Conditional sentence for Johnville man following remand

by | Aug 1, 2023

1. Conditional sentence for Johnville man following remand

Ryan Troy O’Donnell, 27, of Johnville, appeared in provincial court in custody on Aug. 1 for sentencing on charges laid by RCMP. He received a nine-month conditional sentence to be served in the community, including four months of house arrest.

He will be able to attend work and was placed on probation for one year. He will be residing at a residence in Hartley Settlement.

O’Donnell had been in custody since March. He was charged by RCMP with robbery with violence, breach of a release order, and breach of probation following an incident on March 1 at Tobique Narrows. He pleaded guilty to the lesser included offence of indictable assault and theft and guilty to both breaches.

He also pleaded guilty to assault on a female victim, uttering threats, and breach of probation, stemming from an incident on Jan. 25 near Johnville, and guilty to breach of probation for failing to report to a probation officer on June 17, 2022.

O’Donnell appeared in court for a bail hearing on March 20. He was denied bail and remanded to jail. He appeared in court in custody on March 2 after being arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court. He had a prior criminal record.

2. Suspended sentence and probation after lengthy remand

Brian Keith Reynolds, 46, of Woodstock First Nation, appeared in provincial court in custody on Aug. 1 for sentencing on several charges laid by RCMP. He received a suspended sentence and one year of probation. He must also seek counseling for drug addiction and he was ordered to register with the federal DNA database.

Reynolds was in custody since being denied bail in April. He was arrested and charged by RCMP with resisting arrest on April 4 at Woodstock First Nation, unlawful entry at a dwelling house, assault causing bodily harm to another man, and breach of a no-contact order on April 3 at Woodstock First Nation. He pleaded guilty on all counts.

The court heard Reynolds went to the door of a residence and attacked a man by knocking him down and kicking him in the head and ribs.

Reynolds appeared in provincial court in custody in March and was charged by RCMP with assaulting a female victim while threatening to use a weapon (a hatchet), assaulting another man while threatening to use a hatchet and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace in connection with a March 11 incident at Woodstock First Nation. He was found not guilty of these charges when the crown called no evidence.

He was also charged with resisting arrest, concerning a separate incident on March 22 at Woodstock First Nation. The court heard police tried to arrest Reynolds when he fled on foot into the woods and a police dog was used to apprehend him. During the takedown, a police officer struck Reynolds in the face and broke his jaw to prevent him from trying to stab the animal. Reynolds required reconstructive surgery in hospital to repair his jaw.

Reynolds was also charged under the Fish and Wildlife Act with not wearing hunter orange in connection with an incident on Sept. 27, 2022, in Lower Woodstock. He pleaded guilty to these offences. He had a prior criminal record.

3. Two Grand Falls women charged with drug trafficking

Two women from Grand Falls appeared in provincial court on Aug. 1 to answer multiple counts of drug trafficking.

Lori Guest, 54, and Amber Gaunce, 22, stood together to answer five charges. They were each charged by RCMP with possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, nabilone, clonazepam, and magic mushrooms, all for the purpose of trafficking in connection with an incident on March 2 in Grand Falls. The matter was adjourned for plea until Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m.

4. Arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for Andrew Joseph St. Peter, 31, of Plaster Rock, after he failed to appear in provincial court for plea on Aug. 1.

St. Peter was scheduled for plea on Tuesday on charges laid under the SPCA Act. He was 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.

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. He was charged by RCMP with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace (a firearm). He was released from custody with conditions and returns to court for plea on Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m. He was arrested after police received reports of a suspect carrying a weapon in the village.

5. Trial date set 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.

6. Awaiting plea on trafficking, extortion charges

Nathan Leon Godin, 29, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 1 for plea on multiple charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Aug. 29 at 11:15 a.m.

Godin was denied bail in July. RCMP charged him drug trafficking, extortion, and firearm offences.

Godin appeared in provincial court in custody by video on June 22 after being arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court. He was charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, resisting arrest, possession of a prohibited weapon with ready ammunition, being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a firearm (a sawed-off shotgun), possession of a firearm dangerous to the public peace, improper storage of a firearm, and breach of a release order in connection with an incident on June 21 at Woodstock First Nation.

Godin was also charged with making threats to obtain money, possession of a weapon (a baton) for the purpose of committing an offence, committing mischief causing property damage to a window, and assaulting another man with a weapon (a baton), following an incident on June 20 at Woodstock First Nation. He was also charged with failing to appear in court on June 20. At that time, the court heard he owed a $2,000 fine and a warrant of committal was pending.

Godin was also charged by RCMP with driving while suspended, possession of a firearm without a licence, and being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a firearm, following an incident on May 1 at Woodstock First Nation.

He appeared in court in custody by video on April 5 and was released with conditions. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, flight from police, and possession of stolen licence plates for another incident on March 22 at Woodstock First Nation; possession of methamphetamine on April 2 near Woodstock; two counts of breaching a release order by failing to follow a curfew on March 31 and April 1 at Woodstock; and breaching an order to abstain from non-prescription drugs on April 2 at Woodstock.

7. York County man facing assault charge

Joshua Cordell Thornton, 42, of Central Waterville, York County, will appear in provincial court on Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on an assault charge.

Thornton was charged by Woodstock Police with assault involving a female victim following an incident on May 21 in Woodstock. He was scheduled for plea on Aug. 1 but the matter was adjourned to the new date to allow him more time to consult legal counsel.

8. Neqotkuk man denied bail

Dylan Thibodeau, 28, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), appeared in provincial court in custody on July 31 and was denied bail. He returns to court in custody for plea on Aug. 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Thibodeau was charged by RCMP with breach of a release order, violation of a no-contact order, and failing to comply with an order to abstain from drugs or alcohol following an incident on July 26 at Neqotkuk.

He also appeared in provincial court on July 25 for plea on other charges laid by RCMP. Those matter were adjourned until Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Thibodeau was charged by RCMP with assaulting a female victim, assault by choking, and breach of an undertaking in connection with an incident on June 21 at Neqotkuk. He appeared in provincial court in custody on June 26 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. He was ordered to report to the police weekly and to stay away from Neqotkuk. He was residing at a residence in Beechwood.

9. Bail hearing adjourned

Riley Smith of Moncton appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on July 31 in Fredericton. The hearing was adjourned until Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. in Woodstock.

Smith was charged by RCMP with assault with a weapon (a bottle), assault involving a female victim, breach of probation, and breach of an undertaking concerning an incident on July 25 in Lower Woodstock.

10. Another arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for Amber Holt, 32, of Bluebell, after she failed to appear in provincial court for plea on Aug. 1.

Holt appeared in provincial court in custody by video for a bail hearing on July 27 after being arrested on a warrant. She was released with conditions. Holt told the court she was still being held on a warrant in Edmundston. Once released, she was to reside at a residence in Carlingford and report to the police weekly. On Tuesday, the court heard Holt had been released from custody in Edmundston but was not in attendance for her plea.

Holt was charged by RCMP with possession of a firearm without a licence (.22 Magnum rifle) and careless use of a firearm for an incident on June 22, 2022, in Weaver. A warrant was issued for Holt when she failed to appear in court for plea on the firearm charges.

An earlier warrant was also issued for her in January after she failed to appear in provincial court to answer charges of flight from police and driving while suspended for an incident on Sept. 5, 2022. She is also facing charges of possession of stolen property, fraud, impersonation, and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace.

11. Bail hearing delayed

Patrick Harris of Keswick appeared in provincial court in custody by video on July 31 for a bail hearing in Fredericton on charges laid by RCMP. The hearing was adjourned until Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Woodstock.

Harris was charged with breach of a release order and obstructing police for an incident on July 24 in Hartland.

12. Trial date pending on several charges

James Edward Pickard, 30, of Perth-Andover, appeared in provincial court on Aug. 1 for plea on several charges laid by RCMP. He pleaded not guilty on all counts. He returns to court on Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m. to set a date for his trial.

Pickard appeared in provincial court in custody for his bail hearing on July 12 and was released with conditions. He was charged by RCMP with assault with a weapon (a Japanese sword called a katana) and possession of a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence on April 29 at Perth-Andover; uttering threats and committing mischief on May 3 in Perth-Andover; and breach of an undertaking on May 6 in Perth-Andover. He was remanded until his release from custody.

13. Awaiting plea on five charges

Jamie Donald Lessard, 35, of Stickney, appeared in provincial court on Aug. 1 for plea on five charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Lessard 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. He 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 in Glassville. The court also heard about an alleged smash-up of a police lockup related to Lessard’s arrest.

14. Remanded on charges in Fredericton

Curtis Carr, 38, of Fredericton, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 1 to answer three charges by Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned until Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. to allow him more time to consult legal counsel.

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.

15. Trial set for Centreville man

Jared Oakes, 41, of Centreville, will appear for trial in provincial court on June 10, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to an impaired driving charge.

Oakes was charged by RCMP in connection with an incident on March 9 at Weston. He was represented by his defence counsel via teleconference during a court appearance on Aug. 1.

16. Neqotkuk woman awaiting trial

Chatawna Nicholas, 49, of Neqotkuk, (Tobique First Nation), will appear for trial in provincial court on June 14, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to an impaired driving charge.

Nicholas was charged by RCMP in connection with an incident on March 19 at Neqotkuk. She entered her not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Aug. 1.

17. Arrested and released

Teisha Rose Scott, 23, of Medford, appeared in provincial court on Aug. 1 after being arrested and held on a weekend remand. The matter was adjourned for plea until Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Scott was charged with possession of stolen property (a 2006 Suzuki Aerio), following an incident on Oct. 13, 2021, at Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation). She appeared in provincial court in custody on March 23 and was released with conditions but failed to return for plea. The court heard she is currently living in a homeless shelter in Fredericton.

18. Trial date set for Woodstock man

Shane Lee Dickison, 35, of Woodstock, will appear for trial in provincial court on Feb. 23, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. after pleading not guilty to charges laid by Woodstock Police. A monitoring date was also set for Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Dickison appeared in provincial court in custody by video on July 17 after being arrested on a warrant. He was released with conditions.

Dickison was arrested after he failed to appear in provincial court to answer charges on July 11. He was charged by Woodstock Police with two violations of an Emergency Intervention Order for incidents on June 18-19 when he allegedly went to a residence while ordered to stay away. As part of his release order, he must stay away from the same residence and have no contact with the complainant.

19. Trial pending on threat charge

Shawn Robert Cole, 51, of Woodstock, will appear for trial in provincial court on May 10, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to a threat charge.

Cole was charged by Woodstock Police with uttering a threat against a female victim in connection with an incident on Nov. 19, 2022, in Woodstock. 8. He entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Aug. 1.

20. Awaiting plea on two charges

Abigail King-Thurber, 23, of Sheffield, will appear in provincial court on Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on two charges laid by RCMP. She was scheduled to enter her plea on Aug. 1 but the matter was adjourned to allow her more time to consult legal counsel.

King-Thurber was charged with failing to attend court on March 28 and possession of a stolen vehicle in connection with an incident on Nov. 30, 2022, at East Brighton.

21. Woodstock woman to stand trial

Vanessa Golz, 34, of Woodstock, will appear for trial in provincial court on May 24, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to two charges.

Golz was charged by Woodstock Police with impaired driving and dangerous driving, stemming from an incident on Jan. 2 in Woodstock. She entered her not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Aug. 1.

22. Returning for plea on three charges

Billy Joe Pelletier, 37, of Gladwyn, will appear in provincial court on Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on three charges laid by RCMP. He made a court appearance on Aug. 1 when the matter was adjourned at the request of his defence counsel.

Pelletier was charged with impaired driving and two counts of endangering the life of a child in connection with an incident on April 14 at Gladwyn.

23. Charged with assault by throwing hot coffee

Diana Cogswell, 21, of Beardsley Road, will appear in provincial court on Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m. to enter a plea on an assault charge.

Cogswell was charged by RCMP with assault with a weapon (a cup of hot coffee) following an incident involving another woman on April 18 in Lower Woodstock. She appeared in court on Aug. 1 for plea when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

24. Moved to alternative measures

Megan Dawn Grant, 42, of Perth-Andover, appeared in provincial court on Aug. 1 to answer a theft charge when the matter was diverted to the alternative measures program.

Grant was charged by RCMP with stealing money from the Subway in Perth-Andover, concerning an incident on March 10. She has until Oct. 3 to complete the requirements of the program so that the charge can be withdrawn.

25. Sentencing set on raft of charges

Vinal Todd Hatto, 38, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court in custody by video for sentencing on Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m. on multiple charges laid by Woodstock Police. His sentencing was first set for Aug. 15 but was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel.

Hatto was charged with possession of methamphetamine, breach of probation, and two counts of possession of a handgun while prohibited, concerning an incident on April 4, 2022, in Woodstock. He pleaded guilty.

Hatto also pleaded guilty to flight from police, dangerous driving, and breach of probation on May 11, 2022; guilty to breach of a release order on Aug. 9, 2022; guilty to breach of an undertaking, breaching curfew, and breach of probation on June 29, 2022; guilty to possession of stolen property (cheques) on June 30, 2022; guilty to breaching curfew on Aug. 4, 2022; and breaching curfew on Aug. 5, 2022.

Other charges of flight from police and assaulting a police officer on May 2, 2022, were withdrawn by the crown. Hatto was denied bail and remanded to jail following his bail hearing in October. He was arrested on a warrant after he failed to appear in provincial court and was taken into custody and charged with breach of a release order. The court heard he is also facing more charges in Fredericton.

26. Ontario man in prison awaits another sentence

An Ontario man appeared in court in custody by video from federal prison on Aug. 1 to answer two new charges laid by RCMP.

Quincy Gosse, 45, of no fixed address, was charged with assaulting a female victim and breach of a no-contact order, stemming from an incident on May 20, 2022, in Juniper. He pleaded guilty and a sentencing date was set for Aug. 31 at 1:30 p.m.

Gosse was sentenced in March to four and a half years in federal prison, minus time served, for attacking a woman with a knife in Juniper last summer.

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