Five months for dangerous driving, stolen property; in custody on drug trafficking charges

by | Oct 6, 2023

Five months in jail for dangerous driving, stolen property

Marshall Turner, 23, of Beaconsfield, was sentenced to five months in jail, minus time served, when he appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 5.

Associate Chief Judge Brian C. McLean also placed Turner on probation for 12 months and ordered him to seek counselling for meth addiction.

RCMP charged Turner with committing mischief, dangerous driving and breach of probation concerning an incident on Aug. 24 at Beaconsfield. The court heard the incident involved a hit and run. Turner was driving an ATV when he struck another vehicle, causing significant damage.

He was arrested and held in custody for a bail hearing but then pleaded guilty to two charges on Sept. 1. The crown withdrew the mischief charge.

Turner also pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen snowmobile, flight from police, and breach of probation for another incident on March 6 at Carlingford when police spotted him at a local gas station. Turner had a prior criminal record.

In custody on drug trafficking charges

Keith Reid, 33, of Fredericton, will appear in provincial court in custody by video for a bail hearing on Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. He appeared in court in custody on Oct. 4 on drug trafficking charges and was remanded.

Reid was charged by RCMP with possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a firearm (a shotgun) without a licence, and improper storage of a firearm in connection with an incident on Oct. 3 in Hartland. He also faces two counts of breaching a release order for other matters in Fredericton.

Rowan released with conditions

Aaron William Rowan, 47, of Bulls Creek, was released from custody with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle, when he appeared in provincial court on Oct. 5 for a decision on his bail.

Rowan will reside at a Woodstock residence under strict conditions until his next court appearance on Oct. 17 at 9:30 a.m. He is expected to enter a plea at that time.

Rowan was charged with possession of a firearm (a handgun) while prohibited, uttering threats, intimidation to obstruct the course of justice, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, possession of stolen property, and committing mischief, concerning an incident involving a female victim on Sept. 23 at Bulls Creek.

He appeared in court in custody on Sept. 26 and was remanded for a bail hearing. On Oct. 3, Rowan also faced a separate charge of assaulting another female victim on July 11 at Woodstock First Nation.

Rowan appeared in provincial court in custody in February for a bail hearing. He was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle, but was recently taken back into custody.

Woodstock Police charged him with assault causing bodily harm to another man, assault with a weapon (a metal pipe), and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. Following an incident on Jan. 10 at Capital Square in downtown Woodstock, he was arrested when a man suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized. He pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set for Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Rowan has a lengthy prior criminal record. He was also charged by Woodstock Police with possession of stolen property over $5,000 (a tractor owned by Green Diamond Equipment), stemming from an incident on Dec. 17, 2021, in Woodstock.

Jacksontown man released from custody

Brian Thomas Ketch, 42, of Jacksontown, appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 4 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions, including a curfew.

Ketch was arrested and charged by Woodstock Police with two counts of breach of a release order concerning incidents on June 23 and Sept. 25 in Woodstock. He pleaded not guilty, and the court set a trial date for Feb. 28, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Ketch is also scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on Feb. 28 on two other charges laid by RCMP. He entered his not-guilty plea in May.

Ketch appeared in provincial court in custody on March 31 and was released with conditions. RCMP charged him with assault involving a female victim and breach of an undertaking by failing to abide by a no-contact order following incidents on March 11 and 28 in Jacksontown.

Agrees to peace bond, charge withdrawn

Leanne Stone, 37, of Florenceville-Bristol, appeared in provincial court on Oct. 4 for a hearing about her upcoming trial on an assault charge. She agreed to sign a 12-month peace bond, and the crown consented to withdraw the charge.

RCMP charged Stone with assault in relation to an incident on Aug. 25, 2022, at Florenceville-Bristol. She entered her not-guilty plea at a court appearance on March 22. As part of the peace bond, Stone was ordered not to have any contact with the complainants.

Sentencing set for Woodstock man

James Morgan DeMerchant, 20, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 5 for his trial on charges laid by Woodstock Police. He changed his plea to guilty on all counts, and a sentencing date was set for Nov. 16 at 930 a.m.

DeMerchant was charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, and breach of probation in connection with incidents during the early morning hours of March 7 in Woodstock. He was arrested after police received reports of an individual attempting to steal from vehicles. He was denied bail and remanded.

Peel man sentenced

Alan Hovey, 61, of Peel, appeared in provincial court on Oct. 5 for sentencing on charges laid by RCMP. He received a suspended sentence and 12 months of probation. Hovey also agreed to sign a 12-month peace bond.

Hovey was charged with assault, uttering threats, and unlawful entry at a dwelling house stemming from an incident on Aug. 2, 2022, in Hartland. He pleaded guilty to two of the charges.

Released with conditions

Mitchell LaFrance of Perth appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 5 for his bail hearing and was released with conditions. He returns to court for plea on Oct. 24 at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP charged LaFrance with breaching an undertaking by failing to comply with a no-contact order in connection with an incident involving a female victim on Oct. 2 at East Brighton. He was also charged with uttering threats and criminal harassment for incidents involving the same complainant between Aug. 28 and Sept. 25.

Fined $500 for breach of intervention order

Daniel Jonathan DeMerchant, 32, of Woodstock, was fined $500 when he appeared in provincial court for sentencing on one charge laid by Woodstock Police.

DeMerchant changed his plea to guilty of breaching an emergency intervention order for an incident in Woodstock on Sept. 27, 2022. The crown withdrew a second charge for a similar incident on Nov. 25, 2022. DeMerchant had a prior criminal record. The charges are related to a no-contact order.

Arrested on a warrant

Jerod Nowlan, 40, of Woodstock First Nation, turned himself into sheriffs at the courthouse on Oct. 4 after failing to appear in provincial court to monitor his upcoming trial. The court issued a warrant for his arrest on Oct. 3.

Nowlan was escorted to jail and then released with conditions later that day. He returns to court on Oct. 24 at 9:30 a.m. for monitoring.

Nowlan is scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to an assault charge. RCMP charged him with assault on a minor in connection with an incident between April 1 and April 30 in Coldstream. He pleaded not guilty on Sept. 12.

Warrant issued for Neqotkuk man

The court issued another arrest warrant for Tyler Randall Moulton, 31, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), after he failed to appear in provincial court for his trial on Oct. 4.

Moulton appeared in provincial court in custody by video in May and pleaded not guilty to all charges. He was later released with conditions. He also missed a court appearance on Sept. 5 when an arrest warrant was issued.

On May 2, Moulton was arrested on a warrant on a mischief charge in Edmunston. He was one of six former inmates charged in connection with an October 2021 riot at the Madawaska jail that caused over $100,000 in damage to the institution.

RCMP also charged Moulton with unlawful confinement, assault, and uttering threats involving a female victim in relation to an incident on July 9, 2021, and with breach of probation on Jan. 30, 2020. Both incidents occurred at Neqotkuk. He also faces two counts of breach of an undertaking on Feb. 21, 2022, and May 20, 2022. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

In custody awaiting plea

Curtis Brent Hatheway, 43, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 5 for his bail hearing. He waived his bail until later and was remanded. He returns to court in custody for plea on Oct. 24 at 11 a.m.

Woodstock Police charged Hatheway with assaulting a female victim, assault by choking, uttering threats and breach of a release order for an incident on Sept. 25 in Woodstock. The court heard he is also facing other separate charges in Moncton.

Hatheway is also awaiting plea on additional charges laid by Woodstock Police. Those matters were adjourned until Oct. 24 at the request of his defence counsel.

Hatheway appeared in provincial court in custody by video on July 6 for a bail hearing. He was released with conditions, including house arrest and wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle.

Hatheway was also ordered to have no contact with the complainant and to attend court as required. Woodstock Police charged him with assault involving a female victim, breach of probation, and breach of a release order stemming from an incident on June 22 in Woodstock.

On June 6, Hatheway was arrested on a warrant and released with conditions. He was charged by Woodstock Police with assault with a weapon (a shovel), assault involving a female victim, breach of a release order, and breach of probation following another incident on May 9 in Woodstock.

Youth charged in Ribfest incident to enter plea

A 17-year-old male youth from Woodstock will appear in provincial court on Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on charges related to an incident during Ribfest at Connell Park.

He appeared in court on Oct. 4 when the matter was adjourned to the new date. Defence Counsel Brent Dickinson told the court more time was needed to review disclosure on the file.

The youth appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 29 for a fitness hearing following his 30-day mental health assessment. He was found fit to stand trial and was released with conditions.

He was charged with assault, uttering threats, possession of weapons dangerous to the public peace (knives, swords and a firearm) and possession of break-in tools following an incident at Ribfest on July 21 at Connell Park.

He was also charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and concealing a weapon (a knife) concerning an earlier incident at Woodstock High School on March 28.

Associate Chief Judge Brian C. McLean ordered the youth to seek counselling for mental health and addiction during his release. A publication ban protects the identity of the accused because he is under 18.

Sentencing set on drug charge

Stanley Holt, 57, of Bluebell, Victoria County, appeared in provincial court on Oct. 5 for his trial on a drug trafficking charge.

RCMP charged Holt with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property concerning an incident on Sept. 8, 2021, near Plaster Rock.

He pleaded guilty to the lesser included offence of indictable possession of methamphetamine, and a sentencing date was set for Jan. 11, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Neqotkuk man arrested on multiple charges

Nicholas Paul of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation) appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 4 for a bail hearing on multiple charges laid by RCMP. He was released with conditions, including house arrest and wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. Paul returns to court for plea on Oct. 24 at 9:30 a.m.

Paul was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, breach of probation and possession of a stolen credit card for an incident on Sept. 12 in Hartland; theft from a store in Carlingford on Aug. 30; two counts of dangerous driving, two counts of suspended driving, and two counts of flight from police for incidents on Aug. 8 and Aug. 11 in Perth Andover.

Nicholas Paul and Jennifer Paul were each charged by RCMP with theft of a motor vehicle (a 2013 Volkswagon Jetta), possession of stolen property, obstructing police, possession of a firearm without a license, careless use of a firearm, and breach of an undertaking following incidents on Dec. 3, 2021, in Grand Falls and Neqotkuk.

Their not-guilty pleas were entered at a court appearance on March 21, and a trial date was set for Jan. 11, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Nicholas Paul also faced charges of flight from police and break, enter and theft at a storage shed following an incident on Sept. 4, 2022, at Perth-Andover. He pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

In custody on raft of charges

Philip Sapper-Solomon, 30, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 4 for a bail hearing on 14 charges laid by RCMP. He waived his bail until later and returns to court in custody for plea on Oct. 10 at 11:15 a.m.

Sappier-Solomon was arrested in connection with an incident on Sept. 17 near Beechwood. He was charged with possession of a restricted weapon (a handgun) while prohibited; possession of ammunition while prohibited; possession of a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence; two counts of possession of a restricted weapon without a licence; being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a firearm; possession of a loaded, restricted firearm (a handgun); assault and assault by choking involving a female victim; assault with a weapon (a cell phone); two counts of uttering threats; committing mischief causing property damage to a phone and tires, and mischief causing damage to a police vehicle.

Arrested on multiple charges

Ryan James Smith of Woodstock, formerly of Perth, will appear in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. He appeared in court in custody by video on Oct. 3 when the hearing was adjourned to the new date.

Smith was charged by RCMP with possession of a firearm while prohibited, possession of a stolen vehicle, being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a firearm, obstructing police, transporting a firearm in a careless manner, and possession of a firearm without a licence, stemming from an incident on Sept. 30 in Hartland. He was also charged with possession of a stolen car, committing mischief and driving while suspended for another incident in Meductic.

Awaiting plea on two charges

Tristan Mathias Kelleter, 25, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on two charges by Woodstock Police.

Kelleter was charged with two counts of uttering threats, concerning an incident on May 27 near Jacksonville. He appeared in provincial court on Oct. 4 when the matter was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel.

Trial scheduled on sex charge

James Robert Moore, 44, of Fredericton, will appear for trial in provincial court on Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to a sex charge laid by Woodstock Police.

Moore appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on July 4 and was released with conditions. He was arrested on a warrant after he failed to appear for his trial in March. Woodstock Police charged him with sexual assault concerning an incident in Woodstock on June 5, 2021.

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