Local briefs – November 13

The political science graduate who helped smooth the transition when MP Earl Dreeshen took over from Bob Mills is moving to Calgary to work for new Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Deederly leaves Dreeshen office

The political science graduate who helped smooth the transition when MP Earl Dreeshen took over from Bob Mills is moving to Calgary to work for new Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Scott Deederly, 32, became executive assistant in Mills’ Red Deer constituency office on Sept. 12, 2006, and says he was fortunate enough to stay on after the 2008 federal election when voters chose Dreeshen for the seat from which his predecessor had retired.

The past four years have brought numerous challenges, including helping Mills introduce and promote the Plasco energy project, which would bring to Red Deer County a plant that makes synthetic gas from trash and then uses that gas to generate electricity.

Dreeshen continues to work with the various municipalities involved in the project, said Deederly.

Other challenges included dealing with a multitude of inquiries when freelance reporter Amanda Lindhout, formerly of Sylvan Lake, was kidnapped and held hostage in Somalia.

Deederly said he can’t discuss some of the stranger inquiries he’s had because of confidentiality issues, but acknowledges that some cases have been very weird.

“Government is frustrating at times. Sometimes, people come with problems that aren’t easily solved and other times you are able to work miracles. It’s rewarding, it’s frustrating, it’s amazing, it can be very fun and it’s very stressful. It’s never dull.”

Although he has lived in Central Alberta most of his life, Deederly said he had been looking for work in Calgary since his marriage to Bryndis Whitson on July 17. Whitson remained in Calgary and her parents live there as well, he said.

Deerderly’s resignation is effective Nov. 22, when he starts a three-year contract as executive assistant-policy for Nenshi.

Recruitment for a replacement is underway.

Suspect remains in custody

A Rocky Mountain House man charged with attempting to murder a woman in October in Red Deer will return to Red Deer provincial court on Nov. 26.

On Oct. 15, a 51-year-old woman was assaulted and stabbed in a Terrace Park residence and rushed to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre by ambulance.

Red Deer City RCMP were called to the townhouses at Terrace Park at around 1:20 p.m. to an assault in progress.

The home is part of an apartment complex of townhouses, south of Ross Street and east of 37th Avenue.

Police also recovered a stolen vehicle at the scene.

Cory Nicholson, 35, remains in custody and his bail hearing continues on Nov. 26.

Nicholson also faces charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and possession of stolen property.

Boat owner fined for noise

A speedboat owner was fined $1,250 after pleading guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Friday to operating his unlicensed, noisy boat on Sylvan Lake.

Timothy McGregor, 37, of Hinton pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed pleasure craft, and operating a power-driven vessel without a muffler in use to prevent excessive or unusual noise, contrary to the Small Vessel Regulations of the Canada Shipping Act.

Federal Crown prosecutor David Inglis told the court that on July 17, McGregor took the boat for a spin on the lake after he was warned not to by police doing inspections at Sylvan Lake Marina because he had no licensing documents.

After police left the marina, Sylvan Lake’s RCMP detachment received nine complaints that the 47-foot speed boat, capable of hitting speeds of 150 km/h, was so loud it could be heard across the lake.

“It was rattling the windows of homes along the lake,” Inglis said.

The boat, estimated to cost about $380,000, had been recently imported from New York state and was being test driven on the lake.

McGregor was fined $250 for not having a muffler and $1,000 for driving the unlicensed boat. He has four months to pay.

The cigarette or go-fast boat is designed with a long narrow platform and a planing hull so it can reach high speeds.

According to the RCMP these types of vessels are prohibited on Sylvan Lake.