Local briefs – September 24

Innisfail RCMP want to reassure the public that an attempted sexual assault in the community about two weeks ago was an isolated incident.

Police downplay potential danger

Innisfail RCMP want to reassure the public that an attempted sexual assault in the community about two weeks ago was an isolated incident.

Staff-Sgt. Lyle Marianchuk said on Wednesday that police don’t have any suspects in the Sept. 9 incident, which occurred about 10:30 p.m. while a woman was out walking alone southbound on 52nd Avenue near 41st Street.

She was grabbed from behind while passing an alley and dragged into a nearby treed area. The culprit may have been laying in wait.

The woman managed to fight off the attacker and escape on foot. The suspect fled.

“The police are confident this was an isolated incident and the public’s safety” isn’t in jeopardy, Marianchuk said.

He said the investigation should tell police what direction it will take in the next week.

“The investigation is going in a different direction than initially what we had started,” Marianchuk said.

Police were searching for a very thin male about 1.7 metres tall (five feet, 10 inches) with a darker complexion.

He had about two days of facial hair growth and didn’t wear glasses.

He may have received injuries to his face from the woman’s self-defence. He wore a plain, black hooded sweater, black cap and dark blue jeans.

Anyone with information is urged to phone police at 403-227-3342 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Sexual assault charges may be resolved

A man charged with luring a child on the Internet and then sexually assaulting her could see an early resolution to his case.

Crown prosecutor Jennifer Rees told Red Deer court on Wednesday that she is working on a resolution with Adrian August Lizotte’s lawyer.

The 26-year-old Edmonton man was charged on May 30 in Red Deer following an investigation.

Lizotte is charged with sexual assault, sexual counselling, luring a child on the Internet and sexual contact with a child.

Lizotte was released earlier on $10,000 no cash bail.

He returns to court on Nov. 4.


Flights for $20 will benefit food bank

The Red Deer Food Bank, which was flying earlier this week with a massive infusion of money from a charity dinner, will take to the skies on Sunday.

The annual Operation Food Lift is set for the Red Deer Regional Airport from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., food bank spokesman Iris Boyd said.

Skywings Aviation is teaming up with the food bank to offer people flights around the city for a $20 donations or food donations totalling $20 per person.

A pancake breakfast will run until 11 a.m., followed by hamburgers and hotdogs the rest of the afternoon.

A flea market is also set for that day. To book a table, contact the society at 403-342-5355.

Meanwhile, the Gourmet Mac and Cheese Luncheon gala on Monday raised $105,000 for the food bank.

The first $60,000 retired the food bank’s mortgage, while $45,000 will be used to stock the shelves, said event chairman Ray McBeth.

It proves one more time that Red Deer cares, said McBeth, who thanked businesses and individuals who helped make the event a success.

More than 800 people attended the luncheon.


City Mounties focusing on drug crimes

Red Deer city RCMP stepped up drug work in the last week with 20 investigations, statistics released by police for the week ending Sunday show.

The police had averaged 10 to 12 investigations a week in previous weeks.

Break-ins also increased as police responded to 22 break-ins of residences and businesses, compared with about 10 each the previous two weeks.

Total calls for service remained constant at around 850.

Domestic violence reports increased to 28 from 21 a couple of weeks ago.

Other statistics included:

• 24 assaults;

• 15 automobile thefts;

• 171 bylaw infractions;

• six frauds;

• 63 mischief;

• two robberies;

• 58 suspicious persons, vehicles or activities;

• 85 thefts.

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