Local briefs – December 23

Waskasoo Regional Services Board is to be dissolved effective Dec. 31. The Waskasoo sewer system was established in 1981 in an agreement between Red Deer County and the Town of Penhold. The agreement enabled the two partners to provide sewer services in the area that includes Penhold, Gasoline Alley and what is now Springbrook.

Regional services board will be dissolved

Waskasoo Regional Services Board is to be dissolved effective Dec. 31.

The Waskasoo sewer system was established in 1981 in an agreement between Red Deer County and the Town of Penhold. The agreement enabled the two partners to provide sewer services in the area that includes Penhold, Gasoline Alley and what is now Springbrook.

The system has since been amalgamated with the South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission, which was formed to create a regional sewer line starting at Olds and going north to Red Deer for treatment.

Red Deer County passed a resolution approving the dissolution during its regular meeting on Tuesday. The Town of Penhold must pass a similar resolution to complete the deal.


Theft trial postponed because of missing witness

The failure of a key witness to show up has forced yet another postponement of a trial for a man charged in the theft of an ATV in the Tees area that resulted in one of the suspects allegedly being shot by a farmer.

Kyle Rosenthal, 23, of Alix made a brief appearance in Stettler provincial court on Monday on charges stemming from the theft of an ATV in the Tees last March 25.

His scheduled trial was adjourned to June 22 because a witness failed to appear.

The Crown was granted an adjournment because Harold Groening, 31, was missing.

Groening also faces charges in the case. He did not show up at his preliminary hearing on Dec. 8 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. This was the second time Groening failed to appear at a scheduled Rosenthal trial.

Nick Dewald, 22, was fined $400 for theft in Stettler court in late November.

During the theft attempt from a rural residence, one of the three suspects was allegedly shot by the vehicle’s owner.

Groening, formerly of Mirror, was set to have a trial on three charges but never showed. He faces two counts of theft and a single count of possession of stolen property.

Groening was allegedly wounded with two blasts from a shotgun.

Meanwhile, a preliminary hearing for Brian Russell Knight, 38, of Tees is set for June 17 in Stettler.

Knight faces charges of unlawful use of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, assault with a weapon, criminal negligence causing injury, dangerous driving and unauthorized possession of a firearm.


Sexual assault suspect reserves his plea

A man charged with sexually assaulting and robbing a senior citizen and unrelated crimes reserved his plea on the substantive charges and pleaded guilty to lesser offences Tuesday.

Jesse Peter Toews, 25, of Red Deer returns to court on Jan. 7 to set a date for an alleged July 29 assault on a woman who was sexually assaulted, confined and robbed.

Toews pleaded guilty to offences of failing to appear in court and breaching conditions of a previous court order on unrelated matters.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, satisfied by time served.

Toews remains in custody on the more serious charges.

RCMP allege that Toews pounced on an elderly woman and assaulted her about 9:30 a.m. on July 29 in a wooded area near 67th Street and 52nd Avenue. The woman’s purse and watch were stolen in the attack.

It is also alleged that Toews threw someone into a closet on Aug. 6. He then smashed a cellphone and fled the scene.

A cruelty to animals charge was also laid after Toews allegedly threw a kitten against a wall, killing the animal.

He will have a trial on that charge and on assault and mischief on Aug. 23.

Toews is charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement, robbery, making death threats and mischief to property.

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