Local briefs – April 17

Red Deer City RCMP have issued a warrant for Stephen Taylor, 44, of no fixed address, in relation to two robberies on April 9.

Warrant issued over bank holdups

Red Deer City RCMP have issued a warrant for Stephen Taylor, 44, of no fixed address, in relation to two robberies on April 9.

Taylor is wanted on two counts of robbery and one count of being unlawfully at large.

An attempted robbery took place at the Royal Bank of Canada, at 6791 50th Ave., on April 9 at 1:29 p.m.

Then at 1:50 p.m., RCMP responded to a robbery at the Alberta Treasury Branch at 4999 Molly Banister Drive. An unknown man entered the bank, approached a teller and demanded an undisclosed amount of cash. The clerk complied with the demands and the male left, heading west towards Gaetz Avenue.

The suspect was described as a Caucasian male, about 1.75 metres tall (around five foot nine), and weighing about 80 kg (180 pounds), with short dark hair.

Anyone with information on Taylor’s whereabouts is asked to contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com

Rec Centre open house Sunday

Red Deer Recreation Centre is hosting Sunday Sensory Showcase on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The open house will give people the opportunity to experience the variety of activities you can enjoy onsite.

Dry land action includes complimentary pilates and cardio sampler classes, facility and park tours, and an art display and sale.

Different pool activities will be held along with a loonie-toonie event from 3 to 5 p.m. when youth can swim for $1 each and adults can swim for $2.

For more information call 403-309-8411 or go to www.reddeer.ca

Bail finally set over standoff

A bail application for a man alleged to have assaulted a woman and was involved in a lengthy standoff with police on March 18 was finalized on Thursday in Red Deer provincial court.

Gene Levasseur, 37, of Red Deer, was granted $4,000 cash bail or $8,000 surety on March 26.

On Thursday, he was still in custody and a new charge of disobeying a court order was added to the bail application.

Levasseur was originally charged with two counts of forcible confinement, two counts of assault, and one count each of strangling or choking, assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats.

Police were called to a townhouse at 3508 48th Ave in Red Deer just before 7 a.m. after receiving a report of a possible domestic dispute.

RCMP said a woman had fled the scene safely but a man remained inside.

It was feared he had a gun.

Police also allege that the woman owner of the home was kept against her will during the standoff.

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