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Friday, May 6, 2011

Police Look For Missing Teen

City Police want your help in locating a missing teen.

15-year-old Amber Marie Mitchell left home Wednesday morning with a change of clothes.
She was wearing a brown corduroy jacket, jeans and black sneakers.

She is about 5 foot 9 weighs 130 pounds with dark brown hair.
If you have seen her contact City police at 648-3333.

New Emergency Department Opens At The Regional

Officials from Horizon Health Network, the Premier, and other dignitaries among the crowd for the grand opening of the new emergency department at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

The new department features six trauma room and state of the art equipment.

President and CEO of Horizon Health Network Donald J. Peters tells CHSJ News the new facility will not only improve patient care but benefit staff as they get to work with cutting edge technology.

The new ER cost 37.5 million dollars and is paid for in part by The Give campaign of 2010.

It will open on May 13th.

Local Flooding Possible

The possibility of flooding here in the lower reaches of the Saint John River remains very real heading into the weekend.

The provincial flood forecast centre is predicting the water level in the Oak Point area will hit 4.2-metres by Sunday -- that's just a hair below the 4.7-metre flood stage in that area.

The river level here in the Saint John area is expected to hit the 3.8-metre mark by Sunday -- again just below the flood level of 4.2-metres.

People in these areas are being advised to take the necessary precautions and to keep a close watch on water levels.

Charge Laid In Death of Cult Leader At Dorchester

A Newfoundland man, 60 year old Matthew Gerrard MacDonald of Port au Port has been charged with first degree murder in the death of cult leader Roch Thériault and will enter a plea in a Moncton court next Friday.

The 63 year old Thériault was found dead near his cell at Dorchester Penetentiary on February 26th. He had been involved in some sort of altercation with another inmate and died as the result of his injuries.

Ironically, Theriault told a parole hearing in 2002 he wanted to remain behind bars at Dorchester because he feared for his safety on the outside.

Theriault, who called himself Moses, led a bizarre religious cult in the 1980's made up of concubines, 26 children and other followers. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1993 for the murder of his wife with a kitchen knife. She was eviserated during a cult ritual.

Another woman had her arm hacked off with a meat cleaver but Theriault fathered more children while in prison through conjugal visits.

Campbell Sounds Alarm Over Increasing Student Numbers

The president of UNB Saint John Eddy Campbell sounding the alarm over the predicament of getting more minds and bodies at university campuses.
He tells CHSJ News there are many roadblocks that need to be analyzed, from lowering tuition rates to getting post-secondary institutions closer to the people.

He says it's a complicated picture and he doesn't think there are easy answers but, he is sure they can figure it out.
He says increasing students numbers is vital for the future of New Brunswick.

A Gift Will Help The Saint John Y With Transportation Needs

The YM-YWCA says some major help is coming in dealing with transportation issues.
Acting CEO Shiloh Boucher tells CHSJ News a donation is being made later this month that will help improve access for the 10-thousand kids that use the Y annually.
She says there is always more than can be done but, she thinks with this donation they will be able to remove or eliminate transportation barriers to participation.
She would not elaborate on the donation but is inviting everyone out to the Loyalist Burial Ground on May 17th from 12pm to 1pm for the unveiling of the gift.

Canterbury Street Has A New Blue Parking Meter

Next time you park on Canterbury street, keep an eye out for a new bright blue parking meter.  The Saint John Parking Commission unveiling the first of several new specially designated meters for the disabled.
Chair Chris Titus says the on-street blue parking meters allow the commission to highlight parking spots uptown to better serve their customers.  More of the meters will be appearing uptown over the next couple of months.   For more information, call the Saint John Parking Commission at 658-2970.

RCMP Ask For Public's Help In Finding Girl

Codiac RCMP are asking for the public's help in finding a missing girl.

Chelsea Hartling was reported missing on Sunday.

Police say she left from home on her own accord and has not been in contact with her family since.

She was last seen wearing maroon shorts, a red and white hoody with a large square pattern, and black sneakers with purple laces. She is 5'5" tall, weighs about 170 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. 

Anyone with information should contact Codiac RCMP at 506 857 2400 or Crimestoppers at 1 800 222 TIPS.

It'll Be A Big Day At The Regional Hospital

Premier David Alward in town today for the grand official opening of the Regional Hospital's new Emergency Room.

Alward will join Minister of Health Madeline Dube along with senior officials from Horizon Health Network and the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation for the event.

The new ER will be fully operational to patients and the public at 12:01am on Friday May 13.

The grand opening celebrations begin at 2pm today. The renovations began in 2008 and cost 30 million dollars.
His visit comes just one day after Dube announced phase one of a catastrophic drug plan will be implemented this year. That follows a petition with 83 hundred names on it gather by Terry Crowe of Saint JOhn who suffers from a severe case of arthritis.

Courageous Saint John Man To Be Honoured In Ottawa

It's going to be a big day in Ottawa for a 56 year old East Side man. Richard Frauley, who works as a landscaper, will be given the Medal of Bravery by Governor-General David Johnston.

Frauley is being honoured for helping to rescue two adults and a baby from a car that rolled over after leaving Highway 1 near Lepreau in May of 2008.

He got the family to safety before the car burst into flames engulfing it.

Seadogs Take Opener Of President's Cup Final

Over 57-hundred fans coming out for the game one of the President's Cup Final.

The Sea Dogs getting the win by a score of 2 to 1 over Gatineau after going into the third period all tied up. Simon Despres got the winner at 12:17 of the third period.

Sea Dogs Head Coach Gerard Gallant tells CHSJ News he's happy to get the win but isn't thrilled with how the team played saying they weren't sharp. Gallant concedes the 8 day layoff hurt.

With Saint John having been ranked for most of the season as the best junior team in the country, the fans expect the Seadogs to finally clinch the title after falling short to the Moncton Wildcats last season but Gallant maintains he doesn't feel any extra pressure to deliver on that.

Sea Dogs fan Tony Bourque tells us winning the President's Cup will soothe the wounds of losing out on hosting duties for the Memorial Cup next year.

Game 2 takes place this Saturday at Harbour Station. Game time is 7 o'clock.