Booze law slammed by local councils

first_imgMayoral frustration over alcohol policy to be taken to ministerStuff 22 November 2015Alcohol policy has cost one council thousands in legal fees and frustrated another council into abandoning their work altogether.And one alcohol health watchdog said parts of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 was so badly written it managed to do the opposite of what it was intended – reduce alcohol harm and increase community input.After two years of trying to get a local alcohol policy (LAP) in place, $40,000 in legal costs and 800 hours of staff time, Hauraki District Council mayor John Tregidga has had enough.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.I’m at the stage where I’m going to the minister and I’ve got the support of Local Government New Zealand . . . that the minister needs to seriously look at the act around adopting a local alcohol policy,” Tregidga said.He said the whole process was “a nonsense” and he wanted it sorted out.“If people complained about the Resource Management Act and the processes, man, this is far worse,” he said. read more

Sumner County judge refuses to reduce bond for Provencio, Reedy; cases continued to May 14

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin denied reducing the bond of Nick Reedy and Sylvester Provencio, both of Caldwell, at their first court appearance hearing Thursday afternoon in Wellington.Nick ReedySylvester ProvencioReedy, 33, and Provencio, 21 are accused of assaulting Gregory Schneider, 53 and Bryan Nispel, 55 of Caldwell on April 22, east of Caldwell. They both face three felony charges including aggravated battery, aggravated robbery and burglary of a vehicle.Provencio and Reedy are currently in Sumner County jail on a $100,000 bond. McQuin denied both men’s request to reduce bond from $100,000 to $50,000 “due to the serious nature of the crime.”McQuin also issued a continuation of the hearing for May 14, at 1:30 p.m.Both Reedy and Provencio appeared in court separately before the judge. They were wearing shackles and prison attire and were escorted in amongst other Sumner County jail occupants, who had court proceedings that day.Reedy was the first of the two suspects to face the judge. Defense attorney Evan Watson, who was hired to represent Reedy, asked to have the bond cut in half for his client in hopes he could make bail so he could help his dad with his home repair business. Watson requested to the judge in order to do so, Reedy should be required to wear an ankle bracelet to track his whereabouts, submit to a drug/alcohol test, and stay in constant contact with his probation officer. Part of the stipulation of the bond is he is not to have any contact with Schneider or Nispel.McQuin was not having any part of it, and kept the bond as is.Later in the day, Provencio faced the judge. Unlike Reedy, Provencio did not have an attorney present.McQuin asked if he wanted a court appointed attorney or hire one himself. Provencio said he is in the process of hiring an attorney, but had not been able to do so. On Friday, his mother, Becky Gonzalez said he has hired Jess Hain, an attorney in Wichita.He then addressed the judge personally and asked to reduce bond from $100,000 to $50,000, so he can help a friend while saving money for attorney fees. Again, McQuin denied his request.Reedy and Provencio are accused of at least three felony and three misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged assault four miles east of Caldwell of two local men. According to the court complaint affidavit, Schneider and Nispel stopped to assist Reedy and Provencio, who had a white pickup stuck in the mud slightly after midnight.Eventually, a fight took place which eventually led to the two suspects allegedly stealing Schneider’s Cadillac and a wallet inside (see details of the alleged crime here.) Both men suffered injuries from the alleged assault. Schneider suffered from a concussion, ruptured ear drum, severe head and neck trauma, cracked teeth, two broken ribs, bruises over much of his body, cuts and abrasions which required stitches and staples.last_img read more