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Glace Bay Woman Charged in Boyfriend’s Death

Cape Breton Regional Police have charged a 26 year old Glace Bay woman in connection with the death of her boyfriend.

 Christina Michelle Croney faces counts of dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.

Police say Croney was charged after an investigation into the death of 26-year-old Terrance Matthew Somerton.

They add Sommerton died from his injuries on April 5th after being struck by a vehicle on Leslie Lane in Glace Bay on March 30th.

Croney has been released on conditions, including that she have no contact with the victim’s family.

She’s due back in court on May 27th to enter a plea.

Gas and Diesel Up

The price of gas went up substantially, overnight.

Gas jumped by 4.6 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.45.2 in Cape Breton.

Meanwhile, diesel rose by 2.1 cents a litre and now costs a minimum of $1.40.

Section of Cabot Trail Fully Reopened

Both lanes of the Cabot Trail, near Margaree Forks are now open after the road was partially closed since Wednesday due to a mudslide.

The provincial Department of Transportation says concrete barriers are in place along the shoulder of the road as a precaution to prevent the possible spread of unstable soil.


Warning signs also are posted in advance of the section of road.

The D-O-T says crews will monitor the site over the weekend.

The first slide happened on Tuesday when mud and debris from a hill above the road rushed down.

There was a second mudslide on Wednesday.

As part of the cleanup effort, crews are diverting water from the top of the embankment where the mudslide took place.



Cabot Trail Still Down to One Lane After Mudslide

The provincial Department of Transportation says a section of the Cabot Trail near Margaree Forks will remain down to one lane for most of the day today after two mudslides, yesterday.

No one was hurt in the slides which covered part of the road.

Crews spent the night on the scene and officials say the effort to clear mud and debris from the road continues.

The D-O-T blames a rapid freeze and thaw for the bank giving way.

A Department spokesperson says it intends to conduct an investigation into the mudslide.

CB Cancer Centre In Regional Study

The Cape Breton Cancer Centre is taking part in an Atlantic Canadian study to measure the distress of cancer patients.

 Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and Newfoundland and Labrador have been awarded $1 million over three years for the study from Health Canada.

In Nova Scotia, the project includes a program where patients will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about psychosocial, practical and physical concerns.

They’ll be asked about their levels of anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain.

The doctor leading the study, Janice Howes says her team will develop education sessions to help patients after identifying potential problem areas.

The program will also expand re-screening of patients after their cancer treatment.

Society Tours St. Alphonsus Interior

The group hoping to buy and restore St. Alphonsus Church in Victoria Mines got a look in inside the building, yesterday evening.


The Stone Church Restoration Society was given permission to view the interior by the Diocese of Antigonish.


The Diocese has slated the building for demolition


The Society’s Melanie Sampson says they wanted to get inside to assess current damage.


She adds there’s water damage to an area around one of the bell towers because of a broken window in the tower.


She says the Society has notified the Diocese that it would like to temporarily repair the open window to prevent further damage.


The Society says a company has come forward to volunteer its services for the work.

Regional Council Tackles Emergency Response

Cape Breton Regional Council passed a motion to create an emergency services committee and to review the emergency measures plan at last night’s Council meeting.

The move comes amid concerns raised by the response to a snow and ice storm two weeks ago that left hundreds of people without power for days.

Deputy mayor Kevin Saccary says that standards that suggest people should look after themselves for 72 hours in an emergency work better in urban areas where people have running water during a power outage and live closer together.

He’s calling for the implementation of more flexible standards for the CBRM.

Also last night, Council passed a resolution praising the efforts of volunteer fire departments that helped those in need during the recent storm.

Another resolution called on Nova Scotia Power officials to meet with Council to discuss how to improve maintenance service during severe weather.

Two Arrested After New Waterford Break-in

Two men are due in Sydney Provincial Court today after a Break and Enter at the Bargain Shop on Plummer Avenue in New Waterford, overnight.


Cape Breton Regional Police say they responded to an alarm call at approximately 2:30, this morning.


They add when officers arrived on the scene they discovered broken glass in the front doorway and a TV missing from the shelf behind the cash register.


Police say they quickly found and arrested two potential suspects on Second Street and recovered the stolen TV with the help of the K-9 unit.


A 25-year-old from New Waterford and 27-year-old from Glace Bay face charges of  Break and Enter, and Theft.


Driver in Fatal Crash Due in Court

A teen charged in connection with a triple fatal crash in Inverness Co. last summer is due back in Port Hawkesbury Court, today.


Last month, a bench warrant was issued for the17-year-old from Harbourview, outside of Port Hood after he failed to show up in court.


The boy who can’t be identified because of his age faces three counts each of dangerous driving causing death, and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The teen’s lawyer was also absent from last month’s scheduled court appearance after informing the court he wouldn’t be able to attend.

RCMP say 17-year-old Logan Patrick MacIntyre, from Judique, his brother, 19-year-old Morgan Christopher MacIntyre and 20-year-old Joel Cecil Chandler from Port Hood were killed in the July crash.

Four others were injured after the vehicle they were in crashed into the ditch on Shore Rd. in Harbourview.


CBRM Summit on Ivaney Report

Cape Breton Regional Council is holding a day-long summit on the Ivaney Report at Centre 200 in Sydney, today.


Mayor Cecil Clarke says the One Nova Scotia Summit will focus on the 12 strategic directions laid out for the province’s economy in the report.


The keynote address will be delivered by Membertou senior advisor Dan Christmas who was also a member of the five-person Commission that put the report together.


Regional councillors will lead panels and discussion groups at today’s summit and 20 local leaders in the education, training and business sectors will also be in attendance.


Clarke says the results from the summit will form the basis for a community response to the Ivaney Report that he and Council will present to the Legislature.


Today’s summit gets underway at 9:00 this morning and wraps up at 3:00, this afternoon.