Friday, August 10, 2012

Bridgewater: RCMP Officer Released From Custody

An RCMP officer charged in a case of domestic violence has been released from custody. The release was granted during a court appearance today in Bridgewater. The officer, in his 30s, was taken into custody late Tuesday night. His release was granted with a number of conditions; including he reside in Ontario except for court appearances in Nova Scotia. Other conditions include no contact with the female involved in the alleged incident and a ban on firearms and prohibited weapons. The case had been put over until October 10th when the accused is scheduled to enter a plea to the charges.

Phil Mooney Not Re-offering As Yarmouth Mayor

Yarmouth Mayor Phil Mooney.
Mayor Phil Mooney
Phil Mooney's name will not be on the mayor's ballot in this fall's municipal elections in Yarmouth. He says he's leaving the mayor's position to have more time for family matters and to being a town councillor, a role he took-on for a term in the mid-1980's. Mooney believes he can be as effective in pushing for change as the time-consuming mayor's job.

Projects like revitalizing the downtown, development of a farmers' market, devising a plan for greater financial stability and working to re-instate the ferry to Maine. Mooney says there are several things he's most proud-of during his 4 years as mayor. One was the new high school.

Three people remain in the running for the mayor's job. They are consultant Pam Mood, deputy-mayor Byron Boudreau and former Yarmouth mayor Charles Crosby.

Chester Council Supports Woodland Purchase

A coalition group is trying to encourage the provincial government to buy back the former Bowater Mersey woodlands. Members of "Buy Back The Mersey" made a presentation to Chester council yesterday in an effort to drum up support for their group. Resolute owns more than 200,000 hectares of land spread over three large sections of the province. Councillor Marshall Hector says the coalition is doing good work and council is behind their efforts.

Chester council would like to see all the woodlands managed by the province. However, their letter of support will focus on 40,000 hectares of the land in the St. Margaret's District.

Valley Vocational Centre Robbed

Thieves have targeted a vocational centre in the Annapolis Valley that helps disabled adults. "New Boundaries" in Windsor was robbed overnight Wednesday and police are still investigating. A safe and a pickup truck were among the items stolen. Officials say the safe held a small amount of cash and pay-cheques for clients with intellectual disabilities. The agency has about 40 adults earning a training allowance.
Thieves apparently entered the one-storey building through an addition under construction. The burned shell of the centre's truck was discovered 25 kilometres away.

Big Jump In Gasoline Prices

A very large jump in the price of gasoline overnight at South Shore pumps. When you haul into a gas station this morning, you'll pay 6.3 cents more per litre of regular self serve. Its selling this morning for $1.33.6. Diesel took a hit too. Its up by more than 3 cents a litre at $1.31.2. Whats fueling the increases is the world price of crude oil which has increased more than 14 dollars a barrel in the past month. It closed yesterday at $93.36 (US) per barrel.