Local briefs – March 18

A man serving a federal jail term will be sentenced to more jail time in September after pleading guilty to punching another inmate in front of law officers and in view of a closed circuit TV monitor.

Inmate who attacked another on TV will face more jail time

A man serving a federal jail term will be sentenced to more jail time in September after pleading guilty to punching another inmate in front of law officers and in view of a closed circuit TV monitor.

Marcel John Marcel, 25, pleaded guilty to assault when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court Wednesday. He will be sentenced on Sept. 8.

Court heard that late last year Marcel was being transferred when he raced towards another inmate after having his handcuffs removed by officers and punched the man in the face.

Crown prosecutor Jason Snider said the incident was captured on video surveillance equipment at the Red Deer Remand Centre.

Legal Aid Society of Alberta lawyer Walter Kubanek told court Marcel wanted to wait until September because he will have served his federal jail sentence by then.

Kubanek said Marcel doesn’t want to return to a federal jail because that’s what would occur if he was sentenced now while still in federal prison.


Man held after drug bust

A Red Deer man will remain in custody after RCMP conducted a drug bust Tuesday in which they seized a “significant” quantity of marijuana.

Bryce Meecham, 22, returns to Red Deer provincial court on April 15 after reserving his plea on four drug-related charges Wednesday.

Cpl. Kathe DeHeer of city RCMP said Wednesday they arrested a man without incident at a residence in the 5800 block of 53rd Avenue about 4:30 p.m.

Two males were in the residence and a 19-year-old was released without charges following the raid by Red Deer city, rural and Sylvan Lake police officers. DeHeer said police executed a search warrant and seized “significant” quantities of marijuana, hashish oil, cash believed to be from the proceeds of crime and other drug-related goods.

Meecham is charged with single counts of possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic and possession of property obtained by crime.


Crack cocaine seized at traffic stop

Red Deer City RCMP seized an undisclosed quantity of crack cocaine in a traffic stop on Tuesday.

The vehicle, a 2006 Green Ford Focus, was stopped at about 4:30 p.m. as a result of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking after police observed it travelling on Martin Close, according to a news release.

The car’s two occupants, a 48-year-old Red Deer man and a 27-year-old man from Rimbey, were arrested without incident. Besides the crack, RCMP also seized drug paraphernalia.

The Red Deer man was charged with one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking. He remains in police custody awaiting a judicial interim release hearing.

The Rimbey man was handed a traffic violation notice and released.


Repairman discovers cash inside residential furnace

The discovery of a “large sum” of cash in the furnace of a vacant house in Red Deer’s Michener Hill area has led to charges against a Red Deer man.

Leonard Desjarlais, 36, faces one count of possession of proceeds obtained by crime, two counts of uttering forged documents and two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon. Red Deer City RCMP were contacted on Nov. 25 when a repairman discovered the unspecified amount of money while attempting to fix the furnace.

Const. Sabrina Grunow says Desjarlais approached police claiming to be the owner of the money, and while attempting to prove it belonged to him, allegedly committed fraud.

On Tuesday, Red Deer City RCMP’s general investigation section, organized crime unit and drug squad executed a search warrant on a city residence and seized documents, data, two prohibited weapons and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Desjarlais was also arrested Tuesday, then remanded into custody and is now set to appear in Red Deer provincial court on April 15. RCMP said he is a local Hells Angels Nomads member.

RCMP continue to investigate. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Stolen property suspect has his case transferred

One of two men charged in a major stolen property theft case has had his case waived to another jurisdiction.

Jason Paul Penney, 36, of Delburne, waived three counts of possession of stolen property valued at more than $5,000 each to Calgary for April 6 when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court Wednesday.

Penney was charged on Dec. 1, 2009, in connection with an RCMP bust at several locations which netted stolen property valued at more than $250,000.

Earl Charles Bruyea, 22, of Red Deer returns to provincial court on March 31 to enter a plea on 13 charges including three counts of break and enter, four counts of possession of stolen property valued at more than $5,000 and five counts of possession of stolen property valued at less than $5,000.

He reserved his plea Wednesday.

Bruyea was also charged on Dec. 1, 2009.

Police said they recovered the stolen property — including numerous vehicles — after search warrants were executed.

The warrants were executed on a campsite at Burntstick Lake, and residences in Delburne and Red Deer.


Red Deer College to celebrate diversity

A diversity canvas, photo exhibits, and international films and cuisines will be among the public events when Red Deer College celebrates diversity March 22 to April 1.

An international photo exhibition in the college library will feature staff and student photographs. A second photo exhibit in the Four Centres 2nd Floor Learning Commons will show the Francophone history of Alberta. Both exhibits run daily from March 22 to April 1.

Global Day on Thursday March 25 features an information session on study opportunities abroad at 10 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. a documentary film and panel discussion about kidnapping, rape and torture in the Congo. Both events are in Room 2901A Four Centres .

Diversity Day Tuesday, March 30 starts with a cultural cafe on elimination of racial discrimination at 8:30 a.m. in Room CS at Bethany CollegeSide. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. people can participate in the creation of a diversity canvas and take in diversity booths and activities in the RDC Forum. From 4 to 7 p.m. people can sample international food and films celebrating diversity in the RDC Forum and Margaret Parsons Theatre.

Earth Day Thursday April 1 will feature an Earth Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an ethical eco market and student garage sale from 2 to 4 p.m. Both events are in the RDC Forum. Later that day there will be guest speakers and film screenings at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Margaret Parsons Theatre.

For more information go to www.rdc.ab.ca


Hearing for murder suspect to continue today

A preliminary hearing for a Delburne man charged with the first-degree murder of his estranged wife was expected to conclude today in Red Deer provincial court.

The hearing for Brian Clarence Volker, 49, had one more Crown witness scheduled before closing arguments and Judge Bert Skinner’s decision on whether or not the accused should stand trial in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.

Volker, who remains in custody, was charged with fatally shooting his wife Debi Volker, 44, breaking and entering and committing an offence, using a firearm to commit an offence, using an imitation weapon to commit an offence, assault with a weapon, careless storage of ammunition, breaching conditions of a court order and three counts of failing to comply with court orders.

Those charges allege he violated orders not to possess weapons and not to contact his former wife or come within 50 metres of her home.

A ban on publication of information heard during the hearing was issued Monday. However, information released by police prior to the hearing is not subject to the ban.

Volker was charged after Debi Volker was found dead in her Delburne home on Feb. 23, 2009.

She was a teacher’s assistant at Delburne Centralized School.

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