Local briefs – February 12

A young woman from a First Nations community west of Cochrane remains behind bars in connection with an alleged stabbing on Wednesday morning in downtown Red Deer.

Stabbing investigated

A young woman from a First Nations community west of Cochrane remains behind bars in connection with an alleged stabbing on Wednesday morning in downtown Red Deer.

Red Deer city RCMP report the 23-year-old from Morley, whose name hasn’t been released, remains in police custody. Criminal charges have not been laid at this time.

The woman was arrested following reports of a fight between two people inside an apartment on 48th Street. A 32-year-old Red Deer man was stabbed a number of times and was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre for treatment.

He was later released and placed in police custody.

Police said the man has since been let go.

Red Deer RCMP continue to investigate.

Hwy 2A plans move ahead

The end of the road may be in sight for a contentious development plan for the Hwy 2A corridor.

Lacombe County has asked engineering consultants to determine whether new residential developments west of Hwy 2A should be required to hook up to a communal system.

Last May, council altered the proposed Hwy 2A Urban Corridor Plan to allow lots as small as six acres west of Hwy 2A without requiring urban-style communal water and sewer services, which are considered a better environmental option. It was a major change from the earlier concept, which would have limited lot sizes to 12 acres or more to make it easier for the land to be developed along high-density urban lines in the future.

The change did not sit well with the Town of Lacombe, which has been involved in crafting the corridor plan with the county along with the Town of Blackfalds. The towns saw the change as a departure from the initial concept of designing a plan that suited future urban-style development along Hwy 2A.

Once the consultants have offered their recommendations, a revised draft plan will go to council for approval before being taken to the public at an open house, said Allan Williams, the county’s director of planning services.

“We’re working endlessly to sort of get this plan wrapped up. But obviously, there’s been a lot of reflection, a lot of feedback, a lot of issues raised in the course of preparing this plan.”

Williams said the towns’ concerns remain and the county will meet again with them to explain the rationale behind the change in focus and hopefully get their support.

Woman faces fraud charges

A 33-year-old Red Deer woman is facing fraud charges after a local veterinary clinic was allegedly defrauded of more than $25,000.

In October 2008, RCMP started to investigate an internal fraud where a person appeared to be altering documents and taking money from the company.

A worker seemed to be creating false invoices to reflect refunds for services rendered and product purchased, as well as altering medical records.

Some of the invoices that were falsified were issued to the office of the public trustee, defrauding the office of more than $650, police allege.

Jade Rogers of Red Deer has been charged with fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000 and falsifying documents. She will appear in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

RV talks set this month

Mediation talks will begin later this month to settle an RV Resort zoning dispute between the Summer Village of Sunbreaker Cove and Lacombe County.

The summer village launched an appeal in December of county council’s decision to rezone 148 acres of agricultural land for the proposed Skyy Country Golf and RV Resort.

In its appeal, the summer village claims that local facilities are already operating at peak capacity and the development “would cause gross overcrowding and may or is likely to create dangerous situations.”

Environmentally sensitive areas would also be threatened by the resort, the appeal says.

County commissioner Terry Hager said the two sides have had a preliminary hearing with the province’s Municipal Government Board. A mediator was chosen and dates chosen for mediated talks beginning later this month.

The board has given both sides three months to come to an agreement, he told council on Thursday. “We’re still striving to see what we can do in that three-month period.”

If mediation fails, the issue will go to a board hearing.

Sunbreaker Cove Mayor Gib Clark said the two sides developed terms of reference for mediated talks, which he expected would take about three months.

Developers propose to build about 450 condominium lots, about 50 daily rental spots, a nine-hole par-three golf course, small water park and recreation area on a site next to Sunbreaker Cove. The resort would be developed in four phases.