Officers and Process Server said they felt unsafe at the door

Verner standoff suspect out on bail

 

By GORD YOUNG, The Nugget

 

 

Lorence Hud, 70, was released Wednesday on his own recognizance and $1,000 bail following an Ontario Court of Justice appearance in North Bay. He was arrested after a standoff Tuesday in Verner.

A man charged in connection with a 28-hour police standoff in Verner has been granted bail.

Lorence Hud, 70, was released Wednesday on his own recognizance and $1,000 bail following an Ontario Court of Justice appearance in North Bay.

Hud’s release comes with a number of conditions, including that he reside in North Bay and that he report to police daily.

Hud is prohibited from possessing any weapons or from attending the West Nipissing area. The bail conditions do allow for him – on one occasion – to retrieve some of his personal possessions while accompanied by police from the Highway 64 home where the standoff occurred. But Hud has been barred from any contact with Chris Amon, who was described by the Crown as the current owner of the home.

Hud, who has no previous criminal record, was arrested at about 5 p.m. Tuesday following a police standoff, which began Monday afternoon. Another person, believed to be Sheila Yarnell, was arrested under an immigration warrant.

Hud is charged with possession of a dangerous weapon, careless use of a firearm and unsafe storage of a firearm.

According to police, officers attended the home to serve “documentation regarding a change of ownership of the property.”

Police said once the process server and officers arrived at the door they felt unsafe and backed away. Officers immediately contained the area and tried to establish contact with the individual inside. Ontario Provincial Police were called to assist and the area was blocked off to traffic.

A slender Hud, wearing a red collared shirt, grey pants, white socks and no shoes, sat in the prisoner’s box while the court heard details of his arrest.

Such details, however, are generally subject to a publication ban that applies to evidence introduced during bail hearings.

Court did, however, hear from Hud that he’s a retired musician who is originally from Saskatchewan and has lived at the Highway 64 location since 2003.

On Tuesday, police did not name the suspect, but residents of the area and social media posts suggested is was Hud, a musician born in 1947 who penned the April Wine song Sign of the Gypsy Queen.

Police also wouldn’t identify the second person involved, although neighbours said an elderly American woman named Sheila Yarnell may have been inside the dwelling, as well.

That understanding was largely formed through Youtube videos relating to the pair and references at Hud’s own Twitter page to Yarnell, who joined Hud on a trip to Ottawa to try to gain an audience with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to an email shared at the site.

Hud tweeted on Monday that he would “defend my American patriot sister to the death,” while a retweeted remark from another commenter reads: “we should help this 80-year-old woman being held hostage and in fear of her life.”

sud.editorial@sunmedia.ca

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