Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Additional Councillors Coming To South Shore Schools

Schools across this region are getting additional help for students. South Shore Health is looking at providing two more councillors to every junior and senior high school to help with addiction, mental health and sexual health issues. Director for Community Services, Todd Leader, says its critical to have the service available for students.
"Adolescents live in the moment. If an adolescent realizes that he or she has some type of issue or difficulty that he or she wants to get help for, we need to have that service available in a timely way before the mood changes, you know, before the impulse changes or the motivation to address the issue."
Leader says councillors will be provided by an on-demand need from students. The additional councillors are expected to start in September.

Infant Assault Case Begins in Shelburne Court

A Barrington man who is charged with assault of an infant will appear in court in Shelburne today. Twenty-four year-old Adam Harold Hogg is expected to enter a plea to the charges today. Last November, Mounties were called to the Roseway Hospital in Shelburne after medical staff reported a 23 day-old baby boy had suffered serious injuries. Hogg was arrested in relation to the assault late last month. He is charged with aggravated assault, failing to provide the necessities of life.

Supreme Court: Key Evidence Presented In Murder Trial

A key piece of evidence is being presented today in a second degree murder trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. The jury in the trial of 33 year-old Jamie Leopold will hear almost nine hours of police interrogation spread out over two days in court. Sergeant Greg Vardy is on the witness stand in Bridgewater and is the lead investigator in the death of 47 year-old Laura Lee Robertson. According to Crown attorney Leigh-Ann Bryson, the videotaped statement includes Leopold's confession that he was responsible for Robertson's death. The police interview was conducted in Chester last April. Shortly after it was over, Leopold led Mounties to Robertson's body in Greenfield. After today's evidence is presented, the case will adjourn until Monday.

MODL Mulling Public Transit Option

The mayor of the District of Lunenburg feels there is a need for public transit in the region. But, that doesn't mean it's a done deal. Don Downe says there are people that would benefit from buses travelling across the county, allowing them easy access from one place to another. He says it is more of a wait-and-see approach.
"Every transit system that is out there doesn't make money, it loses money, and so, we'll have to see whether or not the province wants to be a part of the process and to what degree they're going to provide assistance, as well as, if there is any federal funding to be applied to this as well."
Downe is reacting after council listened to a presentation from a group advocating for public transit in the region. Bridgewater and the town of Lunenburg have also been approached by the public transit group. He says the matter will be presented to a working committee to gather more details.

Day 3: Queens County Murder Trial

A total of ten witnesses will be called to testify over the course of a murder trial in Bridgewater Supreme Court. Thirty-three year old James Leopold is facing a second degree murder charge in relation to the death of his fiance last year. Forty-seven year-old Laura Lee Robertson's body was found just off Highway 210 in a wooded area last April. Forensic expert, Dr. Eric Mont told court yesterday her body was in the beginning stages of decomposition when it was found. She had been missing for almost two weeks before her body was discovered. Leopold is being tried by a six-man, six-woman jury.