Local briefs – November 14

A Bowden Institution inmate charged with escaping from the prison will go to trial on Aug. 9.

Escape trial set for August

A Bowden Institution inmate charged with escaping from the prison will go to trial on Aug. 9.

Michael Horyn, 42, previously pleaded not guilty to charges of escaping lawful custody and being unlawfully at large. It is alleged that Horyn escaped from the prison shortly after being transferred to the minimum-security annex. Defence lawyer Norman Clare said in Red Deer provincial court on Friday he is continuing efforts to get a second psychiatric exam for his client. Horyn underwent a court-ordered examination but that failed to specifically look at the possible role of post-traumatic stress disorder. Clare said he has lined up a private psychiatrist.

Trial set in drunk charge

A trial has been set for next August for a former Red Deer police commission member charged with impaired driving and refusing to provide a breath sample.

Defence lawyer Alan Pearse entered not guilty pleas on behalf of Ben Gershon Ordman, 41, in Red Deer provincial court on Friday. Ordman was not present. The half-day trial has been scheduled for Aug. 30 and is expected to involve Charter of Rights and Freedoms arguments, said Pearse.

Ordman was charged on Sept. 11 in a rural area near Red Deer.

A suspect was stopped by RCMP after being spotted driving a vehicle on railroad tracks. Ordman sat on the police commission from 2004 to 2005 and was a former president of Neighbourhood Watch. He ran unsuccessfully for city council in 2004.

Bomb suspects in custody

Two Red Deer brothers charged with trying to blow up a woman in a Johnstone Park residence made brief court appearances on Friday.

Christopher Sinclair, 27, and Kevi Scott Sinclair, 29, both face charges of making explosives, causing an explosion and mischief.

The pair, who remain in custody, are scheduled to return to Red Deer provincial court on Dec. 8.

The pair were charged in connection with an Oct. 20 incident. It is alleged that a homemade explosive device was detonated outside a residence on the 100 block of Jordan Parkway where a woman was living. No one was injured in the explosion.

A third Red Deer man charged in the incident pleaded guilty earlier to making explosives for an unlawful purpose. Michael Toews, 26, will be sentenced on Dec. 29 in provincial court.