Pre-trial date set for pair

A pre-trial date of Nov. 28 was set Monday morning for two people charged in connection with a series of armed robberies here.
Neil Brown, 35, and Pamela Magel, 24, who were arrested Jan. 28 by Fort Frances OPP, each were 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.
Their case has been remanded twice since then.
Crown Attorney Robert “Buster” Young had said back in June that there was a good deal of forensic work in the case, and that he still was waiting for some reports to come back.
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.
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).