Local briefs – July 28

A vehicle crashed into Tryst Night Club after striking several parked vehicles in the Red Stone Grill and Bar parking lot early Sunday morning.

Car hits nightclub, vehicles

A vehicle crashed into Tryst Night Club after striking several parked vehicles in the Red Stone Grill and Bar parking lot early Sunday morning.

At about 12:45 a.m., a car collided with the southwest corner of the Tryst building, hitting a set of stairs.

The driver and several passengers fled shortly after the collision.

One female passenger was taken to hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. There were no injuries to any Tryst patrons.

Police continue to investigate and would like to speak to anyone witnessing the incidents.

Auto theft calls double

Complaints to the RCMP about auto theft almost doubled last week in Red Deer.

Red Deer City RCMP received 23 calls about auto theft, compared with 13 the week previous.

Police received 950 calls from July 20 to July 26, up slightly from 914 calls the week previous.

Other crime statistics included:

• 51 assaults.

• 12 residential break-ins.

• five business break-ins.

• 19 domestic violence complaints.

• 16 drug investigations.

• one robbery.

• 10 fraud complaints.

• 68 mischief complaints.

• 105 thefts.

• 50 suspicious person, vehicle or activity.

• 202 bylaw complaints.

• 133 victim service assistance requests.

Man faces child sex charges

An Edmonton man accused of sexual offences against a child was granted bail in Red Deer provincial court on Monday.

Adrian August Lizotte, 25, is charged with sexual assault, sexual contact, sexual consent and luring a child over the Internet.

Lizotte has been in custody since his arrest in Red Deer on May 30. He was released on $10,000 no cash bail.

Lizotte’s next court appearance is Aug. 25 for election on the charges.

Tree removal policy sought

The city will explore the possibility of ensuring that trees removed for development purposes are replaced.

The matter came up during municipal planning commission’s meeting on June 20, at which time the commission voted to recommend to city council that it approve a draft Southpointe neighbourhood area structure plan. That plan, which affects 157 acres south of Red Deer College between Hwy 2 and Taylor Drive, calls for the development of residential and commercial areas.

Rene Michalak, a public representative on the commission, expressed concerns about the resulting loss of trees. He suggested that the city adopt a policy requiring the replacement of trees removed — either on site or elsewhere in the city — so that there would be a “net-zero” environmental impact.

On Monday, the commission directed city staff to consider such a policy and report back.

City manager Craig Curtis agreed that Red Deer has been losing trees to development and a consistent policy would be helpful.

Health clinic approved

An alternative health clinic has been given the go-ahead to operate along Ross Street, east of Red Deer’s downtown.

Red Deer’s municipal planning commission on Monday authorized the business as a discretionary use at 4018 50th St. The clinic will offer acupuncture and massage therapy services.

The commission was told that the site was originally split-zoned for residential and commercial use, with residences on its main and basement levels. On March 23, city council approved rezoning of the property to a commercial use, and voted to allow the residential suite below ground to remain.

The application, which was made on behalf of Andrea Cardwell, provides for six client parking stalls at the rear of the building. The clinic will operate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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