Local briefs – September 18

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Stabbing suspects elect trial

Three men charged in a multiple stabbing in August near a downtown Red Deer convenience store have all elected trial by judge alone in Court of Queen’s Bench.

Basil Everett Sweezey, 19, Logan R. Sweezey, 25, both of Wetaskiwin, and Chato Delray Tootoosis, 20, of Red Deer, will first have a preliminary hearing on numerous charges including aggravated assault on May 3, 2011.

The three are charged jointly in connection with the Aug. 12 stabbing of two men early in the morning in the parking lot of a convenience store on Ross Street and 47th Avenue.

A 43-year-old suffered multiple stab wounds after the fight erupted. A 24-year-old man was also stabbed. Both victims were taken to hospital with serious injuries, city RCMP said earlier.

The three accused are also charged with assault with a knife, carrying and using a knife in the commission of an offence, and possession of a knife dangerous to the public.

Logan Sweezey is charged separately with two counts of failing to comply with conditions of a previous court order, while both Logan and Basil Sweezey are jointly charged with assault with a weapon, alleged to be bearspray.

All three remain in custody but could make applications for release on bail.


North Bank Trail closure change

The City of Red Deer had amended its plans to close a section of the North Bank Trail, starting today.

The impact of the construction has now been reduced and only a small portion of the trail connecting the North Bank Trail to Three Mile Bend Recreation area will be closed.

The connection of the North Bank Trail between 67th Street and the Civic Yards will remain open.

Closures will be in place until construction work wraps up on Oct. 1 as heavy equipment will be working in the area.

For more information, contact parks planning co-ordinator Quincy Brown at 403-314-5852.


Drug trial set for April

A Red Deer man busted for a wide range of illegal drugs he was alleged to be selling will have a trial in April.

Juan Fumero, 48, pleaded not guilty and elected to be tried in provincial court on April 13 when he appeared in court on Friday.

The trial is expected to begin with a Charter of Rights and Freedom application that his constitutional rights were violated when Red Deer RCMP executed their search warrant in early August.

Police said earlier the bust, which happened in mid afternoon at an apartment near 48th Avenue and 54th Street, netted cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy tablets, prescription drugs and cash.

RCMP said the bust was part of an ongoing investigation.

Fumero is charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and single counts of possession of a controlled substance and possessing proceeds of a crime worth more than $5,000.

He was denied bail earlier at the provincial court level.


Olds College raises funds

The Olds College athletic program received a shot in the financial arm this week when almost $50,000 was raised during a charity golf tournament.

The Wednesday tourney which attracted 144 players, coupled with a dinner and silent auction, raised about $47,000 to help operate the college’s sports programs, Jordan Cleland, vice-president of advancement at the college, said Friday.

The money will be used to help sustain the infrastructure of the college’s athletic programs, Cleland added.

The tourney also marked the end of a three-year term of BFI Canada as title sponsor.

“BFI Canada’s support has been nothing short of excellent,” Cleland said.

“We owe them a huge thank you and look forward to golfing with them alongside our next title sponsor,” Cleland added.

BFI is the third largest non-hazardous solid waste management company in North America.

It serves the needs of commercial, industrial and residential customers, including those in Olds.