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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

UPDATE: Loretta Saunders's Body Found West of Salisbury

Halifax police are treating the disappearance of Loretta Saunders as a homicide.

The 26 year old pregnant St. Mary's student was reported missing to police on the 17th after last being seen in Halifax on the 13th.

Her car was found in Ontario where 25-year-old Blake Leggette and 28-year-old Victoria Henneberry were arrested by Ontario police.    Both have been returned to Halifax.

Police say they have identified suspects in this homicide and are not looking for anyone else. 

At about 430 this afternoon, police found Loretta’s body in the median off of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Salisbury. 

High School Kids Get Shot At $5,000

This afternoon, 900 students from high schools across the region gathered for the Student Superpower Challenge.

Three teams of students could win as much as $5,000 to pursue innovative ideas that solve real-world problems in the categories of Our Town, Our People, Our Environment, Our School, and Our Style.

Olivia Wills is in high school at J.M.A Armstrong in Salisbury She tells CHSJ News she learned a lot about what's trending in the tech sector--particularly, that coding isn't just for "hackers" like one sees on TV and movies, but that it's simply about problem-solving.

Students have been challenged to find a real-world problem they want to solve and pitch it by April 30 to T4G, Brilliant Labs and Wicked Ideas.

The winners will be announced May 16th.

VIDEO: Salvation Army's Centre of Hope Closing

See Rhonda Harrington of the Salvation Army speak about why the Centre is closing on April 30th and what they are doing to mitigate the impact.

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A local program that helps young girls weather those essential tough issues in a fun, supportive environment could win as much as 25,000 dollars in a contest by Goodlife Fitness--but they need your vote.

Big Brothers Executive Director Laurie Collins tells CHSJ News the Go Girls Program is setting many local young women on a better path--but with that prize money, they'd be able to do much more. With the money, Collins says they could afford to run a summer camp and reach for more girls.

You can vote online until noon tomorrow on the Win 4 Kids Facebook page. You can vote for them here.

Liberals Accuse Alward Government Of Not Having A Plan On Education

The opposition Liberals are accusing the Alward Government of having no plan for education. Moncton East M-L-A Chris Collins wants to know how the province is going to produce better educated students.

Education Minister Marie Claude-Blais disputes that contention and calls it insulting to suggest those people who work in education are flying by the seat of their pants ever since the Alward Government abandoned the 21st century learning agenda. Collins is pressing Blais to be specific about what has taken its place.

Blais maintains incredible work is being done just on inclusion alone.

Warrant Issued For Fredericton Teen

The RCMP are looking for help finding an 18-year-old Fredericton man in connection with an incident that occurred in December of last year.

18-year-old Nicholas Daniel Bain is wanted in connection with a Boxing Day incident in Pennfield.

RCMP seized a significant quantity of drugs, a loaded handgun and body armor during a traffic stop.  He's facing several charges related to alleged drug trafficking and weapons offenses.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Nicholas Bain is asked to contact the RCMP at 506-755-1130, their local RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers at or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Man Arrested In Drug Store Robbery

City Police arresting a man in connection with the robbery of a drug store on the West side earlier this month.

On February 4 a man came into the MediTrust on the Manawagonish Road demanding prescription pills then took off into a waiting truck after getting some.

The 22-year-old will be appearing before a judge at a later date.
Two men are believed to be involved in the incident

BREAKING: Salvation Army In South End Announces Imminent Closure

The Salvation Army has announced the Center of Hope on Saint James Street, which provides emergency and longer-term housing for the city's homeless, will be closing its doors as of April 30th.

Rhonda Harrington of the Sally Ann tells CHSJ News the organization has offered residential services in this city since 1906, with the current facility operating since 1982.

The Center of Hope has been receiving $1 million annually from the province. Recently, a request for additional funding to repair the aging building was turned down. The organization has released a statement explaining the Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters has had to provide significant emergency operating funds to fill the gaps, and the shortfall has made the operations unsustainable.

The Salvation Army is now working to place all their current clients elsewhere. According to their website, the shelter has 67 beds in total for men, with 27 of the beds for the Community Housing Program and 40 for the Special Care Program.

Harrington says talks have already began with an eye to offering services at a new location in Saint John--however, no details are forthcoming on when and where that might be.

Missing Woman Last Seen On King Street

The Major Crime Unit of the SJPD is looking for your help finding Karen Lynn Ogden.....the 35 year old was reported missing on Sunday. She was last seen on the 19th at an uptown bank on King Street.

She is described as being 5'7"- 5'8", about 170lbs, wearing black ¾ length jacket, dark pants, shoulder length brown hair with blond highlights, brown eyes, facial piercings including- an eyebrow ring, nose ring, a loop earring in her lip, a tribal style tattoo on her lower back with "Jamie" written in it.

The Saint John Police Force is continuing the search and is asking anyone who has any information in relation to this missing person to contact the Saint John Police Force at 506-648-3333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Van Seized After Striking Woman

A 73 year old woman is fighting for her life at the Regional Hospital after being struck by a van while making her way to the Mercantle Centre across the Viaduct. 

City Police say their investigation continues and the van has been seized. It will be examined for any mechanical problems.

Saint John Man Charged In Fredericton Holdup

A 24 year old Saint John man has been charged in the aftermath of an armed robbery earlier this week at a pharmacy on Prospect Street in Fredericton followed by a standoff at a nearby hotel which ended peacefully. 

24 year old Kyle Alexander Cameron is charged with robbery and disguise with intent. 

A Moncton man, 26 year old Tyson Paul Colford has been charged with robbery. 

The two have been remanded to jail until they next appear in court.