Local briefs – April 8

Hobbema RCMP report a tragic ending to the search for a Samson First Nation teen who was reported missing on Thursday.

Samson boy’s body found

Hobbema RCMP report a tragic ending to the search for a Samson First Nation teen who was reported missing on Thursday.

Family members found the body of 17-year-old Ardell Tyson Rain on Monday in a field about 3.2 km south of the Samson townsite, said Const. Perry Cardinal of the Hobbema RCMP.

Rain was last seen on Wednesday, April 1, leaving a home in the Samson townsite. People told police investigating his disappearance that Rain was intoxicated and not properly dressed for the cold, said Cardinal.

The medical examiner has determined the death was a result of exposure to the elements. Police still await the results of toxicology tests.

Man faces trial in crash death

A Red Deer man charged in a rollover that killed a Red Deer county man has been ordered to stand trial.

Devin Lynn Wanner, 47, is expected to appear May 4 in Court of Queen’s Bench to set a date for a trial.

He was ordered to stand trial in the higher court on Monday following completion of a preliminary hearing that started on Jan. 20.

Wanner is charged with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, impaired driving and refusing a breath sample.

There was a publication ban imposed on testimony heard at the hearing in provincial court.

He was charged after Robert Strand, 34, died in an Edmonton hospital of injuries suffered in a Sept. 22, 2007, rollover.

Police said earlier the crash occurred on the Burnt Lake Trail about 10 km southwest of Red Deer.

Wanner and another passenger were both taken to hospital with injuries.

Police also said that Wanner remained in the vehicle because he was in a seatbelt while the other two were ejected.

The vehicle rolled several times when it entered a curve and went out of control.

Plea reserved in killing

A Hobbema man charged with killing another man about 10 days ago on the Samson townsite reserved his plea on Tuesday.

Treston Eurice Buffalo, 22, returns to Wetaskiwin provincial court on May 5 to enter a plea on second-degree murder.

Buffalo, who remains in custody, is charged with killing Jeffrey Abram Dennehy, 21, of Hobbema.

RCMP were called to a residence on the Samson townsite about 7 a.m. on Thursday to investigate a report about an injured man. Dennehy was transported to hospital, where he was declared dead.

Police have declined to say if the death is suspected to be related to the ongoing gang war in Hobbema over the drug trade in that community.

Domestic violence calls up

Domestic violence calls to RCMP rocketed to their highest total in about a year, at 76 in the week just ended.

RCMP reported late last year that they responded to an average of about 140 calls a month, or 35 a week. However, the number of calls has been creeping up lately.

Domestic violence calls amounted to more than 10 per cent of all calls for help to police during the week. In the week ending March 29, for example, police were called to 39 domestic violence complaints and 42 the previous week.

Total calls for assistance increased almost 10 per cent to 746 last week, from 676 the previous week.

Thefts increased about 25 per cent to 76 last week while assaults held steady at 30.

Other statistics reported included:

• seven automobile thefts

• 10 break-ins

• 35 bylaw infractions

• 11 drug investigations

• eight frauds

• 39 mischief calls

• 36 suspicious person, vehicle or activity calls

• 77 victim services assistance calls

• no robberies.

Stettler man faces charges

A Stettler man faces numerous charges in relation to two different fights on Friday night.

Roberta Lawrence Charles, 23, attended a bail hearing in Red Deer provincial court on Monday to answer 11 charges. They include two counts of uttering threats, two counts of obstructing justice, two counts of failing to comply with a probation order, three counts of failing to comply with conditions of an undertaking, disturbing the peace and resisting a police officer.

Sgt. Rowland Schmidt of Stettler RCMP said police were called to a fight at a bar in Stettler at 11:30 p.m. on Friday. Charles was arrested after a second fight at a different location later that night and held in custody pending his court appearance on Monday.

The hearing was held over to Thursday morning in Stettler provincial court.

Blackfalds concerns aired

The Town of Blackfalds has called a meeting tonight inviting residents to talk about ways of keeping their community safe.

Area residents have been posting signs and plan to circulate a petition to protest suspicious activities at a house where gunfire broke out on Thursday.

Members of the group said on Tuesday that the house had been quiet since Monday afternoon, when they erected large signs in front of the house. The signs were later moved to private property, and then removed altogether.

Blackfalds Mayor Melodie Stol said tonight’s public information meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the town hall, at 5018 Waghorn St., will offer constructive ideas for keeping the community safe. Red Deer Rural RCMP have been invited to make a presentation.