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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Robber Who Escaped From Halfway House Nabbed

The convicted robber who went missing from a local halfway house earlier this month has been found. The escape of Brady Richard Polchies made headlines because it closely followed the release of the so-called Motorcycle Rapist to a halfway house in the city.

Polchies was serving a federal sentence of more than 4 years for robbery and more when he disappeared from the halfway house in Saint John. 

He was taken into custody at a home in Burtt's Corner, NB this afternoon.

UPDATE: Duncan MacDonald Dies Following March Assault

A senior citizen is dead and another man facing charges is being sent up north for a mental health assessment after an assault uptown last month.

66 year old Duncan MacDonald was seriously injured after an incident at a rooming house at Prince William and Duke streets.
He died in hospital yesterday.

MacDonald was hurt on a Saturday afternoon on March 16th and the two men were both living in the rooming house at the time.

35 year old Nicholas Logan was arrested and detained facing charges of resisting arrest and aggravated assault.

He will be sent to Restigouche for a mental health assessment before a court appearance in Saint John set for the 19th.

Saint John Won't Be Getting Double Decker Diner

As the debate over food trucks in the city continues at City Hall, the local entrepreneur who wanted to install a diner in a double-deck bus off King Square tells CHSJ News he's been outbid on the $70,000 piece of equipment. 

John Campbell tells us no businessperson can plan a business cycle with council expected to take a year to make a decision.

Campbell says there's no need for council to refer a decision so relatively minor to committees.

More Low Income Housing For Fredericton

A new complex being built at 367 Main St. in Fredericton will include affordable units for low-income individuals, families, seniors and people with disabilities.

The  development has 18 units overall and is being built by Cedar Valley Investments Ltd.

It will cost about $1.7 million.

Saint John Is Among The Top 7 Best Ports of Call

The Port City is one of seven global travel destinations in the Best Ports of Call feature on Yahoo Travel.

Our city is listed alongside Singapore and Tasmania, Australia.

Smarter Travel writer Dara Continenza suggests that once travelers dock they check out the quaint uptown area adding nearly everything in Saint John revolves around the water.

The Port of Saint John is fourth in the country when it comes to cruise traffic with nearly 188,000 passengers visiting last year.

To read the full article, click here

A Big Basketball Weekend Coming Up In Town

Basketball fans will be converging on the city this weekend for the National Basketball League's all-star weekend which starts with the all-star mixer at Vitos Friday at 5. 

Mill Rats coach David Cooper tells CHSJ News there will be a youth clinic held at Harbour Station this Saturday along with the Legends game, 3 point shootout and the fan's favourite.........the slam dunk contest.

The all-star game itself will be played Sunday afternoon at 2.

Cooper says a basketball all-star game is better suited to individual athletic talents being showcased than other sports.

Ticket prices to see the all-star game range from 13 dollars up to 81 for a front row, courtside seat.

Bus Driver Suffers Stab Wounds In Perth Andover

A man is in the hospital with stab wounds after an incident on a bus in Perth Andover.

 A 27 year old man who was a passenger on the bus was arrested.

The bus pulled into a restaurant parking lot in the village just before 10 o'clock.

Two RCMP officers inside were flagged down and told the bus driver had been stabbed. He remains in the hospital. The man arrested was also taken to hospital for treatment.

Mom Accused Of Leaving Baby Out In The Cold Will Stand Trial

A woman accused of leaving her baby out in the cold on an uptown street back in January will be tried on a child abandonment change on September 12th.

27 year old Caleigh Dawn Shea pleaded not guilty to the crime which allegedly took place on a frigid day in January on Paddock Street. She has described the incident as a misunderstanding.

Lawyer Brian Munroe stating there were multiple witnesses and the trial is likely to last all day.

A Senior Dies From Injuries In A Mid March Assault

A man has died in Saint John after being assaulted last month....the 66 year old died from his injuries yesterday.

The assault happened on Prince William Street.

A 35 year old Saint John man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. 

Nicolas Logan remains in custody and is due back in court next Friday.

The Crown Prosecutor's office and Saint John Police are currently reviewing the file.

Differing Opinions On Future Of Rothesay Common Depending On Your Age

There's a real generational difference on what should happen to the Rothesay Common. 

Students at Rothesay High and Rothesay Park Elementary were asked what they would like to see and their suggestions included a splash pad, an outdoor movie screen, walking track, beach volleyball, rubber surfacing for the playground and even mini golf. 

The adults, on the other hand, want better drainage, an ice surface but no splash pad. George Teed got up at the end of the meeting and had his say, telling CHSJ News he doesn't want to see the covenants removed which stipulate the Common be a public park with no buildings. He warns if that's done, you could very well see hog dog and ice cream stands in the Common.

Rothesay Mayor Bill Bishop opened up the meeting by trying to disspell rumours of condos being built on the Common.

Don't Put Your Shovels And Snowblowers Away Just Yet

Another winter storm could be headed our way even though it's supposed to be spring.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement which warns a low pressure system is forecast to pass just south of Nova Scotia late Friday night and Saturday. As of now, it's possible regions along the Fundy Coast and eastern New Brunswick could get close to 15 centimeters of snow by Saturday afternoon.

Drivers Get Price Break

You'll be glad if you held off filling up after the weekly setting. 

Self serve regular is down by almost 4 cents a litre to $1.25.3 in the city. Diesel will also cost you less at $1.29.5 a litre. 

The maximum price for heating oil is $1.12.9 a litre, which is a decline of 3 and a half cents.

Early Morning Assault In North End

One man is being sought after a woman, in her late teens, was assaulted in the north end. 

City Police telling CHSJ News this happened around 3:30 this morning in a park on the lower end of Main Street in the area of Bridge Street. 

There's no word yet on her condition.