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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Driver Charged In Death Of Cyclist

28-year-old Jason Donald Dickison of Meductic being charged in connection with the death of a cyclist on Route 7 near Petersville in September of last year.

23-year-old Andrew Wolf, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died at the scene after a collision between a transport truck and a group of cyclists.

He is being charged with driving without due care and attention and excess hours of service.  Police allege Dickison was driving more than the 13 hours allowed by law.

Dickison will appear in Hampton Provincial Court on April 11th.

Former Councillor Offers Insight Into Changing Political Roles

With Deputy Mayor Stephen Chase trying to make the move to federal politics by running as the Saint John Liberal Candidate in the federal election, Saint John Harbour MLA Carl Killen has some insight such a transition.

Killen went from city councillor to MLA after winning the seat last year and he tells CHSJ News there is a learning curve.

He says the biggest change is working as part of a political team.

Moncton Woman Facing Charges After Deadly Quispamsis Crash

A Moncton woman facing charges in connection with a crash last summer which resulted in a woman's death.
On August 19th 2010, RCMP responding to a single vehicle crash on Route 1 in Quispamsis.

22-year-old Katie Lynn Vansnick was driving with three other passengers from Saint John to Moncton when the crash occurred.

24-year-old Angela Pitre of Moncton, a passenger in the car, died in hospital the next day as a result of injuries from the crash.
Vansnick is charged with driving without due care and attention and is due to stand trial in Hampton in September.

Saint John Will Not Host The 2012 Memorial Cup

It's disappointment all around for hockey fans here in the city: Shawinigan has gotten the nod to host the 2012 Memorial Cup.

Chair of the Saint John Memorial Committe John Travis tells CHSJ News the economic spinoffs would have been huge.

Meanwhile, Sea Dogs President Wayne Long says he is confident we had the best bid and exceeded all the key criteria like facilities and logistics.

Long would not say whether the group will re-offer for hosting duties in 2015, only that his goal right now is to take home the President's Cup.

Bonny River Heroes Receive Awards

The Bonny River heroes being honoured for their help in the dramatic rescue of two people in a car that was swept into the Magaguadavic River at the height of last December's flooding.

Brian Barker and Rod Cooke sprang into action taking Cooke's boat and with only the light from the driver's cell phone reaching the pair in the darkness and bringing them to safety just before the car sunk.
Barker and Cooke receiving the Rescuer Awards from the Canadian Red Cross in a ceremony at the Bonny River fire hall.

Save Your Harbour Bridge Transponders

Do you need something to do with that old Harbour Bridge B-pass taking up space on your visor? The Saint Joseph's Hospital Foundation wants you keep it for now and then give it to them to help raise money.
Special Event co-ordinator Jill Logan tells CHSJ News they want to collect as many of the old transponders as possible using the manpower of the Dragon boat teams.

She says they hope to secure a deal from a buyer who will take the whole lot.
Logan says the company that buys the B-passes will recalibrate them and use them however they need to.
She adds once the deal is official, the Foundation will announce the locations where the transponders are being collected in the Greater Saint John area.

Police Using Crime Tracking Website To Fight Crime

 The website and crime mapping software is the latest tool in the belt of the Saint John Police Force. 

The site shows where crimes have occurred in the city and police say if people know where crimes are occurring, they will be more likely to report suspicious activity.

The site is open to public with the option to submit anonymous tips.

Only five types of crimes will be listed initially: break-and-enters, robberies, thefts from vehicles, vehicle thefts and mischief.

The Saint John Police Force is the first agency in Atlantic Canada to use these tools.

2012 Memorial Cup Host City Announcement Coming Today

We find out today if we get the cup. The host city for the 2012 Memorial Cup will be announced this afternoon in Montreal. Selection committee president Gerald Janneteau will make the announcement.

The Sea Dogs and the Saint John 2012 Memorial Cup committee will speak to the media after in the Alpine Room at Harbour Station.

Host Comittee chair John Travis and Ross Jefferson Saint John Destination Marketing will be on hand. Sea Dogs President Wayne Long and Chairman/CEO Scott McCain are attending the announcement in Montreal.
Back in January, Sea Dogs president Wayne Long told CHSJ News he likes Saint John's chances at winning the bid.

More Pain At The Pumps Today

You will be digging deep at the pumps today as gas has gone up again.

Regular self-serve is up to 130.5 after the weekly setting.

There is an increase in the price of diesel at 134.2 while heating oil is cheaper at 116.5.

Student Groups Upset Over New University Fees

The University of New Brunswick Student Union says UNB is taking advantage of a loophole in order to get more money out of students.

Union President Shannon Carmont-McKinley tells CHSJ News UNB wants to charge students extra fees in order to sidestep the $200 dollar tuition increase cap set down in the provincial budget.

She says multiple fees are under consideration and the one that is most likely to go forward is service-related that will charge all students a chunk of money to attend the school. She says the fees could add up to as much $200 or $300 dollars.