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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Rally North America Reaches The Boardwalk

A car enthusiast's dream on the boardwalk tonight.

Muscle cars, sports cars, trucks wrapping up Rally North America in the Port City.

The vehicles at the end of a 1300 mile automotive scavenger hunt that started in Ithaca, New York.

Organizer Tony Intrieri tells CHSJ New they raise money for charity every year with the 2013 recipient being Camp Sunshine.

By July, Rally North America had raised more than $58,000 for the children which helps kids with long term illnesses and their families.

Alleged Crack Dealer Arrested & Charged

The Street Crime Unit have arrested a 26 year old man for drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.

His vehicle was stopped on Wellesley Avenue in Saint John at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Stephen Corey Richard attempted to run from police but was arrested after a short foot chase.

Police seized just over 16 grams of crack with a street value estimated at over $3,200 and a quantity of cash.   

Richard  made a Court Appearance this morning and is facing charges of possessing cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, obstructing a peace officer and proceeds of crime. 

Man Sentenced To Seven Years For Role In Deadly Home Invasion

A man has received sentencing after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a fatal home invasion on Prince Street West last November. 

Ronald McCutcheon was charged with robbery and having his face masked while committing an indictable offense. He's been sentenced to seven years in jail, minus the nine months he's been in custody. 

Justice Judy Clendening delivering the sentence, which includes conditions that McCutcheon must provide a DNA sample, and that he can't own firearms for 10 years after he's released. 

Two men were stabbed in the incident; 21-year-old Christopher Reid, who lived in the house, and 18-year-old AJ Dennison, who later died.

Public Safety Minister, Robert Trevors, ordered an investigation after McCutcheon was released from prison by mistake.

A Musical Mural Improves An Uptown Business

Since Sunday a brick wall off Germain street is looking a lot better.   

That's because the Graffiti guys, Hilari and Ethan McLeod, came to the rescue of Veronica's music.
Owner Veronica Caissie tells CHSJ News about a year ago they began removing graffiti from the front of her store.

After that she asked Hilari what she could do with tags of skulls and profanity on the brick side wall and after covering it with black paint she added musical notes to go with the store.

Caissie says the response has been great adding everyone that comes in loves it. 

She has since learned that her store is in a Heritage area of Saint John and the mural may not be permitted but Caissie adds she never heard anything about the previous tags being a problem and the mural is is an improvement over that. 

Robbery At Local Watering Hole

A local watering hole was robbed last night. 

A call regarding a robbery at the Peel Pub at 143 Union Street came in at about 11:30pm. 

The robber had a weapon and managed to make off with some cash. He ran off and was last seen heading up Dorchester street. He was approximately  5"7 to 5"11 of average build,  was wearing black sweat type pants with a white stripe, sneakers , black jacket, gloves, ski mask and glasses.

The Major Crime Unit is looking into the case. If you have a tip, contact the police or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

It's Been 130 Years Since The Sinking of the Marco Polo

Today is the 130th anniversary of the sinking of the Marco Polo in Cavendish PEI.

Author Lucy Maud Montgomery witnessed the event as an 8 year old girl and at 17 she wrote her first nationally publicized work-The Wreck of the Marco Polo.

The Marco Polo sailed for 32 years while most tall ships sailed for only 10 years.

She sailed at the height of the Golden Age of Sail when Saint John was a world leader.

For more info on the Marco Polo click here

Self-Serve Gas Dips Slightly

A teeny tiny break at the pump for some drivers this morning.

Regular self serve is down nearly two pennies to 135.7 but is still selling around town for 134 even.

The cost of diesel is up more than a cent a litre to 137.4 and home heating oil is also up to 117.4 a litre.

Propane is also more expensive at 97.8 cents a litre at the weekly setting.

RRPD Arrest Two In A Quispam Break And Enter

Rothesay Regional police are looking for a 29 year old man after 3 people tried to steal items from a home under construction in Quispamsis.

A neighbour across the street alerted police around 1130 last night and officers surrounded the home arresting a man and a woman while a second man took off.

A 26 year old man has a court appearance this morning while a 49 year old woman has a future court date.