Local sports briefs – January 15

A Sylvan Lake man charged in a North American-wide police investigation into child pornography reserved his plea in Red Deer provincial court on Friday.

Plea reserved in child porn sting

A Sylvan Lake man charged in a North American-wide police investigation into child pornography reserved his plea in Red Deer provincial court on Friday.

Andrew John Tettersell, 33, reserved his plea until Feb. 9 on charges of possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography, making child pornography available and making child pornography.

Investigators allege that a suspect possessed and created child pornography that was available on the Internet. He was arrested in mid-November and charged.

The suspect was released from custody on certain conditions. He cannot have contact with any child under the age of 16 and must not have any access to a computer or the Internet.

Grow-op case back in court Feb. 22

A man charged in a major marijuana grow operation bust in Innisfail in early December reserved his plea on Friday.

Shaun M. Kilvington, 31, returns to Red Deer provincial court on Feb. 22 to enter a plea on charges of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and production of marijuana.

He was arrested on Dec. 1 after RCMP raided a huge marijuana operation west of Innisfail.

Investigators found 564 plants with an estimated street value of $705,000, police said earlier.

Woman to undergo more evaluation

Additional psychiatric testing is necessary for a woman charged with attempting to kill her family in a house fire.

The woman reserved her plea until Jan. 27 in Stettler provincial court when she appeared in Red Deer provincial court on Friday.

She is charged with attempting to murder her two children and husband by setting fire to their home in the Bashaw area shortly before Christmas.

The 40-year-old woman can’t be named under a court-imposed publication ban that prevents identification of the suspect, and her children and husband.

The children are potential witnesses and the Youth Criminal Justice Act prohibits identifying any potential witness under 18.

She is charged with three counts of attempted murder and two arson-related counts.

Arrested man facing 18 more charges

A man facing 33 criminal charges in communities throughout Alberta was slapped with another 18 charges after being arrested in Red Deer this week.

RCMP were called about 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday when someone reported a stolen vehicle in the north end of the city. The victim told police a co-worker was following the vehicle.

The stolen vehicle was tracked to the parking lot of at 7730 Gaetz Ave. The driver got out and tried to flee but was arrested by police without incident.

A search of the suspect uncovered a number of stolen identification and credit cards.

Police allege the suspect gave them a false name on his arrest. A suspect was later identified with help from the Canadian Police Services Centre in Ottawa.

It is alleged the suspect was also wanted on outstanding warrants for 33 criminal charges in Edmonton, Camrose, Lake Louise and Banff.

Jeffery Kurylo, 29, of no fixed address has been charged with 12 counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, two counts of break and enter, two counts of obstructing a police officer and one count each of stolen property over $5,000 and taking a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.

Snow crews focus on Priority 1, 2 roads

The City of Red Deer suspended snow removal on bus routes on Friday due to recent snowfall and the forecast promising more.

Crews are now concentrating on Priority 1 and Priority 2 roads, which are arterial roads with hills, bridges and high collision intersections and other arterial thoroughfares.

Plowing and sanding continues around the clock.

“We have hired an additional seven graders to assist us in plowing operations, and our crews are out in full force,” said Jim Chase, the city’s road superintendent.

Beginning on Sunday, night crews will start snow removal on bridges, areas around the hospital, the downtown core and major intersections.

This work may take three or four evenings to complete. Workers will then return to Priority 3 roads, including collector roads on bus routes, in the downtown core, and residential streets adjacent to schools.

To report any unsafe roads, call 403-342-8238.