Local briefs – September 13

Robert Mitchell is the new United Way of Central Alberta chief executive officer. He will begin his new duties today, just in time for the organization’s annual community fundraising Kick Off Luncheon on Thursday.

United way chooses new CEO

Robert Mitchell is the new United Way of Central Alberta chief executive officer.

He will begin his new duties today, just in time for the organization’s annual community fundraising Kick Off Luncheon on Thursday.

Mitchell has wide experience in the non-profit sector and is well known in Central Alberta.

“While the search of a new CEO was widespread, we are excited to have found someone in the local community who has extensive non-profit experience and is familiar with the United Way,” said Joe Deutscher, United Way of Central Alberta board president.

“Robert clearly understands and believes so strongly in the work that we do in the community.”

Before joining the United Way of Central Alberta, Mitchell was the community services co-ordinator for the Municipal District of Bighorn and the executive director of the Independent Living Resource Centre of Calgary.

He holds a post-graduate diploma in management studies for non-profit organizations.

Mitchell is originally from England and he was the CEO of the Middlesex Young People’s Club in London before relocating to Canada in 2003.

“I’m excited to join an organization that is so committed and passionate about the community,” Mitchell said. “There is no greater privilege than to have the opportunity to be part of positive social change and to make a difference in the lives of so many community members.”

Mitchell will be formally introduced at the United Way 2011 Kick Off Luncheon at the Capri Hotel and Convention Centre on Thursday.

Tickets are still available for the event and can be purchased online at www.caunitedway.ca for $50 per seat or $400 per table.

Anyone interested can also call the United Way at 403-343-3900.


Man robbed after stopping for pedestrian

A 71-year-old man was robbed when he stopped for a pedestrian Sunday night.

The victim was driving eastbound in Red Deer on 52nd Street between 50th Avenue and 49th Avenue between 6:30 and 7 p.m. when he stopped for a male who walked in front of the vehicle.

The suspect walked to the driver’s side of the vehicle and opened the door.

He pressed an unknown sharp object into the side of the victim and demanded money.

The victim complied and was then released to drive away.

The victim went to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, where he was treated and released.

Red Deer City RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspect.

The suspect is described as about 1.75 metres (five-feet nine) tall with a slim build.

If you have information, call Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report online at www.tipsubmbit.com.


Sentence hearings set

Dates for sentence hearings for three people charged in a murder in the Rocky Mountain House area last fall were set Monday in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.

Cameron Paul Strawberry, 37, of Rocky had a hearing set for Sept. 21, as did Jenny Olivia Beaverbones, 26, also of Rocky.

Justice Kirk Sisson heard that both pleas will have an agreed statement of facts and a joint submissions on sentence for the court’s consideration.

Malvina Jean Beaverbones, 36, of Rocky will have her hearing on Sept, 20 but the sentence aspect will be contested and could take all day to hear.

Terrence Andy Beaverbones, 21, and Evan Everest Foureyes, 21, both also from Rocky, had their next appearances adjourned until Oct. 3 to possibly set new dates.

They are all charged with second-degree murder.

Darcy John Lightfoot, 30, was sentenced to six more years in prison after being credited for time served in a Queen’s Bench sentencing in August.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of Gordon Strawberry, 45, was beaten with fists and a board, stomped on and stabbed on Sept. 17, 2010, at the O’Chiese First Nation Reserve northwest of Rocky.

A relative of Gordon Strawberry sat in the court on Monday holding a large framed picture of the victim in hopes the accused would see it.

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