Fines issued to rink thief

man who stole about $200 from a vehicle outside the Stettler Recreation Centre last November will have to pay more than $1,200

A man who stole about $200 from a vehicle outside the Stettler Recreation Centre last November will have to pay more than $1,200 in fines for various charges of theft.

Jason Havixbeck, 39, was fined a total of $1,200 in Stettler Provincial Court last Thursday through closed-circuit television.

He was fined $200 each for theft under $5,000 when he stole a set of car keys from a change room in the arena on Nov. 24, 2011, and for stealing $210 cash from a vehicle, and for two counts of possessing stolen property — a cellphone and an iPod.

The total also includes a fine for possessing three grams of marijuana.

Ordered to pay restitution for the stolen money, he was also placed on six months’ probation.

“It was a drug issue,” Havixbeck admitted to Judge E. D. Riemer.

“I just want to change my life around.”

Among other people sentenced last week in Stettler were:

— Caolan Jubeen Crittall, 23, of Drumheller, was fined $550 for driving 182 kilometres per hour in a 100-kilometre zone on Highway 56.

“Crown believes it is a very dangerous speed,” said Crown Prosecutor Murray McPherson.

— Mathew James Voros was fined $1,200 for driving a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content exceeding .80 milligrams in Bonnyville last June 2.

“It’s significantly over the legal limit,” said Judge Riemer.

Also given the mandatory driving suspension of one year, the accused admitted his guilt to the first offence on his criminal record.

“I was over the legal, I was impaired,” Voros said.

— David Bradley Bretz was fined $1,000 and suspended from driving for one year for “impaired care and control of a motor vehicle when he was stuck in a snow bank last Christmas Day.

— Jordan Lee of Stettler was handed a conditional discharge and placed on probation for 18 months for a charge of assault, after he admitted to assaulting his wife last year.

“You have taken responsibility and taken remedial action to deal with your motivations,” Judge Riemer said to Lee.

During the probation, Lee is prohibited from contact with his wife and consuming alcohol, while continuing to take counselling and treatment.

— Kenneth MacPherson, 54, was given a suspended sentence for one count of assault on his wife in Stettler on July 12.

He was also placed on probation for 18 months, prohibited from using alcohol, and directed to take counselling.

The court heard that MacPherson and his wife were arguing over Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races they were watching on TV last month, and he slapped her across on the face.