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Friday, February 15, 2013

Man Assaults SPCA Officer During Animal Welfare Investigation

An Upper Mills man has been arrested for assaulting three peace officers and resisting arrest in an incident near a home in that area.

At approximately 1:15 p.m. Friday two District 1 RCMP officers were accompanying an SPCA officer to the home for an animal welfare investigation. A 57-year-old man at the home became violent and assaulted the SPCA officer. When police attempted to arrest the man, he resisted and physically assaulted one of the police officers.

 The second officer intervened, and the man was eventually taken into custody.
He was later released on a promise to appear in St. Stephen Provincial Court at a later date. He is expected to face charges of assaulting peace officers and resisting arrest.

Names Of Salisbury Crash Victims Released

The RCMP is releasing the names of a man and a woman who were killed in a two-vehicle collision in Salisbury on the evening of February 14.

They are 24-year-old Chad Thorne of Havelock and 69-year-old Rachel Gauvin of Grande-Digue.

The investigation into the collision is ongoing.

More Details On Hammond River Crash

More details on a crash in Hammond River that left two people with serious, but what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The collision occurred when a pickup truck crashed into the back of another vehicle travelling in the same direction. The driver of the truck left the scene, but was later apprehended by police.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck, a 20-year-old woman from Norton, had to be extracted using the Jaws of Life. She and an 18-year-old man from Sussex Corner were transported to hospital by ambulance with serious injuries. They are however not believed to be life-threatening.

Alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor in the crash.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, but who has not yet spoken to police, to contact them at 506-832-5566.

Major Crime Investigating Theft From Coleson Cove

Some highly expensive brass coils have gone missing from the Coleson Cove generating plant.

The Saint John Police Force responded to a call reported the theft of 24- Brass Coils that are described as being 24 x18 inches and look similar to that of a carpenter's square.  The theft occurred between December and February 14th.

The brass coils are used to rebuild the generators located at this facility. The total replacement cost for these 24 coils are approximately $66,000.00.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Saint John Police Force, Major Crime Unit or Crime Stoppers.

Woman Charged With Faking Home Invasion In Bid To Murder Husband

A Fredericton woman charged with faking a home invasion in a bid to murder her husband.

Police in Fredericton say they have charged a 51-year-old woman with the attempted murder.  Officers responded to 911 call regarding a break and enter at a home on Anderson Street on the city's south side around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.

A 57-year-old man was taken to hospital where he was treated and later released. Police say their investigation has determined that there wasn't a break and enter.Police say 51-year-old Rada Veselinovic was subsequently arrested and appeared in court today where she was charged with attempted murder.

2 Dead, Small Child Injured In Crash

A man and a woman are dead and a child serious injured following a two-vehicle crash on the TransCanada Highway near Salisbury.

The collision occurring at around 8:20 p.m. A vehicle heading westbound was hit by a vehicle travelling the wrong way, eastbound in the westbound lane.

Both drivers, a 24-year-old man from Havelock and a 69-year-old woman from Grande-Digue, died at the scene. The woman was the lone occupant in the vehicle that was travelling in the wrong direction on the divided highway.

A 25-year-old woman and two young children, aged three and four, who were passengers in the other vehicle were transported to hospital. One of the children was airlifted to the IWK Hospital in Halifax.

The names of the deceased are not being released at this time pending proper notification of their families.

Education Minister Will Hear About Aging School Buildings In Saint John

District Education Councils want a streamlined budget process so they know what numbers they have to work with well in advance. 

Rob Fowler, who chairs the Anglophone South District Education Council, tells CHSJ News that point will be made clear to Provincial Education Minister Jody Carr in meetings this weekend.

Fowler would like to see the budget for the next school year soon after the end of next month to make planning easier. The Anglophone South School District is still on budget according to the most up to date figures.

Fowler says another issue he will bring up is the age of school buildings in Saint John and the extra cost needed to maintain them properly.

Government Warned Shale Gas Production Will Require Better Oversight Of Air Quality

If and when full scale shale gas production moves ahead in the province and becomes a reality, there has to be better monitoring of air quality at production sites because there isn't any now. 

That, according to the Health Watch Advisor for the Conservation Council who points to Penobsquis with its 16 gas well pads and 30 gas wells. Inka Milewski tells CHSJ News government oversight is among the missing despite all the industrialisation with no permanent air quality monitoring regime in place and the province not reporting publicly on how good or bad the air is.

Milewski claims the air at gas production sites is a major public health concern because of the presence of carcinogens in the form of volatile organic compounds like benzine.

Fire At One Mile Interchange

More details expected from the RCMP later about a serious crash on Highway 1 which has been described to us as significant. 

Fire crews were called to the City Market last night after it closed when the smell of natural gas was detected. 

Enbridge Gas was called in and the leak was traced to the City Market's boiler room.

There was alot of smoke which could be seen from a fire in a dumpster early this morning at an overpass which is part of the One Mile Interchange project. 

Fire trucks had difficulty getting to the scene and they also had to put out a small fire in a nearby construction trailer.

Regional Hospital Radiothon Exceeds Expectations

More than 40 thousand dollars had been raised in the first ever Radiothon at the Regional Hospital when our broadcast finished up at 6 last night. 

The Director of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, Victoria Clarke tells CHSJ News the money will be used to make health care in the region better with cutting edge technology. 

She says that type of equipment is needed to attract and retain top flight medical personnel.

Clarke says most of of the people who pledged money live in the Greater Saint John area but there were even calls that came in from as far away as Banff and Japan thanks to social media and the broadcast over the internet.