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Friday, May 2, 2014

Police Arrest Teen With A BB Gun and More Copper Thefts

Tense moments near Metcalf and Durham with reports of a teen with a handgun.

Sgt. Jay Henderson says two men were detained and a 19 year old was found to have a BB-pellet gun in his pant leg.

He is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon and violating court-ordered conditions.

Henderson also tells us City police are looking into yet another break and enter involving copper piping and wire...this time on St. John street on the West side.

He says the building was under renovation and the thieves damaged 4 different units.
Police believe the break and enter happened sometime between Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm.

If you know anything about these crimes or any other, call City police at 506-648-3333, email or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Scope of Flooding Surprised The Town

Sussex Mayor Marc Thorne says the scope of this flooding took everyone by surprise.

He says he was in some homes destroyed from the top floor down and he would estimate that damage around the 

$100, 000 mark.

When you add the damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure to the cost of flooding damage to houses and businesses..the total cost of flood damage is estimated at 12 million dollars.

Gallant Says His Position On Shale Gas Has Been Vindicated

Provincial Liberal leader Brian Gallant tells CHSJ News he was on the right track all along by calling for a moratorium on shale gas development in light of a report compiled by 14 scientists for Environment Canada.  The Alward Government has denounced that as dithering and pandering for votes.

The report concludes we need more research into the long term effects of shale gas exploration and fracking socially, economically and environmentally.

Gallant says you can't regulate the risks if you don't know enough about what they are and it could be decades before you do but the gas isn't going anywhere.

More Money Earmarked To Boost Tourism

The governments of New Brunswick and Maine are formalising their relationship to boost tourism by jointly investing $1 million over four years in the Two Nation Vacation marketing partnership.

Provincial Tourism Minister Trevor Holder tells CHSJ News the money will be used to develop an integrated marketing and sales campaign designed to create awareness and interest in vacationing in both countries.

In the past, each government invested $50,000 a year in promoting the Two Nation Vacation. That's going up to $125,000 a year each for the next four years.

Grand Manan Adventure Back In Service

Now that it's turbo charger has been replaced, the Grand Manan Adventure is back in service.

Once the parts arrived from the US the work was completed quickly and Coastal Transport GM Gregg Ryder says the repair is considered a permanent fix.

The backup ferry Grand Manan V was used while the Grand Manan Adventure was out of service. 

Help For Sussex Area Flood Victims

Public Safety Minister and Sussex MLA Bruce Northrup feeling very emotional speaking about the damage flooding caused to his community last month.

The province announcing Disaster Financial Assistance Program for the 540 homes and businesses suffering damage since April 15th

The maximum assistance amount for structural repairs for homes has been expanded from a cap of $80,000 to $120,000.

Once homeowners register their flood damage at 1-888-298-8555 and are approved for assistance, the province can issue advance payments of up to $4000.

Provincial offices will be established in Sussex and in St. Leonard to assist residents.
The one in Dairytown will be open on Monday morning in the court building.

Staff at these offices will be able to help residents with the paperwork.

A Lot More Has To Be Learned About Fracking

It will be years before there's shale gas exploration in the province.......That, according to report prepared for Environment Canada by a panel of 14 scientists, half of whom are with the New Brunswick Energy Institute. 

In the meantime, the panel has determined a lot more research is needed into the environmental, economic and social implications. 

It has also determined assurances from industry that fracking can be done safely are unsubstantiated.

Serious Crash In K-V

A two car collision in the K-V sending five people to hospital. 

The crash happened off the highway at Palmer Brook Road and Elliot Road. Police telling us the driver in one car fell asleep and crossed the centre line, sideswiping a car coming in the opposite direction with two women and two small children aged 1 and 2 inside. 

Both cars are writeoffs.