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Friday, December 27, 2013

Break, Enter & Theft At Oromocto Tim Hortons

Police investigating a break, enter and theft at the Gateway Tim Hortons in Oromocto.

It happened sometime between 3pm on Christmas Eve and 1am on Boxing Day. The person or people responsible got in through the drive-thru window and stole some cash and computer equipment.

If you saw anything suspicious around Tims during that time period, you're being asked to contact police or Crimestoppers at or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Sentencing Delayed For Former Bacchus Leader

With Public Landing and many other areas still without power, the former leader of the Bacchus Motorcycle Gang will have to wait until Monday to learn his fate on 2 charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The court heard 44 year old Brian Schofield was out of power, had run out of gas for his vehicle and couldn't make it into town for sentencing scheduled for this morning.

Police found over a hundred meth bills, marijuana, cell phones and cash at Schofield's home. 

He pleaded guilty and is now scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning.

Growing Male Marijuana Plants Is Still Illegal

Newsflash: growing marijuana is still illegal, no matter whether the plants are male or female--and a 26 year old Saint John man learned that lesson the hard way in court this morning.

Police received a call to a home on Lakeside Road about a noise complaint. Benjamin Peter Diprose invited officers in to show them there was no problem--but in a bathroom officers discovered 30g worth of marijuana plants growing in Styrofoam cups

Diprose told officers the plants were legal because they were male plants which don't contain a useable about of THC. Judge Henrik Tonning disagreed, and still gave Diprose a 1-year conditional discharge and ordered him to donate $500 to the DARE program.

Traffic Complaint Leads To Drug Seizure

Two men face drugs and weapons charges after a traffic stop in Pennfield.

It happened yesterday morning around 9 when the RCMP received a traffic complaint and as a result stopped a vehicle on Route 175.

Police seized 5000 pills, about 800 grams of what's believed to be methamphetamine, marijuana, a loaded handgun and even body armour.

A 32 year-old Moncton man and a 25 year-old man from Stanley were arrested on charges of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property and weapons offences.

People Without Power Told To Talk To Their Insurance Agent

If your power has been off for a prolonged period of time, you should be talking to your insurance agent because you could be covered for damage caused. 

John Bordignon is with State Farm Insurance and tells CHSJ News a lot of people stocked up on food for Christmas and some policies could cover the cost of food that spoils. He also says try not to open up your fridge or freezer when you have no power. 

Bordignon says the standard homeowners policy covers you for damage caused by falling trees along with removal of the tree itself and some comprehensive auto insuranace policies will cover damage caused by falling trees on your vehicle.

He advises also you to unplug your electronics because when the electricity is restored you could experience a power surge that will cause permanent damage.

NB Power Crews Getting Help From Out Of Province

The cavalry is on the way to help out the NB Power crews who have been going full out for the past several days trying to get everyone's power back on. 

Deborah Nobes of NB Power tells CHSJ News power crews from Nova Scotia and P-E-I have arrived to lend a much needed hand. NB Power crews have even resorted to using chainsaws to cut through downed trees so they can get to areas where  the power is off

NB Power is hoping to have power fully restored on New Year's Eve. 

More than 9 thousand homes and businesses are still without electricity in the Rothesay region which also includes the Kingston Peninsula to Nauwigewauk. 

Over 39 hundred customers remains without power in the St. Stephen area including Black's Harbour and Lepreau. 

More than 13 hundred are still off line in the Sussex area.

VIDEO: Not A Lot Of Early Morning Shoppers

Not the crowd you might expect for Boxing Day in Saint John.    

Only about 50 people waiting in a line outside Target this morning before 8am.

CHSJ News asking Alisha Clark why she came out 3 hours before the store opened.

She tells CHSJ News they are in search of a 55 inch flat screen tv.

Clark tells us she spent most of that time waiting in the car and only about 30 minutes in the line.

Future Shop had a good size crowd along with Wal Mart and about 40 people waited for Old Navy to open their doors.

A cashier we spoke too says they expect it to get really busy later today.

Gas Prices Are Higher

Being the holiday, you may have missed missed the weekly setting of gas prices. 

Self serve regular has risen from $1.24.5 a litre last week to $1.29.3 in the city. 

Diesel has also increased from $1.41.9 to $1.44.8. 

Heating oil has gone from $1.25 a litre up to $1.29.3.

It Could Be A Few Days Before All Power Is Restored

15 thousand homes and businesses provincewide remain without power with most of the outages, 9 thousand being in the Rothesay Region. Besides Rothesay itself, Grand Bay-Westfield, Quispamsis and Hampton, there are significant numbers of people without electricity on the Kingston Peninsula, Nauwigewauk, Queenstown, Fairfield, Nerepis, Clarendon and Lower Greenwich. There are also isolated outages affecting fewer people.

 Deborah Nobes of NB Power now tells CHSJ News the goal is to have everyone back on line by New Year's Eve.

Saint John Energy, in its latest update, reports power is out on Upper Golden Grove, Kirkpatrick Lane, Bradley Lake Road and Dolan Road.

In the St. Stephen region including Blacks Harbour and Lepreau, there are 39 hundred homes and businesses in the dark along with almost 14 hundred in the Sussex area. NB Power wants people to turn off unnecessary appliances,and to keep heat and lights low to avoid blowing fuses because of excess load. 

The town of Quispamsis has moved its warming centre to the Q-Plex and will be open from 8 in the morning until 8 at night.

Rothesay Plans To Improve Roads & Water In 2014

From the common to the field house, some big projects are in the works in the town of Rothesay. 

Mayor Bill Bishop tells CHSJ News in addition to those, 2014 will also bring improvements to the water plant and more road work. He says they have already started a major project on the Gondola Point Road and next year they will be doing another on the Hampton Road from the town office to the boundary with Quispamsis.

Bishop highlighting some projects from this year, including the improvements made to the entrance of the Kennebecasis Park with the City of Saint John and the introduction of the first native tree arboretum in Southern New Brunswick. He also points to the Renforth Wharf, which has been completely rebuilt.