Monday, October 7, 2013

Former Development Authority CEO Charged

A Yarmouth County man is facing a number of charges following an RCMP investigation into the South West Shore Development Authority. Sixty-four year old Ronald Francis Anderson of Lake George has been charged with eight counts of uttering forged documents and one count of fraud over $5,000. The investigation goes back to September 2012 when the province's Department of Economic and Rural Development referred the matter to police following a forensic examination.The examination revealed some key findings around expense claims and supplier invoices. Anderson is scheduled to appear in Yarmouth Court on December 10.

Chester: Municipality Exploring LED Street Lights

The Municipality of Chester is moving ahead with a more efficient source of street lights. Councillors have decided to move ahead with purchasing LED lighting from Nova Scotia Power. Warden Allen Webber says the municipality will have to absorb $250,000 for the existing light fixtures, and pay roughly $500,000 to buy and install the new lights. He expects both costs to be covered by gas tax funding.

Webber says the municipality first indicated they weren't going to participate and have NS Power remove 815 street lights, but they've since had a change in heart. He expects more progress on the issue following next year's budget.

Police Chief Satisfied With Social Media

Bridgewater's police chief is giving social media a thumbs up. John Collyer says using the online tools has been a good experience for releasing information to the public immediately through twitter and facebook. Bridgewater Police started using social media a month ago. Collyer says a lot of people are viewing their posts including ones about stolen vehicles in the area.

Collyer says he's surprised by the amount of people who have followed their social media sites. The Bridgewater Police facebook page has over 670 likes, while their twitter account (@policenews) is up over 950 followers. He says the first month has been a huge learning curve for him, but he doesn't expect to stop using the sites anytime soon.

Three Major Leaders Rushing To The Finish Line

All three major political leaders in the province are on the dash to the finish line, a day before Nova Scotians head to the polls. On this final day of the campaign, NDP Leader Darrell Dexter is reminding voters of the successes of his government in the past four years. He tells us, a higher than usual undecided factor is weighing heavily on everyone.

Meanwhile, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie is finishing off his campaign, visiting ridings held by the NDP.

Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil says by the end of today, he will have visited all of the province’s 51 ridings during the campaign.

Polls open Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock and remain open for 12 hours, until 8pm.

Updated: Man In Court After Weekend Stabbing

A man is in serious condition and another has been charged as a result of a stabbing outside a Bridgewater tavern early Sunday morning. Police say the victim received a single stab wound to his chest around 2:20am and was transported to South Shore Regional Hospital for treatment. Thirty-two year old Jahmal Leslie Thomas of Bridgewater was arrested at the scene. He's been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. Thomas will be in Bridgewater court Monday morning. Bridgewater Police are looking for public information, witnesses, who may have information concerning the case.

Hockey Wrap: Mustangs Win, Lumberjacks Remain Winless

Alex Nauss had a goal and three assists to help lead the South Shore Mustangs over the Newbridge Academy Gladiators 6-5on Sunday. Keith Getson also scored a hat-trick, while Ty Duffus and Jered Scott added single markers. Colby Muise stopped 30 shots in the win. The Mustangs will travel to Cole Harbour Wednesday.
The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks continue to search for their first win of the season. On Sunday, the visiting Bridgewater club held a 3-2 lead with just over a minute to go before Woodstock scored twice to steal a 4-3 victory. Shawn Boudreau scored twice for the Jacks who are winless in nine. The Jacks also lost to Campbellton last Friday night and Miramichi Saturday. The Lumberjacks will try again for win number one when they make their debut in the new LCLC this Friday night against Dieppe.
A perfect weekend road trip for the Halifax Mooseheads as they went three for three. The Moose capped things off Sunday with 3-2 win over Drummondville. Jonathan Drouin scored the winner midway through the third period for the 6-5 Herd.