Local briefs – December 30

A man charged with attempting to kill another man during an alleged extortion was remanded in custody on Tuesday.

Suspect to stay in custody

A man charged with attempting to kill another man during an alleged extortion was remanded in custody on Tuesday.

Jusuf Izairi, 31, returns to Red Deer provincial court on Jan. 6 to enter a plea on several charges, including attempted murder.

It’s alleged that sometime between Dec. 13 and 23, Izairi attempted to murder the man by using a restricted firearm.

It’s also alleged the accused robbed the man using violence, uttered threats to force the man to withdraw money using a bank card and confined the man against his will.

Izairi is also charged with failing to comply with a previous court order by being in possession of a restricted firearm.

Legal Aid Society of Alberta lawyer Murray Shack told court that the accused needs time to seek a legal aid lawyer.

Izairi was denied bail by a justice of the peace earlier.

Collision report released

Drivers crashing into the back of vehicles ahead of them were the most common type of collision within Red Deer city limits during 2007.

The city’s Engineering Department has just released a detailed study that will become the baseline for an annual report on collision statistics for Red Deer.

Comparing statistics from 2007 with the previous year, traffic engineer Rebecca Clark found an increase of almost 12 per cent for a total of 4,210 crashes on public streets and public parking lots in Red Deer.

Rear-end collisions accounted for 24 per cent of the total, closely followed by drivers backing into other units at 18 per cent.

Red Deer’s traffic trends are affected by many factors, such as rapid growth and a young population. The report reflects these factors and highlights areas identified in the 2007-2010 Traffic Safety Action Plan, which aimed to reduce the number of casualties in traffic collisions through five key target areas.

City officials and RCMP believe publicizing collision figures will play a role in reducing collisions, Clark said on Tuesday.

Engineering, enforcement and education form the three corners of collision prevention, she said. While city engineers and police have been working together within their roles, the Engineering Department believes further gains can be made by informing drivers of their duties and responsibilities while negotiating city streets, she said.

In a news release issued on Tuesday, RCMP Const. Al Nicholson said drivers sometimes take the task too lightly.

“If drivers pay attention and slow down, they will not only help reduce the number of collisions, they will also help save lives and reduce injuries,” said Nicholson.

Police have seen a reduction in collisions since the city released its Traffic Safety Action Plan, which included studying statistics and publishing results, he said.

Statistics for 2008 are now being compiled and should be available within the next few months, said Clark.

Concession proposals wanted

Proposals are being sought for a concession to be placed on the main floor of the City of Red Deer’s new parkade.

The size and scope of the concession will depend on what the winning proposal brings to the table, says project manager Darin Sceviour. It is to be located in the northwest corner of the parkade, he said.

Details of the process are available from the purchasing section at city hall.

Expected to be finished in the spring of 2010, the parkade adds three parking levels with 400 parking stalls above the downtown transit terminal. The parkade will feature an arched roof covered in vegetation, Sceviour said on Tuesday.

Earth-friendly roofs are becoming more popular as features on urban buildings because they capture water and produce oxygen, he said.

Once complete, the parkade will become a functional piece of art within the city core, he said.

Just Posted

Red Deer RCMP investigating suspicious vehicle fire

Anyone with information is asked to call police

Visual effects leader recognized by Red Deer high school

Linday Thurber Hall of Fame ceremony held

Emergency Shelter has new executive director

Rayann Toner has 10 years experience with Central Alberta Emergency Women’s Shelter

Castor man dies in crash

Thursday morning collision on Hwy 12

WATCH: Two weeks away from Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer

In just two weeks, Ponoka’s Shayna Weir will compete with the best… Continue reading

Hi Mickey, ‘Bye Mickey: 6 Disney parks on 2 coasts in 1 day

ORLANDO, Fla. — Heather and Clark Ensminger breathed sighs of relief when… Continue reading

Court weighs ‘Apprentice’ hopeful’s suit versus Trump

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s lawyers hope to persuade an appeals… Continue reading

StarKist admits fixing tuna prices, faces $100 million fine

SAN FRANCISCO — StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony… Continue reading

Annual pace of inflation slows to 2.2 per cent in September: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA — The annual pace of inflation slowed more than expected in… Continue reading

Jury finds Calgary couple guilty in 2013 death of toddler son

CALGARY — A jury has convicted a Calgary couple in the death… Continue reading

Study of U.S. hospital figures links pot use with increased risk of stroke

MONTREAL — New research is being presented at a conference in Montreal… Continue reading

Leon Draisaitl has overtime winner as Edmonton Oilers down Boston Bruins 3-2

EDMONTON — Connor McDavid set up Leon Draisaitl for the overtime winner… Continue reading

Edmonton girl guide sells out of cookies in front of cannabis store on first day

EDMONTON — She’s being called one smart cookie. As people lined up… Continue reading

Most Read