The Court Report: November 15 edition

by Keith Corcoran

New Russell man tests drug allegations. A Lunenburg County man among arrests in the drug investigation dragnet coined Operation Halse is testing the allegations against him in a preliminary hearing. Gregory Allen Levy, 58, of New Russell is charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine and one of hydromorphone and elected to have his Nova Scotia Supreme Court trial heard by judge alone. A preliminary hearing to see if there's enough evidence to warrant a trial will be heard in April. Levy was among 11 arrests made as part of Halse, a three-month police probe targeting suspected drug dealers selling prescription pills and cocaine in Lunenburg County. Levy's lawyer made the election to Supreme Court on November 1.

Over the limit. A Bridgewater woman recently admitted to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. A vehicle driven by Catherine J. Ingram, 69, was pulled over in June by police acting on a tip about a driver - who appeared to be impaired by alcohol - leaving a liquor store. Ingram registered a pair of breathalyser readings of 160 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit for a fully licenced driver is 80. Ingram was fined $1,300 and is prohibited from driving in Canada for one year. She was sentenced November 1.

Assaulted woman. A 48 year old Pleasantville man will spend a year on probation after he acknowledged assaulting a woman in October. Douglas Arnold Leroy Zwicker grabbed the woman by her hair, pulled out a hair tie and pulled the woman's purse to the extent it ripped off her arm, court heard. Zwicker was sentenced November 1.

Accused robber tests charges. A Newburne teen accused of using a gun to rob someone of $175, possessing stolen Canadian currency and committing public mischief will test the charges at a preliminary hearing next year. A lawyer representing Cameron Tufts, 18, elected the case be heard by in Nova Scotia Supreme Court by judge alone. Tufts is one of two people charged in connection with a June 29 incident off Maple Street in Bridgewater. The co-accused, a 15 year old Lunenburg County boy, admitted to covering his face and robbing a person of their graduation money at gunpoint and taking another person's wrist watch and gold chain. The boy was recently sentenced to adhere to a six month court order which included four months in a youth detention centre. Tufts' preliminary hearing takes place in April.

Probation for assault. A 49 year old man will spend a year on probation for pushing a woman in the chest during a domestic disturbance last November. Michael James Clarke committed the assault in Mill Cove during the dispute, court heard. Clarke was sentenced October 26.

Fined for breaching undertaking. A Lunenburg County resident was fined $650 for breaching a court order in 2015. Kaitlyn Marie Corkum, 23, was also fined over $1,000 in relation to a Motor Vehicle Act infraction associated with the same incident which saw the vehicle she was driving strike another vehicle and drive away. She was sentenced October 26.

Resisted arrest, made threats. A 61 year old Bridgewater man is on probation for two years following his admission to charges of uttering threats and resisting arrest. Anthony Labreche was reported to be intoxicated when police were alerted in November 2016 to a Queen Street residence in Bridgewater where Labreche was said to be acting violently. He wasn't complying with officer commands and a Taser had to be used on him when the matter escalated. One officer was headbutted during the incident, court heard. Labreche had also made threats to do harm to a woman. He was sentenced November 7.

Uttered threats via social media. A 21 year old man is on probation for a year after he made online threats in February toward a man and woman. Shane Gregory Bruhm uttered the threats toward the couple, taking issue with the man's integrating back into society following a federal prison sentence. One of the terms of Bruhm's probation is that he refrain from communicating on social media about the couple. Bruhm was sentenced November 7.

Property damage nets absolute discharge. A youth who jumped onto a stationary vehicle and kicked out its back window was granted an absolute discharge in the case. The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, committed the offence while attending a house party in July. The boy was among five or six people who damaged the car, court heard. The boy, who did have to pay restitution, was granted the discharge November 7.

Sexual interference on girl under 16 years of age. A 25 year old North River man is jail for 165 days following admissions to a sex charge and two counts of breaching of an undertaking. Wayne Carroll Demone touched the girl for a sexual purpose in July 2016. He was sentenced November 6 for that offence; receiving a 135-day jail sentence. Another 30 days were tacked on to the amount November 8 when he admitted to being in the company of children under the age of 16 and also having firearms at his home that were readily accessible. Demone, who had to submit a DNA sample to the national databank, will be on two years' probation when he's out of jail. He must register as a sex offender for 10 years and can't be in places where kids under age 16 may be present. Demone's also subject to a five year weapons prohibition.

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