Weapons, mischief charges withdrawn against Coutts woman who hosted protesters during blockade

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One of the protesters who was arrested and charged during the border blockades at Coutts, Alta., final winter has seen two of her charges withdrawn.

Joanne Person, 63, was charged with possession of a weapon and mischief to property following nighttime RCMP raids on her property.

On Monday, prosecutor Steven Johnston requested the choose to withdraw these offences. 

As a part of the transient court docket listening to, Johnston confirmed there was additionally an order of forfeiture in relation to a .22-calibre rifle present in Person’s residence.

Johnston wouldn’t touch upon why the charges have been dropped.

Person nonetheless faces a cost of harmful driving, and is ready to go to trial subsequent month.

The on-again, off-again blockade of the busy border crossing by folks against COVID-19 well being restrictions lasted greater than two weeks, from late January to mid-February.

Person lives in Coutts, midway between Smuggler’s Saloon — which turned a protest headquarters — and the protest web site.

Christopher Lysak, Chris Carbert and Anthony Olienick — three of the 4 males now accused of conspiring to homicide RCMP officers — have been sleeping in trailers on Person’s property. 

The execution of RCMP search warrants within the early morning hours of Feb. 14, 2022, resulted within the seizure of greater than a dozen firearms, 1000’s of rounds of ammunition and physique armour.

Those raids resulted within the seizure of a cache of weapons, ammunition, physique armour and the arrests of greater than a dozen folks. 

Investigators consider Lysak, Carbert, Olienick and Jerry Morin have been a sub-group of protesters who had armed themselves for a standoff with police.

A month after she was first arrested, Person was charged with harmful operation of a motorized vehicle stemming from an incident during the protests on Feb. 1, 2022, when a big pickup truck drove by means of an RCMP blockade arrange close to Milk River. The truck drove into oncoming site visitors, crashing head-on with one other automobile. 

A trial on that cost is ready to happen for 2 days starting Feb. 16.

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