Thursday, August 2, 2012

UPDATED: Two-Vehicle Crash On Highway 103

Three people have been taken to South Shore Regional Hospital with minor injuries after a two-vehicle collision. The incident happened just after 1:30 this afternoon between exits 11 and 12 on highway 103. The two vehicles hit each other head-on. Cpl. Jamie Vacon says the weather conditions weren't great at the time of the crash.

RCMP were forced to close down one lane of the highway for a short period of time to clean up debris. Cpl. Vacon says one car ended up off the road as a result of the collision. Mahone Bay and Blockhouse Fire Departments were also on scene assisting RCMP.

Hebbs Cross Resident Declares Candidacy For School Board

A new face has decided to make a run at becoming a school board member. Jennifer Naugler will vie for a seat in district four. The mother of three from Hebbs Cross has served in a number of groups including president of Hebbville Academy's home and school association and as a school advisory council representative. Naugler says she's up for the challenge of being a board member.

The URB has reduced the size of the school board from 12 to 8 members. Naugler is confident a new, smaller board will be better suited.

She feels she is a strong candidate because she has children in the school system and could see how decisions would affect students. School Board elections will be held October 20.

Exclusive Interview With Jenna Martin

CKBW/HANK-FM News will air an exclusive interview with Jenna Martin, the 24-year-old Olympian from Bridgewater, Friday morning on both radio stations. The interview focuses on Martin's time spent in London so far, describes the athletes village, her preparation and the support she has received from South Shore residents. The interview will run at 7:40 Friday morning before the two-time Canadian champion runs in London. She is scheduled to run in heat three, lane seven at 8:16 our time at Olympic Stadium. A live blog will also be set up on our website, beginning at 5am Friday morning, to wish Jenna well and interact about the race.

Martin Anxious For Olympic Run

The countdown is on as Jenna Martin prepares for her first run at the Olympics. The 24-year-old is done her training and waiting for her moment in the London spotlight. She is scheduled to run in heat three at 8:16 Friday morning. Martin says the nerves haven't hit her yet.

Martin says she will go through her routine today before the big race.

Meanwhile, residents of North Queens will gather for a viewing party at the Caledonia Fire Hall Friday morning for Martin's run. The fire hall will be open at 7:30am and a guest book will be available for people to sign which will later be presented to Martin when she returns to the South Shore.

NS Gov't OK's South Canoe Wind Project

The Nova Scotia government has given the green light to a major wind-energy project in Lunenburg County. Energy Minister Charlie Parker announced today the province will move ahead with the South Canoe Wind Project. The project is being led by Oxford Frozen Foods, Nova Scotia Power and Minus Basin Pulp and Power. The wind farm will feature between 33 and 50 turbines spread over 6,400 hectares of land between Chester and Windsor. It's expected to generate enough energy to heat 28-thousand homes at full capacity. It's anticipated the wind farm will be operational by 2015.

Suspicious Fire On Walking Trail in Queens

An investigation is underway following a suspicious fire on a popular walking trail in Queens County. Members of the Liverpool Fire Department were called to put down the fire on a walking bridge on Trestle Trial about 2:30 this morning. Officials say the blaze caused significant structural damage to the bridge. Anyone with information on the fire is being asked to contact Queens RCMP.

"Dangerous Offender" Hearing Next Year For Yarmouth Man

A court in Kentville will hold a hearing next year on whether a Yarmouth man will be declared a dangerous offender. Gordon Frank Nickerson pleaded guilty to charges including kidnapping, sexual assault and dangerous driving in April. A psychiatric assessment of the 35-year-old is now in the hands of the provincial court and an application is scheduled to be heard next April and May. Nickerson was arrested in February near Kentville after police responded to a report that two women were missing from the Wedgeport area. The women were later found at the scene of a three-vehicle collision in New Minas.

South Shore Man Gets Nearly 5 Years For Luring Under-age Girls

A Bridgewater-area man has been sentenced to just under five years in prison for a variety of charges including sexual offences committed against teenaged girls. Bradley Ronald Whynot had pleaded guilty to six charges that included using texting and Facebook to lure two 15-year-old girls and a 14-year-old girl for sexual acts in exchange for drugs and money. The incidents happened in 2011 in his home in Lower Northfield. Bridgewater provincial court Judge Gregory Lenehan conceded that Whynot has a supportive family, but said they need to realize he is a criminal and a sexual predator. Lenehan also banned Whynot from owning firearms for 10 years after his release and he must report his whereabouts to authorities for the rest of his life.

Bridgewater Cop Being Investigated

An independent agency set up to investigate complaints against the police is looking at a Bridgewater police officer accused of domestic violence. A news release says town police responded to a drunk driving complaint around midnight on Tuesday. The release says ... while officers were investigating the complaint, they became aware of allegations of assault involving one of their own officers. The Bridgewater Police Service referred the incident to the Serious Incident Response Team, which has taken over the investigation. The release does not identify the accused police officer.

Nowe, Gallupe Survive Cut At Osprey Ridge

Ryan Nowe
Only two of four Osprey Ridge golfers are left in the field heading into Thursday morning's third round at the Canadian Junior Boys Golf Championship. Ryan Nowe and Matt Gallupe have lots of work to do if they are going to make a run at winning the tournament. Nowe sits 10 shots back in a tie for 30th after a five-over-par, 76 yesterday. Gallupe, meanwhile, is 13 shots behind after an eight-over, 79. Matt Flinn and Liam Fullerton failed to make the cut of the top 70 players and ties. Ontario's Ryan Borg is the leader at two-under.