Local briefs – June 3

Resolution talks are underway that could conclude charges against a Gull Lake property owner alleged to have removed aquatic vegetation from the lake without permission.

Talks underway in case of removal of vegetation

Resolution talks are underway that could conclude charges against a Gull Lake property owner alleged to have removed aquatic vegetation from the lake without permission.

Special Crown prosecutor Susan McRory of Edmonton told Red Deer provincial court on Thursday said she’s involved in talks with Dale Andrew Mather’s lawyer to hopefully find a resolution to the case on Aug. 18.

Mather, 60, who lives in Florida, was charged by Alberta Environment under the Water Act following a public complaint.

The provincial government initiated an investigation in September 2009 after receiving a complaint that the shoreline was being altered near the property of the accused.

Under Alberta’s Water Act, any activity that may impact a water body requires appropriate approvals.

The allegation involves removing vegetation from the bed and shore of the lake. The charge was laid earlier this year following the lengthy investigation.

Mather is charged with two counts of removing vegetation without proper authorization. The charges carry a combined maximum penalty of $150,000 and up to two years in jail.

Mather wasn’t in court nor was his lawyer. A warrant to hold was issued by Judge David Plosz.

The warrant won’t be released if Mather or his lawyer appears at the next court date.

The accused is not to be confused with Dale Peter Mather, the former chief administrative officer of the Town of Innisfail.


‘Bully’ sentenced for beating of partner

A “bully” who fled to Newfoundland to escape charges of beating up a woman was sentenced to a jail term on Thursday.

Trevor Norman Legge, 28, of Red Deer received a year in jail satisfied by time served in pre-trial custody when he pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm in Red Deer provincial court.

He had been charged with several other offences but they were withdrawn in exchange for the guilty plea.

Crown prosecutor Charlotte Oxford told court Legge was drunk at home on March 6, 2009, when his girlfriend showed up and wanted loud music turned down. Legge turned it up again and pushed the woman a few times to the floor.

He also punched her in the side of the head causing a bruise and a punctured ear drum which has since healed, Oxford said.

Legge was arrested and released but had to be arrested again when he failed to show up in court.

He again was released but fled to Newfoundland where he was arrested and returned to Red Deer on 15 outstanding warrants last Nov. 22.

Legge has been in jail since then, which coupled with a previous two months in pre-trial custody satisfied the requirement for the sentence of a year.

Judge David Plosz called Legge a bully. “You don’t deserve to have a partner if that’s the way you behave,” the judge said.

Legge was also fined $100, ordered to surrender a sample of his DNA and is banned for 10 years from owning or possessing firearms or explosives.


Man ordered to stand trial on conspiracy, murder charges

A Red Deer man charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder has been ordered to stand trial.

Christopher Martin Fleig, 26, was ordered to appear in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on July 15 to possibly set a date for a judge and jury trial.

Fleig was committed to the trail following a preliminary hearing which started on Monday and wrapped up Wednesday. It had been set to run through Thursday in provincial court.

Fleig was accused of first-degree murder in an alleged gang killing in Red Deer’s Inglewood subdivision in 2009.

Fleig is also charged with conspiracy to commit murder. He remains in custody.

There was a ban on publication of information heard at the hearing.

Brandon Neil Prevey, 29, was gunned down in the driver’s seat of his vehicle on April 5, 2009. He was parked when another vehicle pulled up alongside and someone fired shots, hitting Prevey several times.

In the last two months, charges have been stayed against three other men charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the killing.

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