Monday, May 14, 2012

UPDATE: Leopold Tells Police Robertson's Death Accidental

A Liverpool man accused of murdering his fiance last April admitted to killing Laura Lee Robertson. However, Jamie Leopold told police in a videotaped statement it was an accident. The confession came during the tail end of a nine hour police interrogation video tape. Leopold revealed he struck Robertson in the neck while in bed on the night of April 13th and killed her with a single blow. Leopold told investigators he hit Robertson because she bit his penis during a sexual act at their apartment in Liverpool. He went on to tell police how he wrapped Robertson's body in a blanket and dumped the remains in the woods in Greenfield, Queens County. After the interrogation, Leopold led police to her remains shortly after 1AM on the morning of April 27th of last year. Crown attorney's finished presenting their evidence Monday on Day 4 of the trial. Lawyers for Leopold will now begin to cross examine witnesses. The Supreme Court trial is expected to conclude Friday.

Bluenose II Could Make Splash In Early July

Bluenose II Monday May 14, 2011

Nova Scotia's historic schooner could make waves in Lunenburg in two months. In an email obtained by CKBW/HANK-FM News between Captain Wayne Walters and members of the Lunenburg Board of Trade, Walters indicates the Bluenose II could be in the water as early as July. No firm date has been announced yet. A director with the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance, Kevin Feindel, says there is still work to be done before it goes in the water.

The project is expected to be completed in late September. There is no public sailing scheduled for this year but is expected next summer.

Police Make Arrests In Crack Cocaine Bust In Wolfville

Four people face charges after police seized four ounces of crack cocaine and cash after a bust last week. The Yarmouth/Clare Street Crime Unit arrested three men and a woman last week in Wolfville as part of an ongoing investigation. Two of the accused are from Sandy Beach, Yarmouth County while the others reside in Spryfield and Beaver Bank in HRM. They range in age from 28 to 56 years-old and each face trafficking charges. The quartet is scheduled to appear in court on June 25th in Kentville.

UPDATE: Leopold Trial Interrogation Nears End

The jury in the Supreme Court trial of a Queens County man is hearing the second half of a nine hour police interrogation. Thirty year old James Leroy Leopold of Liverpool is accused of killing his fiance, Laura Lee Robertson in April, 2011. RCMP Sergeant Greg Vardy began pressing Leopold in the videotaped interview conducted last year in Chester while he sat in a chair with his hands covering his face. At one point, Leopold told the officer he 'couldn't take this no more' and asked for his lawyer but Vardy continued to work him over. The interrogation lasts about nine hours in total and according to Crown attorney's includes Leopold's confession to the murder of Robertson. Leopold's lawyers have yet to present their case to the 12 member panel. The trial broke for lunch at 12:30PM and will pick back up at 2 o'clock.

Bridgewater "Leopold Trial" Resumes

James Leroy Leopold is accused of the second-degree murder of his fiancee.
James LeRoy Leopold
Crown attorneys will present the final part of their argument this week in the second degree murder trial of a Queens County man.  The jury will hear the second part of a video-taped police interrogation today involving 33 year-old James LeRoy Leopold and RCMP Sergeant Greg Vardy of Halifax.  The last half of the nine-hour interview is thought to include Leopold's confession to the murder of 47 year-old Laura Lee Robertson.  Defence lawyers have yet to present their case to the six-man six-woman jury.  The trial is expected to conclude later this week.

South Shore Businesses Receive Export Awards

A pair of South Shore businesses are receiving awards for their exporting excellence. Kenney and Ross Limited in Shelburne County along with TecBox in Rhodes Corner have been named top exporters in their communities. They are two of 11 companies across the province are also vying for exporter of the year. Vice President of Kenney and Ross, Jody Crook, says it's nice to be recognized in an elite class.

A ceremony will be held in Halifax Tuesday.

South Shore Health Holds Cancer Lecture

It's a chance for people to learn more about a dreaded disease. South Shore Health is welcoming residents to a lecture on colorectal cancer. The discussion will be led by medical oncologist Dr. Bruce Colwell and will be shown via video conference from Halifax. Communications Director, Liz Finney, says it will help people get necessary information.

The lecture will be held Tuesday from 7-8:30pm at the Regional Hospital in Bridgewater and Roseway Hospital in Shelburne.