Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mounties Believe Leblanc/Cunningham In Ontario

The two men accused in a forcible confinement case are believed to be traveling through Ontario. RCMP say they believe 47-year-old David James Leblanc and 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham have fled Nova Scotia. Police say they have received several tips over the past 24 hours. Leblanc and Cunningham are charged with forcible confinement and sexual assault in an alleged case involving a 16 year-old boy. Earlier today, RCMP said the teen had been held captive for up to two weeks. Police are working with the appropriate police service of jurisdiction to locate the men. The RCMP Major Crime Unit is now leading the investigation.

UPDATE: RCMP Say Boy Confined For Up To Two Weeks

Police investigating a case of alleged forcible confinement in Upper Chelsea say a 16-year-old boy was held against his will for up to two weeks. RCMP say their preliminary investigation determined the teen was kept captive for a period of 10-14 days. The Mounties are appealing for the public's help to find 47-year-old David James Leblanc and 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham, who they have charged with forcible confinement and sexual assault. Police say the boy was taken to hospital and is safe. Sgt. Alain Leblanc says the public should be on the lookout for two vehicles. Leblanc says one is a grey 2003 Hyundai Elantra with a Nova Scotia licence plate of FBP 233. He says the second is a brown 2002 Chevrolet Venture van with a Nova Scotia licence plate of EZG 581.

Kinsmen Field Closed; Seahawks To Play In Middleton

The Kinsmen Field in Bridgewater has been closed because of recent wet weather. The town's Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Carol Pickings-Anthony, says the field is unusable right now but could open up next week with favourable weather conditions. The field closure means the South Shore Seahawks football teams will travel to the Annapolis Valley for this weekend's games. Pickings-Anthony says it's a temporary inconvenience.

Both Seahawks football teams are scheduled to play their next home game at the Kinsmen Field October 13.

Information Session On South Queens Middle School

A public meeting will be held tonight to give parents and families an update on the new South Queens Middle School. The school's steering team will host the information session to talk about the latest developments around the design. Director of Operations, Steve Prest, says its a chance for people to learn more about the project.

The meeting will be held tonight at 6:30pm at South Queens Junior High.

CKBW/HANK: Live Coverage Of Bluenose II Launch

Organizers for the Bluenose II relaunch are urging residents to arrive early for the celebration in Lunenburg. The official relaunch celebration will begin at 7 o'clock on Saturday morning to take advantage of high tides. Premier Darrell Dexter, Defence Minister Peter McKay, MP Gerald Keddy, Mayor Laurence Mawhinney and MLA Pam Birdsall will all take part in the celebration. The Bluenose is expected to return to the water shortly after 8 o'clock then be tugged over to the Fisheries Museums for the remainder of the day. More than 350 parking spaces will be available at several locations around Lunenburg. They include HB Studio's, Composites Atlantic and Lunenburg Academy. Other parking will be available at The Surf Shop, Highliner Foods and Lunenburg Community Centre. We'll provide traffic updates and live coverage of the relaunch beginning at 6AM on Saturday.

Mayor: Community "Shaken" By Upper Chelsea Incident

The mayor of the Municipality of Lunenburg calls it a disturbing case too close to home. Police are searching for two men who have been charged with forcible confinement and sexual assault relating to an incident with a 16-year-old boy in Upper Chelsea. RCMP say 47-year-old David James Leblanc and 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham are believed to be hiding in Lunenburg County or Halifax County. Don Downe says the community has been blindsided by what's happened.

Downe says these types of incidents happen in society, but believes the community is still safe to live in. Anyone with information on the location of the two men is asked to contact police.

UPDATE: Intense Manhunt Enters Third Day

There are some new developments in an intense police manhunt for two individuals after a disturbing story emerged from Upper Chelsea earlier this week. RCMP are searching for 47-year-old David James Leblanc and 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham. They have been charged with forcible confinement and sexual assault in an alleged case involving a 16 year-old boy. Sergeant Alain LeBlanc says the investigation is complex and the search continues for the two individuals. He says police don't know if the individuals are still in the Lunenburg or Halifax County area.

Leblanc would not comment on the boys condition - only to say - he is safe. Police are asking people to look out for two vehicles, the first is describes as a 2003 grey Hyundai Elantra, Nova Scotia licence plate FBP 233. The other is a 2002 brown Chevy Venture with Nova Scotia licence plate EZG 581.