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Trial date set for animal cruelty case

    Two weeks in December of 2012 have been set aside to hear the criminal case of John Barry Graham and Lawrence Bryden relating to the seizure of horses and cows at an East Coulee
area ranch.
    An agent for the pair and their legal counsel appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, November 18. Bryden has been charged with cruelty to animals and creating a nuisance under the criminal code, as well as charges under the Animal Protection Act.
 Graham, too, faces creating nuisance and cruelty to animals charges as well as disobeying a court order. He also faces charges under the Animal Protection Act as well as the Stray Animals Act.
    Both elected to be tried in a provincial court and pleaded not guilty. December 3-7 and December 17-21, 2012 have been set aside for trial on the criminal charges and the matters under the Animal Protection Act. 
    The Stray Animals Act charges against Graham will be spoken to on December 9, 2011.


Shandera makes first court appearance

    An agent for Nathan Shandera, a correctional supervisor charged with property offense, appeared on his behalf last Friday in provincial court in Drumheller.
     The case related to the alleged theft of money and video cameras from the Drumheller Institution. The latter ended up for sale on e-Bay. Shandera was charged with possession of stolen property, possession of proceeds of crime and theft under $5,000.
    The Crown Prosecutor asked to amend the wording of the first count of possession of
stolen property to reflect two video cameras, not exceeding $5,000.
    Shandera is scheduled to appear on December 16 to enter a plea.

Input sought for policing priorities

    The Drumheller and Area Policing Committee is looking for feedback from the community on policing priorities in the coming year and is hosting an open house this Thursday looking for input.
     The committee helps to set the agenda for policing priories in the area. They have scheduled an open house on November 24, at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre.
    “This meeting will be a forum for citizens of Drumheller and area to ask questions of the Police Committee and the RCMP, to lend ideas for better policing or any other discussion as it pertains to policing here locally,” said Fred Makowecki, chair of the committee. “Our goal is to garner local input that will then be used to compile the yearly plan for policing in our community.”
    He said the open house is an opportunity for any resident to get involved in the actual process of priority planning.
    Residents can also take the time to go on line to http://www.dinosaurvalley.com/policing-committee-survey and complete a short  survey on what they feel should be the focus of law enforcement.
    Makowecki said this is a valuable tool for the policing committee that will be used along with other community input to prioritize policing in our community. Printed versions will be available at the open house and are also available at Town Hall.


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