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Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson is a freelance journalist who has been covering Sault Ste. Marie's courts and other local news for more than 45 years.

Recent Work by Linda

Sault man arrested in high-risk takedown downtown gets 10 years

Sault man arrested in high-risk takedown downtown gets 10 years

The sentence was for charges related to two incidents in May
Local man's impaired acquittal stands after appeal court rules police needed reason for random stop on private property

Local man's impaired acquittal stands after appeal court rules police needed reason for random stop on private property

Side-by-side driver told police he 'might have had 10' beers, but judges say it was a Charter violation because officers had no reason to stop him in his parents' driveway
Written decision reveals scheme to rob cocaine dealer led to Caledon Street shooting death

Written decision reveals scheme to rob cocaine dealer led to Caledon Street shooting death

Shooter was sprayed with bear repellent, confronted with machete, court heard
Man who killed Peggy-Jo Barkley-Dube denied full parole, but gets temporary absences

Man who killed Peggy-Jo Barkley-Dube denied full parole, but gets temporary absences

Parole board says David Scott Hall, who has served 20 years for the brutal killing of his cousin's wife, presents 'undue risk to society' and has refused to take responsibility
Judge rules Kal Tire noise an environmental breach, grants Water Tower Inn injunction

Judge rules Kal Tire noise an environmental breach, grants Water Tower Inn injunction

A court order prevents the Old Garden River Road tire shop from doing commercial work over night after a judge agreed it could disrupt sleeping hotel guests
Police officers allowed to testify remotely, judge rules

Police officers allowed to testify remotely, judge rules

As frontline workers, having officers attend the courthouse puts others at risk, says Ontario Court Justice John Condon
'Major instigator' threw burning wicks into cells during last year's remand centre riot

'Major instigator' threw burning wicks into cells during last year's remand centre riot

A judge took into account COVID-19 in his sentence
Recent sentences reflect pandemic concern as legal system deals with COVID-19

Recent sentences reflect pandemic concern as legal system deals with COVID-19

Hearings have been conducted by video link
Home invasion manslaughter trial pushed back until next month

Home invasion manslaughter trial pushed back until next month

The focus of the lawyers' arguments is expected to be self defence
Young woman admits to smashing downtown windows with a cinder block

Young woman admits to smashing downtown windows with a cinder block

The 25-year-old was also convicted of stealing $101 worth of goods from the Metro Churchill Plaza earlier this month