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2:20 pm – The ECHO Lacombe Association is proud to announce $4,400 in funding support for Neighbourhood Life’s ‘coffee bike’. The coffee bike is available free of charge for those looking to host block parties, as well as select community events. All coffee supplies will be donated by Good Neighbour Coffee. The group seeks to improve the quality of life within Lacombe by fostering a collaborative environment focused on cultivating innovation, nurturing a business-friendly culture, promoting sustainable growth and creating a safe, inclusive, vibrant and healthy community.

1:47 pm – Red Deer residents are reminded that property tax bills for 2017 are due on Friday, June 30th. Read More.

1:38 pm – The City of Red Deer is offering youth unlimited rides on Red Deer Transit and unlimited access to all City recreation facilities all summer long with the Rip ‘N Rec Summer Pass. Read More.

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10:05 am – The Red Deer Rebels have announced that Assistant Coach Pierre-Paul Lamoureux has left the team to take a job as Associate Head Coach of the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League. Meanwhile, the Rebels have hired Brett Anderson as an Assistant Coach. Brett was Director and Head Coach at the Ontario Hockey Academy in Cornwall, Ontario last season. Read More.

9:52 am – Sylvan Lake’s Dog Park is closed temporarily for Foxtail removal. Read More.

9:08 am – Ponoka RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 13 year old male. James Rain was last seen in Ponoka at approximately 8:00 pm June 24th. He is believed to be in the Wetaskiwin area. He is described as 5’2 in height, 155 lbs pounds in weight, Brown hair and Brown eyes.

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9:00 am – Red Deer road closures to make note of today. Read More.

8:46 am –  Ponoka RCMP are actively searching for five suspects after two people were restrained and robbed early Saturday morning. Read More.

8:40 am – Charges have been laid against a 25 year old man accused of killing his mother on the Ermineskin First Nation in 2015. Read More.

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8:30 am – Father Henri Voisin Elementary School in Red Deer will celebrate the accomplishments of it’s students at their Year-end Awards Ceremony today. This event will be held in the gymnasium from 12:45 – 1:45 pm.

8:15 am – It’s Kindergarten Orientation night at the new Don Campbell Elementary School in Red Deer’s Inglewood neighbourhood. It runs from 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm. Meanwhile, all Gr. 1-5 families from Don Campbell Elementary are invited to attend a school tour which will be available to all families this evening. It’s a drop-in event that runs between 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

7:55 am – The state of local emergency has been lifted in Red Deer as power has been restored to nearly all residents, returning Electric Light & Power to regular operations. However, Parks crews will continue restoration of City parks and trails in the coming weeks and potentially into the fall. Read More.

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Man charged in Toronto stabbing, police say; mosque calls for hate crime probe

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TORONTO — An arrest has been made in the death of a man who was fatally stabbed outside a Toronto mosque, police said Friday as the religious group called for the murder to be investigated as a hate crime.

Insp. Hank Idsinga, head of the Toronto Police Service’s homicide unit, said a 34-year-old man from Toronto was arrested Friday morning and charged with first-degree murder.

“We have received information and support from the community. I thank them for that,” Idsinga said at a news conference announcing the charge against Guilherme (William) Von Neutegem.

Idsinga said there is no known motive or a relationship between the accused and the victim, Mohamed-Aslim Zafis.

Zafis, 58, was seated outside the International Muslim Organization on Sept. 12 when police allege the suspect approached and fatally stabbed him before fleeing the scene.

Zafis’ funeral, hosted metres away from where he was attacked, drew hundreds of mourners to the mosque parking lot in Etobicoke this week. He was remembered at the service as a gentle soul who was dedicated to helping others in need and was volunteering at the time he was killed.

A vigil is planned for Zafis on Saturday afternoon, where the International Muslim Organization said it will thank police for their work on the case, and ask that the possibility of a hate crime be explored.

“The IMO will be calling on the Toronto Police Service to investigate the murder as a potentially hate-motivated homicide,” the organization said in a statement Friday.

Idsinga said it is too soon to exclude Von Neutegem from the investigation into another stabbing death that occurred in the city five days earlier.

However, he said it is also too soon to refer to the arrested man as a suspect in the killing of Rampreet (Peter) Singh.

Police allege Singh was stabbed multiple times under the bridge where he’d been living for several months.

Earlier this week, police said they were investigating whether the two murders were connected because of a number of similarities, though there was no evidence linking the two.

Both victims were men with brown skin who died of stab wounds after sudden attacks that happened within kilometres of one another.

Idsinga said Friday the investigation into Singh’s death is still “very active,” with “several different avenues” being explored, and it will take time to process all the evidence.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18., 2020.

Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

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Man charged in Toronto stabbing, police say; mosque calls for hate crime probe

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TORONTO — An arrest has been made in the death of a man who was fatally stabbed outside a Toronto mosque, police said Friday as the religious group called for the murder to be investigated as a hate crime.

Insp. Hank Idsinga, head of the Toronto Police Service’s homicide unit, said a 34-year-old man from Toronto was arrested Friday morning and charged with first-degree murder.

“We have received information and support from the community. I thank them for that,” Idsinga said at a news conference announcing the charge against Guilherme (William) Von Neutegem.

Idsinga said there is no known motive or a relationship between the accused and the victim, Mohamed-Aslim Zafis.

Zafis, 58, was seated outside the International Muslim Organization on Sept. 12 when police allege the suspect approached and fatally stabbed him before fleeing the scene.

Zafis’ funeral, hosted metres away from where he was attacked, drew hundreds of mourners to the mosque parking lot in Etobicoke this week. He was remembered at the service as a gentle soul who was dedicated to helping others in need and was volunteering at the time he was killed.

A vigil is planned for Zafis on Saturday afternoon, where the International Muslim Organization said it will thank police for their work on the case, and ask that the possibility of a hate crime be explored.

“The IMO will be calling on the Toronto Police Service to investigate the murder as a potentially hate-motivated homicide,” the organization said in a statement Friday.

Idsinga said it is too soon to exclude Von Neutegem from the investigation into another stabbing death that occurred in the city five days earlier.

However, he said it is also too soon to refer to the arrested man as a suspect in the killing of Rampreet (Peter) Singh.

Police allege Singh was stabbed multiple times under the bridge where he’d been living for several months.

Earlier this week, police said they were investigating whether the two murders were connected because of a number of similarities, though there was no evidence linking the two.

Both victims were men with brown skin who died of stab wounds after sudden attacks that happened within kilometres of one another.

Idsinga said Friday the investigation into Singh’s death is still “very active,” with “several different avenues” being explored, and it will take time to process all the evidence.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18., 2020.

Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

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