October 2016

Common Council Finalizes Main Priorities

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 21:37 PM

Common Council has decided on four major priorities to focus on throughout the remaining 3 and a half years of its term in office.

Mayor Don Darling calls growth and fiscal responsibility the two "bookends".

He says growing the city is important because it leads to more people with a larger tax base, which creates more jobs.

Darling says the city's financial situation is "very serious", and says council needs to ensure they're getting a return on every dollar they invest on behalf of the citizens.

Details Of Gruesome Murder Of Baylee Wylie Revealed In Court

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 17:35 PM

Details of 18-year old Baylee Wylie's gruesome murder are coming to light in Devin Morningstar's first degree murder and arson trial.

A taped police statement is being played for the Court today with Morningstar explaining how the murder took place last December.

Morningstar says they had all been smoking crack in the house that day, when Wylie threatened to report Tyler Noel and Morningstar to the police for drug dealing and possession of a .22 calibre weapon.

UPDATE: Trial Begins For Man Accused In Deaths Of Two Boys Killed By Snake

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 14:07 PM

Twelve jurors have been chosen from a pool of hundreds in Campbellton in the trial for a Quebec man accused of criminal negligence in the deaths of two young brothers.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jean-Claude Savoie was charged after an African rock python escaped its enclosure at the Reptile Ocean pet store and killed six-year-old Connor Barthe and his four-year-old brother Noah in August 2013.

Savoie used to own the store and the boys were sleeping in an upstairs apartment where it was determined they were strangled by the python.

New Brunswick Receives Grade Of C- In Flood Preparedness

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 13:42 PM

New Brunswick has scored a C- when it comes to flood preparedness in a report from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo.

The province scored high on things like emergency response and mitigating the flood risk for the electricity supply, but low on offering programs to limit flooding on commercial properties and drainage for watercourses.

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick wants to see storm planning move from response to prevention and everyone has to be involved according to the council's Louise Comeau.

Jury Selected For Murder Trial Of Matthew Tucker

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 13:18 PM

A jury has been chosen for the second degree murder trial of Matthew Tucker.

Tucker is accused in the death of his mother, Dorothy Tucker of Oak Haven, N.B. in November 2014.

She was reported missing on November 10 and her body was found by hunters 10 days later.

14 men and women have been sworn in as members of the jury. 12 jurors and two alternates.

The jury selection process moved quickly as two full courtrooms of potential jurors was reduced to one.

Modest Economic Growth Expected Next Year

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 12:57 PM

The New Brunswick economy is forecast to grow by only .8 per cent next year according to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. That's still better than .5 per cent growth this year.

Senior economist David Chaundy says the province will benefit from federal stimulus spending and a growing U.S. economy.

The Fall Atlantic Report points out since 2008, a growing gap when it comes to employment between Atlantic Canada and the rest of the country has emerged. One reason cited is slower population growth in this part of the country.

Many Last Minute Shoppers For Halloween

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 12:42 PM

There were lineups before the Halloween Alley store even opened this morning.   Shoppers were looking for last minute costumes and accessories for Halloween night.

Owner and Operator Lori Yerxa says there were certain costumes that stood out as the most popular for this year" Harlequin from Suicide Squad, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton masks, and for children, they all wanted to be something scary."

Ten Men Arrested In Moncton Prostitution Sting

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 12:31 PM

Following two recent operations over the past couple of weeks, Codiac RCMP have arrested 10 men on prostitution-related charges in Moncton.

Police say the operations were conducted in the Dufferin Street area between October 14th and 27th.

Ranging in age from 25 to 80 years old, the men were arrested for communicating for the purposes of obtaining sexual services.

One man is from Oxford, Nova Scotia and one man is from Quebec while the remainder are from Southern New Brunswick.

The men will make a court appearance in Moncton on January 9th.