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Man facing armed robbery charges in Monday carjacking incident

A 26-year-old Red Deer man faces armed robbery charges after trying to steal a car in the parking lot at 5001 19th St. on Monday.

RCMP responded to a report of suspicious activity in the Best Buy store and arrived just in time to intercept an attempted carjacking in that store’s parking lot around 12:30 p.m. READ

Pet food, garbage can attract urban coyotes

People who want to keep coyotes away from their yards and their small pets should contain their garbage and pet food. While urban coyotes prey on small critters considered pests, like mice, hare and gophers, they can also be attracted to residential neighbourhoods. READ

Green Cart pilot begins next week

Soiled paper, meat and fish bones, pet droppings, food and yard waste, and other organics will be picked up curbside in Red Deer starting next week. READ

Education cuts blasted

Class sizes will grow when per-pupil funding falls come September, say 19 Alberta school jurisdictions who joined together to sound the alarm on Monday. READ

Quick-thinking volunteer firefighter mitigates fire damage at Rimbey Golf Course

A quick-thinking Rimbey volunteer firefighter managed to save a pickup truck and trailer from being consumed in a grass fire on Sunday. READ

One in hospital, one deceased in Sylvan Lake rollover

A 20-year-old Sylvan Lake man is dead and his passenger remains in hospital following a rollover west of Red Deer on Friday morning. READ

Eye in the sky: Red Deer business looks to capitalize on commercial uses for drones

With six propellers and weighing a hefty 18 pounds (eight kg), it’s immediately evident that the drone rising from the field on Red Deer’s northeastern outskirts isn’t your typical hobby shop offering. A GPS sensor sits atop the unit, a 24-megapixel camera is attached to a three-axis gimbal below, and three men oversee its operation: Shaun McLaren serving as pilot, Trevor Praud controlling the camera and Jeff Giesbrecht acting as spotter. READ

Davidson hopes Esso Cup will help to grow the game

Two years ago Melody Davidson charged the Red Deer Minor Hockey Association with going after hosting rights for the Esso Cup. On Sunday afternoon the puck dropped on the midget AAA girls hockey national championship. READ

Merkules delivers songs of gratitude, recovery

Rapper Merkules’s harrowing history is written in the scars on his face. Two sharp lines — one extending from the left side of his mouth, and another just missing his right eye and continuing across his nose — have inspired his new album Scars. READ

Lacombe charity A Better World at a turning point, says author in new book

When Cameron Kennedy began writing about the unique humanitarian work done by A Better World — which gives 100 per cent of all donations to global causes — he had no idea he’d be marking a crossroads for the Lacombe charity. READ

Prisoner missing from Bowden Institution’s minimum security unit

A 50-year-old male prisoner went missing from Bowden Institution’s minimum security unit on Thursday. READ

Red Deer couple have been charged with human trafficking

A Red Deer couple have been charged with human trafficking offences involving eight temporary foreign workers employed at Econolodge Inn & Suites in Gasoline Alley. READ

Buchanan mum on allegations of PC nomination irregularities

Buck Buchanan’s allegations of wrongdoing in the Red Deer North PC nomination are simply sour grapes, say Progressive Conservative Party officials. READ

Health care a hot topic on campaign trail

The Prentice government’s funding cut to health care, public-private partnerships in seniors care, and rural care are among the health issues concerning Central Albertans ahead of the May 5 election. Health-care spending was reduced by about $160 million, or 0.8 per cent, in 2015-16 provincial budget with a promise that frontline services won’t be impacted. READ

Drug raid turns up explosives

RCMP bomb disposal experts had to be called in after a drug bust at a rural property near Markerville turned up some unusual explosives. Police said besides stolen vehicles, drugs and firearms, “rail torpedoes” were found on Wednesday at the property about six km north of Markerville. Rail torpedoes are a small explosive charge that can be fastened to rails and act as a warning for trains to stop by exploding with a loud bang. READ

Addictions consortium looking for leadership committee to implement alcohol, drug strategy

Central Alberta Addictions Consortium is looking for community members to work together to implement Red Deer’s new Alcohol and Drug Strategy. READ

Success of whimsical RDC production rests on lovely, playful use of descriptive language

Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood unfolded like a living poem when it opened this week in downtown Red Deer. READ

Rocky, Rimbey mayors want infrastructure deficits addressed

Infrastructure deficits are an important election issue for the mayors of two of the largest municipalities in the Rocky Mountain House-Rimbey-Sundre riding. READ

Woman accused of stabbing a nurse at hospital remains in custody

Citing concerns about her mental health and the public safety, a judge has ruled that a woman accused of stabbing a nurse at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre will remain in custody. READ

Prentice vows to slash costs, red tape

Government managers face a three-year pay freeze and about 80 agencies, boards and commissions will be eliminated to cut costs, said Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Prentice in a Red Deer campaign stop. READ

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