Drug suspect’s trial adjourned
A two-day drug trial for a suspected drug dealer has been adjourned until June.
James Joseph Sarasin, 38, of Red Deer, was scheduled to have the Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench trial begin on Thursday but it has been adjourned until June 24.
He is charged with possession of a cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, possession of the proceeds of crime and resisting arrest.
Sarasin has been in jail for almost 18 months awaiting trial.
Part of the delay occurred when a preliminary hearing was waived last fall after it had been set last summer.
Sarasin was charged on Sept. 22, 2008, when RCMP raided a city residence.
The accused is alleged to have had more than 300 grams of cocaine worth more than $22,000.
He’s also alleged to have been in the process of changing powdered cocaine into crack cocaine when busted.
MS group hires outreach staff
The Central Alberta chapter of the MS Society of Canada has created a new position as part of a provincial initiative to reach out to rural communities.
Patricia Snowie has been hired to fill the position of community outreach co-ordinator, through which she will provide MS Society services to those affected by the disease of the central nervous system in an area from Olds to Ponoka, and border to border.
Snowie, based in Red Deer, will work to improve rural access to services that are already accessed relatively easily in urban communities like Red Deer.
“I’m very interested in hearing from any rural clients with regard to what type of services might be of interest and suitable for their area,” said Snowie. “I’m working with an open slate here and we have a lot of really neat programs that I would like to move out to the rural communities, . . . That’s my job, to get the word out there and promote those items.”
Some of these programs that could come to rural areas include Table Talk, a regularly-scheduled, coffee-fueled roundtable discussion, and Special Ops, public information sessions like the one recently held in Red Deer on the controversial CCSVI treatment.
Snowie also wants to raise awareness of society initiatives like a scholarship for children of parents affected by MS.
Snowie will hold the first in a series of Table Talk programs on Wednesday, March 24, at the Stettler Wal-Mart McDonald’s location from 1 to 3 p.m.