Local briefs – September 16

A teenage girl will stand trial on several counts, including two involving the death of two young males in late 2008.

Girl to trial over deaths

A teenage girl will stand trial on several counts, including two involving the death of two young males in late 2008.

The girl, who was 17 at the time of the crash on Oct. 30, 2008, is now 18. She was charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The trial date is set for March 3, 2010, in Red Deer youth court.

She faces two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and a single count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. Her name can’t be released because of provisions in the Act.

The 16-year-old youths killed were Colton Lakeman and Ray Schlahs, both of the Sylvan Lake area.

Three young women between the ages of 14 and 18 and a woman in her 60s were also injured in the crash.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Range Road 12 and Hwy 11 at 9:20 p.m. Police said that a white car, driven by a 17-year-old female, was travelling south on Range Road 12 and entered Hwy 11 without stopping at a marked stop sign. Another car, driven by a 64-year-old woman, was westbound on Hwy 11 and collided with the driver’s side of the white car.

Island blaze hits house

Nearly three dozen firefighters were called out to battle a blaze Saturday evening in an abandoned home on a small island in the Red Deer River west of Bowden.

Bowden and Spruce View volunteer fire departments were dispatched about 5:30 p.m. and Red Deer County firefighters were asked to assist a short time later.

County district fire chief Dave Laurin said the home had been abandoned when it was cut off by the river about 18 months ago. The province has since bought the property, which is near the Garrington Bridge and about 30 km west of Bowden, from the owner.

Fire trucks could not reach the isolated site so volunteer crews had to wade across and a Rhino and a similar vehicle were used to ferry equipment across.

“The whole fire was fought using wildland equipment,” said Laurin. Pumps were used to drew water from the river to dump on the fire.

The home was completely destroyed and the fire was out around 10 p.m. It is difficult to estimate damage because the home was no longer considered habitable, he said.

While the home is not easy to reach, quad riders, hikers and other backcountry enthusiasts have been known to stop there, although Laurin said he wouldn’t go as far as to call it a party spot. There were no injuries.

Olds library to expand

Expansion of the Olds Municipal Library will hopefully meet community needs for the next 15 years, a library official says.

Lesley Winfield, library manager, says a sod turning for the expansion work is set for Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.

The expansion project will increase the library size to about 9,000 square feet.

Funding is coming from the Town of Olds, federal and provincial governments, Olds Lions Club and numerous individual and corporate donors in a bricks for books program.

The project is expected to be complete by October 2010, Winfield said.

A preliminary estimate in 2005 by Group 2 Architects pegged the cost at more than $2.55 million.

Temporary library operations are underway in the former SAAN store downtown.

Olds MP Blake Richards, MLA Richard Marz and Mayor Judy Dahl will be on hand for the sod turning, along with town council members and library board trustees.

The ceremony will take place at 5217 52nd St.

Improvement work is now out for public tender.

Stolen goods, drugs found

Red Deer City and Rural RCMP have seized a shotgun, stolen camper trailer, stolen ATV, an undisclosed amount of marijuana and cocaine from a residence north of Red Deer.

On Monday at 8:30 a.m., police used a search warrant on a rural residence north of the city as part of an ongoing investigation. Two people were at the residence and were arrested without incident. Red Deer City RCMP’s general investigation property section, Red Deer City RCMP crime reduction team, Red Deer RCMP police dog services and Red Deer Rural RCMP took part in the search.

Rodney Irvine, 39, of no fixed address, has been charged with two counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000, two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon contrary to a prohibition order and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He remains in custody. His case was adjourned on Tuesday. He will return to Red Deer provincial court on Sept. 18.

Karla Marshall, 24, of no fixed address, has been charged with one count of theft under $5,000, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon. She has been released from custody and is to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Sept. 30.

Crossbow, drugs seized

Two Red Deer residents are in custody after RCMP found a crossbow and drugs at a Glendale residence.

Red Deer City RCMP executed a search warrant at a home on Greig Close at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Police seized marijuana and hashish, along with drug and trafficking paraphernalia.

A 28-year-old male and a 19-year-old female were arrested without incident.

Police continue their investigation.

Members of the RCMP’s general investigation property section, emergency response team and police dog services attended the scene.

Exposing suspect held

A Red Deer man charged with exposing himself to a young girl was remanded in custody on Tuesday.

James Daryle Hill, 53, returns to court on Thursday after he appeared in provincial court.

Hill was charged with an indecent act on Aug. 27, when RCMP allege he exposed himself to a young female at a Red Deer store.

Hill is also charged with three counts of failing to comply with a probation order.

Police said earlier there was no physical contact in the incident.

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