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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bar To Offer Pregnancy Tests

Thunder Bay's  Outpost bar is the first in Canada to offer pregnancy tests in their bathroom dispensers.

The purpose is to help prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

The initiative
at Lakehead University starts today and they hope to have more bars get on board and offer pregnancy tests.

Maine Mom Releases Police Documents In Daughter's Disappearance

In hopes of seeing charges filed, a Maine mom releasing documents from the police investigation into her daughter's 2011 disappearance.

Trista Reynolds posting the information on her website regarding the disappearance of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds.

The move is an effort to get charges laid against Ayla's father Justin DiPietro and Reynolds believes there is enough evidence for a successful prosecution.

The document states the toddler's blood was found throughout DiPietro's house and vehicle, including a plastic tote box found in his basement containing bloody sheets.

Reynolds says police do not want to arrest DiPietro without Ayla's remains.

The toddler went missing in 2011 from her father's home in Waterville, Maine.

Attempt To Run From Cops Not Very Successful

This wasn't a very smart move by a young man from Richibucto wanted on some traffic violations.

Corporal Graham Milner tells CHSJ News police caught a car speeding near Exit 198 going toward Sussex. When the driver saw police, he took off and took the Sussex exit. When they came to the intersection of Picadilly Road and Route 111, he peeled onto a side street, got out of the car and ran.

Police detained the two other people who were in car and brought in  dogs to try and locate him. It's thought he got into another car or hitchhiked further, as the trail dropped off after a short distance.

Milner says they know who the driver is and his address. He's now going to be facing both his tickets and a criminal charge of failing to stop for police.

"If You're Not At The Table, You're On The Menu"

Retired city employees want a chance to sit in on the meetings of the pension board--because, as Common Councillor Susan Fullerton put it, "if you're not at the table, you're on the menu."

Mayor Mel Norton says as he understands it, the retirees can sit in on the meetings but they can't participate.

The composition of the pension board was determined some time ago, so in his view it is a bit of a moot point to meet now and explain it again.

Woman Adopts Cat Shot By Arrow

Wyatt has a home.   He's the cat who was shot by an arrow near Exmouth and Richmond streets last month.

After undergoing complex surgery it was discovered the former street cat has feline leukemia meaning he can't be around other cats.

Empty-nester Cheryl Estey tells CHSJ News she has room for him.

 She contacted the SPCA who referred her to the Fundy Animal Hospital who housed Wyatt after his surgery and because he had to be isolated. 

She was able to bring him home on Friday.

Wyatt joins a household that also includes a turtle named Franklin.  

Names Of Men Wanted On Warrants Released

Six  men between the ages of 29-50 are wanted by the Rothesay Regional Police for a variety of offences including fraud, break and enter, and driving while suspended. There are $500 rewards for information leading to the arrest of two of them.

The names and offences of the people wanted on warrants have been posted on the RRPD's website in an effort to get help from the public tracking them down. To check it out, click here

Trying To Catch The Lower West Car Prowler

City police are looking for a car prowler going through cars on the lower west side as recently as early this morning.

Sgt. Jay Henderson tells CHSJ News there have been a couple of foot chases with a man they think is responsible but he managed to get away.

The man has been going through vehicles in the area of Duke Street West and also on Winslow, Guilford and Ludlow streets.

Council of Hospital Unions President Expects More Layoffs

The province's new five-year health care plan is more concerned with dollars and cents than delivering services to patients. 

That from the President of the Council of Hospital Unions, Norma Robinson. Robinson tells CHSJ News they're fully expecting to see more layoffs, but what they're unsure of is when and where the job cuts will be happening---which she says is very frustrating.

The New Brunswick Nurses Union says they're concerned about how little detail was shared about how the plan will be carried out, and how it affects the role of registered nurses.

Board Of Trade Merger Picking Up Steam

It's full steam ahead for a revamped organisation that will represent businesses throughout the entire region. 

The President of the Saint John Board of Trade Eric Poirier tells CHSJ News there's now a tentative date for a merger with the K-V Chamber of Commerce and the West Side Business Association. He says they've received overwhelmingly positive feedback and they're hoping to create the new organization in the spring.

25% of the K-V members also belong to the Saint John Board of Trade.

Search Continues For Cloutier

Moncton RCMP looking for your help as they try to find a missing 24 year old man.

Romeo Cloutier was reported missing on the 13th and his vehicle was found in Sainte-Marie de Kent the same day.

The search for Cloutier was expanded recently in that area with help from Tri-County Ground Search and Rescue but it didn't provide any clues as to where he is.

Romeo Cloutier is described as 6 feet tall with brown eyes and tatoos on his arms and neck.

When he was reported missing, he weighed about 145 pounds and his head was shaved.

If you can help, contact Codiac Regional RCMP at 506-857-2400 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Kenyan Mall Seige Has Saint John Connection

Kenyan security forces are still battling al-Shabab extremists in an upscale Nairobi mall for a fourth day  in what they claim is a final push to rescue the last few hostages in a siege that has left at least 62 people dead. 

Despite Kenyan government assurances of success on Twitter, the Associated Press is reporting another explosion and more gunfire could be heard coming from the mall. 

A woman who spent time in Saint John and has lived in Nairobi for the past two years, Joanne Ball Burgess has told the Toronto Star about being trapped inside the mall on Saturday when the attack got underway. 

She speaks of being trapped in a bathroom for 3 and a half hours then hiding in a closet as she made her way to freedom through a fire exit.

Saint John Man Charged With Snatching A Thousand Dollars

A 50 year old man from Saint John will be in court charged with stealing a thousand dollars from a vehicle in the Kennebecasis Valley. 

The owner of the vehicle saw what was happening. The accused is facing another charge as well. 

He was locked up after violating a court order not to be in Kings County.

Sunday Shopping Debate Isn't Over

Common council appears to be warming somewhat to the idea of letting businesses set their own Sunday Shopping Hours.

Mayor Mel Norton tells CHSJ News he approves of the decision to look into the by-law change, since local retailers are struggling in some parts of the city and need to be able to stay competitive.

Common councillor Shirley McAlary says she initially worried about workers and that hasn't changed--however, since the last meeting she's heard from retail workers who say they could use the extra hours where they can get them. Further, she says, businesses should be trusted to make the decisions best for them.

The City Mananger has been asked to look into the by-law change which would take a minimum of weeks to go through the legal department have a second and third reading.