Local briefs – February 19

A man currently on trial for alleged kidnapping and assault causing bodily charges, among others, pleaded guilty this week to a separate offence of failing to comply with a court order.

Suspect admits to not complying with a court order

A man currently on trial for alleged kidnapping and assault causing bodily charges, among others, pleaded guilty this week to a separate offence of failing to comply with a court order.

Kenneth Robert Deck, 37, of Red Deer was sentenced to 15 days in jail when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court.

He had been scheduled for a trial but changed his plea.

Deck, who has been in custody since Feb. 11, 2009, returns to Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday on several charges stemming from an alleged kidnapping, unlawful confinement, assault causing bodily harm, three counts of uttering threats, criminal harassment, two counts of mischief and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

The trial was expected to conclude last Friday but was adjourned for closing arguments, followed by Justice John Gill’s decision.


Red Deer man sentenced after attacking woman and cop

A man who wore work boots while he kicked a woman and pulled her hair, then bit a police officer, was sentenced to more jail time on Thursday.

Barry James Weninger, 42, of Red Deer was handed a seven-month sentence after pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm, assault, uttering threats and two counts of breaching conditions of a previous court order in provincial court.

Judge Jim Mitchell heard that last Nov. 28, Weninger became involved in a scuffle with a woman whom he kicked repeatedly with his boots and grabbed her hair.

When police intervened, he fought the officer on the floor of the woman’s residence and bit the officer on the arm through her clothing.

Weninger had been prohibited from drinking alcohol and had been ordered to stay away from the victim for a previous altercation.

He was also on probation at the time for a previous conviction.

Mitchell sentenced the accused to five months for the assault, one month for biting the officer and one month for the breaches of conditions.


Pedestrian stuck by vehicle, taken to hospital via helicopter

An unidentified man was airlifted to Calgary Foothills hospital with severe, life-threatening after being struck at a Red Deer intersection early Thursday morning.

Police said the 24-year-old man was crossing at the intersection of Johnstone Drive and Jewell street at about 6:30 a.m. when he was struck by a full-size pickup truck.

The man was taken to hospital in Red Deer and picked up there by STARS air ambulance for the flight to Calgary. There was no update on his condition late in the day.

A 24-year-old man driving a pickup truck involved in the collision was not injured. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

The intersection was closed from the time of the collision until about 9 a.m. while RCMP members conducted their investigation.

No names have been released nor have charges been laid.

While the investigation continues, alcohol was not a factor, said Const. Sabrina Grunow, media liaison officer for the Red Deer City RCMP.


New pavement planned for Central Alberta roads

New pavement is in the works at four sites in Central Alberta when construction season opens this year. Alberta Transportation has approved upgrading Hwy 607 from gravel to pavement. Hwy 607 runs west of Hwy 20 north of Rimbey.

Closer to Red Deer, construction crews will continue upgrading the cloverleaf intersection at Hwys 2 and 11A, converting it to a diamond design.

Repaving has also been approved at two different sites. Hwy 27 from Hwy 2 to Sundre will be repaved, as will the section of Hwy 22 that runs between Hwys 11 and 53 at Rocky Mountain House.


Lacombe firefighters raising funds for a good cause

It might be February, but the mercury will surely be rising at a Lacombe fundraiser on Saturday.

Firefighters from Calgary and Edmonton who have graced their department’s respective calendars will offer up entertainment in a ladies’ night at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

“It’s not Chippendales, but their shirts will definitely be coming off, and there will be music and smoke,” said Nadine St. Denis, an organizer and executive assistant with the Town of Lacombe.

“Bringing the Heat to Lacombe” starts at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, and a firefighter auction — with the men joining the winning bidder at their table — to follow at 6 p.m. Food is served at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.

There’s a diamond ring door prize and a silent auction with golf bags and gift baskets, among other items.

“It’s a classy event, and (guests) are going to be given champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries when they come in,” said St. Denis.

Uniformed officers from the Lacombe Police Service and the Lacombe Fire Department will serve guests.

“We want to create an environment where the girls can come out and enjoy themselves, see some of the sights, and we’re going to try to really pamper the ladies,” said Lacombe Police Chief Gary Leslie, another organizer.

Money raised will go to the burn units in Edmonton and Calgary, as well as to the Lacombe Athletic Park. Leslie pointed out that anyone in Central Alberta who is injured with a burn and needs treatment will end up in one of the two burn units.

“Nothing like this has ever been done before. The calendar firemen have never come together from the two cities and worked together,” said St. Denis.

Calendars will also be available for sale at the event.

Tickets are $85 and are available at the door or by calling 403-782-1258 ahead of time.

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