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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Former Sussex Church Youth Councillor Arrested

A former Sussex Church Youth Councillor being held for a bail hearing in Ontario.

42-year-old Kris Allan Gowdy was arrested by Durham Regional police in the Toronto region late last week. He's charged with luring a child online and attempted aggravated sexual assault.

Gowdy was arrested after he made arrangements on social media to meet a 15-year-old male -- who was actually a police investigator --  for a sexual encounter.

Gowdy is HIV-positive and is a youth pastor with the Free Methodist Church in Courtice, Ontario.

Tentative Deal Reached In Lobster Prices

A week-long conflict between lobster fishermen, fish processing plants and the provincial government has been resolved.

The Maritime Fishermen's Union says a tentative deal was reached Friday night and approved by most fishermen yesterday morning.

Tensions over lobster prices bubbled over last week, when fishermen demonstrated in Cap-Pele and Shediac, preventing trucks from delivering Maine lobsters to three processors.

The deal calls for processors to pay an additional 25 cents per lobster, which the union will match to raise the price to three dollars per pound for processed lobster and $3.50 per pound for live market lobster.

Traffic Disruptions Sunday & Monday

Your commute today and tomorrow could be changed.

There's a marathon happening this morning throughout streets like Water Street, Douglas Avenue, Manawagonish Road and more, be careful around the runners!

Tomorrow Harbour Bridge construction continues. One of the westbound lanes will be worked on for about three to four weeks. Work on the eastbound lane will begin this September.

If you drive down Woodward Avenue road work will also begin tomorrow and last for about two weeks between Donaldson Street and Ray Street --- there will be a detour. It will be closed to thru traffic while sanitary and sewer improvements is being done.

Building Suffers Heavy Fire Damage

Saint John Fire Department had a busy Saturday night.

Just after 8:30 crews were called to 169 Rodney street where heavy fire was exiting through the front windows of the building. It took fire crews about two hours to get the bulk of the blaze under control. A third of the building suffered heavy smoke, fire and water damage.

Later around midnight fire crews were called to 10 Spruce Street where porch curtains were ablaze. That fire was quickly knocked out.

There were no injuries in both cases.

Skateboard Competition Kicks Off Tomorrow

If your typical day is practicing your skills at the skate-park, tomorrow you'll be able to show them off!

The first skateboard competition put on by the Rothesay Regional Police Force takes off tomorrow. The free event will see skateboarders from 5 to 18-years-old competing for titles and tons of prizes from the new Shred Board shop.

Cadet Aaron Burke tells CHSJ news the idea came when he talked with other officers about problem areas -- one being the new Quispam skate-park that opened in April.

He says there's a lot of good kids there who are very talented, and this event is a great opportunity to build a positive relationship.

Burke adds there's also going to be a BBQ with proceeds going to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program -- which helps kids get into sports. The event runs from 11:00 until 4:00 tomorrow at the Quispamsis Skate Park. Kids are welcome to register at 10:00am. There are 3 categories: beginner, advanced and intermediate. Judges are employees from the board shop and Mayor Murray Driscoll.

Athletes Over 75 Breaking World Records

More proof that age is just a number.

At the World Masters Track & Field Championships Canadian and world records have been broken by athletes in their seventies all weekend.

Organizer Bill MacMackin tells CHSJ news Christa Bortignon from BC set a world record in the pentathlon for her age group of 75. There's also been Canadian bests for javelin, race/walks, and others.

In the 10km road race an 84-year-old female athlete finished in one hour and four minutes.

Today is the last day of events that feature athletes from around the world over the ages of thirty at the Canada Games Stadium.

Verdict Comes Down In Sexual Assault On West Side

A Chance Harbour man will be sentenced September 7th after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 45 year old bartender in a pub on the west side last January. 

Two other charges of unlawful confinement and assault causing bodily harm have been stayed.

25 year old Bradley Scott Wilson claimed the bartender took a 100 dollar bill from his jacket pocket and that prompted a chase, scuffle during which she suffered a broken knee after falling and then sexual activity in exchange for the money. 

The bartender told the court she complied out of fear. 

Mr. Justice Hugh McLellen noted there were inconsistencies in both their stories but, in the end, he did not believe Wilson had that hundred dollar bill in his jacket when he had smaller amounts of cash in the pocket of his pants and although she offered sex, the judge did not believe it was consensual.

New Roosevelt Monument Unveiled

History being reborn on Campobello Island.

Over fifty years later a new plaque and monument is unveiled in honor of former American President Franklin D Roosevelt. Roosevelt spent much of his young life on the Island, where his former cottage still stands.

MP for New Brunswick South West John Williamson tells CHSJ news ties are still strong between Canada and the US, and the history is unique for both countries.

The monument is a six feet tall stone plaque with inscriptions on both sides. Williamson says it's built to withstand our tough weather. It's in it's original home in front of the Campobello Public Library and Museum.