Friday, September 28, 2012

Manhunt Continues: Tips Pouring Into RCMP

Mounties say tips are pouring in and the manhunt for two men wanted in a possible forcible confinement case continues. RCMP believe 47-year-old David James Leblanc and 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham have fled Nova Scotia. They have received tips which indicate the men are in or traveled through Ontario. Leblanc and Cunningham are charged with forcible confinement and sexual assault in an alleged case involving a 16 year-old boy. Earlier this week, RCMP revealed the teen had been held captive for up to two weeks. RCMP are working with the appropriate police service of jurisdiction to locate the accused. The RCMP Major Crime Unit is now leading the investigation.

BREAKING: Plane Crash In New Germany

A 46 year-old man is in serious condition following a plane crash in New Germany. Emergency officials say the pilot was the only person riding in the ultra-light plane when it went down shortly after 2 o'clock near Falkenham Lane. An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash. However, Corporal Scott McRae says it appears the aircraft was dealing with some engine trouble shortly after take-off. McRae says the pilot has been airlifted to a Halifax hospital. Officials from Transport Canada and Department of Environment attended the crash site to investigate the scene. It's believed some fuel leaked from the aircraft and had to be cleaned up.

No Plans To Re-Schedule Bluenose II Re-Launch

The Bluenose II relaunch will take place as scheduled despite some inclement weather in tomorrow's forecast. The latest forecast for Lunenburg County is calling for heavy rain (15-25MM) and wind gusts up to 50 km/h. Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage spokesperson, Steve Warburton, says the event will go ahead as planned on Saturday morning. Warburton says they only need a small window to ensure Bluenose II enters the water safely. An all-day celebration begins at 7 o'clock tomorrow morning in Lunenburg.

Roseway Manor Re-Opens After Flu Bug Hits

A long-term care facility in Shelburne has re-opened. Roseway Manor has been closed for three weeks because of a nasty flu bug. Administrator Sharon Callan says fortunately, no one died as a result and now everyone appears free of the virus.

During the closure, families were kept up to date on their loves ones' conditions but they weren't allowed to visit. Now, the restriction has been lifted and everything is back to normal at the manor.

Town, MODL Approve New Visitor Information Centre

The Municipality of Lunenburg and the town of Bridgewater have approved a joint venture to fund a new Visitor Information Centre. Both units will cost-share the centre at just over $23,000 for at least the first five years of a 10-year lease. The location of the building will be just off exit 11 in Blockhouse. Bridgewater Mayor Carroll Publicover says it's a convenient location.

The new location is expected to provide easier access for tourists and generate more traffic. Construction is expected to start in late October or early November. The centre is expected to be ready to open by May 1, 2013.

Too Early To Know About Cap Effects: School Board

The Nova Scotia government says it will hire 45 elementary school teachers in an effort to relieve pressure on class sizes. In a statement, the Education Department says school boards have submitted class sizes that show while most Primary to Grade 3 classes were below historic averages, some were too large. Fifteen per cent of those classes have 25 or more students, and Education Minister Ramona Jennex says she wants to keep class sizes capped at 25. School Board member Judith Sullivan-Corney says they don't quite know the impact on their schools.


Sullivan-Corney says they have about 13 classrooms over the cap, but only by a few students.

Gasoline Prices Rise

Gasoline prices at South Shore pumps are higher this morning. Thats oppositite to New Brunswick the other night where prices decreased by three cents a litre. Gasoline prices here today have risen 3 cents from yesterday. Regular self serve is selling for $1.37.9 a litre. Diesel is also up by a couple of cents.

RCMP Investigate Martin's River Assault

Lunenburg County RCMP are looking into an assault in Martins River. A woman was out for a walk along the walking trail near Station Road around 6 o'clock Thursday morning when she was confronted by an unknown man. The woman was knocked to the ground but managed to fight him off. The suspect then took off, running toward Martins River. The amount of information about the suspect is small because it was dark and raining at the time of the incident and the victim was unable to get a good look at him. The RCMP are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect.