Wednesday, October 24, 2012

UPDATED: Serious Injuries In LaHave Rollover

Two men were injured after a tractor trailer rolled over on Highway 331 in LaHave. The crash occurred around supper time on Wednesday. RCMP say a 31 year old man was taken to local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other man was airlifted to Halifax and is in serious condition. In a release, police say a flat bed truck was hauling a front end loader when it overturned and crashed. A section of the highway between Huey Lake and Mount Pleasant was closed for over five hours. Mounties are still investigating the cause of the crash.

Serious Collision Shuts Down Section of Hwy 331

Emergency officials are on the scene of a motor vehicle collision this evening on Highway 331. Police say a section of the road near the Fort Point Road in LaHave will be shut down for the next "few hours". Police describe the crash as "serious" and are asking motorists to be aware that the road is closed. Based on the information we have it could be a while before the road re-opens. No other details are available. Meanwhile, parent/teacher interviews in Pentz are cancelled due to that accident.

Board, Former Teacher Await Judge's Decision

A judge has reserved decision regarding a dispute between the South Shore Regional School Board and a former teacher. Representatives for the two sides were in Supreme Court in Halifax Tuesday for a judicial review. The board fired New Germany Elementary teacher Peter Speight after he pleaded guilty to committing an indecent act in 2009. The court issued a conditional discharge, but Speight was fired by the local school board because they felt his actions were inappropriate. The board's communications manager, Trish Smith, says they have to protect the interests of students and staff.

An appeal board found Speight was sorry for his actions and was a low risk to reoffend after receiving therapy. However, the school board feels Speight's dismissal should be upheld because his employment would diminish public trust.

Fall Session of NS Legislature Kicks Off Thursday

Power rates, electoral boundaries, education and health care will be front and centre during the fall session of the Nova Scotia legislature. Province House is set to welcome MLA's back for the beginning of the fall session on Thursday. It could be the last full session before Nova Scotian's head to the polls in a provincial election. Liberal Health Critic Leo Glavine says he will focus on several important issues over the next few weeks. The Kings West MLA says he will push the government on hospital wait times, prescription drug abuse and crowded emergency rooms. Glavine says the issues are province-wide and are the result of poor planning and budget cuts.

Gasoline Price Tumbles Unexpectedly

The price of gasoline has taken a major drop overnight. The province's Utility and Review Board used its so-called interrupter clause to make the change. Gasoline is down today 5.5 cents. A litre of regular gas along the South Shore is now selling for $1.25.5. High-test is down a little as well. Diesel is unchanged though at $1.39.3 per litre. The interrupter clause is used when there's a sudden market shift. It was last used on September 20th, when the price fell six cents overnight. The biggest change today in gas prices is in Prince Edward Island. The price of gas on the island tumbled more than seven cents overnight. Drivers there are paying about $1.21 for a litre of regular gas today.

Man Charged In St. Margarets Bay Break-Ins

There was a large turnout yesterday of St. Margarets Bay residents at a courtroom in Halifax. They were there to see one their own, formally charged with break, enter and theft at a number of homes in the area in recent months. 34 year old Kevin Arthur Whiting of Boutliers Point faces 18 charges, including 6 counts of break and enter and 6 of breaching probation. His legal aid lawyer appeared for him. Whiting was arrested September 20th. He's accused of breaking into homes in the St. Margarets Bay area and making off with electronics, computer gear, jewellery and cash. The case returns to court next Wednesday.

North Queens Roof Replacement Finished

The roof replacement project at North Queens Community School is wrapping up. The project started earlier this summer to replace an old section of roof. Director of Operations, Steve Prest, says there are a few things left to check off the list.

Prest says it was one of their major capital repair projects, after sections of the roof leaked in major rain storms last year. The Department of Education shelled out over $300,000 to do the work.