ATV is­sues de­creas­ing in Bay Roberts

Stolen signs, cap­i­tal works fund­ing among top­ics dis­cussed at coun­cil

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The is­sue of il­le­gal use of all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles (ATVs) in Bay Roberts has been brought to coun­cil sev­eral times over the sum­mer sea­son, and was raised again dur­ing Tues­day night’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Nigel Black noted res­i­dents have been sig­nif­i­cantly qui­eter on the topic, and the num­ber com­plaints has de­creased since the pre­vi­ous meet­ing.

Coun­cil dis­cussed the prob­lem and pos­si­ble ways to solve it in depth dur­ing the meet­ing. Black also noted Perry Bowring, the town’s mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer, had at­tempted to or­ga­nize a meet­ing with res­i­dents about the is­sue, but re­ceived lit­tle feed­back.

Mayor Phillip Wood ex­plained that an ATV safety pro­gram was an idea that had seen a fairly positive re­sponse.

He added Safe­tyNL, along with schools in Bay Roberts and the lo­cal RCMP de­tach­ment, were all will­ing to work to­gether on such a pro­gram, but would likely have to wait for the school year to be­gin again in Septem­ber.

Bare­need Road im­prove­ment project

Coun­cil an­nounced the ten­der for a project to im­prove the Bare­need Road in­ter­sec­tion would be awarded to Plat­inum Con­struc­tion, and a con­tract signed to­tal­ing $282,819.50.

The project came about in 2016 when coun­cil bud­geted $350,000 of its own fund­ing to com­plete im­prove­ments rec­om­mended as part of a traf­fic study con­ducted last year.

Fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion, coun­cil was given di­rec­tion to pur­chase some of the re­quired equip­ment and then ad­ver­tise the ten­der.

Only one ac­cept­able bid was placed for the civil and elec­tri­cal con­tract, which came to $245,930, be­fore HST.

In­clud­ing pur­chased equip­ment, the to­tal price of the project came to $310,370.50, plus HST, al­low­ing the town to work on the project while stay­ing within the pre­vi­ously de­cided bud­get.

A man con­victed of set­ting up a woman with a drug dealer to sell her mother’s meds — pre­scribed to treat pain caused by can­cer — is on his way to a fed­eral pen­i­ten­tiary.

Lewis George Hed­ley Soo­ley of Car­bon­ear was sen­tenced to two years and one day in prison last Thurs­day. The 25 year old en­tered guilty pleas a day ear­lier to 12 charges that in­clude con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence, coun­sel­ing an in­dictable of­fence, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled drug or sub­stance, driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied, fail­ure to at­tend court, and fail­ure to com­ply with court or­ders.

The most se­ri­ous charge in­volved con­spir­ing to traf­fic a pre­scrip­tion opi­oid — hy­dro­mor­phone. Ac­cord­ing to the agreed state­ment of facts, the drugs were meant for the mother of Emily Marie Wil­liams of Cavendish. She is also charged with con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence and coun­sel­ing an in­dictable of­fence. Her case is back in court Aug. 23 for elec­tion and plea.

The facts read in court Wed­nes­day said Soo­ley served as a mid­dle­man to con­nect Wil­liams with an­other per­son to sell the drugs. Her mother would typ­i­cally re­ceive 126 one-mil­lime­tre vials of hy­dro­mor­phone per week. It was Wil­liams who picked up her mother’s drugs at Welsh’s Phar­macy in Heart’s De­light. The rub­ber seals on the bot­tle were bro­ken and re­sealed with wa­ter to di­lute the hy­dro­mor­phone Wil­liams’ mother used.

An of­fi­cer from the Har­bour Grace RCMP de­tach­ment in­ter­viewed Wil­liams’ mother last De­cem­ber and de­ter­mined she was un­aware of the ar­range­ment and thought she was re­ceiv­ing her full med­i­ca­tion. Wil­liams was ar­rested the same day and in a caution state­ment to police, ad­mit­ted to her in­volve­ment in the year­long plot. She re­ceived any­where from $1,000 to $2,700 de­pend­ing on the num­ber of vials pro­vided.

Soo­ley was also ar­rested around this time and ini­tially claimed he was in­no­cent. How­ever, he pro­vided a new caution state­ment to police last month, stat­ing Wil­liams ap­proached him as a mid­dle­man to set up the deal. Soo­ley said there was only one in­stance where he re­ceived vials and brought them to a third party. He thought the med­i­ca­tion sold was ex­cess and was un­aware of wa­ter be­ing used to di­lute it.

Soo­ley had a prior con­vic­tion from the fall of 2010 for traf­fick­ing. Fed­eral Crown pros­e­cu­tor Don An­thony ac­knowl­edged Soo­ley didn’t re­al­ize the full scope of what was hap­pen­ing, but said that should not di­min­ish his level of guilt.

“There was a ter­mi­nally ill woman who wasn’t get­ting (full) treat­ment,” An­thony said.

De­fence lawyer Kevin Baker said Soo­ley felt re­morse for his ac­tions and was pre­pared to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for them. He had told Baker about his se­ri­ous ad­dic­tions is­sues (the pos­ses­sion charges in­volved co­caine and oxy­codone). Soo­ley now hopes a fed­eral sen­tence can clean him up for a fresh start upon re­lease.

Judge Bruce Short ac­cepted Soo­ley might not have known all that was go­ing on. How­ever, he also reck­oned with Soo­ley’s back­ground, he could have come to some ed­u­cated con­clu­sions about what was go­ing on.

“You can’t ef­fec­tively turn a blind eye to what may be hap­pen­ing,” he said, go­ing on to point out those drugs never should have made it to the street.

“Mr. Soo­ley, you must re­al­ize a lot of the de­ci­sions you have made have af­fected peo­ple in a very neg­a­tive way,” the judge added.

Short also made note of Soo­ley’s young age and said there are still op­por­tu­ni­ties in the world for him.

How­ever, the judge cau­tioned that if he were to stay in­volved in drugs, Soo­ley would run out of op­tions.

Upon his re­lease, Soo­ley will be sub­ject to a weapons pro­hi­bi­tion or­der and a four-year driv­ing pro­hi­bi­tion or­der.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Lewis Soo­ley is shown en­ter­ing a Har­bour Grace court­room ear­lier this month.

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See BAY ROBERTS on Page 6 ATV use in Bay Roberts has been a hot topic for quite some time at coun­cil.

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Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood.

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