Court Briefs: Feb. 13

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
February 13, 2018 - 10:29am

A preliminary hearing for a Red Deer man arrested following a carfentanil bust in our city last year has been delayed.

Kim Proctor, 38, was one of four people arrested after Red Deer RCMP and ALERT raided a drug trafficking operation on March 8, 2017 following a three-month investigation.

Police seized firearms, meth, fentanyl powder, cocaine, ketamine, and a substance later confirmed to be carfentanil.

Proctor has pleaded not guilty to three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a weapon obtained by crime and possession of property obtained by crime.

He was to face a preliminary hearing in Red Deer Provincial Court this past Friday, however it has been put over to May 31.

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A man charged in relation to a stolen truck chase west of Red Deer in which shots were fired by police has been sentenced to jail time.

The series of events on Oct. 13, 2017 started when Sundre RCMP received numerous complaints of erratic driving and threatening behaviour involving a stolen vehicle. A civilian was injured after the vehicle they were driving was rammed by the suspect vehicle, which was later spotted in Rocky Mountain House.

Sylvan Lake RCMP later tried to stop the truck along Aspelund Road near Highway 20 with a spike-belt, but the suspect vehicle turned around, prompting an officer to discharge his firearm.

Two of the three suspects were then accused of running-off and breaking into a residence where a family with young children was inside, stealing the occupants cell phones. Following that, the two suspects broke into an unoccupied adjacent farm house and stole keys and a pick-up truck. RCMP then blocked the stolen truck but had their vehicle rammed, resulting in officers firing their guns.

Nicholas Wales, 20, was sentenced last week to 3.5 years in prison.

She-Lee Phillips, 20, had all counts against her in relation to this incident withdrawn.

ASIRT continues to investigate the incident.

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A local man charged after a Red Deer taxi robber was robbed at knifepoint last year has been found not guilty.

Kurt Werner, 32, was facing counts of robbery with weapon, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, and fail to comply with conditions in relation to the robbery on Feb 2, 2017. He was acquitted on all three counts Monday in Red Deer Provincial Court.

Last June, Werner was sentenced to five months behind bars and given a 10-year firearms prohibition for leading police on a chase involving a stolen vehicle.

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A 31-year-old man charged with ramming a police cruiser during a pursuit in Red Deer last September will be sentenced later this year.

James Metzger pleaded guilty to a count of obstructing/resisting a peace officer in Red Deer Provincial Court last month.

It happened around 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2017 when Mounties conducted a traffic stop on 40 Avenue north of Township Road 375 in Red Deer. Police say the truck stopped initially but then reversed and rammed the cruiser, turning it 180 degrees and pushing it towards a ditch.

The collision caused the cruiser’s air bags to deploy, resulting in minor injuries to the officer. The officer however did manage to get out of the cruiser while it was being rammed and before possibly overturning into the ditch. EMS treated the officer at the scene. The truck involved in the crash was found abandoned a short time later.

A pre-sentence report for Metzger will be spoken to on March 6.

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