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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fire Damages Home In Hampton

Hampton Fire crews busy fighting a house that was ablaze on Hall road.

Captain Mike Raeburn tells CHSJ news they were called to the fire around 1:30 Sunday morning. Four trucks from Nauwigewauk, Upham, Bellisle, KV and Simonds Fire departments also being called in. The smoke detector alerted the woman and her teenage daughter living in the home.

Fire crews battled the fire for about 4 hours. No word on what caused the blaze.

150-Year-Old Building Engulfed In Fire

A major fire last night at a historic building known as Kings Grant in lower Greenwich.

Greenwich Fire Chief Kevin Worden tells CHSJ news it took them over 10 hours to battle the blaze that started before 11 o'clock. He says the 150-year-old building on Dave's Corner was saved but might not be up for long, considering it still suffered major smoke and water damage. A kitchen and a tool shed attached to the building was destroyed but the fire doesn't look suspicious.

Worden says a family lives in the home, but only one man was in the home at the time of the fire. He managed to get out safely.

Water Main Break On Rothesay Avenue

Part of East Saint John is without water after a water main break on Rothesay Avenue. 

No word yet on when water will be back.

Saint John Man Thought To Be Dead, Very Much Alive

Being told your dead by your bank isn't a very normal experience.

But that's exactly what happened to Saint Johnner Steve Fudge. The 36-year-old received a letter from CIBC offering him their condolences for his passing. Fudge then took the letter and his license to the bank to show he was breathing and very much alive. The bank has since apologized profusely to Fudge, saying human error is to blame for the mistake. Fudge tells CHSJ news the mistake hasn't caused any problems so far, and he's been assured by the bank that it won't affect his credit.

Fudge says it's a shocking and amusing situation, but adds it's great to be alive.

Parking Ban On Tonight

An overnight snow ban has been declared for the South Central Peninsula starting at 11 o'clock tonight until tomorrow morning at 7 am.

That means no on-street parking or your car will be towed. There's 6 parking lots cleared that are available if you don't have private parking:

  •  corner of Princess Street and Charlotte Street
  • King Street East
  • Peters Street
  • Carmarthen Street/Vineyard Church
  • Mecklenburg Street at Wentworth Street
  • corner of Charlotte and Queen Street at Key Industries (entrance on Queen Street)
Brunswick and Market Square also offer a discount overnight rate of $4 if there's a ban.

More Alleged Victims Coming Forward Against Snook

Several people coming forward to both City Police and RCMP alleging they've been sexually abused by former Common Councillor Donnie Snook.

In a release, police say they're also trying to identify victims from the computer images seized from Snook's laptop. 40-year-old Snook is facing 8 charges in total, relating to child pornography, child exploitation, and sexual interference with a child under 16.

Police and the RCMP'S Internet Child Exploitation Unit are asking anyone with information relating to this matter to contact them.  Saint John Police Force at 506-648-3333, RCMP at 1-888-506-7267 or N.B. Crime Stoppers anonymously online at  or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Snook was arrested at his home on January 9th and resigned as a councillor on Thursday. He's set to appear in court tomorrow for a bail hearing.

New Affordable Housing In Fredericton

Those searching for affordable housing in the Fredericton area may soon have a little more choice...

The government announcing the opening of 8 new units for low-income individuals at 411 St. Mary's St., and 75 units for seniors, non-elderly singles and people with disabilities at Brookside and Terrace Courts.

The Feds contributed $3 million in funding for the  Brookside Drive development, and the provincial and federal government contributed equally to the $75 million dollar costs for the development on St Mary's Street.

Human Resources Minister Troy Lifford referred to the developments as part of the mission to enhance taxpayers quality of life while also living within their means.

Few Accidents Caused By Snow

Yesterday's slippery slopes didn't cause many car accidents.

The 10+ centimeters only caused around 5 minor accidents, according to Saint John City Police

A chance of flurries is expected for Tuesday, Friday and Saturday this week.

Liberals Call On Health Minister For Apology

The opposition critic of health is not impressed with various actions by Health Minister Ted Flemming this week.

Donald Arsenault tells CHSJ news he knows Flemming has a plan in place to reduce 22 emergency rooms to 15, but it's the way he's doing it that's frustrating. Arsenault says the way he's attacked doctors and referred to New Brunswicker's as hillbillies for not jumping on the shale gas bandwagon is not a proper comment to make.

He says if the minister is thinking about shutting down ER's to save money, he should be honest with the public and say where they are. Arsenault worries it's the province's rural areas that would suffer the reduction in health care.

Arsenault is calling on Flemming to make an apology, and be more open with the public in a less aggressive way.

No Plow Problems In Quispamsis

Despite Saint John's woes over waiting for streets to be plowed after a snow storm, Quispamsis hasn't received any complaints.

That's according to the town's Mayor Murray Driscoll. He tells CHSJ news they have a 4.5 hour turn around for snow plowing, and had 2 pieces of equipment break down during the last big storm at the end of December.

Driscoll attributes the cleaned sidewalks to hard work and good equipment. Councillor Emil Olsen says the town has 205 kilomentres of roads and 11 snow routes to clear.