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by Suzanne Gammon
Tribune


After the 28-hour police standoff in Verner that ended in Lorence Hud being apprehended and charged with various weapons offences by the OPP on Tuesday, July 18, the 70-year old former singer and songwriter appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on Wednesday afternoon, July 19. He was released that day on $1,000 bail, with several conditions.


His next court date is scheduled for August 3 at 9:30 a.m. in Sturgeon Falls, where he is expected to answer to charges of possession of a dangerous weapon, careless use of a firearm and unsafe storage of a firearm. The woman in the home with him at the time of the standoff, presumed to be 80-year old US citizen Sheila Arnell, was handed over to the Canada Border Services Agency, presumably because her visa had expired based on a letter she posted on social media.


Hud released on bail, can’t come to West Nipissing except for court

The standoff began after police attended Hud’s home, at 11431 Hwy 64 in Verner, with a process server and a person identified as the new owner of the property, according to WN Police Chief Chuck Seguin. It was learned that the home had been the subject of a tax sale, after a longstanding legal battle between Hud and the Municipality of West Nipissing and years of tax arrears. A tax sale website showed the home had been sold for the sum of $183,968. When they attended the home to serve the papers, police retreated and established a perimeter around the house, suggesting that the man was armed and refusing to cooperate.


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