IN THE COURTS

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NEWS -

A com­pi­la­tion of of­fences from Kingston’s On­tario Court of Jus­tice for the pe­riod of Oct. 3 to 6, 2017. Only sen­tences that in­volved a large fine, pro­ba­tion or in­car­cer­a­tion are in­cluded.

Joe W. An­der­son, 36, was con­victed of steal­ing tools, in con­cert with an­other per­son, from the 56 Bath Rd. Cana­dian Tire store. He was given en­hanced credit on 26 days of pre­trial cus­tody and sen­tenced to time served. As­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney John Sko­ropada said An­der­son and a woman walked into the Cana­dian Tire store in early Septem­ber, picked out $360 worth of tools and walked out with them with­out pay­ing. They were only later iden­ti­fied from the store’s video sur­veil­lance footage, he told Jus­tice Al­lan Le­tourneau and the tools have not been re­cov­ered.

Kyle R. Brown, 33, was con­victed of il­le­gally pos­sess­ing hy­dro­mor­phone pills. He was given en­hanced credit on three days of pre­trial cus­tody, sen­tenced to time served and pro­ba­tion for six months, dur­ing which time he must take any coun­selling or pro­grams his pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer di­rects for sub­stance abuse. Fed­eral Crown pros­e­cu­tor Court­ney Cot­tle said two Kingston Po­lice of­fi­cers were look­ing for Brown in early June to ex­e­cute an ar­rest war­rant. They pulled into an apart­ment lot on Re­gent Street in a marked cruiser, she told Jus­tice Al­lan Le­tourneau, and spoke to a cou­ple sit­ting in a parked ve­hi­cle, as­cer­tain­ing that Brown was visit­ing some­one in the build­ing. Cot­tle said the cou­ple claimed to not know ex­actly who Brown was visit­ing, how­ever, so the of­fi­cers sim­ply waited for him to emerge and ar­rested him. He was searched in­ci­dent to ar­rest and she told the judge he was found to be car­ry­ing 13 or­ange pills that later an­a­lyzed as hy­dro­mor­phone. Brown’s lawyer, Matt Hodg­son, in urg­ing time served as a joint dis­po­si­tion with the Crown, told Jus­tice Le­tourneau his client be­gan us­ing drugs in his twen­ties and is now “se­ri­ously ad­dicted,” and has reached a point where “most of his fam­ily don’t talk to him.” Brown has been through drug re­hab pro­grams in the past, ac­cord­ing to Hodg­son, and he told the judge they haven’t worked, and his client doesn’t be­lieve they will work for him. Brown also told Jus­tice Le­tourneau that “it’s hard to know which di­rec­tion to go when you’re so hooked on drugs the only thing that helps is drugs.”

Gavin R. Climie, 38, was con­victed of com­mit­ting mis­chief in March 2016 by dam­ag­ing sig­nals and com­mu­ni­ca­tions wire be­long­ing to Cana­dian Na­tional Rail­way Com­pany. His sen­tenc­ing was sus­pended and he was placed on pro­ba­tion for one year. Jus­tice Al­lan Le­tourneau was told CNR re­ceived no­ti­fi­ca­tion at 5 a.m. that win­ter morn­ing that some of their equip­ment along a sec­tion of track in Kingston’s north end had been dam­aged. As­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney John Sko­ropada said rail­way po­lice dis­patched to the spot found Climie still there with wire cutters in hand and some ex­cised pieces of older cop­per wire and in­su­la­tors. Climie’s lawyer, Kevin Dun­bar, told the judge his client ac­tu­ally has some ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with trains. But that night, Dun­bar said, Climie had been out drink­ing and thought har­vest­ing cop­per wires from “downed lines” wouldn’t cause any prob­lems. Dun­bar ad­mit­ted to Jus­tice Le­tourneau “that turned out not to be the case.” But Sko­ropada, who joined in rec­om­mend­ing the sus­pended sen­tence, said Climie was cor­rect about the strands he cut be­ing dis­used sig­nal­ing wires. Trains had to slow down, how­ever, be­cause he said CNR didn’t ini­tially know whether what Climie had done was hav­ing any ef­fect on their sig­nals.

Robert W. Eade, 33, was con­victed of as­sault, threat­en­ing and vi­o­lat­ing bail. He was given en­hanced credit on 32 days of pre­trial cus­tody, sen­tenced to a fur­ther 42 days in jail and pro­ba­tion for two years.

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