Court briefs – October 20

A charge against a Rimbey area school bus driver involved in a crash that killed a high school student in the spring of 2008 has been stayed.

Charge stayed

A charge against a Rimbey area school bus driver involved in a crash that killed a high school student in the spring of 2008 has been stayed.

Ron Adams, 62, was set to stand trial today in Rimbey provincial court on a Traffic Safety Act charge of failing to unload and load at safe times, but the charge was stayed late last week.

Reasons are never given for stayed charges. A stayed charge is held in limbo for a specified time or forever.

Adams was charged in late April 2008 after the Wolf Creek School District bus he was driving was struck by a gravel truck from behind.

The crash killed Jennifer Noble, 17, of Rimbey and injured two other students.

Peter Oliver Jorgensen 28, of Bluffton, was convicted in August by a judge of two driving offences in the crash on the fog shrouded highway.

Jorgensen was fined $2,000 for the careless driving while the driving too fast for conditions conviction was stayed.

Court heard Jorgensen’s empty westbound gravel truck pulling a trailer smashed into the rear of a stopped vehicle, then into the rear of the bus.

The crash occurred about 8:15 a.m. on Hwy 53.


Medical records discussed at sex offender’s hearing

The medical records of a convicted sex offender’s father could be useful in determining if he could be treated in the community and if his risk to re-offend could be managed.

Patrick Bailey, a psychologist with the Southern Alberta Forensic Assessment Centre at Calgary General Hospital, said on Monday that records of Clement Joseph Robinson’s father could show if heredity is a factor in determining organic brain disease.

The hearing, which is entering its fourth week, could now take until early November following the loss last week of testimony because Robinson suffered intestinal problems that required hospitalization.

Judge Thomas Schollie will determine if Robinson, 51, should be declared a dangerous offender. That would allow authorities to make him serve an indefinite prison term, followed by lengthy supervision.

Robinson is already classed as a long-term offender who has been sentenced to set jail terms, followed by supervision.

The hearing was sought by the Crown after Robinson pleaded guilty in June 2007 to assaulting a former Red Deer escort by stabbing her with scissors on Jan. 25, 2006. He has been in custody since the stabbing.

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Suspected drug dealer waives right to preliminary hearing

An alleged drug dealer who has been in jail for more than a year waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Red Deer court on Monday.

James Joseph Sarasin, 37, of Red Deer, was ordered in provincial court to stand trial in Court of Queen’s Bench.

He returns to court on Nov. 2 to hopefully set a date for a Queen’s Bench judge alone trial.

It isn’t expected to be held until spring at the earliest.

Sarasin was charged on Sept. 22, 2008, when RCMP raided a city residence.

He was charged with possession of a cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, possession of the proceeds of crime and resisting arrest when he fought with police.

Sarasin is alleged to have had more than 300 grams of cocaine worth more than $22,000.

He’s also alleged to have had money obtained through the proceeds of crime and been in the process of changing powdered cocaine into crack cocaine when busted.

Alena Lynn Cherry, 25, of Red Deer, who was charged with Sarasin, had four charges against her withdrawn by the federal Crown.

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