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“Copper Cliff Police Court,” Sudbury Star. August 3, 1918. Page 04.

For driving his auto without front lights Negosanti Wario, an Italian, was fined $1 and costs in Wednesday’s police court.

Geo. Lark, of Sudbury, paid $1 and costs for driving his car without a front marker.

Henry Renni, Finlander, also failed to burn two front lights, and paid $1 and costs. The law now is that both lights, not one as formerly, must be burning after dusk.

Richard Death, Sr., charged with having neither front or rear lights, produced a witness, in addition to himself to counteract the evidence of the policeman, and was given the benefit of the doubt by Magistrate Stoddart.

In Friday’s police court, Leone Satore, Italian, drunk in Copper Cliff on July 19th, paid $20 and costs. An analysis of the liquor which proved his undoing, showed it to be 19.87 per pecent. proof spirits, and Crema Mario, the owner, paid $200 and costs for a breach of the O.T.A. in having liquor in other than a private place.

Henry Rintamski, a returned soldier, neglected to burn a rear light on his motor cycle, and was let down with payment of court costs.

P. J. Grenon didn’t have either rear or side lights on his side-car motor cycle. $1 and costs.

Liugi Palma, Italian, parted with $1 and costs for failing to burn front lights.

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“Trunk Caused Suspicion At C.P.R. Station,” Sudbury Star. July 31, 1918. Page 05.

Found to Contain High Wines – Other Police Court News.

A suspicious looking trunk in the baggae room of the C.P.R. was the object of an all-day vigil by Provincial Officer Grassick on Friday last. The officer was awaiting the arrival of the owner, and when he failed to appear, the trunk was removed by License Inspector Kilpatrick and upon examination was found to contain six gallons of high wines. The trunk came from Montreal. Alex. Brunet, carter, Saturday evening appeared at the baggage room with a check for the trunk and as a consequence was summoned to police court Monday morning to tell what he knew of the affair.

A rather hazy story was told by Brunet Monday morning the court was skeptical as to its truthfulness. A lady had met him in front of the Queen`s Hotel, he said, nad handed him a baggae check to get the trunk at the station. She was sitting in a rig at the time and Brunet was unable to give her name or description. At the station he was told that the trunk was being held by the authorities and that the lady would have to come herself. According to his own story Brunet went back and reported to the lady that the trunk was too heavy for him to handle, at the same time returning the check. The lady, of course, never called for the trunk.

In giving Brunet the benefit of the doubt the magistrate commented on the fact that it was almost unbelievable that a woman with a vehicle should ask a carter to go to the station for a trunk, and frankly told Brunet that he (Brunet) knew more of the circumstances than he had told. His Worship issued a warning that the next offence would not be dealt with so lenitently.

John Lahti had sold his Studebaker car but the transfer had not yet been approved of by the department, and although he had disposed of the car he was held responsible for driving past a standing street car on the Copper Cliff road. The case was called Saturday and laid over until Monday to allow Lahti to get hold of the real offender, John Ajola, who pleaded guilty. A fine of 41 and costs was levied.

The Dominion police continue the good work of rounding up defaulters and aliens without papers. Scarely a morning passes but what a half dozen or more appear.

Monday morning the aged parents of George Chalotte appeared in court with their son, who was in the custody of the Dominion police. Chalotte’s exemption expired June 1st and he has since failed to report. The magistrate had no alternative but turn him over to the military, despite his pleadings that he was the only support of his parents. The aged mother sobbed bitterly as he was taken away, despite the comforting words of the magistrate, who explained that they should be proud that their son was going to be a soldier, and that they would receive as much or more financial support from the Government as they had previously received from their son.

Wm. Babcock and Norris H. Soucie were also handed over to the military authorities as defaulters.

Magistrate Brodie Monday morning made good his threat, repeated several times in the past few weeks, that an example would be made of aliens who failed to carry their papers, when he fined John Lozoscrack $5 and costs. Excuses no longer will suffice.

Four Italians appeared charged with failing to carry papers.

‘How do I know you are Italians?’ asked the magsitrate. ‘You might be British subjects for all I know. I will give you twenty-four hors to get the proper papers.’

Abraham Jackson, a farmer of the Kelly Lake district, Saturday morning, was fined $300 and costs for having liquor in a place other than a private dwelling. In addition he drew done a fine $10 and costs for disorderly conduct in the house of a neighbouring farmer, A. Israelson.

Four local motorists, Dr. W. J. Cook, W. J. LaForest, David Lawila and Simon Maloney, were arraigned Tuesday morning, charged with passing a standing street car while passengers were alighting, at the post officer corner on the evening of July 26. The motorists pleded not guilty and while Magistrtae Brodie commented that the practice was becoming too common, his Worship pointed out, however, that the car stands at the post office corner some time at various intervals and considered the motorists should take the matter up with the council and have the regulation rectified. The case was remanded till called.

J. M. Balmforth, of Copper Cliff, who exceeded the speed limit on the Copper Cliff road on July 18th, was assessed $10 and costs.

Roy McLaughlin, Creighton Mine, drove his car after dark without proper lights on Monday night and was fined $5 and costs.

Sam Penfold, who hails from Creighton Mine and claims Russia as his native land, was sent to Toronto on Tuesday, where he will be placed in the army until such time as he proves his age.

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“Chaffeurs Sentenced,” Toronto Globe. May 17, 1919. Page 09.

Sir William Mulock Thinks Lash Might Cure Reckless Drivers

Russian Gets Five Years

“The time for leniency in cases where chauffeurs run down and kill or injure pedestrians on the public highway has gone past, they must be treated with the utmost severity and if long imprisonment won’t do then we may have to institute the lash with it.’ So said Chief Justice, Sir William Mulock, in passng on John Warren and Max Helpern, two young chaffeurs, who were found guilty of manslaughter last week by juries at the Assizes.

John Warren was sentenced to 15 months at the Jail Farm and Max Helpern to one year in the same institution.

Addressing Warren, Sir William said: ‘Chaffeurs, like men in charge of a train, should never drink whisky before going on duty.’

Lucky Only Three Years
John Turner, found guilty of unlawfully wounding his brother-in-law, Benjamin Pringle, will go to the penitentiary for three years. ‘You are lucky that the jury reduced the charge from attempted murder to wounding,’ Sir William told him.

The bench remanded Bazil Bilouki, a Russian, who was convicted of unlawfully wounding W. Meed, that when his country was at war he had not gone to assist, but had preferred to stay in Canada and unlawfully bring whisky from Montreal for his personal profit. The Russian will go to the penitentiary for five years.

Gets Six Months.
George Serenko, also a Russian, who had enlisted with the Canadian forces and gone to France to fight, was sent to prison for six months dated from Feb. 23, for wounding Basil Nezbotsky, a compatriot, when crazed with drinking bad whisky.

Sir William frankly told Hiram Davis, convicted of attempting to bribe the police, that he did not believe his story that the $600 found on him the night of his arrest were the earnings of his grocery store for the previous day. Davis goes to prison for three months.

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“Bootlegging in North Charged Against Two,” Montreal Star. January 11, 1937. Page 03. 

Other Arrests Expected to Follow

Alleged to have formed part of a liquor smuggling ring which transported illegal alcohol from Montreal to the mining and lumbering districts around Roberval, Que., Joseph Henri and G. D. Morin, of Dolbeau, Que., appeared before Judge Desmarais in the arraignment court today to face three charges. Another charge will be laid against them this afternoon, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who made the arrests, say.

The charges made included conspiracy with others to illegally transport alcohol to Roberval, and to sell it; to have sold, purchased and dealt in illegal liquor, and to have conspired with others to defraud the Government of $6,000 in duties.

The men chose a jury trial and preliminary hearing was set for Wednesday when three other accused arrested Friday on similar charges will also appear. Gerard Fauteux, K.C., representing the prosecution, requested a substantial bail. Bail bonds of $2500 were ordered posted for each of the accused.

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“Police Court: Says Dr. G. E. Elliott Has Broken the O.T.A.,” Toronto Star. December 3, 1918. Page 03.

Court Brings Physician to Court and Remands Case for More Evidence.

71 Orders On Oct. 22

Mr. Corley Says Dr. Elliott Would Have to Work 17 ½ Hours Day on Examinations.

Can a medical practitioner feel a patient’s pulse, have him stick out his tongue, conclude a diagnosis and prescribe for his ailments in less than fifteen minutes?

To this question Dr. A. Jukes Johnson, Chief Coroner, said no. Dr. G. E. Elliott, charged in the Police Court to-day with a breach of the O.T.A. said yes.

Evidence produced by the Crown Attorney showed that on October 22nd last, Dr. Elliott had issued 71 liquor orders.

‘To do this, if an examination is made in each case, the doctor would have to work 17 ½ hours a day. He says that he refuses one for every one that he grants, which would double it,’ Mr. Corley remarked.

Burnett, an employe of the Provincial License Department, told of him call at Dr. Elliott’s. ‘I told him I wanted a bottle. He asked if I was sick. I said no. He charged a $2 fee and showed me out,’ he said.

Dr. Elliott stated that Burnett had told him of a wife sick with the flu at home and that he himself suffered from chills due to employment as a sheet metal worker.

‘Should a physician prescribe for patients he has not seen?’ queried the Crown Attorney. ‘I some illnesses it is admitted that whiskey is the very worst thing. I hope I never catch that kind,’ he continued.

Another witness told of hearing the defendant refuse two requests for liquor orders, and of being refused himself by Dr. Elliott. ‘He told me he would have to turn me down as he had given so many that day and to come again.’

‘That was a polite way of getting rid of him,’ Dr. Elliott explained.

The case stands on remand till to-morrow, when evidence from some of the 71 varieties of successful applicants is granted.

Given Six Months.
Found guilty of being a pestilence that walked in the darkness at the Robt. Simpson Company’s store, Reg. Hanson goes to the Jail Farm for six months. Evidence testified concealed himself at Simpson’s before nightfall, and then commenced his subtractions. Articles to which he took a fancy included an overcoat, a suit of clothes, three watches and a box of chocolates.

Quarrel in Queue.
While scores stood in line to enjoy a down town show, Wm. Younger and a burly constable staged a knock-about comedy as a ‘curtain raiser.’ Act two saw Younger’s court appearance as a disorderly. ‘The constable didn’t stop at asking me to get in line, he pushed me in,’ objected Younger. He alleged that the cop tried to break his spirit via his thumb. The show manager echoed the constable’s evidence. Fined $5 and costs or 30 days.

Sunshine and Shadow.
Rebecca Sunshine lived up to her name. At her Beverly street address she retailed illegal cheer at the rate of $8 per pint. Upon this spirited lady’s path a shadow fell. It assumed the substantial proportions of Plainclothesman Ward. In the Women’s Court to-day, found guilty of selling alcohol, Rebecca parted with $300 and costs of her profit.

Assaulted M.P.
For enlivening a Forum Hall meeting, Pte. Wm. Long faced a disorderly charge. Eviendece claimed that his language was more pointed than polite.

‘Upon being chaperoned into a cooler atmosphere, Long dug the military cop that guided him in the ribs. He got home also, evidence showed, on other strategic points of the said cop’s war front. This exercise, labelled assault, brought the warrior the court’s bill of $20 and costs or 30 days.

Baggage ‘Checked.’
The gay chintz shopping bag dancing at the side of Rose Guldrup had contents gay enough to do a song and dance on its own account. When Plainclothesman Marshall endeavored to investigate the same lady, herself, executed a pas seul and imitated a whirlygig. Marshall caught the bag on the fly. Its contents cost the lady the O.T.A. $200 and costs fine in the Women’s Court.

His Lady Leaves.

Pascoe Rosso, charged with vagrancy, imported a lady friend from Montreal. The maiden, it appeared, had useful employment in the Qeubec metropolis, but none here. The court decided from the lady’s admissions that the intervening miles between here and there might well separate them. It readdressed her thither. Rosso remains in custody till Monday to ensure the lady’s unchaperoned get away.

Twenty Days for Theft.
Frank Branden, night watchman, the guardian angel of sundry chocolate bars, tripped. In his path of honesty the sweetstuff proved a stumbling block. ‘He stole a quantity and sold them at half price to his employer’s customers,’ said Mr. Corley. The court reckoned that a 20-day sentence would let him out to do his Christmas shopping early.

Goes to Jury.
Charged with the fraudulent obtaining of $380, the property of the John Macdonald Company, Jack David goes to a jury for trial. His counsel waived examination.

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