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Procedures Not Followed in Barrett Stabbing

A review released by the provincial Department of Justice shows procedures weren’t followed when Thomas Ted Barrett was stabbed at the Burnside jail.


The 39-year-old Glace Bay man was sent to hospital with more than 40 stab wounds after the June attack.


At the time, police said the suspects were all in one cell and the stabbing happened after Barrett entered the cell.


The review found staff responded “quickly and appropriately” to the incident.


However, it also notes that a standard operating procedure regarding the number of inmates allowed in a cell was not followed.


As a result, supervisors at the facility have been directed to ensure the procedure is “reviewed, enforced and adhered to at all times”.

Barrett faces two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Laura Jessome from Bras d’Or and Brett Elizabeth MacKinnon from Glace Bay.


Premier To Meet With Counterparts in Charlottetown

Premier Stephen McNeil is in Charlottetown today to meet with his provincial and territorial counterparts from across the country.


McNeil says a change in Ottawa’s funding formula for health care is high on his agenda at the meeting.


The Harper government plans to fund health based on population and that means Nova Scotia will start getting billions of dollars less in transfer payments.


McNeil says the change will hurt this province which has the highest percentage of seniors in the country.

He adds the premiers will discuss having Ottawa participate in a new strategy on aging at their meeting which will help address the funding change.



Jensen Gets Four Years in Beaton Manslaughter

An Edmonton man has been sentenced to four years in prison for fatally stabbing a Mabou man, two years ago.


23-year-old Cody Kyle Jensen was convicted of manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Kenzie Beaton in May.


Beaton died from a fatal stab wound to his stomach after an altercation between the two men at an inn in Jasper, Alberta.


In sentencing Jensen yesterday, Justice June Ross said that his use of a knife in those circumstances was completely unnecessary.


The Crown had argued for a prison term of between of three and five years for Jensen while his lawyer said he should serve 18 to 24 months in jail.


Beaton’s mother, father and two sisters were in Edmonton for the sentencing.


His mother Debbie Beaton expressed relief that the case was over.


Glace Bay Stabbing Suspect Gets Bail

A 30-year-old Glace Bay man accused of stabbing another man in the community has been released on 4000 dollars bail. Walter Joseph Young is charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon (a knife) in connection to the stabbing of a 46-year-old man last week on Seaview Drive.  Police say both men know each other and the victim suffered non-life-threatening stab wounds. Young also has to abide by a host of conditions including a curfew and is due back in court on Sept. 22 to enter pleas to the charges.    

Three Arrested After Weekend Break-in Due in Court

Three people are due in court today after a break and enter in Leitches Creek on the weekend.   Police say they got the call from the homeowner at around 8:00 on Friday night.   They add three people were later found in the area and arrested.   29-year-old John Paul Bernard from Whycocomagh, 19-year-old Samuel Carter from Sydney and 18 year-old Catherine MacLellan from Sydney all face a charge of break and enter.   Bernard is also charged with failing to comply with a court order.   The trio is due to enter pleas in court, today.

Funeral For Buddy MacMaster, Today

The funeral for Cape Breton fiddling legend Buddy MacMaster will take place this morning.

MacMaster died on Wednesday night at the age of 89.

Crowds lined up to pay their final respects at his wake over the weekend.

MacMaster’s Funeral mass is due to get underway at 11:00 at St. Andrew’s Church in Judique.

The overflow crowd will be accommodated at the Judique Community Centre across the road.

MacMaster is survived by his wife and two children, and a large extended family.

Prosecution Wants 3-5 Years For Killer of Mabou Man

Prosecutors are looking for a three to five year prison term for an Edmonton man convicted of manslaughter in the death of a Mabou native.

23-year-old Cody Kyle Jensen has admitted to stabbing 22-year-old Kenzie Beaton in January of 2012 at an inn in Jasper, Alberta.

Jensen was convicted in May and his sentencing hearing took place yesterday in Edmonton.

Beaton’s family read several victim impact statements in court, yesterday.

At his trial, the court heard Jensen was awoken by noise from Beaton’s adjoining room just before 4:00 in the morning.

There was an altercation between the two men and Beaton suffered a single, fatal stab wound to his abdomen.

The judge ruled that Jensen had no intent to kill Beaton, but rejected his claim that the killing was self-defence because she believed he used excessive force.

A sentencing decision is scheduled for Monday.

Gas and Diesel Down

The price of gas went down overnight. Gas fell by 1.4 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.33.7 in Cape Breton. Diesel went down by 3.2 cents a litre and now costs a minimum of $1.31.

Seven Streets on CBRM Paving List

Cape Breton Regional Council learned which streets will be on the list for repaving this year at yesterday’s council meeting.


CBRM Senior Engineer Bruce Hardy told Council that the street that was at the top of the list as the “worst first” will not be getting fixed, this year.


Hardy says Reeves Street in Sydney didn’t make the cut because it has fewer than 10, 000 vehicles a day.


He adds work there will have to wait until next year when the province rolls out funding under the small communities fund.


The municipality has put together a list of seven streets that do meet the criteria for funding this year.


They include sections on Welton Street in Sydney; Main Street in Glace Bay; Main Street in Sydney Mines; the street leading to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital; South Street in Glace Bay; Commercial Street in North Sydney; and Alexandra Street in Sydney.


The CBRM will now submit those streets to the province for consideration under the Building Canada Fund.


Bail Hearings for Accused in North Sydney Beating

Two people charged in connection with the beating of a homeless man in North Sydney are due back in court today for bail hearing.


22-year-old Cory Patrick Richard Blinkhorn from North Sydney faces counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault, wearing a disguise in committing an offence and impersonating a police officer.


A 16-year-old North Sydney girl, who can’t be named because of her age, is charged with aggravated assault, wearing a disguise in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders.


Regional Police have charged six people after 48 year-old Shawn Curtis Jack was found seriously injured in a North Sydney parking lot last month.


He remains in a Halifax hospital.