Posted at 5:39 pm on March 31, 2015
The province’s transportation minister says the government is cracking down on impaired drivers. Geoff Mac Lellan says changes to the Motor Vehicle Act will reduce crashes and injury for new drivers. He says drivers who now exit the newly licensed phase must maintain zero blood alcohol content for two years. Mac Lellan says Mother Against Drunk Drivers played a pivotal role in this legislation, and impairement can involve alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription drugs.
Antigonish RCMP have also stepped up efforts in arresting drivers impaired by drugs. Some local officers were among those chosen to attend special training in Jacksonville, Florida. Mac Lellan adds changes to the Motor Vehicle Act also include: to be a supervisory driver, a person must wait two years after exiting the newly licensed phase of the graduated licence program.
Posted at 11:23 am on March 25, 2015
The RCMP Detachment Commander in Antigonish says the force is celebration a very important milestone. It’s the 40th anniversary of the first female troop in the RCMP. Four decades ago, thirty-two women from across Canada took the oath to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The members of “Troop 17“ carved a path for thousands of women who have followed in their footsteps– including Staff Sgt. Holly Glassford.
In the early years, the wives of the RCMP members were valuable contributors. they were known as, “the second man.“ They helped their husbands do paperwork and other tasks. The campaign marking the celebration started in September and ends this month.
Posted at 5:43 pm on March 16, 2015
Port Hawkesbury RCMP are investigating a break in and theft at the Mulgrave Public Works building. Police say the incident occurred on March 5th or 6th. The suspect entered by prying the building doors open. Several expensive power tools are missing. Meanwhile, local RCMP are also investigating property damage to construction equipment at Inverness Raceway. RCMP believe the damage occurred overnight on March 10th. If you have information, contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
Posted at 5:32 pm on March 2, 2015
Antigonish RCMP says culprits are contacting people in the local area by way of telephone scams. RCMP say the Publisher’s Clearing House scam is involved in their investigation. Police say the fraudster contacts the victim, in many cases a senior, and tells them they won the sweepstakes or they are the second place winner. They promise delivery of the winnings; however, en route they get delayed and cannot deliver unless they receive some money from the potential victim. Police say don’t fall for it! Meanwhile, another involves Government of Canada back taxes. RCMP say seniors are targeted in this scam too. Antigonish RCMP say is an appropriate time to raise these issues because March is Fraud Prevention month.
Posted at 8:12 am on February 27, 2015
RCMP say a 38-year-old Antigonish County man will appear in court in May stemming from a hit-and-run in Aulds Cove. Police say just before midnight Wednesday evening, officers received a call of a single vehicle collision; a car had crashed into a gas station. The driver fled the scene. No was injured, there was some damage to a window and a gas pump.
Officers arrested a man a short time later in connection with the incident and held him in custody overnight.
The man faces charges of Refusing to Provide Breath Samples, Impaired Driving, Breach of Probation, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Driving While Prohibited.
Posted at 12:49 pm on February 17, 2015
RCMP have laid charges in relation to house party in Port Hastings over the weekend. Early Sunday morning. officers were called to a home on Hilltop Drive after receiving a report of several youths yelling and screaming and possibly fighting on the roadway.
Police found 30 to 40 people on the roadway obstructing traffic. RCMP arrested and charged a 17-year-old with underage drinking. Police also charged the 21 year-old host of the party for permitting drunkeneess to occur in a residence.
The 17-year-old youth is to appear in Port Hawkesbury Youth Justice Court on March 30th, the 21-year-old will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.
Posted at 9:38 am on February 13, 2015
Antigonish RCMP say a man is facing drug related charges after a home was searched. Officers executed a Search Warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a residence in Antigonish. A 57 year old man is facing charges. He faces charges including possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. He appears in court next week.
Posted at 4:27 pm on February 12, 2015
An RCMP tech-crime expert says officers in Antigonish, Northeastern Nova Scotia and across the province are getting better equipped to deal with internet based crime. Corporal Chris Hochhold says authorities must always stay one step ahead of the culprits. He says parents too should be sharp in front of a computer so they can keep up with their children’s on-line activities.
When a suspect is caught, data on their electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops is paramount for evidence presented in court. But Hochhold says it must be obtained properly for it to be admissible. He’s in charge of the new training for the RCMP course.
Posted at 4:55 pm on February 9, 2015
An Antigonish RCMP officer says more families deal with domestic violence than meets the eye. Cst. Morgan Mac Pherson says it knows no age, background, income or religion. Mac Pherson goes on to say, some people are dealing with a real life nightmare– and coming forward for help is not as easy as it seems.
This is Family Violence Prevention Week. Mac Pherson and his colleagues are asking people to mark this by doing random acts of kindness and spending more time with family.
Posted at 4:27 pm on February 7, 2015
RCMP say one person has died from a three vehicle crash on Highway 104 at Tracadie. Police says emergency responders were called to the scene of the crash at 11 o’clock Friday morning near Exit 37, involving two cars and a transport truck. A 48-year-old Sydney man was airlifted to a Halifax and died later that evening in hospital. He was the only person in that car. The second vehicle had two female occupants who were also transported to hospital with what appeared to be non life threatening injuries. The sole occupant of the transport truck also sustained non life threatening injuries.
Police say a preliminary investigation has shown the transport truck and an automobile were west bound while the car driven by the deceased was eastbound. The Highway was snow packed with white out conditions at the time of the crash. Traffic was re-routed around the scene until 9:30 Friday night. The cause of the crash is being investigated. The name of the driver killed in the crash hasn’t been released.