Local briefs – September 16

A care worker charged with sexually assaulting a severely disabled man will return to Red Deer provincial court later this month.

Care worker to enter plea to sex assault charge

A care worker charged with sexually assaulting a severely disabled man will return to Red Deer provincial court later this month.

Leo Denis Ducharme, 57, of Red Deer reserved his plea on a sexual assault charge on Sept. 8 and will return on Sept. 29 for plea.

It is alleged that the mother of the 29-year-old disabled man came home to find a man sexually assaulting her son on Aug. 11.

The alleged victim’s name is protected under a court-ordered publication ban.

Ducharme is free on $1,000 bail and was ordered earlier to have no contact with the alleged victim and stay five blocks from the man’s house.

There are several other restrictions regarding avoiding areas where children are typically present.

Ducharme, also an artist, was interested in exploring Christian themes in his art, which were on show recently at a local gallery. The art was billed as an expression of his faith and spiritual journey.


Stabbing case delayed

A man charged in a stabbing during a fight involving as many as 15 people remains in custody after he parted company with his lawyer on Wednesday.

Anthony G. Clermont, 25, of Red Deer returns to court on Oct. 13 after reserving his plea on three charges stemming from the alleged stabbing incident on Aug. 31 and two theft charges in an unrelated incident. Clermont is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and breaching probation.

The case was delayed so the accused to secure another lawyer, who will then need time to examine a large binder of police evidence and more than a dozen video cassettes.

Red Deer Mounties said earlier they responded to a melee in the 4600 block of 50th Avenue at about 11:20 p.m.

A 21-year-old Red Deer man suffered a single stab wound and was transported by ambulance to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

His injuries were considered non-life threatening.

Police allege the victim was in a bar downtown with family and friends when an altercation erupted between him and someone he knew.

The victim and his family tried to leave but were confronted outside by the same man and another man, who then stabbed the victim, police say.

A knife was seized by police and the accused was arrested at the scene.


Shoreline cleanup postponed

With rain and cooler weather forecast, the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, originally scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed until spring 2011. For more information, call the City of Red Deer Recreation Centre at 403-309-8409.


Wildrose holding nomination meetings

The Wildrose Alliance is looking for a few good men or women around the province.

The nomination process will open in the riding of Lacombe-Ponoka on Friday, along with eight other ridings in the province.

Interested individuals can request a nomination application on the party’s website at www.wildrosealliance.ca.

The deadline for applications for the Lacombe-Ponoka riding will be on Friday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m.

The Wildrose Alliance was formed in January 2008 and has Danielle Smith as its leader.

Premier Ed Stelmach has said he will call a provincial election in March 2012.


Smith tours rural Central Alberta

The head of Alberta’s centre-right wing party will drum up support in rural communities through Central Alberta.

Wildrose Alliance Leader Danielle Smith will attend free town hall meetings on Thursday, Sept. 23, in Rocky Mountain House at the Lou Soppit Community Centre and Friday, Sept. 24, at the Sundre Community Centre. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the meetings convening a half hour later.

Smith will speak briefly followed by a question and answer period.

Smith will also visit the Royal Canadian Legion in Rimbey on Sept. 23 at 10 a.m., followed by an appointment at 1:30 p.m. at the park by the town office in Bentley.

She will attend Ravenwood Farm Fresh Meats in Caroline at 2 p.m.

All are public events.