Local briefs – July 3

A young woman who attempted to smuggle drugs into a federal prison will be sentenced in September.

Drug smuggler admits guilt

A young woman who attempted to smuggle drugs into a federal prison will be sentenced in September.

Robyn-Leigh Wieler, 19, of Okotoks pleaded guilty on Thursday to possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking when she appeared in Red Deer provincial court.

Wieler will be sentenced on Sept. 9 after the preparation of a pre-sentence report, which was requested by her lawyer Michael Scrase.

Wieler and another woman were intercepted by Bowden Institution officers on Feb. 14 when they attempted to enter the prison.

Correctional Service of Canada reported that security intelligence officers interviewed two female visitors after receiving information.

Drugs, including marijuana and hashish oil, were seized by prison staff.

The drugs were reported to be worth about $40,000, Innisfail RCMP said earlier.

Prison officials said earlier that illegal drugs sold in jails are worth as much as 10 times their street value.

A pre-sentence report is prepared by a probation officer and examines many facets of a person’s life to better assist the court when passing sentence.

Krystal Dunn, 29, of Calgary, will have a trial on March 9 on four counts including possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking.

Green Deer bags garbage

The city’s extended Green Deer program proved a huge success this year with enough trash scooped up from parks and neighbourhoods to fill more than 2,000 garbage bags.

“We are thrilled with the support we received from the community this year,” said Suzanne Jubb, community and program facilitator with the city’s Recreation, Parks and Culture Department. “We’re lucky to have so many community members who are passionate about their city and volunteer their time to clean up our parks.”

For the first time, the program was extended to two months from two weeks and it paid off. More than 6,800 people pitched in this year, including 5,635 children in 22 schools.

Also, 119 family and friend groups, 21 businesses, 11 community associations, seven clubs and a sport group helped pick up litter. Another 14 individuals were involved through the Adopt-A-Park program and another 100 helped through the Red Deer River Clean-Up.

The program, which targets areas where garbage accumulates over winter, wrapped up on June 21.

A number of prizes were handed out.

A Normandeau Elementary School class won a Recreation Centre pool party and a Central Middle School class won free swim passes. The youngsters also got Fas Gas slurpee coupons. Anna McWilliam and her three-year-old daughter picked garbage and she won a free barbecue and a $50 Fas Gas coupon.

Jubb encourages citizens to help keep the city clean all year long. One way to do that is to adopt a park, which gives individuals or groups a chance to become stewards for a specific park for one year.

For information on the program, call Recreation, Parks and Culture at 403-342-8234.

Road construction in Red Deer

Now that summer is here, drivers need to be aware of a number of construction and maintenance projects.

Planned projects include:

• 55th Avenue between 32nd Street and Waghorn Close is closed until 4:30 p.m. today to disconnect a gas line and do some road alignment.

• 52nd Avenue northbound will be closed between 43rd Street and 45th Street today from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to do some water line work.

• Allan Street, Rutherford Drive, 55th Avenue and various other locations will see some traffic disruptions beginning Monday to begin milling the streets to prepare them for new pavement the following week.

The city warns drivers to slow down when driving in construction areas and obey all signs.

For information about road construction and closures, go to www.reddeer.ca/roadclosures

Local man parade marshal

A Red Deer electrician is one of eight honourary parade marshals in today’s Stampede Parade in Calgary.

Craig Spady is one of the Canadian team’s members in the Sept. 1 to 8 World Skills competition in Calgary.

Spady will join seven other Albertans who are also members of Canada’s team at the annual competition for people working in the various trades.

Spady earned his spot on the team by winning at the 2008 Canadian Skills competition in the electrical installation category.

This year’s parade marshal is Mike Holmes, who has a television show devoted to renovations and construction.

More than 900 competitors from 51 countries will gather to compete for medals in 45 skill categories.

Trades people helping out

The sound of hammers and saws is already cutting through the air at the third annual Build a Kid to Cure site.

The charity event has trades people volunteer their time and suppliers give items to complete a home in 30 days. The home is sold and money raised this year will be split between the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and the new Ronald McDonald House planned for Red Deer.

This year, the 1,090-square foot bi-level home with attached garage is located at 45 Sutherland Close.

David Wild, chair of the Golf and Build a Kid to Cure Committees, said it’s phenomenal that trades people will take the time to build the home on a volunteer basis. He said everyone who is involved believes in the causes the events support.

Since the Golf a Kid to Cure event started seven years ago and the Build a Kid to Cure started three years ago, organizers have raised just over $700,000.

Wild said between from the two events this year, they’re hoping to raise around $200,000.

The Golf a Kid to Cure event is planned for Aug. 28 at Alberta Springs.

More information is available by talking to Jeff Glover at 403-346-8900.

Violent crime declines

Crimes against the person fell significantly last week, according to statistics released by city RCMP.

Total calls for service dropped more than 100 to 822, compared with 923 the previous week.

Assaults dropped dramatically to 23 last week, compared with 51 the previous week. Domestic violence calls plunged to 23 last week, compared with 41 the previous week.

Thefts also dropped eight to 80 last week and frauds dropped to six from 14 the previous week.

Drug investigations fell to 22 from 37 the previous week.

Other crime statistics included:

• 13 auto thefts;

• 13 residential and business break-ins;

• three robberies;

Fewer traffic offences

Traffic collisions, drunk driving and speeding tickets all fell for the week ending June 27, city RCMP report.

Crashes fell to 53 from 66 the previous week while drunk driving investigations dipped to 21 from 31 the previous week.

Police also handed out 57 speeding tickets compared with 84 the previous week.

Other traffic tickets, or police action included:

• 18 hit and run investigations;

• four 24-hour suspensions;

• three liquor tickets;

• 68 non-moving violations, including suspended driving, equipment violations;

• nine no insurance tickets;

The totals don’t include photo radar or red light camera tickets.

Bend art displayed

Reality meshes with illusion in mind-bending works of wire art, exhibited until Aug. 7 at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Sunworks.

Bend is a new collection of large-scale sculptures and drawings by Tanya Zuzak, of Red Deer, who aims to draw attention to often overlooked aspects of light, shadow and reflection through her art.

By playing with reality and illusion, she comes up with the unexpected, creating large shapes and forms out of intricately worked wire.

Zuzak studied fine art at the University of Saskatchewan, where she also later taught, and received her masters degree in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

She now works at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery and Red Deer College.

Sunworks is located at 4924 Ross St. in Red Deer.

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