Guns, mischief charges dropped against Coutt’s wife who hosted protesters during the blockade | TBEN news


One of the protesters arrested and charged last winter during the border blockades at Coutts, Alta, has had two of her charges dropped.

Joanne Person, 63, was charged with gun possession and property mischief following late-night RCMP raids on her property.

On Monday, prosecutor Steven Johnston asked the judge to withdraw those facts.

As part of the brief court hearing, Johnston confirmed that there was also a forfeiture order relating to a .22 caliber rifle found in Person’s home.

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Johnston would not say why the charges were dropped.

The person is still charged with dangerous driving and will stand trial next month.

The recurrent blockade of the busy border crossing by people opposed to COVID-19 health restrictions lasted more than two weeks, from late January to mid-February.

Persoon lives in Coutts, halfway between Smuggler’s Saloon – which became a protest headquarters – and the protest venue.

Christopher Lysak, Chris Carbert and Anthony Olienick – three of the four men now charged with conspiracy to kill RCMP officers – slept in trailers on the Person property.

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The execution of RCMP search warrants in the early morning hours of February 14, 2022 resulted in the seizure of more than a dozen firearms, thousands of ammunition and body armor.

Those raids resulted in the seizure of a cache of weapons, ammunition, body armor and the arrests of more than a dozen people.

Investigators believe Lysak, Carbert, Olienick and Jerry Morin were a subgroup of protesters who armed themselves for a standoff with police.

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A month after she was first arrested, Person was charged with dangerously operating a motor vehicle as a result of an incident during the protests on February 1, 2022, when a large pickup truck drove through an RCMP blockade near Milk River. The truck slammed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with another vehicle.

A trial on that charge will take place over two days starting February 16.