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Friday, February 3, 2012

Allegedly Impaired Driver Crashes Into Police Car

Talk about running into the law -- literally.

A 20 year old Saint John man striking a police car head-on early this morning in St. Andrews after allegedly failing to obey a stop sign.

A police officer receiving minor injuries and the driver was believed to be impaired.

His license has been suspended for 90 days and he will be appearing in court at a later date to face charges.

Job Fair Aims To Help Atelka Workers

There is good news for the 142 Atelka call centre employees that got pink slips this week.

Contact NB and Enterprise Saint John are teaming to host a job fair later this month in hopes of finding the workers another job.

Mike Bacon of Contact NB tells CHSJ News they have put the call out to local employers, call centre and otherwise, to take part.

It will be those employers who want to meet with the affected Atelka employees and discuss with them some career options for the future.

A similar event last for employers at the RCI call centres in Saint John last year that saw 7 of 31 employers confirm multiple hires as a result of the event.

The Atelka job fair is coming up on February 18th with a location to be dertermined.

For more info, click here

Bail Denied In Sexual Assault Case

25 five year old Bradley Scott Wilson being denied bail -- he's been charged with aggravated sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm, and unlawful confinement in an incident at the Buccaneers Pub on the West Side. 

It's alleged on Jan 12th, Wilson sexually assaulted a 46 year old bartender as she was closing the place down.  She also suffered a broken leg while trying to escape.

Wilson has pleaded not guilty and will remain in police custody until a trial date is set on February 16th.

More Time Needed For Pension Payment

Mayor Ivan Court says the city needs more time to make it's pension payments.

Under the proposed pension reforms, the city could receive a 15 year repayment period.

But Court says that may not be enough time and the city may need 20 to 25 years to make the payments.

City Manager Pat Woods says even with the bare bones budget, pension reforms are still critical.  If not approved, the city would need to come up with an additional 6.4 million dollars in payment money.  The total deficit is now up to 190 million dollars.

Two Men Facing Drug Charges After Three Month Invesigation

A 33-year-old Canterbury Street man faces drug charges after a three month joint police investigation.

Russell William McCain was in court today and has been remanded into custody before another court appearance next week.

Members of the Street Crime Unit and Fundy Integrated Intelligence Unit making the arrest yesterday and in the process seizing one and a half pounds of cocaine and over a half pound of marijuana.

A 53 year old man also faces charges and will be in court at a later date.

M-L-A Tells Mayor Not To Blame Province

A former member of Common Council who's now an   M-L-A is accusing Mayor Ivan Court of playing the blame game.

Glen Tait of Saint John East tells CHSJ News the province is not to blame for the pension plan's growing deficit and city budget cuts stemming from that.

He points out it was the city which missed the deadline to have proposed changes to the pension plan considered during the fall session of the legislature and should take responsibility for that lapse.

Tait says the problems with the city's pension plan started back in 2001 but nothing has been done expect to put more money into it.

Don't Risk Getting Towed

The City pointing out to motorists that under the provincial Motor Vehicle Act, any vehicle parked on a street more than 24 hours is considered abandoned and can be towed.

In a release, they say City streets are for the movement of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians and not for long term parking and street maintenance can be hampered by parked cars.
 To report an abandoned vehicle in your neighbourhood, you can call the Saint John Police Force at 648-3333 or for more information click here

Local Ad Company Will Not Bid For Provincial Contract

A Saint John based ad agency will not be throwing it's hat in the ring as the province consolidates it's marketing down to a single company.

Revolutions Strategy has been working with New Brunswick Tourism and Park since 2009 but says the requirements and direction that the tourism department is taking does not align with the company's goals.

Revolution's current contract ends this summer and it will layoff 4 people who worked exclusively on the tourism account.