Man accused of pointing gun from vehicle
Charges against second suspect withdrawn five days after arrest
The charges against one man involved in a Carbonear firearms incident have been dropped.
Two men were arrested Oct. 25 after it was alleged someone was pointing a gun from a vehicle in Carbonear. Police identified 48-year-old Paul Hanlon of Carbonear and 31-year-old Wade Everett Slade of Victoria as suspects and arrested both men. Charges against Slade were dropped Friday.
Hanlon is charged with pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession in a vehicle, assault with a weapon, and two count of recognizance breaches.
After a trio of attempts at a bail hearing on the firearm charges, Slade saw his case withdrawn by the crown Friday morning when he appeared before Judge Jacqueline Brazil at provincal court in Harbour Grace.
Hanlon also appeared Friday for a bail hearing, but his matter was set over until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Prior to the weekend incident, Hanlon and Slade were both facing charges stemming from an event in Carbonear back in May. A woman was reportedly assaulted and her vehicle damaged. According to an RCMP new release, police learned during the initial investigation one of the suspects possessed a gun.
Hanlon was charged at the time with two counts of assault with a weapon (a rock), unauthorized possession of a firearm, unsafe storage of a firearm, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. That case was scheduled to return to court Nov. 20.
Slade was charged with mischief relating to property, as was Tanya Hanlon. Following an incident at the courthouse during his first appearance, police laid more charges against Slade — intimidation by threats or threatening violence and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. That case is due back in court Dec. 3.
Wade Everett Slade (left) and Paul Hanlon are led into provincial court in Harbour Grace on Oct. 26.