Five sentenced in Pembroke court 0
The Ontario Court of Justice, Criminal Division convened in Pembroke on Tuesday, June 26. Presiding was Justice Robert Selkirk. Representing the Crown attorney’s office was Sam Humphrey and federal Crown Tim McCann.
• Bruce Doucette, 51, of Pembroke, pleaded guilty of breaching an undertaking and breaching conditions of his probation. On Feb. 25, 2012, police were called to a Pembroke Street West residence to investigate a disturbance. The accused had been in an intoxicated state and was instructed by officers to go home. Later, police were called to a nearby apartment building. The landlord complained that Mr. Doucette had been yelling, cursing and smashing things inside his apartment.
When officers cautioned Mr. Doucette to quiet things down, he grew more belligerent and was generally unco-operative. With the accused in handcuffs, police attempted to escort him down the stairwell but he continually tried to trip them. He was later released from custody on a promise to appear. Then on June 22, police responded to a noise complaint at a Pembroke Street West residence. When they arrived, they saw the accused sitting on the front step. A partially opened case of beer and an open can of beer was next to him. He was promptly arrested.
Justice Selkirk sentenced the accused to 75 days in jail and imposed 12 months probation.
• Rachel Yarascavitch, 28, of Round Lake Centre, pleaded guilty to possession of property. On March 31, 2012, a man reported a theft to city police. He claimed that a woman living at his residence had stolen several items. He found yellow pawn shop slips for jewelry, electronics, video games, wristwatches and gold bracelets. Police traced the items to a downtown Pembroke pawn shop and returned them to the owner. The business, which was now out $170, identified the accused as the person who sold the items on four separate occasions.
Justice Selkirk imposed a 50-day jail sentence but granted Ms. Yarascavitch 40 days pre-sentence credit.
• Clinton Delahunt, 36, of Laurentian Hills, pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol was over 0.08. On May 21, 2012, police responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Swisha Road when a red ATV approached from the south. The ATV parked behind the cruisers. The driver told officers that he had heard about the accident.
His speech was slow and his eyes were watery. Officers observed a box of beer strapped to the back. The accused had no driver’s licence and admitted drinking two beers. When he failed a roadside screening device, he was taken into custody.
His blood alcohol content later showed 224 and 214 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. He has no criminal record.
Justice Selkirk ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned the matter until Aug. 28.
• Christopher Mulvihill, 37, of Pembroke, pleaded guilty to committing mischief. On June 14, 2012, city police were called to investigate a disturbance. Officers learned that an argument broke out between a man and a woman. The man threw a coffee cup on the floor before ripping the front door off its hinges. As he exited, he smashed the mirror off the wall behind the door. He has no criminal record.
Justice Selkirk granted a conditional discharge and imposed 12 months probation.
• Damien McElroy, 30, pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol was over 0.08. Mr. McElroy was pulled over by officers on Jan. 14, 2012. His blood alcohol content later showed 128 and 121 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Justice Selkirk sentenced him to 30 days in jail and imposed a two-year driving prohibition.
• Gerald Dumoulin, 67, pleaded guilty to having care and control while the ability to operate his motor vehicle was impaired. He will be sentenced on July 3.
• David Jenner, 31, of Petawawa, pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol was over 0.08. On May 5, 2012, police observed a maroon two-door car pulling out of the parking lot of a downtown Petawawa nightclub. Officers followed the vehicle noting its speed was 30 kilometres an hour. They also found that the plates were expired.
The car pulled into a restaurant where officers questioned the driver. He admitted drinking two beers an hour and a half prior. He failed a roadside screening device and was taken into custody. His blood alcohol content later showed 160 and 140 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. He has no criminal record.
Justice Selkirk imposed a $1,400 fine and a $50 victim fine surcharge to be followed by a one-year driving prohibition.
Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist