Fine for man who tried to “warm up”

On Dec. 11 in Ponoka provincial court, Trevor Russell, originally of Saskatchewan, pleaded guilty to break and enter and creating mischief. He was fined $500 for the break and enter charges, as well as $465 in damages to the property.

  • Dec. 22, 2009 1:00 p.m.

By Jasmine Franklin

After a failed attempt to hot-wire a car to keep warm, a man has been fined for breaking into First Choice Automotive.

On Dec. 11 in Ponoka provincial court, Trevor Russell, originally of Saskatchewan, pleaded guilty to break and enter and creating mischief. He was fined $500 for the break and enter charges, as well as $465 in damages to the property.

Court heard that the 28-year-old man had been dropped off on Highway 2A while hitchhiking the night of Oct.11. Russell told police he had been trying to get Highway 2 to reach the Super8 motel, but got too cold.

Russell broke the front gate lock to First Choice Automotive and attempted to start a vehicle. When that vehicle didn’t start, court heard he went to another vehicle where, in efforts of starting the truck, he punched out the ignition. Those damages alone were $285.

When RCMP approached Russell he told them he was cold and trying to warm up. Court heard temperatures ranged between -3 and -5 degrees C that evening and the man had been dressed in a winter coat.

Russell has a previous criminal record and a history of substance abuse. Court was told when his personal life began to unravel his drug use became more frequent and he became depressed.

He will be moving back in with his parents in efforts to kick his drug habit and will be given four months to pay the penalties.

Hockey dad dispute ends with fisticuffs

What started as a regular hockey game ended in a one-year ban from the Ponoka arena and a six-month probation for a hockey dad Dec. 11.

On Nov. 15, Bradley Tywoniuk and Wade Raugust duked it out after what Raugust said was 20 minutes of insults against him and his family.

Raugust told the courtroom on Dec. 11 that the insults from Tywoniuk to Raugust were “vulgur” and “disgusting.” After about 20 minutes Raugust said he had enough and turned around and punched Tywoniuk.

A fight broke out between the men and ended in causing disturbance charges against both men.

Raugust pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months probation in addition to 40 hours community service work within a four-month period. He will not receive a criminal record and has been told to remain away from the arena as a spectator for one year.

Drunk driver slammed behind bars

One drunk driver has been sentenced to six months in jail and a three-year minimum driving suspension Dec. 11.

Dennis Whitebear, 23, was caught driving drunk on Highway 53 east while already serving a 40-month driving suspension for previous drunk driving charges.

The father of two was pulled over by Ponoka RCMP and gave the officer an incorrect first name. He will spend six months in jail in addition to serving a three-year driving suspension in addition to the previous 40-month suspension.

Whitebear had three prior convictions.

Just Posted

Snow flies at Ponoka Legion’s Flags of Remembrance ceremony

Despite the chilly weather, 128 Maple Leaf flags were raised at Ponoka’s Centennial Park

Ron Orr to return for another run as MLA

Lacombe-Ponoka UCP contest won by incumbent MLA

Wolf Creek Schools raises Treaty 6 flag for first time

Chiefs, school officials took part in a ceremony that is aimed at acknowledging Treaty 6 land

Alberta harvest on hold due to poor weather conditions

Central Alberta farmers among those waiting for better temperatures to finish combining

Pair arrested in Ponoka with several weapons, face 98 charges

Two men nabbed after early morning suspicious vehicle reported, stolen weapons found

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Assault charge withdrawn vs. ex-Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna

Former Toronto player agrees to peace bond

UPDATED: Bill Cosby gets 3-10 years in prison for sexual assault

Judge also declared the disgraced comedian a ‘sexually violent predator’

U.S. worker charged after video shows him spitting on customer’s pizza

Jaylon Kerley of Detroit is charged with a felony count of food law violations

Robbery report at outlet mall turns out to be fake: police

Leduc RCMP respond to weapons complaint at premium outlet collection mall

Canada aiming for the moon, and beyond, with new space technology efforts

With an eye on future lunar exploration, Canada’s space agency is calling on companies to present their ideas for everything from moon-rover power systems to innovative mineral prospecting techniques.

New Brunswick Premier meets with lieutenant-governor as Tories, Liberals vie for power

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the only other leader he had spoken with since results came in was Green Leader David Coon.

Trudeau looks to restart Canada’s UN charm offensive in New York City

Freeland says the question of job retraining in the 21st century — and the uncertainty that surrounds it — is the federal government’s central preoccupation.

Calgary mayor seeks person who leaked details of closed-door Olympic meeting

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he will ask the city’s integrity commissioner to investigate a leak of details from an in-camera council meeting.

Most Read