Local briefs – October 15

Central Albertans are invited to — Stand Up and Make Music — to celebrate World Food Day on Friday in Lacombe.

Music will be featured during World Food Day

Central Albertans are invited to — Stand Up and Make Music — to celebrate World Food Day on Friday in Lacombe.

Entertainment, featuring Jazz Casual and other local musicians, starts at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church.

People will also learn how they can fight global poverty and promote health and education around the world.

Admission is a donation of cash or food for Lacombe Community Food Bank.

The event is supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank, A Better World, Lacombe Rotary Club, Lacombe & District Ministerial Association and the food bank. St. Andrew’s is located at 5226 51St Ave.

Dangerous offender hearing delayed for health reasons

A dangerous offender hearing for a man convicted of sexual assault and assault causing bodily harm was delayed again on Wednesday.

Clement Joseph Robinson, 51, who was rushed to hospital on Tuesday shortly before his scheduled 1:30 p.m. appearance in Red Deer provincial court, remained in hospital on Wednesday with stomach problems.

The hearing, which had been scheduled for another two to three weeks, is on hold until Robinson returns from hospital.

The hearing will determine if Robinson should be declared a dangerous offender. That would allow authorities to make him serve an indefinite prison term, followed by lengthy supervision.

Robinson is already classed as a long-term offender.

The hearing was sought by the Crown after Robinson pleaded guilty in June 2007 to assaulting a former Red Deer escort by stabbing her with scissors on Jan. 25, 2006. He has been in custody since the stabbing.

Seminar to address merits of drug courts

Courts that help drug addicts get clean and on the path to recovery will be the topic of a day-long seminar in Red Deer.

The meeting is set for Friday, Oct. 23, at the Chalet on the Westerner Park grounds, says Doug Brady, an official with the Edmonton Drug Treatment and Community Restoration Court.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and runs until 4 p.m. Cost is $55 for Alberta Criminal Justice Association members, $65 for non-members and $30 for students. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Brady is expected to present an overview and introduction while two judges and treatment teams who help run the courts in Edmonton and Calgary are also expected to deliver presentations.

Two former addicts are also expected to discuss their experiences.

Registration ends on Friday.

For more information, contact www.ccja-acip.ca/en/ on the Internet.

Consultants revealing plans to limit access to Hwy 2

The public can get a look at the province’s plans to close access roads to Hwy 2 in Lacombe County as part of the project to create a freeway at an Oct. 28 information session.

GENIVAR Consultants is finalizing recommendations and preparing preliminary designs for Alberta Transportation. The project is part of the province’s Access Management Study, which began in 2006 and is designed to improve safety along the highway.

Access roads that do not include overpasses, underpasses or interchanges are being considered for closure. In Lacombe County, one of the major changes proposed would see the Duckett Road access eliminated just north of Lacombe. To funnel the traffic to the highway, a service road is proposed that would hook up to Fairview Road and on to Hwy 12.

The public information session takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Lacombe County council chambers at Spruceville Road and Hwy 12.

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