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Neil James Burke, 32, of 7 Davison St., Amherst, was sentenced to eight months total custody after pleading guilty to a number of charges.
Burke was given four months custody after pleading guilty to one count of failing to comply with a probation order.
Guilty pleas to three additional probation breach charges saw Burke sentenced to four months for each count, concurrent to one another and to the other sentences imposed.
He also pleaded guilty to one count of escaping from police custody and was sentenced to one month consecutive custody.
The incidents occurred Feb. 20, 2010, in Amherst.
Burke also pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to comply with a probation order. He was sentenced to three months custody for each count, concurrent to one another yet consecutive to the other sentences imposed.
The incidents occurred Aug. 15, 2009, in Amherst.

Legere sentenced for probation breach
Michael Charles Legere, 48, of 8 Terrace St., Amherst, was sentenced to 30 days total custody after pleading guilty earlier this month to three counts of failing to comply with a probation order.
Legere was sentenced to 15 days custody for a Dec. 2, 2009, probation breach.
He was also sentenced to 15 days consecutive custody after pleading guilty to a Dec. 28, 2009, probation breach.
He was sentenced to 30 days concurrent custody for a breach of probation on Jan. 27, 2010.
All incidents occurred in Amherst.

Mattinson given conditional discharge, probation
Christopher Charles Mattinson, 19, of 312 Elmwood Ave., Dartmouth, was given a conditional discharge following 12 months probation after pleading guilty to one count of assaulting a peace officer.
Mattinson's probationary period comes with reporting and conditions.
The incident occurred Oct. 26, 2009, in Little River.

Saunders Construction Ltd. fined for failing to file income tax returns
George R. Saunders Construction Ltd. was fined $2,000 in total after the president of the company entered guilty pleas to two counts of failing to file federal income tax returns.
George Saunders entered the pleas to one count each from the fiscal year ending 2006 and 2007.
Saunders has since rectified the error and filed the returns, but has a $1,000 fine for each count.
He has until April 23, 2010, to pay the fines, or spend 15 consecutive days in custody for each charge.

Evicted tenants still seeking counsel for drug charges
Two Amherst residents evicted from their apartment under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act had their plea adjourned until later this month.
A mother and her son are both facing one count each of possession of marijuana, possession of cannabis resin and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Both accused are waiting to hear from Nova Scotia Legal Aid as to whether their applications have been approved.
They were charged with the incidents on Jan. 6, 2010, and had an eviction notice posted on their residence at 8 Charles Street on Jan. 25.

Barr given suspended sentence, probation
Gregory Allen Barr, 24, was given a suspended sentence of 12 months probation after entering a guilty plea to one count of uttering a threat to three individuals.
Barr was charged with the incident after the individuals found Barr with a stolen snowmobile.
The individuals had held Barr until the police arrived and during that time, Barr told the individuals he was going to get a gun and pull the trigger.
All other charges against Barr were dismissed for want of prosecution.
The probation comes with reporting and conditions, and includes a $50 victim fine surcharge to be paid by March 22, 2010.
The incident occurred Feb. 9, 2009, in Sutherlands Lake.

River Hebert man seeks time to find counsel
A 20-year-old River Hebert man charged with crashing a vehicle into the River Hebert Co-op has requested time to seek counsel.
The accused is hoping to speak to someone in private practice about the charges he's facing - one count each of operating a motor vehicle dangerous to the public, failing to comply with a probation order, taking a motor vehicle without the owner's consent, mischief or property damage to the Co-op, mischief or property damage to the vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license and failing to report an accident.
The accused will return for election and plea on March 29, 2010, at 9:30 a.m.
The incident occurred Jan. 10, 2010, in River Hebert.

Coates found guilty of impaired driving
Walter Wade Coates, 35, of 48 Hastings Rd., Hastings, was fined $1,200 after being found guilty of one count of impaired driving.
Coates has until Feb. 21, 2011, to pay the fine or spend 18 days in custody.
A 12-month driving prohibition was enforced, and Coates can apply for the ignition interlock device program following 90 days if he so chooses.
The incident occurred July 12, 2009, in Amherst.

Organizations: Saunders Construction, River Hebert Co-op

Geographic location: Amherst, River Hebert, Elmwood Dartmouth Little River 8 Charles Street Sutherlands Lake

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