April 23, 2014
POLICE ASK FOR HELP SOLVING B&E
The Miramichi Police Force is seeking the public's assistance in solving a break, enter and theft that occurred on the evening of February 12th, at Tim Horton's located at 1780 Water Street.
The suspect(s) in the case made off with an undisclosed amount of money and police want any information that will aid in the investigation in hopes of identifying the person of persons responsible for the crime.
The Miramichi Police Force has already received anonymous information from the public regarding this case but police are now seeking fresh leads.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Miramichi Police Force at 623-2124 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
At the request of Tim Horten's, police want to advise that Tim Horton's is offering a reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
GOUCHIE HEARING SET FOR TOMORROW
Tyler Kirk Gouchie is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow for a hearing.
The 19-year-old is charged with causing the death of 18-year-old Scott Bowes in a car accident in Douglastown last June.
He is also charged with causing injury to two teenage girls who were passengers.
Gouchie has pleaded not guilty to the 12 charges he is facing and his trial is set to begin later this spring.
GAS PRICES COULD HIT ALL-TIME HIGH
We will know for sure at midnight, but all indications are gas prices could reach an all-time high tomorrow.
Early predictions from multiple sources expect gas to rise by about 2 cents when the Energy and Utilities Board makes its weekly price adjustment at midnight.
If that happens, the maximum price for regular self-serve would move past the previous high of 142.2 cents a litre from April of 2012.
This time last year, the max price was 125.5 a litre.
Meanwhile, diesel and furnace oil could rise by almost three cents per litre, while propane is expected to drop by several cents.
LAND CLAIM DETAILS ANNOUNCED
[ Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation Chief Freeman Ward shake hands after signing the settlement agreement at Metepenagiag Heritage Park on Tuesday ]
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt announced Tuesday the details of an agreement that settles the first nation's 1895 surrender specific claim with Metepenagiag First Nation.
Compensation for the claim is $27,569,411 and Metepenagiag has the opportunity to purchase up to 3,144.5 acres of land to be added to the reserve.
The claim was ratified by a vote on Oct. 17th of last year.
Metepenagiag residents will receive $25,000 each. Those who have died since the vote will see the money go to their estates. Those under the age of 19 will have the money put into a trust.
Director of Operations of Metepenagiag Adam Augustine said he's pleased they were able to get the deal done.
He added that though most of the money is going to the residents, a large amount will go towards the Riverside Entertainment Centre in Douglastown, some went to the administration and a small portion has been saved for economic development.
Specific claims deal with past grievances of first nations related to outstanding obligations under pre-1975 treaties.
CITY MAY SUPPORT STATION WHARF EXPANSION,
APPLY TO HOST ACADIAN GAMES
It looks like the city wants to expand Station Wharf Marina in Chatham.
There are two motion on this month's regular council meeting agenda about that topic.
The first is that the city write a letter of support for the expansion. The second is to designate $30,000 to support the project.
Council will also vote tomorrow night on whether or not the city will apply to host the 2017 Acadian Games.
If passed the city would issue a letter expressing its interest in hosting the 38th edition of the event.
That meeting is a Thursday night at 7.
WARRANT ISSUED FOR STANISLAV KALMIN
A warrant has been issued for Stanislav Kalmin for failing to appear in court Tuesday to set a trial date.
The Vancouver man made headline last year when he was kicked off an international flight in Halifax and then kicked off a VIA train in Miramichi for allegedly being intoxicated.
Last fall Toronto police were searching for him, fearing for his safety. At the time he was driving a vehicle he failed to return to Enterprise Rent-a-Car here in Miramichi.
He was then convicted of several charges in Ontario in November.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TRYING TO STEAL FROM CAR
Samual Miner has pleaded guilty to trying steal money out of a parked car on the weekend.
He was in Miramichi Provincial Court on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old Miramichi man spent the weekend in jail and will remain there until Friday when he will be sentenced.
He had just finished a jail term for a similar crime when he was arrested for this one.
PERSONAL INFORMATION TAKEN FROM GOV'T LAPTOP
The personal information of 92 New Brunswickers was on a laptop stolen from an provincial employee on Jan. 17th.
The employee was visiting a friend in Saint John at the time.
The computer contained names, social insurance numbers, birth dates and financial information of people in a self-employment training program.
While the government is looking into the security breach, officials say two passwords are required to access the files.
Despite that, the 92 people affected have been offered credit-monitoring services.