2017-11-08

The Court Report: November 8 edition

by Keith Corcoran

Probation for woman who obstructed, assaulted police. A Lunenburg County woman was sentenced October 25 to a six month probation order after she admitted to charges connected to a confrontation with police in early June. Deanna Elaine Laird, 33, obstructed the Bridgewater Police Service by standing in front of a police car as they dealt with a person in custody, resisted an officer by pulling away, kicking and fighting, and assaulted a different officer by kicking him the chest. Laird also admitted to breaching an undertaking by failing to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. Court heard that Laird became upset and irate after police arrived at a Victoria Road apartment June 6 to arrest a man on a parole warrant.

Admits to drunk driving. A Queens County man admitted to failing the breathalyser in an incident this summer that required an off-duty police officer to stop a moving vehicle that had a driver behind the wheel who appeared unconscious. Scott Gordon Greer, 46, of Liverpool recently pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit in relation to the August 2 matter. He'll be sentenced in December. Law enforcement said in a news release that a Mountie and a Waterloo Regional Police Service officer - both off-duty - along with a Toronto Police Service auxiliary officer were at a resort complex in the Hunts Point area of Queens County in early August when they noticed the moving vehicle. "One of the police officers was able to enter the vehicle while it was in motion and put it into park," authorities said in a statement. RCMP were notified several times about traffic-related matters possibly involving a suspected impaired driver. "The investigation determined that a green Chevy Cavalier was driving erratically westbound" on Highway 3 in the vicinity of Hunts Point. "The vehicle crossed the centre line and sideswiped an oncoming vehicle, causing minor damage. The vehicle then continued to a local resort complex," police said. Greer also faces charges a charge of impaired driving in addition to Motor Vehicle Act allegations of driving with a revoked licence and driving without insurance.

Breached court order. A Queens County man avoids a criminal record when he completes six months' probation following his admission to breaching a court order. David Hillier, 54, of Labelle breached the order in June 2016 in Cookville area when he initiated contact with his ex-spouse while subject to a prohibition from doing so. Hillier admitted to the charge October 23 and was granted a conditional discharge.

Teen uttered threats. A Chester teen avoided a criminal conviction on his record when he finished six months worth of probation after taking responsibility for a charge of uttering threats. Aidan Adams, 19, threatened to break windows and beat up an individual in July 2016. Adams was granted a conditional discharge October 25.

Impaired by drugs. A Lunenburg County woman was impaired by drugs when her vehicle encountered a police checkpoint in the Lower Branch area in December 2016. Abby Lynn Forsyth, 20, of Upper LaHave was fined $1,300 and prohibited from driving in Canada for one year. She pleaded guilty October 25 to impaired driving. Court heard she had exhibited slow speech and had dilated pupils when the vehicle she was driving approached the checkpoint last year. Forsyth told police she was taking prescription medication.

Over the limit.A Greenfield woman was fined $1,300 and banned from driving in Canada for a one year period following her admission to failing the breathalyser. Sharon Elizabeth Rafuse, 61, registered blood alcohol readings of 150 and 140 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood after a traffic stop was conducted in September on the vehicle she was driving. The legal limit is 80. Rafuse's vehicle was involved in a single-vehicle crash earlier and had major front-end damage when the auto was seen by police - just wrapping up a checkpoint - on the Laurie Wamboldt Road.

Admits to breaches, theft. A 30 year old Queens County man is on probation for a year after he took responsibility for a theft and a series of court order breaches. Adam Christopher Mills stole a bottle of alcohol from a liquor store in October 2016. He also proceeded to breach a no-contact clause by having contact with a woman while on conditions to remain away from her. He also breached a no alcohol clause.

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