Local briefs – May 22

Police want the public’s help in locating 26-year-old Russell Ens.

Open house planned for development

Red Deer residents will have the chance to see multi-family housing plans for a former metal scrapyard in Riverside Meadows.

The City of Red Deer and Parkland Community Planning Services are hosting a public open house on Wednesday for proposed development of the former Harpers Metals site on Kerry Wood Drive. Since being sold and cleaned up in 2007, the former scrapyard has been identified as a major redevelopment site in the neighbourhood.

The property at 5835 Kerry Wood Dr. is slated to become an 86 multi-family-unit building that would include 24 townhouse units, four eight-unit complexes and three 10-unit ones.

Site and landscaping plans, building designs and parking lot layout will be on display.

The developer, Riverpointe Crossing Ltd., will give a presentation at 5:30 p.m.

The open house runs between 5 and 7 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church at 5850 Kerry Wood Dr.

Anyone who has special transportation needs can access Red Deer Transit’s Action Bus by calling 403-309-8400.


Police seek witnesses to hit-and-run

RCMP are looking for witnesses after a 12-year-old girl was hit by an SUV near Eastview Middle School on Friday morning.

The youth suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a newer model black Jeep 4X4 as she was heading east across 40th Avenue between 39th and 44th Streets about 8:30 a.m. The Jeep was northbound on 40th Avenue.

Police believe the Jeep had stopped in the northbound lane, possibly to let out a student, prior to the collision. The driver may not have been aware he or she hit someone.

RCMP want to speak to the driver of the Jeep and any other witnesses. The investigation continues.

Anyone with information should call police at 403-343-5575 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report online at www.tipsubmit.com


Man jailed for killing Olds woman

SPOKANE, Wash. — A Washington State man has been sentenced to three years in a U.S. jail for hitting and killing an Alberta woman shopping for Christmas gifts in Spokane.

Cameron Olsness wept as he pleaded guilty.

The 25-year-old apologized to the family of Elaine Brice-Cornell before he was sentenced in a Spokane, Washington, court on Thursday.

The 63-year-old Olds, Alberta woman was run down as she crossed a street in downtown Spokane last November.

Olsness has a previous conviction for impaired driving.

Court was told he had been drinking and ran a red light when he hit Brice-Cornell.


Several charges face man

Police want the public’s help in locating 26-year-old Russell Ens.

Ens has nine outstanding warrants for his arrest, including multiple warrants related to criminal charges committed in the Red Deer area in 2005 and 2009.

Ens has unpaid fines totalling $12,000.

He also faces outstanding provincial violation convictions. Charges against Ens include: trafficking and possession of drugs; unauthorized possession of a weapon; possession of stolen property; failure to attend court; driving without insurance; and fighting in public (a city bylaw violation).

He is described as a Caucasian male about 1.8 metres (five feet 10) tall; 70 kg (155 pounds), with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575.


Walk raises cash for guide dogs

The Spruce View and District Lions Club is hosting its first Purina Walk for Dog Guides on May 30.

The local initiative is one of 180 events across Canada.

Ted Mikkelsen, president of the Spruce View and District Lions Club, welcomed everyone, including dogs, to the event that he promises will be a “fun day in the country.”

There is no fee to register for the five-km walk although Mikkelsen encouraged everyone to collect pledges, no matter how small.

All money raised, will benefit the Lions Foundation of Canada dog guide program, which has provided more than 1,400 men, women and children with a speciality trained dog guide over 25 years.

The dogs are trained to assist people with visual impairments, hearing loss, physical or medical disabilities, those who suffer from seizures and children with autism.

The Spruce View and District Lions Club hope to raise $20,000. Mikkelsen said that’s enough money to train one dog.

“I’d sure like 1,000 people (to participate in the event), but they say I’m being a little optimistic,” Mikkelsen said with a laugh.

“But I bought a 1,000 hot dogs,” he added, explaining the free light lunch will be available before the walk starts.

The Spruce View and District Lions Club’s Purina Walk for Dog Guides will be hosted at the Double Tree Village Museum on Sunday, May 30.

The museum is located nine km west of Spruce View on Hwy 54. Turn north on Range Road 41 and follow for one km.

Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and a open air church service will start at 11:30 a.m. The walk will follow at 1:30 p.m.

All dogs must be on a leash at all times.

For more information, contact Mikkelsen at 403-728-3353 or visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com


Gas station robbery fails

An unidentified male demanding cash pulled a knife on a Save On Foods Gas Bar clerk on Thursday night.

The male fled from the store, located in the 3,000 block of 22nd Street, without any money.

No one was injured in the incident.

Red Deer City RCMP responded to the attempted robbery call at about 8:30 p.m. and called in for the Red Deer RCMP Police Dog Services to help track down the male.

The man, who was last seen walking westbound from the gas station, was not found.

RCMP said the male had taken efforts to conceal his identity and was wearing a brown hooded sweater and sunglasses.

They continue to investigate and ask anyone with information to contact the Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsumbit.com

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