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Monday, April 6, 2009

Drugs Seized from Prison Visitor



One person is facing charges after drugs and a vehicle were confiscated from a visitor at the Dorchester Penitentiary on Sunday. The person was visiting an inmate when Correctional Service of Canada seized 60 pills, 104 nicotine patches and a small quantity of marijuana and meth.

The estimated institutional value of these drugs is 11 thousand dollars.

River Waters Expected to Rise



The provincial Emergency Measures Organization is expecting water levels in the St. John River to rise as we get more rain tonight and tomorrow. Sections of Route 105 remain flooded from ice jams including one that formed in the Simonds/Hartland area late Saturday night and remains in place. The Department of Transportation is re-routing traffic in the affected areas through Routes 130 and 103.

Those living and working along rivers are advised to pay close attention to water level increases and ice movement. EMO says an ice-jam can form unexpectedly, and flood waters can rise very quickly.

Deadly Weekend Update



A 16-year old boy has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a Sheffield man this past weekend. 43-year old Michael Thurber was found dead in an apartment on Covert Street in Oromocto Sunday. The teenager who has been charged cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. An autopsy is scheduled for later today.

Meanwhile, in Moncton a 31-year old man is dead and RCMP confirm it was homicide. RCMP were called to a home on Ayer Avenue yesterday morning and the man died while being taken to hospital for treatment. A 25-year old woman who knew the man has a date with a judge today.



Province Forming Task Force on Canadian Blood Services Decision



Premier Shawn Graham and opposition leader David Alward are forming a task force to try to convince Canadian Blood Service to reverse its decision to close Saint John's blood distribution centre.  Health Critic Margaret Ann Blaney tells CHSJ news she will sit on the board with a fellow Conservative and two Liberals.

She says the task force is a result of the motion unanimously passed last week in the Legislature to work together to have the decision to move the Saint John centre reversed. Meanwhile, Blaney says the opposition is not rescinding its request to have Health Minister Mike Murphy removed from his post.


Saint John Water Seeks Input for Clean Drinking Water System



Saint John Water is seeking public input on a multi-million dollar capital upgrade of the City's water system. A team of experts will be evaluating the alternatives for a clean drinking water system in early May and is looking for input regarding the design, financing, and construction of the system.

The city is considering three options for the project including: public private partnerships for the construction, operation or ownership of the drinking water plants. Written responses must be received by Saint John Water on April 28th at 11AM.

Deadly Weekend Around the Province



Murder is the cause of death of 43-year old Michael Thurber over the weekend in Oromocto. He was from Sheffield and RCMP are not saying how he died just that he did on Saturday. Two 16-year old boys are locked up but no word on charges. Thurber's body was found at a Covert Street apartment. An autopsy is scheduled for later today.

In Moncton, A 31-year old man is dead, but how he died also remains a mystery. RCMP were called to a home on Ayer Avenue yesterday morning and the man died while being taken to hospital for treatment. A 25-year old woman has a date with a judge today but no word on the charge. The man and woman knew each other.

New Law for Crime



Law enforcement agencies around the Province are getting a nice shot in the arm. New legislation passed in Fredericton gives the Attorney General power to sell or dispose of property that has been seized, restrained or forfeited to the provincial government under the Criminal Code and the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

A proceeds of crime trust fund has been established for the deposit of any funds recovered from the sale of forfeited property or liquid assets seized that are the proceeds of crime. A proceeds of crime strategic management committee has been established to advise the attorney general about the management and administration of the trust fund.

Local Company Wins Contract



Anyone working for Castle Rock Construction will be happy to here there is steady work for the next several months. The Saint John company has been awarded the contract to build a new $14 million dollar school in New Brandon between Boisetown and Doaktown. The school is being built on 28 acres with capacity for 350 students to replace Doaktown Primary School and Upper Miramichi Regional High.

The new building should be open in time for classes this fall.

Another Voice in the Fight to Save CBS



A familiar voice and name is lending his support in the fight to keep the Canadian Blood Services Center in Saint John. Former MP Paul Zed tells CHSJ News, it's an important institution for all of Atlantic Canada. It was back in 2002, a similar move to re-locate the CBS Center was over-turned when the community came together.

Zed says it would be just a plain dumb decision if this proposal goes through. 


Update on Leaky Tank



No time frame has been set to find out what is causing a leak at one of the holding tanks at the Irving Oil Refinery. Crews were made aware of the problem back on March.18th when a strong chemical smell in the area prompted home-owners to call and see if the smell was coming from the refinery.

Spokes-person Leslie McLeod tells CHSJ News, the "G" tank has been emptied and crews will begin cleaning and inspecting it over the coming days.


Hot Asphalt Plant Opening



Relief is in sight for all of you motorist's tired of playing ""Dodge the Pothole"" for another season. The hot asphalt plant is scheduled to open for the season tomorrow and Public Works Director Shane Galbraith tells CHSJ News, they have been doing what they can with the recycle machine and the cold mix but this will be a tremendous help.

Galbraith adds they will concentrate their effort on the main arterial routes like Millidge Avenue, Chesley Drive and Loch Lomond Road. 


Summer Job Money



Ottawa is putting $20 million dollars on the table to help student's find a job this summer. The announcement was made today by Southwest MP and Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson. This new cash brings the total for this program to over $107 million.

Canada Summer Jobs is focused on encouraging not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create jobs that not only meet their needs, but also benefit students looking to gain work experience.


Traffic Changes At Rockwood Park



There could be a bit of traffic backed up passing by Rockwood Park for the next few months as phase one of the park's development plan begins today and is expected to wrap up by July 10th.
The work includes construction at the park's entrance and in the Mount Pleasant Area, so that means there will be one way traffic only along Lily Lake Drive to the main parking area at Fisher Lakes.
The only entrance to the park will be at Lily Lake and the only exit is the the Hawthorne Street extension but all businesses will remain open during the construction although there is no parking along the pavilion.

Family Overwhelmed By Outpouring Of Support



There has been a major outpouring of support for at least one family recently left homeless after fire ravaged their Main Street North apartment.
The London family is thanking friends, family, and others for the donations of clothes and toys for their two young sons and Nick tells CHSJ News, he's blown away by the generosity.
The fire broke out in the early hours of Friday morning last week -- so far -- the cause hasn't been pinpointed.