Woodstock Provincial Court briefs: Two in custody after weekend incident in Pembroke; sentencing on impaired driving causing death set for Oct. 30

by | Oct 18, 2023

Two in custody after weekend incident in Pembroke

Jeffrey Richard Bull, 44, of Newburg, and Ryan Michael Fitzherbert, 28, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 17 to face new charges laid by RCMP in connection with a weekend incident in Pembroke.

Judge Claude Haché remanded both men to jail to await their bail hearings. Fitzherbert’s bail hearing was set for Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m. Bull will appear for his bail hearing on Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Bull was upset during his court appearance on Tuesday, telling the judge he would like to lay some charges of his own. He struck a door and swore at the sheriffs as they escorted him from the courtroom in handcuffs.

Bull and Fitzherbert were each charged with breach of probation. Crown Prosecutor Geoff Hutchin told the court more charges are pending against each man, including allegations of unlawful confinement involving a female victim as well as several firearm offences.

Bull was recently released from jail after completing a one-year sentence, minus time served. He pleaded guilty to 12 charges related to a drug-fuelled crime spree he conducted while in the company of a female co-accused half his age.

Fitzherbert is scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on June 17, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to other separate charges.

Fitzherbert was charged by RCMP with improper storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a licence, and possession of a prohibited weapon (a switchblade knife) in connection with an incident on Dec. 10, 2021, in Jacksonville. He will also stand trial at the Court of King’s Bench on April 15-17, 2024, on drug trafficking charges.

Sentence pending for impaired driving causing death

Jesse Banford Bulmer, 42, of Glassville, will return to court for sentencing on Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m. after being found guilty of impaired driving causing death.

Bulmer appeared before Justice Richard Petrie on July 21 for a verdict after his five-day trial at the Court of King’s Bench.

He was charged by RCMP with impaired driving causing death, and failing to immediately comply with a breathalyzer demand concerning an off-road vehicle accident that claimed the life of Cole Hunter, 20, on Oct. 26, 2020, near Glassville. Bulmer was found guilty of both charges.

During the trial, the court heard the two men were together on a side-by-side when the vehicle overturned on Kenneth Road around 11 p.m. Hunter was killed on impact from severe head injuries. Bulmer was behind the wheel and escaped injury. Testimony during the trial revealed the two men had been visiting people in the area just before the accident occurred.

Two Grand Falls women charged with drug trafficking

Two women from Grand Falls appeared in provincial court on Oct. 17 to answer multiple counts of drug trafficking.

Lori Guest and Amber Gaunce stood together before Associate Chief Judge Brian C. McLean in Woodstock 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.

Guest and Gaunce return to court for plea on Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. Their legal counsel requested time to receive and review the disclosure of evidence related to a search warrant before entering a plea.

Sentencing set for Victoria County woman

Amber Holt, 32, of Bluebell, will appear for sentencing in provincial court on Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. after pleading guilty to multiple charges laid by RCMP.

Holt appeared in court in custody by video on Oct. 17. She pleaded guilty to 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; guilty to flight from police on Sept. 5, 2022, in Perth-Andover; guilty to possession of a stolen chequebook and fraudulent impersonation between May 24 and June 14, 2022, in Perth Andover; guilty of fraud at a grocery store in Perth-Andover on June 11, 2022; possession of a stolen vehicle and a stolen licence plate on Sept. 5, 2022, in Tilley; guilty to breach of probation by failing to report between June 19 and March 3 in Woodstock; and guilty to failing to appear in court in Woodstock on Aug. 1.

Holt appeared in provincial court in custody on Aug. 15 after being arrested on a warrant. She waived her bail until later and was remanded to jail.  She 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 but failed to return to court.

Neqotkuk woman sentenced

Kathleen Paul, 33, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 17 and pleaded guilty to two charges laid by RCMP. 

Paul pleaded guilty to breach of probation and failing to appear in court on June 20. She received three days in jail or time served for missing court. Paul received a suspended sentence and 12 months of probation for the breach and was also ordered to attend addiction counselling as required.

Greenfield man awaiting plea

Dustin Arthur Hawksley, 28, of Greenfield, appeared in provincial court for plea on Oct. 17 on several charges laid by RCMP and Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned until Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Hawksley appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on Sept. 28 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He was also placed under house arrest at a residence in Greenfield.

Hawksley was charged by RCMP with break and enter at a dwelling house, two counts of assault on a female victim, and assault with a weapon (a plate) in connection with an incident on July 2 at Bloomfield.

Woodstock Police also charged him with assaulting a female, assault by choking and breach of an undertaking for another incident on Aug. 5 in Woodstock. He was arrested on a warrant on Sept. 24.

Hawksley was ordered to have no contact with the two complainants and must have no drugs, alcohol or firearms in his possession. He must also attend court as required.

Perth Andover man to stand trial

Jesse Lee Miller, 29, of Perth-Andover, will appear for trial in provincial court on July 26, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to a mischief charge. A monitoring date was also set for March 12, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Miller was charged by RCMP with committing mischief, causing property damage to a vehicle following an incident on Aug. 21 at Perth Andover. He entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Oct. 17.

Guilty plea, sentencing set

Kyle Roy MacDonald, 35, of Moncton, will appear for sentencing in provincial court on Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. after changing his plea to guilty on charges laid by RCMP.

MacDonald appeared in court in custody by video on Oct. 16 for a bail hearing and waived his bail. He appeared in provincial court in custody via teleconference on Oct. 13 after being arrested on a warrant.

MacDonald was charged by RCMP with failing to appear for trial and breach of a release order. He was released from custody with conditions on Feb. 24, 2022, but then failed to appear for his trial on Aug. 12, 2022.

MacDonald was charged with assaulting a female victim, uttering threats, and committing mischief, causing property damage to her vehicle following an incident on March 19, 202, at Hartley Settlement.

Plea adjourned on multiple charges

Aaron William Rowan, 47, of Bulls Creek, appeared in provincial court on Oct. 17 for plea on multiple charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Rowan 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.  He is residing at a Woodstock residence under strict conditions.

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 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle, but was recently taken back into custody.

He was charged by Woodstock Police 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. He was arrested following an incident on Jan. 10 at Capital Square in downtown Woodstock when a man suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized.

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. He pleaded not guilty to the outstanding charges, and a trial date was rescheduled for May 22, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Pair charged in manhunt back in court

Wyatt DeLong, 28, of Cloverdale, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 17 for plea on four charges. His matter was adjourned until Nov. 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

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.

Janis Buchanan, 27, of Perth-Andover, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Sept. 26 and pleaded guilty to robbery with violence for an incident on May 29 at Florenceville-Bristol. A sentencing date was set for Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m.

The theft involved a car, wallet and cell phone.

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

Sentence pending on one set of charges

Brandon Jeffrey Cote, 28, of no fixed address, will appear in court in custody on Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m. for sentencing. He pleaded guilty to one set of charges while his remaining charges were set over for trial on Dec. 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Cote appeared in court in custody on Aug. 30 and waived his bail. He was charged by Woodstock Police with assault involving a female victim, assault with a weapon, and breach of probation for a recent incident in Woodstock.

He was also charged by RCMP with uttering threats on Aug. 18 in Woodstock and breach of an undertaking by failing to report to police between Oct. 3, 2022, and Aug. 28, 2023, in Woodstock. Cote also faces charges of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and possession of a firearm without a licence.

On Oct. 17, he appeared in court in custody and pleaded guilty to mischief causing property damage at the Madawaska jail on Jan. 29.

Arrested and released until sentencing

Ashley Marie Bernard, 39, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), appeared in provincial court in custody via teleconference on Oct. 17 after being arrested on a warrant. She was released with conditions and returns to court for sentencing on Jan. 16, 2024, at 1:30 p.m.

Bernard was charged by RCMP with breach of probation following an incident on June 2 at Neqotkuk. As part of her release, she was ordered to obey a no-contact order and attend court as required.

She pleaded guilty at a court appearance in June but failed to return to court for sentencing on Sept. 26. She now faces an additional charge of failing to appear.

Glassville man awaits sentencing

David Phillips, 67, of Glassville, appeared in provincial court on Oct. 17 for sentencing after changing his plea to guilty on two charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

The court heard the crown will be seeking a period of incarceration for the accused at his next court appearance.

Phillips was charged with flight from police, dangerous driving, refusing a breathalyzer demand, impaired driving and driving while suspended following an incident on Sept. 17, 2021, in Florenceville-Bristol. He pleaded guilty to impaired driving and flight from police. The remaining charges were withdrawn by the crown.

Charged with leaving accident scene

Deidra Fowler, 50, of Woodstock First Nation, will appear in provincial court on Oct. 31 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on one charge laid by RCMP.

Fowler was charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident concerning an incident on May 27 at Woodstock First Nation. She made a court appearance on Oct. 17 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Additional charge for Woodstock man

Christopher James Kitchen, 44, of Beardsley Road, will appear in provincial court on Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m. to answer a new charge laid by Woodstock Police.

Kitchen was charged with breach of an undertaking. He will also appear for trial in provincial court on April 18, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to a charge of criminal harassment.

Kitchen was charged by Woodstock Police following an incident on March 13 in Woodstock. The charge involves allegations of repeated communication with a female complainant. Kitchen entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Sept. 13. He was released on an undertaking.

Warrant being held on file

Adam Gordon Harris, 39, of Florenceville-Bristol, failed to appear in provincial court on Oct. 17 for plea on two charges laid by RCMP. A warrant is being held on file until his next court appearance.

Harris was charged with refusing a breathalyzer and impaired driving in connection with an incident on May 24 near Florenceville-Bristol. He made his first court appearance on Aug. 29 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Windsor woman to stand trial

Emily Anne Crandlemire, 30, of Windsor, appeared in provincial court on Oct. 17 and pleaded not guilty to two charges laid by RCMP. A trial date was set for July 22, 2024, at 1:30 p.m.

Crandlemire was charged with driving while suspended and theft of gas from the Irving Station in Florenceville-Bristol on May 12.

Charged with assault

Clay Nicholson, 27, of Woodstock, formerly of Clearview, will appear for trial in provincial court on Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to assault.

Nicholson was charged by RCMP with assault involving a female victim in connection with an incident on Sept. 15 at Green Road. He entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Oct. 17. A monitoring date for his trial was also set for Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Sentencing delayed on theft charges

Amber Dawn Shaw, 33, of Hartland, will appear in provincial court for sentencing on theft charges on Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. She was scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 17, but the matter was adjourned at the request of her defence counsel. The court heard the accused was in Canterbury and could not attend due to car problems.

Shaw pleaded guilty to theft from Napa Auto Parts and theft from the New Brunswick Liquor Store on June 20 in Woodstock.  Napa Auto Parts submitted a request for $145 in restitution.

Bairdsville man fails to appear

Regis Bowmaster, 30, of Bairdsville, failed to appear in provincial court on Oct. 17 for plea on one charge laid by RCMP. A warrant is being held on file until his next court appearance.

Bowmaster was charged with possession of a stolen snowmobile concerning an incident on April 2 in Wicklow.

Trial date set on all charges

Cole Gray of Upper Kintore appeared in provincial court on Oct. 17 and pleaded not guilty to charges laid by RCMP. A trial date was set for Jan. 18, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. A monitoring date was also set for Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Gray appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on Sept. 25 and was released with conditions. He was arrested after he failed to appear in provincial court on Sept. 5 to answer assault charges.

He was charged by RCMP with two counts of assault involving a female victim and breach of an undertaking concerning an incident on June 13 at Kintore. On Oct. 17, he was also charged with failing to appear in court.

Returning to court on several charges

Brady Melvin Crain, 27, of Wicklow, will appear in provincial court on Oct. 31 at 9:30 a.m. for sentencing on charges laid by RCMP.  He was scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 17 when the matter was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel.

Crain appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Sept. 6 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He was arrested on a warrant on Aug. 28 for failing to appear for sentencing.

Crain was charged with assault on a female victim and breach of an emergency intervention order concerning incidents on April 29, 2021, and March 14, 2021, in Woodstock. He was also charged by RCMP with breach of a release order on Dec. 6, 2021, at Mount Pleasant. He pleaded guilty, and a sentencing date was set for July 27, but he failed to appear.

He appeared in provincial court on April 18 and pleaded not guilty to other charges laid by RCMP. His trial date was set for Jan. 17, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. Crain was charged on April 4 with breaching his release order. He also appeared in provincial court on March 16 on charges of breach of an undertaking, committing mischief, and taking a vehicle without consent in connection with incidents on Aug. 29, 2022, and Oct. 28, 2022, at Perth-Andover.

Warrant issued for Pembroke man

The court issued an arrest warrant for Joshua Adam Demerchant, 34, of Pembroke, after he failed to appear in provincial court on Oct. 17 for 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.

Woodstock man awaiting plea

Braxton Denny, 23, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on Oct. 24 at 9:30 a.m. to answer charges laid by RCMP. He was scheduled to appear in court for plea on Oct. 17 but failed to attend. A warrant is being held on file until his next appearance.

Denny appeared in provincial court in custody on Aug. 11 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. He was charged with breaking and entering at a dwelling house and committing mischief concerning an incident on Feb. 18 in Woodstock.

Denny is also scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on March 4, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to other charges laid by RCMP.

Denny was charged with committing mischief causing property damage and breach of an undertaking on Dec. 9, 2022, at Upper Woodstock, two counts of assault, and committing mischief, causing property damage on Dec. 8, 2022, at Upper Woodstock. He was arrested on a warrant for failing to attend court and was released with conditions. Denny entered his not-guilty pleas at a court appearance on April 25.

Arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for Keith Kinney, Jr., 49, of Bath, after he failed to appear for trial in provincial court on Oct. 16.

Kinney was charged with assaulting a police officer while threatening to use a weapon (a glass object) following an incident on Jan. 8 in Bath. He pleaded not guilty during an earlier court appearance and told the court he was tasered by police during the incident.

In custody awaiting plea

Morgan Nicholas, 27, of Perth-Andover, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 17 for plea on charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Nicholas appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 28 for a bail hearing. He was denied bail and remanded. He was charged by RCMP with two counts of 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 other 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 but was taken back into custody.

Newbridge man changes plea

Bradley Tyler Whitney, 40, of Newbridge, will appear for sentencing in provincial court on Jan. 16, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. after changing his plea to guilty on charges laid by Woodstock Police.

Whitney was charged with two counts of driving while suspended, stemming from incidents on July 1 and July 8, 2021, in Woodstock.  He entered his guilty plea at a court appearance on Oct. 16.

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