Local briefs – October 20

A Rocky Mountain House man appears in court on Friday charged with attempting to murder a woman in Red Deer.

Attempted murder alleged

A Rocky Mountain House man appears in court on Friday charged with attempting to murder a woman in Red Deer.

Cory Nicholson, 35, also faces charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and possession of stolen property.

Nicholson, who was arrested last Friday afternoon in Red Deer, remains in custody.

A 51-year-old woman was assaulted and stabbed in a Terrace Park residence and rushed to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre by ambulance.

Red Deer City RCMP were called to the townhouses at Terrace Park at around 1:20 p.m. to an assault in progress.

The home is part of an apartment complex of townhouses, south of Ross Street and east of 37th Avenue.

Cpl. Kathe Deheer of city RCMP said on Tuesday that there were other people in the residence at the time who were known to each other.

Police also recovered a stolen vehicle at the scene, Deheer said.

The injured woman remains in hospital after undergoing surgery last week.

Woman held in grow-op bust

A 53-year-old woman has been released from custody after posting $10,000 cash bail on three charges stemming from a marijuana grow operation bust on Monday.

Nam-Mui Sy of Red Deer will make her first court appearance on Nov. 4 after she was arrested during the bust at 32 Cornett Drive.

Sy is charged with production of marijuana, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and the theft of electricity.

The accused was the lone person in the residence when about 30 officers from the Red Deer RCMP and Calgary City Police Service officers raided the home, seizing 317 mature marijuana plants and a vast array of hydroponic growing equipment.

Cpl. Kathe Deheer of city RCMP said on Tuesday that the plants were valued at almost $400,000 on the street.

Police said the electricity entering the house had been tampered with by someone who drilled a large hole in the basement and bypassed the power to rewire the grow op.

The investigation continues.

Springbrook main breaks

Springbrook residents are being asked to limit their water use after a sewer main broke between Penhold and Gasoline Alley.

Repair work is already underway.

Residents should limit their water use to essential tasks such as cooking and cleaning.

For now, people should avoid running dishwashers, doing laundry or taking a bath, says Red Deer County.

The county is keeping residents up to date on Twitter at http://twitter.com/reddeercounty

Theft suspect reserves plea

A Red Deer man charged with stealing lottery tickets and with mischief reserved his plea on nine charges on Tuesday.

Joel Marshall Looby, 21, returns to Red Deer provincial court on Oct. 27 after making a brief appearance.

Looby was remanded in custody after being charged last week with seven counts of theft of merchandise valued at less than $5,000 each. He’s also charged with mischief and trespassing.

City RCMP said earlier that between Oct. 1 and 11, someone pilfered trays of lottery tickets from Red Deer businesses.

On Oct. 11, a Mountie recognized a suspect on video footage captured during one of the thefts and an arrest was made.

Police say someone stole trays of tickets from seven convenience stores and other businesses.

The trays contain numerous tickets from various lottery games.

Power outages set for city

Power outages are scheduled at the Michener Centre, including the Michener Aquatic Centre, on Thursday and Friday for scheduled electrical maintenance.

The Michener Aquatic Centre will be closed to users on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The public lane swim time on Friday will be from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Aquatic users are reminded that they can use their Michener Aquatic Centre Card at the Recreation Centre.

For more information on city recreation facilities, visit www.reddeer.ca/rpc.

Voter info to be destroyed

The declarations that each elector had to sign in order to vote in Monday’s municipal election will eventually be destroyed.

The documents, which contain the full name and addresses of every resident that cast a ballot, are in storage until the contents can be destroyed according to the Local Authorities Election Act, explained City of Red Deer returning officer Elaine Vincent.

“It’s locked in a safe and secure place,” she said of the documents.

Section 101 of the act states that voter registers must be retained in sealed boxes for the six weeks following a municipal election. After that, the boxes will be opened and the contents will be destroyed in front of two witnesses who must sign an affidavit to confirm that they witnessed the destruction.

The declarations are the only source of information the city has on its eligible voters.

“We don’t create voter lists here,” Vincent said.

“The majority of municipalities in Alberta do not create voter lists. We find that the administration and the burden to keep an active, up-to-date voter list far outweighs that benefit of an eligible list of voters.”

Red Deer County recount

A recount has been requested in one of Red Deer County’s divisions.

Richard Lorenz won Division 5 in a nail-biter, edging challenger Rod English, 343 votes to 340. Incumbent Jim Lougheed finished third with 336 votes. Division 5 covers the west side of the county.

Nancy Lougheed, the county’s legislative services manager, said English requested a recount. It will be done at Red Deer County Centre beginning at 1:30 p.m. today.

The results of the recount will be posted on the county’s website at www.rdcounty.ca

Women honoured at event

The third annual Women of Excellence Awards dinner is set for early November.

The awards were one of two projects established two years ago by the Red Deer and District Community Foundation.

The dinner is set to begin on Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Capri Hotel and Convention Centre with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $100 each.

The awards honour people who have made an outstanding effort to make the Central Alberta region a better place to live through innovation, leadership, achievement and talent.

The categories include agriculture and environment; arts, culture and heritage; athletics, recreation and fitness; business and professions; community building; education and training; entrepreneurship; health and wellness; human services; and young woman of excellence.

Tickets can be purchased by phoning 403-341-6911.

Rail crossing closed today

The rail crossing between Red Deer and Blackfalds will be closed for two days beginning today.

Repairs to the crossing just one km north of the Red Deer city limits on Hwy 2A were set to start at 6 a.m. and will be in place until 6 p.m. on Thursday, says Russ Watts, operations manager for Alberta Transportation.

The closure is dependent on the weather.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes during the closure. The road will be open for traffic up to the crossing from the north and south.