Thursday, October 8, 2009

Seafood Support

Nova Scotia's seafood industry is improving its competitiveness in the global marketplace with support from the provincial government. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister, Sterling Belliveau announced today (October 8th), one-point-two million dollars in funding for a number of seafood processors through the Community Development Trust Fund. This investment will help to diversify markets, develop new products, improve productivity and product quality, and meet consumer expectations around food sustainability. Belliveau says government understands the issues facing the seafood sector and these projects will help renew the industry and meet current challenges.

Smoke Sentencing

A Mount Pleasant man who pleaded guilty to possessing tobacco not bearing the prescribed markings will be sentenced next month. Fifty-four year old Ronald Nelson Veinot was charged under the provincial Revenue Act. He's also facing charges of possession illegal cigarettes under the federal Excise Act and producing and possessing marihuana. The charges stem from a search of Nelson's Mount Pleasant residence in March. Police seized 29 thousand illegal cigarettes and three pounds of processed marihuana. A pre-sentence report has been requested. Nelson will return for sentencing November 18th.

Wharf Assault Delay

One of the men charged in connection with an assault at the Chester government wharf earlier this summer has requested more time to see a lawyer. Twenty-eight year old Chad Wesley Swinimer of Chester along with a co-accused are facing resulting from a late night altercation at the wharf on August 20th. A woman was taken to hospital with serious head injuries after she allegedly got involved in a disagreement between her husband and three other men. Swinimer is accused of striking the woman and her husband with a wooden fence stake. He's charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
He's also facing two drug charges including production and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Swinimer is slated to return to court November 18th to enter pleas. Meantime, 26 year old Joel Ray Meister has elected to be tried by a Supreme Court judge alone on the charges he's facing in relation to the wharf incident. A preliminary hearing has been set for next March 25th.

Crash Charge Trial

A Bridgewater man facing a number of charges relating to a series of hit and run crashes in April has pleaded not guilty and will go to trial next May 25th.. Forty year old Stephen Richard Burton is charged with impaired driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and one count of property damage.
The charges were laid following a string of collisions in Bridgewater back on April 22nd. That night around 9 p.m. a grey Chev Cavalier struck a vehicle on LaHave Street. An RCMP officer off duty at the time approached the driver of the Cavalier who fled the scene. The Mountie followed in his own vehicle. The Cavalier then struck another vehicle on Aberdeen Road, turned onto Hirtle Drive and ended up smashing into a residence on Hollingsworth Drive and damaging a car that was parked in the lot at Eastside Apartments. The Cavalier eventually went off the road on Streatch Drive where the driver ditched the car and fled on foot. Burton was arrested at his residence a short time later.