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.

For more on local events, see “Home Front” and “Switchboard” under the “Community” tab

Just Posted

UPDATED: Economy and health care expected to be hot election topics

Premier Rachel Notley makes announcement on Tuesday morning

Politicians hitting the road for votes in Alberta election campaign

EDMONTON — After firing up supporters at campaign kickoff events, the leaders… Continue reading

Central Alberta resident launches fantasy board game

Central alberta man launches Kickstarter for board game A central Alberta resident… Continue reading

Cruel and sadistic: Central Alberta dog rescuers believe there are dog fighting rings in province

With the increased number of stolen dogs, some central Alberta rescuers are… Continue reading

Opinion: Let’s be heard ‘loud and clear’ during provincial election campaign

By David Marsden During the banquet for Sunday’s Boston Bruins alumni game,… Continue reading

Documentary on Colten Boushie case to open Toronto’s Hot Docs festival

TORONTO — A film examining the case of a young Indigenous man… Continue reading

Want to help bees? Plant flowering herbs

Herbs are among the most useful plants in nature. They can tantalize… Continue reading

UN: Gene editing for human reproduction is ‘irresponsible’

GENEVA — A panel convened by the World Health Organization said it… Continue reading

Photos: Three moose spotted in Red Deer Tuesday

Three moose were spotted in Red Deer Tuesday morning. Red Deer resident… Continue reading

Andreescu rockets to No. 24 in WTA Tour rankings after Indian Wells title

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu has rocketed to No. 24 in the WTA Tour… Continue reading

Canadian figure skaters looking to reach new heights at world championships

Nam Nguyen, Alaine Chartrand and Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro all have… Continue reading

Man linked to largest art heist in history freed from prison

HARTFORD, Conn. — A reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe is… Continue reading

Most Read