Local briefs – December 5

A man who was wedged between two downtown buildings is out of hospital.

Wedged man now out of hospital

A man who was wedged between two downtown buildings is out of hospital.

But it remains a mystery how he managed to get himself trapped in a half-metre gap between the Executive Place office tower under construction and the former Park Hotel on Ross Street.

RCMP Cpl. Kathe DeHeer said police are still looking into the bizarre mishap that unfolded late Thursday afternoon.

“There certainly is an investigation that is ongoing in that incident. I don’t know exactly what led up to his becoming wedged.”

The 18-year-old man is from Central Alberta but not from Red Deer. Police have not released his name. RCMP confirmed he was not a resident of the halfway house located on the second floor of the old hotel.

DeHeer said investigators are still trying to determine if there was an offence committed that could result in charges. “There are a few questions that need to be answered before charges can be laid. It’s not something that happens every day — thank goodness.”

Fire officials at the scene said the man told his rescuers he was jumping from building to building when he fell into the gap. The man supposedly slid down between the two walls before becoming stuck just above the ground. He claimed to have been stuck there for five hours.

Fire-medics had to cut a hole through the wall of the nearly complete office tower to free the man. He was taken out on a stretcher about an hour after construction workers heard his cries for help about 3:30 p.m.


Stun gun used on Gull Lake man

A man who fought with RCMP officers before they used a stun gun on him, and later caused a disturbance at a hospital, was sentenced to time served when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court on Friday.

Darren Sprague, 45, of the Gull Lake area, pleaded guilty to assaulting a peace officer and causing a disturbance in a public place.

Time served amounted to one week since the Nov. 27 incident at a rural property about eight km northeast of Gull Lake. Sprague was also placed on 18 months probation.

Court heard police were called to a residence about a concern that the accused was going to injure himself. Sprague struck one of the officers and also fought with them before one of the officers used a Taser on him.


Charity Check Stop postponed

Red Deer City RCMP have postponed today’s Charity Check Stop due to extreme winter weather and poor road conditions.

The event has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Taylor Drive just north of 32 Street.

RCMP, with the assistance of volunteers from MADD Canada, the Christmas Bureau, the Red Deer Food Bank, the City of Red Deer, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and many others, will be collecting cash, toys, food and specific winter clothing items.

The request for hats, mitts and scarfs is new this year. The RCMP will be distributing the items to charitable organizations that assist people in need.

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