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Friday, January 17, 2014

Nurses Hurt In Violent Assault By Patient

An assault by a patient at the Regional hospital on Monday night leaving three nurse requiring medical treatment.

Marilyn Quinn of the Provincial Nurses Union tells CHSJ News the Horizon Health Network has been involved since it was reported on Monday night.

She says they are doing a full investigation and have agreed to meet with nurses union next week. 

A 2005 survey by Stats Can found more than 30 per cent of nurses in the province have been physically abused at work.

UNB Explains Reasoning Behind Hiring Security

The private security firm hired by the University of New Brunswick to monitor the picket line is there to keep strikers safe. 

That, according to UNB's Associate Vice-President of Human Resources & Organizational Development Peter McDougall. He tells CHSJ News they're confident the faculty on strike will be professional and respectful, but there is a risk that others may not be. He says the university recognized that for everyone's safety, there needed to be a security presence on the picket line.

McDougall says there's been no action by the security firm, that they're aware of, that would be anything other than respectful. He adds, the work the security team is doing has everything to do with safety and nothing to do with trying to involve themselves in a labour dispute.

Colleagues from twelve other universities joining AUNBT on the Fredericton picket line today, including Mount Allison, U de Moncton and Memorial.

AUNBT Questions The Hiring Of Security By UNB

The strike carries on at UNB campuses around the province....and Teacher's Association President Miriam Jones tells CHSJ News the teachers are dismayed that the university has hired a private security firm to supervise the picket line, asking protestors to provide personal information and taking photographs.

She says they are pretty heavy duty and are being hired out to big companies who are shutting down plants adding they deal with crisis and potentially violent situations.

Jones says it's been a very dismaying development in the strike....but they're hoping to get back to the bargaining table soon with negotiators meeting to discuss the next steps today.

Premlinary Testing On Clean Water Project To Begin

Over the next few weeks people will be working on the clean drinking water project completing a geotechnical and topographical survey.

The work involves drilling and surveying at 12 locations and you might see cutting, drilling and surveying where the work is being completed.

It's expected the expected the work will continue until the end of February.

Man Arrested After Shots Fired In Musquash Home

On Thursday around 8pm, RCMP in Saint George responded to a report that shots had been fired at a home in the Musquash area.  The RCMP members who  quickly learned that a 58-year-old man had barricaded himself inside his home.

The Emergency Response Team was called to the scene, and the man was arrested without incident shortly before 1:00 a.m.  He remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in Saint John Provincial Court this afternoon.

RCMP Investigating Arson In Maugerville

Police are calling on the public for help solving a case of arson in Maugerville.

Between 2:30 and 3 o'clock Tuesday morning, Oromocto RCMP getting a report of a structure fire at civic number 403 on the 105 Highway. The building was abandoned at the time and secured, with no power. Police don't know the cause of the fire yet, but they do consider it suspicious.

Two people were seen speeding off on an ATV without headlights on around the time of the fire. If you have information about this case, you can
contact the RCMP at 506-357-4300 or 1-888-506-RCMP or anonymously at Crime Stoppers online at or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Hit & Run, Weapons Charges, Drugs Found & Other Tales From The SJPD

Police were kept busy over the past 24 hours with 89 calls for service.

 There was a noon-hour hit and run on Watson Street in which a vehicle reported to be a blue-grey Chevy hit a building and then took off.

As well, Sergeant Jay Henderson explains at 1:10 police responded to a break and enter in progress on Orchid  Street on the West Side. They surrounded the residence while the others looked inside--and a 35 year old and a 29 year old man were found inside the home hiding.

There were two more B&Es on Ellerdale Street and a vacant home on Saddlebrook Court. 

At 7pm, a 26 year old man and woman were arrested on Summer Street North after a raid for illegal weapons. They're expected to appear in court at a later date--as are a 35 year old man and a 26 year old woman who were found with pills and a prohibited weapon after a traffic stop on Douglas Avenue. 

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the Saint John Police Force at 648-3333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Toby Keith Is Coming To Harbour Station

Country fans will be psyched to hear this one!    Toby Keith is coming to Harbour Station for a concert on May 2nd.

Keith will bring his "Hammer Down" tour to Saint John.     In March, the country star has four concerts in Australia before coming back to the states.

Ticket prices range between $79.95 and $119.95 plus service charge and tickets go on sale next Friday January 24th at 10am.

Expect Delays As Turbines Are Moved To Point Lepreau

You might be wondering what you're seeing on the highways--so we'll tell you now.

On Sunday and again on January 26, two turbine rotors weighing about 130 tonnes each will be transported from the Port at West Saint John to the Point Lepreau Generating Station. Moving them will cause t traffic delays and road closures, as they will be travelling at about 15-20 km/hour for most of the 50 km journey.

There will be police escorts--and a replacement truck and specialized mechanics will also be part of the convoy.

It will take about six hours to move each rotor. They will replace two of the three rotors in service at the Point Lepreau Generating Station.

From the city: 

"Motorists and truck traffic are advised to avoid travelling on King Street West, Market Street and Ludlow Street in Saint John West between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 26. Delays can also be expected on Route 1 between 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on the eastbound and westbound lanes from Ludlow Street in Saint John West to Route 790 at Lepreau. The northbound and southbound lanes of Route 790 will be affected from Route 1 to the Ridge Road (up to Point Lepreau) from 8:30 a.m. until noon. All delays will be intermittent, but may last more than 30 minutes and will include road closures and detours."