Man ac­cused of point­ing gun from ve­hi­cle

Charges against sec­ond sus­pect with­drawn five days af­ter ar­rest

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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.

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

Wade Everett Slade (left) and Paul Han­lon are led into pro­vin­cial court in Har­bour Grace on Oct. 26.

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