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Man charged with assault on police officers seeks trial by judge alone

The man alleged to have crashed a pickup truck into two police vehicles while trying to avoid a traffic stop has asked that his charges be heard in the Court of Queen’s Bench with a preliminary hearing first.

Zachary Finch, 22, formerly from Saskatoon, was arrested on May 11 by Blackfalds RCMP. Police allege that a pursuit began after a suspicious pickup truck sped away from a traffic stop on Hwy 2 at the Aspelund Road overpass, southwest of Blackfalds, at about 1 a.m. on May 11. READ

Second accused in Fas Gas shooting, robbery won’t be tried

Charges have been dropped against one of two men accused in a gas station robbery last September that left a clerk badly wounded from a sawed-off shotgun blast. READ

Man prevented from having contact with children wants bail hearing

A man awaiting sentencing for breaching a court order when he bathed with a girl under three years of age several times is just now seeking a bail hearing. READ

Red Deer man seeking new lawyer to deal with sentencing

About two weeks after being found guilty of environmental offences for water diversion that caused a landslide, a Red Deer man is switching counsel before sentencing. READ

Driver fined, sentenced to probation for crash that caused gas leak in Sylvan Lake

With his driver’s licence in tow this time, a Three Hills man learned his sentence on Thursday for wrecking a utility building, breaking a gas line and causing an evacuation in Sylvan Lake. READ

Alleged member of the Red Scorpions reserves plea

Three of the four people charged in a gang-related drug raid made their first appearance in court, all reserving pleas to a later date. READ

Wife of drunk driving victim shocked by gaps in justice system

Court proceedings involving an Airdrie man who caused a fatal collision near Rocky Mountain House have exposed serious flaws in Canada’s criminal justice system, says the wife of the man who was killed. READ

Sentencing delayed for man who crashed pickup through wall in Sylvan Lake

Sentencing has been adjourned until Thursday for a Three Hills man who admits to causing the crash that wrecked a utility building, broke a gas line and forced a brief evacuation in Sylvan Lake this year. READ

Hearing continues in abuse case

The preliminary hearing continues today for a 62-year-old woman accused of beating and emotionally abusing her four children when they were still little and living with their parents. READ

Local pharmacist accused of tampering with prescriptions

Formal charges have been laid against a former Innisfail pharmacist accused of stealing a massive quantity of painkillers from her employer. READ

One of two ATM thefts turned into dismal failure

After his accomplice pleaded guilty on Monday, a Sylvan Lake man decided he’d rather also plead guilty to a string of property crimes than face a two-week jury trial. READ

Central Alberta couple charged with starving their baby

A west Central Alberta couple has been ordered to stand trial, accused of starving their baby. READ

Charges dropped against Innisfail car dealer

Charges have been withdrawn against an Innisfail car dealer accused of theft. READ

Sylvan Lake duo face drug trial next year

Sylvan Lake residents arrested in a drug raid on June 15 will go to trial next summer. READ

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