Alberta briefs – March 2

A 35-year-old Stettler man will appear in court later this month after Mounties busted a rural residence and seized 60 marijuana plants.

Man charged in marijuana bust

A 35-year-old Stettler man will appear in court later this month after Mounties busted a rural residence and seized 60 marijuana plants.

Sgt. Rowland Schmidt of Stettler RCMP said on Monday that the Friday bust occurred at the residence near Range Road 19-5 north of Stettler when police executed a search warrant.

The man will appear in provincial court on March 11 to enter a plea on possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking, production of marijuana and unsafe storage of a firearm.

Stettler police were assisted by RCMP officers from Red Deer and the Southern Alberta marijuana investigation team.

Bull escapes from livestock sale

CALGARY — Good thing there’s no china shops near Calgary’s Stampede grounds, home to the city’s annual rodeo and western-themed celebration.

An animal escaped from a sale of bulls on Monday and scooted through a downtown neighbourhood before it could be corralled.

Cattlemen were later able to lasso the wayward bull.

Fourth person charged in horse killing

DIDSBURY— A fourth person has been charged in the shooting of a wild horse last year.

Neither Gary Cope, nor his three co-accused, appeared personally in court in Didsbury on Monday.

Jason Nixon, 29, Earl Anderson, 40, and a 13-year-old boy were charged with offences under the Criminal Code of Canada and Alberta’s Wildlife Act.

They’re also charged with killing cattle and careless use of a firearm.

The matter was adjourned until March 29.

As many as 30 wild horses in the area have been killed in the past 10 years but charges have only been laid in a single case.