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Discharge for assault charge


A man was given a conditional discharge for a charge of assault.
Mark Winther appeared in the Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, November 24. He was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and invite to sexual touching.
Winther maintained a not guilty plea to sexual assault, but pleaded guilty to the lesser and included charge of assault.
The court heard how in August of 2022, Winther was at an event at the Lions Campground in Trochu. At one point during the event, the accused and the victim went to an area of the campground alone and put his hands on the 15-year-old victim without consent.
The parent of the victim alerted the police.
Winther has no criminal record and wrote an apology to the victim and the family following the crime.
He has also undergone extensive counselling.
The crown and defense agreed to and presented a joint submission for a discharge with 12 months of probation. He is to abide by conditions including a no-contact order.
The remaining charges were withdrawn.

Inmate pleads guilty to drug charges

Drumheller Institution

A serving inmate at the Drumheller Institution had 21 days added to his sentence after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine.
Jimy Wolverine, 32, appeared via closed circuit television in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, November 24.
He pleaded guilty to the charge of simple possession.
On August 5, 2023, staff at Correctional Service Canada’s Drumheller Institution located methamphetamine, which was seized by the Drumheller RCMP and processed.
As a result of the investigation, Drumheller GIS charged Wolverine with possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine.
He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of simple possession and was sentenced to 21 days in jail concurrent to any sentence he is currently serving.

Wheatland County draft resolution for new provincial funding model for municipal dissolution

Wheatland 2021

Wheatland County council directed its administration to draft a resolution for the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) spring convention, which will be held in March 2024, regarding a proposed new funding model and a new process for rural municipalities facing dissolution during its regular Tuesday, November 21 council meeting.
The new funding model could potentially help encompassing counties, which would absorb a dissolved municipality, to offset infrastructure and other costs required by the municipality to continue providing services to residents following dissolution of a village or town municipality.
“The bottom line, my critical priority, is that we’re asking for more adequate funding to follow that dissolution,” Reeve Amber Link shared during the meeting. “For me, this is the ultimate download… the receiving municipality has zero say in whether they receive the municipality or not.”
Division 6 Councillor Glenn Koester noted the province did previously have a funding model in place. He referred to the hamlets of Gleichen and Cluny which had previously been dissolved and taken up by Wheatland County, and which both had had reserve funding. Councillor Koester also noted the Village of Hussar had undergone the process of engaging in an viability review of the municipality, which ultimately resulted in the village receiving a letter from the Minister of Municipal Affairs stating the village had satisfied “the requirements and directives” outlined in a Ministerial Order and would not be subject to dissolution at this time.
It was acknowledged by both Councillor Koester and Reeve Link that in the instance of a municipal dissolution there is a large burden placed upon the receiving municipality, particularly in terms of taking on outstanding or emergent Capital projects. Reeve Link noted these projects may not be fully covered by any pending Local Government Fiscal Framework (LGFF) funding allocated to the dissolved municipality. A new funding model could also negate the receiving municipality from having to implement a local improvement tax on residents to offset or support Capital projects.


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