Local briefs – October 9

A man charged with kidnapping was denied bail for a third time when he appeared in court on Thursday.

Kidnapping suspect denied bail

A man charged with kidnapping was denied bail for a third time when he appeared in court on Thursday.

Kenneth Robert Deck, 36, of Red Deer, was ordered detained in custody following the failed bid in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.

Justice Rosemary Nation denied the application and ruled that Deck be detained until a trial from Feb. 8 to 12 on the alleged kidnapping and assault of a Red Deer woman last spring.

Deck is also charged with three counts of uttering threats, criminal harassment, two counts of mischief and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Deck was originally denied bail by a justice of the peace shortly after his arrest in Calgary on Feb. 10.

He failed to gain his freedom again on March 24 in Red Deer provincial court.

Details of Thursday’s application were banned from publication by a previous court order.

RCMP allege that a woman was phoned and harassed by a suspect. When she drove away in her vehicle, it was struck from behind.

The woman was forced out of her vehicle and put in the suspect’s vehicle, said police.

A witness later saw the woman being attacked inside the vehicle about 1 p.m. near Hwy 11A and Taylor Drive.

The witness managed to rescue the woman and a suspect drove off.


Boundaries group seeking public’s input

Shaping Alberta’s electoral boundaries is the subject of a fact finding mission today in Red Deer.

The Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission will gather public input concerning provincial representation from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Red Deer Lodge.

The five-member panel’s visit is the last in a provincial tour, which started in mid-November.

Commission members were pulling double duty today after conducting a similar meeting in Edson this morning.

The Commission Act was amended this year to add four seats in the legislature. The current number is 83.

Individuals and groups are invited to provide suggestions and advice either in writing or by making a presentation at the public hearings.

The commission will review Alberta’s constituency boundaries using federal census information from 2006, when the province’s population was 3.3 million.

The commission will present an interim report in February 2010 and final report by June 2010.


Lamb on the lam returned home

A Barbados blackbelly lamb, a wool-less breed that is often mistaken for a goat, returned home on Monday after he was missing for about a month.

On Sept. 28, Alberta Animal Services captured the lamb that was spotted by residents in Vanier Woods before it wandered over to Lancaster and Deer Park.

Apollo Landscaping owner Floyd Hansen said he was surprised to see a story and picture on his missing lamb on the front of the Oct. 3 issue of the Advocate.

The elusive lamb was scared off Hansen’s property by a dog.

“He was close by but there were a lot of places for him to hide in the acreages east of us,” said Hansen, whose property borders Vanier Woods.

“We were just never able to catch him. People had seen him here and there. We went looking for him. We left oats out.”

Hansen borrowed the lamb over the summer from a Delburne-area farmer to entertain his grandchildren. The lamb has since been returned to the farmer.


Stabbing suspect ordered to stand trial

A Red Deer man charged with stabbing another man in the face and chest has been ordered to stand trial.

Kafi Tutu, 32, was told to appear in Court of Queen’s Bench on Nov. 2 to have a possible date set for a trial on aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public following a preliminary hearing before provincial court Judge Jim Hunter.

The 32-year-old victim was stabbed in the chest and cheek on Feb. 19 at about 6:40 p.m., RCMP said earlier.

The incident occurred in the 6200 block of 67A Street when the victim was approached while walking near the North Hill Store by a man he knew.

An altercation developed and the victim was stabbed. The victim was hospitalized and required surgery.

A suspect fled in a vehicle and was arrested two days later.

The preliminary, which was held to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant the accused stand trial in the higher court, heard evidence from just the victim.

A ban on publication prohibits details from the hearing being published or broadcast.


City of Red Deer wins safety award

A Central Alberta organization is recognizing the City of Red Deer for its safety efforts.

Safe Communities Central Alberta has presented the municipality with the 2009 Ambassador for Safety — Community Agency Award. It honours those who are leaders in reducing injury.

The city has been a sponsor and supporter of Safe Communities for the last several years.

“It reconfirms that we’re on the right track when it comes to collaborating on safety initiatives for the benefit of our whole community,” said Mayor Morris Flewwelling. “We are one of many Red Deer organizations that work to promote a culture of safety in the region, and we do it from the inside out.”

Among those city departments that are lauded are Red Deer city RCMP traffic services, Red Deer Emergency Services, Engineering and Better Biking Red Deer.

Safe Communities, which has about 20 members including the Canadian Red Cross and the Brain Injury Association of Alberta, teaches a variety of programs, including ones on young worker safety and safe playgrounds.

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