Local briefs – May 14

Domestic violence calls, which had increased this spring, fell by half in weekly RCMP statistics released on Tuesday.

RCMP get fewer domestic calls

Domestic violence calls, which had increased this spring, fell by half in weekly RCMP statistics released on Tuesday.

Const. Sabrina Grunow of city RCMP said police received 44 domestic violence calls for the week ending May 10, compared with 88 the previous week.

Total calls for service, which are generally down for the year compared with last year, number 765, a decline of 40 from the previous week.

Drug investigations jumped 50 per cent to 18 last week while thefts jumped about 20 per cent to 99 last week.

Other calls included:

• 34 assaults;

• 13 break-ins;

• 142 bylaw;

• eight frauds;

• 37 mischief;

• one robbery;

• 19 suspicious person, vehicle or activity;

• 128 victim services assistance.

Drug charges pending

Red Deer RCMP busted a recreation vehicle parked at a city campground on Tuesday, arresting five people on suspicion of drug activity.

Const. Sabrina Grunow of city RCMP said the police executed a search warrant at the Westerner Park Campground following an ongoing investigation.

Four males and a female all between the ages of 23 and 27 were arrested. A quantity of marijuana and cash was seized.

Charges are pending as the investigation continues, Grunow said.

Construction at cemetery

Construction of a new office building will not disrupt services at Alto Reste Cemetery, promises the City of Red Deer’s parks amenities supervisor.

Work is now underway on the cemetery services administration building and should be finished in fall, Steve Davison says in a news release.

“We look forward to offering more privacy and a more comfortable environment in which families can make arrangements for their loved ones,” says Davison’s release.

“The behind-the-scenes work will also go more smoothly once we have improved amenities at Alto Reste.”

Cemetery services was moved to Alto Reste two years ago. The new construction is the next step in improving those services, says Davison.

Child care spaces created

Central Alberta communities have created 764 child care spaces since last May and three communities will get modulars this fall to create more spaces through the province’s Creating Child Care Choices program.

Throughout the province, a total of 9,449 spaces were created, with the plan to develop 14,000 by 2011 in family day homes, nursery schools, daycares and out-of-school care programs.

Alberta Youth and Children’s Service is putting $242 million towards the program over three years.

The province provided up to $1,500 for each space to offset the costs of planning, minor renovations, supplies, toys and equipment.

Spaces in Central Alberta included 197 in Red Deer, 155 in Lacombe, 96 in Sylvan Lake, 62 in Sundre, 56 in Blackfalds, 52 in Three Hills, 30 in Ponoka, 30 in Olds, 25 in Rocky Mountain House, 24 in Springbrook, Bowden and Penhold, 20 in Rimbey, and 17 in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.

The province also approved applications for 44 modulars for Alberta communities to continue increasing spaces.

Red Deer and Three Hills will get two modulars each, which are expected to be set up this fall at Three Hills School, and St. Martin des Porres and St. Elizabeth Seton schools. A modular will also be placed at Jessie Duncan Elementary School in Penhold.

Modulars will hold between 16 to 23 children, depending on the whether they are for pre-school, after-school programs or daycares.

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