Northside youth receives probation for making false report
SYDNEY — A 15-year-old Northside youth charged with making a false bomb report has been placed on probation for one year and ordered to continue counselling.
The male was charged with multiple offences stemming from the July 17 incident, in which the Mayflower Mall, Cape Breton's largest shopping complex, was shut down for a few hours while police searched the premises.
Cape Breton Regional Police had received a call telling them a man armed with a handgun and wearing explosives was inside the mall.
Police found no such suspect but were able to trace the call to a residence where they arrested the youth without incident. No weapons or explosives were found at the home.
The name of the youth is banned from publication in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act. He was previously denied bail.
The youth pleaded guilty to three counts of uttering threats to harm police, staff at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and staff at the mall. He also pleaded guilty to issuing a false message and to a charge of mischief by interfering with the mall's operation. Other charges were withdrawn.
Prior to being sentenced, the youth did undergo a psychiatric evaluation and was deemed to be mentally fit.
New Waterford man gets prison sentence
SYDNEY — A 48-year-old New Waterford man has been sentenced to two years in a federal prison after pleading guilty to drug charges.
Herbert Joseph Woodland of Miner Avenue was sentenced after pleading guilty to charges of possession of hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking and possession of methadone.
In addition to the sentence, Woodland is banned from possessing firearms for 10 years.
Glace Bay man admits drug charges
SYDNEY — A Glace Bay man has been sentenced to complete a two-year probation period after pleading guilty to drug offences.
Alexander Derek MacDonald, 53, of George Street previously pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. A second charge of trafficking in marijuana was withdrawn. The offence occurred on Dec. 12, 2012, in Glace Bay when MacDonald was found in possession of 132 grams of marijuana.
MacDonald is also banned from possessing firearms for 10 years. Among the conditions of his sentence, MacDonald is to refrain from drugs not prescribed him by a physician.
Glace Bay man gets probation on funny money charge
SYDNEY — A 47-year-old Glace Bay man was sentenced Friday to complete an18-month probation period after pleading guilty to charges including uttering counterfeit money.
Kenneth Jerome O'Neil of Mansfield Street pleaded guilty to two counts of uttering counterfeit money and single counts of breaching a court order and uttering a threat. Other charges were dismissed.
The threat charge occurred this week in Glace Bay while the money charges relate to incidents that occurred in 2004.
An arrest warrant was issued for O'Neil in December 2011 and executed this week in Glace Bay when he was arrested on the threat charge.
O'Neil is also to make restitution in the amount of $100 to a local grocery chain.