Local briefs – August 21

A man will be sentenced today on property charges and one weapons charge after he pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Red Deer provincial court.

Property, weapons charges

A man will be sentenced today on property charges and one weapons charge after he pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Red Deer provincial court.

Mark Tiihonen, 47, had been charged on July 16 with 12 counts after a vehicle he was driving was stopped by city RCMP.

Tiihonen, who has a lengthy record, pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property valued at more than $5,000, two counts of possession of stolen property valued at less than $5,000, unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm and two counts of driving while disqualified.

Several other charges were withdrawn.

Tiihonen, who has been in jail since his arrest, was stopped near a Red Deer hotel four days after a heavy duty pickup was reported stolen.

Police found articles of stolen property and weapons in the vehicle.

Copter hit with laser: police

A Lacombe man has been charged with flashing an Edmonton Police Services helicopter with a laser.

Alvin Bautista, 38, is alleged to have blasted the helicopter with the laser at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the capital city.

The helicopter was flying near 106th Street and Whitemud Drive when the laser beam flashed into the cockpit.

The beam continued to be directed into the helicopter as the crew traced it back to a suspect vehicle near 38th Avenue and Millwoods Road.

The helicopter crew directed ground police units to the source, where the vehicle was pulled over.

Bautista is charged under the Federal Aeronautics Act with Section 74 (1) dealing with the interference of the safe operation of an aircraft.

Police services spokesman Jeff White said on Thursday that a court date hasn’t been set for Bautista’s first appearance.

Bautista was arrested and later released.

Guilty plea in fatal crash

A Leduc man will be sentenced in October after pleading guilty on Wednesday for causing the death of a Red Deer man in a crash almost two years ago.

Daniel Cartier, 30, will be sentenced on Oct. 27 after he pleaded guilty in a Grande Prairie court to dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Cartier acknowledged he had been drinking when he rolled a pickup on a gravel road about 70 km southwest of Grande Prairie on Oct. 30, 2007.

Jordan Robinson, 25, died from head injuries and a woman in her mid-20s suffered a broken neck in the crash.

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