LEAD FOR REID CARRUTHERS THIS SEASON AND WILL BE TOSSING LEAD STONES FOR MANITOBA.
SHANE YELLOWBIRD TO GO TO TRIAL THIS FALL - A TRIAL GETS UNDERWAY THIS COMING SEPTEMBER FOR SHANE YELLOWBIRD. THE COUNTRY SINGER IS FACING A LIST OF CHARGES --- INCLUDING THREE COUNTS OF IMPAIRED DRIVING ---AND REFUSING TO GIVE A BREATH SAMPLE. THAT TRIAL WILL TAKE PLACE IN PONOKA THIS FALL.
LOCAL 211 PHONE SERVICE LAUNCHED ON THURSDAY - MAYOR TARA VEER MADE THE FIRST CALL THROUGH TO THE TOWNS NEW 211 PHONE SERVICE YESTERDAY. VEER SAYS THE PHONE LINE JOINS THE EXISTING 211 WEBSITE, AND HELPS RED DEERIANS FIND THE COMMUNITY, SOCIAL, GOVERNMENT AND HEALTH SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THEM. THE CITY OF RED DEER COMMITTED TO FUNDING THE SERVICE FOR 3 YEARS.
TRIBUTES FLOOD IN FOR THE LATE LEONARD NIMOY - THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE PAID TRIBUTE TODAY TO THE LATE LEONARD NIMOY. THE FORMER "STAR TREK" ACTOR PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING AT THE AGE OF 83 FROM LUNG DISEASE. NIMOY PLAYED THE QUINTESSENTIAL "MR. SPOCK" IN THE ORIGINAL STAR TREK SERIES ALONGSIDE CANADIAN WILLIAM SHATNER. SHATNER SENT OUT HIS THOUGHTS THIS MORNING ON TWITTER CALLING NIMOY " A BROTHER WHOSE HUMOUR, TALENT AND CAPACITY TO LOVE WILL BE SURELY MISSED."
FRI AM NEWS (FEB. 27)
COMMUNITY GENEROSITY - IT'S A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF GENEROSITY IN OUR COMMUNITY. LOCAL FOOD BANK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FRED SCAIFE SAYS A TEN YEAR OLD BOY NAMED ERIC CAME TO HIS DOOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT, WANTING TO HELP THE ORGANIZATION WITH IT'S CURRENT FINANCIAL CHALLENGES.
SCAIFE SAYS THE BOY HANDED HIM AN ENVELOPE WITH SOME MONEY INSIDE, AND IT BROUGHT HIM TO TEARS. HE SAYS THEIR FOOD RESERVES ARE CURRENTLY IN GOOD SHAPE BUT ADDS THEIR BANK ACCOUNT IS TWO TO THREE HUNDRED GRAND LOWER THAN WHAT IT SHOULD BE RIGHT NOW.
SCHOOL THREAT SENTENCE - A RED DEER TEEN CONVICTED OF UTTERING THREATS AGAINST A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL LAST YEAR HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS OF PROBATION. HOWEVER, THE 18 YEAR OLD CAN'T BE NAMED AS HE WAS 17 AT THE TIME OF THE APRIL 2014 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN RCMP WERE NOTIFIED OF A NOTE LEFT AT HUNTING HILLS HIGH SCHOOL THAT THREATENED TO SHOOT STAFF AND STUDENTS.
ANOTHER FORT MAC DEATH - YET ANOTHER CHILD HAS DIED AS A RESULT OF THE POISON USED TO GET RID OF BEDBUGS IN A FORT MCMURRAY APARTMENT. FIVE CHILDREN AND THEIR MOTHER HAD BEEN TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL ON THE WEEKEND. NOT LONG AFTERWARDS, AN 8-MONTH OLD GIRL DIED. DURING HER FUNERAL YESTERDAY (THURS) THE CONGREGATION WAS TOLD THAT HER 2-YEAR OLD BROTHER HAD DIED AS WELL. ANOTHER BOY IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL.
GOVERNMENT PLANES SOLD - PREMIER JIM PRENTICE HAS CONFIRMED THE SALE OF THREE OF FOUR GOVERNMENT PLANES THAT WERE PUT ON THE MARKET. HE TOLD THE CANADIAN CLUB OF CALGARY THAT THREE OF THE PLANES WENT FOR 6.1-MILLION DOLLARS, WHILE THE LARGEST PLANE. A DASH-8 IS GOING BACK ON THE MARKET.
THE PRICE FOR THE 3 PLANES THAT HAVE SOLD IS ABOUT 11-PERCENT HIGHER THAN THE ASKING PRICE.
PREMIER HEALTH CUTS - PREMIER JIM PRENTICE SAYS ITS GOING TO TAKE "INNOVATION" ON THE PART OF MANAGERS NOT TO CUT FRONTLINE SERVICES IN THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. JIM PRENTICE SAYS THE CURRENT INCREASES IN SPENDING ISNT SUSTAINABLE AND SAYS MANAGEMENT WILL HAVE TO ELMINATE UNNECESSARY ADMINISTRATION AND BUREAUCRACY.
GAS PRICES - DON'T BE SURPRISED IF GAS PRICES JUMP AGAIN IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. THATS THE WORD FROM THE PEOPLE AT GASBUDDY.COM WHO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE PUMPS. THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN MOVING ON UP IN THE EDMONTON REGION AND MOTORISTS CAN EXPECT THEM TO RISE ANOTHER 2-CENTS FOR AN AVERAGE OF 92-CENTS A LITRE.
THURS PM NEWS
RCMP SEARCH FOR A MISSING MAN
The Red Deer RCMP is searching for a missing man.
After checking with his friends, family and his home, the whereabouts of 46 year old James Paesch is unknown.He may still be in Red Deer, but RCMP say he could also be on his way to Whitehorse.
A full description and his photo is on our Facebook page.
2 INJURED IN STABBING NEAR ROCKY
Two people are in hospital after a double stabbing near Rocky Mountain House last night. RCMP say they were called out to the Sunchild Reserve at around 6:30 where they found a man with numerous stab wounds and an woman with a single stab wound.
Mounties say the suspect was identified and arrested without incident a short time later. Both victims were hospitalized with non life threatening injuries. No names were released but charges are pending.
RED DEER TEEN SENTENCED AFTER THREAT TO SCHOOL
It's 15 months of probation for a Red Deer teen convicted of uttering threats against a local high school last year. This after the 18 year old was sentenced in Red Deer youth court today.
The teen can't be named as he was 17 at the time of the incident.
Police say a note was left at Hunting Hills High School last April that threatened to shoot staff and students.
MULTIPLE ROBBERIES IN RED DEER
Red Deer RCMP believe three armed robberies that have taken place between February 19th and 24th have been committed by the same 2 men. In all three cases the two men entered the stores late at night, one with a gun one with a knife, took undisclosed amounts of cash and a carton of cigarettes.
The men wore dark clothing and covered their faces, both with slim builds appearing to white in their early 20's.
The city's RCMP are also investigating three more armed robberies at convenience stores between January 22nd and February 14th. All three robberies involved clerks being held up at gun or knife point, and handing over cash and cigarettes to dark clothed masked men.
At this point police aren't sure if theses crimes are all related, but police continue to investigate.
If you know anything any of these robberies you should all the RCMP, full incident details are on our Facebook page.
LECKNER RELEASED FROM CUSTODY
A Red Deer man charged in a home invasion and a separate incident involving a stolen vehicle, has been released from custody. This after 24 year old Jesse Leckner was released on a five thousand dollar surety in Red Deer court.
Leckner faces eight counts in relation to a home invasion on the south hill on January 15th and another four in relation to an incident at the Parkland Mall January 17th. On that day, police seized a stolen vehicle, replica firearms, bear spray and other stolen property.
His case is due back in court March 3rd.
AUVIGNE RELEASED ON BAIL
A local man facing numerous stolen weapons and property charges has been released from custody on his own recognizance for eight thousand dollars. 39 year old Gary Auvigne (oh-veen) faces nine counts and is due back in court March 11th for election and plea.
It was on January 24th when RCMP arrested three men and a teenaged boy at a home in Penhold and seized a large amount of stolen electronics, tools and a shotgun reported stolen out of Three Hills on New Year's Day.
Police say the home was the subject of over 70 complaints since July with home owner the subject of nearly 40 complaints in that time.
The other suspects were released shortly after the arrests.
UNITED WAY LAUNCHES 211 PHONE SERVICE
Three years of funding from Red Deer City Council has paved the way for the region's newest, most comprehensive information referral service that launched today.
The United Way of Central Alberta officially kicked off their 211 phone service this morning. It's hoped the new phone line will enhance the city's current online service which has now been in place since last June.
THURS AM NEWS (FEB. 26)
OILERS PRESIDENT VISITS RED DEER - EDMONTON OILERS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. PATRICK LAFORGE SPOKE TO THE RED DEER & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEDNESDAY. LAFORGE ADDRESSED THE PLANS FOR THE NEW ROGERS PLACE IN EDMONTON SAYING THEY PLAN TO STEAL THE BUSINESS LAS VEGAS IS GETTING FROM ALBERTANS, AND ATTRACT THAT GROUP INTO EDMONOTON INSTEAD. HE BELIEVES ONCE THE ARENA OPENS IN AUGUST OF 2016. ALBERTANS MONEY WILL BE STAYING, AND REINVESTED INTO ALBERTA. LAFORGE, SPOKE ABOUT SMALL MARKET BUSINESS OPURTUNITIES, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHAMBERS IN OUR PROVINCE. HE ALSO ENCOURAGES ANY BUSINESS OWNER TO JOIN THE CHAMBER, AND USE IT TO HAVE THEIR VOICE HEAR.
RED DEER SPORTS HALL INDUCTEE - THERE WILL BE 11 INDUCTEES TO THE ALBERTA SPORTS HALL OF FAME IN RED DEER THIS YEAR.
THEY WERE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY (WED), INCLUDING RED DEER'S HUGH MCPHERSON IN THE MULTI-SPORT BUILDER CATEGORY FOR HIS LONG-TERM COMMITTMENT TO SPORT. HUGH WAS A TEACHER AND COACH, INVOLVED IN MANY ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE RED DEER GAMES SOCIETY, THE ALBERTA GAMES, ALBERTA SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND IS CURRENTLY ON THE BOARD OF THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES.
MCPHERSON SAYS HE'S HONOURED TO REPRESENT SO MANY OF ALBERTAS SPORTING VOLUNTEERS. HE WILL BE INDUCTED ALONG WITH TEN OTHERS INCLUDING, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST IN WOMEN'S HOCKEY CARLA MACLEOD, CURLING GREAT KEVIN MARTIN, FROM THE EDMONTON OILERS AND ESKIMO'S TRAINING STAFF JOEY MOSS AND FORMER CALGARY FLAMES TRAINER BEARCAT MURRAY. THE ALBERTA SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET WILL BE HELD IN RED DEER MAY 29TH.
POST SECONDARY FUNDING - RED DEER WILL BE ONE OF FIVE STOPS ACROSS THE PROVINCE OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS FOR A CAMPAIGN OPPOSING CUTS TO POST SECONDARY EDUCATION. THE CAMPAIGN IS BEING RUN BY PUBLIC INTEREST ALBERTA AND WILL INCLUDE A LARGE NETWORK OF STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND SOME POLITICAL LEADERS IN ALBERTA. WITH THE GOVERNMENT HINTING OPERATIONAL FUNDING OF POST SECONDARY EDUCATION COULD BE IN LINE FOR SOME CUTS, PUBLIC INTEREST ALBERTA WANTS TO VOICE STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE IDEA. THE FIRST MEDIA CONFERENCE REGARDING THE ISSUE WILL BE AT THE U OF A IN EDMONTON ON FRIDAY, WITH THE RED DEER CONFERENCE TAKING PLACE MARCH 9TH AT RDC.
ALBERTA SALARY CUTS - SENIOR POLITICAL STAFF IN PREMIER JIM PRENTICE'S OFFICE ARE TAKING A SALARY CUT. STARTING MARCH 31ST---THEIR SALARIES WILL BE CUT BY 5-PERCENT---MARKING A SAVING OF 104-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR. PRENTICE SAYS HE APPRECIATE'S HIS STAFF'S WILLINGNESS TO "STEP UP." THE SENIOR STAFF MAKE MORE THAN 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.
RED DEER LICENSING BYLAW - RED DEER CITY COUNCIL TOOK A LOOK AT THEIR LICENSING BYLAW DURING MONDAY'S MEETING.
THE CITY WILL BE SWITCHING OVER TO AN ELECTRONIC LICENSING SYSTEM IN MAY THAT WILL TAKE TIME TO IMPLEMENT.
BECAUSE OF THIS, IT WAS REQUESTED THAT COUNCIL APPROVE CHANGES SO THEY CAN BEGIN INPUTTING DATA IN MARCH.
THE CITY IS ALSO LOOKING TO CHANGE LICENSES TO A JANUARY 1ST RENEWAL DATE RATHER THAN THE DATE OF ISSUENCE.
COUNCIL DECIDED TO TABLE THE MOTION AS THE "FEES AND CHARGES" STRUCTURE WILL BE ON AN UPCOMING AGENDA.
WED PM NEWS
L’HIRONDELLE TO STAND TRIAL
A Red Deer man charged in an Eastview stabbing last year has been ordered to stand trial. However, a date has yet to be set for 19 year old Victor L'Hirondelle to return to court where he faces four counts in the June 2014 incident.
That's when mounties say a 16 year old boy suffered serious injuries after being stabbed near the intersection of 40th Avenue and 39th Street. Apparently, a large number of people gathered there for a fight, with the victim and suspect known to eachother.
Police arrested the suspect later near Gaetz and Ross after closing off some streets in that area to make the arrest.
RCMP WARN OF CHILD LURES
Mounties in Rocky are investigating a few suspicious incidents of late involving local children.
On February 9th, it's alleged two young men in a dirty, black truck tried to lure an elementary school student with two bags of candy while another incident took place last week when a man in a white truck or SUV was seen observing students before school began for the day.
Constable Matthew Pepper says a third incident took place on Monday but describes it as more of a school yard bully-type incident.
He reminds you to make note of their surroundings.
AB SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES REVEALED
11 inductees were announced today for the Alberta Sports Hall of fame in Red Deer .They include Red Deer's Hugh McPherson in the multi-sport builder category for his long-term commitment to sport.
Hugh has been involved in many local organizations and is currently on the board for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
Also being inducted are women's hockey star Carla MaCleod and curling great Kevin Martin. The Alberta Sports Hall Of Fame induction banquet is slated for May 29th in Red Deer.
FARMER APPEALING DRUNK DRIVING SENTENCE
An Alberta farmer convicted of drunk driving while herding his run away cows is appealing his sentence. 31 year old William Virtue Millar who farms near Ponoka was convicted for drunk driving in October of 2012, but says he drove impaired to prevent the cattle from causing a major accident.
During his trial, Millar testified that after a 20 hour day of harvesting he had 5 or 6 beer before going to bed. However, he soon heard his purebred Black Angus cattle bawling, and realized they were on the loose. He then hopped into his nearby semi trailer and parked behind a large group of the cattle before herding them back into his field.
Millar told the courts he feared the cows could have created a major accident as they were approaching Highway 53, but he was still given 30 days in jail and a 2 year driving ban.
GROUP VOICING CONCERNS OVER EXPECTED EDUCATION CUTS
Red deer will be one of five stops across the province over the next two weeks for a campaign opposing cuts to post secondary education. The campaign is being run by public Interest Alberta and will include a large network of students, faculty, staff and some political leaders in Alberta.
With the government hinting operational funding of post secondary education could be in line for some cuts, public Interest Alberta wants to voice strong opposition to the idea.
The first media conference regarding the issue will be at the U of A in Edmonton on Friday, with the Red Deer conference taking place March 9th at RDC.
NEW CO-OP TO BE BUILT IN RED DEER
Red Deer's growing Timberlands neighbourhood could soon be home to a new Co-Op grocery store, gas bar and liquor store. Okotoks based "Developments 2" is anticipated to apply for a development permit in the first quarter of this year to build the facilities.
Officials say they would be the anchor tenants of a 13 acre site along the east side of 30th Avenue just south of 67th street. The area is earmarked for further residential and commercial growth in the coming years.
WED AM NEWS (FEB. 25)
MALLEY FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER - 57 YEAR OLD FINANCIAL ADVISOR BRIAN MALLEY HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR KILLING A YOUNG QUADRIPALEGIC SINGLE MOTHER. AN EIGHT WOMAN, FOUR MAN RED DEER JURY SPENT ABOUT SIX HOURS DELIBERATING BEFORE RETURNING WITH A GUILTY VERDICT WHICH CARRIES AN AUTOMATIC SENTENCE OF LIFE IN PRISON WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 25 YEARS. THE JUDGE ALSO SENTENCED MALLEY TO TWO YEARS EACH FOR CHARGES OF CAUSING AN EXPLOSION AND SENDING AN EXPLOSIVE. THE CROWN SAYS IT ALWAYS EXPECTS AN APPEAL IN A MURDER CONVICTION. 23 YEAR OLD VICTORIA SHACKTAY, A SINGLE DISABLED MOTHER, WAS KILLED IN NOVEMBER OF 2011, AFTER SETTING OFF A BOMB DISGUISED AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT IN HER HOME IN INNISFAIL.
POST SECONDARY FUNDING - A CAMPAIGN TO OPPOSE POSSIBLE CUTS TO POST SECONDARY EDUCATION IN ALBERTA WILL BE MAKING A STOP IN RED DEER NEXT MONTH. PUBLIC INTEREST ALBERTA IS PARTNERING WITH A LARGE NETWORK OF STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF TO OPPOSE POSSIBLE CUTS THE GOVERNMENT IS HINTING AT IN IT'S NEXT PROVINCIAL BUDGET. THE FIRST OF FIVE MEDIA CONFERENCES WILL BE HELD AT THE U OF A IN EDMONTON ON FRIDAY WITH THE CAMPAIGN WRAPPING UP AT RDC IN RED DEER MARCH 9TH.
ALBERTA BUDGET - GOOD AND BAD NEWS. THATS WHAT FINANCE MINISTER ROBIN CAMPBELL OUTLINED IN HIS LATEST FISCAL UPDATE AS HE TOLD REPORTERS ALBERTA IS GOING TO AVOID A DEFICIT FOR 2014-15. HE SAYS THEY'RE EXPECTING TO END THAT FISCAL YEAR WITH A 465-MILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS. CAMPBELL SAYS THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN STEPS TO KEEP THEM IN THE BLACK THIS YEAR, BUT A LOT OF WORK HAS TO BE DONE TO PROVIDE LONGTERM FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY. HE SAYS HE DOESNT HAVE A DATE FOR THE BUDGET YET, AS THEY STILL HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO CONSIDER.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOUNDARIES - THE RED DEER CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOL DIVISION IS UNDERTAKING A REVIEW OF IT'S SCHOOL BOUNDARIES NEXT MONTH. THIS MEANS COMMUNITY CONSULTATION WILL BEGIN IN MARCH TO GET SOME INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS. DISTRICT SPOKESPERSON HALEIGH PACKER SAYS WITH A NEW HIGH SCHOOL SLATED TO OPEN IN NORTHEAST RED DEER IN 2017, THEY'LL HAVE TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO BALANCE STUDENT POPULATIONS. FUNDING FOR AN EXPANSION OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI MIDDLE SCHOOL AND A NEW K-9 SCHOOL IN BLACKFALDS HAVE YET TO BE APPROVED.
TUES PM NEWS (FEB. 24)
MALLEY TRIAL HANDED TO JURY TODAY - A JURY OF 12 WILL NOW DECIDE THE FATE OF BRIAN MALLEY, AFTER HEARING THE JUDGES FINAL STATEMENT EARLIER TODAY IN RED DEER. THE 57 YEAR OLD FINANCIAL ADVISER IS ACCUSED OF KILLING ONE OF HIS CLIENTS WITH A PIPE BOMB. 23 YEAR OLD VICTORIA SHACKTAY, A SINGLE DISABLED MOTHER, WAS KILLED IN NOVEMBER OF 2011, AFTER SETTING OFF A BOMB DISGUISED AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT IN FRONT OF HER HOME IN INNISFAIL. MALLEY IS FACING THREE CHARGES, INCLUDING 1ST DEGREE MURDER.
MISSING LOCAL TEEN FOUND - SOME GOOD NEWS TO REPORT REGARDING A RED DEER TEEN REPORTED MISSING RECENTLY. RCMP SAY 14 YEAR OLD TRISTAN MCDOUGALL HAS NOW BEEN LOCATED.
FATAL HOME INVASION NEAR CARSTAIRS - A HOME INVASION IN CARSTAIRS ON MONDAY MORNING HAS LEFT ONE MAN DEAD. CALGARY POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE PERTER LOUGHEED HOSPITAL TO RESPOND TO A SHOOTING VICTIM. A 67 YEAR OLD MAN DIED OF HIS INJURIES IN HOSPITAL AFTER A SUSPECTED HOME INVASION NEAR CARSTAIRS. THE RCMP BELIEVE THE HOME NORTHWEST OF CARSTAIRS WAS TARGETED BY THREE MASKED INDIVIDUALS. A STRUGGLE ENSUED WITH THE OCCUPANTS AND ONE OF THE MEN SUSTAINED A GUNSHOT WOUND. THE MAN'S IDENTITY HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED AT THE REQUEST OF HIS FAMILY. AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AS POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE.
SUSPECT WANTED IN STOLEN VEHICLE CASE - RED DEER RCMP ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP, IN IDENTIFYING A MAN WHO STOLE A VEHICLE FROM THE BOWER NEIGHBOURHOOD ON MONDAY. THE MALE SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE OF STEALING THE VEHICLE WAS CAUGHT ON A SURVEILLANCE CAMERA, AND THE VEHICLE HAS BEEN LOCATED SINCE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF THE SUSPECT IS BEING ASKED TO CONTACT RCMP, OR CRIMESTOPPERS. PHOTOS CAN BE SEEN ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
CITY LICENSING BYLAW TABLED - RED DEER CITY COUNCIL TOOK A LOOK AT THEIR LICENSING BYLAW DURING MONDAY'S MEETING. THE CITY WILL BE SWITCHING OVER TO AN ELECTRONIC LICENSING SYSTEM IN MAY THAT WILL TAKE TIME TO IMPLEMENT. BECAUSE OF THIS, IT WAS REQUESTED THAT COUNCIL APPROVE CHANGES SO THEY CAN BEGIN INPUTTING DATA IN MARCH. THE CITY IS ALSO LOOKING TO CHANGE LICENSES TO A JANUARY 1ST RENEWAL DATE RATHER THAN THE DATE OF ISSUANCE. COUNCIL DECIDED TO TABLE THE MOTION AS THE "FEES AND CHARGES" STRUCTURE WILL BE ON AN UPCOMING AGENDA.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR COMMUNITY SAFETY AD HOC COMMITTEE - THE CITY OF RED DEER HAS PUT OUT THE CALL FOR UP TO THREE MORE VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN THEIR COMMUNITY SAFETY AD HOC COMMITTEE. THIS WAS SET UP TO CREATE A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR COUNCIL'S APPROVAL FOR COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION. MEMBERS ALSO DEVELOP A FUNDING MODEL AND A PROCESS TO DISTRIBUTE FUNDS TO LOCAL COMMUNITY SAFETY PROJECTS. THE CITY IS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WITH A BACKGROUND IN ACCOUNTING, GOVERNANCE AND/OR HEALTHCARE. THEY'RE TAKING APPLICATIONS UNTIL MONDAY MARCH 9TH AND ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN COMMIT FOR TWO YEARS. YOU CAN DROP ONE OFF AT CITY HALL OR CALL THEM AT (403) 342 - 8132 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
BAIL GRANTED FOR RED DEER MAN - ONE OF TWO RED DEER MEN CHARGED IN A SERIES OF STOLEN VEHICLES AND PROPERTY CRIMES AROUND THE REGION HAS BEEN RELEASED ON BAIL. 26 YEAR OLD GRANT RYALL FACES FIVE COUNTS AND WAS RELEASED ON OVER A THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL IN RED DEER COURT ON MONDAY BUT IS DUE BACK IN COURT MARCH 24TH. HIS CO-ACCUSED, 20 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER VERSTRAETE FACES 14 COUNTS AND REMAINS BEHIND BARS FOR HIS NEXT COURT APPEARANCE MARCH 3RD. THE PAIR WERE ARRESTED ON SATURDAY DURING AN ALLEGED FAILED RESIDENTIAL BREAK AND ENTER ON C & E TRAIL.
RED DEER RESIDENTIAL PLOWING SCHEDULE - THE PLOWING OF RESIDENTIAL STREETS IN RED DEER SHOULD WRAP UP THIS WEEK. THAT ACCORDING TO CITY OFFICIALS WHO SAY CREWS WILL BE WORKING ON SNOW ZONES A, B, C, I, J AND K TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY. REMEMBER TO REMOVE YOUR VEHICLE FROM THE STREET ONCE YOU SEE THE SIGNS GO UP IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD, OR RISK BEING TOWED.
FUNDING FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION PARK IN BOWDEN - THE COMMUNITY OF BOWDEN IS A STEP CLOSER TO HAVING AN OUTDOOR PARK AFTER LAST WEEK'S COUNTY OF RED DEER MEETING. DURING THEIR FEBRUARY 17TH MEETING, THE BOWDEN COMMUNITY ACTION SOCIETY PRESENTED THEIR $62,000 BUDGET. IT CALLS FOR AN OUTDOOR RECREATION HUB IN BOWDEN THAT WOULD FEATURE ITEMS LIKE A SKATE-PARK, ICE SURFACE, AND HORSESHOE PITS. COUNTY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO GRANT $20,000 TO THE PROJECT THIS YEAR, ADDING TO THE $50,000 GATHERED IN 2013. THE DOLLARS APPROVED BY THE COUNTY THIS MONTH WILL GO TOWARDS CONCRETE TABLES AND A PICNIC SHELTER.
OLDS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ONE COUNT - IT'S OVER 17 HUNDRED DOLLARS IN FINES FOR AN OLDS MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING COPPER WIRE FROM A LOCKED COMPOUND IN SYLVAN LAKE IN 2013. 59 YEAR OLD THOMAS HORNER PLED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF FAILING TO STOP FOR AND EVADING POLICE IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (MON) WHILE NUMEROUS OTHER COUNTS AGAINST HIM WERE DROPPED. HIS 53 YEAR OLD WIFE LAURA HORNER HAD ALL OF HER CHARGES DROPPED. IT WAS IN OCTOBER OF 2013 WHEN RCMP SAY THEY INTERRUPTED AN ALLEGED COPPER WIRE THEFT FROM THE SYLVAN LAKE INDUSTRIAL PARK WHERE THE SUSPECTS TRIED TO ESCAPE BY RAMMING THROUGH A LOCKED GATE BUT WERE STOPPED MOMENTS LATER.
TUES AM NEWS (FEB. 24)
MALLEY MURDER TRIAL ON TO THE JURY - AT THE RED DEER COURTHOUSE, A JURY WILL BEGIN DELIBERATIONS TODAY (TUES) IN THE FIRST DEGREE MURDER TRIAL OF FINANCIAL ADVISOR BRIAN MALLEY. THE 57 YEAR OLD IS ACCUSED OF KILLING 23 YEAR OLD VICKY SHACKTAY WITH A PIPEBOMB DISGUISED AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT IN NOVEMBER OF 2011. IN CLOSING ARGUMENTS ON MONDAY, THE CROWN PROSECUTOR IN THE MURDER CASE INVOLVING A PIPEBOMB THAT EXPLODED IN INNISFAIL, SAYS THE JURY SHOULD HAVE NO REASONABLE DOUBT THAT THE ACCUSED IS INNOCENT. SHACKTAY WAS A DISABLED SINGLE MOTHER, WHO GAVE HER FINANCIAL ADVISOR MALLEY, OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS TO INVEST. WHEN THE MONEY WAS GONE MALLEY SENT MONTHLY CHEQUES OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET TO SUPPORT THE WOMAN. PROSECUTORS SAY AFTER DNA EVIDENCE WAS FOUND ON THE BOMB THAT KILLED SHACKTAY, AND PROOF MALLEY PURCHASED OR OBTAINED THE MATERIALS TO BUILD A PIPEBOMB, THE JURY SHOULD FIND HIM GUILTY. THIS AFTER THE DEFENCE PRESENTED IT'S FINAL STATEMENTS TO THE JURY MONDAY MORNING, SAYING THERE IS SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT 57 YEAR OLD BRIAN MALLEY WHO'S CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS IN THE CASE, INCLUDING FIRST DEGREE MURDER. THE JURY WILL HEAR THE JUDGES FINAL STATEMENT THIS MORNING AT 10, BEFORE MAKING A VERDICT.
RED DEER CITY COUNCIL (MONDAY):
AUDIT APPROVED - RED DEER CITY COUNCIL HAS AGREED TO AUDIT ITS PLANNING, INSPECTIONS, LICENSING AND ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTS. AS PART OF THIS YEARS OPERATING BUDGET, THE CITY PUT ASIDE $200,000 FOR A VALUE-FOR-MONEY AUDIT, THAT CITY MANAGER CRAIG CURTIS SAYS IS IN THE PUBLICS INTEREST. IN 2011, THE CITY CONDUCTED A THIRD PARTY AUDITR OF IT'S UTILITIES SUCH AS WATER, WASTEWATER AND ELECTRICITY. IN THE FUTURE, COUNCIL SAYS IT MAY LOOK TO AUDIT OTHER DEPARTMENTS, SUCH AS PARKS AND RECREATION.
CITY EMPLOYEE RAISES - CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES WITH THE CITY OF RED DEER ARE GETTING WAGE INCREASES FOR THE NEXT 3 YEARS. THE C.U.P.E AND THE CITY RATIFIED THE AGREEMENT DURING MONDAY'S COUNCIL MEETING. THE 924 EMPLOYEES HERE IN RED DEER WILL GET A 3% INCREASE THIS YEAR, FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER 2% IN 2016, AND 2.5% AGAIN IN 2017. THIS AGREEMENT COVERS THEM UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST, 2017.
JACKPOT CASINO PARKING - THE CITY OF RED DEER WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING NEXT MONTH ON A PROPOSAL TO BUILD DOWNTOWN PARKING FOR THE CASINO. THIS WAS DECIDED LAST NIGHT (MON) AFTER COUNCIL WEIGHED THE NEED FOR IT. THE JACKPOT CASINO FIRST PROPOSED BUILDING A LOT IN THE ADJACENT PARKVALE NEIGHBOURHOOD BUT THIS WAS SHOT DOWN BY THE LAST CITY COUNCIL. THE LOT IN QUESTION IS LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF 47TH AVE AND ROSS STREET AND USED TO HOUSE THE RESIDENCE OF FORMER MAYOR WILLIAM BOTTERILL. THE LOT IS NOW EMPTY SAVE FOR A SIBERIAN LARCH TREE THAT NEARBY RESIDENTS HAVE EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO PRESERVE. THE PARKVALE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION DOES NOT SUPPORT BUILDING A PARKING LOT IN THEIR HISTORIC NEIGHBOURHOOD. COUNCILORS WERE ASKED TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND WHEN MAKING A DECISION ON THIS ISSUE ON MARCH 30TH.
FIREHALL RELOCATION - AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING IN CITY COUNCIL ON MONDAY, THE CITY HAS DECIDED TO MOVE IT'S FIRE STATION NO.3 TO A LOT JUST WEST OF THE NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL. DESPITE SOME DISPUTE FROM CITIZENS, FIRE CHIEF BRIAN MAKE-EE SAYS THE NEW LOCATION CHOSEN IS THE BEST AVAILABLE OPTION FOR RED DEERIANS.
THE CURRENT LOT IS OCCUPIED BY A DRY STORM POND, AND BALL DIAMOND. BOTH OF WHICH WILL BE RELOCATED TO A NEARBY AREA.
PUBLIC SCHOOL MEETING - THE FIRST OF FIVE PUBLIC MEETINGS REGARDING A NEW SET OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BOUNDARIES IN RED DEER TOOK PLACE AT HUNTING HILLS HIGH SCHOOL LAST NIGHT. (MON)
RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT PIET LANGSTRAAT SAYS IT'S BEING DONE TO ACCOMODATE A NEW PRE-K TO GRADE FIVE SCHOOL PLANNED TO OPEN IN INGLEWOOD IN 2017. WITH THE NEW SCHOOL CURRENTLY IN THE DESIGN PHASE, LANGSTRAAT SAYS THE FEEDBACK FROM THESE MEETINGS WILL BE USED TO PUT TOGETHER A RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD, LIKELY BY JUNE. THE NEXT MEETING REGARDING PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BOUNDARIES IS ON THURSDAY AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE.
RED DEER POULTRY MEETING - THE WESTERN POULTRY CONFERENCE WAS HOSTED YESTERDAY (MON) FROM THE SHERATON HOTEL IN RED DEER. SEVERAL GUEST SPEAKERS ADDRESSED THE DOZENS WHO ATTENDED, INCLUDING WORLD RENOWNED POULTRY EXPERT, KOOS VAN MIDDLEKOOP. VAN MIDDLEKOOP TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM THE NETHERLANDS TO SHARE IS HIS EXPERTISE WITH ALBERTA CHICKEN GROWERS. SPEAKERS ALSO TALKED ABOUT POULTRY STRESS, DISEASE, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER. TODAY, (TUES) THE VARIOUS POULTRY INDUSTRIES ARE HOSTING THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL AGM'S FROM THE SAME VENUE IN RED DEER.
NATURE CENTRE OPEN HOUSE - THE KERRY WOOD NATURE CENTRE WILL HOLD AN OPEN HOUSE NEXT MONTH TO PREVIEW SOME NEW EXHIBITS THEY HAVE IN MIND. THIS WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 9TH FROM 4:30 TO 8 PM AT THE NATURE CENTRE DOWN ON 45TH AVE. THIS WORK EXTENDS FROM THE WASKASOO PARK INTERPRETIVE PLAN PASSED BY CITY COUNCIL IN 2012. THE PLANS WILL SEE A RE-DESIGNED CENTRAL GATHERING SPACE IN THE CENTRE NAMED AFTER THE LOCAL NATURE WRITER. FROM THERE VISITIORS WILL BE ABLE TO CHECK OUT THE UPDATED MAJORIE WOOD GALLERY AS WELL AS THE RENEWED OUTDOOR GALLERY.
MON PM NEWS
RED DEER TEEN MISSING
RCMP are searching for a missing teenager. 14 year old Tristan Mcdougall was last seen on February 18th in Red Deer. His photo and full description is on our Facebook page.
OLDS RCMP SEARCH FOR 2 AFTER A HIT AND RUN
RCMP are searching for 2 suspects after a hit and run and attempted vehicle theft in Olds last night (sun). At around 7:50, RCMP say a Dodge Caravan was involved in an accident at the 50th Street and 57th Avenue intersection. All 5 of the suspects fled the scene, but 3 of them were later tracked down by the police dog. The Caravan was earlier reported stolen out of Calgary. Then later in the night, RCMP received a complaint that 2 people attempted to steal a vehicle from the Walmart parking lot.
RCMP believe those 2 suspects are the remaining 2 from the prior incident. If you know anything you should get a hold of the Olds RCMP.
RCMP FIND AND ARREST TIMOTHY KNOWLES
A nearly 2 month search for a Red Deer man under an Alberta wide arrest warrant has come to an end. 32 year old Timothy Knowles has been sought after by the RCMP since January 14 for his role in a suspected assault. Knowles was found at a downtown Red Deer apartment building early this morning, after RCMP received complaints of another assault. Knowles will answer to 15 charges in Red Deer court tomorrow. A 43 year old woman was also taken into custody during the arrest this morning.
END IN SITE IN MALLEY TRIAL
The crown will present it's closing argument to the jury in the bombing death murder trial of a disabled single mom in Red Deer court this afternoon. This after the defense presented it's final statements this morning and telling the jury there is simply not enough evidence to convict 57 year old Brian Malley of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Malley is charged with three counts including first degree murder in the death of 23 year old Vicky Shactay who was killed in November of 2011 after opening a package delivered to her Innisfail home that exploded. Malley was Shactay's financial adviser. The judge will give his instructions to the jury tomorrow.
POLICE CHASE SUSPECTS APPEAR IN COURT
The RCMP have charged two men linked to recent property crimes around the region. They got the call on Saturday morning of a break and enter at a home on the C&E Trail. When the suspect vehicle took off police deployed spike strips. When the vehicle hit one of the strips at a high speed, it came to a stop in the area of Range Road 391 and C&E Trail. The passenger was arrested while the driver fled but he also was detained a short time later. 26 year old Grant Ryall and 20 year old Christopher Verstaete both face counts of break and enter, mischief and theft over $5000 among others. Both men made their first appearance in Red Deer court this morning.
TRIAL DATES HAVE BEEN SET FOR BRENDON WILD
A trial date has been set for a Sundre man charged in a single vehicle rollover that killed a Red Deer woman in 2012. 27 year old Brendon Wild will have a judge and jury trial in Calgary Court starting September 12th of next year. He's charged in an incident in June of 2012 where RCMP say a vehicle rolled on Highway 587 northeast of Sundre, injuring a 22 year old woman and killing 20 year old Amanda Harlos, a recent grad of RDC at the time.
DAWSON TO RUN AS A PC IN RED DEER NORTH
There are now four candidates seeking the Red Deer North Conservative nomination. Former city councillor Jeffrey Dawson announced today (mon) he is running for the Tory nomination to replace outgoing MLA Mary Anne Jablonski. Dawson joins Red Deer County Councilor Christine Moore, current City Councillor Buck Buchanan and businessman Matt Chapin seeking the Red Deer North Conservative nomination. A vote to pick the Tory nominees for both Red Deer North and South will be held on March 21st at the Memorial Centre.
RD PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO REVIEW BOUNDARIES
The Red Deer Public School District is undertaking another review of it's elementary school boundaries. With a Pre-K to Grade Five school planned to open in Inglewood in 2017, officials want to get some thoughts from the public and other stakeholders on what they think the new catchment areas should be. Superintendent Piet Langstraat says the first of five such public meetings is set to take place tonight from 7:00 til 9:00 at Hunting Hills High School.