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Cases from St. Albert Provincial Court on Aug. 8
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Man gets time served for drug possession

An Edmonton man found with methamphetamines in the St. Albert Centre parking lot was sentenced to time served on Monday.

Dustin Barrie, 31, of Edmonton appeared in St. Albert Provincial Court by CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre on Aug. 8. He was sentenced to 15 days for one count of simple possession of methamphetamine and one count of failure to attend.

Judge Jacqueline Schaffter accepted the joint submission by federal Crown prosecutor Milena Jusza and duty counsel Gail Gerhart.

In the agreed statement of facts, court heard that on June 18, 2021, at about 7:44 p.m., St. Albert RCMP received an emergency call about a suspicious man looking in vehicles in the St. Albert Centre parking lot.

RCMP officers apprehended Barrie and discovered he had warrants out of Edmonton. Officers searched Barrie and found a knife, two cellphones, 18 grams of methamphetamine, and small baggies.

Barrie was initially charged with one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, which was amended to simple possession of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of a weapon for public danger, which was dropped.

Barrie failed to attend court on the possession charge on Aug. 16, 2021, court heard.

A criminal record was alleged, and most of the charges were related to failing to attend court and failing to comply, court heard.

Schaffter said Barrie did not have a lengthy record, but it was a shame to see a young man serve time in custody for not doing what he should be doing.

“Make it an effort to comply with conditions …” she said.

Man sentenced for smashing vehicle windows

A man who smashed out windows of vehicles in a St. Albert parking lot was sentenced to time in custody on Monday.

On Aug. 8, Judge Jacqueline Schaffter sentenced Faron Grey, 35, to a global 53 days in custody with time served for six charges stemming out of incidents in Edmonton and St. Albert.

Grey appeared by CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre. He was charged with one count of theft under $5,000; one count of making or possessing an identity document; one count of mischief and damage under $5,000; and three separate charges of failing to attend a court proceeding.

In the agreed statement of facts, court heard that on Aug. 27, 2021, the Edmonton Police Service received a call that a witness had observed Grey smashing the windows of a Canada Post van and had watched him steal a bag from the van. Police located Grey and found him with the stolen Canada Post bag.

Oct. 6, 2021, Grey was stopped in the Edmonton LRT for not wearing a mask despite a bylaw requiring a mask to be worn, court heard. After learning his name, police discovered Grey had outstanding warrants. A police search uncovered a Visa card and a birth certificate with the names of other people.

On Oct. 16, 2021, a monitoring company called police after observing Grey attempting to access multiple vehicles by smashing out windows. Police found Grey in the passenger seat of a Buick with documents scattered around the vehicle. A second vehicle Grey had accessed had the console ripped out.

Former Paul Kane teacher back in court end of August

Court was adjourned for three weeks on Monday for a former Paul Kane High School teacher charged with making child pornography and sexual exploitation of two alleged victims.

Bryce Hughes, 28, of Edmonton is set to return to St. Albert Provincial court on Aug. 29.

During an Aug. 8 court proceeding, Judge Jacqueline Schaffter said an election on the first set of charges against the first alleged victim are preemptory.

Hughes was initially charged with agreeing to or arranging a sexual offence against a child; making sexually explicit material available to a child; making child pornography; and possession of child pornography on March 31.

On June 14, another alleged victim was identified, and Hughes was charged with sexual exploitation and luring of a child.

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