Local briefs – November 7

An undisclosed number of guns were stolen from The Sportsmen’s Den in Red Deer on Thursday evening.

Guns stolen from store

An undisclosed number of guns were stolen from The Sportsmen’s Den in Red Deer on Thursday evening.

At 9:15 p.m., Red Deer City RCMP responded to an alarm at the store, located at Bay 2, 7619 Gaetz Ave., and when they arrived they found a truck that was reported stolen in the city on Monday.

Suspects broke into the front of the building and two or three males were seen loading firearms into a small, two-door car, similar to a Plymouth Sundance.

The males were described as in their early 20s, one with short hair and another had shaggy hair.

Anyone with information on this crime, or anyone who saw any suspicious people in vehicles in the area prior to 9:15 p.m., are asked to call Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575.

If people wish to remain anonymous, they can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go online at www.tipsubmit.com

Remembrance Day events

Time zone by time zone, people across Canada will gather in parks, stadiums and Legion halls on Wednesday to silently reflect the freedoms purchased in blood, sweat and tears.

At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, members of the Royal Canadian Legion will lead services in honour of those who fell conflict, starting with the First World War.

People interested in attending services in Red Deer are advised to plan their arrival at the Red Deer Arena, located directly east of the Lodge Hotel, by 10 a.m. to be seated in time for services to start at 10:30.

The following is a sampling of services set for other communities throughout the region. Please check with your local branch for further details.

l Olds members will hold their service at 11 a.m. at the Legion. Visit www.rcl.105 for information.

l Stettler’s service is set for 11 a.m. at the Performing Arts Centre, adjacent to Wm. E. Hay Composite High School. People are asked to assemble by 10:30 a.m.

l Services at the R.L. Zengel VC branch in Rocky Mountain House will begin with an Honour Guard at 10:40 a.m.

l Sylvan Lake’s service will be held at Mother Teresa School in Fox Run, starting at 10:30 a.m.

l Ponoka’s event opens with a parade at 10:15 a.m. from ATCO Gas to the Legion Cenotaph, with the service set for 10:45 a.m. at the Legion Auditorium.

Dream home helps gymnasts

Kinsmen Dream Home ticket buyers will help support Red Deer gymnasts.

Ten dollars from the sale of every ticket sold this week will go to support the Exelta Gymnastics Club to purchase new equipment.

The club will be using the money raised to buy a new trampoline.

The dream home, located at 36 Clearview Drive, is open for viewing on the weekend from 1 to 5 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the dream home, online at www.reddeerkinsmen.com, by calling 403-314-3975 or toll free at 1-866-653-9229.

They are also available at Buy&Sell at Parkland Mall, Sproule’s Mountview IDA Drug Store and any Red Deer branch of Servus Credit Union.

The dream home will be open in November on weekends from 1 to 5 p.m.

In December, the home will be open seven days a week from 1 to 5 p.m. (closed Dec. 24, 25, 26).

Robbery suspect arrested

Red Deer City RCMP have arrested a suspect in two armed robberies that occurred at West Park Fas Gas early Monday.

On Thursday, police had identified a suspect and were in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant.

However, at 3:30 a.m. Friday, while on routine patrol, city RCMP attempted to stop a grey 1988 Chevrolet Caprice that was travelling at a low speed in the 5100 block of 67th Street.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop for RCMP initially and once the vehicle did stop, he fled, RCMP said.

The driver was located a short time later and apprehended by the police dog team. He was identified as the suspect in the two armed robberies on Monday and arrested.

The suspect remains in custody and faces a number of charges. Police have not released the details of those charges or the suspect’s identity.

One of the Fas Gas robberies occurred at about 12:40 a.m. and the other just three hours later at about 3:45 p.m.

RCMP continue to investigate if there is any connection between these two armed robberies and the armed robberies at the Eastview Express 24 and Canadian Tire Gas Bar, both on Wednesday.

Internet luring guilt admitted

An Edmonton man will be sentenced in February after pleading guilty to luring a child on the Internet and then sexually assaulting her.

Adrian August Lizotte, 26, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and luring a child over the Internet when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court on Friday.

Two other sex-related charges are expected to be withdrawn once sentencing proceeds on Feb. 10.

The case was adjourned so that defence lawyer Richard Fritze could obtain a pre-sentence report and a risk assessment to be performed by a psychiatrist or psychologist.

No facts were read since Fritze and Crown prosecutor Jenny Rees of Calgary are at odds over a couple of issues yet.

Lizotte, who was in jail for a time before his release on May 30, was released on $10,000 no cash bail.

ATV collision injures two

Two Red Deer men were injured, one seriously, early Friday morning in a collision involving two quads that police said were stolen.

At 4:10 a.m., Red Deer Rural RCMP and emergency services responded to the Hwy 11A crash, just west of Range Road 284, between Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.

Both drivers on the eastbound quads lost control and rolled, RCMP said.

A 21-year-old man was taken by STARS to a Calgary hospital with serious injuries. A 28-year-old man was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

RCMP said the ATVs were stolen earlier Friday from separate rural locations near the crash scene. Police believe only the two ATV riders were involved in the crash.

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