Alberta briefs – April 1

A construction company charged in the death of hundreds of fish in southwestern Alberta will have its day in court in November.

Pipeline company faces trial after deaths of fish

PINCHER CREEK — A construction company charged in the death of hundreds of fish in southwestern Alberta will have its day in court in November.

Chinook Pipelines Inc. and its project supervisor were charged under the Fisheries Act in late September for allegedly depositing chlorinated water into the Town of Pincher Creek’s storm sewers.

The company had apparently been hired by the town to make sewer upgrades to a particular street.

Charges were laid by Environment Canada nearly two years after hundreds of fish were found dead along the Pincher Creek bed.

The trial is set for Nov. 30 to Dec. 8 in Fort Macleod.

If the company is convicted, officials could face fines as high as $300,000 or six months in jail.

Another man charged in the matter, Walter Farfus, will be back in court April 7.

Trial set in assault of child

LETHBRIDGE— A preliminary inquiry has been set for a 19-year-old man accused of assaulting his one-month-old baby.

Police say the infant boy was taken to Chinook Regional Hospital in mid-October after he became ill in the family’s home in Lethbridge.

After about one week of treatment at the hospital, the baby’s condition did not improve, so he was transferred to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Police say medical staff there determined the infant’s injuries were consistent with an assault, prompting them to phone Children’s Services and police.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, is charged with two counts of assault causing bodily harm. The preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 in Lethbridge provincial court.

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