IN THE COURTS
A partial compilation of offences from Kingston’s Ontario Court of Justice for the period of July 31 to Aug. 4, 2017. Only sentences that involved a large fine, probation or incarceration are included.
Shantel C. Stephanie, 27, was convicted of violating probation. She was given credit for 60 days of pretrial custody and sentenced to time served.
Blake J. Summers, 22, was convicted of driving with more than the legal concentration of alcohol in his system. He was fined $2,500 and prohibited for one year from driving. Summers was charged in late June after he drove into a RIDE Program checkpoint around 8 p.m. that Ontario Provincial Police had set up on the Loughborough and Portland Boundary Road. Assistant Crown attorney John Skoropada said breath testing performed on Summers produced readings of 200 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of his blood volume, two and a half times the legal limit to drive. Justice Rommel Masse learned that Summers also had to deal in another court with Highway Traffic Act charges related to that night because he was driving at the time with an expired licence.
Joseph Vankoughnett, 41, was convicted of stealing another man’s $1,000 Trek mountain bike from the Memorial Centre grounds in early May. He was given enhanced credit on 69 days of pretrial custody and sentenced to time served. Assistant Crown attorney John Skoropada said the owner of the bike had been riding it on the Memorial Centre grounds. When he dismounted, leaving it briefly unguarded for reasons that weren’t disclosed in court, Vankoughnett, who has a record, seized the opportunity, snatched the bike and rode off on it. Justice Rommel Masse was told it was recovered undamaged about three weeks later. Vankoughnett’s lawyer, Paul Blais, told the judge that Vankoughnett has been working with a social worker who is trying to set him up with counselling and helping him find employment. Blais urged the judge to sentence his client to time served in light of those efforts.
Lisa J. Venton, 40, was convicted of violating probation. She was credited with 30 days of pretrial custody and sentenced to time served.