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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Blood Stains Found On Clothing Of Accused In Home Invasion

The jury at the trial of Brendan and Bradley Saia, both 21, for a bloody and deadly home invasion on Prince Street heard plenty of forensic testimony from police and a specialist from Halifax.

The court was told blood stains were found on the sneakers and clothing worn by Brendan Saia as well as Ronald McCutcheon who had been let out of jail by mistake.

Police were also told a lot of the evidence they wanted analysed could not be processed by the lab on time.

A forensic expert from the lab in Halifax testified the DNA samples from the Saia brothers cannot be distinguished from one another because they are identical twins. 

Christopher Reid's D-N-A was taken from a knife. A-J Dennison's D-N-A from a knife blade. Dennison died from the stab wounds he sustained and no conclusion could be made from the D-N-A on a machete and its handle.

Oven Fire Source Of Smoke

A flurry of excitement earlier this afternoon at the highrise on Smythe Street - fire crews responding to an alarm that turned out to be an oven fire - the blaze filled the apartment and hallway with a lot of smoke.
Fire fighters brought in heavy duty exhaust fans to clear the smoke while paramedics checked out the people living in the apartment as a precaution.

Golden Grove Road Fire Is Suspicious

Fire investigators are en route to the scene at 2010 Golden Grove Road after a fire broke out earlier today.

Mark Wilson of the Saint John Fire Department tells CHSJ News a lot of the fire is knocked down.

He says they are still digging out the fire extension into the roof, attic and walls adding it's hard to put crews in the house as they know about holes in the floor.

Wilson says this building is one they were keeping an eye on it adding there is a history there and the cause is suspicious at this time.

Two Of The Four Men Identified In Child Sex Probe

We now know where the four provincial men facing charges in the Operation Snapsnot probe are from.

On June 13th, police seized computers, cd's, dvd's and more from a Lincoln home and a 42 year old man was arrested and later released.

The next day in another search where similar material was seized 52 year old Fred Price of Frederiction was arrested.

On the 21st, a search in Lorne netted more of the same resulting in charges for a 36 year old man and on June 24th another search was conducted in Miramichi where computers and more were seized leading to charges for 48-year-old Donald Martin.

All four men have future court dates.

The investigation being led by RCMP's Internet Child Exploitation Unit with help from other units and other police forces.

The Town of Quispamsis Encourages Ideas For A BMX Park

The town of Quispamsis wants to expand recreation and is looking to the younger generation for ideas on a BMX park for bike riders.

Barry Brown is the Parks Manager for the town and he tells CHSJ News there will be a pump track with jumps along the way to make things interesting but the larger the jumps, the more pedaling that's required on the part of riders.

Brown says the town has not decided on a permanent location for a 40 metre square and are hoping the young people will offer up some suggestions. He says there would also be some green space as part of the park but it would take a couple of years to finish up the project. Brown is hoping there will be a start sometime this year.

Crews Battling Golden Grove Road Blaze

Fire crews are on the scene of a structure fire at 2010 Golden Grove Road.    

City police are blocking traffic are either side of Golden Grove road.

It appears the building involved is vacant.  

Additional resources have been called in to help from the KV Fire department.

Grace Foundation Approached By Trudeau

It's not entirely clear whether the Grace Foundation wants its 20 thousand dollars back from Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau for a failed fundraiser over a year ago at the Imperial Theatre. 

That, according to a spokesperson for Trudeau who says he asked the Foundation last week to specify if it wants its money back in cash or ``some other arrangement,'' like having him headline another fundraising event for free but the foundation has yet to respond. 

No other group has sought repayment except for the Grace Foundation which released a statement claiming it was distressed over the issue becoming "a political football" and aimed some pointed criticism at Fundy Royal Conservative M-P Rob Moore for fuelling the controversy.  

Online Child Predators Targeted

A major child pornography bust in Atlantic Canada with 22 arrests including 4 in New Brunswick. 64 charges have been laid.

The arrests are part of a joint investigation into the exploitation of children.

Police say two children were taken into safety as a result of the investigation because they were at risk of being harmed.

The charges include accessing, making and possessing child pornography and voyeurism.

Self Serve Regular Is Cheaper

You'll pay a bit less for self serve regular in the city after the weekly setting. 

It has dropped by just over a cent a litre to $1.25.3. Diesel is virtually unchanged at $1.28.7 a litre. 

Propane is less expensive with a maximum price of 97 cents a litre and the max for heating oil is $1.11.6.