Wednesday, September 26, 2012

RCMP Search For Men Involved In Upper Chelsea Incident

Wayne Cunningham
David Leblanc

RCMP are on the lookout for two men involved in allegedly confining and assaulting a 16-year-old boy in Upper Chelsea. Police have charged 47-year-old David James Leblanc and 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham with forcible confinement and sexual assault. The Mounties are investigating after receiving a call Monday evening from a local resident regarding a 16-year-old boy in need of help. A preliminary investigation revealed the youth had been forcibly confined in a residence on Faulkner Rd. The victim was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Now, police are looking for the public's help in locating the two men. Investigators believe they could be in Lunenburg County or HRM. Anyone with information on the location of David James Leblanc or Wayne Alan Cunningham is asked to contact police.

Local Food Bank Struggling To Meet Demand

A local food bank could shut down by Christmas if it doesn't receive community support. The Bridgewater Inter-church Food Bank is in desperate need of food or monetary donations. Coordinator Gloria Hubley says at least 66 new families have used their service over the last year. Hubley says they have had to cut back on the amount of milk tickets they give out, and if the situation continues, they will be forced to stop buying meat or fish. She remains optimistic things will turn around.

Hubley says they have also seen a drop in donations by about $9,000 from 2011.

Charges Laid In Home B&E's At Boutiliers Point

Several recent break and enters in the St. Margarets Bay community of Boutiliers Point have resulted in the RCMP laying charges. A 34 year old man has been charged in connection with breaks ins at several homes in the area. Jewelry, cash, computer equipment and electronics were stolen. The accused .... Kevin Arthur Whiting of Boutiliers Point .... faces six counts of Break and Enter and additional charges are pending.

Section of Port Joli Coastline Headed For Protection

A stretch of South Shore coastline appears headed for preservation! The Nature Conservancy of Canada, which already has protected environmentally-sensitive land in the province, is looking to buy almost 400 acres next to the Port L'Hebert Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Conservancy Communication Director Andrew Holland says this purchase would be a first in the area.

The NCC has launched a 5 week campaign to raise about 50-thousand dollars to complete the purchase. Its looking to business, industry and individuals for help.

The Conservancy is a not-for-profit charity and tax receipts are available.

Lunenburg Mayoral Debate Set For Thursday

The two candidates seeking the mayor's seat in Lunenburg will debate the issues during a forum on Thursday in Lunenburg. Rachel Bailey and Ron Stockton will both take part in the mayoral candidates forum scheduled to be held at the Lunenburg Fire Hall. When Lunenburg residents head to the polls on October 20th, it will mark the first time in more then three decades they will elect a new mayor. Bailey and Stockton are vying to to succeed long time mayor Laurence Mawhinney - who announced his retirement in July. The debate begins at 7 o'clock.

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Arson Charges After Wharf Fire In Hants County

Two people are facing charges after a suspicious fire destroyed a wharf in Walton, Hants County. Windsor RCMP have laid arson charges against 29 year-old Justin Shurm of Walton and 28 year-old Kelsey Moore of Hantsport. Shrum and Moore were arrested by police yesterday. Shrum has been remanded into custody until his next court appearance on October 2nd. Moore was released on a number of conditions. Her next court appearance is October 9th.

Limited Parking At Queens General Hospital

There will be limited parking at Queens General Hospital over the next few weeks due to construction. South Shore Health is asking staff, patients and volunteers to consider using alternate forms of transportation or be dropped off to limit challenges. Workers are creating a new parking area around the Liverpool hospital as part of the Queens General Health project. Officials expect the work to be complete by mid-October. As of this week parking will be limited at Queens General Hospital as the new parking lot is constructed.

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