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Police seek witness to vehicle/pedestrian collision

Sunday, March 30, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff
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SAULT STE. MARIE
POLICE SERVICES

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On Thursday March 22, a vehicle struck a pedestrian at Wallace Terrace and Goulais Avenue, however, this was not reported to the City Police until March 29.

As a result, the City Police would like to speak to the driver of the vehicle involved.

The driver or anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Cst. Joe Poderys at (705) 949-6300 ext. 383.

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On March 29, a male attended to a residence on Peoples Road.

The male at the residence was known to the accused.

Some drinking occurred and an argument between the two ensued which resulted in the accused [allegedly] knocking out some of the victims teeth and also pushing him down a flight of stairs.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.

32-year-old Matti McClelland of Willow Ave. was arrested by City Police officers and charged with aggravated assault and breaching a condition of a release document which prohibited him from consuming alcohol.

He will be appearing in WASH (Weekend and Statutory Holiday Court) later this morning.

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help me 3/30/2014 7:57:48 AM Report

This isn't the first time never changes
he'll be out again
AlwaysAWinner 3/30/2014 8:07:51 AM Report

of course he will be out, there aren't life sentences for minor crimes and there never will be

you guys never get it. stop thinking people should be locked up for life for theft and repeat offences. get a clue and get over it
Mr. Poster 3/30/2014 8:30:25 AM Report

Teeth knocked out....pushed down a flight of stairs..are we going to wait until he kills someone to lock this guy up? Give him the maximum sentence this time so that he can get help while behind bars. he is a threat to society and needs to be separated from the rest of us.
AlwaysAWinner 3/30/2014 8:39:34 AM Report

well you can't lock him up for life now. sorry that's not how fair justice works. the witch hunt mentality is strong here. sad and pathetic. keep thinking locking humans in cages solves problems. news flash dummies, it doesn't
iamtc 3/30/2014 8:44:17 AM Report

Always your an idot.
Pakadeva 3/30/2014 9:03:43 AM Report

I agree with Mr. Poster, these people don't suddenly turn into lovely citizens, they continue on until they kill...the other guy is not out of the woods yet. Sound familiar? The last, similar incident, the victim succumbed to his injuries & died. Wake up people & especially judges!!!
Gater 3/30/2014 9:30:34 AM Report

Alwaysawinner.. Not your teeth eh..
No one asking for life for these offences .But something that reflects the crime .Not probation for repeat offenders...
bulletcards 3/30/2014 9:41:23 AM Report

can't figure out if alwaysawinner is: a) a defense lawyer
b) an ex-con
c) just someone trying to stir the pot
fasten8ing 3/30/2014 9:53:59 AM Report

d)Assclown
Gater 3/30/2014 9:57:59 AM Report

bulletcards & fasten8ing

a) & d) are the same
asp 3/30/2014 10:02:12 AM Report

Re: The the person being hit! Now how many more people need to be hit, before people start realizing they are going to fast or just plain not watching where they are driving. Police should conduct a drivers liences blitz to catch all those people driving without a liences.
AlwaysAWinner 3/30/2014 10:05:42 AM Report

sorry, I'm not an ignorant dummy who thinks people should be locked up for life when they do crimes. assault is one thing, murder is another. even murderers get out of jail. instead of help you fools want people locked up for life. even teenagers. can't expect much from this town though...
Mr. Poster 3/30/2014 10:42:03 AM Report

Well ALWAYS my friend. In my posting I NEVER said lock him up for life. I said give him the maximum his penalty allows and then he can get help while serving his sentence. I know...that does not always work either but you have to start somewhere .I would also support NO bail in these violent attacks.
pope29 3/30/2014 10:52:58 AM Report

This thread is now about bacon...mmmm....bacon

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon
PaulyG 3/30/2014 11:09:09 AM Report

Assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm???? is an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months...2006 he B&E a house and hit the guy with a crowbar and robbed him ?????Every one who commits an aggravated assault is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years. Wth is with courts??
superior87 3/30/2014 1:09:02 PM Report

And then there are AGGRVATING and MITIGATING factors taken into consideration in every sentence handed down.

Seriously, do some reading on how sentences are crafted. These aren't super liberal people who are judges, and sentences have been molded by the case law history up to this point.

There are tons and tons of reasons why a sentence may be lower or higher. Courts have a very difficult and serious job of trying to do something extremely serious: take away someone's liberty. They don't do it willy-nilly. Studies have shown that people who are in prison longer are less able to be rehabilitated, which is the best outcome for society as a whole - rehabilitation. They are more likely to become hardened criminals.

And stop saying people who get out on assault won't stop til they murder, or some variation of that. You could say that about ANYONE. There are countless examples of people with no record at all who murder someone.

Stop using anecdotal examples to try and make some larger point. There are outliers to everything, but the exceptions don't make the rule. Get over the fact that there will NEVER be a perfect courts or prison system, it's not possible. Stop complaining about every sentence based on the 100 word police beat that you read on Sootoday. It borders on the embarrassing to argue with such little fact and context.
mallet 3/30/2014 1:41:19 PM Report



Ah, but with capital punishment there are NO re-offenders!!
Deano_ 3/30/2014 2:03:41 PM Report

@iamtc - learn how to spell.. it would help get across your point a whole lot better. Thanks for coming out though.

And I agree, the witch hunt mentality on this site is ridiculous.
StrictlyConfidential 3/30/2014 2:10:34 PM Report

Imagine if we lived in a society where people danced when there was conflict. What would our criminal justice system look like then? The legal system is adversial by process, the law punishes behaviour that is deemed to be wrong and with punishment you go to jail, on probation, and that is how it works. It is not set up to reform or rehabilitate effectively, it is too costly to do this. Is it not cheaper to build prisons?
willoweep 3/30/2014 2:18:22 PM Report

AlwaysaWinner
I wonder if someone broke into your home to rob you ,and hit you with a crowbar if you would consider that a minor offence?

Or broke in, knocked your teeth out and pushed you down a flight of stairs, if you would have such a compassionate outlook?

And I don't give a billy be dammed what City this happened in, People would have the same opinion.

He IS dangerous ,he WILL eventually kill someone.

He needs to be and should be segregated from Society until such time as through treatment, he shows the ability to control his temper.

Perhaps he could stay at your place?
AlwaysAWinner 3/30/2014 2:36:14 PM Report

willow, you're taking out of your ass. you have no idea if he would kill anyone (as in, you literally haven't the slightest clue as to his future tendencies) and you have no idea what he needs. everyone here like to talk about what people need, what the government needs, etc. its all BS, spoken by clueless people who have no idea what they're talking about. you included. don't act like you know what he would do, and don't act like you know the treatment he needs. you know nothing and will continue to know nothing about this. act like it instead of spreading BS
Mr. Poster 3/30/2014 2:45:31 PM Report

ALWAYSAWINNER SAID;

you have no idea if he would kill anyone

I FOR ONE AM NOT PREPARED TO TAKE A CHANCE.
Shortz 3/30/2014 2:48:09 PM Report

willoweep, in the incident described in the article, the guy didn't break into the home on People's Rd. According to the article, "Some drinking occurred and an argument between the two ensued".

I very highly doubt that if a person does a b&e, that they'll be having a few drinks with the homeowner while in the home illegally.
willoweep 3/30/2014 3:40:34 PM Report

AlwaysAWinner , could I maybe have the name of the Charm School you attended? you have such a way with People :).

I may be talking out my ass but based on this being his third reported assault(who knows how many never reported them) that the guy needs help, and I would feel a whole lot safer if he was removed from the general population until he gets it.

Can I ask a personal question?do you want to be a Lawyer when you grow up?

Shortz I apologize ,you are right he didn't break in at this assault ,he did at the last two .
willoweep 3/30/2014 4:03:33 PM Report

By the way Mr. "Talking out my ass" Winner .
You might find this interesting he asked to be sent to Penitentiary in 2007.

You suppose he might have had an idea he needed intervention of some sort?

http://www.wagc.com/burglar-attacked-a-homeowner-with-a-crowbar/
AlwaysAWinner 3/30/2014 4:16:04 PM Report

are you done being obsessed over a criminal? and asking me stupid questions?
Sam C 3/30/2014 5:20:09 PM Report

Always has a very valid point. Too often someone's name shows up in Police Beat yet again and the torches and pitchforks come out. How much more are you willing to pay in taxes? It costs $113,000 per year to lodge a federal prisoner. Multiply that by all the miscreants you read about here, and multiply that by 107 (number of cities in Canada with population over 20,000), and that's a substantial cost just to get petty thieves and common thugs off the street.
Sam C 3/30/2014 5:27:26 PM Report

Willoweep... He did NOT break in and assault anyone. He was invited in and was drinking with his (alleged) victim. They were "known to each other."

Whatever he may have done in the past, this was not just some random assault.
Mr. Poster 3/30/2014 5:29:26 PM Report

|Sam...someone who displays violence like this Matti character are not just street thugs. They are a real threat and this is not his first time displaying violence.I do not care what it costs to protect the rest of us,
hog.rider 3/30/2014 9:15:50 PM Report

Willow

Offenders sometimes request federal time because if they are getting close to the same length of incarceration, they opt for federal because they can smoke.
willoweep 3/31/2014 1:12:30 AM Report

Sam C you are correct and I apologized for my mix up earlier .

And yes I know it's very expensive to keep a Prisoner Federally it's well over $300 a day .

We spend more on Prisons than we do on Education, sad .

I don't have the answers but I think "The big deal get over it" attitude ,is like saying, Go ahead do your thing ,but if you kill someone we are going to need to arrest you for sure "
dutch touch 3/31/2014 7:30:16 AM Report

Wow , what a lot of hatred i read in the comment section. I believe ( tell me if i am wrong ) that we all agree that the punishment being handed out are not strong enough.
Before you start screaming , i don't mean lock him up and throw away the key. Perhaps have him and some other offenders sweep the sidewalks by hand , pick up garbage from the ditches , mow some of the elderly peoples grass , paint some ones fence. Give them some" in the public shame."
Just a thought !!
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