Local briefs – November 25

Bowden prison officials have found a package of about 92 grams of marijuana estimated to be worth in excess of $20,000.

Marijuana discovered on Bowden Institute grounds

Bowden prison officials have found a package of about 92 grams of marijuana estimated to be worth in excess of $20,000.

Rita Wehrle, assistant warden at Bowden Institution, said one of her correctional officers discovered a package on Nov. 17 concealed in the gravel outside the food services building.

Ion scanners, drug dogs and searches of buildings, cells, prisoners and visitors are among the tools used to control the flow of drugs into federal institutions, said Wehrle.

No arrests have been made.

One woman may have committed robberies at two pharmacies

Red Deer RCMP are investigating to see if armed robberies at two pharmacies were committed by the same woman.

On Monday at around 5:20 p.m., Mounties responded to a panic alarm at the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in the 3800 block of 50th Street.

A lone female approached the pharmacist and demanded OxyContin and morphine, and said she had a knife.

Police say the pharmacist complied with the demands and the female took off. She was last seen on foot, travelling east.

The pharmacist wasn’t injured.

A police dog unit was called out but was unable to track the suspect down.

The female is described as Caucasian, with a larger build, and wearing a red jacket, green-hooded sweater and black gloves.

Police believe the description is similar to the female in the Nov. 7 armed robbery of the Apple Drugs Pharmacy, located in the 3800 block of 40th Avenue. She made similar demands for OxyContin and morphine, and took off with substantial quantities.

Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 403-343-5575. People can give an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report online at www.tipsubmit.com. If the information leads to an arrest, tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Police officer injured during incident at CheckStop

A Red Deer police officer has suffered undisclosed injuries after a tussle with a driver who had been pulled over during a CheckStop.

Const. Sabrina Grunow, media liaison officer for the Red Deer City RCMP, said that at about 9:30 p.m. on Friday, police pulled a car over during a CheckStop at 59th Avenue and 68th Street.

Police allege that the 25-year-old driver was discovered to be driving while prohibited. It is further alleged that he attempted to bolt on foot and a fight ensued.

Nicholas Misener, 25, has been charged with one count of assaulting a police officer, one county of driving while prohibited, one count of resisting arrest and one count of breaching probation.

The suspect has been released from custody and ordered to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Dec. 15.

The police officer involved in the alleged assault was treated for injuries and has been released from hospital.

Murder suspects gets court date for January of next year

A man charged with second-degree murder in the spring on the Samson townsite in Hobbema will have a preliminary hearing in about two months.

Trenton Eunice Buffalo, 23, of Hobbema will have the week long preliminary beginning Jan. 18 in Wetaskiwin provincial court, it was determined on Monday.

Abraham Dennehy, 21, was discovered injured on the townsite in late April. He was taken to hospital, where he was declared dead.

Buffalo was charged a few days later and remains in custody.

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

RCMP at the time wouldn’t say if the murder was gang related. The area had been the site of a violent drug war among as many as a dozen gangs.

Several murders in the area in the last few years have been linked to drug trafficking.

General public invited to tour Red Deer’s Youth Winter Inn

Central Albertans are invited to tour Red Deer’s new Youth Winter Inn on Thursday.

The public open house will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the shelter located inside the Youth and Volunteer Centre at 4633 49th St. Visitors will meet shelter staff and tour the facility designed to help 14- to 17-year-olds get through the night.

The winter inn opened on Nov. 1 and runs nightly from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The community initiative provides help to teens who have run out of options.

Once they walk in through the back door of the centre, they receive some bare essentials like a pair of clean socks, a warm place to sleep and a safe place to stow their belongings.

The program’s primary purpose is to keep youth safe and warm for the night, regardless of the reasons they’re on the street.

County updates regulations for water and waste water

Red Deer County has updated decades-old water and wastewater regulations to reflect current conditions and to make rules easier to enforce.

The county’s previous Waterworks Utilities Bylaw was adopted in 1980. Since then, the county’s water and sewage systems have expanded, provincial regulations have changed and Epcor has stepped in to manage utilities.

County Reeve Earl Kinsella said the system is already well monitored but updating bylaws will better protect the county if problems arise.

The county routinely reviews all of its policies to ensure they meet current standards.

Frank Peck, county director of operations, agreed the bylaw changes have more teeth than older regulations should there be a problem.

“It’s to ensure that the environmental standards that are laid down as part of our licensing we now have the avenue to make sure they are enforced.”

Council unanimously voted in favour of second and final readings of the new bylaws.

Assaults up sharply within Red Deer

Crime reports showed declines in all but two categories in the week Sunday, according to weekly statistics reported by Red Deer city RCMP on Monday.

The only two categories showing increases were assaults, which increased from seven to 32, and frauds, which increased from two to five.

Total calls for service also dipped to 621 from 635 the previous week and 626 two weeks ago. Those numbers are far below the 785 reported for the last week of October and the yearly weekly average of more than 700.

Domestic violence calls fell 11 to 15 last week while drug investigations dropped six to 16 and robberies fell three to one last week.

Other statistics included:

• six automobile thefts;

• 13 break-ins of residences and businesses;

• 96 bylaw infractions;

• 52 mischief calls;

• 31 suspicious persons, vehicles or activities;

• 43 thefts.