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Caching boats nets costly fine

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A Balmertown resident must pay $1,600 for caching boats on Crown land without authorization.

Matthew Kehoe was convicted under the Public Lands Act and fined a total of $1,000 for unlawfully caching six aluminium boats on Crown land.

He also was fined $600 under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserve Act for keeping a boat cache in a conservation reserve.

Court heard that Kehoe left a total of six boats at several remote lakes north of Red Lake. None of them had valid boat cache permits authorized by the Ministry of Natural Resources, as required by law.

Three of the boats were cached at lakes where boat caches are not permitted.

All of the boats had their serial numbers and vessel registration identification numbers removed.

Kehoe was ordered to remove all of the boats. A boat and motor stored in a conservation reserve were seized by conservation officers and permanently forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case March 22 in Red Lake.

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