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Robbery suspects’ hearing remanded

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The two suspects who face charges in connection with a series of armed robberies here between September and early January had their case remanded again Monday morning, but likely for the last time.

Crown Attorney Robert “Buster” Young said it should be ready to proceed by mid-August.

“By Aug. 15, we should all be in place and ready to take a step,” he remarked.

He noted there has been a good deal of forensic work in the case. While some of those reports have come back, others have not.

Neil Brown, 35, and Pamela Magel, 24, each are charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery, and one count of failing to stop at the scene of an accident (stemming from a collision that occurred Jan. 3).

The pair also were charged with the provincial offence of operating a vehicle—a 1994 Pontiac Bonneville—without insurance.

Brown and Magel appeared in court here in February and were released on a $2,000 cash recognizance, as well as a number of conditions, including that they reside with Brown’s parents in Portage La Prairie, Man. until the date of their trial.

The matter last came before the court here in May, when it was remanded until today (Monday).

A series of robberies took place in Fort Frances between Sept. 22 and Jan. 3. In each case, the suspect carried a handgun and demanded cash.

In two of the robberies, the suspect left without getting any cash, Fort Frances OPP said.

The five stores that were robbed included the East End Confectionery, Franko’s Grocery, Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle, Einar’s Foods, and Sparky’s (twice).

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