Local briefs – June 9

Red Deer residents are invited to give input on improving seniors’ transportation needs.

Transportation advice sought

Red Deer residents are invited to give input on improving seniors’ transportation needs.

The City of Red Deer and the Alberta Motor Association are holding a roundtable session in Red Deer on Wednesday, June 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Red Deer Lodge’s Red Deer Room. Breakfast and lunch is included.

Deadline to register is Wednesday.

A research project was held this spring to look at how seniors get around in Red Deer and what can be done to make it easier for them.

“At the session, we will be discussing the findings of the research and brainstorming how we, as a community, can work together to make positive changes,” said city community facilitator Linda Healing.

The project committee team includes a number of members, including the Golden Circle, Red Deer Transit and the Canadian Paraplegic Association.

To attend the session, call the city’s Community Services Department at 403-342-8100.

Attackers wore masks as they beat teenager: police

Red Deer City RCMP are looking for suspects who wore Halloween-type masks when they attacked a 16-year-old male Friday evening.

City RCMP responded to a complaint of an assault after the 16-year-old Red Deer youth was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre by his family for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

Further investigation revealed that, between 8 and 9 p.m. on Friday, the youth met up with friends at a green space, located below the northbound Gaetz Avenue bridge, just north of 55th Street.

While there, the youth was approached by three males.

The males attacked and assaulted the victim, possibly with a weapon. After the assault, all three males left the area and the victim returned to his residence.

Besides the masks, the attackers are described at approximately 17 years of age and wearing black hoodies.

An Red Deer RCMP dog assisted but no suspects were located. Police believe that the suspects are known to the victim.

Anyone who may have witnessed the assault or has information regarding this crime is asked to contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403.343.5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com

Murder suspect will return to court in July

A preliminary hearing for one of two men charged with first-degree murder and being an accessory after the fact to murder will resume in late July.

The lengthy hearing for Larry Allen Scott, 53, of Red Deer, is to begin on July 28 in Red Deer provincial court.

Scott was in court on Monday for a ruling on a voir dire by Judge David Plosz.

The voir dire had been adjourned for a ruling following the first segment of the hearing held early last month.

A voir dire is held to determine if the evidence can be admitted into the trial.

A preliminary is held to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant an accused be tried in Court of Queen’s Bench.

A publication ban on the facts was issued by Plosz for Scott’s preliminary at the beginning of last month.

Scott remains in custody.

Brent William Crouse, 44, of Calgary, is also charged with first-degree murder and being an accessory after the fact to murder.

His preliminary hearing is June 25 to 27 and June 30 to 31.

Charles Richard Beckett, 48, was sentenced to two years in jail, satisfied by time served, after pleading guilty to accessory after the fact to murder in Queen’s Bench.

Beckett was in jail for a year.

Court heard earlier that Beckett accompanied three other men, including the victim Sheldon Mark Hiller, 46, for a ride from Red Deer to the Raven area on April 16, 2007.

The Red Deer man’s body was discovered the next morning in a ditch near Raven.

He had been stabbed numerous times in the chest and torso.

Robbery suspect arrested

Police have arrested a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred on May 30 at the Eastview Express 24 on Erickson Drive in Red Deer.

At approximately 8:44 a.m. that day, city RCMP responded to a complaint of robbery. An unknown male entered the convenience store and demanded cash from the clerk. The male brandished a knife and continued to make verbal demands.

He then physically assaulted the clerk. The male did not use the weapon during the assault on the clerk.

He departed on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

Surveillance footage was obtained by police and a suspect was later identified.

On Saturday, Erwin Kommnick, 38, was arrested by city RCMP at a city residence.

He reserved his plea on armed robbery and assault charges when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court on Monday.

He returns to court on Wednesday and remains in custody.

Police report fewer calls; assaults drop by one-third

Total calls for police service dropped 15 per cent from the previous week in the week ending June 7, city RCMP report.

Cpl. Kathe DeHeer of Red Deer City RCMP said police received 759 calls for service compared with 918 the previous week.

Assaults dropped more than one-third to 24 last week compared with 37 the previous week.

Break-ins of residences and businesses also dropped a total of six to eight.

Domestic violence also dropped to 32 from 36 the previous week.

Thefts increased eight to 85 while drug investigations dipped five to 20 last week.

Other statistics included:

• 16 auto thefts;

• 144 bylaw;

• nine frauds;

• 51 mischief;

• no robberies;

• 47 suspicious persons, vehicles or activities;

• 115 victim services calls.