Development company trial set for August in Stettler

Two local land developers and a development company will appear in court for trial for next summer in Stettler Provincial Court.

Two local land developers and a development company will appear in court for trial for next summer in Stettler Provincial Court.

A trial for Mark Peter MacNaughton and Donald J. Peters and Quartz Land Development was set for Aug. 9, 11, 17, 18 and 25 at the court session in Stettler on Oct. 8.

All three accused originally appeared in court July 23 with charges under the Water Act.

Charges relate to activities undertaken in September and October 2007, with violators facing fines from $500,000 to $1 million.

“The company started or continued activity without the proper approval or authorization,” said a statement from the government although no specifics were explained.

Sally Ann Christiansen was fined the minimum $500 after her dog attacked another dog and her dog left her property in the Town of Stettler on June 2 although neither the other dog nor its owner were injured.

“I have little patience for people who can’t control their dogs,” said Judge Jim Mitchell.

“They disturb the public peace.”

Joanne Mary Sietzema was fined $2,500 for driving an uninsured vehicle.

Phirith Nopkal was fined $2,500 for driving an uninsured vehicle and $100 for two counts of failing to appear in court.

Gerald L. Serbier was fined $500 for mischief of property after he smashed two windows of a vehicle on Aug. 16 and was ordered to pay restitution for damage of about $575.

Julie Marie Martin, 22, was fined $300 for failing to remain at a motor vehicle collision site after she hit a parked vehicle in the parking lot of the Liquor Barn in Stettler on Aug. 14 and fined $230 for failing to hold a valid driver’s licence.

“It’s a dumb and dirty thing to do,” Judge Mitchell said about the hit-and-run.

“I don’t appreciate these kinds of offences.

Benjamin M. Hunter was placed on six months probation for an assault on Jan. 24 at a drinking establishment.

“I’m getting sick and tired of these silly soap operas of fights at bars,” said Judge Mitchell.

“That’s why more people stop going to these places.”

“They really pack the courtrooms,” said Judge Mitchell.