Man pleads not guilty to charges stem­ming from al­leged hatchet at­tack and break-in

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - PEGGY REVELL pre­v­ell@medicine­hat­ Twit­ter: MHNpre­v­ell

Not-guilty pleas were en­tered Tues­day by one of two peo­ple ar­rested fol­low­ing re­ports of a hatchet at­tack and break-and-en­ter in Oc­to­ber.

De­fence coun­sel for the 34year-old man set the trial down for March 26, with the man to re­main in cus­tody as he was de­nied bail last week by a provin­cial judge.

The man’s co-ac­cused pled guilty last week to the in­ci­dent where po­lice were called to the down­town area after re­ports of a hatchet at­tack al­legedly in­volv­ing the pair who had fled the scene. Po­lice then re­sponded to an apart­ment build­ing where they were al­legedly ar­gu­ing with res­i­dents and caus­ing dam­age be­fore suc­cess­fully gain­ing ac­cess to the build­ing.

Steven Fon­taine is charged with house­break­ing with in­tent, as­sault with a weapon, two counts of mis­chief caus­ing dam­age un­der $5,000, and three breaches of his re­lease con­di­tions.

Meat theft

A 52-year-old grandpa was fined $500 after plead­ing guilty to shoplift­ing more than $250 in meat from a lo­cal gro­cery store to feed a drug habit.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred in March of this year, with the man fill­ing a shop­ping cart with meat and a block of cheese at the Safe­way at the Medicine Hat Mall, cov­er­ing the items with a hoodie, then pro­ceed­ing to walk out into the mall.

The man ad­mit­ted to steal­ing such a large quan­tity of meat in or­der to re­sell it, said duty coun­sel, who rep­re­sented him Tues­day at the Medicine Hat Court­house, with plans to use those funds to pur­chase drugs to feed his ad­dic­tion.

The man has been sober for three months, duty coun­sel added, with plans to stay on that track. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing date of April 30 has been set for one man ar­rested dur­ing Medicine Hat po­lice’s “Op­er­a­tion Sup­pres­sion” in Septem­ber, a month-long pro­ject fo­cused on street-level drug traf­fick­ing that led to sev­eral ar­rests.

Coun­sel set down the date Tues­day for Ja­son Claude Trem­blay, who was charged with traf­fick­ing metham­phetamine, pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing metham­phetamine, pro­ceeds of crime and breach of pro­ba­tion. His next court ap­pear­ance is set for Nov. 30.

Date change

The pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing date for a Medicine Hat man charged with traf­fick­ing heroin, meth, fen­tanyl and car­fen­tanil has been changed to an ear­lier date.

Coun­sel for Levi Ae­big moved for­ward the hear­ing from June 15 to April 11.

Not-guilty pleas were en­tered by Ae­big on Oct. 26, opt­ing for a trial by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge and jury. Ae­big re­mains in cus­tody, hav­ing been de­nied bail.

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