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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Charge Laid in Geary Murder

A man who was on the run after a murder in Geary has been arrested.

Corporal Chantal Farrah of the RCMP tells us 24 year old David John Doucette, also known as "DJ", was arrested in Burton around 3:00 in the afternoon.

A 47 year old man from Geary was arrested at the scene. Harry Edward Charlie McKenna has already made a court appearance and been charged with first degree murder.

The Mounties discovered the body of a 61 year old man after responding to a 911 call at a residence on Branch Road in Geary. 

Police are treating this as an isolated incident and say everyone involved knew one another.

Ground Search Unsuccessful Near Reversing Falls

A search of woods near Reversing Falls was unsuccessful in locating a missing woman from the West side.
City police tell CHSJ News ground search crews along with officers finished today's search at 2.

Yeonhee Choi has been missing since early in the morning on April 22nd.     She left home without taking her medication with her.

Choi is Korean,  5'4" tall with short dark hair and pierced ears. 

She was last seen wearing a black or brown leather jacket, black tights, black boots, a dark or black knit style sweater and may be carrying a black knapsack.

If you have any info call 648-3333 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). 

Search and Rescue's Inadequate Aircraft Fleet Could Have Implications for Irving Shipbuilding

The government's Search and Rescue fleet is too small, and that could be an indication of the future of the Irving Shipbuilding project.

Kevin Lacey of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation tells CHSJ News that after reading the auditor general's report, he's wondering if the changes needed to fix that problem will have an effect on the procurement of shipbuilding vessels in Nova Scotia, which aren't yet set in stone. His organization will be keeping an eye on the way the federal governnment obtains aircrafts and vessels over the next few months.

He says what's needed is for the feds to move quickly when a decision is made. He says the shipbuilding project is months behind because it's stuck in administrative muck in Ottawa.

Older Women Need Screening For Breast Cancer Too

Women over the age of 69 will now be targeted to get regular breast cancer screening. Previously, the range was 50-69, but that's being expanded to include women up to 74.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the province. Last year, about 550 New Brunswick women were diagnosed and 110 women died from it. It's hoped that the wider range for screenings will help women detect it earlier.

Get more information about breast cancer screening here

The Search Is On For One Man After A Geary Murder

The RCMP's Major Crime Unit wants your help in finding a 24-year-old man in connection with a murder in Geary.

Just before 1am this morning, police responded to a 911 call at a home on the Branch Road where they found the body of a 61-year-old man.

A 47-year-old Geary man was arrested at the scene, but police are still looking for a second man.

Police are looking for David John Doucette also known as DJ.    He was living in Geary but is originally from Spryfield, Nova Scotia.

Doucette is a white man of medium height with a thin build, dark hair, brown eyes and a tattoo on the left side of his neck.

He was seen leaving the scene on foot wearing jeans and a t-shirt.

Police says the people involved all knew each other.

Ward 3 Candidates To Debate Tomorrow Night

The candidates running in the Ward 3 byelection for a seat on Common Council haven't had a chance to debate but that opportunity comes tomorrow night.

They get together tomorrow night at Samuel de Champlain starting at 7. Anne Marie Mullin is running for a fourth time and tells CHSJ News there should have been more public consultation on how we pay for clean drinking water.

Mullin says people are so negative in the city because of what they see as poor decisionmaking by past Councils.

She says Enterprise Saint John, the Board of Trade and Uptown Saint John have to be more accountable about what they're doing to attact new businesses to the city.

Mullin, who says she doesn't even give tap water to her animals, argues there should have been more public consultation on how to fund clean drinking water.

Worst Roads Campaign Wants You To Vote

Ticked off about roads? CAA is giving you a chance to vent.
One might think the votes for Rothesay Avenue, Adelaide and Somerset Street would be pouring in in CAA's Worst Road Campaign; however,Gary Howard of CAA tells CHSJ News Saint Johner's haven't yet been very vocal about while roads should be voted the worst in Atlantic Canada.

He tells CHSJ News it's up to the voters to name the road with the most potholes, frost heaves, unsafe width, or other problems

Drivers and non-drivers are invited to submit their votes online at, or votes can be cast via CAA Atlantic’s Facebook page at your ballot you'll be entered to win a $500 gift certificate to get your car serviced--and you can vote as many times as you like.

VIDEO: More Than 200 Students Watch Mock Disaster

About 200 Saint John students spending some time this morning outside the classroom seeing the powerful impact of car/train collision.

The exercise is all part of National Rail Safety Week.

Student Taylor Kelson tells CHSJ News she doesn't drive yet but when she does this event will make her think twice at railway crossings.

She says she will adding she finds them scary.

Rob Francis of Operation Lifesaver says they find this method very effective in showing the importance of safety to teenagers.
He says all collisions at railways crossings are unavoidable unlike other types of collisions.

Kevin Clynick of the Saint John Fire Department says the mock collision shows the young people who are new or inexperienced drivers the risks of taking chances at railway crossings.

More Victims Coming Forward In City's Sexual Assault Investigation

Investigative Solutions Network from Toronto are handling the ongoing investigation into the actions of a late former city employee and police officer who was convicted of indecent assault back in 1999.

Lead investigator Dave Perry tells CHSJ News despite the fact Ken Estabrooks' crimes happened years ago, progress is still being made today with over 12 alleged victims coming forward. 

As CHSJ News reported yesterday that common council has approved an additional $100,000 for the investigation. 

Perry won't discuss any details until the investigation is over. It's hoped the case will be wrapped up by the end of this year with Common Council approving a total of $200,000 in funding for it so far.

Mock Car Versus Train Collision This Morning

Fire, police, ambulance, and NB Southern Railway and students will stage a “car versus train” collision designed to educate students about rail crossing safety as part of activities for National Rail Safety Week. 

This live theater exercise will take place at Hanover railway crossing (off Crown Street, Saint John) at 10:00am, with staging preparation beginning at 8:00am.

Operation Lifesaver is a national public safety program sponsored by Transport Canada and the Railway Association of Canada. It works with provincial safety councils, police, unions, railways, the trucking industry, and community groups to help reduce crossing collisions and trespassing incidents along Canada’s railways in communities across the country.

Former Sea Dogs Facing Assault Charges

Former Sea Dogs coach and general manager Jacques Beaulieu and his son, former Sea Dog defenseman Nathan Beaulieu face assault charges after an altercation at a house party in the Sarnia, Ontario area last weekend following a golfing event.

Court appearances are scheduled in June.

Nathan Beaulieu played four seasons with the Sea Dogs and was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. He played for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League this season.

Jacques Beaulieu was coach and general manager of the Sea Dogs from 2006 to 2009 and is now with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League and is a finalist for coach of the year.