Local briefs – May 12

Construction is expected to begin sometime this week on a new RCMP building in Sylvan Lake.

Sylvan RCMP project moves ahead

Construction is expected to begin sometime this week on a new RCMP building in Sylvan Lake.

Dennis Krill, the town’s director of protective services, said on Monday that a construction trailer will be placed and fencing will go up first on the site in the Beacon Hill subdivision.

The $7.5-million building will be 1,274 square metres and stand two storeys.

“Once we get that on there, some of the groundwork will start right away,” Krill said.

The building will include an exercise room, large meeting room and lockers on the top floor, with offices and prisoner cells on the main floor.

Sylvan Lake RCMP, with 25 officers and support staff, have outgrown its current building.

The facility is expected to take 16 months to construct.

Ex-city woman in TV spot

A former Red Deer woman’s story is being featured in a national television advertising campaign promoting physical activity.

Called Soccer Mom to the Max, Alison Alleyne is featured in an animated message for ParticipACTION that is airing on television stations across the country starting this week.

Alleyne, a mother of four, says when she started playing soccer more than five years ago she was out of shape and out of breath. But friends encouraged her to stick with it. She did and went on to play both indoor and outdoor women’s soccer. Alleyne is proud her daughter also plays soccer. They both wear No. 2 on their jerseys.

The clip ends with a photograph of Alison with her children.

When she shared her story with ParticipACTION, Alleyne lived in Red Deer and played with the women’s soccer team Orange Crush. She has since moved to Surrey, B.C. Her story can be watched on video at https://rwc1.webcargo.net/webcargo/d.php?x=760658-0uofYNkxI1oP6ajDmu

Missing teenager found safe

A teenager reported missing from a group home on May 3 has been found.

Francine Boysis, 19, was found safe on the weekend, RCMP said on Monday.

Boysis left the Mountainview Group Home and was last seen getting into a blue vehicle with an unidentified male.

Police issued a missing person alert on Wednesday.

RDC staff member honoured

The dean division co-ordinator at Red Deer College has been named Support Staff Association Member of the Year.

JoAnn Rennick Brown was chosen for her leadership and professionalism by fellow college staff. Rennick Brown served as a member of the RDC United Way campaign and professional development committees. She has also efficiently and effectively created new processes and procedures for the Support Staff Association.

“I was surprised and humbled to have been nominated by my peers for something I truly enjoy doing. . . I am honoured to be the SSA Member of the Year Award recipient,” Rennick Brown said.

She credited a great collaborative team for helping to make positive changes at the college.

Kidnapping trial in June

A trial has been ordered for a Red Deer man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman this winter.

Kenneth Robert Deck, 36, could have a trial date set in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on June 1.

Judge Jim Mitchell ordered Deck to be tried following a preliminary hearing that concluded late on Friday.

Deck is charged with kidnapping, assault, three counts of uttering threats, criminal harassment, two counts of mischief and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

A ban on publication of the testimony heard on Friday was issued by the court.

Deck, who remains in custody, was charged after RCMP received a complaint from a woman on Feb. 10. The caller indicated a woman had been assaulted at the intersection of Taylor Drive and Hwy 11A at about 1:15 p.m.

Police alleged earlier that the accused phoned and harassed the woman previously and rammed her vehicle several times that day. The woman, police said, was then forced into a vehicle.

The woman managed to escape.

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