Nine months in jail for string of petty thefts

by | Aug 23, 2023

Corey Andrew Lane, 38, of Woodstock, was sentenced to a total of nine months in jail, minus time served, when he appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 22. He was also placed on probation for 12 months and was ordered to seek treatment and counselling for drug addiction.

Lane pleaded guilty to charges laid by Woodstock Police, including theft of recyclables and breach of probation on April 19 in Woodstock, committing mischief, and obstructing police on April 22 on Queen Street in Woodstock. He appeared in court in custody on April 26 and was remanded to jail. He also pleaded guilty to unlawful entry to a dwelling house and breach of probation following an incident at a Main Street apartment on April 24.

Lane also pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property concerning an incident on Nov. 30, 2022, in Woodstock, and theft from the Woodstock liquor store and breach of probation for an incident on Aug. 22, 2022. He appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on Feb. 27 and was released with conditions. He was arrested on a warrant after he failed to appear in provincial court on Feb. 14. Lane pleaded guilty to failing to appear during his sentencing hearing on Aug. 22. He had been in custody since his arrest on April 25.

Defence Counsel Michael Mallory told the court Lane had a difficult childhood and struggled with substance abuse since a young age. In March, he nearly died of a drug overdose from fentanyl. That experience gave Lane a “significant reality check,” Mallory said, and he sought treatment for his addiction while incarcerated.

Judge Claude Haché noted Lane had an extensive prior criminal record, including 32 convictions since 2012, mainly for property theft. The accused was on probation when he committed his latest offences. The judge said Lane underwent treatment and counselling for drug addiction in the past but did not follow through to complete his program.

Williamstown man handed conditional sentence

Aaron George Broad, 53, of Williamstown, received a 12-month conditional sentence when he appeared in provincial court on Aug. 22 on five charges laid by RCMP. The conditional sentence includes six months of house arrest and six months following a curfew. Broad was also placed on 12 months of probation.

Broad pleaded guilty to careless use of a firearm, two counts of possession of unlicensed guns (40 in total), possessing a firearm dangerous to the public peace, and committing mischief causing property damage to a vehicle. The crown withdrew three other charges.

Judge Claude Haché ordered Broad to register with the federal DNA database. He was also prohibited from using firearms for 10 years, and all weapons seized during the investigation were forfeited to the crown.

The charges were laid following an incident in Williamstown on July 13, 2021, when another local man on the highway accosted the accused. Broad then reciprocated after being followed home.

Stacey Harry Broad, 55, of Summerfield, was sentenced in September 2022 to four months in provincial jail for threatening and assaulting Aaron Broad on the highway with a shovel. Aaron Broad was charged as a result of the ensuing altercation that occurred outside his home.

Judge Haché noted Aaron Broad had a positive pre-sentence report and no prior criminal record. The accused also had a good work history and was considered a good citizen in his community.

However, the judge said Aaron Broad lost his good judgment on the day of the incident and committed a dangerous and reckless act by firing two shots at Stacey Broad’s vehicle. One bullet flattened a tire.

Aaron Broad apologized to the court for his actions.

Birthday party gone wrong results in suspended sentence

Lucas McBride, 26, of Grand Prairie, Alberta, received a suspended sentence and 12 months of probation when he appeared in provincial court on Aug. 23 to face charges stemming from a birthday party that went wrong.

McBride changed his plea to guilty on two of nine charges laid by RCMP. He was charged with six counts of assault and three counts of uttering threats concerning a March 6, 2022, incident in Hartland. The assaults involved four different female victims.

One charge of assault and one threat charge were amended to include the names of all the victims. The crown withdrew the remaining charges.

The court heard McBride was drinking and taking meth pills during his 2022 birthday party at a residence in Hartland. The party got out of control, and an altercation broke out between a group of girls and McBride. All the participants at the party were drinking at the time.

Defence Counsel Brent Dickinson said McBride had been dealing with addiction issues since high school but had been sober since the party incident. He is now working at a job in Alberta.

Judge Andrew Lemesurier ordered McBride to seek counselling during his probationary period, and he must not contact any of the female complainants involved in the fight at the party.

Arrested and remanded for trial

Silas Robert Burtt, 22, of Hartland, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 22 after being arrested by RCMP on new charges. Burtt waived his bail until later and pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. A trial date was set for Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Burtt was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, breach of probation, and committing mischief causing property damage to a truck for an incident on Aug. 5 at Wilmot. He was also charged with possession of a stolen ATV and breach of probation on Aug. 9 at Greenfield and possession of a stolen vehicle and breach of probation for an incident on July 9 at East Brighton.

Burtt appeared in provincial court in custody on July 10 for a bail hearing. He was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He was taken back into custody on Aug. 18 and remanded.

Pembroke man to enter plea

Joshua Adam Demerchant, 34, of Pembroke, will appear in provincial court on Sept. 5 at 9:30 a.m. to enter a plea on two charges.

Demerchant was charged by RCMP with possession of stolen property (an ATV) and failing to stop for police in connection with an incident on July 12 near Hartland. He appeared in court on Aug. 15 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Awaiting plea on two charges

Shayne Cameron, 30, of Jacksonville, will appear in provincial court on Sept. 19 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on two charges laid by RCMP.

Cameron was charged with possessing a weapon dangerous to the public peace and possessing a firearm while prohibited concerning an incident on Jan. 24 at Juniper. He appeared in court on Aug. 22 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Another arrest warrant issued

The court issued another arrest warrant for Andrew Joseph St. Peter, 31, of Plaster Rock, after he failed to appear in provincial court for plea on Aug. 22.

St. Peter appeared in provincial court in custody on July 26 to answer a weapon charge related to an incident in the village on July 22. RCMP charged him with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace (a firearm). He was released from custody with conditions and was scheduled for plea on Aug. 22. He was arrested after police received reports of a suspect carrying a weapon in the village.

St. Peter was also charged by SPCA officers with willful neglect of an animal and failing to provide medical attention to a dog concerning incidents on Jan. 1-2 in Plaster Rock. In June, the court heard St. Peter had been admitted to the Restigouche hospital and could not attend court.

Woodstock man to stand trial

Thomas Maurice Seguin, 28, of Woodstock, will appear for trial in provincial court on June 27, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to an assault charge.

Woodstock Police charged Seguin with assault causing bodily harm to another man in connection with an incident on April 11 in Woodstock. He entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Aug. 22.

Not guilty plea on three charges

Billy Joe Pelletier, 37, of Gladwyn, will appear for trial in provincial court on Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. after pleading not guilty to three charges laid by RCMP.

Pelletier was charged with impaired driving and two counts of endangering a child’s life in connection with an incident on April 14 at Gladwyn. He entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Aug. 22.

Centreville men make another court appearance

Connell Ross McLean, 27, and Issak Tedford Thomas, 27, of Centreville, remain in custody on charges related to several incidents, including a police chase and shots fired.

Thomas appeared in court in custody by video on Aug. 23 and waived his bail until later. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and returns to court in custody by video on Aug. 30 at 9:30 a.m. to set a date for his trial.

McLean also appeared in court in custody by video on Aug. 23 for his bail hearing. The hearing was adjourned until Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the request of his defence counsel. McLean did not enter any plea at his court appearance.

They were each charged by RCMP with discharging of a firearm (a rifle) with intent, improper storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a licence, being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a gun, obstructing police, and possession of stolen property (a side-by-side).

Thomas was also charged with possessing a firearm while prohibited and violating probation. McLean faces additional charges of flight from police, driving while suspended, and assaulting a police officer.

The two men were arrested following a collision between an off-road vehicle and a police cruiser on Route 105 in Lower Brighton, south of Harland, on July 17. The arrests were related to a Monday morning incident in Speerville, south of Woodstock, which included shots fired at a Speerville resident.

The suspects fled Speerville, leading to an hours-long police search and investigation in several communities, including Lakeville, between Centreville, Woodstock, and Lower Brighton.

Arrested on the weekend

Jacob Jinson, 24, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 22 and was released with conditions. He returns to court for plea on Sept. 5 at 9:30 a.m. and must reside at a residence in Somerville.

RCMP charged Jinson with breach of a release order by failing to follow a curfew concerning an incident in Mainstream. He was arrested and held in custody over the weekend.

Jinson also appeared in provincial court in custody on Aug. 14 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. RCMP charged Jinson with breach of a

release order by violating electronic monitoring (ankle bracelet). The charge was laid concerning an incident on July 30 in Mainstream.

On June 26, Jinson and Riley Cowper, 19, of Limestone, elected trial by judge and jury on charges of indictable sexual assault and unlawful confinement. Their trial will be held at the Court of King’s Bench.

Jinson appeared in custody by video on April 3. RCMP charged him with sexual assault involving a female victim, unlawful confinement, and breach of probation concerning an incident on March 26 at Limestone. He was released with strict conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He was also ordered to follow a curfew.

Cowper appeared in provincial court in custody by video on April 5 for a bail hearing and was released with strict conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle.

RCMP charged him with sexual assault involving a female victim, unlawful confinement, and breach of probation in connection with the same incident on March 26 at Limestone.

Cowper also faces a charge for another incident at Limestone last year. RCMP charged him with assault with a weapon (a hammer and tire iron) involving another man on March 23, 2022. Cowper pleaded not guilty at an earlier court appearance, and a trial date for provincial court was set for Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Plea adjourned for Woodstock man

Jonathon Perry Bustard, 44, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 22 to face three charges laid by Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned for plea until Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Bustard was charged with break and enter at a dwelling house, indictable assault against another man, and breach of a peace bond concerning an incident on July 19 at a residence in Woodstock. He waived his bail at a court appearance on July 27.

Trial set on three charges

Curtis Carr, 38, of Fredericton, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 22 to answer three charges by Woodstock Police. He pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set for May 31 at 1:30 p.m.

Carr was charged with theft of gas, driving while prohibited and breach of a release order in connection with an incident on June 20 in Grafton. The court heard he was remanded into custody on other charges in Fredericton.

Woodstock man to enter plea

Tristan Mathias Kelleter, 25, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on Sept. 12 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on two charges laid 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 Aug. 22 when the matter was adjourned to a new date at the request of his defence counsel.

Remanded to jail on new charges

Kristopher Joseph McConnell, 31, of Hartland, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 23 for a bail hearing on new charges laid by RCMP. He waived his bail until later and returns to court for plea on Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m.

McConnell was charged with breach of a release order for an incident on July 15 in Hartland and possession of a stolen utility trailer on Aug. 22 in Greenfield. He also faces charges of criminal harassment and breach of probation on July 23 and breaching an emergency intervention on June 7.

McConnell appeared in provincial court in custody on June 27 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He failed to return to court for plea on July 25, and an arrest warrant was issued.

RCMP charged McConnell with possession of stolen property (an ATV) and breach of probation in connection with an incident on June 26 at Lansdowne.

Pair involved in manhunt returning to court in custody

Wyatt DeLong, 28, of Cloverdale, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 9 for a bail hearing. The hearing was adjourned until Aug. 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel. He remains in custody. The court heard DeLong may also be ready to enter a plea at his next court appearance.

DeLong was charged with discharging a firearm with intent, flight from police, dangerous driving and breach of probation in connection with an incident on July 14 at Florenceville-Bristol when shots were allegedly fired at a police officer.

Janice Buchanan, 27, of Perth-Andover, was charged with robbery with violence stemming from an incident on May 29 at Florenceville-Bristol. The alleged theft involved a car, wallet and cell phone. Buchanan reserved her bail hearing until a later date. She was remanded to jail and returns to court for plea on Sept. 12 at 9:30 a.m.

They were arrested after a manhunt in Victoria County concerning a series of incidents in the Upper River Valley.

Returning to court for plea

Curtis Brent Hatheway, 43, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on Sept. 12 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on charges laid by Woodstock Police. He appeared in court on Aug. 22 when the matter was adjourned to allow him more time to consult legal 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. He is residing at a Woodstock apartment.

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.

Arrested and released

Issiah Tobi Gabriel, 21, of Canterbury, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 22 and was released with conditions including house arrest. RCMP charged him with breach of a release order, and returns to court for plea on Sept. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Gabriel appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 8 for a bail hearing. He was released with conditions until his next court appearance but was taken back into custody following an incident on Aug. 19.

Woodstock Police charged Gabriel with assault on a female victim, assault by choking and committing mischief causing property damage following an incident on Aug. 5 in Woodstock.

As part of his release, he must follow a curfew and have no contact with the complainant. He will be residing at a residence in Canterbury.

Sentencing set for Neqotkuk man

Daniel Jr. Francis, 30, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 22 and pleaded guilty to two charges laid by RCMP. He returns to court in custody for sentencing on Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

RCMP charged Francis with two counts of uttering threats and resisting arrest following an incident on Aug. 2 at Neqotkuk. He pleaded guilty to the threat charges, and the crown withdrew the third charge. He appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 8 and was remanded to jail after waiving his bail.

Neqotkuk man returning for plea

Aaron Barclay Moulton, 38, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), appeared in provincial court on Aug. 22 to enter a plea on four charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. because Moulton’s defence counsel could not represent him then.

Moulton appeared in provincial court in custody on April 24 and was released with conditions. He was charged by RCMP with assault, committing mischief, possession of a prohibited weapon (a taser), and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace following an incident on April 23 at Neqotkuk.

He was ordered to report to the police weekly, stay away from the community youth centre, and have no weapons, alcohol, or drugs in his possession.

Trial set on multiple charges

Jamie Donald Lessard, 35, of Stickney, appeared in provincial court on Aug. 22 and pleaded not guilty to all charges laid by RCMP. A trial date was set for June 20, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Lessard was charged with two counts of uttering threats, refusing a breathalyzer, impaired driving, and committing mischief causing property damage in connection with incidents on June 2 in Stickney and Glassville. The court also heard about an alleged smash-up of a police lockup related to Lessard’s arrest.

He appeared in provincial court on June 15 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions following his arrest. He was in tears when he first appeared in court in custody by video on June 5 and was sent to Restigouche hospital for a five-day mental health assessment.

On June 12, he appeared in court in custody by video and was found fit to stand trial. Lessard told the court he agreed with the medical report from the hospital.

Sentencing set on three charges

Dean Randall Bell, 43, of McAdam, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 22 and pleaded guilty to three charges laid by RCMP. He returns to court in custody for sentencing on Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m.

RCMP charged Bell with possession of stolen property (a 2010 Ford half-ton) and breach of probation for an incident on March 17, 2021, in Benton. He was also charged with failing to appear in court on April 18. The crown withdrew another charge of failing to appear in court on Aug. 15.

The court heard Bell was recently taken into custody and transferred to a hospital to treat an infected dog bite. He was released while at the hospital and then failed to attend court due to lack of transportation. There are also warrants out for his arrest in Fredericton.

Arrest warrant issued for failing to appear

The court issued an arrest warrant for Christopher Elliott, 33, of Weaver, after he failed to appear for trial in provincial court on Aug. 23.

Elliott pleaded not guilty to firearm charges on April 18, and his trial date was set. He was charged with possessing a prohibited weapon without a licence concerning an incident on November 4, 2020, at Gladwyn. He was also charged under the Fish and Wildlife Act with having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, possessing a firearm without a licence, and hunting without a licence on Nov. 4, 2020.

Elliott and Amber Holt, 32, of Bluebell, are jointly charged by RCMP with possession of a firearm without a licence (.22 Magnum rifle) and careless use of a gun for another incident on June 22, 2022, in Weaver.

Elliott was also charged with possessing a firearm while prohibited from having it in connection with the same incident in Weaver. Holt is currently in custody on numerous other charges.

Trial set for Lincoln man

Ronald Johnston, 68, of Lincoln, will appear for trial in provincial court on Jan. 10, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to an impaired driving charge.RCMP charged Johnston following an incident on July 16, 2021, in Perth-Andover. He was scheduled for trial on Aug. 14 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

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