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