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Bail Hearing for Beating Case Suspect

A bail hearing will be held today for a man charged in connection with a brutal assault on a homeless man in North Sydney.

 

47-year-old Gordon William Bobbitt faces a count of obstruction of justice in the case.

 

Six people have been charged in the beating of 48-year-old Shawn Curtis Jack, who was found in a North Sydney parking lot on July 14th.

 

Jack remains in a Halifax hospital, where he’s being treated for serious injuries.

 

Family Says Pet Was Attacked By Coyote

A family in Long Point, Inverness County is warning other pet owners in the area after their dog died, following a coyote attack.

 

They say their 13-year yellow lab was attacked by a coyote next to their home at around 10:00 on Saturday night.

 

They add the dog died from its injuries, last night.


They say the coyote was heard the night before and didn’t appear to be afraid when they tried to scare it off.

The incident has been reported to the provincial Department of Natural Resources.

 

13th Suspicious Fire in CBRM

Investigators in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are now dealing with their 13th suspicious fire after two blazes overnight, yesterday.

A single story home at 330 Curran Street in New Waterford suffered heavy damage in a blaze that was reported at around 3:30 AM.

 

The people who live in the home are away on vacation.

Deputy fire marshal Doug MacKenzie says that fire appears to be accidental.

However, the chief of the New Victoria Fire Department, Blair MacIsaac says a fire in that community has been deemed suspicious.

 

He adds firefighters were called to the scene of a vehicle fire on Wallace Road and found that the blaze had spread to a nearby shed when they arrived on the scene.

 

The car and shed were heavily damaged and the investigation into the blaze continues.

Two Overnight Fires in CBRM Under Investigation

Officials in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are investigating two overnight fires.

 

Regional Deputy Fire Chief Brent Denny says one fire took place at a single story home at 330 Curran Street in New Waterford.

 

A garage and vehicle fire on Wallace Road, New Victoria, is also under investigation, today.

 

Last night’s fires follows one the night before at a three-unit apartment building at 485 Townsend Street in Sydney.

 

That fire has been deemed suspicious and marks the 12th suspicious fire in the CBRM in recent weeks.

 

Big Step in MV Miner Project, Today

A big step in work to remove the MV Miner will take place today when a shipment of armour stone arrives on the site.

 

Contractors RJ MacIsaac Construction plan to use the stone to build a road to the derelict vessel on Scaterie Island.

 

A company spokesperson says the access road will allow the workers to begin breaking the ship apart.

 

The Miner is expected to be completely dismantled by November.

 

RJ MacIsaac will hire twenty people to carry out the 11.9 million dollar project.

 

The Miner ran aground on Scaterie when its tow line broke in rough seas in September of 2011.

 

12th Suspicious Fire in the CBRM

Investigators are now dealing with the 12th suspicious fire in the CBRM in recent weeks.

 

A blaze at a three-unit apartment building at 485 Townsend Street in Sydney early yesterday morning has been deemed suspicious.

 

Fire officials say the building was extensively damaged and may have to be demolished.

They add a family living in the house next door had to leave their home while the fire was being fought.

 

Dog Attack Owner Tells Her Side of the Story

The owner of a pit bull that attacked a Glace Bay woman is telling her side of the story.

Katlyn MacLeod says her pit bull Cain was coming to her defence when it bit Corry MacPhee-Morrison in the right thigh.

MacPhee-Morrison needed 200 stitches to sew up the wound and says she wants the dog put down.

But MacLeod says her dog bit the woman after MacPhee-Morrison struck her in the face.

MacLeod adds her dog was simply coming to her defence after she and MacPhee-Morrison got into an argument.

MacLeod’s boyfriend who is also the victim’s brother is confirming her side of the story.

William MacPhee adds Cain has been around many people including his sister and has never attacked anyone in the past.

Meanwhile, the Cape Breton Branch of the SPCA is investigating the incident with help from the Regional Police.

 

 

Accused in Beating Case Has Bail Hearing Today

One of the men charged in connection with a brutal assault on a homeless man in North Sydney has had his bail hearing adjourned until today, after a court appearance, yesterday.

 

47-year-old Gordon William Bobbitt faces a count obstruction of justice in the case.

 

34-year-old James Darren Clarke is also facing an obstruction of justice charge and will remain on remand until his bail hearing a week from today.

 

The pair is among six people charged in the beating of 48-year-old Shawn Curtis Jack who was found bloodied and bruised in a North Sydney parking lot on July 14th.

 

Jack remains in Halifax hospital, where he’s being treated for serious injuries.

 

Meanwhile, his dog Chico is being cared for at the Cape Breton Branch of the SPCA.

Branch officials say it’s clear the dog was well-cared for by Jack and they hope to get permission from the hospital to take him to Halifax to visit his master when he’s well enough.

An internet funding campaign for Jack has now raised nearly 19, 400 dollars.

 

 

Bail Hearing for Accused in Beating Case

Two men charged in connection with a brutal assault on a homeless man in North Sydney are due back in court today for bail hearings.

 

47-year-old Gordon William Bobbitt and 34-year-old James Darren Clarke are each charged with obstruction of justice in the case.

 

48-year-old Shawn Curtis Jack was found bloodied and bruised in the parking lot of the Atlantic Superstore in North Sydney on July 14th.

 

He remains in a Halifax hospital after suffering head and other injuries.

Meanwhile, a Sydney Mines man charged with attempted murder in the case will remain in jail until his next court appearance on August 6th.

22-year-old Corey Patrick Blinkhorn also faces counts of aggravated assault, wearing a disguise and impersonating a police officer in relation to the attack.

Two others charged in the case are also due back in court on August 6th.

A16-year-old North Sydney girl who can’t be named because of her age faces charges of aggravated assault, wearing a disguise and two counts of breaching conditions.

22-year Jennifer Lynn MacLeod from Boularderie faces counts of aggravated assault and wearing a disguise.

She was denied bail, yesterday.

Glace Bay Woman Recovering From Pitt Bull Attack

A Glace Bay woman says she’s lucky to be alive after being attacked by a pit bull.

 

36-year-old Corry MacPhee-Morrison needed more than 200 stitches during emergency surgery to close a gash on her right thigh.

 

She says the wound came dangerously close to a major artery.

 

MacPhee-Morrison adds she was attacked by a dog belonging to her brother’s girlfriend while visiting his Glace Bay home.

 

She wants the dog put down but says the woman refuses to do that.

 

The Cape Breton Branch of the SPCA says it’s investigating with the help of Regional Police.