Local briefs – January 12

Nursing care employees at Bethany CollegeSide have ratified an agreement that brings their contract more in line with those at other Bethany Care Society facilities.

Bethany workers have deal

Nursing care employees at Bethany CollegeSide have ratified an agreement that brings their contract more in line with those at other Bethany Care Society facilities.

Local 048/021 of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees vote 97 per cent in favour of a new agreement with their employer, communications director David Climenhaga said on Monday.

The local has achieved a two-year contract, retroactive to July 1, 2009, that brings a five per cent wage increase in all classifications effective last July 1 and another 4.5 per cent on July 1 of this year.

Other benefits, retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year, include double time for working Christmas Day and the August Civic Holiday, improvements in shift and weekend premiums and an increase to $100 in the reimbursement of Licensed Practical Nurse registration fees. Members also will received four paid special leave days, effective on the ratification date of the agreement.

Beating sentence next month

A woman convicted for her role in the beating of a senior citizen will be sentenced late next month.

Leona Loucine Haggarty, 27, of Red Deer returns to Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Feb. 25 for sentencing on being a party to an aggravated assault. She was convicted in December following a trial.

The victim, who is now 73, was beaten by an unknown assailant on Jan. 16, 2008. He suffered a broken forearm and a large head gash and concussion.

Sentencing had been adjourned to permit a pre-sentence report for Haggarty.

Court heard the beating followed an attempt by the victim to retrieve his wallet from a woman known to Haggarty.

The accused lured the victim to the spot of the beating and he was ambushed by a man wielding an iron pipe.

The Crown is recommending a 12- to 18-month jail term.

Bird trivia event Wednesday

The Red Deer River Naturalists are hosting a Bird Trivia Night at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Wednesday at 7 p.m. “It’s a fun night and we don’t take it too seriously,” said group secretary Judy Boyd. “It’s not a test. It’s just a board game.” The trivia in the board game is mostly bird-related, with players being sent back spaces when they get accused of chopping down trees, among other Go to jail-like violations. The Bird Trivia Night is open to everyone, but participants are asked to call ahead to Boyd at 403-342-4150. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Suspect gets new lawyer

A new lawyer has been retained to defend a man charged with running over and seriously injuring a Mountie on Hwy 2.

Kenneth Thomas Janzen, 25, of Saskatoon, was ordered on Monday to return to Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on March 1 to set a date for a two-week trial.

Janzen, who remains in custody, will now be represented by Arnold Piragoff after the accused and his first lawyer Lorne Goddard parted company on Dec. 11.

Janzen was to have a trial on March 15, but it’s not likely to occur now until the fall.

Janzen is charged with three counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a vehicle, two counts of attempting to commit assault with a vehicle and two counts of criminal flight from police causing bodily harm.

He is also charged with single counts of failure to stop at the scene of an accident, obstructing police, dangerous operation of a vehicle and criminal negligence.

Janzen was charged on July 30, 2008, after a vehicle struck and seriously injured an Innisfail RCMP officer who was on foot after deploying a spike belt near Antler Hill just north of Innisfail on Hwy 2.