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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.

 

Sixth Suspect Arrested in Beating Case

Cape Breton Regional Police have arrested a sixth person in connection to a brutal beating of a homeless man in North Sydney.

 

Police say 22-year-old Corey Patrick Blinkorn was picked up without incident at a home on Rateau Street in Sydney Mines at around 5:30, yesterday evening.

 

There had been a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest.

 

Blinkhorn faces charges of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, wearing a disguise while committing an Offence and Impersonating a Police Officer.

 

He’s being held at the police lockup and is due in court at a later date.

 

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

 

He’s now in a Halifax hospital in serious condition with head and other injuries.

 

Meanwhile bail hearings for two others facing charges the case are due to take place, today.

22-year-old Jennifer Lynn MacLeod from Boularderie and a 16-year-old girl from North Sydney each face charges of aggravated assault, wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders.

 

Two More Arrests and Arrest Warrant Issued in North Sydney Beating Case

Two more people charged in connection with a brutal assault on a homeless man in North Sydney last week are due in court today.

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

The Northside men were arrested on Saturday and are being at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre.

Police say they also seized a wrench they believed was used in the attack on Shawn Kurtis Jack as well as a bandana after searching a home on King Street in North Sydney.

Police are still looking for another suspect in the case.

 A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for 22-year-old Cory Blinkhorn from Sydney Mines.

He’s described as 5’ 8” tall, weighing 186 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes.

The 48-year-old victim was found bloodied and bruised in the parking lot of the Atlantic Superstore in North Sydney shortly before midnight, last Monday.

Police says Jack is now in a Halifax hospital in serious condition with head and other injuries.

Meanwhile, an internet crowdfunding campaign for him has raised nearly 17-thousand dollars.

 

 

Two Arrested After Glace Bay Fire

Regional Police arrested two people after a storage shed was set on fire in Glace Bay early yesterday morning.

Police say they got the call to 87 Highland Street at around 7:00.

They add the nearby house is vacant and the matter remains under investigation.

Fire officials say they believe the blaze is an isolated incident and not connected to a rash of arsons in the CBRM over the last month.

The police arson squad has been investigating nine fires that were set in Sydney, Sydney Mines and New Victoria.

 

North Sydney Youth, 16, Charged In Beating of Homeless Man

Cape Breton Regional Police say that a third person is facing charges in the beating of a man who was left with serious head injuries. The 16 year-old girl from North Sydney is being charged with aggravated assault, wearing a disguise, and two breaches, and is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon. Two others have also been charged in the case. 25-year-old Kyle William Nichol is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and wearing a disguise with intent to commit an offence. A 22-year-old woman from Boularderie was charged yesterday with aggravated assault and wearing a disguise with intent to commit an offence. The victim was found on Monday night outside a grocery store on King Street in North Sydney suffering from head injuries. Police say the man remains in a Halifax hospital in serious condition.

Gas Down, Diesel Unchanged

Analysts got it wrong when it came to predicting which way gas prices would go, this week.

The price of gas actually went down slightly by .7 cents a litre, overnight.

The current minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is $1.41.8.

The price of diesel remains unchanged at $1.37.7 cents a litre.