Local briefs – December 1

Red Deer RCMP are searching for two men after a convenience store robbery early Monday morning.

Convenience store robbed

Red Deer RCMP are searching for two men after a convenience store robbery early Monday morning.

Police say the men entered the Express 24 store around midnight on Greenham Drive and made demands to the clerk.

The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

Police brought in a dog team but failed to locate the pair.

Police believe there may have been a vehicle waiting for them nearby.

Both men, who were almost identical in size and weight, tried to conceal their identities with pieces of clothing.

The first suspect is described as being white and standing 1.8 metres (five feet, 11 inches). He weighs about 73 to 77 kg (160 to 170 pounds). He wore a green camouflaged zippered hooded jacket, blue jeans, gloves and running shoes.

The second suspect is described as white and standing 1.8 metres (five feet, 11 inches) and weighing about 73 to 77 kg (160 to 170 pounds). He wore a camouflaged zippered hooded jacket, red T-shirt, black jeans and running shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to phone police at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Stabbing suspect reserves plea

A 21-year-old man reserved his plea on Monday on an aggravated assault charge stemming from an alleged stabbing incident on Saturday in Red Deer.

Keenan Timothy Eagles, of Red Deer, returns to provincial court on Friday to enter a plea on three charges.

He was charged after a man in his mid 20s was allegedly stabbed during an altercation at a residence in the 800 block on Lancaster Drive about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Eagles, who remains in custody, is also charged with assault with a weapon and breaching probation.

Court heard that one man was wounded in the incident and another was threatened with a baseball bat.

The injured man was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre with at least one stab wound. His condition hasn’t been released but it wasn’t considered life threatening.

Warrant issued for accused driver

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Red Deer man charged in a single-vehicle crash in 2008 that resulted in the death of his uncle.

Matthew Duda, 22, faces charges of dangerous driving causing death and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

The rollover near Sylvan Lake on June 4, 2008, killed Ross Loblaw, 36, of Delburne. He was found at the scene after being ejected from a pickup truck that was eastbound at the intersection of Hwys 11 and 20.

The truck ran into the median and rolled several times before coming to a stop, Sylvan Lake RCMP said.

Police searched the area but did not find anyone else during their initial investigation of the collision.

Police later learned that the suspect went to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre later in the day to be treated for injuries suffered in a vehicle collision.

Police allege that Duda was driving the pickup and fled the scene after it rolled.

Charges were laid last week following a lengthy investigation.

Acoustic benefit concert planned

A group of 19 singers, songwriters and musicians will converge at The Hub On Ross to help fill the pantries at A Gathering Place.

Earlier this fall, Hub co-ordinator Bev Randers was contacted by Calgary musicians’ agent Renay Eng-Fisher, who had learned about her organization from the Red Deer Allied Arts Council.

Eng-Fisher told Randers that she had a group of artists, including Donna Durand and Justine Vandergrift from Red Deer, who were interested in putting on a charity concert in Red Deer.

The result of their negotiations is the Acoustic Christmas Benefit Concert, set for the Hub on the evening of Friday, Dec. 18, with proceeds directed to A Gathering Place’s loonie dinner program.

Admission to the concert is $10 and one non-perishable food item.

A Gathering Place provides services and facilities for individuals with mental health issues. Among its programs, members learn to work together on budgets and preparation of their meals, said A Gathering Place manager Deana Thompson.

People are advised to bring some spare cash along to support the Canadian Tibetan Women’s Foundation, whose members will provide coffee and sweets.

The Hub On Ross is next door to A Gathering Place, at 4936 Ross St.

Tickets and information are available from RDC 53rd Street Music, A Gathering Place at 403-309-7772 and The Hub on Ross at 403-340-4869.

Survey to focus on safety downtown

Thoughts and ideas for creating a safe and secure environment in downtown Red Deer is the subject of a survey.

Mayor Morris Flewwelling said the SAFE Downtown Initiative survey is after ideas on what a sustainable, active, friendly and ergonomically viable downtown looks like.

“It’s so important to continue the dialogue started at the town hall meeting on Nov. 18,” the mayor said.

“We need to hear your opinions and ideas on helping people feel safe in the downtown area,” added the mayor, who is also chair of the committee.

Following collection and analysis of the survey feedback, the SAFE Downtown Initiative task force will develop areas of focus for the work of the task force.

“Community input is vital in ensuring the task force focuses on the areas that will provide the greatest opportunity for change,” Flewwelling said.

The survey will remain open until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 11.

The survey can be accessed at the City of Red Deer website.