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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cat Shot With Arrow May Recover

The cat shot by a bow and arrow on Tuesday may be using one of its nine lives.

It happened in the area of Richmond and Exmouth streets causing shock and outrage in the community.

Melody McElman of SPCA Animal Rescue tells CHSJ News its a male cat about 1-2 years of age and he made it through the surgery.

While it will be a long road to recovery for the kitty, McElman says those caring for him think he will recover and she says she'll know more tomorrow about how he's doing.

Bust Nabs SJ Prez Of Bacchus Motorcycle Club

6 people including the President of the local chapter of the Bacchus Motorcycle club are in custody following a 6 month investigation involving 4 local police agencies.

Simultaneous raids at Nature's Way in Saint John, Shamper's Bluff Road in Kingston and Route 102 Public Landing where meth, pot, prescription pills, guns, bullets, brass knuckles and 4 grand in cash were seized.

44 year old Brian Schofield of Public Landing , also President of the Saint John Bacchus Motorcycle Club,  pled guilty to possession for the purpose of trafficking.  He was released on house arrest and will reappear in court for sentencing on September 5th and to plead on other charges.

39 year old Ryan Wallace of Kingston, a former member of the motorcycle club,  faces drugs including possession and trafficking and for having two unlicensed rifles.  He remains in custody and is due in court on Monday for a bail hearing.

28 year old Lia Olde Damink of Kingston faces several charges including possession of percocet for the purpose of trafficking, possession of two unlicensed rifles and with stealing a drug from the Regional Hospital. She has a court date next month.

39 year old Blaine Beddow of Saint John, a former striker of the Saint John Bacchus Motorcycle Club,  faces multiple drugs charges for production, trafficking and more. He's being held in custody until a bail hearing on Monday.

A 32 Saint John woman and a 42 year old Public Landing woman will be in court later to face drug charges.

VIDEO: Saint Johners Celebrate Acadian Day

City hall was a loud sea of red, white and blue flags as the Saint John francophone population celebrate Acadian Day.

Premier David Alward led a tintamarre down King Street and he says New Brunswickers don't realize that just how large the Acadian community is in the southern part of the province including the Greater Saint John area.

Guy Legere of the local francophone association tells CHSJ News he never had any trouble being french in the Port City.

He tells us he moved here in 1996 and says the integration went very well.

Kids taking part in activities at the Museum in Market Square will have their own tintamarre to Le Faubourg on Prince William street at 3 today.

The grown ups will have another traditional parade by car to Millidgeville as the crowd heads to St. Francois de Sales parish for a dinner and concert tonight.

Protests Over Proposed West To East Pipeline

Despite the enthusiasm for the proposed West to East pipeline in Saint John, it's getting a rough ride in Ontario where there have been protests. 

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is promising to address environmental concerns which she says have to be at the centre of any talk about the movement of fuel through the province. 

Eighteen people were arrested at one blockade. They oppose Enbridge's plan to reverse the flow of oil in a stretch of pipeline northwest of Hamilton to Montreal, saying the move could lead to a possible breach.

Speed Limits To Be Reviewed

Should some of the speed limits in the city be reduced? That's going to be looked at in light of a fatal crash more than three years ago on Hillcrest Road which killed a 15 year old girl and prompted some emotional debate. 

Common Councillor Donna Reardon would like to see drivers slowing down for their own safety and the safety of others, saying the Saint John Disability Association has made its concerns known to Common Council.

Council members Bill Farren and Shirley McAlary wonder how you could enforce lower speed limits with existing police resources.

Still A Long Way To Go For The Joshua Group

The Joshua Group is hoping the 100 thousand dollar contribution from the Potash Corporation will be the boost it needs in its fundraising campaign.

Kathy Curwin, who chairs the Joshua Group, tells CHSJ News there's still a long way to go to raise enough money to renovate an existing building on Sandy Point Road into a mess hall that would feed 100 young people as well as building an addition.

Curwin says the total cost of the project will be something like half a million dollars and the 100 thousand from Potash NB has to be matched by the Joshua Group.

Another toonie drive is planned for next month. The last one raised 20 thousand dollars in a week and Curwin is hoping to double that this time around.

Another Drop In Gas Prices

You'll get a bit of a break if you have to fill up.

Gas prices have gone down after the weekly setting. Self serve regular in the city declining by 2 cents a litre to $1.29.5 and diesel has also dropping by just over a couple of cents to $1.31.7 a litre.

Propane is virtually unchanged at 98.5 cents a litre while heating oil is down slightly at $1.15.2.

Prospects Uncertain For Injured cat

The cat that was shot with an arrow through its lung on Richmond Street the other day has undergone surgery but whether it will survive or not remains uncertain.

Taxi Rear Ended In The Valley

3 people taken to hospital with neck injuries after a taxi was rear ended while on the side of Hampton Road at Palmer Brook Road.

Former Sea Dogs In Court

A couple of former Sea Dogs appearing in court in London, Ontario on assault charges. 

Montreal Canadiens defense prospect Nathan Beaulieu and his father, former Sarnia Sting coach Jacques Beaulieu pleaded guilty and were given conditional discharges. This means they will not have criminal records which allows them to continue their hockey careers. 

The two were charged back in April after some sort of altercation at a house party during which two people suffered minor injuries. 

Jacques Beaulieu was fired as general manager and coach of the OHL's Sting in late May because of the incident.