Local briefs – August 13

Two men were stabbed after a fight broke out among five people outside a downtown convenience store early Thursday morning.

Two men stabbed early Thursday

Two men were stabbed after a fight broke out among five people outside a downtown convenience store early Thursday morning.

Just after 3 a.m., Red Deer city RCMP responded to a complaint of a tussle in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store on Ross Street and 47th Avenue.

A 43-year-old man had suffered multiple stab wounds and a 24-year-old was also stabbed. Both men were taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre with serious injuries.

Police arrested a 20-year-old man from Red Deer and two men from Wetaskiwin, aged 19 and 25.

As of early Thursday afternoon, the men were still in police custody. No charges had been laid.

Police continue to investigate but were providing no further details. Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 403-343-5575.


Mirror man faces drug trial

A Mirror man charged in a marijuana grow operation bust in June will go to trial in February.

Edgar Allen Soare, 49, pleaded not guilty in Stettler provincial court on Thursday to producing marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Bashaw RCMP seized marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $500,000 in the Mirror on June 12. The home owner wasn’t present when police entered the residence at around 8 p.m.

Police seized more than 250 marijuana plants and dismantled a hydroponics operation at the home.

Soare’s trial is scheduled for Feb. 24 in Stettler.


Hash found in Bible, police allege

The Bible buzz case will go to trial in March.

Raymond McMartin, a Bowden Institution inmate, faces a charge of possession of hashish oil (cannabis resin) for the purpose of trafficking.

He is accused of soaking pages of a Bible with the oil, in a process known as making “slicks,” and then selling them to other inmates.

Defence lawyer Kevin Sproule entered a not guilty plea on behalf of McMartin, 29, on Thursday in Red Deer provincial court.

Hash oil is a thick liquid made from dissolving hashish or marijuana in solvents like acetone, alcohol, butane or petroleum ether.

It is alleged that about $1,250 worth of the drug was involved. In prison, drugs are highly valued and sell for as much as 10 times their street value.

McMartin’s trial was set for March 18 in Red Deer.


Hearing set over drug charges

An Edmonton man charged with drug trafficking after a Red Deer RCMP street team traffic stop last month will have a preliminary hearing.

Abdirahim Abdirahim, 21, has been charged with single counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, mischief, obstructing a peace officer and two counts of failing to comply with release conditions.

Abdirahim was charged along with two other men when their vehicle was stopped near Ross Street and 41st Avenue on July 20. Police seized crack cocaine, cash and several cellphones. Defence lawyer Kevin Schollie elected for his client to be tried by a Court of Queen’s Bench justice without a jury. A preliminary hearing has been set for Jan. 31.


Gas bar holdup suspect charged

Nine months after a robbery holdup at a gas bar, Red Deer RCMP have laid charges against a city man.

Andrew Forseth, 29, has been charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. Forseth is in custody on unrelated matters and will be in Red Deer provincial court on Sept. 7 to answer to the recent charges.

Police were called out to a report of an armed robbery at a Canadian Tire gas bar on Nov. 4 after a knife-wielding suspect approached the clerk and demanded money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.


Lacombe drug suspects in court

A resolution is expected in the case of a two Lacombe residents charged with drug trafficking.

Terris Gordon Truax, 29, and Jennifer Courtemache, 28, were charged after Lacombe police raided a home in June.

Police seized 92 grams of marijuana, a small amount of cocaine and about $2,000 in cash in Canadian and American bills.

Truax is charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possessing stolen property, threats to cause death, assault and two counts of failing to appear in court and two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking.

Courtemache has been charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property and disobeying a court order.

Lawyer Walter Kubanek, who is representing Courtemache, told provincial court Judge Bert Skinner on Thursday that he expects a resolution will be reached. They will next appear in court on Sept. 2.


Flood disaster requests studied

Property owners awaiting word on the City of Red Deer’s Disaster Recovery Program application are reminded to make sure they have done their bit.

Late in July, the city forwarded an application on behalf of people whose properties were damaged during heavy rainfalls July 12 and 13, said Karen Mann, emergency management co-ordinator.

Now that the application is being processed, the city is no longer taking names from people who incurred non-insurable damage, Mann said in a statement released this week.

Those whose homes have incurred non-insurable damage are being asked to ensure they have contacted their insurance providers to request letters stating that the damages are not insurable.

The letters will be required for homeowners when the time comes to submit claims to the Disaster Recovery Program, said Mann. Property owners are also reminded to document all actions taken in relation to the flooding, including photographs, receipts and lists of damaged property.

People are also reminded that cleanup and restoration efforts should have started as soon as possible to prevent health and safety concerns, she said.

The city will post updated information on its website, including instructions for filing claims, if its application for disaster relief is approved.

Landlords and tenants can call 1-877-360-6366 for information related to rental properties.

Information and recommendations relating are available from Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and the City of Red Deer websites. Visit www.reddeer.ca to learn more and to find links to relevant agencies.