Woodstock man back in custody

by | Aug 11, 2023

Jacob Jinson, 24, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody on Aug. 10 and was remanded to jail. He returns to court for a bail hearing on Aug. 14 at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP charged Jinson with breach of a release order by violating electronic monitoring (ankle bracelet) related to 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 with a date to be set on the next motion’s day on Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m.

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 concerning 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.

Centreville men still in custody

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

Thomas will return to court in custody for his bail hearing on Aug. 23 at 10:30 a.m., while McLean’s bail hearing has been rescheduled for Aug. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

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

McLean also faces additional charges of fleeing 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 and Woodstock, and Lower Brighton.

Fined for impaired driving

Dennis Lawson, 60, of Skiff Lake, appeared for trial in provincial court on Aug. 10 and changed his plea to guilty on an impaired driving charge laid by RCMP. He was fined $1,000 and is prohibited from driving for one year.

Lawson was charged with impaired driving and failing to stop for police for an incident on June 11, 2022, near Woodstock First Nation. The second charge was withdrawn by the crown.

Lawson is also scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on Jan. 15, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. after pleading not guilty to another impaired driving charge. RCMP charged him following an incident on Jan. 1 at North Lake.

Sentenced to 45 days or time served

Steven Frank Powers, 60, of Plaster Rock, was sentenced to 45 days in jail or time served when he appeared in provincial court in custody on Aug. 10. He was also placed on probation for six months.

Powers pleaded guilty to uttering threats against another man in connection with an incident on April 16 in Plaster Rock. Another charge of breach of probation was withdrawn by the crown.

Powers was released from custody after being denied bail and spending 117 days in remand. He was ordered to have no further contact with the complainant. Powers had a prior criminal record.

Back in custody to await bail hearing

Morgan Nicholas, 27, of Perth-Andover, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 10 for a bail hearing. The hearing was adjourned until Aug. 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

RCMP charged Nicholas with breach of a release order, resisting arrest, uttering threats, assault, assault with a weapon, and assaulting a police officer. He was arrested on the New Brunswick Day weekend.

He also appeared in provincial court in April and pleaded not guilty to all charges laid by RCMP. Three trials were scheduled for early next year on Feb. 1, Feb. 5, and Feb. 9, 2024.

Nicholas pleaded not guilty to uttering threats on Oct. 18, 2022, assault and assaulting a female with a weapon on Nov. 25, 2022, breach of an undertaking and mischief causing damage to a police safety shield on Dec. 15, 2022, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer on Jan. 6, breach of a no-contact order on March 5, breaching his curfew on March 16, uttering threats and assaulting a police officer on Jan. 7 in Woodstock, and committing mischief on Jan. 6. All but one of the alleged incidents occurred in Perth-Andover and Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation). Nicholas appeared in custody by video on March 7 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle.

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