Two people were arrested in North Sydney yesterday afternoon after Cape Breton Regional Police received a report that someone had entered a King Street residence with a handgun. Police set up a containment around the residence, and the two were arrested when they stepped outside. A search warrant was later obtained for the residence, where police say they found a black BB gun that’s an exact replica of a 9 mm handgun. One of those arrested, a 33 year-old man, was released without charges. The other, 30 year-old Jerry Walter Jessome, is facing charges of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, careless use of a firearm, and two counts of breach of recognizance. He’s scheduled to appear in Sydney provincial Court tomorrow.
A teenage girl suffered non-life threatening injuries after falling about 60 feet over a cliff in Glace Bay last night. The girl had been walking with a friend in the hub area after leaving a dance, and her companion notified authorities when the accident occurred. Police and fire fighters responded to the scene a little after 10 pm, and the Glace Bay Fire Department was able to lower a stretcher over the cliff and bring the youth to safety. She was brought to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital with a broken femur, and was subsequently transferred to Halifax for further treatment.
A motor vehicle accident resulted in a loss of power for almost 700 power customers in North Sydney this morning. The affected area includes King and Blower Streets, as well as Commercial, Lorne, and Pierce, and adjacent side streets. There were no injuries sustained in the accident, in which a garbage truck hooked a power pole at around 10 after 7 this morning. Nova Scotia Power is estimating that affected customers will have their electricity restored at around 5:15 this evening. A motor vehicle accident resulted in a loss of power for almost 700 power customers in North Sydney this morning. The affected area includes King and Blower Streets, as well as Commercial, Lorne, and Pierce, and adjacent side streets. There were no injuries sustained in the accident, in which a garbage truck hooked a power pole at around 10 after 7 this morning. Nova Scotia Power is estimating that affected customers will have their electricity restored at around 5:15 this evening.
As predicted, the price of gas dropped overnight.
Gas fell by 2.6 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.40.6 in Cape Breton.
Meanwhile, diesel is down by a whopping 5.1 cents a litre.
The minimum price for a litre of diesel is now $1.44.3.
A Sydney man facing a charge of trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife is due back in court today for a focus hearing.
51 year-old Roderick Joseph Domoslai is charged with two counts of counselling another person to commit murder and a third count of counselling a person to commit arson.
He also faces two counts each of perjury and obstruction of justice.
The offences are alleged to have occurred between 2008 and 2010.
Domoslai has been released on conditions.
Two teens from the North Side face weapons-related charges, after reports the boys were seen in possession of a gun inside Memorial High School in Sydney Mines.
Cape Breton Regional Police say they were called to the school yesterday afternoon, when a student reported that she saw a boy with a gun in his waistband the previous day.
The boy was not in school yesterday, but police say they went to the home of the 15-year-old in Sydney Mines and placed him under arrest.
Police say they then learned that there was possibly a second boy in possession of the same weapon at the school.
Officers still at the school arrested the 17-year-old from North Sydney who police say was found to be in possession of a cap-style pistol.
They add neither suspect made any threats towards the school or any students.
Police say after searching the Sydney Mines home last night they found a second weapon.
Both boys are charged with Possession of a Weapon and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.
The 15-year-old also faces two Breaches.
Analysts are forecasting a drop in gas prices, this week.
One says we can expect about a 2 cent a litre decrease, overnight, tonight.
Meanwhile, the price of gas and diesel fell in New Brunswick, last night.
Gas there went down by 1.5 cents a litre and diesel dropped by 2.4 cents.
A liter of regular gas in Cape Breton now goes for a minimum of $1.43.2.
Diesel costs a minimum of $1.49.4 a litre.
Cape Breton Regional Council plans to redevelop the New Aberdeen area of Glace Bay with the help of provincial and federal housing programs.
Acting CAO Marie Walsh says the problem of rundown and abandoned buildings is the worst in New Aberdeen and, as a result, that neighbourhood will be the first to get attention.
Regional Council has voted to form a steering committee to get the funding necessary for the New Aberdeen project.
Walsh says Victoria Road in Whitney Pier is another neighbourhood high on the list for redevelopment.
The future of the Cape Breton Small Business Development Centre is in doubt.
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. took over the contract for the Centre from Cape Breton University, last March.
The funding arrangement provided $487,000 in operating expenditures from June to the end of this fiscal year on March 31.
Centre CEO Eileen Lannon Oldford says the centre proposed a three-year program with ACOA and ECBC.
However, the centre has only been granted an extension of its contract by three months, meaning it could close by the end of June.
Lannon Oldford told Cape Breton Regional Council at yesterday’s meeting she doesn’t know why they were only granted a three-month extension.
Oldford adds the centre is projected to have helped establish 23 businesses and create 66 jobs by the end of this month.
Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says the request for proposals to remove the MV Miner should be finalized by the end of the week.
The bulk carrier has been washed up on Scaterie Island since the fall of 2011 when its tow line broke.
MacLellan adds the province has taken the time to make sure it has all the environmental and safety components in place before putting out the tenders.
He says bidding on the work will last for 30 days, once the tenders are finalized.
The hope was to have the cleanup finished before the start of fishing season in May but MacLellan says the harsh winter has caused delays in getting to the wreck to carry out assessments.
The new target date for the cleanup is by the summer unless it interferes with the fishing season
MacLellan is still hoping that Ottawa will cost-share the salvage effort.