Woodstock Provincial Court: Three Romanians remain in custody after trying to cross border into Canada

by | Mar 13, 2024

Three Romanians remain in custody after illegally entering Canada near Union Corner

Three Romanians, two men and one woman, were apprehended by police on March 8 for crossing the international border illegally at Union Corner, the spot of a former port of entry many decades ago.

Narghita Cioroaba, 43, Dorel Istrate, 41, and Eduard-llie Scripcaru, 41, were each charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act with failing to appear for examination. 

Ciorobaba appeared in provincial court for a bail hearing on March 11 and was remanded to jail. She returns to court in custody for plea on April 9. Istrate and Scripcaru appear in court on March 14 for their bail hearings. They remain in custody.

RCMP arrested them after receiving a call around 1 p.m. from the U.S. Border Patrol about three individuals heading for the international border on foot near Union Corner. 

Police tracked them down about 40 minutes later using a police dog. The three suspects were returned to the Canada Border Services Agency at the Woodstock-Houlton border. They told police they rented a vehicle in New York and then abandoned it near the border so they could walk the rest of the way into Canada.

In another incident, two other Romanian men, who have addresses in the United States, appeared in provincial court in custody on Feb. 27 and pleaded guilty to crossing the international border illegally at Belleville. They will be sentenced on March 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Guiseppe Petre, 31, and David Constantin, 22, both of Sacramento, California, 

were each charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act with failing to appear for examination. They were arrested after a vehicle entered Canada without stopping at the Woodstock-Houlton border crossing on Jan. 30. 

Police stopped the vehicle shortly after receiving a call from border services and returned the suspects to the border authorities without further incident. The two men told police they were confused and didn’t realize it was a border crossing.

Under federal legislation, the charge is an indictable offence, and upon conviction, it can result in two years in jail or a $50,000 fine. 

Sentencing set for Bairdsville man

Ronald Terry Bowmaster, 36, of Bairdsville, appeared for trial in provincial court on March 11 and changed his plea to guilty on two charges laid by RCMP. His sentencing date was set for April 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Bowmaster was charged by RCMP with breach of probation, failing to comply with the conditions of a peace bond, and unlawful entry at a dwelling house concerning an incident on Nov. 30, 2023, near Juniper. He pleaded guilty to breaching the peace bond and unlawful entry. The crown withdrew the breach of probation charge.

Bowmaster appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on Dec. 1, 2023. He was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. 

House arrest, curfew for assault

Christopher Thomas O’Keefe, 26, of Fredericton, formerly of Fielding, appeared in provincial court on March 11 for sentencing on an assault charge. 

He was placed on a 60-day conditional sentence order that includes 30 days of full house arrest and 30 days of following a curfew. He was also placed on 12 months of probation and was ordered to have no contact with the complainant.

O’Keefe pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon (a shoe) involving a female victim in connection with an incident on Feb. 26, 2023, at Upper Brighton. RCMP laid the charge.

O’Keefe was also charged by Woodstock Police with assault with a weapon (hot coffee) involving a female victim on July 27, 2023, in Woodstock. He pleaded not guilty on March 12; a trial date was set for March 13, 2025, at 1:30 p.m.

Agreed to peace bond

Darren Boyer, 58, of Wakefield, appeared for trial in provincial court on March 11 on two assault charges. He agreed to sign a 12-month peace bond, but the trial did not proceed.

RCMP charged Boyer with assault causing bodily harm and assault by choking following an incident on July 21, 2022, at Wakefield. The charges involved a female victim. He was ordered to have no direct contact with the complainant and was prohibited from the use of firearms.

Trial set for Woodstock man

Hilton Romeo Fredericks, 26, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on March 12 and pleaded not guilty to two charges laid by Woodstock Police. His trial date was set for Jan. 13, 2025, at 9:30 a.m.

Fredericks appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Jan. 29 and was released with conditions. Woodstock Police charged him with assault involving a female victim and breach of an undertaking in connection with an incident on Jan. 23 in Woodstock. He was brought into custody on Jan. 26 and spent the weekend in jail.

Woodstock man arrested and released

Ronald Dwayne Scott, 30, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on March 19 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on four charges laid by Woodstock Police.

Scott was charged with assaulting another man, willfully causing damage to a vehicle, dangerous driving, and flight from police for an incident on Nov. 10, 2022, in Woodstock. He was arrested and released from custody on a release order. He appeared in court on March 5 when the matter was adjourned for plea to the new date.

Facing firearm charges

Jorge Heinz Fenske, 55, of Greenfield, will appear in provincial court on March 20 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on two firearm charges laid by RCMP.

Fenske was charged with possession of a firearm (a rifle) without a licence and improper storage of a firearm for an incident on Dec. 14, 2023, at Greenfield. He made his first court appearance on March 5 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Charged with impaired driving

Cindy Darlene Nicholson, 51, of Centreville, will appear in provincial court on April 2 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on an impaired driving charge.

Woodstock Police charged Nicholson with an incident in Woodstock on Oct. 16, 2023. She made her first court appearance on March 5 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Plea pending on fraud charge

Edwin Norman Pardy, 64, of Carlow, will appear in provincial court on April 2 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on a fraud charge laid by Woodstock Police.

Pardy was charged with defrauding Service Canada for an amount exceeding $5,000 regarding incidents between July 27, 2017, and Nov. 26, 2021, at Woodstock. He made his first court appearance on March 5, when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

In custody awaiting plea

Brady Melvin Crain, 27, of Wicklow, appeared in provincial court in custody on March 12 to answer several new charges laid by RCMP. He returns to court in custody for plea on April 11 at 9:30 a.m.

Crain was charged with prowling at night, three counts of breaching a release order, possession of a stolen ATV, resisting arrest, two counts of assaulting a police officer, and break and enter at a dwelling house concerning an incident on Feb. 13 at Johnville.

He appeared in provincial court in custody on Feb. 14 and was remanded to jail following a bail hearing. He was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear for trial on other charges.

RCMP charged Crain with breaching his release order on April 4, 2023. He also appeared in provincial court on March 16, 2023, 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. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and a trial date was set for Jan. 17.

Crain appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Sept. 6, 2023, 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, 2023, 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. RCMP also charged him 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, 2023, but he failed to appear.

Woodstock man to stand trial

Brady Crawford, 30, of Woodstock, will appear for trial in provincial court on March 24, 2025, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to charges laid by Woodstock Police. 

Crawford appeared in provincial court in custody on Feb. 15 and was released with conditions. He was charged by Woodstock Police with two counts of assault, uttering threats and assault while threatening to use a weapon (a knife) concerning an incident on Feb. 11 in Woodstock. He was also charged with assault and assault by choking between June 1 and Sept. 1, 2023, in Woodstock; assault by choking between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1, 2023, in Woodstock; and assault by choking and unlawful confinement between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023, in Woodstock. He was ordered to have no contact with the complainant.

Arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for Dawson Jason Kinney, 22, of New Denmark, after he failed to appear in provincial court for plea on March 12.

Kinney was charged by RCMP with impaired driving in connection with an incident on Dec. 6, 2023, at Sisson Ridge. He made his first court appearance on Feb. 13, when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Fined $1,500 for impaired driving

Colin Hassenchale, 29, of Neqotkuk, was fined $1,500 on March 12 after pleading guilty to impaired driving. He was also prohibited from driving for one year.

RCMP charged Hassenchale in connection with an incident on Dec. 9, 2023, at Neqotkuk. Police spotted his vehicle leaving a parking lot around midnight near the gaming centre in the community. He had no prior criminal record.

Charged with drug trafficking

Dynielle Allison Demerchant, 28, of Woodstock, will appear for trial in provincial court on Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to two charges. 

Demerchant was charged by Woodstock Police with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a prohibited weapon (a switchblade) in connection with an incident on Dec. 22, 2022, in Woodstock. She entered her not-guilty plea at a court appearance on March 12.

Returning to court for plea

Sara Ann Broad, 41, of Moose Mountain, will appear in provincial court on March 26 at 10:30 a.m. to answer charges laid by RCMP. She appeared in court on March 12 when the matter was adjourned for plea to the new date at the request of her defence counsel.

Broad appeared in court in custody in January and was released with conditions. RCMP charged her with assault on a male victim and breach of an undertaking concerning an incident on June 28, 2023, in Johnville. The court heard she also faces two mischief charges and an impaired driving charge.

Neqotkuk woman agrees to peace bond

Tiffany Perley, 50, of Neqotkuk, appeared in provincial court on March 12 for plea on an assault charge. She agreed to sign a 12-month peace bond, and the charge did not proceed.

RCMP charged Perley with assaulting another woman in the community on Oct. 14, 2023, at Neqotkuk. She was ordered to have no contact with the complainant.

Charged with fraud

Cassandra Watson Sawyer, 24, of Perth-Andover, appeared in provincial court on March 12 and pleaded not guilty to two charges laid by RCMP. Her trial date was set for March 12, 2025, at 9:30 a.m.

Watson Sawyer was charged with fraud and possession of stolen property (a bank card) concerning an incident on July 18, 2023, at Plaster Rock. 

In custody awaiting plea

Terrance Wright, 60, of Greenfield, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on March 12 to answer charges laid by Woodstock Police. He returns to court in custody for plea on April 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Woodstock Police charged Wright with assaulting another man and two counts of uttering threats concerning an incident on Feb. 24 in Woodstock. He waived his bail until later and was remanded.

He also appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on Dec. 14, 2023, and was released with conditions. The RCMP charged him with three counts of uttering threats against a female victim, committing mischief causing property damage, and breaching a no-contact order in connection with incidents on Dec. 7 and Dec. 11, 2023, at Greenfield. He was ordered to have no contact with the complainant. He pleaded not guilty, and his trial date was set for May 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Returning to court for plea

Dylan Thibodeau, 28, of Neqotkuk, will appear in provincial court on March 19 at 1:30 p.m. for a plea on charges laid by RCMP. He appeared in court on March 12 when the matter was adjourned at the request of his defence counsel.

Thibodeau appeared in provincial court in custody on Jan. 24 and was released with conditions. RCMP charged him with three counts of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, break and enter at a dwelling house and assault in connection with an incident on Jan. 23 at Neqotkuk. 

Trial pending for Windsor man 

Jacob Alexander Roy, 26, of Windsor, will appear for trial in provincial court on Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to four charges. He appeared in court on March 12 to confirm he will be ready to proceed to trial.

RCMP charged Roy with breaching a release order on Jan. 7. He was arrested and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle.

In November, Roy was charged with breach of a no-contact order for an incident on Oct. 20, 2023, in Woodstock. RCMP also charged him with assault involving a female victim and unlawful confinement concerning an incident on Sept. 11, 2023, in Woodstock. He pleaded not guilty. 

Woodstock man to enter plea

Shane Lee Dickison, 35, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on March 12 to answer charges laid by the RCMP. At the request of his defence counsel, the matter was adjourned for plea until March 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Dickison was charged with uttering threats and assault involving a female victim concerning an incident on Sept. 27, 2023, near Mapledale. He was also charged with flight from police for a separate incident on Sept. 27, 2023, at Teeds Mill. 

On Dec. 5, 2023, Dickison changed his plea to guilty to two other charges laid by Woodstock Police. He returns to court for sentencing on May 7 at 1:30 p.m.

He was charged with two violations of an Emergency Intervention Order for incidents on June 18-19, 2023, when he went to a local residence while ordered to stay away. 

Dickison appeared in provincial court in custody by video on July 17, 2023, after being arrested on a warrant. He was arrested after he failed to appear in provincial court to answer the charges on July 11, 2023. He was later released with conditions.

Plea adjourned to new date

Chad Evans Cote, 45, of Anfield, Victoria County, appeared in provincial court on March 12 at 9:30 a.m. to answer two charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned for plea to April 2 at 9:30 a.m. to allow him more time to secure legal counsel.

Cote was charged with assaulting another man and uttering threats following an incident on Nov. 12, 2023, at Perth-Andover. 

Trial set for Jacksontown woman

Bonnie Noel, 55, of Jacksontown, appeared in provincial court on March 12 and pleaded not guilty to two charges laid by RCMP. Her trial date was set for Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m. A monitoring date was also scheduled for July 9 at 9:30 a.m.

Noel was charged with assault on a male victim and resisting arrest, stemming from an incident on Jan. 19 near North Lake. 

Wostak man to stand trial

James Thomas Fowler, 52, of Wostak (Woodstock First Nation), will appear for trial in provincial court on Feb. 10, 2025, at 1:30 p.m. after pleading not guilty to criminal harassment. A monitoring date was also set for Sept. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP charged Fowler with criminal harassment through repeated communication concerning an incident on Sept. 19, 2023, at Wostak. He appeared in court in custody and was released with conditions. 

In custody awaiting trial

Ryan James Smith, 35, of Woodstock, formerly of Perth, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on March 7 for monitoring about his trial on multiple charges. He returns to court in custody on April 10 at 1:30 p.m. 

Smith appeared in court in custody for his bail hearing on Nov. 1, 2023, and was remanded. He has been in custody since late September. 

Smith was charged by RCMP with possession of a firearm while prohibited, possession of a stolen vehicle, being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a gun, obstructing police, carelessly transporting a firearm, and possession of a firearm without a licence, stemming from an incident on Sept. 30, 2023, in Hartland. 

He was also charged with possessing a stolen vehicle, committing mischief causing property damage to a car window, and driving while suspended for another incident in Meductic on Sept. 30, 2023. He pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Woodstock Police also charged him with trespassing on private property on Broadway Street in Woodstock on Aug. 3 and Aug. 29, 2023. 

Plea adjourned on three charges

Justin Frenette of Florenceville-Bristol will appear in provincial court on March 19 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on three charges laid by RCMP. He was scheduled for plea on March 12 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. 

Remanded after bail hearing

Keith Kinney, Jr., 49, of Bath, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on March 12 for plea on two charges of failing to appear in court and to set a new date for his trial. The matter was adjourned until April 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Kinney appeared in court in custody on Feb. 20 for a bail hearing and was remanded to jail. He was arrested on a warrant after he failed to appear in provincial court on Jan. 9 to set a new date for his trial. 

He appeared in provincial court in custody on Dec. 18, 2023, after being arrested on a warrant for failing to appear for trial in October. He was released with conditions but then failed to return to court again.

RCMP charged Kinney with assaulting a police officer while threatening to use a weapon (a glass object) following an incident on Jan. 8, 2023, in Bath. He pleaded not guilty during an earlier court appearance and told the court he was tasered by police during the incident. 

He also faces a new charge of shoplifting concerning an incident at a store in Bath on Nov. 21, 2023. Kinney will enter a plea to that charge at his next court appearance.

More charges for Woodstock woman

Brittany Priscilla King, 27, of Upper Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on March 12 and pleaded not guilty to four charges. Her trial date was set for March 10, 2025, at 1:30 p.m.

Woodstock Police charged her 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. 

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 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. 

Adjourned for plea

Shelby Paul, 28, of Neqotkuk, appeared in provincial court on March 12 after failing to complete the alternative measures program’s requirements. 

Paul was charged by RCMP with mischief causing property damage to a door at the tribal council office at Neqotkuk on Aug. 23. She was ordered to return to court on April 9 at 9:30 a.m. to enter a plea to the charge.

Peace bond on one charge, others withdrawn

Lacy Ann McClendon of Perth-Andover appeared in provincial court on March 12 to be monitored regarding her Aug. 29 trial on a series of charges. 

RCMP charged McClendon with obstructing police and breaching a no-contact order for an incident at Perth-Andover on Nov. 4, 2023. She was accused of breaching an undertaking by violating a no-contact order concerning another incident in Lindsay on Sept. 28, 2023. Woodstock Police also charged her with assaulting a male victim on Sept. 13, 2023, at Woodstock.

McClendon agreed to sign a 12-month peace bond on the assault charge, and the crown withdrew the rest of the charges.

Jacksonville man awaiting plea in knife incident

Shayne Everett Cameron, 30, of Jacksonville, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on March 7 for plea on multiple charges laid by Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned until March 13 at 9:30 a.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 attempted 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. A short time later, the vehicle was located 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.

In custody, awaiting sentencing and plea

Brandon Cecil Armour, 34, of no fixed address, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on March 7 for plea on a charge of breaching his release order. The matter was adjourned until March 13 at 9:30 a.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 was arrested on a warrant on Aug. 15, 2023, and appeared in court in custody. He appeared for a bail hearing on Sept. 28, 2023, and was released with conditions.

Re-election to provincial court

Riley Cowper, 19, of Limestone, and Jacob Jinson, 25, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on March 20 at 1:30 p.m. for plea on charges of indictable sexual assault and unlawful confinement.

They first elected trial by judge and jury at the Court of King’s Bench, and their 10-day trial was set to begin on Sept. 23. On March 12, they both re-elected their mode of trial to provincial court. 

Cowper appeared in provincial court in custody by video on April 5, 2023, for a bail hearing. He 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 an incident on March 26, 2023, at Limestone. 

Jinson appeared in custody by video on April 3, 2023. RCMP charged him with sexual assault involving a female victim, unlawful confinement, and indictable breach of probation concerning the same incident on March 26, 2023, at Limestone. He was released with strict conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle, but was later brought back into custody and released.

Another trial for Cowper is scheduled for Aug. 14, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. RCMP charged Cowper with assault with a weapon (a hammer and tire iron) involving another man on March 23, 2022. He pleaded not guilty at an earlier court appearance, and a trial date was first set for Oct. 30, 2023, but was later adjourned.

Trial date confirmed for Woodstock man

Jace Maddox Anderson, 18, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on March 12 for monitoring regarding his July trial.

Anderson appeared in court in custody on Jan. 18 and was released with conditions. Woodstock Police charged him with two counts of uttering threats against a female victim in connection with incidents on Jan. 14 and Jan. 17 in Woodstock. He pleaded not guilty.  

Woodstock Police also charged Anderson with assault and uttering threats in connection with an incident at a Woodstock apartment on May 25, 2023. He pleaded not guilty, and his trial date was set for July 4 at 9:30 a.m. 

Anderson also faces a charge of failing to appear in court on June 29, 2023. He pleaded not guilty and returns to court on March 19 at 1:30 p.m. to set a trial date.

New trial date for Neqotkuk woman

Tammy Schloemer, 57, of Neqotkuk, will appear for trial in provincial court on Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to charges laid by RCMP. She appeared in court on March 12 to set the new trial date.

Schloemer was charged with assault while threatening to use a weapon (a wooden stick) against another woman and committing mischief causing property damage to a window in relation to an incident on Oct. 3, 2021, in the community. 

Charges withdrawn

Logan Quaranta, 18, of Rowena, Victoria County, appeared for trial in provincial court on March 7. The crown withdrew the charges, and the trial was cancelled.

Quaranta was charged by RCMP with break-and-enter at a dwelling house, theft under $5,000 (a Roku stick, keys, and batteries), and committing mischief causing property damage to a camera regarding an incident on Nov. 13, 2022, at Rowena. 

Perth Andover woman to be sentenced

Faith York, 23, of Perth Andover, appeared in provincial court on March 12 to answer fraud and forgery charges laid by RCMP. 

York was charged with uttering forged documents (cheques) and defrauding a bank of $5,747 in connection with incidents at Neqotkuk between June 13, 2022, and July 4, 2022. 

She pleaded guilty to uttering forged documents, and her sentencing date was set for June 18 at 1:30 p.m. The crown withdrew the remaining charge.

Neqotkuk man charged with fraud

Brock Vollmar, 47, of Neqotkuk, appeared in provincial court on March 12 to set a date for his trial on a fraud charge. The trial was set for March 26-27, 2025, at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP charged Vollmar with defrauding the band office of more than $5,000 concerning incidents between July 2 and July 4, 2022, at Neqotkuk. He pleaded not guilty at a court appearance on Feb. 2.

Perley facing more charges

Jacob Perley, 32, of Neqotkuk, appeared in provincial on March 12 to set a date for his trial on fraud charges laid by RCMP. His trial was set for Jan. 22-23, 2025, at 9:30 a.m.

Perley was charged with possessing forged documents (cheques) and defrauding the band office of over $5,000 between June 13 and Oct. 6, 2023, at Neqotkuk. He pleaded not guilty at a court appearance on Feb. 2.

Perley will also stand trial on drug trafficking charges on March 27 at 9:30 a.m. and April 5 at 9:30 a.m. He was charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, production of cocaine, unlawful possession of ketamine (a date rape drug) for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine, obstruction, and breach of an undertaking in connection with an incident on Aug. 26, 2022, at Neqotkuk. 

Perley will also appear in provincial court on March 19 at 1:30 p.m. for sentencing on other charges. The RCMP charged him with breach of a release order, breaking and entering a dwelling house, possessing a weapon dangerous to public peace, assault with a weapon, and using an imitation firearm in connection with a Dec. 16, 2021, incident in the community. 

He pleaded guilty to the breach charge and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. The remaining charges will be withdrawn by the crown at sentencing.

Sentencing set on trafficking charges

Rhonda Perley, 55, and Jeffrey Phillips, 56, of Neqotkuk, are both awaiting sentencing on drug trafficking charges. 

Perley pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine for an incident on Feb. 27, 2020, at Neqotkuk. She will be sentenced on May 28 at 1:30 p.m. and was released with conditions until her next court appearance. 

She appeared in court on March 12 for sentencing, but the matter was adjourned to allow for the completion of a pre-sentence report.

Phillips pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking for another incident on Feb. 28, 2020, at Neqotkuk. He was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 22, but the matter was adjourned for sentencing to April 3 at 1 p.m. due to Phillips being hospitalized.

Perley and Phillips were arrested on warrants in January and released with conditions following a bail hearing. They were both scheduled to be sentenced on the charges when they requested another hearing but failed to attend court on Aug. 29, 2021. Warrants were issued for their arrest.

The court heard RCMP charged them after undercover police officers purchased cocaine from them at their home in Neqotkuk. The crown said the officers dealt with Phillips to make the purchase, but Perley was inside the house and aware of what was happening. Perley also talked to the officers about the deal and possible future deals.

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