Local briefs – October 20

A Brooks man has been charged with attempted murder after with firing shots in May 2007 that resulted in injuries to a Red Deer woman.

Brooks man charged with attempted murder

A Brooks man has been charged with attempted murder after with firing shots in May 2007 that resulted in injuries to a Red Deer woman.

Salah Hussain, 26, will appear in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday charged with attempted murder.

Hussain was arrested in Calgary on Oct. 15 and transported to Red Deer.

He was arrested on a Canada-wide warrant.

Police allege the report of the shooting on May 28 was the result of an argument over a drug debt that wasn’t reported to police at the time.

The 24-year-old woman is reported to have received minor injuries, police said.

Police were called to a north-end apartment after a complaint about suspicious holes in the wall of an apartment.

A resident of the Wedgewood Apartments came home after being out of town and found holes in the apartment.

Police believe the shots were fired sometime between May 18, 2007 and May 25, 2007.

Red Deer man faces child porn and marijuana charges

A Red Deer man faces child pornography and trafficking in marijuana charges following a RCMP bust on Saturday.

Morgan Hamilton, 48, was released from custody and makes his first court appearance on Oct. 26 on possession of a drug for the purpose of trafficking, production of marijuana and possession of child pornography.

Const. Sabrina Grunow of city RCMP said on Monday that police used a search warrant at a downtown residence in the 4600 block of 48th Avenue about 1 p.m. and arrested a man.

The lone male was arrested without incident.

Ellis Bird Farm using grant to renovate its tea house

The Ellis Bird Farm has begun renovating its tea house, starting with the removal of the old kitchen, after receiving a $78,000 grant from the Community Facilities Enhancement Program.

The program, funded by the Alberta Lottery Fund, helps provide financial assistance for the expansion and upgrading of Alberta’s community-use facilities.

The project also has received money from other partners, as well as in-kind contributions. Lacombe County has donated the equipment and labour to remove the old structure and Ellis Bird Farm members and staff will help with the new addition, which will be built by Wooden Reflections.

The kitchen was added to the main Ellis home in the 1940s, but no longer accommodated the tea house operation and was structurally unsound. The new facility will have upgraded water and septic services. It is expected to open for the Ellis Bird Farm’s 2010 season on the May long weekend.

“We saw over 10,500 people visit the farm last summer and we anticipate that many next year as well,” said chairman of the Ellis Bird Farm board Cliff Soper, in a news release. “With that kind of popularity, a functional kitchen and working water service is critical. As we all know, if company is coming, you need a well-stocked fridge and your toilets need to work.”

Motor vehicle crashes up slightly in Red Deer

Motor vehicle crashes and hit and run reports both increased last week, RCMP report.

The number of crashes jumped 11 to 76 while the number of hit and run reports increased three to 21.

Drunk driving investigations fell 10 to 17 and 24-hour suspensions also fell three to two, police records indicate.

Other weekly statistics:

• Six liquor tickets;

• Thirty-nine non-moving violations such as suspended driving and unregistered vehicles;

• Twelve speeding tickets not including photo radar;

• Three no insurance tickets;

• Eleven red light and stop sign tickets not including red light cameras;

• Five seatbelt infractions;

• Twenty-four bylaw and Environmental Protection Act tickets.

Complaints to Red Deer police down slightly from previous week

Red Deer’s crime rates went down slightly last week as compared with the week before. Red Deer City RCMP report a total of 718 calls, down by 13 from the previous week.

Excluding a rise in the incidence of domestic violence and a modest decrease in drug investigations, there was very little change in most of the types of crimes reported.

Current statistics are as follows, with the previous week’s numbers stated in brackets:

• Twenty-nine (28) assaults;

• Twelve (13) auto thefts;

• Six (10) residential break and enters;

• Three (2) break and enters to businesses.