Woodstock Provincial Court: Hartland man sentenced to 360 days minus time served; Maine woman fined after Canada Border Services agents find firearm in truck

by | Feb 28, 2024

Sentenced to 360 days on multiple charges

Kristopher Thomas McConnell, 32, of Hartland, was sentenced to 360 days in jail, minus time served, when he appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Feb. 27. He was also placed on probation for 12 months and was ordered to seek counselling as required.

McConnell has been in custody since last August. His sentence means he has another 75 days left to serve.

He pleaded guilty to breach of a release order for an incident on July 15, 2023, in Hartland; guilty to possession of a stolen utility trailer on Aug. 22, 2023, in Greenfield; guilty to criminal harassment involving a female victim between April 27 and June 7, 2023, in Woodstock; and guilty to possession of stolen property (an ATV) in connection with an incident on June 26, 2023, at Lansdowne. The crown withdrew any remaining charges.

McConnell has a history of domestic violence and alcohol and drug addiction. 

During the stolen trailer incident, the court heard the owner of the utility trailer caught up with the accused and made a citizen’s arrest. When RCMP arrived, he was found zip-tied and lying face down along the highway. 

McConnell had a lengthy prior criminal record. He appeared in provincial court in custody on June 27, 2023, 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, 2023, and an arrest warrant was issued. McConnell appeared in court on Aug. 23, 2023, for a bail hearing but waived his bail until a later date.

Fined $1,500 for border incident

Jocelyn Howe, 40, of Linneus, Maine, was fined $1,500 after pleading guilty to two charges laid by the Canada Border Services Agency.

Howe was charged under the Customs Act with failing to report goods and making a false statement to border officials for an incident on Nov. 14, 2023, at the Woodstock Port of Entry. A shotgun was found in her truck during a search at the border.

The court heard Howe regularly travels across the international border and was driving an 18-year-old Canadian passenger home on the day in question. 

An avid bird hunter, she neglected to remove her gun from her vehicle before crossing the border. She had no prior criminal record. The firearm was forfeited to the crown.

Charged with fraud

Cassandra Watson Sawyer, 24, of Perth Andover, will appear in provincial court on March 12 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on two charges laid by RCMP. 

Watson Sawyer was charged with fraud and possession of stolen property (a bank card) concerning an incident on July 18, 2023, at Plaster Rock. She made her first court appearance on Feb. 20, when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Fine, conditional discharge on firearm charges

Jennifer Allaby, 32, of Woodstock, received a conditional discharge and 12 months of probation when she appeared for sentencing in provincial court on Feb. 27. She was also fined $750.

Allaby pleaded guilty to improper storage of a firearm (a shotgun) and possession of a firearm without a licence for an incident on Feb. 15, 2022, in Grafton. 

The charges were laid following the execution of a search warrant at a residence during a drug trafficking investigation. The crown withdrew a third firearm charge. She had no prior criminal record. The crown requested forfeiture of the loaded firearm involved in the incident.

Two charged with possession of child pornography

Two local men appeared in Woodstock Provincial Court on Feb. 27 to face charges of possession of child pornography.

Todd Brian Forgrave, 47, of Belleville, and Stephen Warcop, 26, of Hartland, were each charged following an investigation led by the RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit. 

Forgrave was charged following the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Belleville on Nov. 24, 2022. He pleaded not guilty, and his three-day trial was set for Feb. 19-21, 2025, at 9:30 a.m. A monitoring date was also set for Sept. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

Warcop was charged following the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Hartland on Dec. 1, 2022. He returns to court for plea on March 27 at 9:30 a.m. His defence counsel requested an adjournment to the new date to allow more time to review the disclosure.

Police seized several electronic devices during the investigation.

Jacksonville man awaiting plea in knife incident

Shayne Everett Cameron, 30, of Jacksonville, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Feb. 27 for plea on multiple charges laid by Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned until March 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Woodstock Police charged him with two counts of assaulting police with a weapon (a knife), robbery, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, possession of stolen property, theft of mail, assault with a weapon, flight from police, dangerous driving, resisting arrest, and breach of a release order.

Woodstock Police laid the charges after locating a man in the passenger seat of a vehicle at a business on Connell Street. The man threatened the driver with a weapon, attempting to encourage the driver to flee. Police gained entry to the vehicle and tried to remove the man when he grabbed a knife and attempted to stab the officers. 

Two officers sustained minor injuries in the incident. The driver then exited the vehicle, and the man got into the driver’s seat and fled the scene. The vehicle was located a short time later in Perth-Andover by RCMP. A police dog located the individual, and he was arrested without incident.

Cameron appeared in provincial court in custody on Jan. 23 after being arrested the day before on five warrants. He appeared in court in custody for a bail hearing on Jan. 25 and waived his bail until later. He also pleaded guilty to failing to appear in court on Nov. 21, 2023. 

Cameron also appeared in provincial court in custody on Nov. 8, 2023, for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. He was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on Oct. 31, 2023. He was charged with breach of an undertaking on Sept. 28, 2023, and uttering threats and assaulting another man on Oct. 28, 2023, at Greenfield. He was also charged with breach of a no-contact order and obstructing police on Nov. 4, 2023, at Perth-Andover.

At an earlier court appearance, Cameron was also charged with assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats for incidents between Sept. 8 and Sept. 13, 2023, in Woodstock, and possession of stolen property on April 11, 2023, in Woodstock. The matters were adjourned for plea until his next court appearance.

He also appeared in provincial court in September and pleaded not guilty to two other charges laid by RCMP. His trial date was set for July 4 at 9:30 a.m. A monitoring date was also scheduled for April 2 at 9:30 a.m.

Cameron was charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and possession of a firearm while prohibited concerning an incident on Jan. 24, 2023, at Juniper. He entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Sept. 19, 2023.

Sentencing adjourned for Woodstock man 

Robert Dale McMann, 48, of Woodstock, will appear for sentencing in provincial court on April 19 at 1:30 p.m. on several charges laid by Woodstock Police.

McMann was found guilty after trial on charges of unlawful confinement and assaulting a female victim by choking her during a Sept. 9, 2021, incident in Woodstock. He was found not guilty on a third charge of uttering threats.

The court heard the case involved a domestic dispute. 

He pleaded guilty on Feb. 27 to possession of stolen property (an SD card and batteries) owned by Cook Construction Ltd. on Dec. 22, 2021, in Woodstock, and guilty to breaching a release order by failing to appear in court on Jan. 17, 2023. The crown withdrew one other charge.

Woodstock man in custody awaiting plea

Julian Cassius Atherton, 18, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Feb. 27 to answer drug and weapons charges laid by Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned for plea until March 19 at 1:30 p.m.

Atherton was charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace (knives), committing mischief and five counts of breaching a release order.

The charges were laid following an incident on Jan. 29 at 4:30 a.m. when Woodstock Police observed an adult male and a young offender prowling in dark clothing. The two were arrested, and a quantity of crystal meth, meth pills and several knives were seized. Police believe one of the individuals is linked to a series of property crimes and graffiti incidents in the town.

Atherton is also charged with escaping lawful custody for a separate incident involving two sheriffs escorting an individual to jail on July 22, 2023.

Canterbury woman to stand trial

Jessica Lynn Ouellet, 35, of Canterbury, appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 and pleaded not guilty to charges laid by RCMP. Her trial date was set for Feb. 12, 2025, at 9:30 a.m.

Ouellet was charged with committing mischief, causing property damage to a car, a truck, and a mailbox, concerning an incident on July 9, 2023, in Bloomfield. She was also charged with uttering threats against Rodney Butler for the same incident. 

Newbridge woman awaiting trial

Jennifer Chelsea Lee, 31, of Newbridge, appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 and pleaded not guilty to one charge laid by Woodstock Police. Her trial date was set for Feb. 3, 2025, at 9:30 a.m. 

Lee was charged with assault following an incident on July 15, 2023, in Woodstock. A monitoring date for her trial was also set for Sept. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

Moved to alternative measures

Nicholas LaPointe, 34, of Fielding, appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 for plea on an assault charge. The matter was moved to the alternative measures program. 

LaPointe was charged by RCMP with assault involving a female victim on Oct. 24, 2023, near Florencville-Bristol. He has until May 28 to complete the program requirements to have the charge withdrawn.

Kincardine man to stand trial

Jerry Inman, 68, of Kincardine, will appear for trial in provincial court on July 31 and Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to a firearm charge laid by RCMP. He appeared in court on Feb. 27 to confirm he has legal counsel to proceed with the trial.

Inman was charged with intentionally discharging a firearm into or at a place, knowing another person was present there in connection with an incident on April 27, 2023, in Kincardine. He entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Oct. 3, 2023. 

Bloomfield man to stand trial 

Jacob Kenneth Greer, 23, of Bloomfield, appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 for monitoring about his trial on a threat charge. He pleaded not guilty at an earlier court appearance, and his trial date was set for Aug. 21 at 1:30 p.m.

RCMP charged Greer with uttering threats involving a female victim concerning an incident on July 29, 2023, near Glassville. On Tuesday, he told the court he had difficulty securing legal counsel for his trial.

Perth-Andover brothers facing charges

Travis Terrance McDougall, 32, and Trevor Gerald McDougall, 32, of Perth-Andover, face charges laid by Woodstock Police. 

Travis McDougall appeared in provincial court for monitoring on Feb. 27. He returns to court on March 26 at 9:30 a.m. to confirm he has legal counsel for his trial. He was charged with uttering threats, breach of probation and assaulting a female victim in connection with an incident on July 17, 2023, in Woodstock. He pleaded not guilty in November; his trial date was set for Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m. 

Trevor McDougall was charged with uttering threats for the same incident. He pleaded not guilty in October, and a trial date was set for Aug. 2 at 1:30 p.m. A monitoring date was also set for April 16 at 9:30 a.m.

More charges for Woodstock woman

Brittany Priscilla King, 27, of Upper Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Feb. 27 for plea on four charges. 

She was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, dangerous driving, committing mischief causing property damage and assault using a vehicle following an incident on Sept. 17, 2023, in Woodstock. The matter was adjourned for plea until March 12 at 10 a.m.

King appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Jan. 15 and pleaded not guilty to charges laid by Woodstock Police. Her trial dates were set for April 24 at 9:30 a.m. and May 7 at 1:30 p.m.

King was charged by Woodstock Police with breach of a release order for an incident on Dec. 15, 2023, in Woodstock. She appeared in court in custody for a bail hearing on Dec. 21, 2023, and was remanded to jail.

King was also charged with three counts of assault, theft and breaking into a dwelling house for a recent incident in Woodstock. She appeared in provincial court in custody in November for a bail hearing. She was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to her ankle, but returned to custody.

She is also scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on March 25 at 9:30 a.m. and April 3 at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to other charges laid by Woodstock Police. 

King was charged by Woodstock Police with possession of a stolen vehicle on Nov. 22, 2022, and failing to attend court on Feb. 21, 2023. She was also charged with assaulting a police officer, committing mischief, and resisting arrest for another incident on Nov. 7, 2022, in Woodstock. 

Returning to court for plea

Andrew Betts, 41, of Waterville, will appear in provincial court on March 19 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on an assault charge laid by RCMP. The matter was scheduled for plea on Feb. 27 but was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel. 

Betts was charged with assaulting another man following an incident on Sept. 11, 2023, in Waterville. He appeared in court on Tuesday via teleconference. The court heard Betts was attending a rehab facility in Moncton.

In custody, awaiting sentencing and plea

Brandon Cecil Armour, 34, of no fixed address, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Feb. 27 for plea on a charge of breaching his release order. The matter was adjourned until March 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the request of his defence counsel. 

RCMP charged Armour with breaching a release order following an incident on Jan. 7 near Johnville. He appeared in court in custody on Feb. 9 for a bail hearing and waived his bail until later.

He is also awaiting sentencing on April 11 at 9:30 a.m. after changing his plea to guilty on three other charges laid by RCMP. He was charged with breaking into a dwelling house, committing mischief causing property damage to a door, and assaulting a female victim, stemming from an incident on June 8, 2022, in Beechwood. 

He also appeared in provincial court on Dec. 13, 2023, and pleaded not guilty to several charges laid by Woodstock Police. Trial dates were set for Oct. 9 at 1:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Armour was charged with breach of an undertaking and failing to attend court on July 11, 2023, as well as theft of a vehicle and resisting arrest on Aug. 14, 2023. Woodstock Police also charged him with prowling at night and resisting arrest concerning an incident on March 24, 2023, in Woodstock.

Armour appeared in court in custody on Aug. 15, 2023, after being arrested on a warrant. He appeared for a bail hearing on Sept. 28, 2023, and was released with conditions.

Pembroke man pleads not guilty

Joshua Adam Demerchant, 34, of Pembroke, appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 and pleaded not guilty to charges laid by Woodstock Police and RCMP. His trial date was set for Jan. 20, 2025, at 9:30 a.m.

He was charged by Woodstock Police with two counts of breaching a release order stemming from incidents on Oct. 18, 2023, at Pembroke and on Dec. 4, 2023, in Woodstock. 

Demerchant was also charged by RCMP with possession of stolen property (an ATV) and failing to stop for police in connection with an incident on July 12, 2023, near Hartland.  

He appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Jan. 4 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. As part of his release order, he must remain at a residence in Newbridge and follow a curfew.

Trial date set for Woodstock man

Benjamin Watson, 40, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 and pleaded not guilty to four charges laid by Woodstock Police. His trial date was set for Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Woodstock Police charged Watson with assault with a weapon (a cell phone), assault involving a female victim, breach of a peace bond and breach of probation concerning an incident on Dec. 16, 2023, in Woodstock. He appeared in provincial court in custody on Dec. 22, 2023, for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. 

Trial scheduled for Neqotkuk man 

Garrison Cane Perley, 33, of Neqotkuk, appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 and pleaded not guilty to three charges laid by RCMP. His trial was set for Nov. 20-21 at 9:30 a.m. 

Perley was charged with assault involving a female victim, assault by choking, and assault with a weapon (a knife) in connection with an incident on Oct. 14, 2023, near Perth-Andover. A monitoring date for his trial was also scheduled for March 26 at 9:30 a.m. 

Plea adjourned on three charges

Justin Frenette of Florenceville-Bristol will appear in provincial court on March 12 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on three charges laid by RCMP. He was scheduled for plea on Feb. 27 when the matter was adjourned at the request of his defence counsel.

Frenette was charged with assault while threatening to use a weapon (boiling water), assault with a weapon (a lit cigarette) and assault involving a female victim, stemming from three separate incidents in Glassville on Sept. 6, Oct. 10 and Oct. 25, 2023. 

Bairdsville woman awaiting trial

Tammy Williams, 48, of Bairdsville, will appear for trial in provincial court on Feb. 6, 2025, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to an assault charge.

RCMP charged Williams with assault on a male victim stemming from an incident on Oct. 15, 2023, near Wicklow. She entered her not-guilty plea on Feb. 27.

In custody awaiting plea

Nekko Dominique, 31, of no fixed address, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Feb. 27 for plea on charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until March 14 at 1:30 p.m. 

Dominique appeared in court in custody on Feb. 16 and was remanded to jail after a bail hearing. RCMP charged him with resisting arrest, breaking into a dwelling house, possession of break-in tools, and wearing a mask with intent to commit an indictable offence following an incident on Feb. 10 at a residence in Neqotkuk. He also faces a separate charge of breaching a six-month conditional sentence order handed down in the Miramichi.

Benton man in court on multiple charges

Edward Hayes Jr., 27, of Benton, appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 and pleaded not guilty to two assault charges. Trial dates were set for Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m. and Feb. 26, 2025, at 9:30 a.m.

Hayes was charged by Woodstock Police with assaulting another man and breach of probation concerning an incident on June 1, 2023, in Woodstock. RCMP also charged him with assaulting another man in Benton on Dec. 11, 2023.

Hayes appeared in court on Feb. 13 and pleaded not guilty to two other charges laid by RCMP. His trial date was set for Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. He was charged with driving while prohibited and breach of probation for an incident on the Trans Canada Highway near Woodstock on July 1, 2023. 

On Oct. 19, 2023, he appeared for trial in provincial court after pleading not guilty to other charges of sexual assault and unlawful confinement. The trial was adjourned until July 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel. 

Hayes was charged by RCMP with sexual assault and unlawful confinement involving a female victim between May 18 and June 13, 2022, in Summerfield.

Perth-Andover man to stand trial

Joseph Martin, 37, of Perth-Andover, appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 for monitoring about his upcoming trial. Martin pleaded not guilty to a series of charges laid by RCMP. His trial date was set for May 6 at 1:30 p.m. 

Martin also appeared in provincial court in custody on July 18, 2023, for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. He was charged by RCMP with assault with a weapon (a baseball bat) involving a female victim, uttering threats, and committing mischief causing property damage in connection with a July 18, 2023, incident at Perth-Andover. He was ordered to have no contact with the complainant and must report to the police weekly. Martin was also ordered to have no firearms in his possession.

Arrested and released with conditions

Ashley Dawn Giberson, 33, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody on Feb. 27 and was released with conditions. She returns to court for plea on March 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Woodstock Police charged Giberson with breach of a release order by failing to follow a curfew on Feb. 15 and shoplifting at the Canadian Tire in Woodstock on Feb. 3.

She was also charged with two counts of breaching a release order by failing to follow a curfew on Sept. 1 and Nov. 9, 2023, in Woodstock. Those matters were adjourned for plea until her next court date.

Giberson also appeared in court in custody in December and was released with conditions. RCMP charged her following an incident on Sept. 30, 2022, involving a break-in at the Cozy Cabins in Lower Woodstock. The crown withdrew that charge during her court appearance on Feb. 27.

Plea adjourned on five charges

Kyle Glen Anderson, 37, of Hartland, appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 for plea on five charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until March 19 at 9:30 a.m. to allow him more time to secure legal counsel.

Anderson was charged with assault involving a female victim, dangerous driving, 

committing mischief, and two counts of uttering threats in connection with an incident on July 4, 2023, at Ashland. 

Two trials set for Wotstak woman

Catherine Polchies, 46, of Wotstak (Woodstock First Nation), appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 and pleaded not guilty to multiple charges. Trial dates were set for Jan. 24, 2025, at 9:30 a.m. and Feb. 3, 2025, at 1:30 p.m. 

Polchies appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Feb. 7 and was released with conditions after spending a few days in jail. She was arrested on warrant after she failed to appear in court for plea on Jan. 2. She also faces charges of breaching a release order and possession of stolen property on Feb. 1 and several firearm offences for an incident on Nov. 11, 2023, in Woodstock. 

Polchies appeared in provincial court in custody on Nov. 15, 2023, for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. She was charged under the Fish and Wildlife Act with discharging a firearm too close to a dwelling house and not wearing hunter orange following an incident on Sept. 27, 2022, at Lower Woodstock. She pleaded not guilty at her court appearance on Feb. 27.

Remanded after bail hearing

Ryan Troy O’Donnell, 27, of Johnville, appeared in provincial court in custody on Feb. 23 for a bail hearing and was remanded to jail. He returns to court in custody for plea on March 5 at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP charged O’Donnell with breach of a release order and sexual assault. He appeared in provincial court in custody on Feb. 15 and was remanded.

He also appeared in provincial court in custody on Jan. 24 for a bail hearing. He was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle, but was brought back into custody.

O’Donnell was charged by RCMP with assault involving a female victim, uttering threats, and breach of probation concerning an incident on Jan. 25 near Johnville. 

A date for a hearing about an alleged breach of a conditional sentence order will also be set during his next court appearance on March 5.

O’Donnell received a nine-month conditional sentence on Aug. 1, 2023, after pleading guilty to indictable assault, theft, breach of a release order, two counts of breach of probation, uttering threats and assault on a female victim. He spent five months in remand before being released on a conditional sentence. O’Donnell has a prior criminal record.

Agreed to peace bond

Glenn Greer, 60, of Plaster Rock, appeared for trial in provincial court on Feb. 23 on two charges laid by RCMP. He agreed to sign a 12-month peace bond, and the trial did not proceed.

RCMP charged Greer with two counts of uttering threats in connection with an incident on May 5, 2022, in Plaster Rock. The alleged threats involved a female victim.

Trial scheduled on sex charge

Matthew White, 42, of Upper Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on Feb. 27 for monitoring about his trial on a sex charge laid by RCMP. He returns to court on March 27 at 9:30 a.m. to confirm he will be ready to proceed to trial.

White was charged with invitation to sexual touching involving a female minor in connection with an incident on June 3, 2023, in Bloomfield. He pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set for Sept. 18 at 9:30 a.m. 

Trial matters adding up for Woodstock, man

Curtis Brent Hatheway, 43, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Feb. 27 and pleaded not guilty to two charges. His trial date was set for June 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Hatheway was charged with breaching a no-contact order while in custody between Oct. 7 and Nov. 1, 2023, and between Nov. 1, 2023, and Jan. 1 of this year. 

Hatheway was also charged with assaulting a female victim, assault by choking, uttering threats and breach of a release order for an incident on Sept. 25, 2023, in Woodstock. The crown and the defence both requested an adjournment to March 18 at 9:30 a.m. because a new disclosure needed to be reviewed related to a notice of alibi. 

Hatheway was also charged with assault involving a female victim, breach of probation, and breach of a release order stemming from an incident on June 22, 2023, in Woodstock. He pleaded guilty to both breaches. However, he pleaded not guilty to the assault charge. His trial on the assault charge and sentencing for the breach offences was adjourned to March 11 at 1:30 p.m. 

Hatheway was also charged with assault, unlawful confinement, uttering threats and breach of a release order in connection with another incident on Aug. 31, 2023, in Woodstock. He pleaded not guilty, and that matter was set for trial on March 18.

Another charge of breach of curfew was also laid for an incident on May 17, 2023. He pleaded guilty, and sentencing was set for March 11 at 1:30 p.m.

He appeared for trial in provincial court in custody by video on Jan. 15. He agreed to sign a peace bond, and the trial did not proceed. 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 an incident on May 9, 2023, in Woodstock. 

Hatheway appeared in court in custody in November and was remanded. He appeared in provincial court in custody by video in July for a bail hearing. He was released with conditions, including house arrest and wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He was ordered to have no contact with the complainant and to attend court as required but was later brought back into custody. 

Arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for Calvin Joseph Nicholas, 53, of Neqotkuk, after he failed to appear in provincial court for plea on Feb. 27.

He appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on Jan. 31 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle.

RCMP charged Nicholas with breaching his release order. He also appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on Jan. 22 and was released with conditions after being charged with the same offence. 

Nicholas is also scheduled for trial in provincial court on June 26 at 9:30 a.m. 

RCMP charged him with uttering threats against another man and breaching an undertaking for an incident at Neqotkuk in 2021. He entered his not-guilty plea in May 2022, and a trial date was set, but he failed to appear. 

Nicholas appeared in provincial court in custody by video on May 4, 2023, for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. He has a lengthy prior criminal record. He was arrested on a warrant after failing to appear for trial on Feb. 17, 2023. 

He also failed to appear in court on Jan. 3, 2023, to answer charges of breach of probation and failing to report his whereabouts to the national sex offender registry on July 3, 2022. At his court appearance on July 18, 2023, he pleaded not guilty on all counts.

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