Court Docket – Misuse of credit card lands man in hot water

H.P. court docket
Sept. 18, 2017
Judge D.R. Shynkar

A 33-year-old man was fined more than $2,000 and sentenced to two weeks in jail after pleading guilty to various charges in High Prairie provincial court Sept. 18.

Christopher Cunningham was sentenced to 14 days in custody for use of stolen property after using a credit card without permission.

Court heard he used his mother’s credit card to purchase about $400 worth of clothing and footwear at Magda’s Clothing Store in Slave Lake on March 11, said Andre Arseneau, Crown prosecutor.

He was also fined $800, plus a $240 victim fine surcharge, for possession of stolen property, and $300, plus a $90 surcharge, each for breach of conditions and possession of a controlled substance.

Court heard Cunning- ham was in possession of methamphetamines and a stolen car stereo when he was stopped by police on Jan. 23 in Slave Lake, said Arseneau.

He was on conditions to abstain from controlled substances and alcohol.

Cunningham appeared on CCTV from Peace River Correctional Centre where he is serving time on other charges.

Duty counsel Harry Jong said Cunningham has made plans to take 28-day treatment for drugs in Grande Prairie.

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Brett Aaron Chalifoux, 21, of Driftpile, was sentenced to probation for 12 months after pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm.

Chalifoux was also ordered to complete 80 hours of community service before the end of the eleventh month.

Court heard that Chalifoux was at a residence “acting belligerent” on July 12. He punched his aunt in the face that caused swelling, a black eye and internal damage, said Crown prosecutor Andre Arseneau.

He was heavily intoxicated at the time.”

However, that was no excuse, in the opinion of Judge D.R. Shynkar.

You’re responsible for anything you do when you drink,” he said.

Normally for assault, you would spend some time in jail,” he added.

Allan Crawford Spoke for Chalifoux in court. He said probation would benefit his client more than a prison sentence.

It’s a one-shot thing he did,” Crawford said.

Being on probation for one year is punishment, and this will help him out,” he added.

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Kelly Ray Bigcharles was sentenced to 90 days jail after pleading guilty to assault and housebreaking.

Bigcharles was one of several people in Kinuso trying to enter a residence while unwelcomed on June 19, said Crown prosecutor Andre Arseneau.

Later, Bigcharles was seen running away from the front door.

He assaulted three people by “pushing them around”, said Arseneau.

Bigcharles will not be spending much more time behind bars. He was given credit for 78 days already served, meaning he has only 12 days left to serve. He was allowed to serve the balance of his sentence on weekends.

Bigcharles was also placed on probation until his sentence is served.

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Wesley Andy Willier, 39, of Big Meadow, was fined $500, plus a $150 victim fine surcharge, each on charges of possession of a controlled substance, breach of conditions and failing to attend court.

Willier was found in possession of just under 30 grams of marijuana in Atikameg on Feb. 16, federal Crown prosecutor Cameron McCoy told court.

Willier breached an order to not possess or use marijuana.

The marijuana was for medical purposes,” said duty counsel Jong.

He’s been trying for four months to get a certificate for medical marijuana.”

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Brennan H. Laursen, 19, of Fort. St. John, was sentenced to probation for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

Laursen was also ordered to complete 60 hours of community service before the start of the final month of his probation.

The charge arose after Laursen was stopped by police in High Prairie. Officers detected “a strong odour of marijuana” inside the vehicle, said federal Crown prosecutor Cameron McCoy.

A bag containing 27 grams of marijuana was found, along with hash oil, a vapour pen, and other drug paraphernalia.

Laursen had no previous criminal record.

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Shayne Letendre, of Edmonton, will be spending the next six months on probation after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

Federal Crown prosecutor Cameron McCoy told court the chare arose after police detected a “strong odour of marijuana” in his vehicle. A search revealed 28.2 grams of marijuana.

Letendre was also ordered to complete 40 hours of community service before the final month of his probation order.

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Rhoda Michelle Thunder was sentenced 10 days in jail after pleading guilty to possession of stolen property and five days for failing to comply with an undertaking.

Court heard that Thunder was in possession of a cell phone, which was stolen from the High Prairie Sports Palace on June 25, said Crown prosecutor Andre Arseneau.

Thunder was later intoxicated at the Cozy Corner Pub where she was in an altercation on July 5.

Thunder appeared in court on CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre.

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Zachary R. Lushman, 25, of High Prairie, was fined $1,000, plus a $300 victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content exceeding 80 mg.

Lushman was stopped by police and recorded a breath sample of 90 mg on July 28, Crown prosecutor Andre Arseneau told court.

Lushman was also suspended from driving for one year.

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Jared Allan Calliou, 37, of Gift Lake, was sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to uttering threats to cause death.

Court heard that Calliou threatened to kill a female friend during a domestic situation on Aug. 31, said Crown prosecutor Andre Arseneau.

He’s remorseful for saying that,” said duty counsel Harry Jong.

Calliou, who was given full credit for time served, appeared in court from Peace River Correctional Centre on CCTV.

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Stacey L. Morningchild, 34, of Edmonton, was sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to failing to comply with an undertaking.

Crown prosecutor Andre Arseneau told court that Morningchild entered a Faust residence where he was ordered to stay away from.

He wanted to see his children,” duty counsel Harry Jong said.

Morningchild was given full credit for time served.

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Glen Bernard Bellerose, of no fixed address, was fined $100, plus a $30 victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to mischief and damage to property.

Bellerose wrote “a number of rude things” on the window of O’s Treats in High Prairie, Crown prosecutor Andre Arseneau told court.

You’re not a child anymore,” Judge D.R. Shynkar said during sentencing.

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