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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Bartender Says She Went Into "Survival Mode"

A 46 year old bartender allegedly assaulted at Buccaneer's Pub in January says she was in "survival mode" during the January attack--in which a 25 year old Bradley Scott Wilson of Chance Harbour stands accused.

In emotional testiomony, the woman said she feared for her life after fracturing her leg trying to run from a man shadowing her as she tried to close the bar. She says he took her clothing then intimidated her into performing sex acts in a bathroom. The accused allegedly smashed her phone when she tried to call 911 and she was unable to reach the bar's panic button.

Afterward, she says she smoked a joint and drank beer with him because she was terrified of angering him and he wouldn't let her leave. Her testimony continues tomorrow.

International Track Event Begins In Saint John

Athletes run in an event at the The North American, Central American and Caribbean Masters Championships in Saint John.

The event began today and continues until Sunday at the Canada Games stadium.

The participants must be over 30 to take part.

Acadian Closure Will Not Impact CBS

The closure of Acadian Bus Lines this fall will have no impact on Canadian Blood Service getting their product to hospitals.

Spokesperson Paul Doucet tells CHSJ News they were sad to see a long term carrier go down.

He says they areone of the many carriers they use and the closure date of November 30th will give them time to adapt and shift their requirements to other service providers.

He says they just have to adjust within a range of options they have including air and land travel including their own fleet.

Community Living Hosts Info Sessions

The many services that Community Living offers to children and adults are being discussed today.
Amanda Dobbelstyn tells CHSJ News they are hosting public information sessions at the Saint John public library.

She says they will be going over the four programs offered in Saint John along with ones offered at the provincial level.

One of those is the Transition program that moves people with intellectual disabilities from high school onto life after that.

The sessions at Saint John Public Library continues between 2 and 4pm and again tonight from 7-9pm.



Buccaneer's Pub Sexual Assault Case Continues

25 year old Bradley Scott Wilson of Chance Harbour appearing in court again this afternoon for sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm, and unlawful confinement. Wilson is accused of attacking a bartender, who sustained a fractured knee and other injuries at Buccaneer's Pub back in January.

The bartender allegedly drank and smoked weed with Wilson before he became aggressive and tried to have sex with her. Another young woman who was at the bar that night testified Wilson shared cocaine with her and then hassled her for a kiss and her phone number.

But a taxi driver who picked up Wilson and the bartender in the wee hours of January 12 said the two sat in the backseat together and she seemed fine. The alleged victim gives her side of the story this afternoon.

Arsonist Sentenced For Charlotte Street Fire

A 20 year old Mecklenberg Street man has been sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to starting the fire on Charlotte Street April 25th which destroyed a convenience store at the corner of Princess Street and an historic theatre that was boarded up for years.
Roger Chaisson and two teens he knew had been smoking pot and wandering around the uptown, before breaking into the building at 127 Charlotte Street beside Trinity Anglican Church but left when they saw police cars outside only to return a short time later.  

They began lighting pieces of paper and cardboard which set a wall on fire and spread.  

Chaisson told police they tried to put it out but to no avail and then ran from the building.  

Chaisson also pleaded guilty to damaging the lock on his jail cell door and violating a previous probation order. The court was told he has grade 9 education and has been drifting through life with no direction wanting only to take drugs. 

Another of the accused, 19 year old Samuel Nolan has been declared unfit to stand trial.

Mispec Clean Up Set For Saturday

It's a hot topic and now one company and some volunteers are going to do something about it.

A cleanup is planned for this Saturday at Mispec beach to be followed by a BBQ.

Redhead residents, local users of the beach and politicians have been talking about the decline of the beach in recent years.

Canaport LNG will supply gloves and garbage bags for the cleanup but are looking for volunteers.

The cleanup starts at 9:30am with the BBQ planned for 11:30am.
The event will happen rain or shine.

To sign up, call Kate Shannon at 638-1311.

Self Serve Regular Rises Signifcantly

A big five cent a litre jump in the price of self serve regular after the weekly setting. 

The maximum price for diesel also increasing by just over a cent. 

Propane is down to a listed price of 94.2 cents a litre and there has been a slight increase of under half a cent in the price of heating oil.