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Court briefs
Fraud, theft case may be resolved

Miranda Scotland
Northern News Services
Published Friday, May 18, 2012

A Yellowknife woman facing 127 fraud and theft charges was scheduled to face court Tuesday but a two-week delay was granted.

Coleen Laura McClean, 62, is facing 126 charges of falsifying and then using cheques between May 2008 and May 2011, and one count of stealing more than $5,000 from a Yellowknife communications company during the same time frame.

McClean is accused of knowingly making 63 forged cheques worth $80,410.08 payable to herself or a relative, and then using them as if they were genuine.

McClean was set to choose Tuesday whether she wanted to be tried by a judge or a judge and jury, but she was not present in court. The Crown prosecutor Dan Rideout said he expected the matter to be resolved before the two weeks were up.

Man fined $400 for marijuana use

A Yellowknife man was fined $400 Wednesday for possession of marijuana.

Police were driving an unmarked vehicle when they happened upon a car in the School Draw Avenue area last November, said Crown prosecutor Jen Bond.

The police officers saw two men reclining in the vehicle and stopped to investigate. When the driver of the car rolled down the window one of the officers noticed a burnt marijuana smell.

The officer asked if the driver, who was 20 at the time, had any marijuana in his possession, at which point he produced a baggy of the substance containing 90 grams.

The Crown asked for the maximum fine of $1,000 to be given in addition to probation because of the location of the crime.

"It is quite a lot of marijuana in a family area," Bond said.

However, Judge Christine Gagnon opted for a lesser sentence given the man's lack of a criminal record and his co-operation with the justice system. He pleaded guilty to the crime.

Man accused of shoplifting and injuring 62-year-old woman faces court

The man accused of shoving a 62-year-old woman out of his way when he ran out of the downtown Extra Foods in April after allegedly shoplifting from the store faced court Tuesday.

Jacob Scott Griep, 28, has been charged with aggravated assault, shoplifting and breach of probation. He was in court Tuesday but his trial was adjourned until May 29 at 9:30 a.m. The Crown cited the need for more information as the reason for the delay.

Griep was set to decide whether he wanted to be tried by judge and jury or by judge alone.

In a press release, Yellowknife RCMP stated that a man accused of shoplifting was fleeing the store on April 24 around 2:30 p.m. when he allegedly pushed the woman aside. She was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries and released later the same day.

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