Monday, February 18, 2013

RCMP Investigate Upper LaHave Home Invasion

RCMP say a man is in hospital after an apparent home invasion in Upper LaHave. Police responded to a break and enter at a home along Highway 332 early Saturday night. They say a 27-year-old man woke up after he heard glass breaking. The man was then confronted by four people in disguise.The suspects allegedly assaulted the man and fled the scene. The victim was taken to South Shore Regional Hospital where he remains with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Police believe this is not a random incident. Anyone with information is urged to call Lunenburg County RCMP.

UPDATED: Search Continues For Five Fishermen

A cormorant helicopter from Greenwood along with two Canadian Coast Guard vessels continue to search for five fishermen off the southwest coast of Nova Scotia. Navy spokesman Lieutenant Peter Ryan says the 45-foot boat, known as the "Miss Ally", went down 120 kilometres southeast of Liverpool. Ryan says the boat sent out a distress signal last night shortly after 11pm.

Ryan says a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft spotted a life-raft early this morning, but couldn't offer any other details. He says the fishing vessel is based out of Shelburne County. A prayer vigil for the five missing fishermen will be held tonight at the Calvary Baptist Church in Woods Harbour at 6pm.

Excellence Awards Honour Local Businesses

This year's Lunenburg-Queens Business awards will go ahead as scheduled this evening. Officials say the show won't be stalled by weather conditions. Six awards will recognize local groups in categories including hospitality, export achievement, new business and entrepreneurial. Meanwhile, LaHave Paving and LaHave River Chiropractic and Health Centre of Bridgewater and the Gold River Marina are up for small business of the year. O’Regan’s South Shore Automotive, J&H Industries Ltd and Sure Courier are nominated for Large Business of the year. The awards get underway at 6pm tonight at Atlantica Hotel & Marina in Western Shore. A full list of nominees can be found here.

School Review: Hebbville Meeting Postponed

A public hearing surrounding the school review process at Hebbville Academy has been postponed due to weather conditions. The South Shore Regional School Board had scheduled the meeting for tonight but it's since been rescheduled to February 28. Meanwhile, three other pubic hearings will still take place later this week. Members of the local school board will host their next public hearing Tuesday evening at Gold River/Western Shore Elementary. School review meetings will also be held Wednesday in New Ross and Thursday at Petite Riviere. All of those meetings begin at 6:30PM.

Fishing Vessel Runs Into Distress - Rescue Mission Underway

CKBW/HANK FM News can confirm the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre is involved in a rescue mission to locate crew members of a fishing vessel in distress. An official with the Canadian Coast Guard indicates their efforts are focused "quite a bit offshore" in the southwestern part of the province. There are reports five people were on board the vessel when they made a distress call before 6 o'clock this morning. There's no word on the exact location of the rescue mission or the status of those on board. We'll update this story as more information becomes available.

Snow, High Winds Closes Schools

Tricky driving conditions are the norm this morning in many areas of the South Shore. About 11-thousand people lost electricity in Nova Scotia early today. Most of those outages are in Digby, Kings and Yarmouth counties. Winds whipping up to 90 kilometres per mixed in with some snow has reduced visibility and caused snow drifts in some areas. It's forced officials with the South Shore Regional School Board and Tri-County Regional School Board to cancel classes for the day. Also, NSCC campus in Lunenburg, Shelburne and Yarmouth are closed for the day.The forecast calls for highs wind and blowing snow to continue until about mid-day. Winds are expected to taper off near noon.