Local briefs – August 18

City RCMP recorded as many robbery complaints last week as they did for the previous month combined, weekly statistics released on Monday indicate.

Robbery complaints spike

City RCMP recorded as many robbery complaints last week as they did for the previous month combined, weekly statistics released on Monday indicate.

The report says police investigated three robbery complaints in the week ending Aug. 16.

Domestic violence calls also jumped to 29 from 16 the previous week. Other crimes:

• 34 assaults

• 14 auto thefts

• 22 break-ins

• 178 bylaw infractions

• 25 drug investigations

• 11 frauds

• 54 mischief

• 32 suspicious persons, vehicles or activities

• 82 thefts

• 117 victim service assistance

Chubby robber being sought

A chubby robber wearing corrective glasses is the subject of a police hunt following the armed robbery of a Red Deer convenience store early Sunday.

The Mac’s Convenience Store in the 6800 block of Gaetz Avenue was held up by a lone male aged about 50, Cpl. Kathe DeHeer of city RCMP said on Monday.

The 1 a.m. incident saw a man enter the store with his face covered. He brandished a knife at the clerk and demanded cash.

The man fled west on a bicycle after the store employee told him there was no money. The suspect is described as being about 1.73 to 1.78 metres (five feet eight inches to five feet 10 inches) and weighs about 113 kg (250 pounds).

He had a moustache, wore corrective glasses and was dressed in dark baggy jeans or sweat pants and a long-sleeved black shirt with a blue T-shirt with a logo on the breast. He also had on black gloves.

Police request the public’s help in locating the suspect and can phone 403-340-5575 or 1-800-222-8477.

Nordegg gets historic cash

Restoration and stabilization projects at the Brazeau Colleries coal mine at Nordegg have been given a boost through the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.

The Nordegg Historical Society has just received $75,000 in matching funds from the province for its ongoing work at the site. Clearwater County commits $25,000 a year while the historical society itself is responsible for carrying its share of fundraising as well, says Joe Baker, the county’s West Country manager.

“We are hopeful that Parks Canada will come through with some funding of their own in order to make this a real worthwhile project,” said Baker.

A planned community built around a coal mine, Nordegg was abandoned when the Brazeau Colleries closed in 1955. The town has since become a service centre for tourists and the coal mine was reopened as a tourist attraction in the mid-1980s.

Restoration projects are expected to be completed by July 2012.

Traffic crashes up again

Red Deer city traffic crashes topped the 50 mark for the second consecutive week, statistics released on Monday by city RCMP indicate.

Motor vehicles hit their highest mark in almost two months with 58 crashes reported, from 55 the previous week. The summer weekly average had been around 40 to 45 crashes. Hit-and-run reports also jumped to their highest total in several week with 25 reported for the week ending Aug. 15.

Other weekly traffic investigation statistics included:

• 33 impaired driving investigations

• 14 24-hour suspensions

• 15 liquor tickets issued

• 71 non-moving violations such as suspended driving and unregistered vehicles

• 56 speeding tickets not including photo radar

• 21 no-insurance tickets

• 15 red light or stop sign infractions

• 31 seatbelt violations

• 54 bylaw and Environmental Protection Act tickets

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