Local briefs – December 11

A Red Deer man charged in an attempt to bomb a residence will have a trial in the New Year.

Suspected bomber gets February court date

A Red Deer man charged in an attempt to bomb a residence will have a trial in the New Year.

Christopher Sinclair, 27, will appear at a preliminary hearing on Feb. 19 in Red Deer provincial court, it was decided on Thursday.

Sinclair was one of three men charged with making a homemade explosive device, believed to be a pipe bomb, on Oct. 20 in Johnstone Park.

He is charged with making an explosive device, mischief endangering life and using an explosive device.

The preliminary hearing, which is set to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant the accused stand trial in Court of Queen’s Bench, is expected to take a full day.

RCMP allege that a homemade explosive device was detonated outside a residence on the 100 block of Jordan Parkway where a woman was living. It’s believed the device was detonated sometime overnight prior to 3:30 a.m., police said earlier.

No one was injured, police said.

Sinclair remains in custody.

Meanwhile, Kevin Scott Sinclair, 29, of Red Deer, returns to court on Wednesday to make a bid for bail.

He is charged with making an explosive device, causing an explosion and mischief endangering life.

Michael Toews, 26, of Red Deer, returns to court for sentencing on Dec. 29 after he pleaded guilty in mid-November to making an explosive for an unlawful purpose.


Porn, drug suspect opts for trial by judge alone

Pornography and drug trafficking charges against a Red Deer man will be heard by a judge sitting alone, court heard on Thursday.

Morgan Hamilton, 48, returns to provincial court next Thursday to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

Hamilton is charged with possession of child pornography, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and possession of marijuana.

The charges were laid on Oct. 17 when city RCMP raided a downtown residence following an ongoing investigation.

Police seized a quantity of marijuana, cash, child pornography and drug and drug trafficking paraphernalia.

The preliminary will be held to determine if there’s sufficient evidence to warrant the accused stand trial in Court of Queen’s Bench by a justice sitting alone.


Police still waiting for forensic analysis

Forensic analysis of a hunter’s weapon and bullet that injured a bystander sitting in her home hasn’t been completed yet, a RCMP officer said on Thursday.

Sgt. Duncan Babchuk of Sylvan Lake RCMP said the bullet and weapon have been sent to the RCMP crime lab for analysis, but the results aren’t known yet.

The woman was injured on the last day of the big game hunting season in Central Alberta on Nov. 30.

The woman was sitting in her home in the Eckville area when a bullet passed through a wall of her home, hit the chair and then wounded her leg around 11:30 a.m.

Four hunters from the Balzac, Airdrie and Eckville areas were in an adjacent field and took two shots at a deer, police said.

One bullet carried through a stand of trees before slamming into the house. The hunter immediately came to assist the woman.

Police said earlier that charges were pending against a 34-year-old Airdrie man.


Men face luring charges

CALGARY — Police are crediting parents that monitored their teenage daughters’ online activities for arrests in two luring and sexual assault cases.

Two men are charged in the unrelated cases, which police call a disturbing reminder of how adept sexual predators are at luring teens.

Max David Miller, 24, has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.

Kevin Andre Thomas, 27, of Calgary, faces several charges including sexual interference with a child under age of 16 and luring a child via a computer.

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