Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Drug Bust

A Gold River man is facing charges after a seizure of more than 70 pounds of processed marijuana . Officers of the South Shore Integrated Street Crime Unit searched two homes in Gold Rive on Monday, one on Bridgeview Drive the other on the Beech Hill Road . Thirty-nine year old Leroy James Hatt is facing charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for illegal production of marihuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. Hatt is slated to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on December 16th for election and plea. Police are continuing their investigation.
Some might call it a steal.. a used visitor information centre for $25.00. The Region of Queens put out a request for proposals to purchase and remove the old tourist bureau from the Liverpool waterfront. Only two bids came in, one for $2, the other for $25. Council decided to reject both bids and demolish the building and salvage what materials it could. However, that motion was defeated 9 to 1 . Mayor John Leefe says the view of council was two-fold. He says they felt it was environmentally sound to re-use the existing building that would have generated property tax when it was moved to another piece of property. As well, Mayor Leefe says there was no minimum price suggested so they felt they had to honour the highest bid. The VIC has to be removed by October 26th. Government funding of more than $200,000 was announced in August for a new structure to replace the 30 year old tourist bureau.
White Point Beach Resort won't be the same without him. After some 30 years, Doug Fawthrop is retiring. Region of Queens Mayor John Leefe says Fawthrop has provided tremendous leadership in promoting tourism and has been more than a good-will ambassador for the Region. Leefe says before Fawthrop took over White Point Beach it was a seasonal business operating only about 3 months of the year, and local folks were not welcomed on the property.

Race Charges

Race on the track, not on the street. It's a message they didn't hear and now they are lucky enough to still be alive to face charges. Lunenburg County RCMP confirm there was a two vehicle accident in Lower Branch on Thanksgiving Day around 4:30 in the afternoon. Staff Sergeant Mark Furey says police were able to establish both vehicles were racing on the public road at the time. And that contributed to the crash. One vehicle left the road, ending up in the woods and according to witnesses, barely missed two telephone poles. One of the male drivers was taken to South Shore Regional where he was checked out and then released. Police say both drivers are charged with "racing" under the motor vehicle act and will be in court December 2nd to enter plea.