Accused in kidnapping of N.Y. couple to return to court for bail hearing Oct. 20


Five Quebec men charged following the kidnapping of a couple from northern New York in what authorities allege was a misguided settling of accounts will return to court later this month.
In a hearing Tuesday, George Dritsas of Magog, Que., Taylor Lawrence Martin of Akwesasne and Gary Arnold of Hinchinbrooke, Que., had bail hearings set to run between Oct. 20 and Oct. 22 in Montreal.
A spokeswoman for the Crown says two others accused in the case, Kosnas Dritsas of Town of Mount Royal and Franco D'Onofrio, also of Magog, will have their cases return to court on those dates as well.
Four of the men were arrested on Sept. 29 in relation to the abduction of James Helm Jr. and Sandra Helm, while Arnold was arrested on Oct. 1.
The accused all face charges of kidnapping, forcible confinement and extortion in connection with the abduction of the couple from Moira, a town not far from the New York-Quebec border.
A sixth man, Graigory Brown, 50, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., also faces charges in the United States.