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“Three Go For Trial In Train Hold-Up Case,” Toronto Star. November 15, 1918. Page 04.

John Lett, Walter Lett, and Gordon Dougal Committed on Story to Detectives.

On their own admissions as given to Detective Mitchell after being cautioned, John Lett, Capt. Walter Lett, and Gordon Dougal, were committed for trial by Col. Denison in the Police Court to-day. The Crown submitted that it was not a case for bail, and the trio remain in custody.

The men are the alleged conspirators in the hold-up near Sunnyside on October 23 when $20,000 was stolen from messengers of the Canadian Express Company.

‘John Lett, when cautioned,’ Detective Mitchell testified, ‘admitted holding up the two messengers at the point of a revolver, taking $20,000, and jumping off the train at Sunnyside, with the money.’

‘Where was it, in a box or safe?’ queried the colonel.

‘Safe, I think,’ replied Mitchell.

‘He admitted throwing a parcel of it away in the High Park district. I later accompanied him there and found the package. It contained $9,000.’

Walter Lett, the detective continued, admitted going to Barrie the day before the arrest and receiving $1,000 from John Lett, knowing it to have been stolen. He further admitted that his brother had come to his farm at Jordan and had told him of the proposed hold-up. He further said that the day after the robbery he came to Toronto to look for John, his brother.

What Dougal Says.
Gordon Dougal admitted, after being cautioned, that John Lett and he met the night prior to the robbery to discuss the robbery. It was arranged then that Dougal was to meet him the morning of the robbery at Sunnyside, which he admitted leaving the house to do. The meeting did not take place. He further admitted after arriving at the Union Station he had a telephone message from Lett about 8 a.m. – a hour after the robbery. Lett told him that he had got the money. Lett said that he was phoning from a church and wanted to know why Dougall didn’t meet him. He told him he had got the money and had hidden it under a rock pile.

In the church the police a black club bag, which belonged to Williamson, the Canadian Express messenger. The bag contained $99.90 in silver and papers belonging to the company.

Cross-examined by Frank Denton, K.C., counsel for the Letts, Detective Mitchell replied that the admissions included references to another man.

‘Did not the admissions allege that this man was the brains behind the hold-up – that he prompted John Lett and Dougal?’ ‘Yes.’

‘Was there any admission that Dougal was to get any of the money?’ asked Mr. W. K. Murphy, counsel for Dougal.

‘That was not suggested.’

‘If the Crown Attorney of the other court wants the other man he is able to get him,’ Col. Denison commented.

Find Reservoirs
The crocks of exhilaration cached beneath the sidewalk belonging to Mrs. Annie Portchuk, Adelaide street west, did not waste their sweetness on the desert air. According to police evidence in the Women’s Court to-day, they formed the reservoir from which the pop bottles which the lady retailed at $3.50 per, were filled. This marks the second time within the week that the Porichucks have moved in court circles. The record of to-day’s visit includes the fine, $200 and costs or three months.

Murdock Henry had a clothes sideline. He pleaded guilty to-day to augmenting his wardrobe with some $50 worth of garments to which he had no right. Most of these, the police stated, had since been recovered. The colonel was told that the quick change of costume set had been Henry’s first bad break. The colonel gave him the right to don the becoming Jail Farm uniform for the next 15 days.

Found guilty of defrauding Mrs. Dorothy Whitaker, wife of a soldier overseas, out of five $100 Victory Bonds, and of stealing an automobile the property of Jas. O’Leary and Ed. Murphy, W. F. Grimwood goes to the Ontario Reformatory.

Mrs. Whitaker stated that she had given him the Victory Bonds, 1917 issue, last November to put in a safe in the Bank of Montreal. She had since asked for them and couldn’t get them. In connection with these, Mr. S.N. Gibbons testified to having sold a motor car to Grimwood for $700. ‘In part payment for this, I received four 1917 Victory Bonds from Grimwood,’ Mr. Gibbons said. Mrs. Whittaker further remarked that she had given Grimwood $1,700 in Government pay checks and her own savings. This she gave him, she said, to invest in the Mossop Hotel, which he told her he was to convert into a club.

Two offenders against the O.T.A. got docked $300 and costs or three months in as many minutes. Harry Hurd was a retailer. He kept the bowl flowing on the broad highway. He that ran might drink, if he stopped and paid $1 for the quencher. John Parker added to the H. C. of L. He likewise retailed. His wee deoch and doris cost $5.50 per. Art Penn both makes and sells. ‘He has his own labels and makes a profitable business of it,’ said the Crown Attorney. Fined $800 and costs or five months.

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“Garson Farmer Faces Charge Of Harboring,” Sudbury Star. August 21, 1918. Page 03.

Dominion Police State Edward Martell Is Hiding Cousin.

The first charge of harboring a deserter to be laid by the Dominion Police at Sudbury was read in Monday morning’s police court, against Edward Martell, Garson township. He is charged with harboring John Martell, his cousin, a deserter from the C.E.F. The case was adjourned until Saturday morning next. It is understood that the court is prepared to take a lenient view of the case providing that in the meantime Pte. Martell, the deserter, is delivered to the military. B. Boutet appeared for accused Monday morning and entered a plea of not guilty.

While this is the first charge of harboring to be instituted by the Dominion Police, there have been many instances where prosecution could have been started for harboring, aiding and abetting. Flagrant cases have been known to the police, in which the mothers of the offenders have played important parts and it was mainly for this reason that no action was taken.

MORE SHOOTING
More shooting is reported from Garson township in addition to that which took place and is daily taking place in Blezard township. The Dominion police last Thursday went out to the Edward Martell farm in Garson township and while making enquiries at the farm house were shot at by some one, presumably John Martell, the deserter, who was concealed in the barn. He later made good his escape to the bush and is still at large.

BOOZE BURIED IN GROUND
The Ontario Temperance Act is no respecter of persons. It may happen that Luigi Augustini, hard working man and the father of five young children, one of whom is very sick, may have to go to jail for three months. There is, however, another side to the story, that of Chief Brown, of the municipal police.

The hardship plea failed to move the court Monday morning when Augustini was fined $300 and costs. A few days ago one Koski, up on a drunk charge, disclosed the source of his supply, a case being later found buried beside the Augustini residence. The plea that some one else had buried the case beside the house was also put forth, the possibilities of which were dwelt upon eloquently and at some length by Mr. J. A. Mulligan, counsel for accused. Magistrate Brodie also turned a deaf ear to this plea.

But all’s well that ends well, and there is a chance now that kind friends will come to the rescue of the poor, hard-working Augustini and pay his fine, the authorities having agreed to a recess until Saturday next.

THREE MEN AND A GIRL
A pretty, young French-Canadian girl of eighteen summers, Cecile Gatien, who originally hails from Montreal and has been in these parts but two weeks, was found in a house Saturday night with three Austrians. Provincial Constable Grassick was out that way on another mission Saturday night last when three autos in front of the house attracted his attention. All lights had been darkened on the autos and he was unable to secure numbers as they scurried away. There is a suspicion that they were licensed jitneys. Several complaints about the house have been made to the police.

Two of the men came from Murray Mine and for that reason the charge of leaving their place of residence without the permission of the police failed. The magistrate held that as there was no registrar at Murray Mine, and as Stobie and Murray are in the same municipality, this charge could not succeed. The third young foreigner, however, come from Garson, which made $10 and costs difference.

On a charge of being frequenters of a house of ill fame and three men pleaded guilty and paid $10 and costs.

The young girl pleaded guilty to being a keeper, her counsel asking a week’s remand, which was granted. She has a lover, a young Italian, it is understood, who is willing to go to the altar with the erring girl, and in case the marriage materializes the leniency of the court for a chance to make good will be asked.

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“Sudbury Police Court,” Sudbury Star. August 10, 1918. Page 05.

Magistrate Brodie intimated in Friday morning’s court that from now on he was going to fine all alien enemies for not carrying papers and Mich. Radomski and D. Mumylyk, hailing from Romford, paid ten dollars and costs for failing to have received permission to come to Sudbury.

IN WRONG, SURE.
Peter Yabokoski was found in an intoxicated condition at the C.P.R. depot Thursday night and when he was searched it was discovered that he had left his papers in a grip at Murray Mine where he had been working. It cost him $10 and costs his fount of joy, and five and costs for not having his papers.

PREVIOUS RECORD COUNTED.
Leon  Michiniowicz was charged with not being employed at a useful occupation on the 9th day of July. He stated that he had worked at the Mond smelter at Coniston but had left owing to ‘his work injuring his health.’ At the time of his arrest he was learning to run a jitney car and at the preent has a jitney. His worship in dismissing the case gave Michniowicz a chance, seeing that he had worked at the smelter five years.

ALLOWED TO GO.
Jules Chalifoux, who was arrested sometime ago for stealing a sum of money on the 3rd of July was allowed to go Friday, owing to the fact that the plaintiff in the charge cannot be located.

A Conistion party appeared Thursday morning to have a family quarrel straightened out. Peter Petryna claimed that Tomas Bilyj had trhown a bottle at him and struck him on the back as he was removing some cases which Bilyj had thrown on the defendant’s property. Much abusive language was exchanged reflecting on both families and the complaint was laid as a result. Magistrate Brodie told the parties interested that the affair was a small thing, expressing a hope that they would go back and live in harmony with one another, and try to patch up there differences. Bilyj was fined $1 and costs.

$200 AND COSTS.
On Wednesday, Alex. Juval requested the court to let his charge of having liquor in other than a private dwelling stand over until Thursday morning, and after having slept over it, he pleaded guilty to the charge and paid $200 and costs.

CASE DISMISSED.
The charge against E. Waugh of having more than fifteen days’ supply of flour on hand was dismissed on Thursday, as the court was convinced that he did not have an over supply of flour at one time. In fact, evidence was brought forward to the effect that it would only last him about fifteen days.

THREE STAR BRANDY
When Nathaniel James was told that he was charged with being drunk he pleaded guilty and told his Worship that he was drinking Three Star brandy. It cost Nat. $10 and costs, and he was told that if he didn’t leave the stars alone it would be a prison term next time.

TOOK CHANCE
Horace Chamberlain admitted that he was in a hurry and that he passed a standing street car while pasengers were alighting.

‘If you are willing to take those chance it will cost you $5 and costs,’ said his Worshhip.

BACK AGAIN
Hilda Maki, Coniston, after having just been released from the reformatory, again appeared at the court Thursday. The magistrate did not read any charge against the woman, but remanded her to enable two physicians to examine her and ascertain the condition of her mental faculties.

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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.

COURT WAS SKEPTICAL
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.

PASSED STANDING STREET CAR
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.

MANY WITHOUT PAPERS
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.

TEACHING A LESSON
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.’

FARMER FINED $300
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.

MOTORISTS ARRAIGNED
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.

GOES TO TORONTO
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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“Do Young Finns Destroy Papers To Evade M.S.A.?” Sudbury Star. May 4, 1918. Page 05.

Canadian Naturalization Papers Rare in This District.

It is the general belief in official circles here that many young men of foreign birth, other than aliens, have destroyed their Canadian naturalization papers to evade military service. Since the advent of conscription the experience of the police has been that a naturalization paper is a very rare thing, and a raid on Finland Hall, Copper Cliff, Wednesday evening, only served to strengthen the belief already held. None of the young men of military age questioned by the police had naturalization papers, despite the fact that hundreds were taken out in this district prior to the war.

The raid was made by the Dominion police, assisted by some members of the municipal and company force. A show was in progress when the police entered at 9.40 and the appearance of the officers caused so much consternation that the performance was abruptly stopped. Every male in the hall was questioned while all exits were guarded. Nine young men who had no papers whatever were taken into custody. In police court they were fined $1 and costs each for a contravention of section 16 of the M.S.A. in not having the necessary papers to assure their identity. Meanwhile the men who were fined have secured affidavits as to their nationality.

A Real Haymaker.
Nora Laroche, a Creighton woman of middle age and hefty proportions, handed K.

Acquino

, her landlord, a regular ‘haymaker’ the other day following an argument. The blow, or blows, were reinforced by a drinking glass and it required five stitches to repair Acquino. Nora wanted to have a dance in her apartment, but the landlord refused, saying the floor was unsafe. This started the fracas. She was fined $10 and costs.

He Stole Liquor.
The eagle eye of Mrs. A. Delavadova, of Creighton Mine, even at 2 a.m. in the morning, detected a shadow near the chicken coup and this was where the liquor was kept ‘to keep it out of sight of the children.’ The mysterious form moved stealthily, entered the chicken coup, placed 34 bottles in a bag and departed. He was followed, however, and seen to plant his feet under soome camouflage. Next morning, however, a search revealed only nine bottles, while three empties were found at Enrico’s house. He was sentenced to three months at Burwash.

Expensive Drinks
Three of the young Finlanders taken in the raid on Finland Hall Wednesday evening were intoxicated. They admitted drinking liquor in a public place and each paid a fine of $200 and costs.

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