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MacLean guilty of defrauding $36,000
TRURO - A former Truro woman has been sentenced to house arrest for defrauding the Cash Store of more than $36,000.
Elizabeth Florence Ann MacLean, 48, who now lives in Lower Sackville, was given a 16-month conditional sentence in provincial court on Monday.
That includes full house arrest for the first 12 months and a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the final four months. That sentence includes 100 hours of community service and three years probation after the house arrest is completed. MacLean was also ordered to make restitution of $36,266.77.
As well, she must successfully take counselling for mental health issues, life skills and personal finance. MacLean was also ordered not to possess illicit drugs while the sentence is in effect. The offences took place between October 2007 and February 2008.

Failing breathalyser
costs man $1,000
TRURO - A Bible Hill man was fined $1,000 in provincial court after pleading guilty to failing the breathalyser.
Chad Lewis Parker, 22, of 583 College Rd., after police became suspicious about a vehicle that pulled into the parking lot at Deuville's rink in Salmon River, while it was closed. Parker also lost his driving privileges for a year.

Threatening police ends
in suspended sentence
TRURO - A former Millbrook man learned on Monday that it doesn't pay to threaten a police officer engaged in the line of duty.
"These police officers are just doing their job," Judge Del Atwood said in handing a suspended sentence to Anthony Alexander Bussey.
Bussey, 36, who now lives in Dartmouth, was arrested following a domestic disturbance in Millbrook last August.
"He was in a very intoxicated state and very agitated," Crown Attorney Karen Quigley told the court, of Bussey's condition at the time. In addition to being "loud and belligerent" to a responding RCMP member, Bussey also told the officer he knew where he lived and threatened to do damage to both his home and car.
"He had to be physically restrained," Quigley said.
Because of his intoxicated state, Bussey did not recall making the statements, which were acknowledged after his lawyer viewed the police security video.
Bussey was also given 12-months probation and ordered to take counselling as directed fro alcohol consumption, domestic violence and anger management.

Man blames double dose for stealing sneakers
TRURO - Blame it on the drugs.
A Truro man who said he was intoxicated because he had doubled up on prescription medication was handed a suspended sentence and nine month's probation after pleading guilty to stealing from Wal-Mart.
Byron Roderick Stephens, 48, of 241 James St., was arrested after store staff became suspicious while he was trying on running shoes. When he came out of the dressing room, Stephens was wearing brown sneakers, as opposed to the black and white sneakers he had been wearing. After replacing his old shoes with the new ones, Stephens came out of the dressing room and put the box back on the shelf.
Although staff and police believed Stephens was "quite intoxicated" at the time, he told court that was not the case.
"I did not consume alcohol at that time," he said, adding he had become incapacitated by "doubling up on my medication."
Stephens was nonetheless ordered not consume alcohol during his sentence, nor can he enter establishments where booze is sold.
And he must also take medication as prescribed.
"No doubling up," Atwood said, "because essentially what you are dong is over dosing."

Organizations: Cash Store, RCMP, Wal-Mart

Geographic location: TRURO, Lower Sackville, Millbrook Bible Hill Salmon River Dartmouth

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