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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mugging At The Nature Park

Two men are in custody after an armed robbery at the Irving Nature Park this afternoon.

Police got the call around 3:30 from a man saying he had been held up with a knife. A small amount of cash and property was taken.

Within 10 minutes, police managed to track down and arrest the suspects.

There were no injuries, and according to Staff Sergeant Flemming of the Saint John Police Force everyone involved knew one another.

Environment Canada Determines Strength Of Tornado

Environment Canada has determined the strength of the confirmed twister that ripped through the Grand Lake area on Saturday. 

The weather service has classified the tornado as an EF-1 tornado, meaning it produced winds between 135 and 175 kilometres an hour. They make up 25% of all tornadoes.

They say the twister touched down near Jemseg, tracking east. They say the damage includes at least three destroyed barns in the Whites Cove area, and another in Cambridge Narrows. Debris from that barn was picked up and carried over 300 metres away. However, nobody was seriously hurt.

Broker Convicted Of Fraud Must Pay Back Money

William Watson Priest of Nackawic is paying the price for bilking investors out of their hard-earned cash.

The former broker been asked to pay up almost $600,000 to the Financial and Consumer Services Commission (Commission) and is banned from the investment industry for life. 

 Priest was also sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to nine counts of fraud under the Securities Act in provincial court back in September 2012. 

Safety Changes At NB Southern Railway

NB Southern Railway is changing its safety procedures in an attempt to make its employees and the public feel safer.

The changes include a policy not to leave trains unattended on mainline operations, to park trains safely on rail sidings, and giving crews more specific policies on where and when they should use hand brakes.

The changes are in line with the broader series of changes rolled out by Transport Canada yesterday.

Saint John Firefighters Association Embraces Social Media

Organizations on Facebook and Twitter have to strike a fine balance between being engaging and keeping it professional. Paul Stackhouse of the Saint John Firefighters Association says they strive to walk that line.

Stackhouse tells CHSJ News they have to be very cautious about what they post online, making sure everything is accurate, and says they don't reply to every tweet they receive.

They're active on their website, Facebook and Twitter in order to stay current and engage with the people living in Saint John. However, by actively posting and re-tweeting what they're doing on various platforms, they've been able to reach a wider audience. Stackhouse says they're now able to connect with firefighters all across the country.

Click the links for their website, Twitter and Facebook.

Wedding Winners Excited For St. Andrew's Nuptials

This time next year...they'll be married.   

Ben Vienneau and Marcia Belyea are very excited to be the grand prize winners of Win and Wed by the Sea.

Ben tells CHSJ News the biggest shock of his mock arrest proposal going viral was stumbling upon it.

He says none of the websites posting the video contacted them first so they were shocked when their faces showed up on the homepage of their computer. 

We asked bride-to-be Marcia Belyea if she ever expected to get married like this.
She tells us she never expected to be proposed to like that or to win a wedding.

The couple's wedding date is July 19th 2014.

Police Analyzing Human Remains

After an investigation , police have determined suspicious bones found along Highway 1 were that of an animal. According to Sergeant Jay Henderson, they analyzed them as a precaution and found they were  deer bones. 

Meantime, the human remains discovered near Spruce Lake last month have been sent away for forensic examination to help their establish their identity. 

Police say they haven't yet heard anything back about the results, and don't expect to for some time.

Grace Foundation Board Shrinks

There has been a shakeup of the Board of Directors at the Grace Foundation in the wake of the controversy over Justin Trudeau's 20 thousand dollar speaking fee at the Imperial Theatre last year. 

The Board, which had ten members, is now down to five, according to its website. 

Gone from the Board are Susan Buck who wrote the letter requesting reimbursement of the speaking fee because the event did not attract that many people. 

Also missing is Judith Baxter, whose husband is a member of Fundy Royal M-P Rob Moore's riding Association. Baxter, herself, was appointed by the Harper Government to the board of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 2007 and again in 2011. 

The Grace Foundation decided not to seek reimbursement of the speaking fee and took the unusual step of issuing a statement that was critical of Moore for his part in fanning the flames.