Local briefs – November 20

A Rocky Mountain House trucking firm will appear in court in December facing environmental charges for waste burning.

Trucking firm charged for burning of waste

A Rocky Mountain House trucking firm will appear in court in December facing environmental charges for waste burning.

M. Pidherney’s Trucking Ltd. is charged with allegedly burning prohibited waste in an open fire without the required approval, Ogho Ikhalo, a spokesman for Alberta Environment, said on Thursday.

The charge was laid under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

The charge relates to the burning of demolition waste containing prohibited debris at a gravel pit near Rocky in May.

Pidherney’s makes its first appearance on Dec. 16 in Rocky provincial court.

Attempted murder hearing sought

An attempted murder preliminary hearing could be set soon for a man who tried to kill a Red Deer woman more than two years ago.

Salah Reshid Hussain, 26, of Brooks returns to Red Deer provincial court on Dec. 8 to hopefully have the hearing date set, defence lawyer Arnold Piragoff told court on Thursday.

Hussain, who remains in custody, appeared briefly in court.

He was charged recently with a May 2007 shooting incident at a north Red Deer apartment complex.

A 24-year-old woman suffered minor injuries in the incident in what RCMP said was sparked by an alleged drug debt.

Hussain, who is from Brooks, was arrested in Calgary in October following a Canada-wide search.

A preliminary hearing is held to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant the accused stand trial in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.

Fire bans broadened

The area affected by fire bans now covers most counties from Ponoka south to Calgary. On Wednesday, Stetter and Mountain View Counties joined Ponoka, Lacombe and Red Deer in banning outdoor fires and suspending burning permits until further notice.

Kneehill County continues to operate under an advisory issued on Oct. 2, stating that while some outdoor burning is still allowed, large fires are prohibited. Specific details are available from Kneehill Emergency Services in Three Hills, 403-443-5541.

In those areas currently under a ban, all outdoor fires are prohibited, including burning barrels. Bans have been issued because of dry conditions and lack of snow cover.

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