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Saturday, November 17, 2012

2012 Santa Claus Parade

Highlights from the 2012 Saint John Santa Claus Parade

Pre-Parade Party At New Terminal

The Santa Clause parade party starts a whole lot earlier at the city's newest cruise ship terminal.

The Port of Saint John showing off the new Diamond Jubilee Cruise Ship terminal with a pre-parade party from 1 to 3pm on Water street.

The Port's meet and greet volunteers will be hosting tours of the new building's public spaces like the rooftop patio.

Kids can enjoy some hot apple cider, hot chocolate and cookies and get their faces painted before the parade.

Saint John Firefighter Dies From Fall In Ottawa

A 39-year-old man from Saint John has died after falling from a hydraulic lift in Ottawa early Friday morning.

Emergency crews were called to a construction site at around 2:30 a.m. Dale Clinton was rushed to hospital where he later died of his injuries. He fell about 4 1/2 meters off the lift, and friends quickly called 911. 

According to a release from the International Association of Fire Fighters, Dale Clinton was attending their Canadian Political Training Academy in Ontario. The final day of the academy was suspended because of the accident.

There was no construction scheduled overnight, and police are not treating the incident as an industrial accident. 

Calls have been made to the Saint John Fire Department for comment.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

The streets in Saint John are filled with lights and holiday decorations in preparation for tonight's 60th annual Santa Claus Parade.

This years theme is "children's dreams, wishes and imaginations," which Leslie Keating from Uptown Saint John says will bring out some favorite childhood characters. She says this year has some pretty creative entries, plus lots of bands and walking groups. Kids are encouraged to write letters to Santa and are reminded to include their return mailing address so the big guy can write back.

Lightly used coats and donations will be collected for the food bank before the parade starts, which Keating says is the biggest single day pick up for the charity.

Local artist Fred Ross is this year's marshal for the 45 minute event, which will follow the same route as last year. 

The parade will leave the Causeway, go onto Union St., left on Sydney St., right on King’s Square North, left on Charlotte St., down King St. and on to St. Patrick, on to Main St., right on Lansdowne Ave., and right at Wellesley Blvd.  These streets will be closed off during the parade. 

People are also asked not to park on King Street after 5pm, or risk being towed. All 4 lanes of the Causeway will be blocked off beginning at 3:30pm for the parade line-up.

The whole show starts at 6pm. For more information, click here.

Police Looking For Man Unlawfully At Large

City Police are looking for your help in finding a man who's currently unlawfully at large and a Canada Wide Warrant has been issued for his arrest.
42 year old William Wayne Cummer was last seen on November 13th. He has an extensive criminal background that involves numerous violent offenses and shouldn't be approached.  He's described as being 6' tall, 181 lbs., with brown hair or a shaved head, hazel eyes, with tattoos on face, neck and body.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Cummer is asked to contact the Saint John Police at 506-648-3333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

3rd Arrest Made In Connection With Stabbing

Saint John City Police arresting a third man in connection with the home invasion that left one 18 year old dead earlier this month.

The 16 year old teenager, whose name can't be released, was arrested Thursday in Moncton. The teen appeared in court Friday to answer to appropriate charges.

On November 3rd police were called to a home on Prince Street West, in regards to a home invasion where two young men had been stabbed. 

A warrant still exists for 22-year-old Bradley Saia.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Saint John Police Force at 648-3333 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.