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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Man Falls Off Ladder

City police, fire and ambulance called to a workplace accident in Millidgeville just before 4pm.
A man fell off a ladder hurting his ribs in the process.

It took place at a Bell Aliant building on Boar's Head Road.    Worksafe NB is looking into what happened.

12 Year Olds Could Be Allowed to Hunt

12 year olds could be allowed to hunt small game with adult supervision... if the Department of Natural Resources goes ahead with lowering the legal age from 14.

The DNR is currently looking for the public's feedback on the issue. The kids would also have to complete a course on safe shooting.

Liberals Slam Decision To Cut N-B Day Merit Awards

The Alward government is taking it on the chin over its decision to can the N-B Day Merit Awards this year -- a move the Opposition Liberals are calling lame.
The government says the awards - which recognize individuals contributions to their communities - are on hold while departments figure out various programs and initiatives following a restructuring process -- although there's no date as to when they will resume.
Liberal M-L-A Donald Arsenault says the awards were a nice pat on the back for individuals making contributions to their communities - and - he says it was simply a matter of signing one certificate and copying the rest.
Arsenault says Premier Alward should be ashamed especially after handing out what would be the biggest merit award this year with the appointment of former Rothesay M-L-A Margaret Ann Blaney to head up Efficiency N-B with a salary in the 175-thousand dollar range.

Police Foil Fraudsters

The Fraud Unit of the Saint John Police tell CHSJ News a 20 year old woman and 21 year old man from Montreal faces charges of identity fraud for opening up bank accounts at several different places under fake names on Monday afternoon.

Thanks to the quick thinking of bank employees, the man and woman were arrested before anyone lost any money.
Police found several i.d.'s in a local hotel room where they think the pair were staying.

If you know anything about this incident or any other, you are asked to contact city police at 648-3333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

More Liquor Stores Could Be Coming

Five to fifteen new liquor stores could be coming to the province by fall.
Marcelle Saulnier from NB Liquor tells CHSJ news they're looking for more points of sales.

The final locations will most likely be in rural areas and a few in urban places.

Saulnier adds that would increase the total amount of stores in the province by 20%. According to Saulnier there'sd not enough stores in the province to meet demand.

40 New Jobs & Modernized Electricity

A multi-year agreement has been made with NB Power and Siemens Canada to bring Smart Grid technology into the province's electrical system.

It will also create a new research and development centre based in Fredericton. NB Power says by modernizing the electrical system it will offer stable rates. Premier David Alward says the agreement will also create 40 new jobs and help the economy.

The Smart Grid will allow you to control and manage your energy usage.

It's scheduled to start sometime next year.

"Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar!": SHJS Hosts Grand Reunion

As the school cheer says, "everyone for High School stand up and holler!"

Saint John High School is holding its Grand Reunion August 3-5 at various locations throughout the city. Organizer Bruce Grant says it's going to be a special one because the school is commemorating 80 years of education.

Events include a boat cruise, BBQ and dinners. The oldest alumni attending is from the class of 1937 and lose to 300 people are registered. For a full schedule and how to register yourself for a fee of $80 click here

Boozing and Vandalism Discouraged In Bus Shelter

The bus shelter at the edge of the Loyalist Burial Ground isn't going  anywhere...despite being a hangout for drunks and pot smokers. Common council hopes the criminal element won't be as inclined to gather there now that the bench in the bus shelter has been removed--but Councillor Susan Fullerton says regardless, there's no need to jump the gun and remove it.

She says alcoholic and homeless people can congregate anywhere, and it's the police's job to prevent it from becoming a problem.

The bus shelter was a gift from the Irvings and is built to heritage specifications.

Suspicious Fires In Oromocto

A round of suspicious fires in Oromocto have the RCMP asking for your help.

Early last Friday firefighters responded to a shed and utility trailer on fire on Mockler Street. When firefighters arrived on scene, the neighbor who had made the 911 call had their deck on fire.

Both structures sustained significant damage. Police believe the fires were deliberate.

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP at 506-357-4300 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

3 Week Construction On Thorne Avenue

You might need to change your morning drive to work.

Starting tomorrow and lasting for 3 weeks Thorne Avenue between Egbert And Russell Street will be upgraded as part of the Harbour Clean Up Project.

Drivers are advised to plan a different route and drive safe in construction zones.

Car Set Ablaze On West Side

Charges of arson and mischief to property are likely after a car fire on the west side along Tower Street. 

A woman in her twenties is expected to be appearing in court today.

Rothesay Regional Police have a 20 year old man locked up after what is described as a low speed pursuit which began on French Village Road and came to an end at Keller's Hill Road. 

The man is likely facing charges of stealing a car, impaired driving and failing to stop for police.

N-B Day Merit Awards Missing This Year

The New Brunswick Day holiday weekend is just around the corner - but - there will be something missing from this year's celebrations.
The Alward government has confirmed to CHSJ News the annual N-B Day Merit Awards won't be handed out this year to residents of various municipalities - the awards recognize achievements and contributions by local residents.
A spokesperson tells us the awards are "on hold" this year as the government works through a reorganization of departments and agencies.
The awards are certificates with the provincial logo signed by the Premier and either the mayor of the municipality or the local M-L-A.
The "official" New Brunswick Day celebration is still a go - this year it's being hosted by the village of Saint Andre in the northwestern part of the province.
For more information on this year's official celebration click here.