The Court Report: November 22 edition

by Keith Corcoran

Stole pills. A 24 year old Conquerall Bank woman was granted a conditional discharge after she admitted to stealing someone else's hydromorphone pills. Makayla Jade Tanner avoids a criminal record when she completes a year of probation. She was employed at a Cookville retailer in November 2016 when she pocketed the prescription medication after someone found the pills in a shopping cart and turned the item over to the customer service desk. She pleaded guilty November 9 to a charge of theft.

Breached court order. An Auburndale man receives a conditional discharge when he completes six months of supervised release. Brandon Craig Frazee, 34, sent text messages to his ex-partner in March, days after signing a peace bond agreeing to abstain from contacting her. He was sentenced November 14.

Intentionally smashed cell phone. A 22 year old Oakhill man admitted to grabbing the cell phone out of his then-girlfriend's hand during an argument and throwing the device on the ground - causing it to shatter. Brandon Alexander MacLeod, 22, was convicted of property mischief following a brief November 14 trial. The offence took place in January. MacLeod was sentenced to serve six months' probation and pay $600 in restitution within that timeframe. He was also fined $162 for failing to show up for court on a previous occasion.

Numerous charges nets conditional sentence. A Queens County man is spending three months on house arrest as part of a nine-month conditional sentence related to charges connected to separate incidents. Dakota Feener James Foley, 22, of Liverpool will also be on probation for a year and was ordered to pay $150 in restitution. Foley knocked another individual to the ground in October 2016 in a dispute over money. In May of this year, he sold a stolen X-Box game console to a Bridgewater pawn shop. He was subject to probation at the time of the offences. He also failed to show up for a scheduled court appearance. Foley was sentenced November 14.

Halse accused goes to restorative justice. One of the 11 people charged in connection with Operation Halse will see his case go through an adult restorative justice program. The court will hear a status report on Jacob David Earl, 27, in February. Earl is charged with drug possession. He was among those caught up in the drug investigation dragnet coined Operation Halse, a three-month police probe targeting suspected drug dealers selling prescription pills and cocaine in Lunenburg County.

Over the limit. A provincial court judge sentenced a 38-year-old man to a 30-day intermittent jail sentence related to drunk driving. Kevin Andrew Nickerson registered breathalyser readings of 100 and 90 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood after the motorcycle he was driving was pulled over in June 2016 in the Chester Grant area. The legal limit for a fully-licenced driver is 80. Police acted on a tip reporting drivers of two motorbikes were impaired after leaving a tavern. Nickerson has two previous impaired driving-related offences on his record, court heard. He's subject to a three-year Canada-wide driving prohibition. Joni-Lee Thomas, 42, of Blockhouse was fined $1,560 and banned from driving in Canada for one year following her November 15 admission to failing the breathalyser. She registered readings of 180 and 170 after police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle she was driving in Bridgewater in October. Wayne William Smith, 62, of Bridgewater registered breathalyser readings in the range of three times the legal limit when police encountered he and the vehicle he was driving in Liverpool in September. Smith registered readings of 240 and 220 after police were alerted to a vehicle seen weaving into a grocery store lot, having trouble parking and the driver having difficulty entering the store. Smith was fined $1,950 and also received the one-year Canada-wide driving prohibition. Nickerson, Smith and Thomas were sentenced November 15.

Stole clothing. A Liverpool woman was granted a conditional discharge - avoiding criminal record - when she completes eight months of probation for shoplifting clothes. Samantha Jo Roy, 35, stole items from a store in the Bridgewater Mall in September 2016. The items, valued at $43, were recovered. She was sentenced November 15.

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