Accused in several attention grabbing Ponoka crimes denied bail

Cases involved robbery, break and enter, stolen vehicles over the past few months

A Ponoka man facing new charges involving stolen vehicles had his bail revoked and will remain in custody for now.

Caleb Shimwell, 20, appeared in Ponoka Provincial Court — via CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre — on Nov. 23 to answer to several charges stemming from an incident three days earlier.

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Shimwell had been released on bail after being arrested back on Sept. 12 for alleged break and enters as well as possessing several items reported stolen from properties around central Alberta. He pleaded not guilty Oct. 26 to those counts and has a preliminary hearing slated for April.

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Shimwell will be back in court Nov. 30 to have bail spoken to on the latest charges.

Robbery pair

Two individuals who have each pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery at a Ponoka liquor store have separate preliminary hearings set for the new year.

Catlin Ermineskin, 27, appeared in Ponoka Provincial Court Nov. 23 via CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre and entered his plea, with a preliminary hearing set for May 3. Ermineskin is currently on remand for charges stemming from an alleged kidnapping back in July.

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Robbery co-accused, 30-year-old Kelly Ermineskin who is out on bail, had his lawyer appear the same day, with his preliminary hearing set for Mar. 13.

Bail denied

One of two suspects charged with possession of several stolen firearms and numerous other counts had his get out of jail card put in the discard pile Nov. 23.

Clyde Rabbit, 23, appeared via CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre, for a bail hearing on the 84 charges he faces after being arrested on Sept. 18.

READ MORE: Pair arrested in Ponoka with several weapons, face 98 charges

Defence lawyer Gordon Hatch unsuccessfully argued for Rabbit’s release on several conditions with Judge J.B. Mitchell noting, “The offences alleged are incredibly serious and any issues with respect to identity or circumstances will be dealt with at trial.”

Rabbit will remain in custody until a trial is held, which may be part of a special sitting day in Ponoka since the earliest regular date available is next July.

Hatch will be back to speak to possible trial date on Nov. 30, the same day that the co-accused in the case — 42 year-old Kirk Kuske — is due to appear in Ponoka court for a bail hearing.

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