Wednesday, October 3, 2012

RCMP Find Vehicle In Ontario & Have New Photos

Mounties have released some updated photos of a man wanted in an alleged confinement and sexual assault case. Police have sent media two new photos of Wayne Alan Cunningham who has been on the run since last week when a teenage boy escaped from being chained up in Upper Chelsea for nearly two weeks. Meanwhile, police say they have located the escape vehicle Cunningham was riding in on a logging road near Long Lac, Ontario. RCMP report they found a 2003 Hyundai Elantra abandoned about 20 kilometres off the main highway in northern Ontario. Cunningham remains at large and police say his whereabouts are unknown. Meanwhile, Leblanc who was arrested on Sunday night is in hospital recovering from various medical issues. Leblanc is under police custody and police say he is unable to fly at this time. Police have been working to transfer Leblanc back to Nova Scotia for further court appearances.

BREAKING: No Beds At South Shore Regional

There's an overflow of patients in the emergency department at the South Shore Regional Hospital. The Health Authority is reporting they are over capacity and have no beds available. Director of Communications, Liz Finney, says the emergency department has a high number of patients waiting for admission and people are facing longer wait times. She says the situation has compounded because of an increase in medically-discharged patients.

Finney says they have hired a Geriatric Coordinator, which helps seniors return home and continue to receive the care they need. All patients not requiring urgent care is asked to visit their family health care provider, call 811 or go to the nearest walk-in clinic in Bridgewater, Hammonds Plains or Tantallon.

Town Puts Cafe 12 Project On Hold

Cafe 12 Design Team
The town of Bridgewater has put a proposed project at the library building on King Street on hold. A group of local residents approached council in August looking to set up a cafe at the location. However, the town has decided to move ahead with an expression of interest to see if other groups would be interested in leasing or buying the property. Mayor Carroll Publicover says the expression of interest makes sure the town is responsible and open during the process.

Cafe 12 would replace the library, which moves into the Lifestyle Centre once its complete. The expression of interest will delay a decision on the building's future for the next few weeks. The newly elected town council is expected to make a decision on the matter.

Bridgewater Passes Fire Protection By-Law

It's a thumbs up for Bridgewater's Fire Protection by-law. The town has approved final reading of the document. The by-law explains construction requirements, rules around outdoor fires and types of enforcement. Mayor Carroll Publicover says the town's fire inspector deserves credit for putting in the time to get the by-law ready. He says he's happy the document is done and believes it will serve the community well.

Consultant Tries To Crack Town Council

A Bridgewater resident is applauding councils work but believes more can be done. Andrew Tanner wants to be part of the next town council and is running for a seat in this month's election. The 42-year-old consultant is running for the first time. He says his work attitude would apply to his approach on council.

Tanner believes the LaHave River could be better utilized and more work should be done to improve the look of the waterfront area. E-voting opens up in Bridgewater on October 11. Twelve people are vying for a seat on town council.

Confinement/Sexual Assault Could Have Been Avoided: Justice Critic

David James Leblanc
One of the suspects in the Lunenburg County confinement and sexual assault case in Upper Chelsea should have been outfitted with an electronic, ankle bracelet. That's the conclusion of the province's Liberal justice critic. Michel Samson says the alleged crime might not have even taken place if David James Leblanc had been wearing a court-mandated ankle bracelet to track his where-abouts.

The 47-year old Leblanc was on bail until a November court date on another sexual assault case. He was arrested in northern Ontario earlier this week after avoiding police for nearly a week. An alleged accomplice, 31-year-old Wayne Allan Cunningham is still being sought.

Municipal Election: Town Of Clark's Harbour

In Clark's Harbour, incumbent mayor Leigh Stoddart will serve another term in the mayor's chair for the town. Stoddart won the seat through acclamation. Meanwhile, there is quite the race shaping up for the six council seats available on town council. Ten candidates have put their name forward to run for council. They are listed below along with advance polling dates, times and location.

Advanced polls will be available on October 11th and 16th between 12PM and 8PM. Election and advance poll is at the Legion in Clarke's Harbour


Leigh B. Stoddard (acclaimed)


Russell W. Atkinson

*Sherry Atkinson

Vaughn R. Atwood

Irene Baker

*David Beaulieu

Bridget Brannen

*Cecil W. Brannen

Carter Mitchell Nickerson

Trudy Perry Quinlan

*Rex Stoddard

*incumbent candidates

Municipal Election: Town of Lockeport

There will be a race for the mayor's chair in the Town of Lockeport. Incumbent mayor Darian Huskilson is being challenged by current councillor Howard Roszel. Meanwhile, there are five candidates seeking one of the four council seats available in the town. A complete list of candidates is listed below along with advance polling dates. CKBW/HANK FM's complete municipal and school board election coverage can be found on our web site at

Advance polls will open  on October 13th and 16th. Voting will take place between 12PM - 8PM at the Lockeport Legion. The municipal election will be held on October 20th.


*Darian Huskilson

Howard Roszel


Dayle Eshelby

Joanne Swim

Julie Locke-Balish

*Lonnie Townsend

*Errol Leigh Williams

*indicates incumbent candidate

Man Wanted In Confinement/Sex Assault Case Had Issues: Parole Board

The National Parole Board says a man wanted in the alleged confinement of a boy in Lunenburg county was troubled by emotional issues surrounding his sexuality and self-esteem. The board's assessment is contained in a March 2007 decision approving accelerated day parole for Wayne Alan Cunningham. At the time, he was serving a prison sentence on charges including theft, break and enter, and fraud. The 31-year-old man now faces charges of sexual assault and forcible confinement after a 16-year-old boy alleged he was kept captive by two men at a home last month. Police have said Cunningham could be headed to Calgary. His co-accused in the alleged confinement, David James Leblanc, was arrested Sunday in northern Ontario. The parole board says Leblanc was also serving time in prison on similar charges as Cunningham when he, too, was approved for accelerated day parole in March 2007. Decisions by the board said neither man was prone to violence.

Mounties Bust Alleged Grow-Op!

File Photo
Police have arrested two people in Digby County on allegations of producing and trafficking marihuana.
The Yarmouth-Clare Street Crime Enforcement Unit assisted by the Meteghan RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in the community of Maxwellton. The search resulted in the seizure of 18 mature pot plants, indoor marihuana grow equipment and 54 grams of dried marihuana. A 24-year-old man and 22-year-old woman, both from Maxwellton, were arrested. They were released and will appear in Comeauville Provincial Court on December 17th. They're facing charges of Production of Marihuana and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Marihuana.