Two trials needed to deal with lengthy list of charges

Two trials will be set for a man facing a long list of 26 charges, including several firearms offences. Michael Alois Schaab, 42, is accused of trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine and numerous firearms offences.

Two trials will be set for a man facing a long list of 26 charges, including several firearms offences.

Michael Alois Schaab, 42, is accused of trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine and numerous firearms offences. He was arrested during a police search of a rural property near Markerville last spring.

On Thursday, in Red Deer provincial court, his counsel Andrew Phypers entered elections of two trials by a judge alone in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.

Phypers requested a preliminary hearing for both trials. Preliminary hearings are held to test the strength of the Crown’s case before heading to trial.

Because Schaab faces two sets of charges, one prosecuted by the Federal Crown and one by the Provincial Crown, the two trials were necessary.Crown Prosecutor Maurice Collard said the provincial charges would take about 90 minutes. Those charges include forcible entry, being unlawfully in a dwelling house, assault causing bodily harm and breach of an undertaking.

Federal Crown Prosecutor Dave Inglis and Phypers agreed the federal charges would take longer, possibly two days. Judge Bert Skinner ordered a pre-hearing conference to discuss the length of the preliminary hearing.

The federal file charges include six counts of unsafe storage of a firearm, seven counts of failing to comply with an undertaking, four counts of possession of property obtained by crime and several other drug trafficking, weapons and explosive charges.

The lengthier set of charges will return to Red Deer provincial court on Oct. 29 to set a preliminary hearing date.

Just Posted

PHOTO: Renewable Energy Fair at Red Deer College

The Renewable Energy Fair and Workshops event was held at Red Deer… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Red Deer College Queens host third annual Pink in the Rink game

The RDC Queens picked up an extra special victory on home ice… Continue reading

PHOTOS: The Mustard Seed CEO speaks at Seeds of Hope Gala in Red Deer

The first-ever Seeds of Hope Gala was held at the Red Deer… Continue reading

Person airlifted to hospital after collision near Innisfail

One person was airlifted to hospital after a serious collision west of… Continue reading

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Migrant caravan swells to 5,000, resumes advance toward US

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the… Continue reading

“I don’t feel real”: Mental stress mounting after Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Amy Cross has a hard time explaining the… Continue reading

Toronto residents set to vote Monday on the next four years of civic leaders

Toronto’s municipal election campaign, marked by unprecedented provincial interference, ends Monday when… Continue reading

Former PQ minister Lise Payette remembered as role model for female politicians

MONTREAL — Members from across Quebec’s political spectrum gathered at a downtown… Continue reading

Voters head to polls for BC municipal elections today, some complain of long lines

VANCOUVER — Voters in British Columbia are heading to the polls today… Continue reading

Kennedy Stewart named mayor of Vancouver; one of several B.C. turnovers

VANCOUVER — Former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart has won a neck-and-neck… Continue reading

‘In our bloodline:’ Land-based learning links curriculum with Indigenous culture

REGINA — A school day for six-year-old Hunter Sasakamoose can start with… Continue reading

‘Stupid’ law preventing Canada’s re-engagement with Iran: retired envoy

OTTAWA — The real reason the Liberal government hasn’t been able to… Continue reading

Most Read