Woodstock Provincial Court: Woman remanded until bail hearing; Greenfield man back in custody

by | Dec 13, 2023

Held for bail hearing on gun charges

Martina Crouse, 32, of Rosedale, appeared in provincial court in custody on Dec. 12 and was remanded to jail. She returns to court in custody for a bail hearing on Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

Crouse was arrested on a warrant by sheriffs after arriving late at the courthouse. On Nov. 22, she was taken into custody on three charges and released with conditions, including an order to attend court as required.

RCMP charged Crouse with possession of a firearm without a licence (a rifle), improper storage of a gun, and possession of a firearm with the serial number altered concerning an incident on July 27 at Rosedale.

Criminal harassment charges withdrawn

The crown withdrew charges against Joanna Metherell, 46, and Maria Metherell, 19, of Richmond Corner, during provincial court on Dec. 12.

The Metherells were each charged by RCMP with harassing another person by repeatedly communicating through text messages in connection with an incident on Sept. 9, 2022, at Limestone. 

Defence Counsel Patrick Hurley appeared in court on their behalf via teleconference on Tuesday. Crown Prosecutor Bronwyn Mooney said the crown decided not to proceed with the case as there was little chance of conviction.

Bail hearing scheduled for Thursday

Terrance Wright, 60, of Greenfield, appeared in provincial court in custody on Dec. 12 and was remanded to jail. He returns to court in custody for a bail hearing on Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP charged Wright with three counts of uttering threats against a female victim and committing mischief causing property damage in connection with an incident on Dec. 11 at Greenfield. He was ordered to have no contact with the complainant.

Greenfield man back in custody

Dustin Arthur Hawksley, 28, of Greenfield, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Dec. 11 after being arrested on new charges related to breaching a release order. He was remanded to jail to await a bail hearing on Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

RCMP charged Hawksley with breach of a release order by violating electronic monitoring (ankle bracelet), escaping lawful custody, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in connection with an incident on Dec. 6 at Greenfield. 

Hawksley is also awaiting plea on several other charges. He 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 but was brought back into custody on Dec. 7.

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.

Suspended sentence, probation 

Kerry Shawn Dennis, 61, of Wotstak (Woodstock) First Nation, appeared in provincial court for sentencing on Dec. 5 after pleading guilty to two charges laid by Woodstock Police. He received a suspended sentence and 12 months of probation. 

Dennis was charged with possession of methamphetamine and carrying a concealed weapon (brass knuckles) stemming from an incident on March 2 in Woodstock. A one-year prohibition on firearms was also imposed as part of his sentence.

Conditional sentence for break-in

Shawna Schriver, 43, of Johnville, formerly of Carlow, appeared for sentencing in provincial court on Dec. 12 after changing her plea to guilty on two charges laid by RCMP. 

She received a six-month conditional sentence, including three months of house arrest and three months of following a curfew. She was also placed on probation for 12 months. The accused had a prior criminal record.

Schriver was charged with breaking and entering and resisting arrest in connection with an incident at a vacant residence in Upper Kintore on May 25, 2022. She pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of indictable mischief causing property damage and resisting arrest. 

A co-accused, Timothy Canam, 43, of Carlow, was sentenced to 13 months in jail, minus time served, when he appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 6, 2022. He was charged with break, enter, and theft in connection with the same incident. He pleaded guilty to the offence. After his arrest, Canam was denied bail and remanded into custody at a provincial jail.

Fined for impaired driving

Frederick William Keilty, 61, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 and pleaded guilty to impaired driving. He was fined $2,000 and was prohibited from driving for one year.

Woodstock Police charged Keilty following an incident on Sept. 4 on Lower Main Street in Woodstock. The court heard his blood alcohol reading was twice the legal limit.

Jail sentence expected for McSheffrey

Emily McSheffrey, 26, of Waterville, appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 for sentencing after changing her plea to guilty on eight charges laid by RCMP.

Crown Prosecutor Bronwyn Mooney told the court McSheffrey deserved 60 days in jail, followed by a lengthy probation period. The accused had no prior criminal record. Mooney also recommended a $2,000 fine for McSheffrey on a breathalyzer charge.

Defence Counsel Lindsay Paul requested a conditional sentence of house arrest, noting McSheffrey was remorseful for her actions and suffered from mental health issues and long-term drug addiction. 

Associate Chief Judge Brian C. McLean reserved his decision on sentence until Jan. 12, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

McSheffrey appeared in provincial court for sentencing in July on five charges and told the court she wanted to withdraw her guilty plea on one of them. On Sept. 14, she abandoned her application for a hearing and then entered guilty pleas on all charges laid against her. 

McSheffrey pleaded guilty to refusing a breathalyzer on Aug. 29, 2020, in Jacksonville; guilty to assaulting a police officer by biting him on the hand, resisting arrest, and fraudulent impersonation to avoid arrest on April 8, 2021, in Perth-Andover; guilty to mischief causing property damage to a vehicle, and assault with a weapon (a rock) involving a female victim in connection with an incident on Nov. 13, 2021, in Wicklow; guilty to uttering threats and assaulting a police officer on July 6, 2022, in Waterville; guilty to possession of a stolen side-by-side on Nov. 8, 2022, in Bath; guilty to assaulting a male complainant on Feb. 21 in Wicklow by punching and kicking him; guilty to uttering threats in a text message and breach of an undertaking on April 3 in Wicklow; and guilty to breach of an undertaking on July 7 at Wotstak (Woodstock) First Nation.

RCMP also charged her with uttering threats involving a male complainant for an incident on May 12 at Florenceville-Bristol. She agreed to sign a 12-month peace bond, and that charge did not proceed. 

Newbridge man facing four charges

Nicholas Carl Manzer, 26, of Newbridge, will appear in provincial court on Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. for plea on four charges laid by RCMP.

Manzer was charged with possession of a firearm (a rifle) while prohibited, possession of a gun without a licence, possession of a stolen truck, and improper storage of a firearm concerning an incident on Nov. 11 at Wotstak (Woodstock) First Nation. He made his first court appearance on Dec. 5 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Skiff Lake woman facing several charges

Megan Leigh Harrison, 24, of Skiff Lake, will appear in provincial court on Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. to answer multiple charges.

Woodstock Police charged Harrison with uttering threats, assault involving a male victim, unlawful entry at a dwelling house, and breach of an undertaking stemming from an incident on Nov. 18 in Woodstock. She was released on an undertaking on Dec. 5 until her next court appearance. 

On Dec. 12, another charge of impaired driving was also laid for an incident on June 10. A warrant is being held on file until Harrison’s next court appearance.

Sentencing delayed until March

Earl James Demerchant, 32, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court for sentencing on March 5, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. He pleaded guilty to two charges laid by Woodstock Police.

Demerchant was charged with assault involving a female victim on June 1, 2021, and breach of an undertaking on Nov. 11, 2022, for incidents in Woodstock. His sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 5 but was adjourned to allow for the completion of a pre-sentence report.

First appearance for Woodstock man

Charles Wylie Reinhardt, 37, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial on Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. for plea on charges laid by Woodstock Police.

Reinhardt was charged with dangerous driving, flight from police, refusing a breathalyzer demand and resisting arrest following an incident on July 30 in Woodstock. He made his first court appearance on Dec. 5 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

In custody awaiting plea

Wyatt DeLong, 28, of Cloverdale, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Dec. 7 for plea on four charges. His matter was adjourned until Dec. 15 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, 28, 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. She was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Oct. 24.

DeLong and Buchanan were arrested after a manhunt in Victoria County in connection with a series of incidents in the upper River Valley.

Returning to court for plea

Kyle Laurie Williams, 35, of Clearview, will appear in provincial court on Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. for plea on one charge laid by RCMP.

Williams was charged with transmitting intimate images without consent concerning an incident on June 4 at Centreville. Williams made his first court appearance on Dec. 5 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Bloomfield man faces charges

Kenneth Greer, 60, of Bloomfield, will appear in provincial court on Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. for plea on three charges laid by RCMP.

Greer was charged with uttering threats, careless use of a firearm, and assault while threatening to use a weapon (a gun) involving a female victim for an incident on Sept. 9 at Bloomfield. He made his first court appearance on Dec. 5 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Mischief charge laid in break-in

Darren Richard Hamilton, 63, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. for plea on one charge laid by Woodstock Police.

Hamilton was charged with breaking into a dwelling house to commit mischief concerning an incident between Aug. 5 and 6 in Woodstock. He made his first court appearance on Dec. 5 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Facing impaired driving charge

Jason Randall Watson, 27, of Medford, will appear in provincial court on Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. for plea on an impaired driving charge.

RCMP charged Watson in connection with an incident on Sept. 1 near Tobique Narrows. He made his first court appearance on Dec. 5 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Facing two sex charges

Edward Brennan McGraw, 28, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on two sex charges. He elected trial at the Court of King’s Bench by judge alone. A preliminary hearing date was set for April 9, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. 

Woodstock Police charged McGraw with sexual assault and touching for a sexual purpose in connection with an incident on July 1, 2022, in Woodstock. 

Assault charge withdrawn

Clay Nicholson, 27, of Woodstock, formerly of Clearview, appeared for trial in provincial court on Dec. 7 after pleading not guilty to assault. The crown withdrew the charge, and the trial did not proceed.

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. 

Remanded to jail

Joshua Adam Demerchant, 34, of Pembroke, appeared in provincial court in custody on Dec. 7 for a bail hearing and was remanded to jail. He returns to court in custody for plea on Jan. 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Demerchant was arrested on a warrant after he failed to appear in provincial court on Oct. 17 for plea. RCMP charged him with possession of stolen property (an ATV) and failing to stop for police in connection with an incident on July 12 near Hartland.  

On Dec. 5, Demerchant was also charged with two counts of breaching a release order stemming from incidents on Oct. 18 at Pembroke and on Dec. 4 in Woodstock.

Not guilty of impaired driving

Kaylea Jessika Spittle, 23, of Carlingford, appeared for trial in provincial court on Dec. 6 on an impaired driving charge. The crown did not call any evidence and Spittle received a directed verdict of not guilty.

RCMP charged Spittle following an incident on Nov. 20, 2021, near Greenfield. She made her first court appearance on Jan. 17.

Charges transferred to Edmundston court

Christian Mario Albert, 37, of Grand Falls, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Dec. 11 for plea on charges laid by RCMP. All matters were transferred to Edmundston. 

Albert said he intended to plead guilty. The matter was adjourned until Feb. 6, 2024, at 11 a.m. to allow time for the files to be transferred.

Albert was charged with breaking into the Save Easy in Plaster Rock and breaching curfew following an incident on Sept. 10. He appeared in court in custody on Dec. 5 when the matter was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel. The court heard he was being held in custody on other matters in Edmundston.

Senior charged with sexual assault

Maurice Joseph Rossignol, 68, of no fixed address, will appear in provincial court on Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. for plea on a charge of sexual assault.

Woodstock Police charged Rossignol in connection with an incident on Aug. 30 in Woodstock. He was scheduled for plea on Dec. 12 when the matter was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel.

In custody on multiple charges

Curtis Brent Hatheway, 43, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Dec. 12 for monitoring about his upcoming trials. 

Hatheway was denied bail. He pleaded not guilty to all charges laid against him by Woodstock Police. Trial dates were set for Jan. 15, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. and Jan. 26, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. On Tuesday, the court heard Hatheway had legal counsel to proceed.

Woodstock Police charged Hatheway with assaulting a female victim, assault by choking, uttering threats and breach of a release order for an incident on Sept. 25 in Woodstock. The court heard he is also facing other separate charges in Moncton.

Hatheway appeared in provincial court in custody by video on July 6 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.

Woodstock Police also charged Hatheway with assault involving a female victim, breach of probation, and breach of a release order stemming from an incident on June 22 in Woodstock. 

He was also 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 another incident on May 9 in Woodstock. Another charge of breach of curfew was also laid for an incident on May 17.

Facing new charge

Ashley Dawn Giberson, 33, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 via teleconference to answer a charge laid by Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned for plea until Jan. 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Giberson was charged with breach of a release order by failing to follow a curfew between Sept. 1 and Nov. 9 in Woodstock. 

Giberson also appeared in court in custody in December and was released with conditions. RCMP charged her following an incident on Sept. 30, 2022, at the Cozy Cabins in Lower Woodstock. 

Florenceville-Bristol man facing assault charge

Troy Keenan, 50, of Florenceville-Bristol, will appear in provincial court on Jan. 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. for a plea on an assault charge. He appeared in court on Dec. 12 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

RCMP charged Keenan with assaulting another man while threatening to use a weapon (a knife) in connection with an incident on July 1 at Florenceville-Bristol. 

Arrested and released

Tanya Tribe, 43, of Greenfield, appeared in provincial court in custody on Dec. 12 for monitoring about her trial. Sheriffs arrested her on a warrant when she arrived at the courthouse. 

Tribe is scheduled to appear for trial on Jan. 17, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to three charges laid by RCMP. 

She was charged with two counts of criminal harassment in connection with incidents between Aug. 10 and Aug. 12, 2022, in Windsor, and on Sept. 12, 2022, in Florenceville-Bristol, and one count of uttering threats for another incident between Aug. 10 and Aug. 12, 2022, in Windsor. 

Returning to court for plea

Maxwell Giberson, 29, of Florenceville-Bristol, appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 to answer a charge laid by Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned for plea until Jan. 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Giberson appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 24 and was released with conditions. He was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on Oct. 5. He turned himself in to the sheriff

 at the Woodstock courthouse. Woodstock Police charged him with breach of probation. 

He was ordered to have no contact with the complainants without the authorization of Social Development and to attend court as required.

Back in custody on new charges

Jonathon Daniel Stockford, 35, of Hartland, appeared in provincial court in custody on Dec. 7 to answer new charges laid by RCMP. 

He was scheduled for sentencing after changing his plea to guilty on other charges laid by RCMP and Woodstock Police when new charges were laid. All matters were adjourned until Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m. 

Stockford waived his bail until later and will enter his plea on the new charges at his next court appearance on Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m. A date for his bail hearing may also be scheduled at that time.

He was charged with theft of fuel from an Esso station in Florenceville-Bristol, breaking into the Sticks and Stones Storage facility on Burnham Road, theft of tires and rims, possession of stolen property, and mischief causing property damage to the storage facility following an incident on Nov. 14.  

The court heard more charges are being transferred from Saint John and Fredericton. Stockford intends to plead guilty to those charges at this next court appearance.

Stockford appeared in court in custody on Sept. 14 and pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching a release order and committing mischief by damaging an ankle bracelet for an incident on March 28 at Hartland. He was later released with conditions.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property (a motorcycle), breach of probation, and breaching his curfew for an incident on Oct. 12, 2022, in Woodstock; and guilty to theft, stemming from a separate incident on July 4, 2022, at the Atlantic Superstore in Woodstock.

Stockford was scheduled to appear in provincial court for plea in November but failed to appear after being arrested on other charges in Fredericton and Saint John. He had been in custody since April. 

Awaiting plea following lockdown at Tobique Valley High School

David Fleming, 18, of Plaster Rock, appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 to answer charges related to a lockdown at Tobique Valley High School. The matter was adjourned for plea until Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Fleming appeared in court in custody following the incident and was released with conditions. RCMP charged him with three counts of uttering threats against three female victims on Nov. 2 at Plaster Rock.

As part of his release, Associate Chief Judge Brian C. McLean ordered him to stay away from Tobique Valley High School and the residences of the three complainants. He must have no contact with any of the complainants and cannot have firearms or weapons in his possession. 

Woodstock man to stand trial

Clifford Joseph Lozier, 61, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 to answer one charge laid by Woodstock Police.

Lozier was charged with uttering threats against another man following an incident on June 4 in Woodstock. He pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set for Sept. 23, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Trial set for Woodstock woman 

Krista Lynn Turner, 43, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 to answer two new charges laid by Woodstock Police. She pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set for Oct. 2, 2024, at 1:30 p.m.

Turner appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 3. She was charged with assault and breach of a release order following an incident on Nov. 2 in Woodstock. She was released with conditions. Turner was ordered to stay away from a Grover Street residence and must have no contact with the male complainant.

She will also appear for trial in provincial court on April 8, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to two other charges laid by Woodstock Police. She entered her plea at a court appearance on June 13.

Turner was charged with assault with a weapon (shards of glass) and breach of an undertaking concerning incidents on April 29 and April 30 in Woodstock. She was ordered to report to the police weekly, attend court, stay away from a Grover Street residence, and have no contact with the complainant. 

Turner appeared in provincial court in custody by video on May 4 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. She was later taken back into custody. On Tuesday, the court heard Turner was moving to Ontario to be with her family.

Diverted to alternative measures

Shelby Paul, 28, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 to answer a mischief charge. The matter was moved to the alternative measures program with the consent of the crown.

Paul was charged by RCMP with mischief causing property damage to a door at the tribal council office at Neqotkuk on Aug. 23. She has until March 12 to complete the program.

Perth-Andover man to stand trial

Joseph Martin, 37, of Perth-Andover, appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 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, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. On Tuesday, he told the court he had still not secured legal counsel.

Martin also appeared in provincial court in custody on July 18 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 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.

Released from custody to await plea

Joshua Desroches, 19, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on Jan. 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. for plea on one charge laid by RCMP. 

Desroches was charged with breach of an undertaking by violating a no-contact order stemming from an incident on Sept. 25 near Woodstock. He was arrested and later released from custody with conditions. He appeared in court on Dec. 12 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Sentencing set for assault

Cassidy Guest of Perth Andover will appear for sentencing in provincial court on Feb. 20, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. after pleading guilty to assault. 

He was scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 12 when the matter was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel. The court heard Guest was working outside the province but would be returning in February to deal with other matters in Edmundston.

Guest was charged by RCMP with assault causing bodily harm to another man following an incident on June 21, 2022, at Perth Andover. A warrant is being held on file until his next court appearance.

Woodstock man awaiting trial

Jace Maddox Anderson, 18, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 for monitoring about his upcoming trial. He returns to court on Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m. to confirm he has secured legal counsel to proceed. 

Woodstock Police charged Anderson with assault and uttering threats in connection with an incident at a Woodstock apartment on May 25. He pleaded not guilty, and his trial date was set for July 4, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. 

Anderson also faces a new charge of failing to appear in court on June 29. He will enter a plea at his next court appearance.

Trials scheduled on trafficking, extortion charges 

Nathan Leon Godin, 29, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Dec. 11 for monitoring about his trials coming up in January. He pleaded not guilty to multiple charges laid by RCMP. 

Trial dates were set for Jan. 3-5, 2024, at 9:30 a.m., Jan. 8, 2024, at 9:30 a.m., and Jan. 12, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. 

Godin was denied bail in July. RCMP charged him with 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 weapon 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 Wotstak (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 Wotstak. 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 Wotstak.

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 Wotstak, 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. 

Neqotkuk man has new charges

Jacob Perley, 32, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), appeared in provincial court on Dec. 12 to answer two new charges laid by RCMP. 

Perley was charged with possessing forged documents (cheques) and defrauding the band office of over $5,000 between June 13 and Oct. 6 at Neqotkuk. H returns to court for plea on Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

He is also scheduled for sentencing in provincial court on Dec. 19 at 1:30 p.m. after changing his plea to guilty on two charges laid by RCMP. 

Perley was charged by RCMP 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 and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. The crown will withdraw the remaining charges.

Perley also appeared in provincial court on Sept. 19 for monitoring about his upcoming trial on drug trafficking charges. His trial dates were moved to Dec. 14 and Dec. 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Perley 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. 

In custody awaiting plea

Christopher Elliott, 33, of Weaver, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Dec. 12 to answer a series of charges laid by RCMP. He waived his bail until later and returns to court for plea on Dec. 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Elliott appeared in court in custody via teleconference on Oct. 24 and was remanded to jail to await a bail hearing. He faced new fraud charges and possession of stolen property (a debit card) concerning an incident on July 18 at Plaster Rock.

Elliott was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of ammunition while prohibited for an incident on Oct. 23. He was also charged with failing to appear in court for his trial in Woodstock on Aug. 23. 

Elliott pleaded not guilty to firearm charges on April 18, and his trial date was set. He was charged with possessing a prohibited weapon without a licence concerning an incident on November 4, 2020, at Gladwyn. He was also charged under the Fish and Wildlife Act with having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, possession of a firearm without a licence, and hunting without a licence on Nov. 4, 2020.

Elliott and Amber Holt, 32, of Bluebell, are jointly charged by RCMP with possession of a firearm without a licence (.22 Magnum rifle) and careless use of a gun for another incident on June 22, 2022, in Weaver. Elliott was also charged with possession of a firearm while prohibited from having it in connection with the same incident in Weaver. Holt is currently in custody, awaiting sentencing on numerous charges.

Arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for Kevin Coutts, 65, of Lower Kintore, after he failed to appear in court on Dec. 12 for monitoring about his trial. The court heard Coutts is currently in Ontario.

He was scheduled for trial in provincial court on May 30, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to an assault charge.

RCMP charged Coutts with assault involving a female victim following an incident on June 10 near Kintore. He made his first court appearance on July 25.

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