Court digest Fuel thief ordered to stay away from gas stations

BRANTFORD – A Wilsonville man who was arrested for five incidents of stealing gas in Brantford last July got new jail time on top of time already served when he was sentenced recently in Ontario Court.Albert Ralph Powless, 37, of Townline Road, pleaded guilty to: driving while disqualified, dangerous operation of a vehicle and possessing an illegal substance on Feb. 2018; theft under $5,000 and driving while disqualified on July 24; possession over $5,000 and driving disqualified on July 27; and driving while disqualified and possession of hydromorphone on July 31.Powless also pleaded guilty to failing to attend court at the end of 2017.Charges of driving disqualified and stealing gas last year from Petro-Canada and Pioneer were withdrawn, along with several other charges.Justice Robert Gee credited Powless with already serving more than 100 days in jail and ordered that he return to jail for a further 35 days.Gee also ordered that Powless must maintain a three-year probation, get help for substance abuse and stay away from gas stations.WOMAN PLEADS GUILTYA Scotland woman cleared up 16 charges from four different occasions in 2018 when she appeared in Ontario Court.Stevy Staats, 26, of Bateman Line, pleaded guilty to stealing groceries from No Frills and assaulting a man there on March 19. And she pleaded guilty to theft under $5,000 and breaking probation on March 28.On March 31, Staats was found in possession of a stolen GM Sierra pickup truck. She was with Nicole Lillian Porter of Ohsweken.Both women had an assortment of screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches and gloves, suitable for breaking into vehicles, along with stolen property, clothing and groceries.Staats pleaded guilty to possession of property over $5,000, possession of break-in instruments and possession of stolen items under $5,000.Charges of careless driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident were withdrawn.Porter pleaded guilty to the same and was sentenced last September to 81 days of time served and a suspended sentence.And Staats also pleaded guilty to an Oct. 10 theft under $5,000 and breaking both probation and bail orders.For her crimes, she was given several suspended sentences, time served of 110 days and another ten days in jail.