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Four charged in Ponzi scheme back in court June 18

    Four charged in relation to an alleged $60 million Ponzi scheme did not appear in person on Friday, April 16 in provincial court in Drumheller.
    Murray Stark, 73 of Three Hills, Robert Fyn, 62 of Linden, Garth S. Bailey, 57 and Katherine Rodrique Bailey, 53, of Okotoks were scheduled to be in court last Friday. Local lawyer John Sparling QC acted as agent for Paul Brunnen and Don Macleod QC, counsel for the accused.
    Sparling asked to reserve the elections for the accused and put their next appearance over until June 18, 2010 to allow for defense to receive considerable disclosure which include substantial electronic information.
    Stark, Fyn and Garth Bailey face charges of fraud over $5,000 and conspiracy to commit fraud. The three, and Katherine Rodrique Bailey, also face charges of laundering proceeds of crime and conspiracy to launder proceeds of crime.
    RCMP Calgary Commercial Crime Section launched this investigation in 2004 and believe approximately one thousand victims throughout North America invested more than $60 million US into various alleged fraudulent  investment programs offered by Alberta registered company HMS Financial.

Badlands Rail Company enters negotiations with CN for rail line

    Negotiations have begun with CN on the possibility of producers and investors acquiring the rail line from Lyalta to Oyen.
    The group, operating under the name Badlands Rail Company, has made an offer to CN.
    Dwayne Marshman, current chair for the board making up the company, says it appears to be positive.
    “They seem interested in making a deal, whether we can raise the capital needed we have to find out later,” said Marshman. “I don’t think CN is really interested in closing down any railroads, the only issue is it is a dollar and cents thing. If someone is interested in purchasing it and running it, and delivering cars to them, I think they would be more than happy.”
    He could not release the details of the company’s offer, as negotiations are  still ongoing.
    Leading into negotiations, they held investor meetings throughout the area explaining the project, and urging investors to get on board with an idea that could potentially save producers transportation costs. He is happy with the position the company is in going forward.
    “We need to raise a little more initial capital,” he said. “We have done pretty good as far as our funding so far.  We needed $200,000 for a deposit and we have it. But we need a little more money for our consulting fees and legal fees and some engineering work. We are going to have to raise another $100,000 but we are confident that as we need that money, we won’t have any trouble getting it.”
    He says beyond producers, there are other industries interested in using the rails. With a functioning railway in place, there are possibilities of other spin-offs including commercial traffic, tourism and even a commuter train.
    “We do have some other industries that are definitely supporting us, and we do have other new industries that a railroad would certainly benefit them if they could get quality on time service,” said Marshman. “There are so many avenues opening up right now,  we get calls on a daily basis.”
 The group was required to notify CN they were interested in making an offer by February 15, and then they had to March 31 to make an offer. The two groups met on April 8.
    “We have to have a finalized deal by August 16 at the latest, we’re hoping we won’t take that long,” said Marshman.

Suspects sought in late night assault

    Drumheller RCMP are investigating an assault on a female victim that occurred on 3rd Avenue West near the Courthouse parking lot on Saturday March 27 at 1 a.m. 
    This incident was reported to the police several days later.     
    The female victim was walking a friend home after an evening of socializing in the downtown area.  After the victim dropped her friend off at a residence near McConkey Park, she walked back towards downtown Drumheller on 3rd Avenue. 
    The victim encountered two males who attempted to make conversation with her. One of the males crossed the road and as he met the victim, he grabbed her by the wrist.  The victim was able to break free from the suspect.   The victim twisted the offenders fingers back, and kicked him in the knee area. 
    The offender may have received injury to his hand, and to his knee or leg.  The other male was walking over to the victim, but the victim was able to flee the area before any further altercations occurred. 
    One suspect is described as a caucasian male, early 20’s, 6-feet in height, wearing jeans, jacket, short dark hair.  The suspect may have received injuries to one of his knees or leg and possibly received some medical treatment for injuries.
    The second suspect is described as caucasian male, early 20’s, 5-foot 9-inches in height, dark,  wavy collar length hair wearing a jacket and jeans.
    Several physical altercations have occurred in this general area during the last number of months.  Police are asking for  the public’s assistance in solving these crimes, and that extra caution be taken when travelling on foot at night in this area.  All the assaults have occurred when the victims are walking alone.
    If anyone has any information regarding these two people or the assault, please call Drumheller RCMP Detachment at 403-823-7590, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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