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                           NEWS FOR SEPTEMBER 1/2015


West Hants council is moving ahead with opening a new fire sub-station and one of the things they'll have to do is borrow 3 million dollars.
It'll be used to buy equipment as well as lease and renovate a building on Tonge Hill Road just outside Windsor.
Warden Richard Dauphinee says he can assure residents they will continue to be protected by local fire departments and fire-fighters now and beyond October 23rd.
That's when the Windsor Fire Department will stop providing service to areas of West Hants.

Another bye-election will have to be held in West Hants, after District 9 councillor Victor Swinamer resigned last night.
His resignation letter stated he felt council was abusing its power by not representing the citizens.
Swinamer is the father-in-law of Windsor Fire Chief Scott Burgess.
After being declared in a conflict of interest over the fire services issue, he was not allowed to participate in the debate or attend in camera meetings despite representing residents of Falmouth who are directly affected.
A bye-election was recently held after councillor Mike Campbell moved to Kings County.

A 30 year old Annapolis County man is facing charges after a shooting yesterday.
RCMP say a gun was fired into a gravel truck on Granville Road yesterday morning, that resulted in a day long hunt for the suspect.
The Mounties say a 30 year old man from Victoria Beach turned himself in this morning.
He faces a half dozen gun related charges.

Court documents allege a Dalhousie University medical student who was facing expulsion told a psychiatrist he would obtain a gun and kill up to 20 people and himself.
The search warrant documents allege that 30-year-old Stephen Gregory Tynes met with a psychiatrist on Aug. 20 and told the doctor he would stab the associate dean of undergraduate medical education and her daughter, who was also his classmate.
In the document, police say they later went to an apartment in Halifax and seized over 18 hundred rounds of ammunition as well as a couple of rifles.
Dalhousie says Tynes has been suspended.

It's hoped that work will start in a matter of weeks on re-building the Newport & District Arena.
A contract worth approximately 4.8 million dollars has been issued to Roscoe Construction to re-build the arena that was destroyed when the roof collapsed under the weight of snow in April.
Arlene Dunn, who heads the fund-raising committee, says insurance will pay about 70 per cent of the cost and their fund-raising goal is 1.5 million.
She says if things go well they could conceivably open in the spring.

For the second time in a week the Utility and Review Board is going to invoke its interrupter clause.
 Last week there was a big drop in the price of gas, but this week the price of diesel will be adjusted although the Board isn't saying if it'll be going up or down.

With another university year set to start, Kings RCMP will be keeping a close eye on Acadia students.
In an open letter, Inspector Chris MacNaughton says they want to be proactive and are working with the university to ensure students are aware of the importance of being respectful to their new home and neighbours.
She says RCMP members will be visible throughout the community and will carry out education and enforcement initiatives.

R-C-M-P in P-E-I say one of their officers was injured this morning after being dragged by a car on the Confederation Bridge.
Sergeant Leanne Butler says the officer was involved in an altercation with a 28-year-old man on the bridge.
The man was being held in a patrol vehicle and allegedly pulled away, dragging the officer for an unknown distance.
She says the man was arrested after crashing into two other vehicles on the New Brunswick end of the bridge which was closed for about 3 hours.

The monthly expenses filed by provincial cabinet ministers are now available to the public for the first time online.
The first online edition lists expenses for each minister and their executive assistants from April 1 to July 31.
The largest expense of nearly 6 thousand dollars was registered by Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell for a nine-day trip to China in June.
Premier Stephen McNeil spent more than $10,500 on a series of six trips over the period.
The smallest expense filed was an 89-cent mileage claim submitted by Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab.

Police say two people have been charged after a woman was stabbed several times in Halifax.

Police say an 18-year-old Halifax man has been charged with 3 offences including attempted murder while a 19-year-old woman from Halifax is charged with accessory after the fact and misleading police.
Officers say they were called to a house Sunday night and found a 23-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds.
She is still in hospital.

Halifax police are investigating a strange report from a man who says he found two fish hooks in a toilet paper roll as he was using the washroom in a municipal bus terminal.

Police say the man handed the fish hooks to a security guard at the Dartmouth terminal around 5:00 Saturday evening.

They say the guard alerted his supervisor, who called police.

No injuries were reported.



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