Man facing firearms charges reserves plea

Drug and gun charges against a man could be resolved today after the accused reserved his plea on Thursday in Red Deer provincial court.

Drug and gun charges against a man could be resolved today after the accused reserved his plea on Thursday in Red Deer provincial court.

Michael Starman, 23, of Whitecourt, returns to court to face charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm without a licence, being the occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm, two counts of possession of stolen property, two counts of breach of recognizance, and four counts of possession of an illegal substance.

Red Deer City RCMP seized a handgun and drugs after stopping a motorist in Deer Park for a routine traffic violation on Dec. 29.

A traffic enforcement officer stopped a vehicle with a snow-covered licence plate.

That licence plate and vehicle turned out to be stolen, police said, and during a search of the vehicle and its two occupants, police also found brass knuckles, bear spray, oxycodone, marijuana, morphine and methamphetamine.

Both occupants had outstanding warrants and were taken into custody without incident.

Jennifer Courchene, 20, of Red Deer, returns to court on Jan. 14 to have a bail review after reserving her plea on several charges including carrying a concealed weapon in connection with the Deer park incident.

She also faces two counts of possession of stolen property, three counts of failing to comply with court orders and failing to appear in court on unrelated matters.