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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mother Charged In Connection With Death of Her Newborn

Charges have been laid four years after the body of a baby boy was discovered in a snowbank near Salisbury. 

Over the weekend, 30-year-old Christine Margaret Wood of Riverview was arrested and appeared in provincial court by telephone on charges of concealing the body of her child in 2009. She'll be back in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing. 

The Major Crime Unit of the Mounties have been working to try find out how Wood's newborn died. Officers say they were led to Wood through information they received over the course of the investigation.

Retail Council Hopes Common Council Will Be Pro-Business

There doesn't seem to be any appetite on Common Council to change Sunday shopping hours from noon to 5pm. The Saint John Board of Trade has made clear it doesn't want to see any change must to the dismay of the Retail Council of Canada. 

The Retail Council's Jim Cormier in the Atlantic Region tells CHSJ News the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce has adopted a different view and that has prompted Fredericton Council to at least look at the issue.

Cormier says Florenceville-Bristol eliminated its bylaw on restricting the hours of Sunday shopping because of being so close to Houlton, Maine and Riverview did it before Christmas because of its proximity to Moncton.

Mounties Conducting Road Safety Campaign

When you get behind the wheel, drive safe. 

That's the message that the RCMP is relaying during Canada Road Safety Week, an eight-day campaign where officers conduct extra check-stops and traffic operations to raise awareness about what leads to death on the road. 

Last year in this province, 60 people died in vehicle crashes and 33% of those crashes involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And where a seatbelt was available, 40% of people killed weren't wearing one at the time of the collisions. 

But Corporal Chantal Farrah wants you to look beyond the numbers: We have to remember these aren't just statistics, she says, these are people who have died in crashes, that in most cases were completely avoidable. Road Safety Week wraps up tomorrow.

ATV Veers Into Woods, Driver Sent To Hospital

An ATV driver sent to hospital may have a broken leg after the vehicle veered off course.

Platoon chief Joe Armstrong of the Saint John Fire Department says that emergency crews headed over to 1785 Old Black River Road to answer the call for a single-vehicle accident and found that the ATV had swerved off of the road into the woods.

Armstrong says that the man sent to hospital was the lone driver, although there were other people around traveling on ATVs.

Search For Missing Fishermen Resumes

The search for two missing lobster fishermen continues today, and it's now in the hands of the Mounties.

A boat with three men aboard hit a sandbar in rough seas early yesterday morning and started taking in water. The body of the 23-year-old man from Tracadie-Sheila was found approximately five kilometres offshore of Tabusintac, the location of the boat when the trio sent out a mayday call. Military efforts to find the other two fishermen were called off about 10 hours after they issued their distress call.

The Rescue Centre In Halifax said that two Coast Guard boats and a Cormorant helicopter did everything they could to find the two. The RCMP, along with search teams from Miramichi and Restigouche and people who live in the area, are expected to keep combing the shoreline for any sign of the men.