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West Nipissing Remembers
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by Suzanne Gammon
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.
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.