Vehicle theft, arson cases get set over

Ponoka court report

A number of recent arrests results from stolen vehicles and one for suspected arson appeared in Ponoka Provincial Court on Nov. 15.

However, nearly all of them were adjourned for reasons ranging from the need to get a lawyer to disclosure having not been obtained by the defence.

Lauren Curtis of Ponoka remains in custody on 32 different charges including motor vehicle theft, shoplifting, flight from police, dangerous driving, assault with a weapon and other weapons offenses. He is heading to trial on these charges in June, but also has trials on two other incidents coming up.

Robert Handy, 29, appeared for a bail hearing and had his request granted after his lawyer was successful in getting the judge to see that Handy may be the subject of false allegations. Handy turned himself into police earlier this year following the issue of an arrest warrant after being named a suspect in the vicious beating and home invasion of a Morningside home and butcher shop in 2017. Handy was released on several conditions, including to not be in the Morningside area and to await his trial on the charges slated for next July.

Gregory Deering of Red Deer, 30, had his case set over to Dec. 6. He is facing charges that include vehicle theft, flight from police, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and resisting arrest.

Tricia Crier had her case pushed to Dec. 13 on charges of assault and assault with a weapon.

Several others will return to court on Nov. 22.

Those include: Laurie Laboucan whose charges include one count of arson and causing a disturbance, and was released on bail; Christopher Hannah, 43 of Innisfail, who is charged with possession of stolen and possession of prohibited weapon among his nine counts; and, Danelle Rickett, 32 of no fixed address, on charges of vehicle theft, obstruction and possession of stolen property.

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