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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Police Rule Out Foul Play In Teen's Death

City police closing their file on the death of Gen Cormier.

Sgt. Jay Henderson confirms to CHSJ News that foul play has been ruled out in her death.

The 19 year old's body was found on a beach in Red Head on November 2nd.

She was reported missing in late September.

Family, friends and volunteers conducted a series of searches for the teen in the area when she was last seen near the Reversing Falls restaurant.

UNB Saint John Students Planning Friday Rally

The students at UNB Saint John are looking for your support in a rally on Friday.

1st year nursing student Kaitlyn Assadpour tells CHSJ News the point is to have the student voices heard because they are ones really suffering as the strike carries on.

She tells us the event is open to anyone in the community including famillies to have anyone come out and support students from UNB so they can see an end to this strike.

Both UNB administration and the representatives of the faculty are due to meet today and tomorrow with the government specially appointed outside mediator Brian Keller in hopes that the strike can end.

The student rally is coming up Friday morning at 1130 in Kings Square.

Sussex Mounties Make Arrests In 2013 B&E's

The Mounties in Dairytown arresting four people in relation to several b&e's in Sussex and Havelock.

The crimes occurred between September and November last year with two Havelock men and a man and a woman from Sussex all facing charges.

RCMP officers have recovered stolen items from four different locations and all four have been released with court dates in March and April.

UPDATE: 16 Year Old Facing Charges After Uptown Spree

City police kept hopping early this morning with a spree of vandalism and damage to vehicles.

Just before 4am, officers responded after a report that someone climbed a rear fire escape behind an apartment building on Germain Street and threw a concrete block on to the roof of a parked car below.

Sgt. Jay Henderson tells us a short time later that was another call about more vehicle damage on Duke street.

He says it appears the person walked up onto the hood of the vehicle and on to the roof smashing out of the sunroof.

Just after 5am, officers found a 16 year old in a vehicle on Orange street. 

He tried to take off and damaged the vehicle in the process and is a suspect in the damage to vehicles earlier this morning.  

He was found with stolen property, arrested and is facing many charges.

The teen's case was adjourned until February 5th.   He will be held in custody until then.

Bad Roads Campaign Generating Lots Of Calls

The bad roads campaign launched a while back by the Canadian Union of Public Employees has generated over 700 calls from drivers this winter which has been a stormy one since mid December. 

The President of CUPE local 1190 Andy Hardy tells CHSJ News people can call a toll free number if their roads have not been plowed so they're safe to drive on. Hardy says you can't have the plows going 24/7 unless you have spare operators.

Hardy says the roads being mentioned are being passed along to the Transportation Department so they can be checked. 

That toll free number is 1888-TRIP-198 or 1-888-874-7198.

Hardy says the calls have been coming in from all over the province, not one specific area.

Jail Guards In Province Now Talking About Possible Strike Action

After going 31 months without a contract agreement, jail guards in the province are talking about strike action in a few months. The Canadian Union of Public Employees has applied for binding arbitration.

 Ryan Murnaghan has been a guard at the jail on Old Black River Road for 12 years and is president of the union local. He tells CHSJ News if there is a strike, there will be fewer guards working and the provincial jails will be locked down. This can cause tensions to rise on the inside and violence to erupt which happened during the last strike by jail guards.
Murnaghan says the guards in New Brunswick are the lowest paid in the country, earning 25 per cent less than their counterparts in Nova Scotia and they're looking for wage parity with them.

Corrections officers staged an information picket earlier this week outside the office of Saint John Lancaster M-L-A Dorothy Shepherd.

A Difficult Shoplifter & Copper Piping Theft Leads To Flood

Someone broke into a vacant building on Golden Grove Road and left behind a real mess.

Sgt. Jay Henderson tells us officers responding to a break, enter and theft around 430 Tuesday afternoon found a padlock had been cut off on a door leading to the basement.

Henderson says whoever did this removed and stole about 30 feet of copper plumbing piping causing the water to pour into the basement resulting in exstensive damage.

Officers also responded to a store in East Saint John around 7pm where a 29 year old shoplifter was struggling with store security.

It's believed she had taken $2500 in electronic merchandise and a woman's wallet was found on her that had been reported stolen back in December.

She is facing several charges including possession of stolen goods and assault and she was held 
in custody.