Local briefs – June 4

A preliminary hearing has determined there is enough evidence to hold a trial for a Red Deer man charged with second-degree murder in the death of an 18-month-old boy.

Trial ordered over death of toddler

A preliminary hearing has determined there is enough evidence to hold a trial for a Red Deer man charged with second-degree murder in the death of an 18-month-old boy.

A trial date has not yet been set for Evan Caswell Gilmer, 31, who was charged in connection with the death of Garth Leippi in October 2008. A preliminary hearing took place in Red Deer provincial court this week. Leippi was injured at a residence near 48th Avenue and 46th Street in Red Deer. RCMP were called to the hospital Oct. 12 after the boy suffering suspicious injuries was brought in by ambulance. He was taken by STARS air ambulance to a Calgary hospital and died the following day.

Gilmer, who was charged in July 2009, was the boyfriend of the child’s mother. He was originally arrested Oct. 12, 2008, but was not charged at that time.

Lending Cupboard gets boost

The Lending Cupboard has raised $5,000 through its first-ever Ladies Luncheon, a fundraiser held on May 19 to raise awareness of the support the group provides for people who need medical equipment.

Held at the Black Knight Inn, the 160-seat luncheon was a sellout, encouraging organizers Eileen Cole and Marlis McPherson to book space for an encore in 2011. The Lending Cupboard is a non-profit agency that procures used wheelchairs and other equipment, which is then lent to people who do not have the means to buy it for themselves.

For more information, call 403-356-1678.

Environment plan input sought

Red Deerians have the chance to give input on the Environmental Master Plan with the click of a mouse. Residents can sign up and provide input on this master plan by going online to www.letstalkreddeer.ca/environment, click on ‘sign up’ and fill in the required fields.

Once they’ve finished those fields, a confirmation email will be sent out. The resident would then be logged into the site once they click on the link.

The master plan will end up offering a long-term vision for a green and sustainable Red Deer.

“Hearing the views of residents is very important for shaping of Red Deer’s environmental future,” said Lauren Maris, environmental program specialist with the City of Red Deer. “These online forums provide a different way for people to provide their input when it is convenient for them.”

And this forum is great for those who are unable to attend any open houses or community workshops on the master plan, she added.

Hearing set in Hobbema killing

A preliminary hearing has been set for November for a man charged with second-degree murder after a man was fatally injured on Hobbema’s Samson reserve in April 2009. The hearing for Treston Eurice Buffalo, 24, is scheduled from Nov. 22 to 26 in Wetaskiwin provincial court.

Hobbema RCMP responding to a 7 a.m. complaint about an injured man found Jeffrey Dennehy, 21. He was reportedly found in a backyard after neighbours heard gunshots on April 2, 2009. Dennehy was taken by ambulance to hospital where he later died. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

High school art show on until June 26

An art show featuring the work of the 2010 graduating classes of two local high schools runs until June 26.

The work of the Hunting Hills High School’s advanced placement art class and the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School’s international baccalaureate art class is on display at the Kiwanis Gallery at Red Deer Public Library.

The exhibition’s opening and artist reception runs 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The event is sponsored by the Allied Arts Council.

For more information, call Allan MacIntyre at 403-342-6655, extension 2210, or Sheena McNiff-Wolfe at 403-347-1171, extension 2608.

Rush to speak at breakfast

A few spots are still available for members of the public who are interested in attending the 2010 Special Olympics celebrity breakfast.

The event takes place on Wednesday and features bobsledder Lyndon Rush of Sylvan Lake, who captured a bronze medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Tickets are $30 each and money raised benefits the local chapter and its athletes. The breakfast will be held at the Harvest Centre at Westerner Park from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Special Olympics chairman Jerry Tennant at 403-346-4636.