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Monday, December 16, 2013

Body Found Near Chesley & Hilyard

City Police cordoned off an area by the train bridge on Chesley Drive as you turn left off Hilyard Street towards the former Acadian Lines bus station. 

Searchers who were out looking for 17 year old Gavin Adams came across a body late yesterday afternoon.

Police have not confirmed if the body is that of the missing teen. 

Adams was reported missing late Sunday afternoon. He was last seen Saturday night in the area of Chesley Drive wearing a tan jacket, black hoodie, jeans and black sneakers. An appeal was released by City Police yesterday for help in finding him.

Man Who Cheated Dying Cancer Patient Going To Jail

A 29 year old man described as a serial fraudster and compulsive liar is off to jail for almost 2 years.

Darrell MacAuley pleading guilty in court today to a laundry list of 22 fraud and fraud-related charges including cheating a man dying of cancer out of money for home renovations.

He also stole truckloads of tools from a senior and cheated other people out of cell phones, musical equipment and more.

Judge Jamie LeMesurier also ordered MacAuley to pay his victims back.

The Dogs Looking For A GM

Need a job?   The Sea Dogs might need you.      The team is now accepting applications for a new general manager.

President Wayne Long says says the team is in a rebuild and they want to drive toward another championship.

The gm's duties are currently being shared by head coach Ross Yates and head scout Christian Vermette.

The closing date for applications is January 17th.   

To apply for the

Shoplifting Great Grandmother Caught

A 65-year-old great grandmother with 9 thefts and 3 breaches of probation on her record has been sentenced to house arrest after stealing a shrub from Kredl's in Hampton.

Shirley Hazel Rogers originally gave police a fake name when police came to her door, but eventually admitted to the theft which she says was the result of a compulsion she can't control.

Judge Jamie LeMesurier saying normally repeat shoplifters get jail time but he would take into account her age.

In addition to the house arrest she's prohibited from going to any stores unless accompanied by her common law husband.

VIDEO: Over $9 Million For The North End Y

Over 9 million dollars combined from the Feds and the Province to help build the new North end Y on Churchill Boulevard.

Tourism Minister Trevor Holder says its about having a world-class, first-class accessible YMCA facility in our community.

Holder says in 2013 it's very reasonable for a community of Saint John's size to expect that.

Juanita Black of Vibrant Communities Saint John tells CHSJ News it means a lot to see a big investment in the Old North End, Crescent Valley and Anglin Drive.

She says it opens the Y up for people to be able to walk there adding they don't need to be worried about transportation.

Y President & CEO Shilo Boucher says they expect to break ground next spring and the building should be open in the late fall of 2015.

Inter-City Bus Service Not Getting Enough Passengers On Some Routes

Lots of folks rely on the inter-city bus service to visit family, get to school, and find work--but according to Transportation Minister Claude Williams the pilot project connecting Bathurst, Campbellton, Miramichi and Moncton has less than half the passengers and packages it needs to be sustainable.

MLA Bill Fraser says there needs to be jobs in order for that to change.

As it currently stands, Maritime Bus is looking for business and community partnerships to support the route until it starts turning a profit.

Man Tries To Bring Cocaine Into Court, And Other Tales From The Police Blotter

It was a rather busy weekend for the Saint John Police Department.

Over the weekend, two men ages 38 and 42, and a 32-year-old woman were arrested  after a bar fight. They were released without charges once they'd sobered up, but a 35 year old was also charged with assaulting a peace officer.

As well, Sergeant Jay Henderson of the Saint John Police Department says fire officials are investigating a suspicious fire uptown on Charles Street.

In what might be called a poorly-thought out move, a 24 year old man who was going to see his probation officer at court was found to be in possession of cocaine. Police found the cocaine during a routine scan as he was entering the Law Courts at Peel Plaza. He has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Snow Ban Tonight

The city has declared an overnight parking ban on streets in the South-Central Peninsula to allow for snow clearing. 

The ban will be in effect from 11 tonight until 7 in the morning. Any vehicles parked on the street during that time will be towed. Six Parking Commission lots can be used by those drivers who normally park on the street between 6 tonight and 7 tomorrow morning. Those lots include

1. Corner of Princess and Charlotte Streets
2. King Street East
3. Peters Street
4. Carmarthen Street at the Vineyard Church
5. Mecklenberg Street at Wentworth
6.Corner of Charlotte and Queen St. (at Key Industries)

The new parking garage will be offering a 5 dollar rate between 6 tonight and 8 tomorrow morning.

Gallant Rejects Charge Of Waffling On Shale Gas

The Alward Government has been attacking Provincial Liberal Leader Brian Gallant for what they say is his wishy-washy stance on shale gas. 

Gallant tells CHSJ News his call for a moratorium on shale gas development is based on evidence, and there are too many unanswered questions about the environmental and health risks involved in the process.

Gallant argues there are still too many unanswered questions about the effects of fracking on the environment and human health.

Police Looking For Missing Teen

City police are looking for your help in finding a missing person.

17 year old Gavin Adams was last seen on Saturday night and was reported missing to police late Sunday afternoon.

He is about 5 foot 6, 150 pounds with a slim build, short brown curly hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a tan jacket, black hoodie, jeans, and black sneakers in the area of Chesley Drive in the North end.

If you have seen him, please contact City police at 506-648-3333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or click here.

A Big Financial Boost For The "Y"

The "Y" getting 9.2 million dollars in federal and provincial money to build its new facility on Churchill Boulevard in the north end. 

Saint John MP Rodney Weston announcing the federal contribution at $5.2 million with the province giving 4 million dollars. 

Mayor Mel Norton says it could be open by the fall of 2015.

Gov't Looking At Options To Fix Lorneville Road

Homes and businesses on the Lorneville Road are still accessible but a pipe failure under the Lorneville causeway leaving part of Lorneville Road closed to thru traffic in both directions because of safety concerns over a sinkhole.

Transportation Minister Claude Williams tells CHSJ News they'll have a better idea what to do about that this week. 

Williams says that was one of the pieces of infrastructure they needed to look into and there was some inspection done last summer, but you can't predict mother nature. He says this year they are dealing with over a million dollars in flood damage.

That part of Lorneville Road was flagged as a possible danger spot seven years ago.

Suspicious Fire

Damage was minor but there was a suspicious fire in the entrance to a building at 16 Charles Street which is under investigation. 

Some debris was found smouldering in the entranceway. It was quickly doused and the building ventilated.

Man Severely Beaten During Home Invasion

One man in his 20's taken to hospital last night with significant injuries after what City Police call a weapons offense that took place during a home invasion on City Line but not involving a firearm. 

Police telling CHSJ News the victim is expected to recover. 

2 men have been arrested for aggravated assault. Police say they all knew one another.

More Snow On The Way By Mid Week

Saint John Airport is reporting 21 centimeters of snow from yesterday's storm. 

Darin Borgel of Environment Canada tells CHSJ News it's back to the deep freeze with temperatures falling throughout the day.

Another weather maker comes into the region on Wednesday. Borgel says we could be getting another 10 to 15 centimeters of snow.

Assisted Living Facility Owner Speaks Out On New Admission Criteria

The owner of an assisted living facility wants the provincial government's new admission criteria for homes like his to be reversed.

David McNair of McNair Manor tells CHSJ News the Department of Social Development has changed the eligibility criteria so only those who have a dementia diagnosis can secure a spot at a specialized care bed homeunless you can pay for your placement out of pocket. McNair says those without dementia are no longer eligible for a subsidy. He calls it a clear disadvantage to those without the diagnosis, giving them no choice but a big institutional environment.

Minister of Social Development Madeline Dubé responding to concerns with a letter that says seniors with dementia are better served by staff specifically trained to manage their distinct needs.

McNair Manor is an assisted living facility with three locations, two in Moncton and one in Riverview, and plans to expand into Rothesay.

Big Announcement Coming On The Y Today

It looks like some good news may be coming today on the Saint John Y's new home in the North end.

An announcement is coming from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency according to Saint John MP Rodney Weston. It's happening at 9 o'clock this morning at the Somerset Community Centre.

Saint John Y CEO Shilo Boucher told us in November their goal is raise 7 million dollars to build their new home in the North end.

The new Y got $260,000 in donations last month.