Kings County court report: May 13

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Kentville Justice Centre

New Minas man charged with using chokehold with intent of committing fraud

A New Minas man charged with attempting to choke a woman with the intent of committing fraud will be back in court later this month.

James Sherwood, 29, is charged with attempting to choke a woman by putting her in a chokehold with the intent to enable himself to commit fraud; uttering a threat to burn the woman’s house; assault; and committing mischief by willfully damaging the woman’s house to a value not exceeding $5,000.

Sherwood was present in Kentville provincial court on May 5. The matters were adjourned to May 20 for election and plea.

The charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred in New Minas on April 6.

Breathalyser offence

Arnold Floyd Weihers, 39, of Aylesford, has been fined for having the care or control of a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Weihers pleaded guilty to the charge on May 5. Judge John MacDougall fined Weihers a total of $1,560 and imposed a 15-month driving prohibition.

Weihers committed the offence in Waterville on Feb. 17. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Weihers gave breathalyser readings of 150 and 140.

Marijuana production, possession

Steven Carl Atkins, of Aylesford, was given a suspended sentence April 30 in Kentville provincial court on charges of production of marijuana and possession of the same drug.

Judge Alan Tufts gave Atkins a suspended sentence with 12 months probation and a victims services charge of $100. On a third charge of careless storage of a firearm, Atkins was fined $230. Judge Tufts also issued a forfeiture order and a 10-year firearms prohibition.

The offences occurred April 9, 2013, in Aylesford.

Drug possession

Brendan Barry Clarke, 25, Kingston, was given a suspended sentence April 30 in Kentville provincial court on charges of possessing methamphetamine and psilocybin.

Judge Alan Tufts gave Atkins a suspended sentence with 12 months probation. The offences occurred Nov. 8, 2012, in Kingston.

Violate conditions nets probation

David Charles Zinck, 36, was sentenced to one day in custody for a charge of violating his court conditions and another of violating the terms of his probation. Zinck pleaded guilty to both charges. Judge Alan Tufts sentenced the New Minas man to the single day in custody, deemed served, plus six months probation and a $100 fine.

The offences occurred April 5 in New Minas.

Impaired driving

Paul Wayne Millett, 63, of Habitant, pleaded guilty in Kentville provincial court March 6 to a charge of impaired driving and another of assaulting a police officer.

On May 1, Judge Alan Tufts sentenced Millett to one year of probation, a fine of $1,820 and a one-year driving prohibition. The offences took place Jan. 14 in Canning. 

Geographic location: New Minas, Kentville, Aylesford Kings Kingston Waterville Canning

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