Local briefs – July 9

The Recreation Centre outdoor pool in Red Deer will be closed from Sunday until noon on Monday for an unexpected mechanical repair.

Pool to close for repairs

The Recreation Centre outdoor pool in Red Deer will be closed from Sunday until noon on Monday for an unexpected mechanical repair.

The indoor pool and other Recreation Centre amenities will remain open during those times.

Escape suspect makes court appearance

A Bowden Institution inmate alleged to have escaped briefly from prison a few days before Christmas last year was back in a Red Deer courtroom on Wednesday.

Michael Rudolf Horyn, 41, has been charged with escaping lawful custody and being unlawfully at large after being accused of walking away from the minimum security annex of the federal prison on Dec. 20. In making his dash, he left a trail of footprints in the freshly fallen snow.

RCMP say Horyn went missing shortly after 11 p.m. and his taste of freedom lasted only 45 minutes before he was found by a Corrections Canada officer near the Bowden Arena. RCMP from several nearby detachments and the dog unit had joined in the search.

Horyn was scheduled for statutory release in 2011.

Defence lawyer Norman Clair said in Red Deer provincial court that Horyn was scheduled to go to trial Aug. 14. But before that happened he was to have been examined by a psychiatrist at Alberta Hospital Edmonton. For reasons unclear, that assessment was delayed a number of times and a two-week examination only recently completed.

However, the defence had specifically asked that Horyn be examined for post-traumatic stress disorder, which didn’t happen.

Clare said a local psychiatrist with experience in the disorder is willing to see Horyn at Bowden Institution in September.

The judge agreed to allow more time and Horyn will return to court Oct. 9.

Guns and drugs seized at Hobbema

Hobbema RCMP have seized two loaded firearms, 40 grams of crack cocaine, 25 grams of marijuana, a scale and a small quantity of money from two residences on the Samson First Nation.

Hobbema RCMP executed search warrants at two residences at the Samson First Nation on Tuesday, with help from the emergency response teams from Edmonton and Red Deer.

The drugs seized have an estimated value of $2,200. Masks and bandanas were also seized in the raid.

Three suspects were taken into custody and are facing a variety of charges in relation to the seizures.

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