Local briefs – October 2

The case against a man facing charges in a Canada Day car crash that killed a 13-year-old boy was put over to Oct. 21 in Red Deer provincial court on Friday.

Fatal crash case put over to Oct. 21

The case against a man facing charges in a Canada Day car crash that killed a 13-year-old boy was put over to Oct. 21 in Red Deer provincial court on Friday.

Rodney Ross Arens, 32, who wasn’t present, is charged with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample, refusing to provide a breath sample after a vehicle collision causing death, and refusing to provide a breath sample after a vehicle collision causing bodily harm.

Arens is also charged with breaching a court order to not consume alcohol.

Local lawyer John MacNaughton, acting as agent for Arens’s Edmonton lawyer Shannon Prithipaul, asked for the three-week adjournment, noting there are “numerous, numerous witnesses in this matter.”

Police said earlier the two-vehicle collision occurred around 10:55 p.m. when a heavy-duty pickup truck travelling north on Taylor Drive allegedly struck the passenger side of a small southbound car at about 10:55 p.m. The driver of the car, a 20-year-old woman, was making a left turn onto Kerry Wood Drive.

Anouluck (Jeffrey) Chanminaraj of Red Deer died in the crash. Two other people in the vehicle in which the boy was riding were injured.

About 10 Chanminaraj family members were in court to watch the proceedings.

Election forums this week in city

More detailed information has been released on two upcoming forums.

There is an aboriginal community and election candidates talking circle set for Tuesday from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Snell Auditorium at the Red Deer Public Library’s downtown branch. The event is hosted by the Red Deer Native Friendship Society and will give candidates a chance to learn more about aboriginal culture and hear about concerns in the aboriginal community. More information is available from Tanya Schur at the Red Deer Native Friendship Centre at 403-340-0020.

The only forum specifically for school board trustees is set for Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Margaret Parsons Theatre at Red Deer College. The forum is being hosted by the Alberta Teachers’ Association Local 60 and will offer the public a chance to hear candidates’ viewpoints on educational issues and to ask questions.

Golf event raises cash for house

Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta will receive a financial boost of more than $140,000 from the organizers of the Mavis Goss Open.

Lyn Radford, involved with the campaign project to build the house near Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, received a cheque of more than $77,000 this week. The money was raised from the first Mavis Goss Open golf tourney held in August at Alberta Springs Golf Course west of Red Deer.

Gary Gant, owner of Westridge Cabinets, also stepped up and will provide close to $65,00 in cabinetry, said Goss.

“Money is still coming in, it’s overwhelming,” said Goss, adding she is grateful for the community support.

The 11-suite Ronald McDonald House will provide low-cost accommodations for Central Alberta families with critically ill babies, sick children and high-risk pregnancies being treated at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. The anticipated opening for the $10.5-million house is June 2011.

The Mavis Goss Open will continue to receive dollars for Ronald McDonald House during Sunday afternoon barbecues being held in Penhold. Show homes at Heartland Crescent and Heron Court in the neighbourhood of Hawkridge Estates will host the barbecues from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays until Nov. 7.

The builders will supply the food while members of the golf committee will serve.

Goss, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in October 2009, wanted to give back to the community she has enjoyed for the last 10 years. The native Manitoban supports Ronald McDonald House’s mission to allow families to comfortably remain together while children get the medical care and attention they require.

Goss is already organizing next year’s golf tourney for Aug. 4 and 5. A charity hasn’t yet been chosen.

The Aug. 6 tournament was a sellout, attracting about 170 golfers.

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