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Friday, February 28, 2014

Renous Death

A 25 year old inmate of the Atlantic Institution in Renous has died.

Keegan Periard died on Thursday in a Miramichi hospital.

Periard was serving a life sentence for murder that began in February of 2010.

Clark And Morrison Are 2014 Inductees

6 people will be inducted in the provincial sports hall of fame later this year and they include Gordie Clark and Nancy Morrison.

Clark is from Saint John and currently the director of player personnel for the New York Rangers.   He is also known for winning the Calder Cup with the Maine Mariners in 1979.

Nancy Morrison of Quispamis is a well know umpire who was selected for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and is the volunteer athletic director at KV High.

Other inductees include curler David Sullivan of Fredericton and Rheal Cormier of Cap Pele who spent 16 years in Major League baseball playing with Boston, Philadelphia and Montreal.

To see the rest of the list, click here

The induction ceremony is coming up on June 7th in St. Stephen. 

Faces of Fusion Honors Youth Leaders

Glitz and glam will be on display tonight at the Faces of Fusion gala.

Eric Savoie of Fusion Saint John tells CHSJ News the event is a bit different now as they focus on the youth of Saint John in categories like sports, arts and culture and immigrant entrepreneurs.

He says rather than having key note speakers from outside Saint John they have decided to focus on the young leaders that our shaping the future of the community.

CHSJ's own Julia Wright is nominated in the personal achievement category.    

The awards will be handed out in a gala awards ceremony tonight at the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Ship Terminal. 

For more info, click here

Horizon Gets Standing In The Perry Inquest

In a historic decision in this province, a judge in Saint John has overturned a coroner's decision that Horizon Health does not have standing in the upcoming inquest into Serena Perry's death.

With this move, Horizon can now call witnesses and cross examine witnesses in the inquest that is set to begin on March 17th--although Horizon's lawyer, John Barry, predicts it could take considerably longer than the 2 weeks that have been set aside.

It's also unclear whether the suspect in her death, who the court understands now lives in Alberta, will be called as a witness unless he decides to come willingly. Perry died at the Regional two years ago and criminal charges were never laid in her death.

Another hearing in this matter is set for March 10th.

Serena's mother Rose Perry was in court today.

Bald Is Beautiful Support Grows Online

"Embrace your baldness" That phrase attached to a selfie from a Saint John woman who is battling cancer is creating a buzz online.

Michelle James tells CHSJ News says she got a response from her own pic but it really took off when her daughters posted their "bald" pics.

She tells us her daughter's posted pics and sent it out as a Bald is Beautiful nomination challenge instead of the negative drinking challenge that was out at the time.

James says at first a friend shaved her head in support and she said you don't have to shave your head just cover your hair up with a scarf or hats.

To see a series of the bald is beautiful pics, search #bib or #bald is beautiful on Facebook.

Health Minister Says Pharmacists Are Underrated

The Alward Government says it will be making changes to the Pharmacy Act to allow pharmacists to prescribe medications for minor ailments. 

Provincial Health Minister Ted Flemming says pharmacists probably know more about drugs and their effects than other health care professionals.

Flemming points out they have a four year post graduate degree in pharmacology which is the study of drugs and their effects so they do a lot more than just count pills and put them in bottles.

Event For Outdoorsy Types Starts Today

Folks who love ATVing, boats, tractors, and all things outdoors won't want to miss the inaugural Southern NB Outdoor Sports Show at the Trade and Convention Center.

The show starts today at 3pm and runs through the weekend. It's put on by the Musquash ATV Association, and organizer Chris Taylor tells CHSJ News it's about getting people off the couch and out in nature.

Taylor says there's something at the show for everyone. The hours are as follows

 Friday, February 28 : 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 : 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 2 : 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fredericton Police Officer Arrested

Fredericton Police announcing the arrest of one of their members after responding to a domestic dispute call. 

The unnamed officer was off duty at the time and has been suspended with pay. 

The investigation will now be handled by the West District RCMP.

Missing Woman Found Safe

The Saint John Police Force are letting the public know they've successfully located Karen Ogden, who was reported missing earlier this week, and ensured her safety and well-being.

The police would like to thank the public and the media for their help in this matter.

Deer Island Will Get A New Ferry

A Saint John company is partnering with the Province to build a new 24 car ferry for Deer Island to replace the John E. Rigby next spring.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams is happy the work will be done in the province by Custom Fabricators and Machinists.

Williams adds the deal with CFM will include other provincial suppliers up north stimulating economic activity.

The project will create work for about 35 full-time skilled tradespeople at CFM.

Senior Arrested In Suspicious Powder Incidents

A 79-year-old man has been arrested after two suspicious packages were sent to Saint Joseph's Hospital and a local funeral home late yesterday morning. Sergeant Jay Henderson tells CHSJ News it caused quiet a commotion, since part of the hospital had to be quarantined and employees decontaminated as a precaution.

The envelopes containing a white powder were tested and found to be powdered milk.  

Obviously, no one was hurt.

Police people if they ever find a suspicious package to not open, it but call police. The senior citizen was taken into custody and is facing charges.

Arrest Made In Suspicious Package Incidents

Police confirm an arrest has been made in the suspicious package incidents at St Joseph's hospital and a local funeral home yesterday. 

More details are expected later this morning.