Bail de­nied for man fac­ing sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing steal­ing mail

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY-WEST - PEGGY REVELL pre­v­ell@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNpre­v­ell

Bail was de­nied Wed­nes­day to a man fac­ing charges of rob­bery, pos­sess­ing stolen mail, drug pos­ses­sion, re­sist­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and hav­ing bul­lets in his pos­ses­sion — de­spite be­ing pro­hib­ited to do so.

Austin Ma­son McBean, 22, re­mains in cus­tody af­ter the judge sided with the Crown fol­low­ing the hear­ing at the Medicine Hat Court­house.

McBean was ar­rested on Sept. 10 af­ter res­i­dents in a South­east Hill neigh­bour­hood called po­lice about a sus­pi­cious per­son go­ing through pa­pers. The sus­pect ran away when ap­proached by po­lice, drop­ping items in­clud­ing mail not ad­dressed to him, an open case of bul­lets, cell phone, meth and pills. Po­lice were even­tu­ally able to ar­rest the man.

McBean also faces a rob­bery charge for a Sept. 4 in­ci­dent where he al­legedly took off with items from a lo­cal con­ve­nience store and got into a tug of war with the store clerk.

McBean was al­ready on re­lease for other charges, in­clud­ing house­break­ing for which his co-ac­cused pled guilty to last week, and al­legedly at­tempt­ing to pass a cheque fraud­u­lently. His next court ap­pear­ance will be Sept. 27.

Bail de­ci­sion

A bail hear­ing which started Wed­nes­day will con­tinue to­day for a man charged with traf­fick­ing meth while on pro­ba­tion for a pre­vi­ous drug traf­fick­ing con­vic­tion.

A de­ci­sion for the re­lease of Ryan Michael Ri­ley was put over as the ac­cused tries to find a res­i­dence he can re­side at that the judge feels will be more sta­ble, and keep him away from those in­volved with drugs.

Ri­ley was ar­rested on Sept. 12 af­ter po­lice be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing him for sus­pected traf­fick­ing. Ri­ley is cur­rently on a year-long pro­ba­tion, af­ter com­plet­ing a 15-month sen­tence for traf­fick­ing.

The Crown op­poses his re­lease.

Trial ordered

A Medicine Hat woman was ordered to stand trial for drug-re­lated charges fol­low­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing. Jen­nifer Cote faces mul­ti­ple charges in­clud­ing two counts of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, two counts of sim­ple pos­ses­sion and one count of pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime.

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