Four Car­bon­ear area youths Re­count up­holds Wayne Smith vic­tory in Spa­niard’s Bay fac­ing charges

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY TERRY ROBERTS ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­ BY TERRY ROBERTS ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­

A side-by-side all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle stolen from a house un­der con­struc­tion in Vic­to­ria last month has been re­turned to its owner.

As a re­sult, four young males from the Car­bon­ear area are fac­ing a se­ries of charges in con­nec­tion with this and other in­ci­dents.

A quick and ef­fec­tive re­sponse by po­lice led to the ar­rest of four males — two from Car­bon­ear, one from Har­bour Grace and one from Salmon Cove — on the evening of Mon­day, Sept. 23 af­ter rea­son­able and prob­a­ble grounds was de­ter­mined that they were in­volved in the break-and-en­ter.

One of the ac­cused is 17, while the other three are 16-years-of-age. All four are be­ing tried un­der the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act.

The four were held in cus­tody overnight, and re­leased this af­ter­noon on what’s called a “prom­ise to ap­pear.”

The RCMP re­ceived a com­plaint be­fore 8 a.m. on Mon­day, Sept. 23 that a side-by-side had been stolen from the house on Old Track Road. Po­lice say the cul­prits broke into the house and drove away in the ATV.

It was the lat­est in a se­ries of break and en­ters in the area, pri­mar­ily on the north shore of Con­cep­tion Bay. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice also ecov­ered an off-road dirt bike.

The side-by-side was dis­cov­ered in Western Bay, stuck in the brush off a trail. Investigators be­lieve they can con­nect the four ac­cused to three break and en­ters, and are ask­ing prop­erty own­ers on the north shore to scru­ti­nize their prop­er­ties for miss­ing items.

In ad­di­tion to the BNE charges, the four youth are also fac­ing charges of pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty val­ued at un­der $5,000, and­pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty over $5,000.

A court date has been sched­uled for Nov. 19.

A ju­di­cial re­count car­ried out to­day by pro­vin­cial court judge Robert Hys­lop has up­held the out­come of the Sept. 24 elec­tion for mayor in Spa­niard’s Bay, though Wayne Smith’s mar­gin of vic­tory shrunk slightly, from 12 to nine.

Hys­lop be­gan the re­count shortly be­fore noon, with about a dozen peo­ple in the court­room in Har­bour Grace fol­low­ing the pro­ceed­ings, in­clud­ing Smith and Brenda Sey­mour, the two con­tes­tants for mayor. Both pre­vi­ously served as town coun­cil­lors, and chal­lenged for the top elected post fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of long­time mayor John Drover.

Af­ter more than three hours of count­ing, Hys­lop de­ter­mined that Smith re­ceived the sup­port of 606 vot­ers, while Sey­mour was close be­hind with 597.

The elec­tion night re­sults were 607-595 in favour of Smith.

Un­der the Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tions Act, a re­count can be trig­gered by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity if the mar­gin of vic­tory is 10 or lower.

Sey­mour’s mar­gin of de­feat was 12 votes, so she took her case to the pro­vin­cial court, where Hys­lop agreed to un­der­take a re­count, at no cost to the can­di­date or the town.

Sey­mour com­plained that “white­out” was used to con­ceal in­for­ma­tion on state­ments from a polling sta­tion in Til­ton, and that new in­for­ma­tion was writ­ten on the doc­u­ments. She also com­plained that re­sults from some polling sta­tions were re­leased pub­licly af­ter in­for­ma­tion was re­layed by tele­phone, in­stead of wait­ing to re­ceive the of­fi­cial polling state­ments.

And when the bal­lot boxes were de­liv­ered to the court­house on Wed­nes­day, Sey­mour al­leged that some of the boxes were “com­pro­mised,” and ap­peared to have been opened.

Hys­lop said he would take her com­plaints into con­sid­er­a­tion, but said the re­count “would be the end of it, un­less there is some ev­i­dence that is out of the ballpark.”

Hys­lop will later for­ward a writ­ten re­port to the town’s re­turn­ing of­fi­cer, town clerk/man­ager Tony Ryan.

Sey­mour’s com­plaints about the Til­ton polling sta­tion were com­pelling, since her sup­port dropped sharply in that com­mu­nity, al­low­ing Smith to earn a ma­jor­ity.

In Spa­niard’s Bay, Sey­mour edged Smith by more than two dozen votes, while Smith surged ahead in Til­ton.

The newly elected coun­cil

is sched­uled to be sworn in on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

In ad­di­tion to Smith, the coun­cil in­cludes in­cum­bents Tony Men­chions, Tony Do­minix, Sheri Collins and Eric D. Jewer, and new­com­ers Lewis E. Shep­pard and Paul Brazil.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

Pro­vin­cial court judge Robert Hys­lop (right) is seen count­ing the Spa­niard’s Bay mayoral votes on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 2. At left is re­turn­ing of­fi­cer Tony Ryan.

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