Local briefs – September 21

A world power lifting record holder and longtime peace officer died suddenly in Red Deer after returning from a world lifting championship.

Power lifter dies of heart attack

A world power lifting record holder and longtime peace officer died suddenly in Red Deer after returning from a world lifting championship.

Duane Fuss, 53, had just returned from the World Power Lifting Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, when he died of an apparent heart attack on the weekend.

Fuss was a nine-year veteran with the Alberta Sheriff’s Department at the Red Deer Courthouse and a 27-year member of the Prince Albert, Sask., city police department, rising to the rank of sergeant before his retirement there.

Fuss, who was born and raised in the Wetaskiwin area, held numerous world and Canadian power lifting records in his age class.

Most recently, he won a gold medal in power lifting at the 2009 World Police and Fire Games in Vancouver. Held every two years, the games drew more than 10,500 competitors from around the world to compete in dozens of events.

A powerful man at 1.78 metres tall and weighing 110 kg during competition, Fuss trained for several years at Hardbodies Gym in Red Deer.

Fuss first became involved in weight lifting in high school while playing football.

“I did some lifting there and played around with it and decided to give power lifting a try and see how it felt, and it worked out,” he said in an interview a few years ago.

Fuss won the world championship in 1995 and ’99 and was second in 1996.

Funeral arrangements had yet to be announced as of Monday afternoon.

Assault suspects post bonds

Two Red Deer men charged with aggravated assault and robbery were both placed on lengthy peace bonds on Monday.

Shawn Allan Johnson, 25, and Donald Robert Quaite, 46, both received three-year peace bonds and were ordered to stay away from Paul Myshak.

A preliminary hearing, which had been postponed from last November because of illness to both Myshak and one of the defence lawyers, had been set for Monday but a deal was struck just before the opening of the hearing.

The accused had been charged shortly after the May 3, 2009, incident in Red Deer in which a man was injured and robbed.

Johnson had been in custody for about six months after the incident but was released when the late November 2009 preliminary hearing was adjourned.

Stelmach here Wednesday

Premier Ed Stelmach will head up the list of dignitaries in Red Deer on Wednesday at a ceremonial sod turning expansion of the Central Alberta Cancer Centre.

The province is providing over $42.8 million to expand Red Deer’s cancer centre so people can access radiation treatment in Central Alberta.

The project includes construction of a two-storey, 54,000-square-foot building on the southwest side of the hospital, with an anticipated completion date of January 2013.

Red Deer will soon become the fourth Alberta city to offer this treatment option — joining Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge.

The program on Wednesday runs from 10 to 11 a.m. at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, west staff parking lot.

Drug smuggling charges laid

A man charged with smuggling drugs into the Red Deer Remand Centre using bedsheets as a rope has been charged with three counts of drug trafficking.

David Ellison, 31, of Red Deer will appear in court on Sept. 30 after he was charged recently with drug trafficking, Cpl. Kathe DeHeer of city RCMP said on Monday. Police said they responded on July 15 to a complaint of a possible escape from a window on the centre’s north side.

A window had been smashed and a rope made from bedsheets went out the window, dangling about 30 cm above the pavement.

A head count was conducted but all prisoners were accounted for, DeHeer said.

An investigation determined the rope was used to smuggle cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana and tobacco into the centre.

Ellison is being held.

Robbery suspect sought

Police are hunting for a red haired man who robbed a downtown Red Deer hotel at knifepoint on Saturday.

Cpl. Kathe DeHeer of city RCMP said Monday the Stanford Inn on Ross Street was robbed about 2:45 p.m. when a man walked up to the registration desk, produced knife and demanded cash.

He fled out the door and headed north on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is a white male and has a reddish coloured hair and a red goatee. He had a slim build, wore glasses and wore blue coveralls with reflective striping and large reflective lettering on the back and left front pocket. He also had on a black ball cap with red trim.

He wore work boots and black gloves.

Anyone with information is urged to call 4-30343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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