RCMP say a 19-year-old man from Howie Centre was the victim of a fatal crash between a car and a sewage vacuum truck in Howie Centre, yesterday afternoon. Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck and a passenger suffered minor injuries. The RCMP says the car crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with the truck at around 1:40 in the afternoon. The name of the victim has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
A group in North Sydney is speaking out against plans to sell Archibald Wharf to a marine services company. Members of the North Sydney Business Improvement Development Association say the Regional Municipality entered into talks with Canadian Maritime Engineering without consulting the public. Association chairperson Dan Bunbury says they’re not anti-development or anti-jobs. However, he adds there are many other locations along the North Sydney waterfront where the company could expand. The Association says the green space, performance area and playground at Archibald Wharf serve as a town square for local festivities and an attraction for tourists. Members say they’d like to sit down with the CBRM to discuss plans for the Wharf.
One of the people charged after a brutal assault on a homeless man in North Sydney is due back in court today to be sentenced. 34 year-old James Darren Clarke from North Sydney was found guilty earlier this month of obstruction of justice in the case for hiding a wrench that police say was used in the attack. A charge of attempted murder against Clarke was withdrawn. He’s been remanded while he awaits sentencing. Clarke is among six people who’ve been charged in relation to the July attack on 48-year-old Shawn Curtis Jack. Jack suffered serious head injuries and was sent to hospital in Halifax for treatment.
The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is in discussions with a company that wants to buy Archibald Wharf in North Sydney. Mayor Cecil Clarke says Canadian Maritime Engineering wants to use the wharf under an expansion plan to carry out more marine services, supply and repair. Northside Councillor Clarence Prince says he understands the expansion could create between 50 and 100 good paying jobs. Mayor Clarke says he knows people are raising concerns about the green space around the Wharf. However, he adds the CBRM is looking at moving playground equipment to Munro Park and or Indian Beach if it’s affected by the expansion. Clarke says Canadian Maritime Engineering is working on a business plan that will be presented to council.
Jurors are expected to hear from a key witness and see dramatic evidence when the second-degree murder trial of Joseph James Landry continues today. The 67-year-old is the first of four to be tried in the death of 43 year-old Phillip Boudreau. In an unusual move, the proceedings will shift briefly to a vehicle bay at the Port Hawkesbury court house where jurors will view Boudreau’s badly damaged speedboat. The Crown says that the crew of the Twin Maggies fishing boat shot at Boudreau several times, rammed his boat and dragged his body out to sea. Boudreau’s body has never been found. The jury is also due to hear testimony from Twin Maggies deckhand Craig Landry, today.
A Glace Bay man is scheduled to stand trial on July 22nd in the case of a stabbing that took place in August. 30 year-old Walter Joseph Young pleaded not guilty to counts of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in court, yesterday. Young was charged after a 46-year-old man was stabbed on Seaview Drive in Glace Bay. Police say that the man suffered non-life-threatening stab wounds in the incident. They also say that victim and the suspect are known to one another.
A weekend fire that destroyed King’s Auto Centre in Little Bras d’Or has been deemed suspicious and is now under investigation. The Florence Volunteer Fire Department got the call to the blaze at around 11:00 on Saturday night. Department Chief Bill Capstick says the whole building was on fire when they arrived on the scene and adds fire departments from Sydney Mines and North Sydney were called in to help. It took several hours to fight the blaze and Deputy Fire Marshall Doug MacKenzie says it will take some time to determine the cause of the fire. The building was previously home to the Co-op grocery store, and later the Bargain Shop. It is the second major fire this year for the owner of King’s Auto Centre. Linda King’s house on nearby Johnston Road was destroyed by fire in the summer and that blaze is also under investigation.
A missing Eskasoni woman may have been seen in the United States. The family of Chrisma Joy Denny says they got a report that a U.S. sheriff encountered the 23-year-old in Fort Payne, Alabama, in September. The sheriff contacted the RCMP after hearing that Denny was reported missing in Canada. Denny’s aunt Elaine Denny says that the Sheriff met Chrisma at a truck stop and took her to a homeless shelter, where he made sure she was fed. Chrisma’s family are now circulating posters to American police organizations and on social media. Chrisma Denny is described as five-feet-six inches tall, weighing 145 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and dark skin. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call Regional Police, Eskasoni RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
Test drilling in Glace Bay for a carbon capture research project is nearly completed. Core samples are being taken from a single 1,700-metre hole on property owned by Yates Trucking and Excavating, off Dominion Street. The goal of the project is to find out if the underground rock formations are suitable to hold carbon dioxide emitted by Nova Scotia Power plants. The CEO of the province’s Carbon Capture and Storage Research Consortium, Carl Porier says so far they’ve discovered that the shallow bedrock is solid enough to keep gases underground. He also wants to stress that, contrary to local rumours, there’s no hydraulic fracturing or fracking be done at the site. He adds it will require a lot more research to determine whether carbon capture and storage is financially viable in the province. Core samples taken from the Glace Bay site will analyzed and Poirer says the results will be publicly released, next year.
The Liberal government has passed its controversial fracking legislation. Bill 6 passed yesterday with the support of the NDP. The bill extends a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing until the government can develop regulations and an onshore atlas of available natural gas resources. There’s an exemption in the bill that allows fracking for the purpose of research and testing. Energy Minister Andrew Younger said work is already underway on the onshore atlas as well as a regulatory review. The Tories voted against the bill, saying it prevents the province from developing its natural resources.