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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NDP Calling On Government To Fix Water

NDP Provincial Leader Dominic Cardy is calling on the provincial government to fix and regulate water contamination in a Moncton residential area.

Cardy tells CHSJ news a private lab in Fredericton conducted a test on a home in Stoney Creek that showed levels of diesel and barium had gone up significantly. He says you could smell the benzene in the water and it affects several dozen people in the area.

According to Cardy residents don't even touch the water. He says the chemicals come from years of oil drilling, and is asking the government to step up their game in oil and gas regulations.

Several Highway Bang-Ups, One Fatal

A 52-year-old Fredericton man has died, after his vehicle went off the road into a steep ditch in Nashwaak Village. It happened on Route 8 on July 31st shortly after after 4:30pm

So far, police believe that the man’s Jeep first rear-ended another vehicle,injuring a 53-year-old woman. The man continued driving and left the road about a kilometre away. The man died at the scene.The name of the victim is not being released. RCMP is asking that anyone who may have witnessed the 2007 Jeep Sahara driving on Route 8, to contact 1-888-506-RCMP (7267), or Crime Stoppers.

Meanwhile, The Musquash Fire Dept responding to a crash on Highway 1 in Musquash this morning near the Ducks Unlimited Marsh around 7:30 am that a car had rolled over into the median. The one woman in the car was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Alleged Robbery on Harbour Passage

A 42 year old man has been taken to hospital for observation after an alleged robbery in the wee hours this morning.

Constable Jay Henderson of the Saint John Police Force tells CHSJ News the man was walking on the Harbour Passage when he was robbed an an undisclosed amount of money seized.

Massive Open Pit Mine Proposed Near Stanley

A proposal for a massive open pit mine outside of Fredericton has some up in arms. Forest Ecologist Larry Wuest tells CHSJ news the tungsten and molybdenum  mine near Stanley would have a devastating effect on the land.

He asks the public to imagine standing on King's College Road in Fredericton and looking out across the river as far as the giant flag on the other side. That is the area, Wuest says, that the proposed mine would fill up with debris, and would stretch even further out fro the bridges on either wide.

Wuest further says the tungsten and molybdenum there are of poor quality, and there's a higher than normal arsenic and lead content in the area. He calls the idea is both ecologically and economically short-sighted, because the claim the mine would create hundreds of construction jobs isn't yet substantiated.

Police Affadavit In Oland Murder Case Released

A little bit of information has been released from the Richard Oland murder investigation with the police affadvit which talks about the delays in analysing the evidence partly because two of the forensic people who do the analysing had health issues to deal with, the reluctance of witnesses to come forward because of all the attention and concern over the spreading of rumours and false information by social media.
According to the affadavit, 378 pieces of evidence were seized, 243 of which require analysis. 60 interviews were conducted and police Constable Stephen Davidson argues even release of the cause of death and how Oland was murdered would jeopardise the investigation. 

Media lawyer David Coles says the delays in processing the evidence he finds troubling especially considering the Oland case is a high profile murder investigation.
More hearings are scheduled later this month on what information from the search warrants themselves can be released. Judge Leslie Jackson has already decided what he thinks can be released but that could change depending on the arguments presented.

Travel Podcast Highlights Saint John

Saint John is getting international attention from an American travel journalist.

Well-known writer and CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg hosts the three minute video that shows what it's like to be a local. In the podcast Greenburg explores Market Square, the New Brunswick Museum, where to eat and more. Called "Travel Tuesday", the weekly podcast spotlights different cities around the world.

Lawyers Need More Time In Oland Case

Lawyers Gary Miller and Bill Teed have told the court they need more time to go through the stack of search warrants in the Richard Oland murder investigation.

There was more police testimony in a closed hearing. Miller and Teed will be back before Judge Leslie Jackson, who will decide what information can be released, on August 13th. They will make their case at that time whether any further material should be kept sealed.

There's another hearing scheduled August 16th and 17th to allow the media lawyer David Coles (picture) the opportunity to argue whether more information should be released.

Cyclist Dies After Hit & Run

A cyclist has died after a hit and run collision in Moncton last night.

The 58-year-old Dieppe man died in hospital as a result of his injuries. RCMP responded to Lewisville Road near the intersection of Dowd Street just before 11 o'clock after receiving reports of a hit and run.

Shortly after a 23-year-old Dieppe man was arrested in connection to the incident and was later released.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Robbery In Hampton

The RCMP in Hampton are investigating a robbery that occurred on July 29th at the Red Brick Bar on Railway Crescent.
Police say at around 11:30 that night, someone came into the bar demanding money and then taking off with an undisclosed amount.
The suspect's face was concealed but the robber was wearing white painters coveralls, under a green, waist-length jacket.
Police are asking anyone with information or who may have been in the downtown area around that time and seen a person matching the description, to contact the RCMP at 506-832-5566. 

Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at, or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).