Kings County court report June 5

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Conditional sentence for theft, fraud charges

 

Carissa Bianca Gould, 22, of Cambridge, has been handed a conditional sentence with house arrest for stealing property from Bargain Harley’s and the Kentville Ultramar valued at less than $5,000 and six counts of defrauding individuals and banks, including TD Bank and CIBC in Kentville, of values not exceeding $5,000.

Gould pleaded guilty to the charges March 31. The matters were adjourned to May 28 for sentencing.

Judge Alan Tufts handed Gould a six-month conditional sentence order and 12 months of probation on the eight charges. Gould will serve house arrest for the first three months, to be followed by daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Gould was handed five stand-alone restitution orders totaling $1,470.27.

Gould committed the offences in Berwick on Oct. 11, 2013 and in Kentville between June 7, 2013 and March 2, 2014.

 

Conditional sentence for drug offences

 

Maxwell Barth Beveridge, 19, of Wolfville, has been handed a conditional sentence with daily curfew for several drug charges, including unlawfully possessing under three kilograms of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking; unlawfully possessing lorezadan for the purpose of trafficking; unlawfully possessing cocaine and dilaudid; and failing to comply with his undertaking.

Beveridge pleaded guilty to the charges on Dec. 20, 2013. Judge Alan Tufts handed Beveridge a six-month conditional sentence order on the five charges, with daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the duration.

The court imposed a 10-year, six-month firearm prohibition order against Beveridge and handed him a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act forfeiture order with consent.

Beveridge committed the offences in Kentville on May 30 and in New Minas on July 26, 2013.

 

Uttered threat, stole property, probation offence

 

Steven Edward Goreham, 44, of Kentville, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation, fined and sentenced to time served for uttering a death threat, two counts of stealing property from individuals valued at less than $5,000 and failing to comply with probation.

Goreham pleaded not guilty to the charges on July 24, 2013. The matters were adjourned for trial. Evidence was heard at the trial on April 16 and Goreham was found guilty on the charge of uttering a threat and the two counts of stealing property. The matters were adjourned to May 29 for sentencing.

Judge Alan Tufts handed Goreham a suspended sentence with 15 months of reporting probation and fined him a total of $150 in victim surcharges on the three charges. Goreham was ordered to make a $250 charitable donation to Open Arms in Kentville in relation to the charge of uttering a threat and was ordered to pay $450 in restitution to one of the theft victims.

Goreham changed his plea to guilty on the probation charge and was sentenced to one day in custody, deemed served.

Goreham committed the offences in Kentville between Feb. 13 and April 15, in Cambridge on Feb. 24 and in New Ross on Feb. 25, 2013.

 

Custody for stealing property

 

Trevor Allen Joseph Pelton, 30, of no fixed address, has been sentenced to time in custody for stealing property valued at less than $5,000 from an individual and for stealing property valued at less than $5,000 from Kentville Save Easy.

Pelton pleaded guilty to the charges on March 3. The matters were adjourned to May 29, when Judge Alan Tufts sentenced Pelton to seven days in custody on each charge, for a total of 14 days in custody, to be served consecutively to any present sentence.

Pelton committed the offences in Kentville on Feb. 5 and March 8, 2013.

 

Failed to provide breath sample

 

Melissa May Cummings, 34, of Aylesford, has been fined for failing to comply with a demand made to her by a peace officer to provide a sample of her breath for analysis.

Cummings pleaded guilty to the charge on May 26.

Judge Alan Tufts fined Cummings a total of $1,300 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against her.

Cummings committed the offence in Greenwood on March 29.

 

Breathalyser offences

 

Roderick Dana MacLennan, 45, of Somerset, has been fined for having the care or control of a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

MacLennan pleaded guilty to the charge on May 26. Judge Alan Tufts fined MacLennan $1,690 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

MacLennan committed the offence in Somerset on April 6. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. MacLennan gave breathalyser readings of 200 and 210.

Meanwhile, Michael William Johnson, 35, of Middleton, has also been fined for impaired driving.

Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge on May 26. Tufts fined him $1,300 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition order against him.

Johnson committed the offence in Greenwood on March 22. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Johnson gave breathalyser readings of 90 and 100.

On May 27, Kevin Elwood Pelton, 26, of Waterville, was fined for having the care or control of a motor vehicle while impaired.

Pelton pleaded guilty to the charge on May 27. Tufts fined him $1,265 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Pelton committed the offence in New Minas on Aug. 4, 2012. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Pelton’s blood alcohol reading was 150.

 

Fine, probation for drug possession

 

Matthew Paul O’Neil, 31, of New Minas, has been fined and sentenced to probation for unlawfully possessing hydromorphone.

O’Neil pleaded guilty to the charge on May 26. Judge Alan Tufts fined him a total of $130 and sentenced him to nine months of probation.

O’Neil committed the offence in New Minas on Feb. 19.

 

Conditional discharge, fine for assault

 

Marven Saunders, 72, of Waterville, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation and fined for assaulting an individual.

Saunders pleaded guilty to the charge on May 26. During the May 29 sentencing, Judge Alan Tufts handed Saunders a conditional discharge with four months of probation and fined him a $100 victim surcharge.

Saunders committed the offence in Waterville on April 9.

 

Conditional discharge for stealing from service station

 

Curtis Ward, 20, of Centreville, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation and fined for stealing property valued at less than $5,000 from the New Minas Petro Canada station.

Ward pleaded guilty to the charge on May 26. Judge Alan Tufts handed him a conditional discharge with nine months of probation, including restitution of $67 to the service station. Ward was fined a $100 victim surcharge.

Ward committed the offence in New Minas on March 26.

Organizations: TD Bank, CIBC, Open Arms New Minas Petro Canada

Geographic location: Kentville, Cambridge, New Minas Kings Berwick Wolfville Waterville Greenwood Somerset New Ross Aylesford Centreville

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