Former Fruitvale councillor – Crown rejects threat charges

But now Allan Grieve accused of possessing firearm without a licence

A former Fruitvale councillor is off the hook for allegedly uttering threats to the village, but now faces a different charge.

Allan Grieve was arrested in January due to a combination of “threats made via email and in person,” according to Trail RCMP.

While Crown counsel has rejected this claim, Grieve is now being charged with possessing firearms without a license. He will appear in Rossland court Thursday.

Grieve could not comment when the Times contacted him Sunday because the issue is still before the courts.

His grievance with the village stems back 20 years when he began to deal with drainage problems on his property. His efforts to get a storm drain completed, which he said the village agreed to in writing, has led to much debate and recently, a number of disagreements with council.

In addition, Grieve has referred to his recent treatment as “political payback,” pointing to over 10 years as a            village councillor where his opinions varied from the   mayor’s.

He last ran for council in 2008, strictly to convince residents to vote for new blood – urging voters to choose Bill Wenman to take over for long-time Fruitvale Mayor Libby Nelson.

The Times could not reach the mayor for comment by press time Sunday.