By Shurtz, Delon on March 5, 2020.
A Lethbridge woman charged last year with uttering threats and mischief to property has resolved her charges without going to jail or paying a fine.
Ashley Dawn Marshall made a brief appearance in Lethbridge provincial court Wednesday, where the judge was told the accused had successfully completed the Alternative Measures program. As a result, the Crown prosecutor withdrew the charges.
Alternative Measures allow an accused person to accept responsibility for a criminal charge, without actually pleading guilty. The individual must follow certain conditions to satisfactorily complete the program, and while conditions may vary from case to case, common examples include writing a letter of apology to the victim(s), paying restitution, keeping the peace and generally behaving.
Marshall was charged in August of last year after a woman was seen ripping down signs telling people to call the police if they see drug activity.
Police said one resident living in the 500 block of 9 Street North heard noises outside his home about 1 a.m. Aug. 25 and saw a woman with a black band painted across her eyes ripping down a sign he had placed on a tree outside his house.
Dozens of similar crime-prevention signs had previously been put up in the area by neighbours concerned about crime, police reported at the time.
When the man confronted the woman and told her to leave, she threatened him before leaving the area on a bicycle.
Soon after a man at a home in the 1800 block of 6 Avenue North heard a voice outside and saw a woman with black paint across her eyes walking down the street, ripping down a number of the crime-prevention signs he had put up. The woman began swearing at the man and claimed the signs were “anti-addict.”
At about 3:30 a.m. the man from the first home again heard noises and saw the same woman and two other people. The woman was spray painting a crime-prevention sign the homeowner had put up on a tree.
Later in the day police identified the woman and arrested her at a southside home.
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