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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Long Waits & Scrape Ups As Folks Line Up For Cheap Gas

Over 30 cars lined up in either direction at the Loch Lomond Irving Station to get filled up before prices are expected to jump tonight.

One of our road warriors was on scene and reports cars were parked head to head at the pumps, impeding the flow of traffic. One vehicle was even rear-ended while the driver tried to squeeze into the lot.

Prices are expected to jump by as much as 6 cents a liter, although heating oil and diesel will most likely only increase by two cents.

More Hunters Are Bagging More Moose

Provincial hunters killing a record number of moose during last week's 3-day hunt.

Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup says early numbers indicate over 3500 moose were harvested, an increase of 44 per cent over last fall.

Since 2010, over 1000 hunting licences have been added, many in areas with a high number of moose/vehicle accidents in an effort to reduce collisions.

Over 4700 hunters were licensed for the Sept 27th to 29th hunt and about 75 per cent of them bagged a moose.

BOT Hands Out Awards Tonight

We'll soon find out who the Board of Trade think are the outstanding businesses in our region.

The awards are being handed out in the annual gala awards tonight at the Trade & Convention Centre.

The finalists in Business Excellence are Cochran's Country Market and Innovatia.
In the Emerging Enterprise category, Hemmings House Pictures and Peice O' Cake Custom Creations are the finalists.

Dave Wolpin, owner of Kredl's in Hampton, wins the Young Entrepreneur award.

The 2012 Big Heart Award goes to the Romero House Soup Kitchen.

Three Cruise Ships In Port Again

Trying to grab lunch in the market might have been a little challenging with 5800 extra people in Saint John.

The Port City is enjoying another triple ship day with The Carnival Glory docked at the new Diamond Jubilee Cruise ship terminal.

The Jewel of the Seas is at the Marco Polo cruise ship terminal and the Norwegian Dawn is at Long Wharf.

The 2012 cruise ship season is due to wrap up on the 29th.

Don't Panic If You See Commotion In The South End

You might notice some emergency vehicles and general commotion in the South End tomorrow but, don't panic: the Saint John Police Force want you to know that a training exercise will be conducted in the Charlotte Street and Broad Street area.

Tactical Police members will be using training facilities in this area and want to make the public aware it's simply a test.

Daycares Not Making Grade For Disabled Kids

Daycares and early childhood education facilities aren't making the grade when it comes to including kids with disabilities....that from a recent study by the NB Association for Community Living. Some of the biggest issues included a lack of proper facilities, not enough support staff, and lack of funding for programs. 

With the Saint John police force recently rolling out an online registry for people with autism, Mitchell tells CHSJ News she thinks that's a good idea, since so many kids are prone to running, but she's looking forward to getting more details. 

The NBACL has put together a series of recommendations to the provincial government, including better pay for support workers and funding to create much-needed programs.

Missing Teen in Burtt's Corner

A 17-year-old boy is missing from Burtt's Corner. Isaiah Edmondson - Rideout was last seen on Monday morning as he was leaving his house.

He is described as being approximately 5' 10" tall with a skinny build, weighing approximately 160 pounds.  He has green eyes and collar length brown  hair.

When he left he was wearing a white  T-shirt with the cartoon character "Dewey" on the front, black jeans, a black hoodie and blue high tops.  He was also carrying a black Starter backpack.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Isaiah Edmondson-Rideout is asked to contact District 2 RCMP at 506-357-4300 or Crime Stoppers at or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Teen Hit In Face By Billy Club Outside High School

City Police are currently looking for a 17 or 18-year-old teenager whom they suspect is responsible for hitting a 17-year-old student in the head with a baton outside Harbour View High.

City police, fire and ambulance responding to an assault outside the high school just after 1 o'clock.

Fire, paramedics and a nurse are treating the student on the scene. Police say the suspect is not a student at the high school.

Drivers Set For A 7 Cent Hike Gas Prices

New Brunswickers are looking at a spike in gas prices of about 7 cents tomorrow (Thursday).

Kevin McCann of Wilson Fuels tells CHSJ News there are many contributing factors to an increase adding speculators like bad news and there was an incident with the Irving Oil refinery last week.

At pumps around the city, traffic is steady as people fill up before the price goes up tomorrow. 

McCann adds he expects prices will go down as the market settles down.

Kings Way Requests Cash Infusion From Quispam Council

A nursing home in Quispamsis is asking Council for $35,000 over 3 years to improve one of their outdoor patios and courtyards.

Kings Way Care Centre foundation director Kim Shaw tells CHSJ news the goal is to enhance the daily life of the residents.

She says with the money they would make the courtyards more inviting by having some water features and plants.
Shaw adds it would be a place for relaxation,where seniors can enjoy the sun and feel fresh air.

Quispamsis Council has moved the request to finance for consideration in the next budget.

Former Saint John M-P Welcomes Trudeau's Leadership Run

The torch is being passed to a new generation of leadership in the Liberal Party, both federally and provincially.

That's how the former Liberal M-P in Saint John Paul Zed views Justin Trudeau's bid to become the next leader of the federal Liberals and the question of whether he has enough experience shouldn't be an issue considering he represents a riding in Montreal with a large immigrant population so he has had to make connections with people from different backgrounds.

Zed is a friend of Beausejour M-P Dominic Leblanc and tells CHSJ News he would also make a good leader of the party.

As for who he will support federally, Zed isn't saying but has made it clear he's backing Moncton lawyer Brian Gallant for the provincial Liberal party leadership.

Fire On Technology Drive

Total damage from an early morning fire on Technology Drive is undetermined but the cause is suspicious.

City fire crews were called to put out a blaze involving 15 blasting mats which are estimated to cost 15 thousand dollars.

Police Investigation Of Strangulation Death At The Regional Hospital Ends

The Prosecutor's office now has all the evidence gathered by City Police in the strangulation death of 22 year old Serena Perry at the Regional Hospital and will make the final decision about whether anyone will be formally charged.

Perry was a psychiatric patient who was found dead in another part of the hospital last February. 

Police have said all along they had a suspect in her death but no arrest has ever been made. 

Perry's family has been critical about the length of time this is all taking and the lack of information they have received on what's going on.

MMA No Go In Quispamsis

Common Council isn't alone in saying no to hosting a mixed martial arts event.

Quispamsis Council deciding not to allow an amateur MMA event at the Q-Plex in November after getting legal advice from the town solicitor.

Although MMA spokesman Edward Hoyt has said the event is highly protected and brings in a quarter of a million dollars, both Quispamsis and Saint John Councils have not permitted it.

New Safety Measures For Autistic Individuals

Getting lost or agitated in public is a dangerous thing for people with autism...but thanks to the efforts of UNB Nursing Professor Rose McCloskey and her husband, Inspector Glen McCloskey things could be more safe. Caregivers can now enter their loved ones into a database to make sure they get proper treatment if an incident occurs. 

Rose McCloskey, whose daughter has autism, explains law enforcement could unintentionally trigger an autistic individual if they mistake their symptoms for intoxication or drug use, as has happened in several high-profile cases internationally.

Officers will also be getting training on autism spectrum disorders, which effect 800 families locally. The database is entirely confidential and will only be used by the police in emergency situations and asks for a physical descriptions, the person's triggers, and how to calm them down.

To take a look at the registration process, click here. You can also register someone by calling your local police department.