Local briefs – June 12

Three trial dates in March were set Thursday for a teenager charged with killing two males in a crash last fall.

Girl faces trial

Three trial dates in March were set Thursday for a teenager charged with killing two males in a crash last fall.

The girl, who was 17 at the time of the crash on Oct. 30, 2008, is now 18.

She pleaded not guilty to three charges on Thursday in Red Deer youth court.

Trial dates of March 3, 10 and 23 were set for the girl, who was charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. A provision in the act prohibits publication of her name.

She faces two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and a single count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The 16-year-old youths killed were Colton Lakeman and Ray Schlahs, both of the Sylvan Lake area.

Three young women between the ages of 14 and 18 and a woman in her 60s were also injured in the crash.

Sylvan Lake RCMP were called to the two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Range Road 12 and Hwy 11 in the evening.

Police said the investigation determined that a white car, driven by a 17-year-old female, was southbound on Range Road 12 and entered Hwy 11 without stopping at a marked stop sign. Another car, driven by a 64-year-old woman, was travelling westbound on Hwy 11 and collided with the driver’s side of the white car.


Robber guilty

A 38-year-old man will be sentenced in July after pleading guilty to robbing a convenience store on May 30.

Erwin Kommnick of Red Deer, will be sentenced on July 31 after pleading guilty to robbery when he appeared in provincial court on Wednesday.

An assault charge plea wasn’t entered but will accompany the robbery charge to the sentencing date. It’s expected to be withdrawn.

Police said a man entered the Express 24 on Erickson Drive and demanded cash and cigarettes from a clerk.

The man waived a knife and made verbal demands. He then allegedly physically assaulted the clerk and left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The assailant didn’t use the knife during the assault, police said.

Surveillance tape was obtained by police, who identified the culprit.


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