(DRYDEN, ON) – After being released on a $15,000 bail and two sureties, 35-year-old Waylon Morton has found his way back into the inside of a jail cell. Officers with the Dryden Police Service arrested him on September 27th, 2019.
He appeared in front of Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbons this morning in a Thunder Bay court room. His appearance happened via a telephone call from the Dryden Police Service station. Federal Crown Misbah Haque, Provincial Crown Derrick “The Hammer” Silvestro and duty counsel lawyer Robert Habjan were also present.
Morton is alleged to have been in possession of some cocaine and left his residence. A bail condition he had was not to leave his residence, at all, unless for medical or court purposes. His list of new charges are:
- Possession of cocaine.
- Breaching probation conditions (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
- Breaching bail conditions (remain in your residence at all times, 200 block McClellan Road) (roast me if I spelt the street name wrong).
- Breaching bail conditions (not to possess or consume alcohol or drugs.
Federal Crown Haque tells the court that Morton was released on a $15,000 bail which involved two sureties. Further this is a reverse-onus situation, and he intends to put him to that onus. Provincial Crown Attorney Silvestro brings down the hammer and tells the courts that Morton has 27 outstanding charges in Kenora that need to be dealt with. He echoes the Federal Crown’s position.
Duty counsel Habjan tells the court that Morton’s lawyer left instructions with him to schedule Morton to Monday by video. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace informs the court that there is no court in Dryden on Monday and the next available date is Wednesday. Her Worship schedules Morton to appear in court on Wednesday in Dryden and for him to remain in jail until then.
THE KENORA JAIL HOSTAGE SITUATION
Our article below dated September 14th, 2018.
(KENORA, ON) – A few Kenora residents have reached out to TRCCTB.COM to inform us of a serious event unfolding at the Kenora District Jail.
Around 3:00 pm this afternoon roughly 8 prisoners have taken a correctional officer hostage using a home made knife. Kenora Ontario Provincial Police were seen arriving at the jail to help sort out the situation. They are attempting to negotiate with the prisoners.
We called the Kenora District Jail about what’s going on, but all they could confirm was that the jail was on lockdown, and not why.
*** UPDATE: The corrections officer has been released and sent to hospital.
*** UPDATE: The Correctional Officer taken hostage has been identified as John Tsentouros.
Our article below dated October 3rd, 2018.
(KENORA, ON) – On Friday September 14, 2018 at approximately 1:19 p.m., members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) at a jail in Kenora with a hostage situation.
As a result of the investigation by the Kenora OPP Crime Unit seven men have been arrested.
- Patrick KANATE, 27-years-old, of North Caribou Lake First Nation (FN), Ontario
- Waylon MORTON, 35-years-old of Dryden, Ontario
- Ryan NICKEL, 31-years-old, of Dryden, Ontario
- Travis POLKINGHORNE, 27-years-old, of Wabigoon, Ontario
- Joshua PITCHENESE, 27-years-old, of Wabigoon Lake FN, Ontario
- Garnet SUMNER, 30-years-old, of Peguis F/N, Manitoba
- Drayson WASWA, 19-years-old, of Sioux Lookout, Ontario
They are charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
- Hostage Taking, section 279.1(2)(b);
- Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon, section 270.01(1)(a) (12 counts);
- Disarming a Peace Officer section 270.1(1);
- Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon section 91(2);
- Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose section 88;
- Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime section 96(a); and with
- Uttering Threats-Cause Death or Bodily Harm section 264.1(1)(a).
All accused have been scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora at a later date.
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