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Friday, June 19, 2009

East Side Liquor Store Closed Until Saturday

Those looking for a few beer to kick off the weekend will have to go somewhere other than the East Side Parkway Mall liquor store tonight. Nora Lacy with NB Liquor confirms to CHSJ news the store is closed for maintenance until tomorrow due to plumbing problems.

Third Case of Swine Flu Confirmed in NB

New for June 19 09 2:24pm

The province has its third confirmed case of the H1N1 virus --or-- the swine flu.The Department of Health says it received confirmation that a 20-year-old woman from the Moncton area has contracted the virus. Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Eilish Cleary, says the woman had recently returned from a trip to the United States.

Back in May, Dr. Cleary warned that additional cases could be expected this summer and even more in the fall. Of the three cases confirmed in New Brunswick since the outbreak began on April 26, none have required hospitalization.

Province to Replace Old Wooden Bridge Near Hampton

New for June 19 09 2:23pm

The Brawley Brook Bridge near Hampton is being replaced. The provincial government has set aside 160 thousand dollars to begin construction on the project Monday. The Damascus Road will be fully closed to traffic over the next 9 weeks while the Department of Transportation removes the bridge and replaces it with a 9.1 meter longer--and--9.1 meter wide concrete steel stringer bridge.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry says the existing wooden bridge is 42 years old and reaching the end of its service life.

K-V Fields Project to get Provincial Funding Boost

New for June 19 09 2:23pm

Quispamsis MLA Mary Schryer will be presenting a cheque for 300 thousand dollars to the KV Fields project tonight at the K-V high school graduation ceremony. Schryer tells CHSJ news the money will be used to build quality synthetic fields behind the Kennebecasis Valley High School.

The KV fields project will cost close to 1.5 million dollars.

Local Housing Prices In Record Territory

Housing prices in the greater Saint John area are on the way up -- the Saint John Real Estate Board says the average price of M-L-S listed homes hit $188,500 last month -- that's the highest average price on record and a 12-percent increase from May of 2008.
M-L-S sales in the local area were also up 4.1-percent last month compared to May of last year.
Meantime -- Canada Mortgage and Housing reports new housing starts to the end of May are off by a little over two percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Police Seek Public Help in Vandalism Case

New for June 19 09 1:18pm

City Police are seeking the public's help in finding those responsible for causing a substantial amount of damage to the new Plaza under construction on the West Side.

Officers say someone vandalised the property at 41 Plaza Avenue, next to the new Sobeys on Fairville Blvd in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 6. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saint John Police Force at 648-3333.

Keir Rejects Call For Lepreau Review

The opposition Tories have hit a brickwall in attempts to get an independent review of the Point Lepreau upgrade.
The project is running about five-and-a-half months behind schedule with the reactor now scheduled to come back online early next year.
Energy Minister Jack Keir told the Legislature this morning a review would mean more delays and add as much as 110-million dollars to the overall cost of the project. '
Keir says N-B Power has been open and transparent about the progress of the complex retubing of the reactor and associated work.

Search is on for Missing Person

New for June.19th/2009:

New for Friday 11am:

Missing since June.7th, the Major Crime Unit is asking for your help to find a 69-year old man. Jaakko Lauri of 16 Dove Street in the Moreland Trailer Park was reported missing on the 16th.
He is six feet one, 168lbs, slight build, bald, with a moustache, and growth of beard on face.

He was wearing a blue vest, blue jeans and a white hat. Lauri suffers from depression and if you have seen him, your asked to call City Police at 648-3333 or Crime-Stoppers.

Break and Enter Attempt

New for June.19th/2009:

New for Friday at 11am:

The search is on for two young men by Hampton RCMP. This after someone tried to break into a home in Willow Grove yesterday. Police arrived and gave chase on foot but they both got away.

One is described as five ten, slim build, 170 pounds wearing a white long sleeve hoody and baseball cap. They other is also five ten, late twenties, also 170 pounds wearing a long sleeve black hoody.

Change Come to Recycling Problem

New for June.19th/2009:

New for Friday 11am:

There is a change coming to the recycling program. The Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission has announced they are moving from a five to a three step product stream which allows them to get more collection efficiency. General Manager Mark MacLeod tells CHSJ News, they are in the process of purchasing the equipment for the new set-up which should be ready in August.

It's expected to cost half a million dollars to get the new collection system up and running but MacLeod says the efficiences with the new system will pay for that.

More Students to Say Goodbye

New for June.19th/2009:

New for Friday 5am:

District Six started earlier this week and today, the first of the four high schools in District Eight will hold it's graduation ceremony tonight. Students from Harbourview High will don the cap and gown. Saint John High will hold it's ceremony Sunday afternoon followed by Saint Malachy's and Simonds on Monday.

Also, over 600 students will receive their diploma's from the Saint John Community College this afternoon. The ceremony gets started at 1:30pm at the Trade and Convention Center.

Plenty of City Police to do Last night

New for June.19th/2009:

New for Friday 5am:

It was a night for the record books as City Police were sent to some wild calls. The first of note was Sobeys in the North End just before ten o'clock where a man was hit in the head with a hammer outside the store. He was taken to the Regional and with the exception of a massive headache, is expected to make a full recovery.

City Police also had their hands full with something that doesn't happen everyday. A man walked into his home at 181 Britian Street to find his apartment had been ransacked. His first thought was he had been robbed but then out of no-where, a deer charged at him and hit him in the hip. Officer's tell us the deer crashed through the glass door and tore the place up. The Department of Natural Resources was brought in and the deer was put down.

Fire in Millidgeville

New for June.19th/2009:

New for Friday 5am:

How a fire started in Millidgeville last night remains a mystery at this point. Fire-fighters were called to 40 Millidge Avenue to find heavy smoke coming from the second storey of the building.
They quickly knocked down the flames and nobody was hurt.

Major Crime is assisting as they believe the fire is a case of arson.