Woodstock Provincial Court: Zealand man charged with breaking into home, Centreville man arrested and held pending bail hearing

by | Mar 20, 2024

Zealand man charged with smashing his way into residence

Sheldon Marr Brewer, 26, of Zealand, appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on March 15. He was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He returns to court for plea on April 9 at 9:30 a.m. 

RCMP charged Brewer with breaking into a dwelling house, resisting arrest, flight from police, and dangerous driving concerning an incident on March 12 near Cloverdale. 

He was arrested on a warrant following a police chase that began in the Cloverdale area. The vehicle crashed into a ditch, and the driver fled on foot. Shortly after, police received a report of a man smashing his way into a nearby home by kicking down a door to hide from police. The homeowner fled uninjured.

The suspect eventually left the house and ran into the woods. Drones and police dogs assisted in the search. The man was later spotted in Millville and was finally captured in Coldstream.

Arrested and held for bail hearing

Brandon Jay Smith, 26, of Centreville, appeared in provincial court in custody on March 19 and was remanded on charges laid by RCMP. He returns to court in custody for a bail hearing by video on March 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Smith was charged with breaking into a dwelling house and theft of firearms on July 3, 2023, in Summerfield. He also faces charges of break, enter and theft at a dwelling house, breaking into a garage, and theft of a trailer related to an incident on March 18 on the Back Greenfield Road.

Returning to court for plea

Nathan Aaron Sewell, 36, of Wilmot, will appear in provincial court on April 9 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on three charges laid by RCMP.

Sewell was charged with three counts of possession of stolen property (an ID card, registration and mail) concerning an incident on Feb. 15 at Bairdsville. He appeared in court in custody on Feb. 17 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle.

Arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for Erica Ann Trecartin, 28, of Lower Brighton, after failing to appear for provincial court trial on March 18. 

Trecartin was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, driving while suspended, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and driving while prohibited for an incident on Nov. 3, 2022. She pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set. The court heard she is now living in St. Stephen.

Plea adjourned, warrant held on file

Justin Porter, 42, of Plaster Rock, failed to appear in court for plea on March 19 on a fraud charge laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until April 4 at 9:30 a.m., when he is scheduled to appear for trial on other matters. 

Porter was charged with fraud concerning an incident in Plaster Rock on Sept. 1, 2022. A warrant is being held on file until his appearance on April 4.

Centreville pair awaiting sentencing

Connell Ross McLean, 27, and Isaak Tedford Thomas, 27, both of Centreville, are in custody awaiting sentencing after changing their plea to guilty on multiple charges related to a series of incidents, including a police chase and shots fired. 

McLean pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm without a licence; guilty to being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a gun; guilty to resisting arrest; guilty to possession of a stolen side-by-side; guilty to possession of a firearm while prohibited from having it; guilty to flight from police; guilty to driving while prohibited; guilty to assaulting a police officer with a weapon (the side-by-side); and guilty to breach of probation. His sentencing was rescheduled for March 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Thomas pleaded guilty to carelessly using a firearm, guilty to possession of a firearm without a licence, guilty to being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a gun, guilty to resisting arrest, guilty to possession of a firearm while prohibited, and guilty to breach of probation. His sentencing was set for March 28 at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP arrested the two men following a collision between an off-road vehicle and a police cruiser on Route 105 in Lower Brighton, south of Harland, on July 17, 2023. The arrests were related to a Monday morning incident in Speerville, south of Woodstock, which included shots fired at a Speerville resident. 

The suspects fled Speerville, which led to an hours-long police search and investigation in several communities, including Lakeville, between Centreville and Woodstock, and Lower Brighton. 

Sentenced to house arrest, probation

Jacob Perley, 32, of Neqotkuk, appeared in provincial court on March 19 and received a 12-month conditional sentence order and 12 months of probation on two charges. He will be under full house arrest for the first three months and then must follow a curfew for nine months.

Perley had a limited prior criminal record. He 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 charge and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. The crown withdrew the remaining charges. He was ordered to seek counselling for substance abuse as part of his probation.

Perley also 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. 

Another arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for Nicholas Carl Manzer, 26, of Newbridge, after he failed to appear in provincial court on March 19 for plea on charges laid by RCMP. 

Manzer was charged with possession of a firearm (a rifle) while prohibited, possession of a firearm without a licence, possession of a stolen truck, and improper storage of a gun concerning an incident on Nov. 11, 2023, at Wotstak (Woodstock First Nation). He appeared in court in custody and was released with conditions.

The court heard he is also facing new charges of breaching his release order and mischief causing property damage to his ankle bracelet. 

Sentence pending on three charges

Justin Frenette of Florenceville-Bristol appeared in provincial court on March 19 and pleaded guilty to one charge laid by RCMP. His sentencing date was set for June 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Frenette was charged with assault while threatening to use a weapon (boiling water) and assault with a weapon (a lit cigarette) for incidents last fall in Glassville. He pleaded guilty to assault involving a female victim between Sept. 25 and Oct. 10, 2023, in Glassville, and the crown withdrew the two remaining charges.

Woodstock man pleads not guilty

Julian Cassius Atherton, 18, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody on March 19 to answer drug and weapons charges laid by Woodstock Police. He pleaded not guilty on all counts, and trial dates were set for May 22-23 and May 29-30 at 9:30 a.m. A monitoring date was also scheduled for March 26 by video.

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 who were escorting an individual to jail on July 22, 2023.

Returning to court for plea

Andrew Betts, 41, of Waterville, will appear in provincial court on April 9 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on an assault charge laid by RCMP. The matter was scheduled for plea on March 19 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. The court heard Betts was attending a rehab facility in Moncton.

New charge for Woodstock man

Hilton Romeo Fredericks, 26, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody on March 18 on a charge of breaching his release order laid by Woodstock Police. He was released with conditions and returns to court for plea on April 9 at 9:30 a.m.

Fredericks appeared in provincial court on March 12 and pleaded not guilty to two other 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 to enter plea

Ronald Dwayne Scott, 30, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on March 19 for plea on four charges laid by Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned until April 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

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. 

Plea adjourned on two charges

Alexander St. Peter, 26, of Arthurette, appeared in provincial court on March 19 for plea on two charges. The matter was adjourned until April 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

St. Peter appeared in provincial court in custody on Feb. 29 and was released with conditions. RCMP charged him with failing to appear in court on Nov. 21, 2023, and impaired driving on July 29, 2023, at Bedell. He was arrested on a warrant.

Returning to court for plea

Dylan Thibodeau, 28, of Neqotkuk, will appear in provincial court on March 26 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on charges laid by RCMP. He appeared in court on March 19 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. 

Plea adjourned on five charges

Kyle Glen Anderson, 37, of Hartland, appeared in provincial court on March 19 for plea on five charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until April 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence 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. 

In custody awaiting plea

Nekko Dominique, 31, of no fixed address, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on March 19 for plea on charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until March 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

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.

Neqotkuk woman returning for plea

Rachel Sockabasin, 40, of Neqotkuk, appeared in provincial court on March 19 for plea on multiple theft charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until April 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of her defence counsel.

Sockabasin appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Feb. 28 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. She was charged with breach of an undertaking, breach of probation and three counts of theft concerning incidents on Feb. 12, Aug. 11, 2023, and Dec. 22, 2023, at the Ultramar in Carlingford.

Trial scheduled on assault charge

Michael Peter Clark of Woodstock will appear for trial in provincial court on Feb. 19, 2025, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to an assault charge. His trial date was set at a court appearance on March 19.

Clark appeared in provincial court in custody on Feb. 8 and was released with conditions. Woodstock Police charged him with assaulting another man in connection with an incident in Woodstock on Aug. 14, 2023. 

Decision pending after trial

Paul Porter, 70, of Rowena, Victoria County, will appear in provincial court on April 12 at 11 a.m. for a decision after his trial in provincial court.

RCMP charged Porter with impaired driving following an incident on April 17, 2022, near Burntland Brook. He pleaded not guilty.

Woodstock man awaits trial decision, sentencing

Curtis Brent Hatheway, 43, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody on March 19 for closing arguments following his trial on an assault charge. Associate Chief Judge Brian C. McLean reserved his decision until April 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Hatheway was 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 and his trial was held this month in provincial court.

On March 19, Hatheway changed his plea to guilty on several other charges, and his sentencing date will be set when he returns to court on April 11.

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. He pleaded guilty. Another charge of breach of curfew was also laid for an incident on May 17, 2023. He pleaded guilty.

Hatheway was also charged by Woodstock Police 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. He pleaded guilty to the breach, and the crown withdrew the threat charge and the assault charges.

Woodstock Police also charged Hatheway 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 guilty to the breach and uttering threats, and the two remaining charges were withdrawn.

He also 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. Woodstock Police charged him 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. 

In custody awaiting plea

Ryan Troy O’Donnell, 27, of Johnville, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on March 19 for plea on charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until April 11 at 9:30 a.m. 

O’Donnell appeared in provincial court in custody on Feb. 23 for a bail hearing and was remanded to jail. RCMP charged him 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 held on April 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.

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