The Court Report: August 23 edition

Custody for drug charges A provincial court judge sentenced an Upper Hammonds Plains man to three-and-a-half years of federal prison time following his admission to a pair of drug charges. Timothy Charles MacKenzie, 28, was searched following his August 16 arrest and authorities found 28 individual baggies of crack cocaine, weighing a total amount of about 11 grams. MacKenzie was the passenger in black Hyundai Tucson that was pulled over by police in Cookville in a targeted traffic stop. Law enforcement had been following the vehicle from the Halifax area, court heard, acting on a tip about cocaine trafficking. MacKenzie was also found in possession of $115 cash. Nearly $3,000 was seized from the driver's purse. Eight grams of cannabis marijuana was found in the vehicle, in addition to drug packaging and other items. Court heard that MacKenzie confessed to police that the cocaine was his and he figured to make $200 to $300 by selling it. MacKenzie, who was sentenced August 18 on two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, was ordered to submit a DNA sample to the national databank and is banned from owning firearms for life. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited. Drug allegations against Alisha Dawn Hynick, 25, a co-accused in the case, were withdrawn by the Crown following MacKenzie's sentencing.

Admits to mischief, assault with weapon A Lunenburg County man is on probation for a year and ordered to submit a DNA sample to the national databank following his admission to charges of assault with a weapon and property mischief. Slater Riley Fancy, 22, of Petite Riviere held up a knife after he and another man got into a physical altercation in November 2016. At one point, court heard, Fancy threw down the knife and smashed a window as he left. Fancy was sentenced August 11.

Conditional sentence for five thefts, other offences A 26-year-old man was handed an eight-month conditional sentence after he admitted to five counts of theft and three breaches of court orders. Jared Thomas Gordon Keeping, formerly of Bridgewater, will be on house arrest in Dartmouth for five months. He'll be subject to a nightly curfew during the remaining time of the sentence. Keeping admitted to stealing seafood, a Swiffer Sweep and Trap, and other merchandise from a Bridgewater supermarket five separate times between May and August of 2016. He subsequently failed to show up for court on three occasions. In addition to his paying $543.75 to the grocery store, he'll be on probation for a year following the conditional sentence. Keeping was sentenced August 14.

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