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BURGLARY!

[Welland Tribune, 4 September 1885]

When Councillor Minnis arose on Friday morning last he found those most necessary articles of clothing-pants and boots-missing. The unmentionables were subsequently found in the kitchen, but the boots had walked away-on the burglar’s feet. The open kitchen window shewed the route they has taken. Further investigation revealed that the pocket of the pants had been gone through, and some $4 or $5 in all had accompanied the boots thence. Fortunately $65 in Mr. Minnis’s vest pocket, hanging on the bed room door knob has escaped the thief’s notice. Mr. Minnis, like most Wellanders in time of trouble has called on Chief Gilchriese who sent word to Constable Anderson at the C.S.R. to be on this look out. Mr. Gilchreise, himself, having heard that a suspicious-looking person had gone down the W.R.R. track early in the morning, went to Port Robinson but his search was fruitless. But Mr. Anderson had better luck. Examining a freight train about to move out of the yard, he found that a man with rather ill-fitting boots on had crawled in an empty car and pulled the slide-door to after him. Mr. Anderson called on the fellow to come out and give himself up. He pulled the door to and refused, apparently determined to stand a siege. Thinking better of it, and jumping quickly out of the car he pulled off the boots and attempted to make off, but was collared by the constable and lodged in gaol. The prisoner was found to be one Andy McCulliff, an old resident of this county but who has been away for some time past. When brought before Mr. Hellems for trial on Monday, prisoner stated that he did not know whether he was guilty as charges or not. He had been drinking and remembered nothing that occurred after leaving St. Thomas on Thursday with a satchel and $20 until taken in the car with boots on which did not belong to hi, and with this satchel gone and only between $4 or $5 in his pocket. He had no lawyer to defend him, and did not wish any. Mr. Raymond prosecuted. A plea of not guilty was entered, and evidence taken as above. Mr. Minnis and Mr. Seger both positively identified the boots found on prisoner as Mr. Minnis’s. Mr. M. could not swear to the money but it was the same kind and amount he had lost. Mr. Dowd swore to seeing prisoner coming down from the C.S. R. depot after midnight the morning of the burglary. In short, the case was proven beyond possibility of doubt, and prisoner was convicted and sentenced to six months in central prison.

POLICE COURT

POLICE COURT

[Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897]

The Police Court officials have been enjoying their Easter holidays, but business is on again at the old stand…John Abner Crysler and David Crysler have laid an information charging Jas. Dougherty of Allanburg with taking chickens from their premises in the early hours of last Saturday morning. The matter will be investigated next Monday before Squire Hellems….John Hines who was arrested by Officer Mains of the Ontario Police, is awaiting trial on the charge of having killed a horse belonging to Mr. Potter, a resident of Pelham, and which is noted elsewhere. Hines was arraigned on Tuesday and remanded for a week, no evidence being taken. The case promises to be a very interesting one.

COUNTY COURT

[Welland Tribune, 2 April 1897]

ASSAULT- Joshua Moyer, who resides near Chippawa, was arraigned before his honor Judge Fitzgerald on the charge of assaulting and beating his wife. The case is referred to under Niagara Falls South items…Mrs. Moyer was first called. She swore that her husband drove his team recklessly from the Clifton House hill to Falls village, swore at her and attempted to push her from the wagon. That when he stopped at Dune, Durham’s hotel she, being afraid of her life, left the rig and went to Mrs. Marr’s near by for protection. That he came there to take her home, and when she refused he pushed her down, shook her, tore her clothing, soused her in the ditch, and tried to drive the team over her. She said her husband had been drinking and was ugly because she would not give him a greater portion of some money that she had received as an option on the farm, which she owned. Mrs. Moyer said the abuse had been going on for a long time, and she could stand it no longer. She swore that he threatened to brain her. She intended to sue for alimony. To Mr. Crow-I have been advised to bring this suit…Mrs. Marr and Mrs. Marr’s son gave very clear evidence, corroborating the wife’s testimony as to the assault in front of Mrs. Marr’s house…F.R. Abbs swore that Moyer used some very forcible language in his store, but did not strike or assault his wife there. As far as witnesses knew the defendant’s reputation was good. …This closed the case, and Mr. Crow for the defence said it was only a family quarrel and asked for an acquittal. Prosecuting Attorney Maccomb  strongly objected, and thought the evidence warranted conviction…His Honor said it was one of those unfortunate family affairs, and he hoped man and wife could make up and go home and live together another seventeen years. However, the defendant had been proven guilty of common assault, and he would fine him $10 and costs (which were quite heavy) and have him bound over to keep the peace.

BURGLARS AT STONEBRIDGE

Ramey and Appleyard Robbed Wednesday Night.

Special to Tribune

[Welland Tribune 12March 1897]

STONEBRIDGE, Thursday, March 11- Robbers effected an entrance into R.H. Appleyard’s hardware store and H.S. Ramey’s grocery and butcher shop last night and succeeded in carrying off over $100 worth of money and goods.

They broke into Appleyard’s rear store door and tapped the till for 50 or 60c, in coppers, several of which were dropped on his office floor; they also took two or three dozen pocket knives, two revolvers, ten or twelve boxes of cartridges and a bicycle cyclometer.

Ramey’s front door was forced, and here the robbers were even more successful. Unfortunately Mr. Ramey had left between $60 and $70 cash in the till, which was appropriated, along with a lot of tobacco and cigars, canned fish (for the Lenten season), tea, and other groceries; also Mr. Ramey’s revolver, that had been left in the till to guard the money. Files, etc., were stolen from Kramer’s blacksmith shop to assist in the work.

We are sorry for our friend’s loss, and trust that the thieves will be captured. All outside points have been notified.

POLICE COURT AND JAIL NOTICES

[Welland Tribune, 5 March 1897]

Very Ill-An old engineer named Bartlett (or Barclay) who was sent up from Thorold, is all broken up, and it is doubtful if he will pull through. It is said that he once kept a jewelry store in either Dunnville or Caledonia.

DUNNVILLE NEWS

[Welland Tribune, 15 March 1889]

Detective Murray has been working Dunnville of the past week in the hope of ferreting out the murderer of the old man who was found in the canal there last fall. The old “stationery pedlar,” who everyone supposed, was the victim, was in town last week as big as life. He positively denies that he was killed, of course.

PAUPER DEAD

[Welland Telegraph, 10 July 1891]

On Tuesday Mr. hemming was summoned before Police Magistrate Hellems for neglecting to notify the inspector of anatomy of deaths occurring at the Industrial Home, and judgment was reserved until Saturday to allow the defendant’s attorney to argue the case. There is a statutory regulation which enacts that keepers of public institutions must notify the inspector of deaths occurring on the premises under their charge, and in most cases the bodies are sent to a medical school. The Welland county council and Warden Macklem contend that the Industrial Home is not a public institution in the sense implied by the statute, and it was on the warden’s instructions that Mr. Hemming neglected to notify the inspector, The ultimate decision in this case may set the matter at rest as to which is the right interpretation of the law.

PECULIAR TRESPASS CASE

[Welland Telegraph, 22 May 1891]

Mrs. Christina Doan figured as complaint in a trespass case before the police magistrate on Tuesday. The defendant was her brother-in-law, and the offence consisted of tying his horse on a vacant lot. The case was dismissed, and the complainant, disappointed at the result muttered something about breaking some person’s head.

PATENT RIGHT MAN IN TROUBLE

J.V. Taylor Charged with Raising a $5.00 Note to $35.00

[Welland Telegraph, 13 November 1891]

J.V. Taylor, of Toronto, finds himself just now in a nonviable position behind the bars of the county jail, charged with raising a $5 promissory note to $35.

Taylor is a respectable looking man and is wither innocent of the alleged crime or a good actor. His is highly incensed at what he says is a high handed outrage, and confidently asserts his ability to prove his innocence, when, if successful, he contemplates making some one perspire profusely for making him suffer such an indignity. He will come before his honor Judge Baxter next Wednesday and have the opportunity of saving his reputation.

Taylor has been selling a patent right to a harrow tooth manufactured by Taylor & Judd, Esplanade street, Toronto, and a short time ago made a sale to one Plato, of Fort Erie, taking a note in payment. Last week he endeavored to sell Plato’s note of $35 to Mr. Hawkins, of that village, but making the purchase and after obtaining Taylor’s reluctant consent to take $30 for the paper sent out ostensibly to get the money, but his messenger went to Plato to make inquiries concerning the note.

Plato declared he had given a note for $5 only, being for one set of the harrow teeth instead of $35 for seven sets. In the meantime Taylor left the village and on Friday morning was arrested at Niagara Falls by officer McMicking on a telegram from police officer Griffin. He was given a hearing and committed for trial.

Division Court Clerk Hobson Sustained

[Welland Telegraph, 17 April 1891]

Division Court Inspector Dickey, of Toronto, was here yesterday and made a final investigation of the charges preferred against the court clerk, G.L. Hobson, by his political enemies. The inspector dismissed every charge as frivolous and expressed satisfaction with Mr. Hobson’s management of the office. Mr. German was present on behalf of the charges, but offered no evidence to sustain them.