Thursday, February 27, 2014

Police Seize Crack During Traffic Stop

A 52 year-old Bridgewater man was arrested after police found crack cocaine during a traffic stop. Police made the stop earlier this afternoon on Highway 103. The traffic stop was made within the town limits. A quantity of the drug was seized along with a Ford Escape SUV. The man is facing drug related charges.  He will appear in Bridgewater court May 7.

First Degree Murder Charges Laid In Saunders' Death

First degree murder charges have been laid in the death of Loretta Saunders. Twenty-eight year old Victoria Henneberry and 25-year-old Blake Leggette will be in court tomorrow to face the new charges. Saunders was first reported missing on February 13. Her remains were located Wednesday just off the Trans-Canada Highway in Salisbury New Brunswick. Police say an autopsy will be conducted by coroners office in St. John within the next few days. Henneberry and Leggette were already facing charges in relation to a stolen vehicle. The pair were former roommates with Saunders.

Unique Fundraiser To Help Bridgewater Dog Park

A group trying to fast track an off-leash dog park in Bridgewater is offering a unique fundraiser to help their cause. Proponents of the park are looking to create stainless steel dog bones. People can get their names or their pets name engraved on the bones. They would be placed on the fence surrounding the dog park. Town councillor Andrew Tanner says it could be a great opportunity.

Tanner says they need to raise roughly $60,000 to clear land and build the space. He hopes to begin selling them by April.

Paving Tenders Slow But On The Way: Transportation Minister

A former South Shore provincial cabinet minister is wondering why the McNeil government is so slow in issuing tenders for this summer's paving projects. Sterling Belliveau, the MLA For Queens-Shelburne, says they should have been out long ago. The Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan tells us the slowdown results from his getting to know the process after the government was just elected in the fall.

MacLellan says the tenders for this year will be issued soon.

Barrington: Single Vehicle Crash Causing Highway 103 Delays

Highway 103 near Barrington is slow going after a single vehicle crash. The incident happened before noon. RCMP say traffic is delayed and they will be using alternating lanes until the scene is cleared. Sgt. Ben Parry says they don't know how long traffic will be tied up. Nova Scotia Power and fire officials are also on the scene. It's not known if there are any injuries.

NS MP: South Shore Voters Denied Hearing Into Election Act Changes

A Nova Scotia Member of Parliament is among a large chorus of people calling for cross-Canada hearings on proposed changes to the Elections Act. Deputy Federal NDP Leader Megan Leslie of Halifax tells CKBW & Hank-FM News, the Chief Electoral Officer has been stripped of most of his or her powers. She says even the old system of vouching, where a neighbor or friend can confirm your identity at a polling station, will not be permitted any more. Leslie says South Shore residents and others are not being allowed their say.

A motion by New Democrats calling for Canada-wide hearings on the Elections Act changes is being debated this week in the House of Commons.

South Shore MLA Says Home Care Dispute Unnecessary

An emergency session of the Nova Scotia Legislature is on for tomorrow (Friday). MLA's have been recalled to debate possible back to work legislation for home support workers. 450 home care workers can hit the picket lines at 12:01 tomorrow morning (Friday). Queens-Shelburne NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau says the dispute should have been settled long ago to avoid a strike.

The home care workers look after nearly 2,000 people in the Halifax area and in parts of the Annapolis Valley.

Drugs, Alcohol Factors After Missing Woman Found Safe

Drugs and alcohol are believed to be involved after a woman went missing Wednesday night in Bridgewater. RCMP along with Lunenburg Ground Search and Rescue and Bridgewater Police responded to the call around 11pm. The woman indicated she was lost in the woods and didn't know her location. She was found about five hours later near the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. There were no injuries. She was transported to the regional hospital in Bridgewater for observation.

Shelburne: RCMP Charge Man, Woman After Break And Enters

A man and a woman have been charged after several break and enters in Shelburne County. RCMP say they searched homes on Bulkley Street and Hastings Street this weekend and seized items believed to be from the Lions Hall bar, Farmer's Dairy Treat and Farmer's Co-Operative. Police have arrested 35-year-old Joey Wayne Langthorne and 55-year-old Kathy Lynn Gallant. Langthorne appeared in court Wednesday to face a number of charges including break, enter, theft and possession of stolen property. Gallant is facing a charge of breaching probation and possession of stolen property. She is scheduled to appear in Shelburne court on March 19.

Possible Home Care Strike Sparks Emergency Legislature Session

An emergency session of the Nova Scotia Legislature is ahead for tomorrow. MLA's have been recalled to debate possible back to work legislation for home support workers. 450 home care workers can hit the picket lines at 12:01 tomorrow morning (Friday). Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie tells us: labour situations like this could be avoided.

The home care workers care for almost two-thousand people in the Halifax area and in parts of the Annapolis Valley.

Yet Another Gas Price Hike Likely Tonight

South Shore gas prices are likely going to rise even more when the province's utility and review board sets the coming week's prices at midnight. In New Brunswick, prices there rose 1.9 cents a litre overnight for regular self serve. Diesel is also up by 3 cents this morning. Expect similar hikes overnight tonight at South Shore pumps.

Province Scraps Domestic Burn Permits

A move by the Nova Scotia government is expected to reduce the risk of wildfires. Residents will no longer need a permit to burn domestic brush. The province is replacing paper permits with an online burning restrictions map. The map will show green, red, or yellow in each county, to let people know if it is safe to burn, unsafe to burn, or safe, with restrictions. Restricted brush burning will also start earlier on March 15 instead of April 1. It goes until mid-October. Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill says safety is behind the new system.

The changes affect brush burning on properties including rural residential lots, woodlots, camps and cottages. Industrial brush burning still requires a permit. The map will come online March 15 here. People can get the same information in a recorded message by calling toll-free 1-855-564-2876.