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  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 06:00 am

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Good goals

A man who was pepper sprayed by police for walking in front of moving vehicles while drunk has been released from jail.

Todd Michael Newton appeared in St. Albert court via closed-circuit television from the Edmonton Remand Centre Monday and pleaded guilty to obstructing and resisting a public officer.

On Jan. 9, St. Albert RCMP received a complaint that a man was stepping in front of moving vehicles in a parking lot and approaching the drivers’ side windows.

Newton was unco-operative with police when they arrived. Police subsequently pepper sprayed him and pinned him to the ground in order to apprehend him. Newton told officers he had drank three beers that day.

“I want to stop doing drugs and alcohol,” said Newton from the remand centre, where he has spent the last five days. “Just a cigarette and coffee is all I want to touch.”

“Those are good goals to have,” responded Judge Bruce Garriock.

Newton was given credit for time served. He must also pay a $200 victim fine surcharge. Charges of uttering threats and causing a disturbance were withdrawn.

Racking up time

A former St. Albert pawnshop owner will serve another two months in prison on top of his recent 10-year sentence.

Kenneth Angus Campbell was sentenced to 60 days in prison for theft under $5,000 and two counts of breach of probation. The sentencing came in a Morinville courtroom Jan. 9.

The charge stemmed from an incident on April 20, 2012 whereby Campbell stole groceries from a Save-On Foods in St. Albert.

In November, Campbell was sentenced to 10 years for assaulting and robbing an Edmonton pawnshop owner with an axe – nearly amputating his ear – in 2010.


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