February 2015

JDI Looking To Convert Section Of Elliott Row Into Parking Lot

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 13:30 PM

J.D. Irving is looking to buy and close the section of Elliott Row between Carmarthen and Wenworth Streets to convert it into a company parking lot.

Geoff Britt of JDI tells CHSJ News they distributed handouts to their neighbours last week which detail the development proposal including concept drawings and, according to Britt, the feedback they have received to date has been positive.

Home Invasion & Robbery On West Side Not A Random Act

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 13:15 PM

Saint John police say a home invasion and robbery that took place in the middle of the day on the West side was not a random act.

Seargeant Lori Magee says all the people involved in the incident know each other and Major Crime is now on the case.

Just after 1pm on Thursday a man and woman came into an apartment on Champlain Street with a weapon, assaulted a 30-year-old man who sustained some minor injuries and stole some items.

Magee says the pair then took off in a vehicle.

Barn Collapses From Heavy Snow With Horses Still Inside

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 10:03 AM

Over three quarters of an arena roof is caved in after snow build-up caused a barn to collapse.

The St. Stephen Fire Department says they got the call to the Valley Run Horse Centre on the Valley Road last night around 6pm.

Officials say nine horses were inside the barn at the time it collapsed, and it took firefighters two hours to get the animals out safely.

Riding students confirm the owner was not feeling well, so lessons had been cancelled for the evening, and noone was inside the barn.

There were no reports of any injuries to person or animal.

Former Saint Johnner Sentenced In U.S.

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 06:26 AM

The former Vice-President of Finance and Administration at Saint John Energy, 55 year old Anthony Furness escapes prison time in Utah despite admitting he stole thousands of dollars from the taxpayer owned Heber Light and Power Company.

Furness pleaded guilty to a reduced third-degree felony count of attempted theft by deception.

He was sentenced to three years probation and 10 days in jail after agreeing to pay more than 51 thousand dollars in restitution.

Snow Hampers City Firefighters

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 06:24 AM

City fire crews out early this morning putting out a house fire in Martinon on Riverside Lane.

No one was injured and the fire was contained to one room. The cause is believed to be accidental.

City Works had to bring in payloaders to open up the road because of all the snow. They also had to stretch a hose 400 feet by hand.

High School Teacher Arrested For Sexual Allegations

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 16:26 PM

A teacher at a high school in Dalhousie has been arrested for inappropriate conduct involving a 16-year-old girl while in a position of trust.

Mounties say the 54-year-old man works at a French high school and was arrested last week but was later released on conditions.

The man will appear in provincial court on June 22 to face the related charges.

Police say the man cannot be identified because charges have not yet been in laid in court.

Higgs Does Not Support A Hike To The HST

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 14:13 PM

The Former Conservative Finance Minister says their government put in place legislation to prevent political parties from overpromising and digging themselves into a financial hole.    

Blaine Higgs says that is what the Liberals have done and why they are looking at a possible increase in the HST.
He adds now we're up against another election that has cost this province too much money.

He says the government he was a part of did increase personal income tax but didn't need to do both but he fears the Liberals will have to do both because of the new spending.

Elderly Man Killed In Caraquet Crash

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 13:41 PM

A two vehicle crash on the Acadian Peninsula has claimed the life of an 84-year-old man.

RCMP say the collision took place in Caraquet yesterday afternoon.

Raymond Doiron of Bas-Caraquet died at the scene while a 23-year-old Caraquet man was sent to hospital with serious injuries.

One of the vehicles crossed over the centre line and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

It was snowing heavily at the time.