Court briefs – March 10

Justice was swift for a Red Deer man charged less than a week ago in a motel stabbing.

Man jailed in stabbing

Justice was swift for a Red Deer man charged less than a week ago in a motel stabbing.

David Daignault, 43, was jailed for 18 months when he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the March 1 stabbing of a Red Deer man at the Aladdin Motor Inn on Gaetz Avenue near 74th Street at about 12:45 p.m.

Daignault was also placed on probation for 18 months once his jail term expires. He must also surrender a sample of his DNA and is prohibited from owning firearms or explosives for 10 years.

He was charged along with two other people after the 30-year-old victim was hospitalized following a fight.

Police said that three people allegedly confronted the victim and a knife was produced. The victim was stabbed and then the three suspects left in a van.

A City of Red Deer traffic enforcement officer pulled the vehicle over in a traffic stop and RCMP arrested all three suspects.

Lisa Bullerwell, 27, of Ponoka, reserved her plea on Wednesday until March 16. She faces charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement and possession of a dangerous weapon.

Gerald Whitman, 46, of Red Deer, also reserved his plea on Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault and forcible confinement.

Hearing scheduled in strangulation case

Five court days have been set aside for a man charged with second-degree murder in connection with a strangulation death almost two months ago.

Martin Munro, 36, remains in custody until his preliminary hearing on Nov. 16 in Red Deer provincial court.

The hearing also goes on Nov. 17 but doesn’t resume until Nov. 21, then Nov. 23 and finally Nov. 25.

Court heard on Wednesday that a woman also charged with second-degree murder has reserved her plea until March 16. Jolyn Ten Hove, 37, of Red Deer, also remains in custody. She will have a separate preliminary.

The accused were charged on Jan. 20, after the body of George William McDonald, 40, of Red Deer was discovered in a residence on Forest Close.

An autopsy revealed McDonald had been strangled.

Both accused will automatically be tried by a Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench justice and jury.

Both accused appeared on closed circuit television.

Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant the accused stand trial in Court of Queen’s Bench.

Police alleged earlier that a fight broke out between two males in the residence.

Woman remanded in truck theft case

One of two people charged following a truck theft and a minor pursuit has been remanded in custody for violating terms of her release.

Meanwhile, the other person charged, who remains in custody, has elected to be tried in provincial court on April 5.

Dana Sobelski, 38, of Big Valley was arrested early Wednesday for violating terms of Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench order to stay away from her former husband and his place of business.

Sobelski was released on the Queen’s Bench violation providing she post $1,000 cash.

She was then taken to provincial court, where she reserved her plea on alleged release violations until March 16.

At that time, the Crown intends to make a case to revoke her bail on the provincial charges.

Sobelski is charged with dangerous driving, theft of more than $5,000 and possessing stolen property in the alleged truck theft incident.

Victor Charles Foley, 25, of Big Valley elected to be tried on theft and possession of stolen property charges.

The accused are charged with stealing a pickup truck in Pine Lake on Feb. 23. They were arrested in Red Deer about two hours later.

The pickup was reported stolen from Race Track Fuel in Pine Lake about 12:15 p.m. Police advised Red Deer City RCMP that the truck was headed their way.

It was soon spotted at 19th Street and Taylor Drive in Red Deer.

The pair were arrested and charged at nearby stores.

Police also found about 36 kg of bundled copper wire in the truck that wasn’t present at the time the truck was reported stolen.

Woman wanted on nine warrants

Red Deer City RCMP want the community’s help in tracking down a woman wanted on nine provincewide warrants.

Shantel Lee Crossie, 27, is wanted for various alleged offences, including fraud, breach of probation and multiple counts of fail to appear in court.

Crossie is described as a Caucasian female, brown hair, brown eyes, 1.60 metres (five feet 3 inches) tall and 46 kg (100 pounds).

She was last known to live in Red Deer.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact police.

Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or submit tips online at

RCMP apprehend wanted man

Red Deer City RCMP have arrested a man who was wanted on a variety of charges.

At about 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Red Deer City RCMP found Johnston in a residence in Red Deer County. He was arrested without incident.

On Feb. 17, police issued a statement asking for public’s help in tracking down 32-year-old William Russell Sonny Johnston, who had 12 Alberta-wide warrants out for his arrest.

Johnston was wanted on various alleged offences including assault, uttering threats, harassing phone calls, mischief and fraud.

Johnston was remanded into custody and is to appear in Red Deer provincial court today.