Former mayor of Big Valley fined $345 for assault of former CAO

Convicted of assaulting a local resident after a special village council meeting in June 2011, the former mayor of Big Valley

Convicted of assaulting a local resident after a special village council meeting in June 2011, the former mayor of Big Valley was fined more than $300 in court this week.

Richard Wayne Kargaard received a $345 penalty Tuesday in Stettler Provincial Court, three months after his trial.

“I find the accused guilty as charged,” said Judge D. J. Plosz, who presided over the two-and-a-half-hour trial May 10.

Serving as the mayor of Big Valley at the time, Kargaard, 69, was accused of assault after former chief administrative officer Douglas (Brodi) Somerville was allegedly prevented from leaving the village officer after a special meeting June 29, 2011.

“Evidence indicates that both men were angry with each other,” said Judge Plosz, who added that he believes evidence from Somerville and three other witnesses more than the evidence from Kargaard.

Court was told at the trial that Kargaard refused to answer questions about council’s decision to approve unbudgeted expenditures of about $56,000 to repair streets. Kargaard admitted to holding the main door to block Sommerville from leaving the building, though Sommerville said the door was pushed into his body.

Three other witnesses and Sommerville said the mayor also grabbed him by the shirt collar and held him against the wall.

Kargaard resigned from council months after the incident because the stress of the position was too much for him to handle, he said.

The judge reminded him and other elected officials that public official is not a popularity contest.

“You have to go into this knowing that you won’t and can’t please everyone all the time,” Judge Plosz said.

“Sometimes you have to have a little more patience. You just lost your cool and you shouldn’t have.”

Other people were fined and sentenced in court last Thursday.

— Jessie Ann Kumleben was given a conditional discharge and placed on 12 months’ probation for mischief to property after she smashed the windshield of a vehicle with a baseball bat.

She also was fined $500 for failing to stop at the scene of a collision and suspended from driving for one year for another charge of failing to stop at the scene.

— Orville Glen Plitt was fined $500 for failing to report a collision when he left the scene at No Frills in Stettler after his vehicle struck another vehicle.

“Leave your name and phone number is the proper thing to do,” Judge J. D. Holmes said.

— Dayton P. Driedger, 26, of Melfort, Sask., was handed a 12-month conditional sentence for possessing 5.5 pounds of marijuana at a traffic stop near Erskine in August 2010.

It was the identical sentence that a co-accused received for the incident.

He was also ordered to complete 60 hours of community service, prohibited from accessing social media and communications devices, and required to take counselling for addictions.

Just Posted

Easter visit!

Easter Bunny makes a visit to Points West Living

Scenes from the Stettler & District Music Festival

Don’t forget to check out the Grand Concert on April 28th

Happy Easter everyone!

Youngsters are excited for the holiday

UCP candidate Nate Horner triumphs in Drumheller-Stettler riding

Horner looking forward to moving ahead with UCP policies in the coming months

Kenney talks pipelines with Trudeau after election win, calls it cordial

Almost a year ago Kenney dismissed Trudeau as a dilettante and a lightweight

Avalanche hot at the right time, cruise past Flames into second round

Avalanche onto second round with a 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames in Game 5

Parents say Austrian climber missing in Banff National Park ‘lived his dream’

David Lama, Hansjorg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing since Wednesday

Six months after legalization, high prices and supply issues boost illicit pot market

It has been six months since Canada became the first industrialized country to legalize recreational cannabis

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Undercover cops don’t need warrant to email, text suspected child lurers: court

High court decision came Thursday in the case of Sean Patrick Mills of Newfoundland

Most Read