Local briefs – June 16

Three Hills RCMP and Central Alberta Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man responsible for an armed robbery in Central Alberta on Friday.

Armed robber on the loose

Three Hills RCMP and Central Alberta Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man responsible for an armed robbery in Central Alberta on Friday.

At around 10:45 a.m., Three Hills RCMP responded to an armed robbery at the ATB Financial in Elnora. A lone male, with his identity concealed, entered the bank, brandished a knife and demanded cash from the tellers.

The tellers complied and the man fled with an undisclosed amount. The suspect left in a vehicle.

No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, in his early to mid-20s, 1.6 to 1.7 metres (five foot two to five foot eight) in height, with a slim and muscular build. He was wearing black pants, a black hooded sweater, blue jeans and a black balaclava.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark grey or black newer model hatchback, which may have been a four-door.


Justice event planned for Friday

Red Deer residents can take part in the Shout Out for Global Justice event taking place at the Hub at 4936 Ross St. in Red Deer on Friday, June 25, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The event is a way for the Council of Canadians and many other co-sponsoring organizations to respond to the G-8 and G-20 gatherings that are bringing world leaders to Huntsville, Ont., and Toronto, Ont., at the end of this month.

Red Deer residents can drop by the Hub to see livestreamed video of the Shout Out for Global Justice event taking place in Toronto.

Speakers at the event will include Maude Barlow, board chair of the Council of Canadians and senior water advisor to the president of the United Nations; Naomi Klein, author of Shock Doctrine and No Logo; Amy Goodman, host and producer of Democracy Now!; Vandana Shiva, environmental activist and author of 20 books; Clayton Thomas-Muller, with the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation.


Bashaw RCMP seize marijuana

The Bashaw RCMP seized marijuana plants with a street value of $500,000 in the Village of Mirror on Saturday night.

The home owner wasn’t present when police entered the residence at around 8 p.m.

Police seized more than 250 marijuana plants and dismantled a hydroponics operation at the home.

Edgar Allen Soare, 49, of Mirror, has been charged with production of marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking. He will appear in Stettler provincial court at 10 a.m. on June 24.


Truck available for borrowing

The Central Alberta African Centre is launching a new service for immigrants and refugees at its 2010 Father’s Day Celebrations.

The centre has purchased a mid-sized truck to help move some of the light possessions belonging to those who have just arrived in Central Alberta.

Community members usually provide start-up items such as furniture, kitchen items and clothes to newcomers, who are then often left struggling to find a way to move these belongings to their new home, explained CAAC executive director Petro Sabengele.

The Central Alberta African Choir will perform at the 2010 Father’s Day Celebration being held on Sunday at the downtown Red Deer African Centre, located at 2B, 4909 48th St. The free event runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and is open to all.


Toddler loses leg in mower accident

A toddler lost his left leg after falling off a lawn mower in the County of Stettler on Monday afternoon.

The 21-month-old boy was on the machine with an adult when he fell off.

STARS responded just before 4:30 p.m. and picked up the toddler, who was in critical condition but was stable en route. He was taken to Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.


Deadline imposed for secondary suites

Homeowners and landlords have until July 1 to register their secondary suites or face financial penalties of several hundred dollars a day.

The application process has been taking place over the past six months since city council approved changes to the city’s Land Use Bylaw to allow for secondary suites on Dec. 15.

The Central Alberta African Choir will perform at the 2010 Father’s Day Celebration being held on Sunday at the downtown Red Deer African Centre, located at 2B, 4909 48th St. The free event runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and is open to all.


Red Deer RCMP busy last week

Red Deer City RCMP received 957 calls for service during the week of June 7 to June 13.

There were 23 calls relating to assaults, 21 for serious criminal domestic violence and two calls relating to sexual assault.

RCMP crime statistics show the number of drug investigation calls was 16, with no robberies reported. There were 90 thefts and 31 reports of a suspicious persons, vehicle or activity.

There were 20 break and enters, eight auto thefts and six fraud calls.

Calls on bylaw infractions were at 226 and mischief calls were at 43.

Victim services assisted in 77 calls, according to statistics provided by Red Deer City RCMP.