Local briefs – June 30

A trial will be held early next year for a man charged with attempting to murder a woman last fall in Red Deer.

Attempted murder trial slated to start early next year

A trial will be held early next year for a man charged with attempting to murder a woman last fall in Red Deer.

Cory Nicholson, 35, of Rocky Mountain House will stand trial Jan. 18 in Red Deer provincial court. Nicholson also faces charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and possession of stolen property.

Nicholson was charged Oct. 15 with attempting to allegedly murder a 51-year-old woman who was assaulted and stabbed in a Terrace Park residence and rushed to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre by ambulance.

Red Deer City RCMP were called to the townhouses at Terrace Park at around 1:20 p.m. to an assault in progress.

The home is part of an apartment complex of townhouses, south of Ross Street and east of 37th Avenue.

Police also recovered a stolen vehicle at the scene.


Rains help lower fire hazard

Recent rains have substantially eliminated the fire hazard in Clearwater Forest with no new fire starts since Sunday morning, says an official with Sustainable Resource Development.

However, while the fire hazard is low right now, people still need to take precautions, says Forestry Information Officer Rita Stagman.

Good practices include ensuring that brushpiles are extinguished before fire permits expire, ensuring that ATV exhaust systems are clear of burnable debris, and follow the guidelines permits for using a burn barrel.

Campers are reminded to make sure their fires are out by soaking down the spot after it has been extinguished, stirring it up and then soaking it down again.

For information on wildfires in Alberta, visit www.srd.alberta.ca or call 1-866-916-4636 (916-INFO). Please visit albertafirebans.ca or call 1-866-394-3473 (FYI-FIRE) for information.


Olds students recognized

Students belonging to Olds Elementary School’s CARE Club have been recognized for their efforts to raise $15,000 to build a school in India through Free the Children.

Free the Children, an international organization of children helping children through education, presented the 35 Care Club students with a Big Dreamers’ Award.

The award, sponsored by Club Penguin, includes $5,000, which will be added to the India school project.

Students raised the money in one year by holding garage sales, book sales, and a concession at a family dance. They shovelled sidewalks, designed and sold their own Christmas cards, and donated their own birthday money.

In addition to building the school, money will also go towards constructing a well beside the schoo and buying books, desks and supplies. Some money will be spent to help run the school and training for community members.

CARE Club members included students from Olds Elementary, and a few from Deer Meadow and Olds High schools.


40th Ave. closure announced

Some businesses in Red Deer’s Riverside heavy industrial subdivision will need to find alternate parking for part of next week.

Major Projects Engineer Ken Haslop has issued a notice stating that on-street parking will not be allowed on 78th Street Crescent to accommodate an increase in traffic as the result of a temporary closure of the north section of 40th Ave.

The road will be closed on Tuesday closed to accommodate construction of storm sewers and sanitary pipes, part of the North Highway Corridor Project. There will be no vehicle access to the parking area adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant during the period of the closure, which is expected to wrap up July 8.

Closures and detours will not affect the pathway along the river. The pedestrian bridge will remain open with public parking available at Three Mile Bend.


Search continues for man

The search continues for the 40-year-old maintenance worker who was reported missing from his home near Rocky Mountain House nearly two weeks ago. Danny Baich was last seen on June 17 at his home he shared with his parents in the Ferrier Acres subdivision, 22 km west of Rocky. He may be carrying a firearm.

He is described as being 1.8 metres tall and weighing 77 kg (six feet, 170 pounds). He has blue eyes with brown hair with grey accents. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Rocky Mountain House RCMP at 403-845-2882

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