Bail hearings set for robbery suspects

Two Portage La Prairie, Man. residents each facing two counts of armed robbery appeared in court here Monday to set dates for their respective bail hearings.
Neil Craig Brown, 35, who also has been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident, will appear next Wednesday (Feb. 23) while Pamela Marie Magel, 24, will appear Friday, Feb. 25.
Both have been remanded into custody.
They were arrested in connection with a string of six robberies that took place in Fort Frances from Sept. 22-Jan. 3.
Stores that were robbed during that time span were the East End Confectionery, Sparky’s (twice), Franko’s, Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle, and Einar’s Foods.
A handgun was reported in all of the robberies, but the suspects did not obtain money from all five stores.
Magel and Brown were arrested Jan. 28 following an investigation by the Fort Frances OPP and the Northwest Region Criminal Investigations Unit.