Roadside vendor fined for no business licence

A roadside vendor who sells artistic rugs in Stettler was fined in court late last month for not obtaining a required business licence

A roadside vendor who sells artistic rugs in Stettler was fined in court late last month for not obtaining a required business licence, which he eventually bought.

Mohammed Jaber was fined the minimum $400 under the Town of Stettler’s bylaw when he appeared in Stettler Provincial Court. Court learned that he had been warned “several times” by the town’s bylaw enforcement officer to purchase the $100 business licence.

Among other people sentenced in the same week:

— Jeffrey Edward Bettcher, 37, was fined $1,500 for impaired driving over the legal limit of .08 milligrams when he was apprehended with a reading of 190 milligrams on April 11 in Stettler.

“I am quite humiliated,” said Bettcher, who was also suspended from driving for one year.

“I have no excuse for my actions.”

— Dane Fraser was fined a total of $3,000, with $2,500 for driving a motor vehicle without insurance, $270 for driving while suspended, and $230 for operating an unregistered vehicle.

— Chad John Bryce was fined $2,500 for driving a motor vehicle with no insurance and $230 for failing to hold a driver’s licence.

— Samuel Albert Maloney was fined $500 for driving a motor vehicle while suspended.

— Adam Jon Markin, 24, was fined $150 for causing a disturbance at Social Bo’s last October. He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to abstain from alcohol.

“I sense it was out of character for you,” Judge Jim Mitchell said. “It’s appalling how many court cases are caused by alcohol abuse.”

— Lonnie Max Mohn, 40, was placed on 18 months’ probation for uttering threats and unlawfully harassing by way of text messages.

— Johnathan James Ward, 20, of Edmonton was fined $200 for possession of a prohibited weapon.

Police found a set of brass knuckles while he was a passenger in a vehicle. He was also fined $200 for possession of “a small amount of magic mushrooms.”

“You are the kind of person the community does not feel comfortable having a weapon,” Judge Mitchell said.

Ward was further prohibited from possessing or owning weapons for five years.

— Court report

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