Local briefs – March 17

The Advocate has dedicated a webpage to broadcasting a live feed from the Ellis Bird farm owl cam.

Webpage dedicated to owl cam

The Advocate has dedicated a webpage to broadcasting a live feed from the Ellis Bird farm owl cam.

A camera has been positioned some nine metres in the air to capture the activities of great horned owls as they nest near Lacombe. On Wednesday, viewers checked in to see a single great horned owl sleeping in the nest.

It is not known if the female has laid eggs yet. Great horned owls sit on their eggs for a 30-day incubation and typically have two to three young at a time.

The young owls tend to fledge from the nest several weeks after hatching.

Tune in to the Ellis Bird Farm owl cam to watch and chat by clicking on the ‘Owl Cam’ link at bprda.wpengine.com.

Those who spot activity are encouraged to send an email describing what they saw to info@ellisbirdfarm.ca.

Swann, Hehr to speak

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann and Calgary Buffalo MLA Kent Hehr are the featured guests at a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at Club Cafe in downtown Red Deer today.

Hosted by the Alberta Liberal Party and Friends, the informal affair will give the community an opportunity to speak with the politicians on a one-to-one basis.

“They will answer questions,” said Richard Farrand, president of Red Deer North constituency association for the Alberta Liberal Party.

“They will say their piece. ”

Farrand said the politicians will likely field questions around the upcoming Liberal leadership race.

Swann announced in February he would step down after the spring session of the legislature.

The full buffet is $11.99 ($10.99 for seniors). Parking in the back.

The dinner starts at 6 p.m. at Club Cafe (5019 50th St.). RSVP to Richard 403-350-3746 or Norm 403-392-6676.

Robber pleads guilty

A man who held up an Innisfail convenience store for cigarettes pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday.

Thomas Joseph Hanger, 18, of Innisfail pleaded guilty to robbery with violence and using a disguise with intent in connection with a robbery on Feb. 7.

Innisfail RCMP arrested three males from the town in connection with a robbery at a 24-hour gas station and convenience store at about 4 a.m.

Police allege that one suspect assaulted the lone male employee while the other two loaded cigarettes into bags. They then fled in a vehicle and were arrested shortly after. The victim suffered injuries that didn’t require medical attention.

Police will not disclose the type of weapon but said it was not a gun.

Hanger will be back in court on Friday, May 20, for a pre-sentence report and sentencing. It’s expected that a charge of possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose will be withdrawn at that time.

Two teenaged males, aged 15 and 16, were also charged in connection with the incident.

Cancer Centre change approved

Red Deer’s municipal planning commission has approved site plan changes for the Central Alberta Cancer Centre to allow for the addition of a covered pick-up and drop-off area.

Work on the $59.5-million project is underway and is expected to wrap up in 2013.

The centre, which is being built on the west side of the hospital, will enable cancer patients to receive radiation treatment in Red Deer.

Man gets November hearing

A Red Deer man charged with armed robbery and numerous weapon possession charges will have a preliminary hearing in November.

Stanley Chad Cox, 46, appeared briefly on Wednesday in Red Deer provincial court where a preliminary hearing date of Nov. 7 was set regarding one charge of theft over $5,000. He’s accused of stealing a motor vehicle in Innisfail between Jan. 19 and Feb. 1.

The remainder of charges will be discussed during a preliminary hearing on Nov. 14. Cox has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 12 after police executed a search warrant on a home in Red Deer.

On Feb. 1 just before 6 p.m., two masked suspects walked into the Rexall pharmacy in Olds.

Cox’s co-accused and 21-year-old son Tyler Chad Cox was charged with numerous offences including 13 counts of possession of a weapon from the Red Deer incident. He was also charged in the Olds incident, including disguised with intent and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.

Tyler Chad Cox, who has been remanded, pleaded not guilty last week in connection with the Red Deer incident. He will have an all-day trial on Dec. 1. He returns to court on Monday on the Olds charges.

Murder accused appears

A woman charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of a Red Deer man last January made a brief court appearance on Wednesday.

Jolyn Ten Hove, 37, of Red Deer, was in Red Deer provincial court and will be back via closed circuit television from jail on March 30 to set a preliminary hearing date.

She, along with co-accused Martin Munro, 36, originally from Miramichi, N.B., were charged with second degree murder in the death of William McDonald, 40.

Last week, preliminary hearing dates were set for November for Munro. He will be in court on Nov. 16, 17, 21, 23, and 25.

Both accused remain in custody.