Local briefs – September 25

Drug trafficking charges against a Hobbema man were dropped this week when the court learned that the accused had died.

Drug suspect dies

Drug trafficking charges against a Hobbema man were dropped this week when the court learned that the accused had died.

Wayne Bruce Crane, 50, was set to have a trial in Wetaskiwin court this week on two counts of trafficking in cocaine and marijuana and possession of $6,000 in cash alleged to have been obtained from the proceeds of crime.

Police said earlier they seized a quantity of crack cocaine, 140 grams of marijuana, a firearm and the cash in a raid on a residence on the Samson First Nation Reserve more than a year ago.

No details on when Crane passed away were available.

Missing teenager turns up

A Red Deer teenager who was last seen in early August has returned home.

Cassidy Carlile, 14, who has been missing since Aug. 9, was located by police last week.

She was last seen at the Parkland Youth Home in the Glendale subdivision where she walked away on her own accord.

A family member last heard from the teen on Sept. 1, before she was located by police who had expressed concern about her absence because of her youth.

Drugs, cash found in bust

Three people have been arrested and drugs and cash confiscated after a city RCMP raid.

At about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Red Deer City RCMP’s street team and organized crime section executed a search warrant on a residence in the 3500 block of 43rd Avenue. The search — a result of an ongoing investigation — turned up about six pounds of marijuana, $26,000 in cash and quantities of hashish and psilocybin (aka magic mushrooms).

Three people were arrested at the residence without incident.

Shayden Constable, 19, of Red Deer, has been charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession, one count of unauthorized possession of a weapon, and one count of possession of property obtained by crime. Constable was released on bail and is set to in Red Deer provincial court on Oct. 23.

David Drolet, 20, of Red Deer, was arrested on outstanding warrants. He faces no new charges in the bust.

A 19-year-old female from Red Deer was also released from custody and faces no charges at this time.

Crop compensation holds

Lacombe County will not be reducing the amount it pays for damaging crops despite a free fall in many commodity prices.

Spring wheat that could be expected to produce a return of $615 per acre last year is worth only about $293 this year, according to a report prepared for county council on Thursday.

Feed peas are down to $278 per acre from $440. On the up side, mixed hay has nearly doubled its return per acre to $347 from $180.

Despite the wild fluctuations, the county will stick to its 2008 payment schedule, which would see farmers get $464.75 per acre of lost wheat or peas. The compensation rate for tame hay or pasture is $447.85.

“We don’t feel it’s fair to react every single year to changes in crop prices,” said Keith Boras, the county’s manager of environmental and protective services. “We would rather take a look at a longer term average and react.”

If crop prices stayed low for three years the county would look at adjusting its rates, he said.

“Reacting year to year is just not the prudent thing to do.”

The county puts aside $120,000 annually in its budget to compensate farmers for damage to their crops, mostly because of nearby road projects.

Depending on what road work is done, anywhere from $40,000 to $120,000 can be paid out.

Penhold girl names RCMP foal

A Penhold area student is one of six creative young Canadians who have helped name foals who are potential entrants into the RCMP’s famed musical ride.

Danielle Runzer, 11, earned the honour by naming one of the horses Gidget.

The Grade 6 student at Innisfail Junior Senior High School got the name idea from her friend’s dog named Gidget, her mother Michelle Martin said.

Gyro, Gusto, Gus, Gizmo and Gianna were the other foals named, the RCMP said in a news release.

Danielle will receive an authentic RCMP hat, a colour photo of the foal she named, a certificate signed by the commissioner of the RCMP as well as various other prizes.

Each spring, the RCMP Name the Foal contest asks young people from around the world to find original names for six of the foals born at the RCMP breeding farm in Pakenham, Ont. These foals may one day be part of the world famous Musical Ride. This year, the names had to start with the letter G.

Thousands of entries were received over the two-month contest.

Michelle Martin said the family journeyed to Ottawa recently but unfortunately weren’t able to meet Gidget, who was still in Pakenham.

Funds raised for heart, stroke research

A weekend ball hockey tournament was straight from the heart of organizer Jordan Hindo.

The Red Deer man organized an eight-team event in his backyard and raised $8,215 for the Heat and Stroke Foundation, said foundation area manager Michelle Sluchinski.

“It was a first-time event and to raise that much money is just fantastic,” Sluchinski said.

“For him to take on an event like this and achieve that much success gives us a real reason to smile,” she added.

Jordan’s father is a heart attack survivor and that spurred his son and family so much that they decided to organize the Heartland Cup, Sluchinski said.

Funds raised will be used to fight cardiovascular disease. The foundation does this by supporting critical research and helping people reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke through risk factor awareness and promoting healthy lifestyles, Sluchinski said.

She said an average of 75,000 Canadians have a heart attack each year or one person every seven minutes.

“A lot of the leading research on the disease is done right here in Edmonton and Calgary,” Sluchinski added.

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