Man sentenced to more time

Several trials set for Ponoka

A Ponoka man is serving nearly two months more behind bars after pleading guilty to eight separate charges.

Calvin Fertash was sentenced Feb. 14 in Ponoka Provincial Court to 172 days in jail after entering a guilty plea to two counts each of mischief under $5,000 and threats to cause death or bodily harm as well as one count each of breach of conditions, motor vehicle theft, trafficking in stolen property and failure to appear in court.

He was given 119 days credit for the length of time he had already spent in remand, meaning there were 53 days left to serve. Another 12 charges were withdrawn following the guilty pleas.

Meanwhile, Ponoka’s Lauren Elliot Curtis had his charges of breach of conditions, possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property and failure to comply with conditions adjourned until his next appearance March 6.

In addition, Kirk Kluske had been slated to appear for trial on several charges in January, but has since had a warrant issued for his arrest after failing to show up for that same trial.

Trials set

A number of individuals have had dates scheduled for trial on the charges they are facing.

The three people accused in a fraud and credit card scheme late last year — James MacNeil, Kameryne Boyd and Brendyn Beaulieu — will be back in Ponoka Provincial Court for trial on these charges May 1.

A local man, Lee Emerson Curtis, will stand trial March 10 in Ponoka on charges that include impaired driving, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, mischief under $5,000 and careless driving.

Lastly, two other men must wait until later this summer for their trials to be held in Ponoka.

Joseph Rabbit has three distinct trials looming. The first will come on July 17 in an alleged assault by choking, while the other two will come in the same week — Aug. 11 on charges of robbery and disobeying a court order and Aug. 14 on charges of assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement, housebreaking with intent and failure to comply with conditions.

The other is Jonathan Higgs, whose trial on trafficking a controlled substance charges will go July 17.

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