Court briefs November 30

A 55-year-old Ponoka man reserved his plea on a drunk driving charge that resulted in injuries to a young girl on her way to school in October.

Plea reserved on drunk driving charge

A 55-year-old Ponoka man reserved his plea on a drunk driving charge that resulted in injuries to a young girl on her way to school in October.

Dwight Richard Pugh returns to court Dec. 11 after making his first appearance on several charges Friday in Ponoka provincial court.

Pugh is charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm, driving with more than .08 per cent alcohol in his blood and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The 13-year-old Ponoka student was walking to a bus stop on Oct. 22 with two friends around 8 a.m. when she was struck by a pickup truck, Sgt. Glenn Demaere of Ponoka RCMP said earlier.

She was walking south on 38th Street when she was struck from the rear, sending her into the ditch.

She was transported to Ponoka General Hospital and then taken to the University of Alberta Hospital by STARS as a precaution because of suspected head injuries, police said.

The girl returned home in a few days later.


Accused released from custody

A Red Deer man charged with forcing at least one girl into prostitution is out of custody.

Michael Braumberger, 40, of Red Deer, was released on several conditions when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court Friday.

He was charged on Nov. 19 with single counts each of sexual assault and procuring prostitution, four counts of counselling to commit robbery and two counts of counseling to commit theft.

Braumberger was charged after RCMP alleged he befriended a girl, gave her illegal drugs, forced her to act as a sex-trade worker, and counselled her to participate in other criminal activities.

Police are investigating allegations there were also other young, female victims.

The accused was released on $300 cash deposit and must abide by a nightly curfew, report weekly to RCMP and not to be in possession of weapons.

He also can’t have contact with three named young women and can’t be in the presence of any female less than 18 years of age.

The names of the young women are prohibited from publication by a court-ordered ban.

Red Deer lawyer Murray Shack, working for the Legal Aid Society of Alberta, told court that the Crown and police need to undertake further investigation of the allegations. He also said Braumberger needs to secure a lawyer to address the charges.

The accused returns to court Dec. 18.

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