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Kings and West Hants Court Report, Sept. 28

The Kentville law courts. - File
The Kentville law courts. - File

This is the latest court report for Kings and West Hants counties.

Robbery charges withdrawn

Charges against a Wilmot woman relating to a robbery of prescription medication at the Sobeys pharmacy in Greenwood in March have been dismissed.

Salinda Alys Hudson, 38, had been charged with stealing prescription medication from the Sobeys pharmacy in Greenwood on March 21 while armed with an offensive weapon, a knife, and having her face masked with intent to commit the indictable offence of robbery.

Hudson had pleaded not guilty to the charges on Sept. 11 and the matters had been adjourned to Oct. 15 for trial. Hudson was not present in Kentville provincial court on Sept. 24 when the matter was docketed for the Crown to dismiss the charges, offering no evidence.

According to a March 22 news release from the RCMP, a woman entered the grocery store at approximately 8:10 p.m. the previous evening and handed the pharmacists a note demanding prescription drugs and money. The woman, who had her face covered, told one pharmacist that she had a knife. She fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of prescription medication, contin and hydromorphone pills.

Another woman charged with the same offences, Erica Lynn Patterson, a.k.a. Erica Lynn Creemer, 34, of Greenwood, turned herself into police on March 30. Her matters remain before the court.

Custody for various offences

Dylan Justin Leopold, 24, of Newport Station, has been sentenced to jail time for a variety of offences, including committing mischief by breaking an individual’s 42-inch flat screen TV, front screen door windows and a kitchen telephone; uttering a threat to cause death and to burn an individual’s house, committing mischief by willfully damaging a mirror on a 1999 Toyota Corolla, three counts of failing to comply with his recognizance, committing mischief by willfully damaging an individual’s fence, exterior siding and the headlights of two vehicles and prowling at night.

Leopold pleaded guilty to one count of mischief and one count of failing to comply with his recognizance on July 12. He pleaded guilty to the other charges on Sept. 11.

Leopold was present in Windsor provincial court on Sept. 24. Judge Christopher Manning sentenced Leopold to a total of 30 days in custody on the eight charges.

Leopold committed the offences in Three Mile Plains on July 7, in Windsor on July 11 and in Newport Station on Aug. 27. Charges of assault, conveying a threat to burn an individual’s house, two more counts of mischief and five more counts of failing to comply with his recognizance were withdrawn on Sept. 24.

Failed to comply with SOIRA order

Troy Daniel Simon, 52, of Kentville, has been fined for failing to comply with a lifetime Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA) order by failing to report to the registration centre as required.

Simon pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 25. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Simon a total of $260.

Simon committed the offence in New Minas between April 10 and May 11.

Conditional discharge for public mischief

Lindsay Troy Griffin, 24, of Kentville, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for committing public mischief by causing a member of the Kentville Police Service to enter into an investigation by falsely reporting that a break and enter had been committed.

Griffin changed his plea to guilty on Sept. 24. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Griffin a conditional discharge with 12 months of probation.

Griffin committed the offence in Kentville on Oct. 28, 2017.

Curative treatment discharge

Devon Lee MacBride, 39, of Canning, has been handed a curative treatment conditional discharge for having care or control of a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit and has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while disqualified.

MacBride pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2017. The Crown filed notice of an increased penalty. The court imposed a three-year driving prohibition against MacBride and the matters were adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

On Sept. 24, Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed MacBride a curative treatment conditional discharge with 12 months of probation and fined him $100 in victim surcharges on the impaired care or control charge. MacBride was fined a total of $1,300 for operating a motor vehicle while disqualified.

MacBride committed the offences in Sheffield Mills on Sept. 16, 2017. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. MacBride gave breathalyser readings of 180 and 180.

A charge of having care or control of a motor vehicle while his ability to operate was impaired by alcohol or a drug was withdrawn on Sept. 24.

Breathalyser offence

Cecil Nelson Keddy, 67, of Coldbrook, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Keddy pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 25. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Keddy a total of $1,300 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Keddy committed the offence in Canning on June 3. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Keddy gave breathalyser readings of 110 and 110.

Conditional discharge for possessing cocaine

Devin Landers Parker, 24, of Halifax, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for unlawfully possessing cocaine.

Parker was originally charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking but pleaded guilty to the lesser, included offence of possession on Sept. 25. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Parker a conditional discharge with 12 months of probation, including a $500 charitable donation.

Parker committed the offence in Grand Pre on Nov. 3, 2017.

Fined for possessing cannabis

Scott Anthony Negus, 45, of New Minas, has been fined for unlawfully possessing cannabis marijuana.

Negus was originally charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking but pleaded guilty to the lesser, included offence of possession on Sept. 24. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Negus a total of $390.

Negus committed the offence in New Minas on March 10, 2017. A charge of unlawfully possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking was dismissed on Sept. 24 with the Crown offering no evidence.

Conditional discharge for assaults

Denise Marie Robson, 49, of Kentville, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for two counts of assault.

Robson pleaded guilty to the charges on May 22. The matters were adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

On Sept. 24, Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Robson a conditional discharge with 12 months of probation on the two counts, including 50 hours of community service work in relation to the first count. Robson was also fined $100 in victim surcharges on each count, for a total of $200 in fines.

Robson committed the offences in Kentville on Dec. 15 and 20, 2017. Another count of assault was withdrawn on Sept. 24.

Failed to comply with probation

Alexander Gerd Angermann, 50, of Kentville, has been fined for failing to comply with probation.

Angermann pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 25. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined him a total of $650.

Angermann committed the offence in Kentville on Aug. 29.

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