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Monday, July 18, 2011

RCMP Lay Down Attempted Murder Charge In Moncton Shooting

RCMP charging 24 year old Shawn Joseph Reid with attempted murder in connection with a shooting in Moncton over the weekend.

A 35 year old Nova Scotia man was injured last Saturday on Wesley Street.

RCMP arresting Reid in Nova Scotia earlier this afternoon after a Canada wide warrant was issued by the police.

Reid Sentencing Delayed

The sentencing of Vincent Eric Reid being delayed until this Thursday now that he faces an additional charge of impaired driving causing bodily harm. 

35-year-old Reid earlier plead guilty to impaired driving causing the death of Gerald Troy Bridges after two trucks collided on the Golden Grove Road on the Victoria Day long weekend. 

He has also plead guilty to four charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Bathurst Call Drug Bust Significant

RCMP and police in the Bathurst area teaming up to keep potentially 18,000 marijuana joints off the streets. 

It what RCMP are calling a significant seizure, police found 17 pounds of marijuana, 40 pounds of hash and six riffles between two houses. 

A 48-year-old man and a 44-year-old man are under arrest and will appear in Court on a later date on drug-related charges.

Bad Driving Habits On The Rise

More congestion on the roads might be leading to the perception that driving habits are getting worse as compared to five years ago.

The Canadian Automobile Association office is located on one of the busiest streets in the city, Westmorland Road as you make your way down the hill to McAllister Mall and Consumers Drive.

The C-A-A's Gary Howard tells CHSJ News when behind the wheel, you have to pay attention to what you're doing.

He says 80 per cent of accidents could be avoided with just one more second of reaction time.

Howard also points out for some reason, people become more aggressive when driving and engage in behaviour they wouldn't dream of doing if just walking along the street.

1785 Charter Was Discriminatory, Man Says

A Saint John man wants the mayor to acknowledge that wording in the city's first Royal Charter was inappropriate towards Black Loyalists. 

David Peters tells CHSJ News he's been lecturing on the subject for 17 years, and says the 1785 Charter was discriminatory in five ways.

He says Black Loyalists were not allowed to vote, live in the city, sell their goods or own a business, and weren't allowed to fish in the Saint John Harbour.

Peters says he's already received letters of recognition from federal Heritage Minister James Moore and Saint John MP Rodney Weston and just wants council  to acknowledge the Charter was prejudicial and would not be accepted in today's society.

Dairytown In The Dark

Most of Dairytown and surrounding area are currently in the dark. 
NB Power reporting a major power outage affecting over 9000 customers in Sussex, Four Corners, Midland Kings, and Jemseg. 
A spokesperson says crews are investigating the cause of the power outage and hope to have restored power to about 2000 costumers within the hour. 
No word yet on when the remaining customers can expect to have power restored.

Reid Back In Court For Sentencing

Vincent Eric Reid of Wright Street faces sentencing today for his involvement in a head on collision on the Golden Grove Road on the Victoria Day Long weekend. 

The 35-year-old is charged with impaired driving causing the death of Gerald Troy Bridges and three other charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm. 

Reid earlier plead guilty to all four charges, and was denied bail.

Moncton Crash Takes Life

One man is dead after an accident involving a single car on the Trans-Canada Highway in Moncton.

RCMP say the crash happened at 9 in the morning on Saturday, when the 82-year-old's car left the road, went into the median and ended up resting against a guardrail.

The man is from Florida, and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Collision On West Side

(Photos courtesy of a Road Warrior)
Car and motorcycle collide on Milford Road Sunday night.

Fire Department Checks Out Smell Of Natural Gas

Fire crews getting several calls about the smell of natural gas in the vicinity of Sand Cove Road.

District Fire Chief Joe Armstrong says they made three trips to the Maritime Northeast distribution plant.

No leak was found but Maritime Northeast was doing some maintenance at the plant earlier in the week and that will be checked out to see if it had anything to do with what you may have smelled yesterday.

Green Party Says The Province Lacks The Vision Needed For The 21st Century

We need new thinking in the province from both the government and business leadership when it comes to future energy development in the 21st century.

So says Provincial Green Party President Janice Harvey who points to the desire to move ahead with shale gas development as being an example of a 19th century mentality.

Harvey questions when New Brunswick will base its economy on renewable forms of energy and efficiency as Germany is demonstrating with its move away from nuclear power.

She also rails against the mentality that whatever an outside investor wants to do in the province, so be it.