By Pioneer Staff

A valley resident facing multiple charges of break and enter and assaulting a peace officer has pleaded not guilty and will go to trial some time in the new year.

Invermere lawyer Buffy Blakley tendered a not guilty plea on Monday, December 9th on behalf of Kellen Rider Viret in Invermere Provincial Court. Mr. Viret is facing a total of ten charges, including two charges of break and enter, two charges of assaulting a peace officer, one charge of mischief to property, one charge of causing disturbance, one charge of willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer and one charge of possession of for the purposes of trafficking.

Mr. Viret was not present in court.

Judge W. Grant Sheard, crown prosecutor Andrew Mayes and Ms. Blakley agreed that Mr. Virets next appearance in court will be on Monday, January 13th to fix a trial date.

Another Invermere man Kris Weller charged with arson in relation to last winters Columbia Eagle condominium fire in Fairmont Hot Springs had his case adjourned again and will make his next appearance in Invermere Provincial Court on Tuesday, February 11th.

The former Columbia Eagle condominium block had been standing roughly 50 per cent complete in Fairmont for several years until it was burned down to concrete foundation and rebar in an intense fire in December 2012.