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Thursday, July 4, 2013

One Dead After Calais Shooting

It's a grim Independence Day in Calais after a shooting leaves one man dead, and 3 injured, including a 6-week-old baby.

21-year-old Megan Sherrard of Calais is in critical condition at the Eastern Maine Medical Centre in Bangor after being shot twice in the chest.

Her son, Luca, is expected to recover after being grazed by a bullet.

Around 6pm last night, Calais Police Department got a call of shots fired at a home on Main Street.

Police say shortly after arriving on scene, police shot and killed 26-year-old Daniel Pinney, who is the baby's father, and who is believed to have shot the baby and Sherrard.

Calais PD veteran officer John Preston was also grazed by a bullet during the incident and is expected to recover.

An employee from Bells IGA tells CHSJ News Sherrard was a cashier at the store in Calais  and Pinney was a bagboy.

Record Breaking Heat

It's record-breaking hot out there.  

According to Environment Canada, the mercury hit 29 at 2pm and that hasn't happened since 1949.

Meteorologist Claude Cote tells CHSJ News we can expect the heat wave to last until Sunday.

He says the eastern Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and the New England states are experiencing a hot humid air mass with temperatures a few degrees above normal.

Cote says the hot spot in the province and the country is Miramichi at 32 degrees.
The Fredericton area is under a heat warning where in the humidex it feels like 35 in the humidex.

It's so hot the changing of the guard ceremony at Officer's Square was cancelled.

Summer In The Square Series Underway

Take your lunch, grab a spot on a bench and enjoy some tunes.

That is the idea behind Summer in the Square-a concert series in King Square.
Tracy Hanson of Uptown Saint John tells CHSJ News they wanted to showcase our great local talent.

She says during the month of July the performances will be in the City market and hopefully by August they can move into King Square when the bandstand renovation is finished.

Hanson says during the week people will see hour-long performances by solo artists, theatre groups and on Saturday the performances will be two hours.

Provincial Pension Plan To Undergo Independent Review

An actuary with more than 30 years experience has been chosen to take an independent look at the provincial pension plan. 

The provincial finance department is picking up the tab. The decision to do this coming about during discussions between the Alward Government and the Pension Coalition.

Clifford Kennedy of the Pension Coalition tells CHSJ News the retirees want to know if their plan is in such bad shape as the province claims.

The retirees have been skeptical about those claims and the need for the plan to be converted to a shared risk model although they don;t object to it happening on a go forward basis with current retirees exempt.

The review will take a few months to complete.

Acadia Broadcasting Applies To Purchase Moncton Station

    In business news - Acadia Broadcasting is moving to add another radio station to its stable - the parent company of Country 94 and 97.3 the Wave has filed an application with the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission to purchase CKNI-FM - News91.9 in Moncton from Rogers Broadcasting.

    The station would be the first for the company in the Hub City and would join Acadia's stations here - St Stephen - Bridgewater - and - five stations and two repeaters in Ontario.
    Acadia Vice President Jim MacMullin says he looks forward to bringing our brand of community focused - quality local radio to Moncton.

In a related note, NewCap Radio intends to purchase Saint John's News 88.9.
    The C-R-T-C is expected to rule on both applications later this year.


Price Of Self Serve Regular Drops

Another slight decrease in the price of self serve regular after the weekly setting. 

In the city, it's down by a penny a litre to $1.24.3 while diesel has risen to $1.29.3. 

Propane is down by just over a cent to a maximum price of 95.9 cents a litre. 

Heating oil rose to a maximum price of $1.12.2 a litre.

City Police Getting Into Social Media

There was no driver to be seen after a car flipped over after leaving Loch Lomand Road at around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.

City Police also reporting they spent 4 hours tracking down two teens who ran away from a group home in the Hickey Road area. They were eventually caught along Thorne Avenue and are looking at charges of being unlawfully at large. 

City Police announcing they're in the process of launching a social media strategy, in part, to counteract some of the negative postings online. There will be regular twitter updates and You Tube video.

Trial Of Twin Brothers Charged In Home Invasion Ends

22 year old twin brothers, Brandon and Bradley Saia have been found guilty on charges stemming from a deadly home invasion back in early November which include robbery. 

The jury of 7 women and 5 men deliberated for nearly 8 hours before reaching the guilty verdicts. 

18 year old A-J Dennison died from a stab wound he suffered during the home invasion on Prince Street West. 22 year old Christopher Reid, who lived in the home, suffered a serious wound to his back from a machete. 

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for August 7th.