Alix-area farmer tagged with fine for firearm use

An Alix-area farmer got a bargain of sorts when he appeared in Stettler Provincial Court last week.

An Alix-area farmer got a bargain of sorts when he appeared in Stettler Provincial Court last week.

Alderic Catellier was fined $200 for discharging a firearm May 19 at 1:37 a.m., as reported by his neighbour.

Catellier said he was shooting coyotes that were chasing his cats, but he admitted to using firearms without authorization.

“I don’t even have a firearms licence,” he said.

“You could have faced more-serious charges,” said Judge Hunter.

In other courts news:

— Darren Gregory Wright was fined $500 for breaching probation when he was in contact with a person that broke a no-contact order.

“Court orders are meant to be obeyed,” said Judge Jim Hunter, who warned the accused that another breach could send him to jail.

— Marc Antony Duhamel was fined $250 for driving a vehicle “in a way that contravenes the rules of the road.”

— Julie Anne Pfeiffer of Calgary was granted a curative discharge with 18 months’ probation for impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

“I should not have been driving,” she said as she read a prepared statement.

“I made a mistake and I’m sorry.”

She was also ordered to complete 40 hours of community service in the first five months of her probation, and was prohibited from driving for one year.

Dahl faces extra charges

Trevor James Dahl, 20, of Stettler is scheduled to next appear in court for a preliminary inquiry Feb. 26 and 27 in Stettler.

Along with two new charges of failing to comply with conditions, Dahl faces charges of impaired driving causing death, impaired driving over .08 causing death, dangerous driving of a motor vehicle causing death and refusing a blood sample causing death.

He was subsequently charged with two counts of failing to comply with conditions.

Police reported that Dahl was heavily intoxicated when he drove a pickup truck that left a dirt road near Stettler in the early hours of Feb. 11 and crashed into trees, killing the passenger, Koralea Boettger, 17, of Stettler.

At the time, Boettger was a Grade 12 student at William E. Hay Composite High School, from which Dahl graduated in 2010.

At his last court date in late June at Stettler, Dahl was represented by an agent for his lawyer.

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