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Six Nations business leader charged

John Burman and Paul Legall
Hamilton Spectator
CAYUGA (Jun 22, 2006)

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Prominent Six Nations businessman Ken Hill has been arrested and charged with two counts of assault in connection with a fracas on a Caledonia street June 4.

Hill, 47, senior supply and marketing officer and 10 per cent shareholder in Ohsweken-based cigarette manufacturer Grand River Enterprises Six Nations Ltd., was arrested by the OPP in Cayuga yesterday morning without incident.

He will appear in Cayuga court July 19.

Hill is one of six people named in a batch of warrants issued for various charges by the OPP following three violent incidents around the native-occupied Douglas Creek Estates June 9.

Bail was granted yesterday to another person arrested under those warrants.

Four other warrants for a variety of charges are still outstanding. A seventh warrant in relation to the June 9 incidents has yet to be issued.

An OPP spokesman said yesterday the charges against Hill relate to a pushing and shoving incident on Braemar Avenue between native protesters and Caledonia residents the night of June 4. There were no injuries.

The altercation at the barricade was sparked when an OPP vehicle which made a wrong turn onto the Sixth Line -- an agreed upon no-go zone for police -- was surrounded by natives and the officers inside were ticketed for trespassing.

Caledonia residents rushed to their side of the barricades and an altercation followed.

OPP spokesman Constable Dennis Harwood said Hill was arrested "at a Cayuga business" just after 7 a.m.

Also yesterday, a British Columbia woman facing intimidation and robbery charges in the alleged swarming of a Simcoe couple and attacks on journalists was released on $10,000 cash bail. She was also ordered to stay out of Caledonia where she was involved in the Douglas Creek Estates protest.

Audra Taillefer, 45, of Victoria, B.C., was also prohibited from contacting four other protesters being sought in connection with the June 9 incident at the Canadian Tire parking lot.

Arrested on the Six Nations reserve last Friday, Taillefer had spent five days in custody before her bail hearing yesterday in front of justice of the peace Norm Mulloy.

Mulloy agreed to release her after Trevor Edward Butler, 40, of Port Perry, put up $10,000 in cash, pledged another $5,000 without depositing the money and agreed to act as her surety until the case comes to court.

While awaiting trial, she'll have to live in Butler's home and remain in Ontario, except when she has to travel to Concordia University in Montreal.

She can only leave the province, however, in the company of her surety.

She was also ordered to have no contact with two CH television cameramen and a local newspaper reporter who were allegedly assaulted and had equipment stolen while they were shooting the incident in the parking lot.

Taillefer was ordered to return to Cayuga court on July 12.

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