Local briefs – September 29

Fraud charges have been laid against four of seven people alleged to have been involved in writing and cashing $45,000 worth of bad cheques within the city of Red Deer.

Several suspects charged with fraud

Fraud charges have been laid against four of seven people alleged to have been involved in writing and cashing $45,000 worth of bad cheques within the city of Red Deer.

Const. Sabrina Grunow, media liaison officer for the Red Deer City RCMP, said police have been investigating a numbered company with which all seven suspects are alleged to be involved.

Police allege that a series of cheques cashed between Feb. 25 and June 20, 2008, were returned for having not sufficient funds in the bank.

Facing charges and due for a first appearance in Red Deer provincial court today are:

• Curt Whitten, 34 of Red Deer, facing 27 counts of false pretence under $5,000;

• Donald Hutlet, 34, of Benalto, facing seven counts of fraud under $5,000;

• Darcy Aubuchon, 29, of Innisfail, facing six counts of fraud under $5,000;

• Mardy Brand, 46, of Red Deer, facing five counts of fraud under $5,000.

The investigation continues and RCMP anticipate laying charges against three more people, said Grunow.

Break-ins, assaults up in Red Deer

Assaults and break-ins both showed increases from the previous week, city RCMP statistics for the week ending on Sunday revealed.

Assault complaints jumped a third to 32 compared with 24 the previous week.

Residential and business break-ins increased nine to 22 last week, including 19 residential break-ins.

Some other serious crime calls, including domestic violence and thefts, declined with 18 calls for domestic violence compared with 28 the previous week.

Thefts fell seven to 78 while drug investigations were at 19 compared with 20 the previous week.

Other statistics included:

• 885 total calls for service;

• 165 bylaw infractions;

• six frauds;

• five mischief;

• no robberies;

• 35 suspicious persons, vehicles or activities;

• 95 victim service assistance.

Many traffic tickets issued

Speeding tickets and collisions top the list of traffic calls involving the Red Deer City RCMP during the week ending Saturday.

The detachment’s traffic section reports the following results:

• 128 traffic tickets;

• 66 motor vehicle collisions;

• 49 non-moving violations, including unregistered vehicle and equipment violations;

• 48 bylaw, Environmental Protection Act and others.

• 32 impaired driving;

• 24 hit-and-run collisions;

• Nine 24-hour suspensions;

• Eight seatbelt tickets;

• Seven red light and stop sign tickets;

• Six no-insurance tickets;

• Three liquor tickets.

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