Local news in brief for Saturday, March 31, 2012

Police are searching for a missing 12-year-old Red Deer girl who was last seen near her middle school in the Lancaster area.

RCMP searching for missing girl, 12

Police are searching for a missing 12-year-old Red Deer girl who was last seen near her middle school in the Lancaster area.

Madison Skoglund left school with a friend and was last at about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. She did not arrive home.

Police have looked for the missing girl at several known hangouts, but have yet to find her.

Skoglund is Caucasian, 1.57 metres (5 ft 2 in) tall, and weighs about 45 kg (100 lb). She has shoulder-length red hair with black streaks and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a fluorescent orange bra with straps showing and possibly a white/pink/purple zip-up sweater and shorts, or black fleece PJ pants with pink and purple hearts on them. She was possibly barefoot.

Anyone with information about the missing girl is asked to call Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575.

Innisfail man facing 15 charges, including abduction, assault

RCMP have laid charges against an Innisfail man following an abduction and assault of a woman at the CrossIron Mills mall on Wednesday.

The man has been charged with 15 counts, including break and enter with intent, forcible confinement, choking to overcome resistance, assault, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

The man cannot be named at this time as RCMP “typically” do not name people involved in domestic disputes, said RCMP Insp. Tony Hamori, of the Airdrie detachment.

“It creates a difficult dynamic when that information is out in terms of the relationship between the parties,” he said.

“It wasn’t a stranger victim arrangement here. The two people had been in a relationship,” he said on Friday.

Police say the woman had recently separated from the man after an altercation, reported on March 15.

The accused was previously arrested due to his behaviour and released on conditions.

The recent charges steam from an incident on Wednesday afternoon after a good Samaritan was passed a note from a woman at the Balzac mall saying that she had been abducted and needed help. The individual took the note to mall security who then called police.

Upon police arrival, the suspect became angry and allegedly assaulted the victim in front of the officers.

“Police officers attempted to arrest the suspect who resisted and actively fought with police,” said Sgt. Patricia Neely, media relations officer for the RCMP in Alberta.

“After a concerted effort, the members were able to control the suspect.”

The woman was taken to hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.

The Innisfail man has been remanded in custody and will appear in Airdrie court on Monday.

Inmate makes brief court appearance on escape, assault, theft charges

A federal inmate accused of assaulting a corrections officer and then stealing the van she was driving will return to court in May.

Donald Junior Fowler, 32, made a brief appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Friday via closed-circuit TV from the Red Deer Remand Centre.

Fowler is alleged to have assaulted the corrections officer who was escorting him on day pass from the federal prison in Drumheller to visit family at Buck Lake on Oct. 18, 2011.

Red Deer lawyer Michael Scrase, acting as duty counsel on Friday, advised that a resolution on the charges has been proposed.

Fowler is to return to Red Deer provincial court on Friday, May 18.

Lawyer needs more time to review case of man charged in death of woman

An Edmonton man accused of killing his girlfriend and then dumping her body in a rural area near Innisfail has had his case adjourned after a brief appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Friday.

Mark Damien Lindsay, 25, appeared by closed-circuit television from the Red Deer Remand Centre, where he is in custody.

Lindsay is accused in the death of Dana Jane Turner, 31, who was reported missing to Fort Saskatchewan RCMP on Aug. 16, 2011.

Her remains were found 10 km west of Innisfail on Oct. 9.

He is charged with second-degree murder, performing an indignity to a body and obstruction of justice.

Red Deer lawyer Dan Wilson appeared with Lindsay on Friday, as agent for Lindsay’s lawyer, Robert Shaigec of Edmonton. Wilson sought an adjournment to give Shaigec more time to review the case against his client, including documents received from Crown prosecutor Anders Quist on Friday.

Lindsay’s next appearance is April 27, when it is anticipated that he will enter a plea and set hearing dates.

City proceeding with area structure plan for land near Hwy 2A

The City of Red Deer is one step closer to establishing a Major Area Structure Plan for the 3,200-acre parcel north of Red Deer near Hwy 2A and north of Hwy 11A.

The public had their say on how the land — annexed from Red Deer County in 2009 — should be subdivided and developed at an open house on Thursday.

Orlando Toews, senior planner with the City of Red Deer, said on Friday that approximately 70 people attended the open house to comment on what should be included in an area structure plan — a plan that establishes the general framework for future subdivision and development of an area of undeveloped land.

“The next step is to try and digest what we heard from people both verbally and written,” Toews said.

“Then we will start drafting up some broad concepts of what uses should go where, and broad policy direction, and the idea is that in the coming months we will have another public meeting where we say, ‘Here is what we heard from you and these are the concepts. Are we headed in the right direction?’ ”

Five Central Albertans winners

in hospitals’ lottery ‘supporters’ draw

The winners of the first draw for the 2012 Red Deer Regional Health Foundation Hospitals’ Lottery were announced on Thursday.

Five Central Albertans took home an extra $1,000 after the “previous supporters” draw. Winners were: Luc Vienneau of Red Deer, Laura Scheerschmidt of Red Deer, Lois Falk of Eckville, Jim Gaudet of Drayton Valley and Katherine Shiach from Lacombe.

The Hospitals’ Lottery is 60 per cent sold out.

Proceeds from the lottery will go to purchasing new pulmonary equipment for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

Tickets are $25 a piece and can be purchased by calling 403-340-1878 or 1-877-808-9005. They are also available online at www.hospitalslottery.com and at the foundation office on the main floor of the Red Deer hospital.

An early bird draw will take place June 26. All tickets for this draw must be purchased before 11 p.m. on June 10.

The final draw is on July 9. All tickets must be purchased before 11 p.m. on June 24.

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