Thursday, May 23, 2013

Province Supports Local YMCA Youth Centre

The YMCA's King Street Youth Centre has received a financial boost from the province. The provincial government has awarded the centre a $12,000 grant to help it provide workshops to youth including music, physical activity and job skills. The King Street Youth Centre offers drop-in programs and is considered a great place for kids in the community to gather. Youth Coordinator Kim Whitman-Mansfield says the funding is important to the centre.

The money is being provided by the province's Lighthouses Program, which invests in community projects to engage youth and prevent crime. Whitman-Mansfield says she expects the money to help with new Tuesday night activities.

Minor Injuries After Two Vehicle Crash In Crescent Beach

One person was taken to South Shore Regional Hospital after a two vehicle crash around 7:30 this morning along Highway 331 in Crescent Beach. Constable David Cullen with Bridgewater RCMP says the investigation into the cause is ongoing, but it looks like the vehicles side-swiped each other at a turn. He adds, road conditions were wet at the time of the incident. Members of the LaHave Fire Department along with EHS and RCMP responded to the call. The person was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

BREAKING NEWS: LeBlanc Pleads Guilty To Five Charges In Confinement Case

A man accused of confining and sexually assaulting a teenage boy at a home in Lunenburg County last fall has pleaded guilty to five charges in the case. David James LeBlanc appeared in Supreme Court in Bridgewater Thursday morning, where he pleaded guilty to kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, uttering threats and breach of conditions. Two other charges:  sexual assault causing bodily harm and administering a noxious substance with intent to cause bodily harm were withdrawn. The 48 year-old was charged after a teenage boy told police he was held captive in chains for about ten days last fall in a run-down cabin in Upper Chelsea. Sentencing is now scheduled for June 14th in Bridgewater court. LeBlanc also pleaded guilty today to making and distributing child pornography as well as sexual interference, in a separate case involving two boys, aged five and two in the Halifax area. Crown and Defence lawyers are working on a joint recommendation that LeBlanc be sent to prison for a total of up to 11 years.

Guilty Pleas Expected In Teen Confinement Case

A high profile court case involving a man charged with sexually assaulting and confining a teenage boy is nearing an end. David James Leblanc is expected to enter guilty pleas on a number of charges related to the case during an appearance Thursday)in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Bridgewater. The 47 year-old is facing seven charges after a teenage boy told police he was held captive in chains for about ten days last fall in a run down cabin in Lunenburg County. His lawyer, Mike Taylor told reporters last week in Dartmouth that Leblanc would plead guilty to some charges in the confinement case but didn't go into specifics. Leblanc will also enter guilty pleas to unrelated child porn charges dating back to 2010 in the Halifax area. Taylor confirmed all of the charges will be consolidated. The Crown and Defence have been working on a joint recommendation in relation to a prison term. Meanwhile, another man charged in the case, Leonard MacKean, will have a preliminary hearing for his involvement into the matter in July.  MacKean is charged with sexual assault and prostitution related offence.

Committee To Discuss Proposed Diversion Facility

A proposed facility in Blockhouse will be a topic of discussion Thursday night for the Municipality of Lunenburg's planning advisory committee. The committee is expected to talk about the project proposed by Halifax C and D, who want to locate the construction and demolition diversion complex off the Cornwall Road. The Blockhouse and area advisory committee rejected a recommendation by the company last month for a development agreement. Community spokesman Paul Young says residents have clearly shown the facility isn't wanted in the area.

A group of residents protested at the proposed site early Wednesday evening. The planning advisory committee will meet at 7pm Thursday night at the Oakhill Fire Hall.