Local briefs – September 15

A rally will be held in support of Canada’s “Prince of Pot” in City Hall Park on Saturday as part of a world-wide protest.

Prince of Pot rally planned for City Hall Park

A rally will be held in support of Canada’s “Prince of Pot” in City Hall Park on Saturday as part of a world-wide protest.

Marijuana activist Marc Emery was sentenced to five years in prison on Sept. 10 by a U.S. federal judge in Seattle, Wash.

He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana in May.

The owner of Vancouver’s Cannabis Culture store was extradited to the United States after being charged with shipping millions of marijuana seeds to customers south of the border.

The organizer of the Red Deer rally, which that will run from noon to 4:20 p.m., says it will be a peaceful event.

Emery supporters are calling for Canadian Justice Minister Vic Toews to accept Emery’s treaty transfer application so he can serve his time in Canada.

Air squadron remembers

The large air force campaign that lodged the German air force against the United Kingdom 70 years ago will be remembered by a Central Alberta air squadron on Sunday.

Members of the 703 Wing Air Force Association of Canada will pay tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces. The Royal Air Force had built up its strength to 640 fighters by July 1940, but the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) had 2,600 bombers and fighters.

The failure of Germany to achieve its objectives of destroying Britain’s air defences, or forcing Britain to negotiate an armistice or an outright surrender, is considered its first major defeat and one of the crucial turning points in the war.

Members of the public are invited to watch a parade at 10:30 a.m. at the Red Deer Armouries at 4402 55th St.

School funds unexpected

The Red Deer Catholic School Division will have a little more money in its coffers this school year after the provincial government came forward with funding for teachers’ wage increases.

It had looked like the division would have to dip into its reserves to cover a $1.7-million deficit in the 2010-2011 school year, but now the Catholic division will only have to dip into reserves by $600,000. The province came forward in July to cover the 2.92 per cent wage increase for teachers set to take effect on Sept. 1.

Superintendent Paulette Hanna said the school division had made some smaller cuts over the past year to save money so that if times were tough the division could continue to carry on for a few years. She said they will be able to do some of the initiatives they had to put on hold.

Hanna said it means that programs and supplies that schools had to hold off on purchasing may now be able to go ahead, including things like the buying of new photocopiers or programs at the schools.

“The board was very appreciative of the government’s commitment to honour their agreement,” Hanna said.

Lacombe heritage tour set

Step into the past during a Heritage Home Tour in Lacombe on Saturday.

The Lacombe and District Historical Society is hosting the 2010 Heritage Home Tour from 1 to 5 p.m.

Attendees will receive a one-hour tour of three homes, plus a replica of the old train station.

The Anderson Residence, located at 5247 51st St., will be the first stop of the tour. This house, built for the G.A. Anderson family in 1912, has interesting period architecture. Mrs. Martin’s house is next on the list at 4349 49th Ave. Mrs. Martin bought the house in 1945 and she ran it as a boarding house up until the 1980s.

Attendees will then tour through Siding 12, a replica of the old train station.

Michener House Museum is the last on the tour, at 5036 51st St. This is the oldest house in Lacombe and was the birthplace of former governor general Roland Michener. Tea and scones will be served.

The tour will run an hour. Tickets are limited and are $25 per person. Cash and cheques are accepted. Tickets can be reserved by Friday at 5 p.m. at the Michener House Museum and Archives and Interpretive Centre at 5036 51st St. Tickets can be picked up and paid for at tour time.

For more information, call 403-782-3933.

Bra Lounge broken into

An 18-year old Hobbema man was charged after a break and enter at the Bra Lounge early Tuesday.

Shortly after 2 a.m., Red Deer City RCMP responded to an alarm at the downtown lingerie boutique on 51st Avenue.

An officer patrolling the area located a man hiding under a nearby stairwell. The man was arrested and property was recovered from the break-in.

The man, who could not be identified until information is sworn before a justice of the peace, was released from custody to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Sept. 26.

Theft-related plea delayed

A 26-year-old Red Deer woman charged in the theft of about $200,000 worth of high-end athletic clothes reserved her plea when she made her first court appearance on Tuesday.

Kimberley Jean Hughes had her case adjourned until Sept. 30 so she could secure a lawyer to defend her on charges of possession of stolen property valued at more than $5,000, possession of a narcotic and breaching a court order.

Hughes was one of two people charged in relation to the clothing theft from Studio Pilates in July.

Christopher William Davis, 32, of Red Deer, returns to court today to enter a plea on possession of stolen property valued at more than $5,000, uttering threats, failing to appear in court and various traffic offences.

Davis was denied bail about a month ago and he is in custody.

The charges stem from the alleged theft of Lululemon clothing from Studio Pilates in Riverside Industrial Park overnight on July 16.

Red Deer City RCMP seized Lululemon clothing while investigating an unrelated incident on July 22. As the investigation continued on Aug. 4, police seized additional clothing and accessories.

Murder suspect has lawyer

A newly appointed lawyer for an accused first-degree murder suspect needs more time to digest a large amount of police file information before he can proceed with the case.

Christopher Martin Fleig, 25, of Red Deer reserved his plea through lawyer Will Willms, who was acting for Calgary lawyer Allan Fay in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

Fleig is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a man gunned down in Inglewood last year.

He is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 18 to perhaps set a date for a preliminary hearing. He also faces a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Fleig remains in custody, where he has been since he was charged last spring. He is one of four men charged in the death of Brandon Neil Prevey, 29, on April 5, 2009.

Three other men have also been charged with murder and conspiracy in connection with Prevey’s death and are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing next March.

A three-day hearing is set to start March 24 for Christopher Ryan McIvor, 20, of Red Deer, Pedro Julio Saenz, 21, of Calgary, and Brandon Cody Smith, 22, of Calgary. All face first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges.

All three also remain in custody.

Harrow to perform here

Richard Harrow, who sang the hit One Tin Soldier with the band Original Caste in the 1970s, will perform on Friday in Red Deer.

The Alberta singer/songwriter is also a recording engineer who worked on Bourne and MacLeod’s Juno-winning Dance and Celebrate album, as well as four of Ian Tyson’s releases.

Harrow, who co-hosts at the Soundwaves Folk Club in Calgary, has lately developed a reputation for his one-man multi-media live show, which is sprinkled with his off-kilter sense of humour.

Harrow will perform at The Hub at 4936 Ross St. in downtown Red Deer at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 a person at the door, or $30 for families (children 12 and under).

For more information, call 403-340-4869.

Crashes hit summer low

Motor vehicle crashes hit their lowest total of the summer in August, according to police statistics.

There were 210 collisions, which was about 30 lower than the average for the preceding three months.

However, drunk driving charges jumped to 181 from an average of about 125 the preceding months.

Police also dished out 607 speeding tickets, which was more than 200 above the average.

Other August traffic statistics included:

• 82 hit and run crashes

• 61 twenty-four hour suspensions

• 53 liquor tickets

• 285 non-moving violations, including suspended driving, equipment violations

• 36 no-insurance tickets

• 37 red light and stop sign tickets

• 79 seatbelt tickets

• 210 bylaw and Environmental Protection Act tickets

The numbers don’t include photo radar or red light camera tickets.

Sylvan names new CAO

SYLVAN LAKE — An experienced municipal administrator will become the town’s new manager next month.

Elizabeth (Betty) Osmond has accepted the management position beginning on Oct. 25, Mayor Susan Samson said.

Osmond was the Town of Slave Lake’s CAO for the last five years and previously served as director of community services with the Town of Hinton and director of community services with the Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Osmond holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Manitoba and a bachelor’s degree from Memorial University in St. John’s, Nfld.

Sylvan Lake received 42 applications for the post.

The vacancy was created in March with the abrupt dismissal of chief administrative officer Helen Dietz.

“We were delighted by the strong list of candidates that the consultants presented to us,” Samson said.

Osmond has also been an active volunteer in the communities she has served, the mayor added.

“I am excited about the tremendous opportunities that the town has before it and eagerly anticipate working with Sylvan Lake town council and staff,” Osmond said.

She is married to Bob, a retired school teacher, and the couple has four adult children and three grandchildren.

North Bank Trail closure

The North Bank Trail in Red Deer, from 67th Street to Three Mile Bend Recreation area, will be temporarily closed starting today and continuing until Oct. 1.

City staff will have heavy equipment in the area and they will be working on the trail during that time.

The trail is expected to re-open in October.

For more information about Red Deer parks and trails go to www.reddeer.ca/parks.

QuitCore coming to city

QuitCore support program to help people quit smoking will be coming to Red Deer and Stettler this fall.

Alberta Health Services is expanding QuitCore to five more communities across the province.

Red Deer QuitCore facilitator Darrel Melvin said it’s not about shaming smokers, but encouraging them to work together.

Registration is free and six group sessions, 90 minutes each, will be held Wednesdays on Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, Nov. 3 and 24 in both Red Deer and Stettler in the evening.

Melvin, who has worked as a respiratory therapist for over 20 years in Red Deer, said it’s been several years since there’s been a smoking cessation support group in Red Deer.

QuitCore teaches smokers how to develop a plan to quit that will work for them and provides strategies to deal with recovery symptoms, managing stress and preventing relapse.

Participants are also invited to pick a buddy who can come to the program to be their support person as they work to quit.

To register call toll free to 1-866-710-QUIT (7848).

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